Asking for contact information

Asking for contact information

You are out in Korea, enjoying your time and meeting new people. You’ll definitely find someone that you want to keep in touch with, but how do you ask someone in Korean for their phone number? The expression below will prove to be very useful in such situations.

연락처 좀 알려주시겠어요?
(Yeol-lak-cheo jom al-lyeo ju-shi-ges-seo-yo?)

which means, ‘Could you give me your phone number(e-mail address), please?’

연락처(Yeol-lak-cheo) is any means you can get in contact with the other person, so it’s anything like a phone number, e-mail, address… If you ask someone in Korea for his/her 연락처, usually they will give you their phone number or e-mail address.
좀 is literllay translated as ‘little’ or rarely ‘please’ and is often used in informal conversations to soften your statement.
연락처 좀 알려주시겠어요? is a polite expression that can be used in any situation, whether it is after a short business meeting (to ask indirectly for someone’s business card) or a nice chat at a bar. Don’t be disappointed or feel offended, though (especially you guys), if people (maybe the girl you liked) are not giving you their number. It is a part of Korean mentality that you will meet again if you are meant to, so this can wait until next time and there’s no hurry to exchange numbers or addresses; and if you are not meant to see again, what’s the use of exchanging numbers anyways.

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