Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Korean conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Korean“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

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Important verbs

EnglishKoreanKorean
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be이다Yi da
(to) have가지다Ga ji da
(to) do / (to) make하다 / 만들다Ha da
can / (to) know how to할 수 있는Hal soo it neun
(to) know (how)알다Al da
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with알다Al da
(to) understand이해하다Yi hae ha da
(to) speak / (to) talk말하다Mal ha da
(to) listen to듣다Dut da
(to) hear듣다Deut da
(to) see보다Bo da
(to) feel느끼다Neu Ggi da
(to) live살다Sal da
(to) want원하다Won ha da
(to) need필요하다Pil yo ha da
(to) like좋아하다Joe a ha da
(to) love사랑하다Sa rang ha da
(to) give주다Joo da
(to) take가져가다Ga juh ga da
(to) play놀다Nol da
(to) laugh웃다Oot da
(to) come오다O da
(to) go가다Ga da
(to) go (by…)타다Ta da
(to) write쓰다Ssu da
(to) read읽다Ilk da
(to) count세다Sae da
(to) pronounce발음하다Bal eum ha da
(to) spell철자하다Chul ja ha da
(to) conjugate합치다Hap chi da
(to) remember기억하다Gi uk ha da
(to) forget잊다It da
(to) eat먹다Muck da
(to) try노력하다No ryuck ha da
(to) use사용하다Sa yong ha da
(to) open열다Yul da
(to) close닫다Dat da
(to) greet / (to) welcome환영하다Hwan young ha da
(to) begin시작하다Shi jak ha da
(to) end끝내다Ggut nae da
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