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How to Say I Love You in Korean - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Korean could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Korean partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At KoreanClass101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Korean lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Korean dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Korean Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Korean Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Korean Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Korean love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Korean word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Korean date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Korean Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • 저랑 저녁 먹으러 가실래요?
  • Jeorang jeonyeok meogeureo gasillaeyo?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Korean is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • 이번 주말에 시간 어때요?
  • Ibeon jumare sigan eottaeyo?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • 저랑 데이트하실래요?
  • Jeorang deiteuhasillaeyo?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • 내일 몇 시에 만날까요?
  • Naeil myeot sie mannalkkayo?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • 어디서 만날까요?
  • Eodiseo mannalkkayo?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • 멋져요. (to men) 예뻐요. (to women)
  • Meotjjeoyo. Yeppeoyo.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • 정말 귀여워요.
  • Jeongmal gwiyeowoyo.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • 여기 어때요?
  • Yeogi eottaeyo?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Korean language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • 또 볼 수 있을까요?
  • Tto bol su isseulkkayo?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • 어디 다른 데 갈까요?
  • Eodi dareun de galkkayo?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • 좋은 데 알아요.
  • Joeun de arayo.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • 집까지 태워다 줄게요.
  • Jibkkaji taewoda julgeyo.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • 오늘 저녁 즐거웠어요.
  • Oneul jeonyeok jeulgeowosseoyo.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • 언제 다시 볼 수 있어요?
  • Eonje dasi bol su isseoyo?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • 전화할게요.
  • Jeonhwahalgeyo.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Korean phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Korean below!

Date Ideas in Korean

museum

  • 박물관
  • Bangmulgwan

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • 촛불 저녁 식사
  • chotbul jeonyeok siksa

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • 동물원에 가다
  • dongmurwone gada

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • 긴 산책을 하다
  • gin sanchaegeul hada

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • 오페라에 가다
  • operae gada

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • 아쿠아리움에 가다
  • akuariume gada

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • 해변을 걷다
  • haebyeoneul geotda

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • 소풍을 가다
  • sopungeul gada

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • 함께 요리를 하다
  • hamkke yorireul hada

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • 저녁 먹고 영화 보다
  • jeonyeok meokgo yeonghwa boda

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Korean

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Korean - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Korean Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Korean yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Korean? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Korean love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Korean

I love you.

  • 사랑해요.
  • Saranghaeyo.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Korean carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • 당신은 나에게 무척 소중해요.
  • Dangsineun naege mucheok sojunghaeyo.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • 나랑 사귈래?
  • Narang saguillae?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • 정말 아름다우세요.
  • Jeongmal areumdauseyo.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Korean, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해.
  • Naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saenggakae.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Korean dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • 백 개의 심장도 너를 향한 내 모든 사랑을 담기에는 너무 모자랄거야.
  • Baek gaeui simjangdo neoreul hyanghan nae modeun sarangeul damgieneun neomu mojaralgeoya.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • 사랑은 그저 사랑이다. 절대 설명 될 수 없다.
  • Sarangeun geujeo sarangida. Jeoldae seolmyeong doel su eopda.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • 정말 잘생기셨어요.
  • Jeongmal jalsaenggisyeoseoyo.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Korean love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • 나는 너에게 반했어.
  • Naneun neoege banhaeseo.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • 당신 덕분에 난 더 좋은 사람이 되고 싶어졌어요.
  • Dangsin deokbune nan deo joeun sarami doego sipeojyeoseoyo.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Korean girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • 당신이 하는 모든 일이 사랑으로 행해지기를.
  • Dangsini haneun modeun iri sarangeuro haenghaejigireul.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • 내 사랑 당신은 내 행복의 근원이에요.
  • Nae sarang dangsineun nae haengbogui geunwonieyo.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • 말은 당신을 위한 내 사랑을 설명 할 수 없습니다.
  • Mareun dangsineul wihan nae sarangeul seolmyeong hal su eopseumnida.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • 우리는 천생연분이야.
  • Urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • 만약 이 글을 읽는 동안 누군가에 대해 생각하고 있었다면, 당신은 분명 사랑에 빠졌습니다.
  • Mannyak i geureul ingneun dongan nugungae daehae saenggakago iseotdamyeon, dangsineun bunmyeong sarange ppajyeotseumnida.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Korean Quotes about Love

