How to speak Korean fluently in no time

How to speak Korean fluently

Many traditional Korean language courses in high schools or other settings often begin with complex grammar rules and intricate linguistic concepts, which can be overwhelming. At Mondly, a language app embraced by millions around the world, we've adopted a different strategy. Our focus is on your ability to engage in real Korean conversations as quickly as possible. Instead of starting with complex theories, our approach immerses you in an actual conversation from the very beginning. This method allows you to experience your first Korean conversation within just 5 minutes of using our app. It's a more encouraging and engaging way to learn, don't you think?
Our linguists have also identified one of the major secrets of how to speak Korean: listening to native speakers in a natural setting. Because our brain is wired to absorb the information we hear, our experts made listening an essential part of learning Korean. As a result, during all our lessons you will hear natives speak in Korean clearly, correctly and in context. This way, you will pick up the natural Korean pronunciation of core words effortlessly.

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Speak Korean fluently from day 1

Did you know that learning by doing is the most effective learning method? Practice Korean a little bit every day and you’ll speak like a fluent speaker forever! Start right now with these top 10 most common Korean words and phrases pronounced by native Korean speakers.

  1. 1. 안녕하세요. = Hello.

    First impressions matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Learning as much as a simple “hello” in Korean can work wonders in your interactions with the natives. So here’s exactly how to pronounce it:


  2. 2. 어떻게 지내십니까? = How are you?

    A polite thing to do next is to ask, "How are you?" Often, it's okay to skip saying hello and just ask about how someone is doing. Here's how you say it in Korean:

    어떻게 지내십니까?

  3. 3. 당신의 이름은 무엇입니까? = What is your name?

    When traveling in Korea, you'll likely meet many new people, from the friendly person sitting next to you on the plane to your host or even your taxi driver. To ask them their name, here's the Korean phrase you can use:

    당신의 이름은 무엇입니까?

  4. 4. 당신을 만나게 되어 기쁩니다. = Nice to meet you.

    Local people usually appreciate when you try to speak their language, seeing it as a gesture of respect for their culture. When you're meeting new people, another useful phrase to know is "nice to meet you." Click to hear how it's pronounced in Korean:

    당신을 만나게 되어 기쁩니다.

  5. 5. 제발. = Please.

    Manners are essential in every culture, and Korea is no exception. In Korean society, politeness and respect are deeply valued, especially in language. Using the right expressions at the right time can greatly influence social interactions. To express "please" in Korean, the equivalent phrase is "제발" (jebal).


  6. 6. 감사합니다. = Thank you.

    Mothers are the best thing that ever happened to us. Not only did they raise us, but they also taught us basic manners like saying “thank you” in the proper contexts. Following their example, here’s how to say “thank you” in Korean:


  7. 7. 천만에요. = You're welcome.

    Regardless of your location, common courtesy is universal. In Korean culture, responding politely is just as important as it is anywhere else. Here's how you would say "you're welcome" in Korean.


  8. 8. 실례합니다! = Excuse me!

    We only need 7 seconds to make an impression that may last a lifetime. And sometimes, the only difference between a good impression and a bad one is just a simple “excuse me”. Listen to how it's pronounced in Korean:


  9. 9. 그것은 가격이 얼마나 되죠? = How much does it cost?

    Shopping sprees are an essential part of every city break. The vacation isn’t over until you buy souvenirs for each member of your family. So here’s how to ask “how much does it cost?” in Korean:

    그것은 가격이 얼마나 되죠?

  10. 10. 안녕히 가세요. = Goodbye.

    If you want to maintain the good first impression you managed to make with your flawless Korean greetings and introductions, end the conversation by saying “goodbye” exactly like a native:

    안녕히 가세요.

