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Let’s Master Basic Korean Sentence Structures

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How to compose proper sentence structures is one of the most important language skills you can learn, because you can’t speak or write properly without knowing how to put sentences together. In this article, we’ll teach you basic Korean sentence structure and word order so that you can write a Korean sentence or speak with local friends.

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  1. Overview of Word Order in Korean
  2. Basic Word Order with Subject, Verb, and Object
  3. Word Order with Prepositional Phrases
  4. Word Order with Modifiers
  5. How to Change the Sentence into a Yes-or-No Question
  6. Korean Word Order Practice
  7. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Your Korean Skills

1. Overview of Word Order in Korean

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The Korean language word order is SOV. Therefore, the default grammatical order is always subject object verb

Example:

  • 호랑이가 먹이를 먹어요

Horangiga meogireul meogeoyo.

A tiger is eating prey.

The Korean sentence structure and word order are different from those in English, which has an SVO (subject verb object) word order. The easiest way to remember the difference is that only the verb and object positions are switched. 

Let’s take a look at another example from Wikipedia

  • 내가 상자를 연다.

Naega sangjareul yeonda.

I open the box.

Congratulations! You’ve just mastered the first basic Korean sentence structure pattern, and you’re ready to learn how to construct Korean sentences. Let’s go!

A List of Subjects and Objects

2. Basic Word Order with Subject, Verb, and Object

Rule #1: Subject + Noun pattern

The first rule of Korean word order is the subject + noun pattern. Here are two tables of Korean subjects and grammar structures to help you construct Korean sentences. Once you familiarize yourself with them, you’ll be able to form Korean sentences easily.

A. Basic Vocabulary for Korean Subjects

SubjectRomanizationEnglishPoliteness
나는naneun“I am”informal
저는jeoneun“I am”formal
너는neoneun“You are”informal
당신은dangsineun“You are”formal
그는geuneun“He is”formal
그녀는geunyeoneun“She is”formal
*”He is” and “she is” are rarely used in spoken language. Try replacing the subject with a person’s name, such as 하영이는 (hayeongineun), 민경씨는 (mingyeongssineun), 영우님은 (yeongunimeun), etc.
우리는urineun“We are”informal
그들은geudeureun“They are”formal
“We are” in the formal register is rarely used in spoken language. When speaking, try saying 우리들은 (urideureun) instead.

B. Basic Grammar Structure to Remember

SubjectRomanizationEnglishPoliteness
~ 이다.~ ida.“~am”informal
~ 입니다.~ imnida.“~am”formal
(이)에요.(i)eyo.“~is”formal

When constructing the phrases above, you will always need to add a noun before. Let’s have a look at an example. 

Example:

  • 나는 학생이다. (informal/writing)

Naneun haksaengida.

I am a student.

  • 저는 학생이에요. (formal/speaking)

Jeoneun haksaengieyo.

I am a student.

Rule #2: Subject + Object + Verb pattern

The second rule of word order in Korean is the subject object verb rule we discussed at the beginning of this article. This is the default rule for how to complete a sentence. 

Example:

  • 저는 사과를 먹어요.

Jeoneun sagwareul meogeoyo.

I eat an apple.” 

Rule #3: Subject + Verb pattern

The third rule of Korean word order is the subject + verb sentence pattern. This is the easiest Korean sentence structure, and the pattern is similar to English. This SV pattern is usually used when you want to give a simple and direct answer to a question, without giving much context. For example, when someone asks “What is she doing?” you can simply answer by saying “She’s sleeping.”

Example:

  • A: 지금 앤은 뭐해?

A: Jigeum aeneun mwohae?

A: “What is Anne up to?”

  • B: 앤은 지금 요리해.

B: Aeneun jigeum yorihae.

B: “Anne is cooking now.”

Rule #4: Subject + Adjective pattern

The fourth rule of Korean word order is the subject + adjective sentence pattern, which is very similar to English. As we know, adjectives describe nouns or pronouns. 

Example:

  • 앤은 예뻐.

Aeneun yeppeo.

Anne is pretty.

  • 수업은 지루해요

Sueobeun jiruhaeyo.

The class is boring.” 

A Group of People Holding Speech Bubbles

3. Word Order with Prepositional Phrases

Now, let’s see how prepositional phrases come into Korean word order. According to Grammarly, a prepositional phrase is a group of words that contain a preposition, its object, and modifiers for that object. Let’s have a look at the ten most commonly used Korean prepositional phrases. 

1. ~ 의 앞에 (ui ap-e), “in front of” 

Rules:

1) Add only the object in front of the prepositional phrase. 

2) You can remove 의 when speaking. (e.g. 슈퍼마켓 앞에)

A. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 강아지는 슈퍼마켓에 있어요. 

Gangajineun syupeomakese isseoyo.

The dog is at the supermarket.

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 강아지는 슈퍼마켓의 앞에 있어요. 

Gangajineun syupeomakesui ape isseoyo.

The dog is in front of the supermarket.” 

2. ~ 의 뒤에 (dwie), “behind”

Rules:

1) Add only the object in front of the prepositional phrase. 

2) You can remove 의 when speaking. (e.g. 소파 뒤에)

A. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 강아지는 소파에 앉아있어요.

Gangajineun sopae anjaisseoyo.

The dog is sitting on the sofa.” 

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 강아지는 소파의 뒤에 앉아있어요.

Gangajineun sopaui dwie anjaisseoyo.

The dog is sitting behind the sofa.

3. ~ 의 안에 (~ui ane), “inside”

Rules:

1) Add only the object in front of the prepositional phrase. 

2) You can remove 의 when speaking. (e.g. 슈퍼마켓 뒤에)

A. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 강아지는 슈퍼마켓에 앉아있어요.

Gangajineun syupeomakese anjaisseoyo.

The dog is sitting by the sofa.

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 강아지는 슈퍼마켓의 안에 앉아있어요.

Gangajineun syupeomakesui ane anjaisseoyo.

The dog is sitting inside the supermarket.

4. ~의 위에 (wie), “on” 

Rules:

1) Add only the object in front of the prepositional phrase. 

2) You can remove 의 when speaking. (e.g. 책상 위에)

A. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 바나나는 책상에 있어요.

Banananeun chaeksange isseoyo.

The banana is at the table.” 

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 바나나는 책상 위에 있어요.

Banananeun chaeksangui wie isseoyo.

