Basic Korean Verbs

Basic Korean Verbs 2017-11-27T08:15:24+00:00

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

Important verbs

EnglishKoreanKorean
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
이다
Yi da
(to) have
가지다
Ga ji da
(to) do / (to) make
하다
만들다
Ha da

can / (to) know how to
할 수 있는
Hal soo it neun
(to) know (how)
알다
Al da
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with
알다
Al da
(to) understand
이해하다
Yi hae ha da
(to) speak / (to) talk
말하다
Mal ha da
(to) listen to
듣다
Dut da
(to) hear
듣다
Deut da
(to) see
보다
Bo da
(to) feel
느끼다
Neu Ggi da
(to) live
살다
Sal da
(to) want
원하다
Won ha da
(to) need
필요하다
Pil yo ha da
(to) like
좋아하다
Joe a ha da
(to) love
사랑하다
Sa rang ha da
(to) give
주다
Joo da
(to) take
가져가다
Ga juh ga da
(to) play
놀다
Nol da
(to) laugh
웃다
Oot da
(to) come
오다
O da
(to) go
가다
Ga da
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
타다
Ta da
(to) write
쓰다
Ssu da
(to) read
읽다
Ilk da
(to) count
세다
Sae da
(to) pronounce
발음하다
Bal eum ha da
(to) spell
철자하다
Chul ja ha da
(to) conjugate
합치다
Hap chi da
(to) remember
기억하다
Gi uk ha da
(to) forget
잊다
It da
(to) eat
먹다
Muck da
(to) try
노력하다
No ryuck ha da
(to) use
사용하다
Sa yong ha da
(to) open
열다
Yul da
(to) close
닫다
Dat da
(to) greet / (to) welcome
환영하다
Hwan young ha da
(to) begin
시작하다
Shi jak ha da
(to) end
끝내다
Ggut nae da

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