Korean Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Korean lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Korean that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Korean Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Korean lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Korean custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Korean Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • 우리 얘기 좀 하자.
    • Uri yaegi jom haja.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • 네가 아니야. 나야.
    • Nega aniya. Naya.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Korean lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • 난 그냥 이런 종류의 연애를 위한 준비가 안 됐어.
    • Nan geunyang ireon jongnyuui yeonaereul wihan junbiga an dwaesseo.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • 우리 그냥 친구하자.
    • Uri geunyang chinguhaja.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Korean, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • 우리에게 휴식이 필요하다고 생각해.
    • Uriege hyusigi piryohadago saenggakae.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • 너는 내게 과분한 사람이야.
    • Neoneun naege gwabunhan saramiya.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • 우리는 다른 사람을 만나기 시작해야 해.
    • Urineun dareun sarameul mannagi sijakaeya hae.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • 내 공간이 필요해.
    • Nae gonggani piryohae.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • 우리 진도가 너무 빠른 것 같아.
    • Uri jindoga neomu ppareun geot gata.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • 나는 일에 집중해야 해.
    • Naneun ire jipjunghaeya hae.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • 나는 너에게 충분하지 않아.
    • Naneun neoege chungbunhaji ana.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • 난 그냥 너를 더 이상 사랑하지 않아.
    • Nan geunyang neoreul deo isang saranghaji ana.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • 우리는 그냥 서로 안 맞아.
    • Urineun geunyang seoro an maja.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • 이게 최선이야.
    • Ige choeseoniya.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • 우리는 멀어졌어.
    • Urineun meoreojyeosseo.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Korean faster?

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    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Korean Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Korean speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    KoreanClass101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Korean, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Korean even faster.

    2- Having your Korean romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Korean language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Korean lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Korean partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    At KoreanClass101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Korea. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Korean partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

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    18 Useful Korean Greetings You Should Learn

    How to Say Hello in Korean

    When it comes to learning a new language, “hello” is the first word you learn. As the majority of language learners will agree, you’ll come to realize how many different ways there are to say hello in other languages, although you’re already using various greetings in your own language.

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    Today, KoreanClass101 is going to introduce you to eighteen Korean greetings, both informal and formal. Let’s go through them one-by-one, so that you know exactly when to use these greetings next time you chat with your Korean friends. We hope you get the most from this Korean greetings guide!

    1. How to Say Hello in Korean: 4 Must-Know Greetings

    These four common Korean greetings are used often in South Korea and you may already know some of them, but let’s go through them one-by-one to review anyway. If you’re an absolute beginner, it’s okay. These aren’t difficult to memorize.

    1- 안녕 (Annyeong) — “Hello” (Informal)

    안녕 (Annyeong) is a casual and friendly Korean greeting used among friends and people of the same age who know each other. You can also say Annyeong to people who are younger than you. It’s similar in meaning to “What’s up?” or “Hey” in English, and it’s a gender-neutral greeting. Remember that this casual greeting cannot be used to greet people of a higher status—such as a teacher or a boss—or to the strangers that you meet everyday.

    Example: (A and B are friends)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안녕
    A: Annyeong
    A: “Hello”

    B: , 안녕
    B: Eo, annyeong.
    B: “Oh, hey”

    Boy Saying Hello

    2- 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo) — “Hello” (Formal)

    Annyeonghaseyo is a formal Korean greeting used for everyday conversations, and can be used in the majority of situations. This greeting is used to greet any strangers that you meet such as a cashier at the supermarket as well as people who are older than you, such as older family members.

    When you meet someone of the same age, you’ll need to greet them formally to show some respect. If you’re not sure whether to say hello in a formal or informal way, Annyeonghaseyo is safe to say.

    Example: (A is a cashier and B is a buyer)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안녕하세요, 봉투 필요하십니까?
    A: Annyeonghaseyo, bongtu piryohasimnikka?
    A: “Hello, would you like to have a plastic bag?”

    B: 안녕하세요, 아니요 괜찮아요.
    B: Annyeonghaseyo, aniyo gwaenchanayo.
    B: “Hello, no thank you.”

    3- 안녕하십니까 (Annyeonghasimnikka) — “Hello” (Formal, showing great respect)

    안녕하십니까 (Annyeonghasimnikka) isn’t commonly used on a daily basis. However, if you work in Korea, you’ll notice that people use this formal greeting everyday. This formal Korean greeting is commonly used in a business setting.

    Also, people who are serving in the military in Korea use this formal greeting every day, as they must use formal language.

    Example: (A visits B’s office and they meet for the first time)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안녕하십니까, 처음 뵙겠습니다. 마케팅 팀장 존이라고 합니다.
    A: Annyeonghasimnikka, Cheoeum Boepgetseumnida. Maketing Timjang Jonirago Hamnida.
    A: “How do you do, I’m John, the manager of Marketing team.”

    B: 반갑습니다. 세일즈팀 팀장 이민호라고 합니다.
    B: Bangapseumnida. Seiljeutim Timjang Iminhorago Hamnida.
    B: “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Lee Minho, the manager of Sales team.”

    Korean Greetings

    4- 안뇽 (Annyong); 하이 (Hai) — “Hello” (Slang words)

    There are many ways to greet a friend in Korean while in South Korea, and this includes slang words, such as Annyong and Hai. 안뇽 (Annyong) is a slang word used to greet someone casually, and is usually used by women since it sounds feminine. 하이 (Hai), direct translation being “Hello” in English, is also a casual way to greet a friend.