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Basic Korean pronunciation rules

The most important part of learning Korean is getting a chance to practice what you learned by speaking the language. Otherwise, it’s all lost, like most of what we’ve learned in school. That’s exactly why our language experts have included Korean speaking exercises in every lesson. No need to find an Korean friend to help you rehearse. No need to go to an Korean speaking country. How can this be possible? We have created a high-tech program you can use to have a smart conversation with (really!). We call it the Mondly Chatbot. Sit back and it engages in a conversation with you using a friendly, fluent Korean voice. Don’t be shy: respond to its questions or even ask it one. Like magic, it will understand what you are saying and respond like a regular person would. No wonder millions of people around the world have already tried our Chatbot to learn how to speak Korean.
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Speak Korean in Virtual Reality

The great minds of our time consider Virtual Reality (VR) to be the future of technology. Acknowledging the tremendous potential of this technology, we worked with our world-class linguists to shape the future of language learning through Virtual Reality.
Meet Mondly VR, the first virtual reality application that helps you learn to speak Korean. Put your VR headset on and feel immersed in a world of languages. Order some fish and chips in a restaurant in Seoul, have an exciting Korean conversation in a train going to Busan or check into a hotel in Incheon. It’s the closest thing to being there and that’s exactly what makes it so effective in learning Korean.
Remember that deer in the headlights feeling when someone asks you a question and you desperately dig through your memory trying to figure out what to say in response? In VR, you learn how to speak Korean by practicing the same situations in the comfort of your own home. Practice as many times as you like in a safe environment and get instant feedback until you get it right. As a result, you’ll gain the confidence to apply what you have learned in the real world. Ultimately, Mondly is all about teaching you how to speak Korean so you can have real life conversations with fluent speakers. No doubt about it, Mondly VR supercharges your learning and makes learning to speak Korean extremely effective.
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Did you know?

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Are you interested in expanding your cultural horizons and enhancing your global career opportunities? Learning Korean might be the perfect choice for you. South Korea's remarkable economic growth, rich cultural heritage, and technological innovation make Korean an increasingly important language on the global stage. By learning Korean, you open doors to a world of opportunities in various fields such as international business, technology, entertainment, and diplomacy.
In the world of languages, Korean stands out with its regional dialects, each offering a unique glimpse into Korea's rich cultural tapestry. While the standard Korean, based on the Seoul dialect, is widely taught and understood, the language's regional diversity is a fascinating aspect for learners and linguists alike. Korea's regional dialects, known as 'saturi', vary across different parts of the Korean Peninsula. These dialects differ in pronunciation, vocabulary, and sometimes even grammar. The major dialects include: Seoul Dialect: This is the standard form of Korean, used in official settings, media, and education. It's considered the most neutral and widely understood dialect in South Korea. Gyeongsang Dialect: Spoken in the southeastern regions, including cities like Busan, Daegu, and Ulsan, this dialect is known for its distinct intonation and strong accents. Jeolla Dialect: Originating from the southwestern part of Korea, this dialect is often perceived as soft and musical. Chungcheong Dialect: Spoken in the central region, it's known for its unique intonation patterns and softer speech. Jeju Dialect: Perhaps the most distinctive, the Jeju dialect from Jeju Island can sometimes be difficult for even native Korean speakers from other regions to understand. Despite these regional variations, the standard Seoul dialect remains the lingua franca among Koreans, ensuring mutual understanding across different regions.

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Speaking Korean has major benefits

Being able to speak with 80 million Korean speakers

Learning conversational Korean can be incredibly rewarding. It enables you to communicate effectively when visiting South Korea and engaging with Korean communities around the world. This ability enhances your travel experiences, opens up opportunities for cultural exchanges, and allows for deeper understanding and appreciation of Korean culture and society.

Traveling to Korean speaking countries gets way better

Wherever your travels may take you, speaking Korean will significantly enhance your experience, particularly when visiting Korea. You'll be able to immerse yourself in the culture like a native, gaining a more authentic and enriching experience in places like South Korea. Understanding Korean allows for deeper engagement with the local people, traditions, and customs, making your journey truly memorable.

Speaking Korean can save your career

Being able to speak Korean increases your employability significantly and makes you stand out from the crowd. This means that you will have better chances of getting a well paid job in the first place, better chances of getting promoted or getting a better job in an Korean speaking country.

Speaking Korean makes you smarter

Research suggests that learning multiple languages, including Korean, can increase the grey matter in your brain. This implies that adding Korean to your language skills could enhance your cognitive abilities. So why not start learning and give your brain a boost?

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