Sae hae bok mani… A Greeting for Seollal

While there are many expressions to use in Korean to say, “Happy New Year,” the most common is 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo).

When broken down, the expression literally means please receive lots of good luck in the coming year.

If you’d like to hear this phrase pronounced, head over to to The following link will take you to a video lesson in which you’ll hear the phrase pronounced and see it broken down by word. They also go over a few other new year expressions, but don’t worry about those. This three-minute video will explain everything.

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