VIDEO| Speakin’ Korean Lesson: Are you alright?

VIDEO| Speakin’ Korean Lesson: Are you alright?

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

Today’s phrase is "gwenchanayo.”

When you want to tell someone “It’s okay”, you can say gwen-chan-ayo. Gwenchanayo is very similar to “okay” in English.

So, when you raise the end of the phrase, it becomes a question. “Gwenchanayo?” which means “Are you okay?”

You can also use this when you decline an offer politely and ask how someone feels or thinks about something.

“Are you alright? (“Are you okay?”)
= 괜찮아요? Gwen-chan-ayo? (formal)
= 괜찮아? Gwen-chan-a? (informal)

“I’m alright.” (“I’m okay.”)
= 괜찮아요. Gwen-chan-yo. (formal)
= 괜찮아. Gwen-chan-a. (informal)

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