When your friends and family face an obstacle or about to go through a life-changing moment, you wish them luck and say good luck to cheer them up. Today we are going to learn how to say good luck in Korean.
How to Say Good Luck in Korean
How to say good luck in Korean vary depending on many different situations. When someone is about to go into an exam or an interview, 잘봐 [jal-bwa] which means ‘see well’ in direct translation is used.
화이팅[hwa-yi-ting] is the most commonly used, which is the Korean pronunciation of the word ‘fighting’. It is closer to cheer up than good luck in terms of meaning.
Sample Sentences Using ‘Good Luck’ in Korean
Here are some sample sentences using your new word:
Good luck with your exam:
시험 잘봐/시험 화이팅
Good luck with your interview:
면접 잘봐/면접 화이팅
Keep in mind that when using your new word, you always must consider who you are speaking to.
If you are speaking with your friend, it is fine to use the informal way to speak; however, if you are speaking with someone older than you, you must use the formal or the honorific way of speaking.
Other Ways to Say Good Luck in Korean
As we have mentioned previously, it is important to address the person in formal way of speaking to show respect towards the other party. Saying I understand to others is not an exception.
Instead of saying 잘봐 or 화이팅 which are commonly used among friends and family, we use 잘보세요 or 화이팅하세요 which are the formal forms.
The good news is that even if you were to forget to use the formal form of speech when speaking with an older Korean person, you can count on the fact that they will correct you, as they would be slightly insulted; this would not be blamed on you as not being a native speaker, but would certainly be corrected.