Meeting in Korean

If someone asked you in Korean about your plans for the weekend, would you understand? What’s the Korean expression for “later on” or the word for “now”? If you want to organise a meeting in Korean with family, friends or colleagues, these are useful things to know.

The Rocket Korean team has created this free audio lesson so you know the questions to ask, and some different ways to reply. That way you can be sure everyone will arrive on the same day at the same time!

You’ll learn lots of useful Korean vocabulary that you can use in all kinds of Korean conversations. Take your time, listen carefully to the Korean pronunciation, and practice saying the words and phrases aloud. Let’s go!

How to pronounce phrases for meeting in Korean

Before we jump into scheduling some social gatherings in Korean, here are a few tips… Although younger Koreans are very westernized, remember to use correct formal expressions when talking to older Korean people. Also, Koreans can be quite sensitive to appearance. Appropriate dress is very important.

In Korea, going out often means hanging out at various types of bang (lit: room) - businesses that offer inexpensive entertainment options. Here are some of them:

다방

Dabang

Tea room

A very popular venue for business and personal meetings where non-alcoholic beverages are served.

노래방

Noraebang

Song room

A business divided into small rooms (usually for groups of up to 12 people) with karaoke machines, where people get together and sing along to their choice of songs.

찜질방

Tjimjilbang

Steam room / Sauna

Special facilities in a public bath for people to read and relax – most open 24 hours.

피시방

Pissibang

PC room

The Korean equivalent of an internet cafe – a big room, dark, and crowded – attracting computer game players.

INVITATIONS

Now, let’s have a look at some phrases that are useful to know when inviting someone out…

[...] 뭐하세요?

[…] maw haseyo?

What are you doing […] ?

오늘

oneul

today

오늘 밤에

Oneulbam e

tonight

내일

nae-eel

tomorrow

이번 주말에

eebun joomal e

this weekend

오늘 저녁에 시간 있어요?

Oneul junyuk e shigan itsuyo?

Are you free this evening?

Here are some more time-related words and phrases for you…

일찍

eeltjik

early

열시에

yul shi e

at ten o'clock

언젠가

unjenga

sometime

모레

more

the day after tomorrow

어제

uje

yesterday

곧바로

gotbaro

right away

지금

jigeum

now

got

soon

더 늦게

duh neutge

later or later on

늦게

neutge

late

더 일찍

duh eeltjik

earlier

사흘안에

saheul an e

in three days

Suppose your friend is free tonight. You might like to ask if he/she wants to join you for a coffee, cupee, or a meal, bab. Here are some phrases you could use…

[...] 가실래요?

[…] gashillaeyo?

Would you like to go (for a) […] ?

커피

cupee

coffee

춤추러

choomchooruh

dancing

술 마시러

sool mashiruh

drink

밥 먹으러

bab mugeuruh

meal

산책하러

sanchaekaruh

walk

Responding to invitations

Here are some common ways to respond to invitations…

물론이죠.

Moolonijo

Sure

네, 가고 싶어요.

Ne, gago shipuyo.

Yes, I'd love to (go).

죄송하지만 못 가요.

Jwesong hajiman mot gayo.

I’m afraid I can’t (go).

죄송하지만 노래 못 해요.

Jwesong hajiman norae mot haeyo.

Sorry, I can’t sing.

죄송하지만 춤 못 춰요.

Jwesong hajiman choom mot chuyo.

Sorry, I can't dance.

내일은 어때요?

Naeil eun utdaeyo?

What about tomorrow?

Arranging to meet

You’ll find that Koreans don’t tend to meet at each other’s home before they go out. The most common place to meet is near a subway station, in front of a department store, or the café or bang (room) they plan to go.

몇시에 만나요?

Myutshi e mannayo?

What time will we meet?

어디서 만나요?

Udisuh mannayo?

Where shall we meet?

...에서 만나요.

…esuh mannayo.

Let’s meet at…

여덟시에

Yudul shi e

at 8 o'clock

입구에서

Ibgoo esuh

the entrance

Arranging to meet in Korean

That’s it for this lesson. I hope you enjoyed it!

If you want more lessons on Korean time then I recommend these ones!

Anyoung hee gaseyo!

Sujung Lee
Sujung Lee
Rocket Korean


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