Cramming Korean: No thank you and you’re welcome

Be gracious in Korean when someone thanks you for saving his/her life.


Take that gratitude and run with it straight to a free meal.

천만에요

cheon man e yo

A formal way to say, “You’re welcome.”

There are two more common ways of turning down something, including expressions of gratitude from others. Neither directly translates into ‘You’re welcome’, but can serve as such.

괜찮아요

kwaen chan a yo

A polite way to say, “It’s okay.”

아니에요

an ni e yo

Basically saying, “No, thanks” or “No thanks needed.”

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