    You’ll hear these two greetings a lot in South Korea. In addition, Koreans also use other slang words such as 하이룽 (Hairung), 방가방가 (Banggabangga), and many more. Please note that you don’t need to memorize all the slang words to say hello in Korean. KoreanClass101 has a lesson that covers Korean slang words, so feel free to check it out.

    Example: (A returns home from a trip and greets B who is her close friend)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안뇽, 나 왔어.
    A: Annyong, Na Wasseo.
    A: “Hey, I’m home.”

    B: 하이, 잘 갔다 왔어?
    B: Hai, Jal gatda Wasseo?
    B: “Hi, did you have fun?”

    Meeting Someone For The First Time

    2. Meeting Someone for the First Time

    When you meet someone for the first time, you need to be able to use appropriate Korean greeting phrases. You can definitely use one of the four must-know greetings mentioned above to greet someone depending on the age of the person you’re talking to, and the situation you’re in. Let’s learn what you can say after using these basic greetings to continue a conversation with this person.

    1- 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo) (Informal); 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida) (Formal)

    In English, this phrase is “Nice to meet you.”

    Example:

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    안녕, 만나서 반가워.
    안녕하세요, 만나서 반갑습니다.

    2- 처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida.) (Formal)

    This is another way to say, “Nice to meet you,” in Korean, and the direct translation is “I am meeting you for the first time.” Remember that there’s no informal phrase for 처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida.); this phrase is usually used to greet elders or for a more formal setting.

    If you meet a person who’s older than you or who you met in a business setting, use this phrase instead of 처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida.). Usually, (저는)000입니다 follows this phrase.

    Example:

    A: 처음 뵙겠습니다. 박소연입니다.
    A: cheoeum boepgetseumnida. baksoyeonimnida.
    A: “Nice to meet you. I’m Park Soyeon.”

    3- 잘 부탁해 (jal butakae) (Informal); 잘 부탁드립니다. (jal butakdeurimnida) (Formal)

    Many Korean learners become bewildered when they hear this phrase, because it sounds like the speaker is putting some pressure on the listener. This is because the literal translation is “Please take good care of me (or implied person).” However, this phrase actually has a slightly different meaning than what it first seems to mean.

    The classical example of when to use this Korean greeting would be when a new employee starts his new job. On his first day, he closes his self-introduction with 잘 부탁드립니다. (jal butakdeurimnida). This doesn’t mean, “It’s my first day, so please take good care of me.” On the contrary, this is generally a way of saying, “I look forward to working with you,” or “I will do my best,” to his employees. Essentially, it’s an informal way to say 잘 부탁해 (jal butakae).

    Example: (A and B are starting their jobs today)

    A: 안녕하세요, 오늘부터 일하게 된 제이슨이라고 합니다. 잘 부탁드립니다.
    A: annyeonghaseyo, oneulbuteo ilhage doen jeiseunirago hamnida. Jal butakdeurimnida.
    A: “Hello, this is my first day at work and I am Jason. I am looking forward to working with you.”

    B: 안녕하세요, 오늘부터 아르바이트 시작하게 된 브라이언이라고 합니다. 잘 부탁드립니다.
    B: annyeonghaseyo, oneulbuteo areubaiteu sijakage doen beuraieonirago hamnida. Jal butakdeurimnida.
    B: “Hello, this is my first day for my part-time job and I am Brian. I look forward to working with you.”

    4- 저는 ~에서 온 A이라고 합니다.

    In English, this is “I am A, from ~.” This Korean greeting phrase is commonly used to greet someone for the first time and when introducing yourself. Examples are written below.

    Example:

    A: 안녕하세요, 저는 미국에서 온 앨리스라고 합니다. 잘 부탁드립니다. (Formal)
    A: annyeonghaseyo, jeoneun migugeseo on aelliseurago hamnida. Jal butakdeurimnida.
    A: “Hello, my name is Alice, from America. I look forward to working with you.”

    B: 안녕, 나는 서울대학교에서 온 김나영이라고 해. 잘 부탁해. (Informal)
    B: annyeong, naneunseouldaehakgyoeseo on gimnayeongirago hae. Jalbutakae.
    B: “Hi, I am Kim Nayoung, from Seoul University. I look forward to studying with you.”

    There are many ways to say, “My name is…” in Korean including:

    • (저의 이름은) A(이)라고 합니다. (Formal)
      (jeoui ireumeun) A(i)rago hamnida.
    • (저의 이름은) A입니다. (Formal)
      (jeoui ireumeun) A imnida.
    • (나의 이름은) A(이)라고 해 (Informal)
      (naui ireumeun) A(i)rago hae
    • A(이)야 (Informal)
      A(i)ya

    In spoken language, we usually skip 나의 이름은/저의 이름은. This is the same as discarding “My name is” when introducing yourself in English.

