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As a Tourist in Korea – Useful Phrases in Emergency Situation Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

There should be no problem traveling in Korea, but just in case you want to know and learn how to speak and ask some questions in emergency situation during your traveling in Korea.

For example, if you get robbed your bag, you need to come by police station and ask to find your bag.  You can say, “I was robbed/도둑을 맞았어요/do duk eul ma ja seo yo”, and give the police officers your information.  You also can ask any Korean on the street, “Please call the police/ 경찰을 불러주세요/ kyung chal eul bul leo j se yo”.  They will help you or let you use their phone.


Here are some useful vocabulary words and phrases for asking and making conversation with Koreans on a street or at police station.

Help! 도와주세요! towajuseyo!
I was robbed. 도둑을 맞았어요. todugeul majasseoyo.
My suitcase is missing. 제 여행가방이 없어졌어요. je yeohaengkabangi eopseojyeosseoyo.
to call 부르다 pureuda
police 경찰 kyeongchal
Call the police. 경찰을 부르세요. kyeongchareul pureuseyo.
I have some questions. 질문이 좀 있습니다. jilmuni jom isseumnida.
clothing ot
jewelry 보석 poseok
folder 서류철 seoryucheol
important 중요한 jungyohan
document 서류 seoryu
to write 쓰다 sseuda
well jal
I don’t write Korean well. 한국어를 잘 쓸 줄 모릅니다. hangugeoreul jal sseul jul moreumnida.

The video below is very short and it says, “Crime report is 112/범죄신고는 112 /beom choei sin go nun 112/, and /civil complaint call is 182/민원상담전화는 182/min won sang dam jeon hwa nun 182.


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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.