Tips on How to Pronounce “Thank you in Korean”

Saying “Thank you” is a typical way to express gratitude in the English language. But what if you’re in South Korea, or planning to visit the country soon? Should you speak english when saying ‘thank you’? Why not learn its Korean equivalent? 

Korea’s history is extensive, and its culture is well-known. This country’s culture and language are fascinating. In fact, Korean native speakers approach each other differently based on age or status. 

Whether official or casual, there are different ways to say “thank you” in everyday Korean conversations. In this post, let’s learn how to pronounce thank you in Korean, when to utilize each form of “thanks,” and know the right ‘thank you’ words to say to friends and strangers.

How to Pronounce “Thank You” in Korean (Formal)

There are different means to say “Thank you” formally in Korea, two of which are:

  1. The (gam sa ham ni da)

The formal way to say “thank you” in Korea is gam-sa-ham-ni-da. It comes from the Korean verb “to thank,” which is (gamsahada).

The usual way to say “thank you” in Korean is “gam-a-ham-nida.” Its formality and politeness could be used with the general public or someone you don’t know well or older than you. This way of saying “thanks” is used every day in Korea.


  • “sigan-naejusyeoseo-daedanhi gam sa ham ni da,” which means “Thank you very much for your time.”
  • “dowa – jusyeoseo- gam sa ham ni da,”Thank you for helping me.”

“Thank you” or “appreciation” is a Korean noun (gamsa). “Hamida” means “to do.” Put them together, and you get what means “thank you.” You can use this phrase to thank people in Korean restaurants, stores, taxis, and the public.

  1. The (go map seum ni da)

Just like “gam sa ham ni da,” “go map seum ni da” can also be used in public as it also possesses politeness. This is also one of the most usual ways to say “thank you” in Korean.

The Korean verb (gomapda) translation means “to be thankful or grateful.” 

Here are some examples of how “thank you” is used in Korean. You can use it instead of (gamsahamnida) (gomapseumnida). It’s still polite, and it still means the same thing.


  • “geureoke- malsseumhae -jusini – gomapseumnida”  “Thank you for saying so.”
  • “mesiji- bonaejusyeoseo- gomapseumnida” “Thank you for the message.”

How to Pronounce “Thank you” in Korean (Standard)

(Gomawoyo) is a customary way to express gratitude to someone you’re close to and similar to you. This word, “gomapseumnida,” comes from the word “gomapda,” which means “to say thank you.” So, this is the same way to say “thank you” in Korean (gomapseumnida). (gomawoyo) It is still polite, but the way it is put together makes it less formal.

Some people may wonder whether the same can be said of the less formal form of (gomawoyo), which is similar to but distinct from (gomapseumnida) (gamsahamnida).

At this degree of civility, one can also say (gamsahaeyo), but this is a rare occurrence. You can use this form of thank you in Korean, but it sounds a little weird.

Most of the time, you will use the polite form of Korean instead of the formal “-imnida” form. In general, though, you should still say “thank you” in Korean with the polite words (gamsahamnida) or (gomapseumnida).

When you’re talking to close people, like your friends, you should break this rule about saying “thank you.”


  • “jeongmal gomawoyo” means, “Thank you so much.”
  • allyeojwoseo- gomawoyo, Thank you for letting me know.”

How to Pronounce “Thank you” in Korean (Informal)

You might say (gomawo) to a close friend around your age or younger. This is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to close friends or family members. This is a much more common approach to expressing gratitude than using “gamsahae,” which is rarely employed. People will understand what you mean (gamsahae).

But (gomawo), which also translates to “thank you,” is a much more natural way to express “thank you” in Korean when chatting with friends.


  • “nan gwaenchana, gomawo,” which means, “I’m okay, thanks!”
  • “seonmuleul sajwoseo gomawo” Thanks for buying me a gift.”


More Means to Say “Thank You” in Korean

  1. (jinsimeuro gamsadeurimnida)

“Sincerely” is what the word (jinsim) means in English. If you want to get better at saying “thank you” in the language, this is an excellent phrase to add to your collection.

  1. (jeongmal gomawoyo)

“Really” or “truly” is what “jeongmal” means, so it’s the same as saying “thank you really” in English. You can also say “thank you” in Korean with gamsahamnida or gomapseumnida. Use this version to say “thank you” from your heart.

  1. (saenggakae jusyeoseo gamsahamnida)

In Korean, this means “thank you for your time.” It uses the word (saenggak) and the verb (Juda) before (gamsahamnida). This phrase is helpful in various contexts and teaches new Korean language and sentence structures.

  1. (hamkke hae jusyeoseo gamsahamnida)

This is the English way to say “thank you for coming.” Together: (hamkke). In the end, (Juda, “to give”) is used with (gamsahamnida).

The Bottomline

There are different languages around the world. And the English Language is considered the universal one that most people use. If you’re English or British and are trying to learn the Korean Language and pronunciation, you should know a few things. 

First of all, don’t worry – even though the language looks and sounds very different from English, it is not that difficult to learn. With some hard work and patience, you can be speaking like a native in no time at all! 

In this article, we have discussed some crucial tips on the proper pronunciation of Hangul so that you sound more like a native speaker.

We hope these tips will help make your learning experience easier and more fun. Have you tried any of these techniques? What has worked best for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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