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    3. How to Say “How Are You?” in Korean

    There is a number of ways to say “How are you?” in Korean and each phrase has a slightly different meaning, so let’s go through them one-by-one and learn an appropriate situation to say each of these Korean greetings.

    1- How are You Doing?

    • 잘 지냈어? (jal jinaesseo?) (Informal)
    • 잘 지내셨어요? (jal jinaesyeosseoyo?) (Formal)

    This is the most-used “How are you?” phrase in Korea. It’s a simple and casual greeting and is a great way to start a conversation. Usually Koreans say 안녕 (Annyeong) or 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo), followed by 잘 지냈어? (jal jinaesseo?) or 잘 지내셨어요? (jal jinaesyeosseoyo?), so try to memorize it as a full sentence.

    Example: (A and B are friends and A is younger than B)

    A: 안녕하세요, 잘 지내셨어요? (Formal)
    A: annyeonghaseyo, jal jinaesyeosseoyo?
    A: “Hello, how are you doing?”

    B: 어, 안녕. (진짜 오랜만이다.) 잘 지냈어?
    B: eo, annyeong. (jinjja oraenmanida.) jal jinaesseo?
    B: “Ah, hey. (Long time, no see.) How are you?”

    2- What are You Doing These Days?

    • 뭐하고 지내? (mwohago jinae?) (Informal)
    • 어떻게 지내세요? (eotteoke jinaeseyo?) (Formal)

    These phrases are used if you haven’t met with someone in a few days or more. If you’re curious to know what the person has been up to lately, use this phrase. Often they’ll talk about a current activity they’re doing, such as a new hobby or a project that the person has been working on at work lately.

    Example: (A and B are friends; C and D are colleagues)

    A: 요즘 뭐하고 지내?
    A: Yojeum mwohago jinae?
    A: “What are you doing these days?”

    B: 나? 나야 뭐 항상 똑같지뭐.
    B: Na? Naya mwo hangsang ttokgatjimwo.
    B: “Me? It’s always the same.”

    C: 요즘 어떻게 지내세요?
    C: yojeum eotteoke jinaeseyo?
    C: “What are you doing these days?”

    D: 최근에 새로 시작한 마케팅 캠페인 때문에 정신이 없어요.
    D: choegeune saero sijakan maketing kaempein ttaemune jeongsini eopseoyo.
    D: “I have been really busy since I’ve just started working on a marketing campaign.”

    3- What Have You Been Up To?

    • 뭐하고 지냈어? (mwohago jinaesseo?) (Informal)
    • 어떻게 지내셨어요? (eotteoke jinaesyeosseoyo?) (Formal)

    Use these phrases if you haven’t seen someone for a long time (e.g. one year or more), and want to know everything about what that person has been up to. It’s a great Korean greeting phrase to use to catch up with someone.

    Example:

    A: 뭐하고 지냈어?
    A: mwohago jinaesseo?
    A: “What have you been up to?”

    B: 음.. 사실 남자친구랑 헤어져서 맨날 집에서 시간 보내고 있어.
    B: eum… sasil namjachingurang heeojyeoseo maennal jibeseo sigan bonaego isseo.
    B: “Hmm… Actually I broke up with my ex-boyfriend so I have been just staying home.”

    4- Long Time, No See

    • 진짜 오랜만이다. (jinjja oraenmanida.) (Informal)
    • 정말 오랜만이에요. (jeongmal oraenmanieyo.) (Formal)

    Use this Korean phrase when you meet someone whom you haven’t met with for a long time and want to express how excited you are to meet them again.

    Example: (A and B are friends; C and D are colleagues)

    A: 우와, 진짜 오랜만이다.
    A: uwa, jinjja oraenmanida.
    A: “Wow, long time no see.”

    B: 하하, 정말 반갑다야.
    B: haha, jeongmal bangapdaya.
    B: “Haha, it’s really nice to meet you again.”

    C: 진짜 오랜만이에요. 잘 지내셨어요?
    C: jinjja oraenmanieyo. Jal jinaesyeosseoyo?
    C: “It’s been awhile, how are you doing?”

    D: 응, 그럼. 잘 지내고 있지.
    D: eung, geureom. Jal jinaego itji.
    D: “Yes I am doing well.”

    Alarm Clock

    4. How to Say “Good morning” in Korean

    1- Good Morning

    • 좋은 아침이에요. (joeun achimieyo) (Formal)
    • 좋은 아침 (joeun achim) (Informal)
    • 굿모닝 (gunmoning) (Informal and casual greeting)
    Example:

    A: 좋은 아침!
    A: joeun achim!
    A: “Good morning!”

    B: 굿모닝, 잘잤어?
    B: gunmoning, jaljasseo?
    B: “Good morning, did you sleep well?”

    2- Did You Sleep Well?

