How to Say OK in Korean in 9 ways(free video lessons)

Stuck for ways to agree to a request or confirm that you got whats other is saying in Korean? Try saying ok in Korean?

And here’s how

The basic and common way of saying “ok” in Korean is “괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo)“ and the closest Korean translation of okay in Korean is 괜찮아 (gwaenchana). but it has multiple meanings. Here are the 10 most common ways to say “ok” in Korean language, depending upon politeness (casual, formal, slang) and situations.

  • 괜찮아요 (Gwaenchanayo)
  • 알았어요 (Arasseoyo)
  • 네 (ne)
  • 괜찮아 (Gwaenchana)
  • 알았어 (arasseo)
  • 응 (eung)
  • 오게이 (o-ke-i)
  • 괜찮습니다 (gwaenchanseumnida)
  • 알겠습니다 (Algetseumnida)
  • ㅇㅋ

In this article, we will go over 10 common and advanced phrases to say okay in Korean language as well as how to ask “are you okay” in Korean with real-life examples and exercises, so that you’re prepared for every situation like natives.

 Alright world, Let’s dig in (to the core).

ok in korean

How to say okay in Korean like a native?

okay in korean

괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo) is the most common way of saying ‘OK’ or Are you OK in Korean? The closest Korean translation of “okay” in Korean is 괜찮아 (gwaenchana). You use this with friends or people younger than you. but people say “yes” in Korean “네 (ne)” to show their agreement.

The standard way to say okay in Korean

괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo) is the most common way to say okay in Korean, meaning I’m okay, and is used in daily life conversation. However, sometimes people say yes in Korean 네 (ne) to show their agreement .알았어요 (arasseoyo) also means “ok, I know” in Korean.

how to say ok in korean

괜찮아요 (Gwaenchanayo)– ok in Korean

괜찮아요 (Gwaenchanayo) is the standard polite way of saying ok in Korean and can be used in most situations like with your coworker, people older than you.

알았어요 (Arasseoyo)– I know in Korean

알았어요 (Arasseoyo) means  “I know” in Korean.  It comes from the verb ‘알다” which means “to know. You can say these phrases when you understand what the person is trying to say. 

네 (ne)– yes as okay in Korean

However, sometimes people say yes in Korean 네 (ne) to show their agreement.

The informal way to say “okay” in Korean

okay in Korean informal

The informal way to say okay in Korean is 괜찮아 (gwaenchana) which came from the verb 괜찮다 (gwaenchanta) means “fine or it’s alright”. you can use this with friends, siblings, children, or people younger than you. Koreans also use “응 (eung)” to mean “yes” and “알았어 (arasseo)” means “OK (I know)”.

Let’s me explain in detail

괜찮아 (Gwaenchana)– it’s alright or it’s okay in Korean

괜찮아 (Gwaenchana) literally means “it’s alright or “it’s okay” in Korean. It came from the verb 괜찮다 (gwaenchanta) means fine or “alright.” It is the casual or informal way to say “okay” in Korean to close friends, siblings, and people younger than you.

알았어 (arasseo)

알았어 (arasseo) is the informal version of the phrase 알았어요 (Arasseoyo) without the polite ending 요and means “I know” in Korean. You can use them with friends, siblings, and people younger than you.

오게이 (o-ke-i)

오게이 (o-ke-i) is the Konglish version of okay in Korean. It just sounds the same as the English word “okay.” People usually use this phrase to sound cute when messaging. The modern generation prefers to say it because it is easier to pronounce.

What is the formal way to say “okay” in Korean?

how to say okay in korean formal

괜찮습니다(gwaenchanseumnida)—a formal way to say OK in Korean.

괜찮습니다 (gwaenchanseumnida) is the most formal way of saying OK in Korean. People rarely use it in their daily life.  You might have heard this phrase in meetings, announcements, or interviews.

알겠습니다 (Algetseumnida)-“I know” in Korean in a formal situation

알겠습니다 (Algetseumnida) is the most formal way to say “ok” in Korean, which means “I know” in Korean. You might have heard this phrase in different Kdramas.