The banana is on the table.” 

5. ~ 밑에 (mite), “under” 

Rules:

1) Add only the object in front of the prepositional phrase. 

2) You can remove 의 when speaking. (e.g. 책상 밑에)

A. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 바나나는 책상에 있어요.

Banananeun chaeksange isseoyo.

The banana is at the table.” 

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 바나나는 책상 밑에 있어요.

Banananeun chaeksangui wie isseoyo.

The banana is under the table.” 

6. ~ 과/와 함께 (gwa hamkke), “together with”

Rules:

1) Add only the object in front of the prepositional phrase. 

2) In spoken language, you can say 주인이랑 (juinirang) instead of 주인과 (juingwa); there’s no change in the meaning. 

A. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 강아지는 주인과 산책해요.

Gangajineun juingwa sanchaekaeyo.

The dog walks with the owner.” 

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 강아지는 주인 함께 산책해요.

Gangajineun juingwa hamkke sanchaekaeyo.

The dog walks together with the owner.” 

7. ~에 관한 (~e gwanhan), “about” 

Rule:

1) Add only the noun in front of the prepositional phrase. 

A. Simple SV Sentence: 

 subject verb

  • 애나는 발표해요.

Aenaneun balpyohaeyo.

Anna presents.”

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 애나는  한국문화에 관한 주제로 발표해요. 

Aenaneun hangungmunhwae gwanhan jujero balpyohaeyo.

Anna presents about Korean culture.

8. ~때문에 (~ttae mune), “Because of~” 

A. Simple SV Sentence: 

 subject verb

  • 운동회가 취소되었다. 

Undonghoega chwisodoeeotda.

Sport Day is canceled.

B. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 운동회가  때문에 취소되었다.  

Undonghoega  bi ttaemune chwisodoeeotda. 

Sport Day is canceled because of the rain.

9. ~한테 (hante), “To someone” / “From someone” / “By someone”

A. Simple SA Sentence: 

subject + adjective

  • 이 훈련은 어려워요. 

I hullyeoneun eoryeowoyo.

This training is difficult.

B. Prepositional Phrase Example Using “TO someone”:

  • 이 훈련은 강아지한테 어려워요. 

I hullyeoneun gangajihante eoryeowoyo.

This training is difficult to (for) the dog.” 

C. Simple SOV Sentence: 

 subject object verb

  • 저는 장난감을 받았어요.

Jeoneun jangnangameul badasseoyo.

I received a toy.

D. Prepositional Phrase Example Using “FROM someone”:

  • 저는 장난감을 친구한테 받았어요.

Jeoneun i jangnangameun chinguhante badasseoyo.

I got this toy from my friend.” 

E. Simple SV Sentence: 

 subject verb

  • 강아지가 물어요.

Gangajiga mureosseoyo.

A dog bites.

F. Prepositional Phrase Example Using “BY someone”:

  • 저는 강아지한테 물렸어요. 

Jeoneun gangajihante mullyeosseoyo.

I got bitten by a dog.

10. 으로 / 로 (euro / ro), “to” [destination]

Simple SV Sentence: 

 subject verb

  • 저는 여행할 거예요

Jeoneun yeohaenghal geoyeyo.

I’m going to travel.

A. Prepositional Phrase Example:

  • 저는 프랑스 여행할 거예요. 

Jeoneun peurangseuro yeohaenggal geoyeyo.

I’ll travel to France.

Writing Down Korean Sentence Structures in a Notebook

4. Word Order with Modifiers

Descriptive verbs can become noun modifiers and describe the nouns directly. The verb acts as an adjective to modify a noun, which must follow immediately. In Korean grammar, word order with modifiers has two rules you need to remember. So, let’s take a look. 

1. General Rule #1  –  V + ~는 것 (geot)

The first rule for modifiers in Korean word order is the V + ~것 (geot) pattern, which is used to nominalize action verbs. It indicates the gerund form of a verb (e.g. X-ing).

Example:

1. 가다 (gada), “to go”

2. 가 (ga) is the verb stem

3. 가 (ga) + -는 것 (neun geot)

4. It becomes 가는 것 (ganeun geot), which means “going,” and the verb became the noun

2. General Rule #2  –  n~은 (eun) + noun 

Descriptive verbs can become noun modifiers and describe the nouns directly. The verb acts as an adjective to modify a noun, which must follow immediately. We usually translate the descriptive verb as “to be [Adjective].” Let’s have a look at an example. 

Example:

1. 작다 (jakda), “to be small”

2. 작 (verb stem ending in a consonant) + -은 (eun) becomes 작은 (jakeun), meaning “small.” 

3. 작은 + 모자 (noun) becomes 작은 모자 (jakeunmoja), meaning “a small hat.”

Note that ~은 (eun) is attached to the end of clauses that end in consonants. If there’s no consonant at the end of a clause, the rule is slightly different. 

Example:

1. 나쁘다 (nappeuda), “to be bad”

2. 나쁘 (verb stem ending without a consonant) + ~은 (eun) becomes 나쁜 (nappeun), meaning “bad.”

3. 나쁜 + 사람 (noun) becomes 나쁜 사람 (nappeunsaram), meaning “a bad person.”

Check out our lesson on Noun Modifying Particles to learn more about modifiers. 

Yes-or-no Card and a Red Box

5. How to Change the Sentence into a Yes-or-No Question

Asking questions in Korean doesn’t require a complicated sentence structure. All you need to do is raise the end of the sentence in order to form a question. 

“Dad sleeps” in Korean is 아빠는 자요 (Appaneun jayo). If you raise the end of the word 요 (yo), it becomes a yes-or-no question: 아빠는 자요↗ ? (Appaneun jayo?), meaning “Is dad asleep?” Perhaps this is the easiest Korean sentence structure we’ll learn today. 

Examples:

  • 어제 학교 갔었어요. (Eoje hakgyo gasseosseoyo.) “I went to school yesterday.” 
  • 어제 학교 갔었어요↗ ? (Eoje hakgyo gasseosseoyo?) “Did you go to school yesterday?”
  • 어제 공부했어. (Eoje gongbuhaesseo.) “I studied yesterday.” 
  • 어제 공부했어↗ ? (Eoje gongbuhaesseo?) “Did you study yesterday?” 
  • 한국어 할 수 있어요. (Hangugeo hal su isseoyo.) “I can speak Korean.” 
  • 한국어 할 수 있어요↗ ? (Hangugeo hal su isseoyo?) “Can you speak Korean?” 

