“Kamsahamnida” or “komapsumnida”
Kahm sah hahm nee dah
Koh mahp soom nee dah
More informally, you could say
Koh mah wuh yoh
Kamsahamnida 감사합니다 is more formal. It comes from Chinese, and also exists in Japanese (感謝 though it is rarely used there) The word is “kamsa” and has “hada/hamnida” added to the end to make it a verb. Foreigners in Korea all know this word, whether they speak Korean or not.
Komapsumnida 고마워요/고맙습니다 is less formal, and is a native Korean word. It is a verb on its own. Foreigners don’t usually use this word. An astute Korean will sometimes notice this, and using it can let someone know that you actually speak the language.
If you say kamsahamnida, no one will mind, though.
A very informal, cutesy way of saying it is “kamsa-kamsa.”
edit: Some of the spellings and pronunciations people have given are wrong. Most are right, though, even some of the ones that differ from mine. Korean transliteration is kind of ambiguous, and the only official systems will be impossible to pronounce correctly by someone who doesn’t know them. (gomaWEOyo, for example)
According to http://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/thankyou.ht…
Korean (Korea) Komapsumnida
Korean (Korea) Kamsahamnida
Korean (Korea) [very informal] Komawoyo
Really formal: 감사합니다 (gahm sah hab ni dah) Formal-ish: 고맙습니다. (go mab sib ni dah) Informal: 고마워 (go mah wuh) 생유 (seng yoo) – it’s best to not say it to elders. It’s more likely that u say it to your friend. 생유 is from the English word “thank you”, but it’s put in a Korean way… Thank you very 감사 (Thank you very gam sah) – it’s best to not say it to elders. It’s more likely that u say it to your friend. Some people say it when they are trying to be funny… ㄳ is used when you chat with people. It’s short for 감사 (gahm sah) from the ㄱ and ㅅ.
The Simple way is ” Kom sa ham nee da” thats not the actual spelling obviously but our phonetic way …there are other ways but to explain the different situations to use them would be much too much …
like in many asian languages, there are many ways to say thank you in korean depending on formal or informal and who you are speaking to. I don’t know all the ways to say thank you but here are the ones i know:
Kamsahamnida (most common one used, if you aren’t sure which to use in a situation just use this one)
Kumawa (these two are not as formal)
Man-ga gaum nida (this one is really formal, usually used to adress the king. i think it literally means you are too kind or something like that)
What other people said is right about different ways to say thank you. It is somewhat complicated by having to change it depending on who you are talking to.
Here is a site that will let you hear what the somewhat less formal ways of saying thank you sound like.
kamsahamnita. i has a korean friend before. and also, i watched too many Korean tv series…
thank you is: Kam Same Ne Da
Your Welcome: Chum Man Ney Yo
don’t waist your time learning Korean though… I learned over 5 years to end up being able to talk to idiots who are too scared to talk with a foreigner. Hopefully N. Korea will attack soon. Take care.
Ghamsamida! (My husband is Korean)