Hotel Booking Phrasebook

Yes! I booked my hotel! I made an international call to book my room. It was an experience speaking in Korean to a Korean. I realised that there are some phrases that are absolutely crucial. Mine was smatterings of Korean and English. Likewise for the reservation officer on the line. TTMIK saved the say when I forgot the months and days. Almost died making the reservation.

Here are some phrases that are so so important (Do note that it might not be the best of phrases but it worked for me. If you have something better, please share so I can update it.)

1) Can you speak English?
영어 하습니까?

2) I can only speak a little bit of Korean. (Would explain the awkward silence and erm, ah, eh)
저는 한국어를 조금 합니다.

3) Months (Heck… There’s going to be romanisation for this… When you are desperate and on the line, it’s really a lifesaver.) Sino-korean btw.
January: 1월 (i-rwol)
February: 2월 (i-wol)
March: 3월 (sa-mwol)
April: 4 월 (sa-wol)
May: 5 월 (o-wol)
June: 6 월 (yu-kwol)
July: 7 월 (chi-rwol)
August: 8 월 (pa-rwol)
September: 9 월 (gu-wol)
October: 10 월 (sip-wol)
November: 11 월
December: 12 월

4) Days use sino-Korean too. After the days add 일 (il).

5) Number of people and rooms (native Korean).

6) smoking or non-smoking room

7) breakfast or no breakfast

As all of can see, this post is far from complete. I’ll be editing it soon with the other important keywords for hotel booking. In the meantime, if you have a better sentence to replace what I have in this post, please please please leave a comment. 🙂

Till then… Tata!

Korean Phrasebook – General

To prepare for my Seoul trip, I’m going to collate the useful general phrases in this post. This would be a working document and new phrases would be added in whenever I come across one.

안녕하세요. (an-nyeong-ha-se-yo)

Thank you.
감사합니다. (gam-sa-ham-i-da)

You’re welcome.
아니에요. (a-ni-e-yo)

Excuse me.
저기요. (jeo-gi-yo)

I see.
알았어요. [al-at-eo-yo]

Please give me a discount.
좀 깎아 주세요. [jom kkakk-a ju-se-yo]

Showing Frustration in Korean by TalkToMeInKorean

Don’t you just love TalkToMeInKorean? The teachers are cool and funny. The lessons provided are concise and helpful for anyone learning Korean. Enough of fangirling. This review I contains colloquial phrases that are used everyday in Korea and are often heard in k-dramas.

아이씨! [a-i-ssi]
– Aiyah!
– Shucks!
Used when something goes wrong or doesn’t go as planned

미치겠다! [mi-chi-get-da]
– (lit.) This is driving me crazy.
Used when you are upset over something, are stuck in a situation or don’t know what to do

어떡하지? [eo-tteo-ha-ji?]
– (lit.) What should I do?
Used when you wonder what you should do next to deal with the situation

짜쯩 나. [jja-jeung na]
– You’re annoying me.
– I’m frustrated.
Used when you feel upset and angry about something or someone

답답해. [dap-da-pae]
– I’m feeling frustrated.
– I’m feeling depressed.
Used when things are not working out in your favour and you don’t see much progress
– It’s stuffy!
Used when you are in a stuffy room without proper ventilation

큰 일 났다! [keun il nat-da]
– (lit.) A big problem had occurred!
– (lit.) I’m in big trouble.
Used when something bad happened, usually by mistake, and you know that someone will be in trouble

By the way, Happy Valentine’s Day if you celebrate it! ^^

Yes! In Korean by TalkToMeInKorean

I could not stop watching the videos by TTMIK just now. The videos that teach how to say Yes! in Korean. Please watch it! I’m going to give a summary of what I’ve learnt here.

좋아요! [ju-ha-yo!]
– Yes!
– Yay!
– I’m all for it!
– Sounds good!

네? [ne?]
– Yes?
– Pardon me?
– Did you say something?
– What did you say?

그래서요? [geu-rae-seo-yo?]
– Yes…?
– And…?
– So…?
– So what?
Obligatory replies when you are uninterested or busy.

당연하죠! [dang-yeon-ha-jyo!]
– Yes!
– Sure!
– Of course!
– Sure thing!

그렇죠 [geu-reot-chyo]
– Yes, that’s right.
– Yes, of course that’s right.
– Sure! Why ask?
– Isn’t it obvious?

아싸!!! [a-ssa]
– Yes!!!
– Yay!!!
– Awesome!
– Sweet!