The bbb Korea’s Volunteer Interpretation App


Many people have asked me how to survive in Korea without knowing Korean language. For these people who need Korean interpretation and Korean translation, I’ve always recommended ‘bbb Interpretation Service.’

(Of course, as you guys know, it is more beneficial to learn a foreign language than to use that kind of app. Yes, I agree learning Korean is challenging, but definitely not bad! :D)


“All you need to do is press a button on your mobile phone, and you will be connected to someone who will provide you with the interpretation service.”

bbb volunteer interpretation is a service powered by 4,500 volunteers proficient in 20 languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Swedish, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Mongolian, Indian, Malay, Swahili.

It is available anywhere in the world 365 days 24 hours without any additional charge.

It also provides ‘Incheon Airport Hotline‘. When faced with language difficulties in Incheon(인천) Airport, use the ‘Incheon Airport Hotline’ to connect with the bbb volunteers.


 How to use this service

①  Call at 1588-5644 (outside of Korea : +82-1588-5644) or use the bbb Interpretation app.

②  Choose your language.

③  Finally, you will be directed connected to one of bbb’s volunteers’ mobile phone.

▶  When to use

24 hours / 7 days

Whenever you have problems in communicating with Korean including taxi driver, bank teller, utility and service provider, etc, you can call at bbb. bbb volunteers answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  since they always turn on their mobile phones all the time.



There is no service charge.

bbb is a public service with no additional cost except the basic toll.


For more information, visit


Reference :

  1. bbb 코리아. 2015. Available at: Accessed August 18, 2015.
  2. bbb Korea. 2018. Available at: Accessed November 13, 2018.
  3. 경제 안 좋으면 치마 길이가… 데이터는 답을 알고 있다. 차정인 기자의 T-타임. 2015.