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Good Luck In Korean(7 Ways to Wish You Success)

If something big is coming up for your friends or family, how to say good luck in Korean to them?

we’re lucky enough to have lots of greetings at our fingertips.

In this article, you’ll learn how to wish someone good luck, the meaning of phrases like 화이팅 (Hwaiting in Korean), examples and insights into Korean culture, and how to respond with a simple “thank you”

Alright world, it’s time to dig in (to the core)

How to say “Good Luck in Korean

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When it comes to wishing someone Good luck in Korean, we’re lucky enough to have lots of greeting phrases at our fingertips depending on the formality( formal, standard, and informal) and age of the person.

Let’s break it down with a literal translation.

We’ll explore each of these in detail, along with examples to help you understand when and how to use them.

Good Luck in Korean (formal) 

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The formal version of “Good Luck” in Korean is 잘보세요 (jal boseyo). You can use this with people you do not know well or when talking to a large group.

Example 

공연 잘 하세요! (gongyeon jal haseyo!) 

Have a good performance! / Good luck with the performance!

시험 잘 보세요! (siheom jal boseyo!) –

Good luck with your exam!

면접 잘 보세요! (myeonjeop jal boseyo!) 

Good luck with your job interview!

대회에서 잘 하세요! (daehoeeseo jal haseyo!) 

Good luck in the competition!

여행 잘 다녀오세요! (yeohaeng jal danyeooseyo!) 

Have a great trip! / Good luck on your journey!

Good Luck in Korean (standard) 

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The standard form of “Good Luck” in Korean is 잘봐요 (jalbwayo). You can use this with acquaintances or people you’re not close with, but still want to convey politeness.

Examples

시험 잘봐요! (siheom jalbwayo!) 

Good luck with your exam!

면접 잘봐요! (myeonjeop jalbwayo!) 

Good luck with your job interview!

출장 잘봐요! (chuljang jalbwayo!) 

Good luck on your business trip!

공부 잘봐요! (gongbu jalbwayo!) 

Good luck with your studies!

결혼식 잘봐요! (gyeolhonsik jalbwayo!) 

Good luck with your wedding!

Good Luck in Korean (informal) 

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For a more informal way to wish someone good luck, especially for exams or job interviews, you can use 잘봐 (jalbwa).

오늘 시험 잘봐! (oneul siheom jalbwa!) 

 Good luck with today’s exam

면접을 잘봐! (myeonjeobeul jalbwa!) 

Good luck with your interview!

경기 잘봐! (gyeonggi jalbwa!) 

Good luck in the game!

오디션 잘봐! (odisyeon jalbwa!) 

Good luck with your audition!

발표 잘봐! (balpyo jalbwa!) 

Good luck with your presentation!

Hwaiting in Korean with 5 examples

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The popular phrase 화이팅 (hwaiting) is Konglish for “fighting.” Although it doesn’t directly translate into English, this word essentially means you wish the other person good luck. 

화이팅 (hwaiting) is very informal, so it’s best used with friends.

Examples

우리 아들, 시험 화이팅! (uri adeul siheom hwaiting!) 

 Good luck with your exams, my son!

팀 화이팅! (tim hwaiting!) 

Good luck, team!

공부 화이팅! (gongbu hwaiting!) 

Good luck with your studies!

운동회 화이팅! (undonghoe hwaiting!) 

Good luck at the sports event!

데이트 화이팅! (deiteu hwaiting!) 

Good luck with your date!

How to Write Good Luck in Korean

To write “Good Luck” in Korean, use the following:

  • Formal “Good Luck” in Korean: 잘보세요 (jal boseyo)
  • Standard “Good Luck” in Korean: 잘봐요 (jalbwayo)
  • Informal “Good Luck” in Korean: 잘봐 (jalbwa) / 화이팅 (hwaiting)

Although you can learn these phrases by reading their Romanized forms, it’s best to learn how to read Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) for a more authentic understanding.

Why do Koreans say fighting?

Although the Korean word 화이팅 (hwaiting) is derived from the English word “fighting,” it does not necessarily imply actual fighting. Koreans say “hwaiting” when they want to wish a person good luck or give someone encouragement.

 It can also be used to say, “You can do it!”, “let’s go!” or as a way to cheer someone on.

Common Korean Good Luck Phrases and Words

Here are other useful phrases and words related to “Good Luck” in Korean. 

Practice using them to wish or say good luck to others today!

Good luck with your test in Korean-  with  examples

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To wish someone good luck on a test or an exam, you can say 시험 잘 보세요 (siheom jal boseyo). This means “good luck with your test” or “do well on your exam.”

Use this for formal settings or when talking to someone you don’t know.A more informal way of saying this is 시험 잘 봐 (siheom jal bwa).

Examples

토익 시험 잘 보세요. (toik siheom jal boseyo.) 

Good luck with your TOEIC test.

내일 시험 잘 봐! (naeil siheom jal bwa!) 

Good luck with your test tomorrow!

Good luck with your interview in Korean-  with  examples

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If you know someone who’s going to go through a job interview, you can tell them 면접 잘 보세요 (myeonjeop jal boseyo), which means good luck with your interview or have a good interview.

If you want to say it more casually with friends, you can say 면접 잘 봐 ( myeonjeop jal bwa).

Example

Good luck with your college interview.

대학 면접 잘 봐. (daehak myeonjeop jal bwa.) 

Best of Luck in Korean-  with  examples

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If you want to greet someone the best of luck, you can say 행운을 빌어요 (haenguneul bireoyo). For a more casual or informal version, you can say 행운을 빌어 ( haenguneul bireo) instead.

Example

당신의 행운을 빌어요. (dangsinui haenguneul bireoyo.) 

 Best of luck.

내일 행운을 빌어! (naeil haenguneul bireo!) 

