Our trip to Korea is getting closer. We’ve got pretty good at reading individual characters in hangul, but it’s not doing us much good. I can see when it’s pointed out to me that 부산 is Busan, the city where Emily lives, but I can’t decode it all by myself. Hey ho.
So now we’re busy learning Useful Phrases. This is proving so hard that we’re keeping the list to the minimum.
Will these get us by, do you think?
Hello: 안녕하세요 – annyeonghaseyo.
Goodbye: 안녕히 가세요 – annyeonghi kaseyo
Yes: 네 -Ne (how confusing…..)
No: 아니오 – anio
Please: 그렇세요 – kureoseyo
Thank you: 감사합니다 – kamsahamnida.
Bon appetit! 잘 먹겠습니다 – jal meokkesseumnida
Thank you for the meal: 잘 먹었습니다 – jal meogeosseumnida
What have we left out? This is the most basic list remember, just to try to remain polite. We’ve abandoned all thoughts of real communication. And even this little list is taxing our poor brains. I’m sure we’ll be fine …….