1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #22

Welcome back. This is the 22nd post in the series of 1000 Korean words for everyday use by analyzing the word frequency of more than 1,000 episodes of Korean dramas.

Today, let’s explore the meaning and context of 5 key Korean words “안녕, 싫다, 미안하다, 전화, 그만” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 안녕, 싫다, 미안하다, 전화, 그만


106. 안녕 [an-nyeong] – hello, goodbye

– 안녕 [an-nyeong] is a versatile greeting used for both “hello” and “goodbye”.
– 안녕히 [an-nyeong-hi] is used to convey leaving in peace or well-being.

Example sentences:

안녕하세요! Hello!
네, 감사합니다, 안녕히 가세요. OK, thank you, goodbye.
안녕히 주무세요. Good night.


107. 싫다 [sil-ta] – to dislike, to hate

– 싫다 [sil-ta] is used to express disliking or hating something.

Example sentences:

이 음식은 싫어요. I dislike this food.


108. 미안하다 [mi-an-ha-da] – to be sorry, to apologize

– 미안하다 [mi-an-ha-da] is used to express apologies or a feeling of being sorry.

Example sentences:

미안해요, 내가 잘못했어요. I’m sorry, I was wrong.


109. 전화 [jeon-hwa] – phone call, telephone

– 전화 [jeon-hwa] refers to a telephone call or telephone communication.
– 전화하다 [jeon-hwa-ha-da] is used to express the action of making a phone call.

Example sentences:

– 전화 주세요. Please call me.
– 나중에 전화할게. I’ll call you later.


110. 그만 [geu-man] – stop, enough

– 그만 [geu-man] is used to stop or say “enough”.
– 그만하다 [geu-man-ha-da], 그만두다 [geu-man-du-da] and 관두다 [gwan-du-da] all mean “to stop” or “to finish” and are used in different contexts.

Example sentences:

그만 좀 해요. Please stop.
공부 좀 그만하고 쉴래요. I want to stop studying and rest.
이 일은 그만두기로 했어요. I decided to quit this job.
그 일을 관두었어요. I gave up on that task.


Grammar & Study Resources

Learning the different ways of saying hello in Korean is indeed a valuable step in becoming proficient in the language.
If you would like to learn more about Korean greetings, you can visit the following website.
Korean Greetings: 10+ Ways to Say “Hello” in Korean

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