Are you interested in learning Korean? If so, then you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll be discussing the first video in a 10-part series on how to speak naturally in Korean. The focus of today's lesson is on introducing yourself in Korean.
As the instructor, Helena from Alpha Korean Class points out, many people may think that introducing oneself is an easy task. However, it's a critical aspect of communication that can leave a lasting impression. Think about it – when you meet someone new, the first thing they ask for is an introduction. How you introduce yourself can affect how people perceive you, which can have a significant impact on various aspects of your life, including friendships, relationships, and career prospects.
To help you make a good first impression, Helena teaches how to introduce yourself well in Korean in this video. She breaks it down into seven parts, starting with greetings, then moving on to your name, hometown or place of residence, workplace or job, work experience, hobby, and age.
Helena stresses the importance of being confident when introducing yourself in Korean. To help build your confidence, she recommends watching this video carefully and practicing with the upcoming speaking practice video, which will be like a textbook and workbook. By the end of the series, you'll have gained more confidence in speaking Korean.
She also provides several examples of self-introduction in Korean, which you can use as a reference. For instance, if you were introducing yourself to a group of Koreans in a meeting, you could say:
안녕하세요. 헬레나라고 합니다. 저는 유튜브에서 한국어를 가르치고 있어요. 반갑습니다. (Hello. My name is Helena. I teach Korean on my Youtube channel. Nice to meet you all.)
If you're an American in your early twenties, who has come to Korea for a language program, and the teacher asks you to introduce yourself, you could say:
안녕하세요. 저는 미국에서 온 헬레나라고 합니다. 나이는 21살이고 뉴욕 대학교에서 영화를 공부하고 있어요. 만나서 반갑습니다. (Hello. I am Helena from the US. I am 21 and I major in Film studies at New York University. It’s nice to meet you.)
Finally, if you're an Australian woman in your late 20s looking for a job, you could say:
안녕하세요. 저는 호주에서 온 헬레나라고 합니다. 저는 시드니 대학교에서 마케팅을 전공했고, 5년 동안 호주에 있는 글로벌 마케팅 회사에서 일했습니다. (Hello. I am Helene from Australia. I majored in Marketing at the University of Sydney, and worked for 5 years at a global marketing company in Australia.)
In conclusion, introducing yourself in Korean may seem like a simple task, but it's a critical aspect of communication that can leave a lasting impression. By following the guidelines provided in this video series, you'll be able to introduce yourself confidently in Korean, whether it's in casual or professional settings. Remember to practice with the speaking practice video to build your confidence, and you'll be speaking Korean naturally in no time!