    • 안녕히 주무셨어요? (annyeonghi jumusyeosseoyo?) (Formal)
    • 잘 잤어? (jal jasseo?) (Informal)
    Example:
    • 할머니, 안녕히 주무셨어요? (Formal)
      halmeoni, annyeonghi jumusyeosseoyo?
      “Grandmother, did you sleep well?”
    • 소연아 잘 잤어? (Informal)
      soyeona jal jasseo?
      “Did you sleep well, Soyeon?”

    5. How to Say “Good Night” in Korean

    1- Have a Good Sleep

    • 안녕히 주무세요. (annyeonghi jumuseyo.) (Formal)
    • 잘자 (jalja) (Informal)

    안녕히 주무세요. (annyeonghi jumuseyo.) is a formal greeting to say “Good night” in Korean. Also, remember that bowing is very important in Korea. The appropriate way to say good night to the elders is to bow and say the greeting.

    On the other hand, when you say good night to your friend, you don’t need to bow. Instead, you can just wave your hand or nod once at your friend. The gesture of nodding is a very common body language greeting among friends in Korea; just think of it as a casual way of bowing.

    Example:

    A: 너무 피곤해서 자야할 것 같습니다. 안녕히 주무세요. (Bow)
    A: neomu pigonhaeseo jayahal geot gatseumnida. annyeonghi jumuseyo.
    A: “I am exhausted, I think I should go to bed. Good night.”

    B: 알겠어요. 푹 쉬세요.
    B: algesseoyo. puk swiseyo.
    B: “I understand, rest well.”

    2- Good night

    • 굿나잇 (gunnait) (Informal and casual friendly greeting)
    • 굿밤 (gutbam) (Slang)

    Simple English phrases are commonly used among younger people. Also, 굿밤 (gutbam) is a slang word that’s also used commonly by younger people as well.

    Phone Call

    6. How to Greet on the Phone

    1- 여보세요. (yeoboseyo.)

    This Korean greeting is to say “hello” when answering the phone. You’ll hear this all the time when you call someone on the phone. However, in a business setting, people usually address the name of the company, then the name. 여보세요. (yeoboseyo.) is rarely used in a business setting.

    여보세요. (yeoboseyo.) also has another meaning; it’s used when you’re trying to get the attention of someone. However, it does portray a negative connotation, so try not to use this unless you want to initiate an argument.

    Example: (A and B are friends; D is calling his friend and his mother, C, picked up the phone)

    A: 여보세요.
    A: yeoboseyo.
    A: “Hello.”

    B: 뭐해?
    B: mwohae?
    B: “What are you up to?”

    C: 여보세요.
    C: yeoboseyo.
    C: “Hello.”

    D: 안녕하세요, 지연이 친구인데요, 지연이 바꿔주실 수 있으세요?
    D: annyeonghaseyo, jiyeoni chinguindeyo, jiyeoni bakkwojusil su isseuseyo?
    D: “Hello, I’m a friend of Jiyeon, could you please put me through to Jiyeon?”

    2- ~때문에 연락 드렸습니다. (~ttaemune yeollak deuryeotseumnida.) (Formal)

    This Korean greeting phrase for answering the phone is usually used right after 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo) or 여보세요. (yeoboseyo.). It’s commonly used in a business setting. If you want to sound formal, you can say, 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo), ~때문에 연락 드렸습니다. (~ttaemune yeollak deuryeotseumnida.).

    Also, you can use this phrase in any formal situation. If you want to sound less formal and more friendly with a casual phrase—let’s say you’re calling your friend—there’s an informal Korean phrase to use, which is ~때문에 전화했어. (~ttaemune jeonhwahaesseo). Note that you can only use a noun in front of ~때문에 (~ttaemune).

    Example:

    안녕하세요, 광고비 결제 때문에 연락드렸습니다.
    annyeonghaseyo, gwanggobi gyeolje ttaemune yeollakdeuryeotseumnida.
    “Hello, I am calling you because of the advertising fee.”

    7. A Little Something Extra…

    1- How to Say Hello in Korean Sign Language

    Sign language is a visual language that uses hand shapes, gestures, and body language to communicate with deaf people. For an additional fun way to learn the Korean language, this video demonstrates the Korean sign language way of saying “Hello” and “Nice to meet you.”

    2- North Korean Dialect: How to Say Hello

    South and North Korea speak the same language, but as time went on by, the language also evolved. Many words are spoken differently and with a different flow between the two Koreas. For those of you who are interested to know how to say hello in North Korean, it’s 동무들 반갑습니다. (Dongmudeul bangapseumnida.).

    8. Let’s Test Your Korean Greeting Skills!

    Let’s test your Korean greeting skills. We’ve prepared three questions for you. Try to solve each question with the knowledge you’ve gained from this Korean greetings guide.

    Question 1:

    You’re at a department store, trying to buy nice furniture. A staff member approaches and greets you. How would you respond?