 Good luck tomorrow!

All the best in Korean-   with  examples

The phrase “all the best” in Korean is 행운을 빌어요 (haenguneul bireoyo). It’s the same phrase you use with greeting someone with the best of luck.

However, if you want to say “I wish you all the best” to someone, you can say 행운을 빌게요 (haenguneul bilgeyo).

Luck in Korean- with examples

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Luck in Korean can be expressed in a few different ways. The word “luck” in Korean can be expressed as 운 (un).

He has no luck in everything he does.

그는 모든 일에 운이 없어요

(geuneun modeun ire uni eopseoyo.) 

Luck can also be expressed with the Korean words 좋은 운 (joeun un) and 행운 (haengun). These two words mean “good luck.” 행운 (haengun) can also mean “good fortune.”

Please wish me luck.

행운을 빌어주세요.

 (haenguneul bireojuseyo) 

Lucky in Korean-  with  examples

The Korean word for “lucky” is 운이 좋다 (uni jota). “Lucky” can also be expressed as 행운이다 (haengunida).

Both 운이 좋다 (uni jota) and 행운이다 (haengunida) also mean “fortunate.”

Example

오늘 운이 좋았어요. (oneul uni joasseoyo.) 

I was lucky today.

너를 만난 건 행운이야. (neoreul mannan geon haenguniya.) 

I was lucky to meet you.

Good fortune in Korean-  with  examples

Good fortune in Korean is 행운 (haengun). Here’s an example to use this in real-life conversation.

Example

I envy his good fortune.

그의 행운이 부러워요. 

(geuui haenguni bureowoyo.) 

You can do it in Korean –  with  examples

The encouraging phrase “You can do it” is 할 수 있어요 (hal su isseoyo) in Korean.

You can add 당신은 (dangsineun) before 할 수 있어요 (hal su isseoyo). However, 할 수 있어요 (hal su isseoyo) is commonly used. For informal, you can say 넌 할 수 있어 (neon hal su isseo).

  • 할 수 있어요! (hal su isseoyo!) – You can do it!

So lucky in Korean

In Korean, to express that someone is “so lucky,” you can say 정말 운이 좋아요 (jeongmal uni joayo).

Example

So lucky to get this opportunity!

정말 운이 좋아요, 이런 기회를 얻다니!

 (jeongmal uni joayo, ireon gihoereul eodtani!)

I wish you good luck in Korean

To say “I wish you good luck” in Korean, you can use the phrase 당신에게 행운을 빌어요 (dangsinege haenguneul bireoyo).

Example

I wish you good luck in your new job!

당신에게 행운을 빌어요, 새로운 일에서! 

(dangsinege haenguneul bireoyo, saeroun ireseo!) 

List of 10 Other ways to say Good Luck in Korean

행운을 빕니다 (haeng-un-eul bibnida)

 Good luck

잘하다 (jalhada) 

Do well!

모두 제일 좋다 (modu jeil johda) 

All the best

행운을 빌어요 (haenguneul bireoyo) 

 Best of luck

시험에 행운을 빕니다 (siheom-e haeng-un-eul bibnida) 

Good luck for the test

경쟁에 행운을 빕니다 (gyeongjaeng-e haeng-un-eul bibnida)

 Good luck for the competition

새로운 직업에 행운을 빕니다 (saeloun jig-eob-e haeng-un-eul bibnida) 

 Best of luck for your new job

인터뷰에 행운을 빕니다 (inteobyue haeng-un-eul bibnida) 

Best of luck for the interview

행운을 빌어요 (haenguneul bireoyo) 

Best of luck

항상 화이팅! (hangsang hwaiting!) 

Good luck always!

Top 15 Words of Encouragement in Korean

  • 힘내세요 (himnaeseyo) – Cheer up!
  • 잘 될 거예요 (jal doel geoyeyo) – It will be fine
  • 기운을 내요 (giuneul naeyo) – Boost your energy
  • 두려워하지 마세요 (duryeowohaji maseyo) – Don’t be afraid
  • 포기하지 마세요 (pogihaji maseyo) – Don’t give up
  • 그냥 시도해 보세요 (geunyang sidohae boseyo) – Just give it a try
  • 성공을 기원합니다 (seonggongeul giwonhamnida) – Wishing you success
  • 자신을 믿어요 (jashin-eul mideoyo) – Believe in yourself
  • 기회를 잡아요 (gihoereul jabayo) – Seize the opportunity
  • 여러분 화이팅! (yeoreobun hwaiting!) – Let’s go, everyone!
  • 꿈을 이루세요 (kkumeul iruseyo) – Achieve your dreams
  • 도전하세요 (dojeonhaseyo) – Take the challenge
  • 승리를 향해 가세요 (seungnireul hyanghae gaseyo) – Go for the victory
  • 행동하세요 (haengdonghaseyo) – Take action
  • 성공이 기다리고 있어요 (seonggong-i gidarigo isseoyo) – Success is waiting for you

What are the Korean good luck symbols

In Korean culture, there are various symbols associated with good luck and fortune. Some of them include:

  • 삼다수 (samdasu) – The three-legged crow, symbolizes the sun and prosperity
  • 복주머니 (bokjumeoni) – A lucky pouch, often filled with coins or other treasures
  • 불로장생 (bullojangsaeng) – The mythical mushroom of immortality, symbolizing longevity
  • 문자 (munja) – Ancient Korean symbols or talismans, believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits
  • 사자상 (sajang) – The guardian lion statue, is believed to protect homes and businesses from negative energy

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned how to say “good luck” in Korean, we encourage you to go out there and use them! 

Remember to choose the appropriate formality level depending on your relationship with the person you’re speaking to. 

화이팅 (hwaiting)!

GOOD LUCK IN KOREAN

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