I’m Free in Korean

Hi everybody, it’s your Korean teacher Jun. do you know what I wish? Be free every single second lol yeah but that’s not gonna happen but still we get comforted by a fact that we have a holiday or a free time sometimes. Then what should you say to say I’m free in Korean? Today we are going to learn how to say I’m free in Korean.

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How To Say I’m Free in Korean



I’m free


Basic form : 한가하다
반말(informal non-honorific) form : 한가해
Negative form with 해요 speech style : 안한가해요


You can say ‘한가해요’ to mean I’m free in Korean. However, It has a big difference than English ‘be free’. 한가해요 doesn’t mean ‘free’, it’s more similar to ‘not busy’. It literally means ‘have no work or thing to do’. You can actually say it at your work when you have no work to do or customers to deal with.


So technically if you say ‘내일 한가해요(I’m free tomorrow)’, it actually sounds like ‘I have no work to do tomorrow’.

한가하다 Meaning in Korean

You can also use it with non-person subjects such as ‘work’, ‘office’ or ‘restaurant’ to describe you’re free from works.


오늘은 일이 한가하네요
[oneul-eun il-i hanga-haneyo]
Today is not busy for work


Sometimes it can be used to describe a place is empty from people especially for where has many customers often. Buuut… to me, it seems like an incorrect use or a poetic license from a confusion between 한가하다 and 한산하다.


점심이 지나니 식당이 한가해요
[jeomsim-i jinani sikdang-i hanga-heyo]
The restaurant is empty after lunch

How To Use

A: 어제는 진짜 한가했어요
we was really free from works yesterday
B: 제발 오늘도 한가하길…
I wish we won’t have much work today too


A: 내일 시간 되요?
Do you have time tomorrow?
B: 내일은 바쁘고 주말에는 한가해요
I’m busy tomorrow and free at this weekend


A: 지금 좀 한가해요?
Are you free now?
* Professional Tip
If you are asked like this at your work, never say yes 🙂

I’m Free! I’m Free!

Let’s imagine a man who just got out from jail. He said ‘I’m finally free!’. But can it be ‘한가해요?’. Unfortunately for you, 한가하다 can’t be used to mean ‘freedom’.


자유 is a verb that means ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’ or ‘a state that you can do anything without restrictions.’. If you want to say ‘be free’, then you have to use ‘자유’.


나는 이제 자유야!
I’m finally free now!

Vocabulary Note

오늘 [oneul] : today
일 [il] : work / job / task
점심 [jeomsim] : lunch
지나다 [jinada] : pass
식당 [sikdang] : restaurant
어제 [eoje] : yesterday
진짜 [jinjja] : really
제발 [jebal] : please / a word for wishing or begging
내일 [neil] : tomorrow
시간 [sigan] : time
바쁘다 [babbeuda] : to be busy
주말 [jumal] : weekend