    스태프: 손님, 안녕하십니까, 무엇을 도와드릴까요?
    seutaepeu: sonnim, annyeonghasimnikka, mueoseul dowadeurilkkayo?
    Staff: Hello, how may I help you?
    You: _____________, 가구를 보고 있어요.
    You: _____________, gagureul bogo isseoyo.
    You: “ _____________, I am looking for a furniture.”

    A. 안녕 (annyeong)
    B. 하이룽 (hairung)
    C. 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
    D. 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)

    Question 2:

    You’re a marketing manager. You’ve received an important email from KoreanClass101 and want to ask a few questions after reading it.

    김유진: 네, 코리안클래스101의 김유진입니다.
    Kim Yujin: ne, koriankeullaeseu101ui gimyujinimnida.
    Kim Yujin: “This is Kim Yujin, from KoreanClass101.”
    You: _________________________________.

    A. 여보세요, 저 수지인데요, 지민이 바꿔주시면 안될까요?
    (yeoboseyo, jeo sujiindeyo, jimini bakkwojusimyeon andoelkkayo?)
    B. 안녕하세요, 금일 보내주신 이메일을 읽고 연락 드렸습니다.
    (annyeonghaseyo, geumil bonaejusin imeireul ilgo yeollak deuryeotseumnida.)
    C. 동무들 반갑습니다.
    (dongmudeul bangapseumnida.)
    D. 어, 나야 이메일 읽고 연락했어.
    (eo, naya imeil ilgo yeollakaesseo.)

    Question 3:

    You ran into an old friend that you haven’t seen for more than ten years.

    A: 어머, 진짜 오랜만이다. 잘 지냈어?
    A: eomeo, jinjja oraenmanida. Jal jinaesseo?
    A: “Oh my goodness, long time no see. What have you been up to?”

    B: ________________, 응 나야 잘 지냈지.
    B: ________________, eung naya jal jinaetji.
    B: “________________, yea I’ve been great.”

    A. 정말 오랜만입니다.
    (jeongmal oraenmanimnida.)
    B. 잘 주무셨어요?
    (jal jumusyeosseoyo?)
    C. 진짜 오랜만이다.
    (jinjja oraenmanida.)

    Answers:

    1. C
    2. B
    3. C

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    9. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

    We hope you found this article very educational. KoreanClass101 has many free lessons for you to improve your Korean. If you want to learn how to say not only hello, but also goodbye at your workplace, we have a lesson for you, so feel free to check it out.

    If you want to review how to say hello with a native Korean speaker, we have a lesson called 10 Ways to Say Hello as well. Also feel free to use Korean Resources on our website to study Korean at your own pace. Good luck with studying Korean. Now get out there and start putting your newfound Korean greeting knowledge to good use!

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    Korean Cosmetics Guide: Best Shopping Tips & Beauty Secrets

    When you go shopping in Myeongdong, Dongdaemoon, or other areas, you will be overwhelmed by the many Korean cosmetic brands that offer unique products that you don’t often see in other countries. One of the benefits of purchasing Korean cosmetics in South Korea is that people are able to find many alternatives to high-demand cosmetics, products that function similarly but also cost a lot less, therefore you can easily stock up your makeup box!

    This blog will include Korean makeup trends and famous Korean beauty YouTubers that will teach you some tips about Korean makeup styles, tips on how to know when the shops have sales, and useful Korean vocabulary and phrases that you can instantly use when you go shopping in Korea.

    Cosmetics

    1. Korean Cosmetic Brands and Trends in South Korea

    Korean cosmetics were not popular a decade ago, however when BB cream was introduced worldwide, people started to be interested in Korean beauty products and they became popular. In 2018, the French cosmetic brand L`Oreal acquired one of the most popular Korean cosmetic brands called, 3CE (Stylenanda).

    Korean cosmetics are loved by many because they offer unique colors that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. These pigments, preferred in Korea, are suitable for everyday looks. Also, if you have tried some Korean cosmetics before, you have noticed that Korean beauty products such as lipsticks and eyeshadows are a lot more subtle and less pigmented than cosmetics from Western countries.

    Makeup

    1- Korean Makeup Trends

    There are many YouTube videos that compare makeup styles between Korea and America, or Korea and other countries. If you have watched them before, you probably know that Koreans prefer to have clean and flawless skin and go for natural looks.

    • Skin: In order to achieve a natural look, they apply foundation one or two tones lighter than their natural skin color.
    • Eyebrows: They prefer to have straight and thick eyebrows, in order to achieve a youthful look.
    • Eyeshadow: Very subtle and light pigmented eyeshadows are usually used.
    • Lips: Many Korean women wear vibrant red glossy lipstick and you will be amazed at how many different shades of red lipsticks there are in Korea! You can visit popular cosmetic stores such as Etude House, Missha, Skinfood and so on to have a look at different shades of red lipsticks!

