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Learning Korean for travel or study? Let’s try this term:
To say excuse me in Korean: Sillyehapnida.
Say it out loud: “Shil Le Ham Ni Da.“
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Some more helpful words in our Korean Courtesy/Questions category:
...the bathroom – ...Hwajangsil (…Hwa Jang Shil)
come with me – Iri Oseyo. (Ee Ri Oh Se Yo.)
do you speak english? – Yeongeo Hal Jul Aseyo? (Young Uh Hal Jool Ah Se Yo?)
excellent – Aju Johayo. (Ah Joo Jo Ah Yo.)
excuse me – Sillyehapnida. (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
excuse me (to get past) – Jamsimanyo. (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
good / bad – Johayo. / Nappayo. (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
how do you say…? – …Ga Mwoyeyo? (…Ga Mo Ae Yo?)
how much is this? – Igeoneun Eolmayeyo? (Ee Go Nun Uhl Ma Ae Yo?)
maybe – Amado (Ah Ma Do)
no problem – Gwaenchanhayo. (Gwen Chan Ah Yo.)
please – Butakhaeyo. (Boo Taak Hae Yo.)
sorry – Mianhapnida. (Mi An Ham Ni Da.)
thank you – Gamsahapnida. (Gam Sa Ham Ni Da.)
thanks – Gomawoyo. (Go Ma Wo Yo.)
what is that? – Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo? (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
where is… – …Ga Eodiipnikka? (…Ga Uh Dee Im Ni Ka?)
yes / no – Ne / Aniyo (Ne / Ah Nee Yo.)
you are welcome – Cheonmaneyo. (Chun Man Ae Yo.)
And here’s how to say excuse me in other languages!
Arabic–Uzran (uz ran)
Chinese–Dǎrǎo Yīxià (Da Rao Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–promiňte (pro MYEEN tay)
Finnish–anteeksi (an teh ex ih)
French–Excusez moi (excuse eh mwah)
German–entschuldigen sie (ent shool' duh gen zee)
Italian–scusi (skoo zee)
Japanese–Sumimasen (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Sillyehapnida. (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–przepraszam (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Desculpe (jeh scoo pee)
Russian–prostite (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón (pear dōn)
Swahili–kumradhi (koom rah dhee)
Thai–Kho Thot (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–afedersiniz (ah feh dar sinz)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi (Sin Loy)
In every culture, courtesy gets you a long way. There is no faster way to get yourself ignored and ultimately hopelessly lost than not knowing how to approach a native in a polite manner. Fortunately, the phrase "excuse me" (Sillyehapnida.) cuts across all cultures as a form of politeness and getting attention. Once you learn this in Korean and work towards learning it in the language of the country you wish to visit, you are halfway towards getting all the help you will need.
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