40 Most Useful Korean Verbs to Add to Your Vocabulary

Verbs form the main part of the predicate of a sentence, making them a seriously important aspect of language, grammar and sentence-forming.

As a Korean language learner, you don’t need to learn all of the verbs at the beginner or intermediate level. But you should know at least a handful of common verbs.

Ready to jump into some ultra useful verbs? These 40 verbs are simply ideal for beginner learners as an introduction to Korean verbs.


Action verbs

Action verbs are words that describe physical actions or an activity that is happening. They’re also called dynamic verbs, which might help you remember better what they’re describing. 

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs are words that describe a certain state of being, such as a thought, feeling, opinion or appearance. They usually don’t describe doing anything in a physical sense. 

Modal verbs

Modal verbs are helping words that pair with other verbs to describe possibility or necessity.

In English, they usually go in front of the verb. In Korean, they often appear at the very end of a sentence and need to be attached to a conjugated action verb or stative verb. 

For these examples, the word “to do” or 하다 is used.  

To practice all of these Korean verbs, it would be really helpful to hear and see how they’re actually used in context by native speakers. 

You can try a language learning program like FluentU for this, which uses authentic content, such as commercials, K-drama clips, music videos and more. 


There are features such as interactive subtitles, flashcards and personalized quizzes so you can remember everything that you’ve learned. To learn on the go, you can also use the FluentU iOS and Android apps.


Sure, you’ll need to really master grammar concepts in order to speak Korean fluently one day. But knowing a handful of Korean verbs can help you fill in the blanks in conversations in the meantime.

Good luck and 공부 열심히 하세요! (gongbu yeolshimi haseyo) — study hard!

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