You need to be able to answer “Yes” or “No” when someone asks you a question. You may already know these, but let’s review them again. 

How to Say “Yes” and “No” in Korean

KoreanRomanizationEnglishPoliteness
ye“Yes”formal
eung“Yes”informal
아니요aniyo“No”formal
아니ani“No”informal

Example:

  • 프랑스어 해↗?

Peurangseueohae?

“Can you speak French?”

  • 아니, 못해. (Ani, mothae.) “No, I can’t.”  / 응, 해. (Eung, hae.) “Yes, I can.”
A Kid Holding a Piece of Chalk in Front of a Blackboard

Let’s do some exercises

6. Korean Word Order Practice

Now that we’ve learned some basic Korean sentence structures, let’s do some practice exercises.

Question 1 

Translate a simple sentence in Korean. How do you say “I open the box” in Korean? (Hint: Check Part 1)

Question 2

How do you say “The dog is in front of the supermarket” in Korean? (Hint: Check Part 3)

1) 강아지는 슈퍼마켓의 뒤에 있어요.

2) 강아지는 슈퍼마켓의 앞에 있어요.

3) 강아지는 슈퍼마켓의 옆에 있어요.

4) 강아지는 슈퍼마켓과 함께 있어요.

5) 강아지는 슈퍼마켓의 안에 있어요.

Question 3

Write this yes-or-no question in Korean. “Did you go to school yesterday?” (Hint: Check Part 5)

A Young Lady with a Korean Flag

7. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Your Korean Skills

In summary, we’ve learned basic Korean sentence structures by going over four basic word order patterns, ten of the most commonly used Korean prepositional phrases, two important modifier rules, and how to form yes-or-no questions. 

Once you familiarize yourself with these Korean sentence structures, you’ll be able to write a diary in Korean and continue learning about how to form advanced sentence structures! So keep studying. Here are more pages for you to learn about Korean sentence structure. 

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We hope you enjoyed learning with KoreanClass101! Feel free to reach out to us in the comments section with any questions or concerns you have about Korean word order, and we’ll be glad to help!

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10 Culture Shocks in Korea: Be Aware of These!

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Many expats discuss the culture shock they experienced while living or traveling in South Korea online, through Youtube videos or their personal blogs. They also give advice, which can be very useful to potential travelers planning to visit Korea, as it comes from their own personal experiences. Today, KoreanClass101 will introduce 10 common Korean culture shocks that travelers and expats experience in Korea.

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  1. Culture Shock 1: Cafes are Everywhere in Korea
  2. Culture Shock 2: Bumping into Someone While Walking
  3. Culture Shock 3: People Don’t Hold Doors for You
  4. Culture Shock 4: Metal Spoons and Chopsticks
  5. Culture Shock 5: Holding Hands Amongst Girlfriends
  6. Culture Shock 6: We Use Toilet Paper for Everything
  7. Culture Shock 7: Sharing Food from the Same Dish
  8. Culture Shock 8: The “Pali Pali” Culture in Korea
  9. Culture Shock 9: You Can Use Free Wifi Everywhere in Korea
  10. Culture Shock 10: Food Delivery at 1am? No Problem!
  11. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

1. Culture Shock 1: Cafes are Everywhere in Korea

You will be surprised how many cafes you find on one street. Some of the most famous cafe chains in Korea are: 

  • 스타벅스 (seutabeokseu) – Starbucks
  • 카페베네 (kapebene) – Caffe Bene 
  • 커피빈  (keopibin) – Coffee Bean
  • 엔제리너스  (enjerineoseu) – Angle-in-us
  • 투썸플레이스 (tusseompeulleiseu) – A Twosome Place

And the list goes on. If you are curious to know the list of Korean cafes, click here

You may mistakenly conclude that Koreans love to drink coffee, but the real reason is related to Korean culture. Since renting an apartment is extremely expensive for young Koreans, it is quite common for them to live with their parents in order to save their money. Generally they stay with their parents until marriage, unless they decide to continue living with their parents even after they get married. 

Also, inviting friends over to one’s house is not common in South Korea, and it is even considered rude to organise a party at home without parental permission. Therefore, the younger generation prefer to hang out with their friends outside their homes in places like cafes.

KoreanClass101 has a free lesson on how to order food in Korean so feel free to check it out.

Ordering at a restaurant

2. Culture Shock 2: Bumping into Someone While Walking

Do not be surprised or upset when you bump into someone while walking in the busy streets in South Korea. In Korea, this is very common, but this is one of the biggest pet peeves for travelers or expats in Korea. No matter how hard you try, you will bump into someone at one point, so be ready for this. And as this unfortunately happens to everyone, everyday so try not to take it personally.

A guy walking out of the office

3. Culture Shock 3: People Don’t Hold Doors for You

Every country has different manners. If you were told  to be polite and hold the door for the next person, don’t be offended if native Koreans do not return the favor. Instead of holding the door for the person behind you, some Koreans will push the door very hard, so that it doesn’t close quickly, allowing the person behind them to rush inside or out while the door is open.

Special food requests

4. Culture Shock 4: Metal Spoons and Chopsticks

Compared to other Asian chopsticks, Korean chopsticks are flatter and more square in shape and is made of metal. Many tourists wonder why Koreans use metal 젓가락 (jeotgarak), which means  “chopsticks” and 숟가락 (sutgarak) which means “spoon”, but there is actually a very interesting story behind this. In historical times, only the upper class used metal chopsticks made of gold or silver. Initially, silver chopsticks and spoons were used by the royal family in order to detect poison in their food. Since then, metal chopsticks became more common and is now used everywhere.  

Two ladies holding hands together

5. Culture Shock 5:  Holding Hands Amongst Girlfriends

Don’t bewildered when you see two Korean ladies holding hands or walking arm in arm in Korea. This kind of gesture, which is called 팔짱끼다 (paljjangkkida) is to show their close relationship and their bond is strong, like sisters. You will often see two Korean students (mostly girls) doing this. Also you will see this between a daughter and a mother as well. This is a friendly gesture so do not be confused when you see this on the street. 