    That being said, not all Koreans wear the same makeup style; celebrities with tanned skin and vivid makeup appear more often than before (eg. Jessie, Nada, Hwasa, Hyorin and so on).

    2- Popular Korean Beauty YouTubers

    If you want to learn more about Korean makeup, there are many famous YouTubers who offer free makeup tutorials so you will be able to learn about Korean beauty brands, cosmetic products and many beauty techniques that Koreans use daily. Famous Korean Youtubers include:

    3- Popular Korean Cosmetic Brands

    Here are a number of Korean cosmetic brands:

    4- Useful Korean Vocabulary for Cosmetics

    • BB 크림 (BB keurim) = “BB cream”
    • 파운데이션 (paundeisyeon) = “foundation”
    • 눈 화장 (nun hwajang) = “eyeshadow”
    • 워터 프루프 (Woteo peurupeu) = “waterproof”
    • 블러셔 (Beulleosyeo) = “blush”
    • 아이라이너 (airaineo) = “eyeliner”
    • 아이브로우 펜슬 (aibeurou penseul) = “eyebrow pencil”
    • 립스틱 (ripseutik) = “lipstick”
    • 아이섀도 (aisyaedo) = “eyeshadow”
    • 컨투어 (keontueo) = “contour”

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    Skin Products

    2. How Koreans Use Their Skin Products

    In Korea, applying skin lotion after washing isn’t enough. In fact, if you tell Koreans that you only apply lotion, they will be shocked. Usually a skin care routine starts from applying toners, eye cream, essences, serums or ampoules, then day or night cream. And it’s important to do facial masks at least 2-3 times a week in order to keep your skin flawless.

    When you go shopping in Korea, you can easily get the products as a set and the staff will be more than happy to explain to you what they are for and the steps you need to follow.

    1- The Secrets of Korean Skin Care

    Here are some secrets of how Koreans keep their skin always beautiful:

    1. Try to use an ice-cube to massage your face when you watch TV, this is one of the popular beauty tricks that Koreans do.
    2. Rubbing ice cubes on your face helps you to achieve that beautiful radiant glow. If you have time in the morning, try to use an ice cube to reduce swelling.
    3. A cream 황토마스크 (hwangtomaseukeu) “red clay mask” is a very popular facial mask in Korea. Unfortunately, this is difficult to find in stores, so you might need some help from local friends to find decent 황토마스크.

    2- Popular Ingredients for Skin Care Products

    Other popular ingredients for skin care products in Korea are:

    • 피그 콜라겐 (pigeu kollagen) = “pig collagen”
    • 치즈 크림 (chijeukeurim) = “cheese cream”
    • 연어 크림 (yeoneokeurim) = “salmon cream”
    • 달팽이 크림 (dalpaengikeurim) = “snail cream”
    • 홍삼 화장품 (hongsam hwajangpum) = “red ginseng cosmetic”
    • 젤리 크림 (jelli keurim) = “jelly cream”

    There are products that even use gold. Each product with unique active ingredients in Korean beauty products has a different smell and texture, so have fun trying them and don’t be scared to give it a try!

    3- Useful Korean Vocabulary for Skin Care Products

    • 마스크팩 (maseukeupaek) = “facial mask”
    • 스킨 (seukin) = “skin product”
    • 로션 (rosyeon) = “lotion”
    • 아이크림 (aikeurim) = eye cream
    • 립밤 (ripbam) = “lip balm”
    • 나이트 크림 (naiteu keurim) = “night cream”
    • 데이크림 (deikeurim) = “day cream”
    • 선크림 (seonkeurim) = “sunscreen”

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    3. How to Purchase Korean Beauty Products for Cheap

    As mentioned above, if you cannot afford to buy high-end cosmetics, why not replace them with Korean cosmetic products? There are so many decent Korean beauty products that provide the similar effects and cost less than half the price of expensive beauty products. There are many ways that you can purchase Korean cosmetics at a cheap price and here are some tips to remember:

    1- Check Brand Websites for Upcoming Events

    Do you want to buy a cosmetic? Before purchasing it right away, try to visit the website of the brand to see if you can get more discounts or receive freebies. The website often provides upcoming sale events such as 1+1 event, 50% discount coupon, freebies and so on. Also, often Korean cosmetic brands release limited edition items that you can only purchase online. So check out their websites occasionally!

    2- Request Free Samples

    When you buy a number of beauty products in Korea, you will also receive many free samples to try at home. If you are at a Korean cosmetic store and want to try some products before purchasing them, simply request free samples from the staff. If you do not request them specifically, they will give you samples randomly. So if there are any particular products that you want, request them! Most of the time you will be able to get many different samples for different products. The good news is, they will give you more than enough for you to use them for a few weeks! You will be surprised how many free things you receive after purchasing cosmetics or skin products in Korea. Most likely you will receive a cosmetic pouch or shopping bag depending on the promotion that the company is doing.

