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As a Tourist in Korea – Asking Direction & What You Need Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

As a tourist, you would have many questions to find place and to get some direction.  You will start to say that where is… in English. It is …-은/는 어디에 있습니까? /…-eun/nun eodie isseumnikka?/ in Korean.  You also can have some emergency situation such a lost your passport. For that kind of situation, you want to learn basic necessary word or phrase to solve the bad situation.  Imagine if you hear “help me” from someone with certain accent, you would know the person from a foreign country and need help. So, you may want to help the person. Same thing in Korea, if you use the key word, Korean recognize you need help.  Don’t you want to know how to say those things?  I added some useful words and phrases for you in the chart below.

Here are some useful words and phrases for asking direction and what you need.

English                                                          Korean                                 Pronunciation

Where is…? …-은 어디에 있습니까? …-eun eodie isseumnikka?
Where is…? …-는 어디에 있습니까? …-neun eodie isseumnikka?
help me 도와주세요 dowajuseyo
street 거리 keori
across the street 길 건너편에 kil geonneopyeone
American 미국인 migugin
I am American. 미국 사람이에요. miguk saramieyo.
English 영어 yeongeo
Do you speak English? 영어 할 줄 아세요? yeongeo hal jul aseyo?
no 아니오 anio
consulate 영사관 yeongsagwan
American consulate 미국 영사관 miguk yeongsagwan
very 매우 maeu
This is an emergency. 상황이 매우 급합니다. sanghwangi maeu keuphamnida.
passport 여권 yeogwon
to lose 잃어버리다 ireobeorida
I have lost my passport. 여권을 잃어 버렸습니다. yeogwoneul ireo peoryeosseumnida.
to understand 이해하다 ihaehada
Do you understand? 이해합니까? ihaehamnikka?
I understand. 이해합니다. ihaehamnida.
taxi 택시 taeksi
to take a taxi 택시를 타다 taeksireul tada


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Soo came to America in 2002 for studying English and getting degrees in higher education. He’d never expected to work in America after he finished his college, but he got a great job in construction and had worked with them for three years. He also has working as a FT and PT Korean instructor and tutor for seven years in Korean and America. He got his TESOL certificate in 2011 and finished his master’s degree in 2014.