6. Culture Shock 6: We Use Toilet Paper for Everything

Korean use 두루마리 휴지 (durumari hyuji) which means “toilet paper roll” for …pretty much everything! Toilet paper is not only used for its original purpose, but Koreans use it in many occasions, such as using it as a kitchen towel, to wipe tables with, to blow your nose, wipe sweat, and more. Therefore, it is quite common to see a roll of toilet paper sitting on a desk or table in many Korean households. When you visit a hole in the wall Korean restaurant, you may need to use toilet paper as a napkin. 

Seven people sharing french fries

7. Culture Shock 7: Sharing Food from the Same Dish

If you are from a country where everyone has their own plate and do not share food together, this may be a shock for you. In Korea, sharing food is a big part of Korean culture. Sharing the food, or, in other words, eating from the same bowl, is very common so don’t be surprised when you see your local friends dipping their spoons and chopsticks into a big pot of soup or side dishes. Usually the main dish, such as 불고기 (bulgogi), which means “Korean Barbecue”, 김치찌개 (gimchijjigae) which means “Kimchi Soup”, 삼겹살 (samgyeopsal) which means “Grilled Pork Belly”, is placed in the middle of the table and many 반찬 (banchan) which means “small side dishes” are placed around the main dish. Each person does not receive the same banchan, meaning everything on the table is for sharing. 

8. Culture Shock 8: The “Pali Pali” Culture in Korea

빨리빨리 (ppallippalli), the direct translation being “hurry hurry” or “quick quick”, is a big part of the culture in South Korea. When you order food at a restaurant, your dish will be ready right away. This also goes for preparing food, making payments and even traveling around on the subway. This means that you will almost never have to wait for anything, and that everything will be ready within a desired time. On the other hand, this ‘pali pali’ culture has side effects as well. Since everything has to be done quickly, Koreans may appear extremely impatient to those who are not aware of this Korean culture. 

9. Culture Shock 9: You Can Use Free Wifi Everywhere in Korea

Finding free 와이파이 (waipai), which means “wifi” in Korea is a lot easier than you think, because wifi is virtually everywhere in Korea. Every cafe in Korea–especially Seoul–will provide free wi-fi services. You can even use free wifi on subway and at open public spaces (look for a sign that says wifi zone). You want to use free wifi? Simply turn on the wifi button and look through the list. You will easily find some such as Free U+Zone, T Wifi Zone , and KT Free WiFi . These free provides usually require you to add some personal information or make you watch an advertisement which lasts about a minute until you can use the free wifi for a minimum 60 minutes to a maximum 24 hours.

A lady holding a bowl of Kimchi soup

10. Culture Shock 10: Food Delivery at 1am? No Problem!

You can order food anytime–whether it is 1 am or 3 am in the morning. Koreans enjoy nightlife and 야식 (yasik) which means “Midnight Snack” is something we enjoy. Some of the famous Yasik include 라면 (ramyeon) which means “noodle”, 치맥 (chimaek) which means  “Fried Chicken and Beer”, 보쌈 (Bossam) which means “pork dish”, 떡볶이 (tteokbokki) which means “stir-fried rice cakes”, 순대 (sundae) which means blood sausage”, 군고구마 (gungoguma) which means “Roasted Sweet Potato,”  비빔면 (bibimmyeon) which means “cold noodles.”

These days, Koreans use food-delivery apps to order the food. All you need to do is to use a food delivery app such as 요기요 (Yogiyo) 배달통 (Baedaltong), or 푸드플라이 (FoodFly). 

First, choose the cuisine, then make the payment and wait until your dishes arrive by the door. 

Do you want to study Korean while learning more about Korean culture shocks? Visit our online lesson “Culture Shock” and “Korean Instant Noodles!” and learn more about why Korean instant noodles may be a culture shock for some people. In addition, you can learn Korean cultures in depth on our “Korean Culture Class” lessons where you can learn many interesting Korean culture such as dialects, age, level of politeness, marriage and so on. So do check out our free lessons on our website! 

11. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean 

I hope you enjoyed reading our top 10 Korean cultures that you may encounter when you travel to Korea. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or simply visit our forum, where you can receive any practical advice from native Korean speakers. Also, KoreanClass101 provides fun and culturally relevant lessons–there are over 1,000,000+ lessons provided on our website. Our effective teaching method lets you study Korean at your own pace. We have free lessons such as the Korean Key Phrase List, interactive lessons like How to Write My Name in Korean, and more, so feel free to drop by KoreanClass101 anytime, because our goal is to help you improve your Korean! Thank you and have a great day!

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Compliments in Korean for You to Master

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Compliments make people feel important and good about themselves. It’s an indispensable part of conversation, too. In this article, you’ll learn various phrases you can use to praise someone for their looks, skills, and work. In addition, we’ll teach you what’s culturally acceptable when someone compliments you in Korea.

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Table of Contents

  1. Compliments on Someone’s Look
  2. Compliments on Someone’s Work
  3. Compliments on Someone’s Skills
  4. What to Expect After Giving Compliments
  5. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Your Korean Skills

1. Compliments on Someone’s Look

A Woman Smiling at the Camera

“You have a beautiful smile!”

1. “Your smile is beautiful.”

Formal
웃는 얼굴이 아름다워요.

Unneun eolguri areumdawoyo.

Informal
웃는 얼굴이 예쁘네.

Unneun eolguri yeppeune.

*Add 참 (cham) to give someone a stronger Korean compliment; it means “very” or “really.”

Example:

A: 하하하. 그렇구나.
A: Hahaha. Geureokuna.
A: “Hahaha. I see.”

B: 너 그거알아? 웃는 얼굴이 참 예쁜것 같아. (informal)
B: Neo geugeoara? Unneun eolguri cham yeppeungeot gata.
B: “Do you know that your smile is really beautiful?”

2. “You are beautiful.”

Formal
미인이세요.

Miiniseyo.

Informal
미인이네.

Miinine.

This phrase is only used to compliment women’s appearance, mainly regarding their face; 멋있어요 (meosisseoyo) is used to compliment men’s appearance. Synonyms of this phrase are:

  • 예쁘세요. (yeppeuseyo.) [formal]
  • 예쁘다. (yeppeuda.) [informal]

Examples:

Informal:
철수의 딸들은 하나같이 다 미인이야.
Cheolsuui ttaldeureun hanagachi da miiniya.
“Cheolsu’s daughters are all beautiful.”

Formal:
수미씨는 정말 미인이세요.
Sumissineun jeongmal miiniseyo.
“Sumi, you are really beautiful.”

