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Lateness Excuses - Translation

It happens to all of us at some point to be late for work. Here are some expressions you can use in Korean to explain what happened.

변명
English: EXCUSES
Phonetic pronunciation: byeon myeong

제 시간
English: ON TIME
Phonetic pronunciation: jae she-gan

늦은
English: LATE
Phonetic pronunciation: neu-jeun

늦어서 죄송해요
English: I'M SORRY I'M LATE.
Phonetic pronunciation: neuj-uh-suh jway-song-hae-yoh

오늘 아침에 교통이 너무 막혀서요
English: TRAFFIC WAS REALLY BAD THIS MORNING.
Phonetic pronunciation: oh-neul ah-chim-ae gyoh-tong noh-moo makhyoh-soh

오늘 아침에 몸이 안좋아서요
English: I WASN'T FEELING WELL THIS MORNING.
Phonetic pronunciation: oh-neul ah-chim-ae  moh-me anjoh-ah-soh-yo

어제 밤에 늦게 들어와서 모르고 늦잠잤어요
English: I WAS OUT LATE LAST NIGHT AND ACCIDENTALLY OVERSLEPT.
Phonetic pronunciation: oh-jay bam-ae neut-gay deul-oh-wah-soh moh-reuh-goh neut-jam-jah-yo

버스를 놓쳤어요
English: I MISSED MY BUS.
Phonetic pronunciation: bosseuh-rul noh-chyoh-yo


미안해요
English: I'M SORRY ( regular)
Phonetic pronunciation: 
mi-an-ae.

죄송합니다 
English: I'M VERY VERY SORRY (more formal)
Phonetic pronunciation:  che-song-ham-ni-da

K4E Note: If we have missed anything or if you have other terms you think we should add, let us know via info@korea4expats.com

Last Updated on 2011-12-21


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