I’m Sorry For in Korean

Hi guys, it’s your Korean teacher Jun. I’m sorry… for not telling you that you are amazing. Actually I’m not sorry because I actually often did in previous lessons lol. But I’m sorry for not saying you are awesome today. You are truly awesome. Anyway, What did you wrong most recently? I had to work hard yesterday but I work not hard and felt sorry for future me lolol. Which is now me… DAMN YOU PAST ME. That’s why we are going to learn how to say I’m sorry in Korean, it’s all because of me. I mean me in the past.

Warm Up Your Brain

You’ve learned there are 2 ways to say I’m sorry in Korean. Maybe you’ve heard it before from songs or TV shows. Write them on your mind and say it in 5 seconds! 5… 4… 1… lol

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How To Say I’m Sorry To / For in Korean

-서 미안해요

[seo mian-heyo]
I’m sorry to / I’m sorry for


Basic form : -서 미안하다
반말(informal non-honorific) form : -서 미안해 / 미안
Negative form with 해요 speech style : -서 안미안해요


To mention of a reason why you are sorry, you must use -서 conjugation. 서 conjugation describes a reason as ‘reason-서 result’. 니까 conjugation also describes a reason just like -서 conjugation. But you should never use 니까 for a reason why you are sorry.


미안해요 only means sorry to apologize. It really doesn’t mean ‘you feel bad about something’ in Korean.

Be Sorry To vs Be Sorry For

Korean language has only ‘서 미안해요’. However, -서 conjugation can be replaced to others based on tenses or moods, conditions. But mostly -서 미안해요 is most common and sounds always nice.

How To Use

A: 혼자 팝콘 먹어서 미안해요…
I’m sorry for eating popcorn alone…
B: 배신자…
You traitor…


A: 파티에 못가서 미안해요
I’m sorry for not going to your party
B: 괜찮아요. 아무도 안왔어요
It’s okay. Nobody came


A: 싸대기 때려서 미안해요
I’m sorry for slapping you
B: 괜찮아요. 저는 두대 때리면 되니까요
It’s okay. I’ll slap you twice

죄송해요 vs 미안해요

You’ve learned 죄송해요 also means sorry in a formal way. Of course you can say ‘서 죄송해요’. It sounds more polite, formal. It follows same conditions of 죄송하다 to use.


늦어서 미안해요

[neujeoseo mianheyo]
I’m sorry for being late


늦어서 죄송해요

[neujeoseo joisongheyo]
I’m sorry for being late

Vocabulary Note

늦다 [neutdda] : to be late
혼자 [honja] : alone
팝콘 [papcon] : popcorn
먹다 [meokdda ] : to eat
배신자 [besinja] : betrayer / traitor
파티 [pati] : party
괜찮다 [genchanta] : to be fine / alright
아무도 [amudo] : nobody
싸대기 때리다 : slapping one’s cheek [slang]
때리다 [dderida] : hit / punch / slap