3. “You are handsome.” / “You are cool.”

Formal
멋있어요.

Meosisseoyo.

Informal
멋져.

Meotjyeo.

This compliment in Korean can be used to praise both women’s and men’s appearance, as well as their behavior or personality.

Examples:

Formal:
아빠는 신사답고 멋있어요.
Appaneun sinsadapgo meosisseoyo.
“My dad is so gentle and cool.”

Informal:
그 남자는 정말 멋있어.
Geu namjaneun jeongmal meosisseo.
“He is good-looking.”

Compliments

4. “You look like a celebrity.”

Formal
연예인 같으세요.

Yeonyein gateuseyo.

Informal
연예인 같아.

Yeonyein gata.

Koreans tend to compliment someone’s appearance by comparing their looks to that of a famous celebrity. Another commonly used phrase is: ~ 닮았어요 (~ dalasseoyo), which means “You look like someone.” Replace 연예인 (yeonyein) with the name of any famous celebrity’s name to complete the sentence.

Example:

Informal:
저 사람 너무 잘생겼다. 꼭 연예인 같아.
Jeo saram neomu jalsaenggyeotda. Kkok yeonyein gata.
“The person over there is so handsome. He looks like a celebrity.

= 저 사람 너무 잘생겼다. 지드래곤 닮았어.
= Jeo saram neomu jalsaenggyeotda. Jideuraegon dalm`asseo.
= “The person over there is so handsome. He looks like G-dragon.

5. “You look great in ___.”

Formal
~이/가 잘 어울려요.

~i/ga jal eoullyeoyo.

Informal
~이/가 잘 어울려.

~i/ga jal eoullyeo.

Use this phrase to compliment someone’s outfit or the color of their clothing. You must add a noun to complete the sentence.

Examples:

Formal:
분홍색이 잘 어울려요.
Bunhongsaegi jal eoullyeoyo.
“You look great in pink.”

Formal:
안경이 잘 어울려요.
Angyeongi jal eoullyeoyo.
“You look great in glasses.”

Want to practice this phrase by saying it with different articles of clothing? Open up our free vocabulary lists on “Winter Clothes” and “Summer Clothes and Accessories” to practice more!

2. Compliments on Someone’s Work

A Woman Screaming into a Megaphone

“Im the best!”

6. “Great job!”

Formal
잘 하셨어요.

Jal hasyeosseoyo.

Informal
잘했어.

Jalhaesseo.

Examples:

Formal:
아주 침착하게 잘 하셨어요.
Aju chimchakage jal hasyeosseoyo.
“You handled yourself very well.”

Informal:
빨리 왔네? 잘했어!
Ppalli wanne? Jalhaesseo!
“You came so early. Great job!”

7. “You are the best!”

Formal
최고예요!

Choegoyeyo!

Informal
최고야!

Choegoya!

You can also say 짱이야 (jjangiya), which is one of the most-used Korean slang compliments. You can only say this to your friends.

Examples:

Formal:
저희는 패션 업계에서 최고입니다.
Jeohuineun paesyeon eopgyeeseo choegoimnida.
“We’re number-one in the fashion business.”

Informal:
철수 너가 최고야!
Cheulsu neoga choegoya!
“You are the best, Cheulsu!”

Informal Slang:
철수 너 짱이야!
Cheulsu neo jjangiya!
“You are the best, Cheulsu!”

8. “The materials you showed at the meeting today were great.”

Formal
오늘 미팅에서 보여준 자료는 너무 훌륭했어요.

Oneul mitingeseo boyeojun jaryoneun neomu hullyunghaesseoyo.

Informal
오늘 미팅에서 보여준 자료는 너무 훌륭했어.

Oneul mitingeseo boyeojun jaryoneun neomu hullyunghaesseo.

These phrases can be used just as they are after someone has given a presentation.

9. “It was a tough project and the results exceeded expectations.”

Formal
힘든 프로젝트였는데 성과가 기대 이상이에요.

Himdeun peurojekteuyeonneunde seonggwaga gidae isangieyo.

Example:

Formal:
수고했어요. 힘든 프로젝트였는데 성과가 기대 이상이에요.
Sugohaesseoyo. himdeun peurojekteuyeonneunde seonggwaga gidae isangieyo.
“Great work. It was a tough project and the results exceeded expectations.”

Do you need more words for talking about your job or the workplace in general? KoreanClass101 has you covered!

Someone Intricately Carving a Piece of Fruit

“Your knife skills are awesome!”

3. Compliments on Someone’s Skills

10. “You are good at cooking.”

Formal
요리 정말 잘하시네요.

Yori jeongmal jalhasineyo.

Informal
요리 장잘 잘하네.

Yori jangjal jalhane.

정말 잘하시네요 (jeongmal jalhasineyo) means “You are good at something.” If you want to compliment someone on a particular skill, such as cooking, add 요리 (yori) to the front to complete the sentence.

Examples:

Formal:
운동 정말 잘하시네요.
Undong jeongmal jalhasineyo.
“You are good at exercising.”

Informal:
수영 정말 잘하네.
Suyeong jeongmal jalhane.
“You are good at swimming.”

11. “You are good at drawing.”

Formal
그림 잘 그리시네요.

Geurim jal geurisineyo.

Informal
그림 잘 그리네.

Geurim jal geurine.

This is another one of the best Korean compliments to praise someone’s skills. While the grammar construction of the last compliment phrase is to add a noun to the beginning of the sentence, this phrase is to compliment someone’s action.

For example, if someone is good at drawing, the noun for “drawing” is 그림 (geurim) and the verb “to draw” is 그리다 (geurida).Therefore, in order to complete the whole sentence, you need to combine these two words.

Examples:

Formal:
그림 정말 잘 그리시네요.
Geurim jeongmal jal geurisineyo.
“You are good at drawing.”

Informal:
빨리 달리네.
Ppalli dalline.
“You are good at running.”

12. “You speak Korean like a native.”

Formal
원어민 처럼 한국어를 잘하시네요.

Woneomin cheoreom hangugeoreul jalhasineyo.

Informal
원어민 처럼 한국어를 잘하네.

Woneomin cheoreom hangugeoreul jalhane.

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Examples:

Formal:
원어민 처럼 러시아어를 잘하시네요.
Woneomin cheoreom reosiaeoreul jalhasineyo.
“You speak Russian like a native speaker.”

