Telephone conversation in Korean – Important words and phrases 

 March 20, 2021

By  Smriti

There's a lot of different words and phrases you can use when making phone calls in Korea. There are also different ways to say each word or phrase depending on the situation. There are few sayings that may seem similar but mean something completely different. Conversation through phone calls can be difficult in Korean special for the English speakers. Some basic phrases to carry on the conversation on call is very necessary for survival. Below is a list of words and phrases that I like to have on hand when I'm using the phone in Korea.

First and foremost thing to keep in mind is vocabulary. Here's the list :- 

No.

English Phrase

Korean Phrase

Romanisation

1

Telephone

전화

Jeon-hwa

2

Cellular phone

휴대폰 / 핸드폰

Hue-dae-pon / hand-pon

3

Smart phone

스마트폰

Seu-ma-teu-pon

4

Button

버튼

Buh-teon

5

Video call

영상 통화

Young-sang tong-hwa

6

To have a video call

영상 통화하다

Young-sang tong-hwa-ha-da

7

Text message

문자

Moon-ja

8

To push a button

버튼을 누르다

Buh-teon

9

To hang up the phone call.

전화를 끊다

Jeon-hwa-reol kkeun-da

10

To sent a text message

문자를 보내다

Moon-ja-reol bo-nae-da

11

To make a phone call.

전화하다

Jeon-hwa-ha-da

12

To answer a phone call.

전화를 받다

Jeon-hwa-reol bad-da

13

Vibration mode

진동 모드

Jing-dong mo-deo

14

Message

메세지

Me-se-ji

15

To leave a message

메세지를 남기다

Me-se-ji-reol nam-ki-da

16

To set one’s cell phone to vibration mode.

진동 모드로 바꾸다

Jing-dong mo-deo-ro ba-kkoo-da

17

To have a wrong number

전화를 잘못 걸다

Jeon-hwa-reol jal-mot geol-da

Phone conversation in Korean

How to have fluent phone conversation in Korean ?

Use honorifics :

Although Korean is a relatively easy language to pick up, some parts of it can be difficult to grasp. Learning how to speak it formally is one of these parts. If you’re intimidated by this, don’t feel alone. Many Korean learners are afraid of speaking as they feel they will end up using formal words in informal situations or vice versa; you won’t ever understand when and why you should use formal language or when and why you should use informal language. On the other hand, using only informal language with strangers or older people might create a bad impression of you. Learning how to properly use honorifics can help avoid misunderstandings.

It's very important to keep in mind with whom you are talking on call . Using honorifics is very crucial while addressing anyone older or stranger on call.

No.

English Phrase

Korean Phrase

Romanisation

1

Hello

여보세요

Yeo-bo-se-yo

2

I'll call you.

전화할게요.

Jeonhwahalgeyo.

3

Who is this, please ?

누구시죠? / 누구세요?

Nugushijyo? / Nuguseyo?

4

Please wait for a moment.

잠시 기다려주십시오.

Jamsi gidaryeojusipsio.

5

Please call again later.

나중에 다시 전화하십시오.

Najunge dasi jeonhwahasipsio.

6

Sorry, wrong number.

죄송합니다. 전화를 잘못 걸었습니다.

Joesonghamnida. Jeonhwareul jalmon georeotseumnida.

7

I cannot hear you clearly.

소리가 잘 들리지 않습니다.

Soriga jal deulliji ansseumnida.

8

Hold the line, please

끊지 말고 기다려주세요.

Kkeunchi malgo gidaryeojuseyo.

9

The line is busy.

통화중입니다.

Tonghwajungimnida.

10

The line is disconnected.

전화가 끊겼습니다.

Jeonhwaga kkeunkyeotseumnida.

11

The telephone is ringing.


전화가 울리고 있습니다.

Jeonhwaga ulligo isseumnida.

12

Please answer the phone.

전화를 받으십시오.

Jeonhwareul badeusipsio.

13

Could you call this number?

이 번호로 전화 해 주시겠습니까?

Eonhoro jeonhwa hae jusigesseumnikka?


14

My number is 945035.

제 번호는 945035입니다.

Je beonhoneun 945035imnida.

15

We talked on the phone.

전화로 얘기했어요.

Onhwaro yaegihaesseoyo.

16

Would you like to leave a message?

메시지를 남겨 주시겠습니까?

Mesijireul namgyeo jusigesseumnikka?

17

Could I speak to ... , please ?

.... 씨와 통화할 수 있을까요?

.... ssiwa tonghwahal su

isseulkkayo?

18

Can I talk to ... , please?

... 씨 좀 부탁드립니다.

... ssi jom butakdeurimnida.

19

I'll put you through.

제가 연결해 드리겠습니다.

Jega yeongyeolhae

deurigetsseumnida.

20

Hold on, please.

잠시만 기다리세요.

Jamsiman gidariseyo.

21

I'm afraid ... isn't in at the moment.

죄송하지만 ... 씨가

잠시 자리를 비웠습니다.

Joesonghajiman ... ssiga

jamsi jarireul biwotsseumnida.

22

Do you want ... to call you back?

... 씨에게 다시 전화하라고 할까요?

... ssiege dasi jeonhwaharago

halkkayo?

23

Could I take a message?

메시지를 받을수 있을까요?

Mesigireul badeul su

itsseulkkayo?

24

Would you like to leave

a message?

메시지를 남기시겠어요?

Mesigireul namgisigetsseuyo?

25

The line is busy.

통화중입니다.

Tonghwajungimnida.

26

Could you repeat that, please?

다시 말씀해 주시겠어요?

Dasi malsseumhae

jusigetsseuyo?

27

Could you speak up a little,

please?

좀 더 크게 말씀해 주시겠어요?

Jom deo keuge malsseumhae

jusigetsseuyo?

28

When can I call?

언제쯤 통화가 가능할까요?

Eonjejjeum tonghwaga

ganeunghalkkayo?

Though Korean phrases are easy to understand, there would be some different words and sentence structures that you may not know. In such a situation, it becomes quite difficult to understand korean speaking person.

If you have suggestions or questions. Feel free to comment below.

Thank you !!

  • Useful and informative content in a short & crisp structure. Every possible sentence in a phone call is included in a very easy structure to understand for beginners.

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