10 helpful phrases for traveling around Korea

10 helpful phrases for traveling around Korea

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

One of the most common phrases you’ll practice when learning a foreign language involves expressing hunger or fullness. Food is a great entry point into a new culture and a new life abroad, plus they are a fun way to show off your language skills before or after a meal with friends.

Food is an important part of every culture and it is a good way to share our culture and our love. If you are invited to your friend’s home for a meal, the host might continue to try to give you more food as a courtesy even if you say you have had enough food.

Here’s a polite way to tell your host you’re done with your food:

When you visit a Korean restaurant and are done with your tasty meal, here is a phrase to let the staff know you’re done with your plate.

How do you stay in touch with friends or family you don’t live with? Whether it’s in person, by phone or email, check in and practice a few new Korean phrases. Strengthen your vocabulary and impress your friends during social distancing with the words below.

Street addresses in South Korea might be a little confusing and even for a taxi driver who spends all day roaming the city. Instead, you’ll find many Koreans use landmarks to describe their destination instead of addresses.

So, when you’re in a taxi and the driver reaches the area, try this phrase so they know to drive up a bit closer to your desired destination.

Whether you’re going out to eat at a restaurant or planning to cook a meal at home, choosing what to eat is so difficult. But that doesn’t mean you can decide alone what to eat ignoring your friends’ liking. Let’s learn a Korean phrase that will help you share your thoughts when deciding the menu together.

There are many eateries in South Korea that offers take-out and if you learn to use this key phrase, you’ll be able to grab your favorite food to go.

Autumn in Korea is relatively short, so expect the daily temperatures to begin to drop rapidly. During the cold weather months, we take special care to avoid catching colds or getting the flu. Try this phrase when you express your concern about someone’s condition: 

If you’re at a Korean restaurant and see something that looks irresistibly tasty but spicy, you may hesitate to try the food. It’s a good way to ask a server how spicy the food is before ordering your meal if you have a low tolerance for spicy food. If you want to ask a server how spicy the food on the menu, you can use this phrase.

When you taking a taxi or someone is giving you a ride, you might want to use this useful phrase when you arrive at your destination:


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