Informal:
원어민 처럼 영어를 잘하네.
Woneomin cheoreom yeongeoreul jalhane.
“You speak English like a native speaker.”

13. “Nice picture composition.”

Formal
사진 구도가 멋지네요.

Sajin gudoga meotjineyo.

Informal
사진 구도가 멋져.
Sajin gudoga meotjyeo.

Example:

Formal:
풍경 사진 구도가 멋지네요.
Punggyeong sajin gudoga meotjineyo.
“Your landscape photograph composition is wonderful.”

Do you need some additional vocabulary to complete the phrase? Check out KoreanClass101’s vocabulary list about hobbies!

Woman Who Feels Awkward

“I feel awkward when someone compliments me.”

4. What to Expect After Giving Compliments

When you compliment someone in Korea, you’ll notice that the other person will often reply with 아, 아니에요. (a, anieyo), or respond to your compliment with awkward silence or a smile. This is because, to a Korean, accepting compliments confidently is considered rude. Therefore, they do their best to avoid appearing too arrogant to the person giving the compliment.

There are three common phrases to use when someone compliments you in Korea. Let’s have a look.

1. Denying the Compliment

Formal
아, 아니에요.

A, anieyo.

Informal
아, 아니야.

A, aniya.

Pay close attention to their body language when they deny the compliments. They will do the double hand wave to strongly say “No” to someone. You can read more about this Korean hand gesture in our article, “10 Korean Hand Gestures You Need to Know“.

Examples:

Formal:
A: 한국어 정말 잘하시네요!
A: Hangugeo jeongmal jalhasineyo!
A: “You speak Korean really well!”

Formal:
B: 아, 아니에요. 아직 잘 못해요.
B: A, anieyo. Ajik jal mothaeyo.
B: “Ah, no. I’m still not good at it.”

Informal:
C: 대박 너 진짜 빠르다.
C: Daebak neo jinjja ppareuda.
C: “Wow, you are so fast.”

D: 아, 아니야.
D: A, aniya.
D: “Ah, no.”

2. Requesting Assurance

Formal
정말이에요?

Jeongmarieyo?

Informal
정말?

Jeongmal?

The second way is to request assurance from the person you’re speaking to. Simply respond by saying “Really?” as if you’d never heard the compliment before. In this way, you’ll appear innocent, not arrogant.

Examples:

A: 수진씨 보조개가 참 예쁘네요.
A: Sujinssi bojogaega cham yeppeuneyo.
A: “You have very nice dimples, Sujin.”

B: 정말이에요?
B: Jeongmarieyo?
B: “Really?”

Informal:
C: 네가 입고 있는 옷 진짜 이쁜데?
C: Nega ipgo inneun ot jinjja ippeunde?
C: “You look really nice in that dress.”

D: 정말?
D: Jeongmal?
D: “Really?”

3. Accepting the Compliment

Formal
정말요? 고마워요.

Jeongmallyo? Gomawoyo.

Informal
정말? 고마워.

Jeongmal? Gomawo.

The third way is to accept someone’s compliment by responding with “Really? Thank you.” In this way, you’ll not appear to be arrogant.

Examples:

Formal:
A: 한국어 정말 잘하네요.
A: Hangugeo jeongmal jalhaneyo.
A: “You speak Korean fluently.”

B: 정말요? 고마워요!
B: Jeongmallyo? Gomawoyo!
B: “Really? Thank you!”

Informal:
C: 요리 정말 잘한다!
C: Yori jeongmal jalhanda!
C: “You are so good at cooking!”

D: 정말? 고마워.
D: Jeongmal? Gomawo.
D: “Really? Thank you.”

Team Members High-fiving Each Other

“Your Korean is so good!”

5. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Your Korean Skills

In summary, we learned how to compliment someone in Korean and in various situations. We also went over ways to compliment someone sincerely and how to accept compliments in Korean. Want to learn more compliment phrases? Have a look at these two pages below:

Also check out these pages (in Korean):

We hope that you enjoyed reading this article! Let us know in the comments which Korean compliment is your favorite!

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KoreanClass101: The Top 20 Angry Korean Phrases

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Anger” is 화 (hwa) in Korean and originates from the Chinese character for “fire,” which is 火. So when someone says 나 너무 화가나! (Na neomu hwagana!), can you imagine how angry that person may be?

In this article, we’ll introduce you to the top 20 Korean angry phrases to help you express yourself in Korean.

You get angry. Everyone gets angry. People want to express themselves. Let’s learn some angry Korean phrases!

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Table of Contents

  1. Angry Korean Imperatives
  2. Korean Angry Warnings
  3. Korean Angry Blames
  4. Describing How You Feel in Korean
  5. Bonus: How to Calm Yourself Down When You’re Angry
  6. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

1. Angry Korean Imperatives

Complaints

We’ll start with angry Korean phrases that are perfect for telling others what you want them to do (or not do!).

1- 닥쳐 (dakchyeo) “Shut up”

Example:

  • 닥쳐! 말도 안 되는 소리 하지 마.
    Ya dakchyeo! Maldo an doeneun sori haji ma.
    “Shut up! Stop talking that nonsense!”

2- 저리 가! (jeori ga!) “Go away”

Example:

  • 네가 보기 싫다. 저리 가.
    Nega bogi silta. Jeori ga.
    “I don’t want to see you. Just go away.”

3- 그만해! (geumanhae!) “Stop it!”

Example:

  • 그만해! 이제 그만 좀 싸워!
    Geumanhae! Ije geuman jom ssawo!
    “Stop it, guys! No more fighting!”

4- 적당히 해 (jeokdanghi hae) “That’s enough”

Example:

  • 야! 적당히 해!
    Ya! Jeokdanghi hae!
    “Hey! That’s too much!”

5- 집어치워 (jibeochiwo) “Cut it out”

This phrase has two words combined together, which are 집다 (jipda), meaning “to pick up,” and 치우다 (chiuda), meaning “tidying up.” The literal translation is “pick up and tidy up.”

You can also use this phrase in a joking way with your friends.

Example:

  • 하하하. 야 농담 집어치워라.
    Hahaha. Ya nongdam jibeochiwora.
    “Hahaha. Hey, cut it (your joke) out.”

6- 꺼져 (kkeojyeo) “Get lost”

Example:

  • 야, 꺼져.
    Ya, kkeojyeo.
    “Hey, get lost.”

