When someone gives you instruction or new information, it is important to tell the person that you understood it correctly. Today we are going to learn how to say I understand in Korean.
How to Say I understand in Korean
알겠어요 [al-get-eo-yo] or 알았어요 [al-ass-eo-yo]
Sample Sentences Using ‘I understand’ in Korean
Here are some sample sentences using your new word:
Yes, I understand
Yes, I understood
I understand well
Did you understand that?
It’s difficult to understand
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 I understand 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 알겠어요 or 알았어요 which are polite informal form, people mostly substitute the words to say 알겠습니다 which is the formal form.
이해했습니다[yi-hae-het-sum-ni-da] can also be a direct translation of I understand, but it is not commonly used during a conversation.
네[ne] means ok, which can substitute other forms on many occasions.
What does Arraso mean?
알았어 ‘Arraso’, or ‘Allaso’ is ‘I see’ in Korean, which essentially means that ‘I understand’. Note that this is the informal way of saying that you understand, so be careful not to say this to an older person.
Also note here that ‘arraso’ and ‘allaso’ are both Romanized Korean words that are neither correct; as there is no real ‘R’ sound in the Korean language, ‘allaso’ or 알았어, will have more of the ‘L’ sound. The correct pronunciation is actually in the middle of the two sounds.