The slang way to say okay in Korean while texting |ㅇㅋ

 

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While texting in Korean use the short form “ㅇㅋ” to say okay in Korean. It is the super formal/ slang way to say ok in text messages and is mostly used by the younger generation. 

9 common ways to Say “Are You Okay?” in Korean.

When your friend or a family member has a bad day and feels sad or hurt, you worry about it. So you want to ask them if they’re okay and how they’re doing.

But  How to Say “Are You Okay in Korean?”

The most common way to ask “Are you okay?” in Korean is 괜찮아요? (Gwaenchanayo). Here are 9 other common phrases that you can use to ask someone “Are You Okay in Korean”?

  • What’s the matter/ what’s wrong?-왜 그래? (wae get-rae)
  • Are you not in a good mood? – 기분 안 좋아? (gi-bun an jo-a)
  • Is there something wrong?- 무슨 일 있어요? (mu-seun il i-sseo-yo)
  • Are you feeling sick? – 어디 아파요?
  • Are you having a rough time?- 
  • Why do you have such a long face?
  • Why do you look so depressed? – 
  •  Why are you so quiet? – 왜 그렇게 조용하세요?wae geuroke joyonghaseyo
  • What is wrong with the air?

To answer such a question, rather than saying yes, you should respond with ‘괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo)’ or ‘안괜찮아요 (angwaenchanayo).

what is the real meaning of 괜찮다(gwaenchanta) in Korean?

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You can also use 괜찮다(gwaenchanta) when you wanna say something is decent or pretty good or compliment something in general

괜찮다 (gwaenchanta) can be used to say that something is ‘good’, ‘alright’, or ‘fine’. It can also be used to ask about somebody’s feelings. 

For example,

Your girlfriend looks like a nice girl
너 여자친구 괜찮다. – nae yojachingu gwaenchanta
This dress is nice.
이 드레스 정말 괜찮다 – i deureseu jongmal gwaenchanta
This comic is pretty good.
이 만화 괜찮다- I manhwa gwaenchanta

Learn how to say OK in Korean with real-life dialogue. 

Minho: What’s wrong with you today? Are you alright?
오늘 너 왜 그래? 괜찮아? (o-neul neo wae geu-rae,Gwaen-cha-na?)
Yes, I’m okay.
네, 괜찮아? (gwaen-chan-a)
You don’t look all right.
너 안 괜찮아 보여. (neo an gwaen-cha-na bo-yeo)
I’ve had a stomachache since this morning. took the medicine. I’m okay now.
오늘 아침부터 배가 아프다. 약을 먹었어.  나는 이제 괜찮아
Are you sure? You didn’t have to go to the hospital?
확실해? 병원에 갈 필요 없었어? hwakssilhae? byongwone gal pilryo opssosso
Yes, I need to sleep a little longer.
네,좀 더 자야겠어.- nejom do jayagesso
All right. Go to sleep.
알았어, 좀 자 al-ass-eo, jom ja

Some other uses for 괜찮아요 would be to use it when someone offers you food or a beverage. You can say 아니요, 괜찮아요 to politely refuse.

For the casual form, you can say 괜찮아. For the formal form, you can say 괜찮습니다.

Conclusion

Great job. You finally know how to say okay in Korean.

If you are ever unsure of how to say “ok” in Korean, then it is best to stick with what you know and use 괜찮아요 (Gwaenchanayo),괜찮아 (Gwaenchana),알았어 (arasseo),네 (ne)

All these words are widely used and accepted in Korea.

Well, it’s time for you to apply it in real life and improve your pronunciation.

So go out and next time you get a chance to say okay in Korean, just use any of these as much as you can. Koreans will understand you even if you get it wrong. 

Can’t remember all 10 phrases. If you want to practice all these phrases we just learned here, here are some useful resources I found on the web 

https://quizlet.com/42130273/are-you-okay-korean-flash-cards/

https://quizlet.com/42130273/are-you-okay-korean-flash-cards/

https://quizlet.com/496803924/common-korean-phrases-flash-cards/

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it 

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