A Sullen-Looking Girl

2. Korean Angry Warnings

Negative Verbs

Below is a list of angry phrases in Korean you can use to let someone know it’s time to back off.

7- 너랑 말 하고 싶지 않아 (neorang mal hago sipji ana) “I don’t want to talk with you.”

Example:

  • A: 아직도 화났어?
    A: Ajikdo hwanasseo?
    A: “Are you still angry with me?”
  • B: 됐어. 너랑 말 하고 싶지 않아.
    B: Dwaesseo. Neorang mal hago sipji ana.
    B: “I don’t want to talk with you.”

8- 너랑 만나고 싶지 않아 (neorang mannago sipji ana) “I don’t want to see you again.”

Add 다신 (dashin), the shortened version of 다시 (dasi), meaning “again,” right after 너랑 (neorang) to express your anger more strongly. The meaning becomes “I don’t want to see you ever again.”

Example:

  • A: 말 시키지마. 너랑 다신 만나고 싶지 않아.
    A: Mal sikijima. Neorang dasin mannago sipji ana.
    A: “Don’t talk to me. I don’t want to see you ever again.”
  • B: 진심이야?
    B: Jinsimiya?
    B: “Do you really mean it?”

9- 입 조심해 (ip josimhae) “Watch your mouth.”

Example:

  • A: 현아야 사람들이 너 입 조심하래.
    A: Hyeonaya saramdeuri neo ip josimharae.
    A: “Hyuna, people said that you should watch your mouth.”
  • B: 나? 내가 왜?
    B: Na? Naega wae?
    B: “Me? Why?”

10- 장난하냐? (jangnyanhanya?) “Are you kidding me?”

Example:

  • A: 야, 진짜 장난하냐?
    A: Ya, jinjja jangnanhanya?
    A: “Dude, seriously, are you kidding me?”
  • B: 야, 진정해. 장난이야.
    B: Ya, jinjeonghae. Jangnaniya.
    B: “Chill. I was just kidding.”

11- 마지막 경고다 (majimak gyeonggoda) “This is my last warning.”

Example:

  • A: 그 사람한테 마지막 경고는 줘야할 것 같습니다.
    A: Geu saramhante majimak gyeonggoneun jwoyahal geot gatseumnida.
    A: “We have to give him a final warning.”
  • B: 정말입니까?
    B: Jeongmarimnikka?
    B: “Are you sure?”
  • A: 마지막 경고야.
    A: Majimak gyeonggoya.
    A: “This is my last warning.”
  • B: 네 경고 따윈 무섭지도 않아!
    B: Ne gyeonggo ttawin museopjido ana!
    B: “I’m not even scared of your warnings!”

Unhappy Employee

3. Korean Angry Blames

Are you looking for an angry expression in Korean to blame the other person for something? Or to let them know you don’t approve of what they did? Here you go:

12- 너 미쳤어? (neo michyeosseo?) “Are you out of your mind?”

Example:

  • A: 야, 너 미쳤어?
    A: Ya, neo michyeosseo?
    A: “Are you out of your mind?”
  • B: 어, 나 미쳤어. 어쩔껀데?
    B: Eo, na michyeosseo. Eojjeolkkeonde?
    B: “Yeah, I am crazy. So what?”

13- 상관하지 마 (sanggwanhaji ma) “It’s none of your business.”

There are two other phrases that are commonly used in Korea. The first phrase is 네 알바 아니잖아 (ne alba anijana). This has exactly the same meaning as 상관하지 마 (sanggwanhaji ma). The only difference is that 네 알바 아니잖아 (ne alba anijana) shows more aggressiveness and anger toward the person you’re speaking to.

The second phrase is 너나 잘해 (neona jalhae), which means “Just do well yourself.” This phrase is commonly used among friends to say “Mind your own business.”

Example:

  • A: 뭐 보고 있어? 나도 좀 보자!
    A: Mwo bogo isseo? Nado jom boja!
    A: “What are you looking at? Let me have a look, too.”
  • B: 그만해, 상관하지 마
    B: Geumanhae, sanggwanhaji ma.
    B: “Stop it, it’s none of your business.”
  • A: 너 빨리 말해, 어제 뭐했어?
    A: Neo ppalli malhae, eoje mwohaesseo?
    A: “Hurry up and tell me, what did you do yesterday?”
  • B: 네 알바 아니잖아!
    B: Ne alba anijana!
    B: “It’s none of your business!”

14- 네가 뭔데? (Nega mwonde?) “Who do you think you are?”

Example:

  • A: 야 저 남자 너무 못생겼다 그치? 하하.
    A: Ya jeo namja neomu motsaenggyeotda geuchi? Haha.
    A: “Hey, that man looks hideous, doesn’t he? Haha.”
  • B: 네가 뭔데 그사람에 대해서 그렇게 말할 수 있냐?
    B: Nega mwonde geusarame daehaeseo geureoke malhal su innya?
    B: “Who are you to talk about him like that?”
  • 고상한 척 하지마. 네가 뭔데 그래?
    Gosanghan cheok hajima. Nega mwonde geurae?
    “Don’t be such a snob. Who do you think you are?”

15- 내 말 안듣고 있잖아 (nae mal andeutgo itjana) “You were not listening to me.”

Example:

  • A: 야, 왜 강아지를 때려?
    A: Ya, wae gangajireul ttaeryeo?
    A: “Hey, why did you slap your dog?”
  • B: 내 말 안듣고 있잖아!
    B: Nae mal andeutgo itjana!
    B “(Because) He’s not listening to me!”

Two office workers arguing over Something

4. Describing How You Feel in Korean

Here are some useful phrases to effectively let someone know you’re angry in Korean, or to discuss other negative emotions you’re feeling.

16- 나 열받았어 (na yeolbadasseo) “I’m angry.”

Add 완전 (wanjeon), meaning “absolute,” or 진짜 (jinjja), meaning “really,” after 나 (na) to express your level of anger.

Example:

  • 나 지금 완전 열 받았어.
    Na jigeum wanjeon yeol badasseo.
    “I’m so pissed off right now.”

17- 정말 짜증난다 (jeongmal jjajeungnanda) “I’m really annoyed.”

Example:

  • 나 정말 짜증나 죽겠어.
    Na jeongmal jjajeungna jukgesseo.
    “I’m really annoyed.” (Literal translation: “I’m about to die over annoyance.” )

18- 완전 실망했어 (wanjeon silmanghaesseo) “I’m really disappointed.”

