Ready to try out your Korean skills while you bring in the new year? Then you should learn how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Korean! We’ll show you how!


Typically, most people wouldn’t use the informal version of this phrase. However, the informal phrase is ok to say between close friends and family.

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New Year’s Resolutions

새해결심 (saehaegyeolsim)

The concept of making resolutions is less common in Korea than it is in other countries. However, if you want to tell people your new year’s resolution then you can end your sentence with -기로 했어요 (giro haesseoyo). This ending means ‘I plan to’. Look at the examples below to see how it is used:


살을 빼기로 했어요 (sareul ppaegiro haesseoyo)

I plan to lose weight.

한국어를 더 열심히 공부 하기로 했어요 (hangugeoreul deo yeolsimhi gongbu hagiro haesseoyo)

I plan to study Korean harder.

체육관에 더 많이 가기로 했어요 (cheyukgwane deo mani gagiro haesseoyo)

I plan to go to the gym more often.

Hopefully now you know how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Korean. Remember to learn the phrase 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo) so that you can wish all of your Korean friends a happy new year!

Can’t read the Korean words in this article yet? Click here to for a quick guide to learning the Korean alphabet.

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There are more great Korean phrases you can learn! Don’t let this be the end of your study journey.