Example:

  • 너의 그런 모습에 완전 실망했어.
    Neoui geureon moseube wanjeon silmanghaesseo.
    “I’m really disappointed because of your behavior.”

19- 아이씨! (aissi!) “To express anger or frustration”

Example:

  • 아이씨 깜짝이야!
    Aissi kkamjjagiya!
    “Whoa! What a surprise!”

20- 속상해 (soksanghae) “I’m upset.”

Example:

  • 오늘 지갑을 잃어버렸어. 아이씨 속상해!
    Oneul jigabeul ileobeoryeosseo. aissi soksanghae!
    “I lost my wallet today. I’m so upset!”

5. Bonus: How to Calm Yourself Down When You’re Angry

Everyone has the right to express themselves, and there’s no exception when it comes to expressing your anger. However, it’s good to be able to manage your anger (instead of letting it control you). Here are some tips to calm yourself down when you’re angry.

1- Try to breathe ten times

When you’re angry, your heart beat tends to increase, making it more difficult for you to think rationally. Try inhaling and exhaling slowly ten times to calm yourself down, and make sure to do this before trying to express yourself.

2- Go for a walk

Taking a walk helps you calm down and clear your thoughts. When you’re angry, so many negative thoughts go through your mind that it becomes difficult to cool down. Try walking outside for at least thirty minutes to alleviate stress and give your mind a boost.

3- Try to think of happy times to convert your negative feelings

Think of times when you felt happy, whether it was with your family, friends, or other people you care about a lot, because you deserve to be happy!

4- Try to find the cause of your anger

You don’t like being in crowded areas? Then try not to force yourself to go to those areas. Or does discussing politics or environmental issues upset you? Then try your best to avoid doing so. If you know what’s causing you to feel angry, then finding a solution will be easier.

5- Seek help

Even if you’ve already tried many methods to calm yourself down, managing anger is very difficult for some people. If you’ve been having difficulty managing your anger, it’s best to seek help.

Check out this page called 나는 화를 잘 내는 편일까: 분노 심리테스트 (Naneun hwareul jal naeneun pyeonilkka: Bunno simniteseuteu), which translates to “Do I Get Angry Easily?: Anger Test” to test your anger level!

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6. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

In summary, we’ve explained the definition of “anger” in Korean and introduced you to the top 20 Korean angry phrases. In addition, we also outlined five ways for you to manage your anger.

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어린이날: Celebrating Children’s Day in South Korea

On Children’s Day, South Korea is alight with fun activities, lots of foot traffic, and smiling children. In this article, you’ll learn all about this festive Korean holiday and pick up some new vocabulary along the way.

Let’s get started.

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1. What is Children’s Day in Korea?

Let’s begin with a little bit of Children’s Day history.

In the past, people had little concern over children’s rights or their place in society, which led to many Koreans foregoing a happy childhood. The novelist Bang Jeong-hwan saw this, and sought to create positive change in children’s lives. Thus, he worked to put together several organizations to help improve children’s lives and promote their rights. These organizations include The Rainbow Society and Cheondogyo Children’s Association.

Eventually, in 1923, Korea made Children’s Day an official holiday. During the Japanese occupation of Korea, celebrations for this holiday ceased for a while, but since its return, Children’s Day has been one of the most widely and fervently celebrated holidays in the country.

Today in South Korea, Children’s Day acts like a second birthday—one that all Korean children can celebrate at once!

2. When is Children’s Day Every Year?

A Group of Children Jumping Up in the Air

Each year, Koreans celebrate Children’s Day on May 5.

3. Children’s Day Celebrations and Traditions

On Children’s Day, parents seek to give their child or children a full day of fun. Many children enjoy going to the 동물원 (dongmurwon), or “zoo,” and an 놀이공원 (norigongwon), or “amusement park.” Oftentimes, parents will often take their child out for a meal at a nice restaurant, or for a simpler picnic lunch.

In addition, parents usually get their children a 어린이날 선물 (eorininal seonmul), or “gift for the Children’s Day.” Traditionally, gifts usually included simple toys, special treats such as cookies or crackers, and the like. But today, more and more children ask for things like iPads or iPhones.

Of course, there’s bound to be at least a little bit of time spent relaxing at home (or so the parents probably hope!). On television, there are often 어린이날 특선 만화 (eorininal teukseon manhwa), or “special animations for the Children’s Day,” that kids will enjoy watching during their off-time.

What about Koreans who are single or don’t have children? Couples will often go out on a date together or stay home and relax; single people may go out and participate in activities, or also relax at home.

4. Bang Jeong-hwan

Children’s Day is only one of many contributions to children that Bang Jeong-hwan made.

His entire career was dedicated to children, with many of his writings dealing with topics related to childhood and the triumph of good over evil. He wrote children’s literature, and even started a children’s literary magazine that ran for over a decade. His goals included improving children’s lives and educating the Korean population of how important it is to cherish children, especially in hard times.

5. Must-Know Vocabulary for Children’s Day

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Ready to review some of the vocabulary words from this article? Here’s a list of the most important words and phrases for Children’s Day in South Korea!

  • 동물원 (dongmurwon) — “zoo” [n.]
  • 소풍 (sopung) — “picnic” [n.]
  • 초등학교 (chodeunghakkyo) — “elementary school” [n.]
  • 어린이날 (Eorininal) — “Children’s Day” [n.]
  • 행사 (haengsa) — “event” [n.]
  • 어린이날 선물 (eorininal seonmul) — “gift for the Children’s Day” [n.]
  • 방정환 (Bang Jeong-hwan) — “Bang Jeong-hwan”
  • 놀이공원 (norigongwon) — “amusement park” [n.]
  • 장난감 (jangnangam) — “toy” [n.]
  • 어린이날 특선 만화 (eorininal teukseon manhwa) — “special animations for the Children’s Day” [n.]
  • 행복 (haengbok) — “happiness” [n.]
  • 아이 (ai) — “child” [n.]

To hear the pronunciation of each word and phrase, and to read them alongside relevant images, be sure to check out our Korean Children’s Day vocabulary list!

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about Children’s Day in South Korea with us, and that you took away some valuable information.

Is there a Children’s Day in your country? If so, how do people celebrate it? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments!

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