    3- Register for a Membership Card (Only Korean Residents Can Do This)

    This may not apply to tourists, but if you are currently living in Korea, try to sign up for a membership at your favorite Korean cosmetic stores. You can sign up as you purchase the products at the counter and most of the time, you will receive instant 5 to 10% discounts. You’ll also get points which can be used just like money.

    Depending on the store, the registration process differs, as some stores may require you to give personal information such as your address and birthday, but most of the time the process is very easy, as you just need to give them your mobile number.

    4- Useful Korean Vocabularies and Phrases

    • 세일 기간 (seil gigan) = “sale period”
    • 할인 상품 (Harin sangpum) = “discount products”
    • 교환/반품불가(Gyohwan/banpumbulga) = “exchange/refund not allowed”
    • 샘플 많이 주세요. (Saempeul mani juseyo) = “Please give me many samples.”
    • 세일 중인 상품은 어디에 있나요? (Seil jungin sangpumeun eodie innayo?) = “Where are the products that are on sale?”
    • ~ 있어요? ( ~ isseoyo?) = “Do you have ~?”
    • ~ 주세요. (~ juseyo) = “Please give me ~.”
    • ~을(를) 찾고 있어요. (~eul(reul) chatgo isseoyo) = “I am looking for ~.”
    • 이것은 어떻게 사용하나요? (Igeoseun eotteoke sayonghanayo?) = “How do I use this?”
    • 어디에 바르는 화장품인가요? ( Eodie bareuneun hwajangpumingayo?) = “Where do I apply this cosmetic?”
    • 텍스프리 가맹점 (Tekseupeuri gamaengjeom) = “tax free affiliated store”
    • 택스 리펀드 (taekseu ripeondeu) = “tax refund”

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    To sum up, we had a look at popular makeup trends, interesting facts about skin care products in Korea, and we also introduced tips on how to purchase your favorite Korean beauty products for a cheap price. Now, you are ready to go shopping in Korea!

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Korean

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Korean!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Korean Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can KoreanClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Korean? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Korean words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. funny - 웃기는 - uggineun
    2. joke - 농담하다 - nongdamhada
    3. lie - 거짓말 - gyeojinmal
    4. surprise - 놀라다 - nollada
    5. sneaky - 몰래 - mollae
    6. prankster - 장난꾸러기 - jangnankkureogi
    7. prank - 장난 - jangnan
    8. play a joke - 장난을 치다 - jangnaneul chida
    9. humor - 유머 - yumeo
    10. fool - 바보 - babo
    11. deceptive - 속이는 - sogineun
    12. April 1st - 4월 1일 - sawol iril

    2. Korean Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Korean Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Korean to prank your favorite Korean friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Korean in 1 month.
      • 나는 1 달 만에 한국어를 배웠어.
      • Naneun han dal mane hangugeoreul baewoseo.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • 오늘 모든 수업이 취소됐어.
      • Oneul modeun sueobi chwisodwaeseo.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • 미안한데 나 방금 네가 가장 좋아하는 안경을 부러뜨렸어.
      • Mianhande na banggeum nega gajang joahaneun angyeongeul bureotteuryeoseo.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • 어떤 사람이 방금 네 차를 쳤어.
      • Eotteon sarami banggeum ne chareul chyeoseo.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • 나 결혼해.
      • Na gyeolhonhae.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • 공짜 티켓에 당첨되셨습니다.
      • Gongjja tikese dangcheomdoesyeotseumnida.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • 네 차가 견인되는 걸 봤어.
      • Ne chaga gyeonindoeneun geol bwaseo.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • 사람들이 건물 앞에서 무료 상품권을 나눠주고 있어.
      • Saramdeuri geonmul apeseo muryo sangpumgwoneul nanwojugo iseo.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • 잘 생긴 남자가 밖에서 널 기다리고 있어.
      • Jal saenggin namjaga bakkeseo neol gidarigo iseo.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • 예쁜 여자가 너한테 이 전화 번호를 전해달래.
      • Yeppeun yeojaga neohante i jeonhwa beonhoreul jeonhaedallae.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • 아래층으로 내려 올래? 널 위해 특별히 준비한 게 있어.
      • Araecheungeuro naeryeo ollae? Neol wihae teukbyeolhi junbihan ge iseo.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • 오늘 아침 러브레터 고마워. 나는 절대 네 마음을 알아차리지 못했을 거야.
      • Oneul achim reobeureteo gomawo. Naneun jeoldae ne maeumeul arachariji motaeseul geoya.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Korean, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can KoreanClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Korea, or if you work for any Korean company, knowing the above Korean prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Korean words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    Korean Word of the Day - cloud (noun)

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    구름 (gureum) cloud (noun)

    하늘에 구름 한 점 안 보입니다.
    Haneure gureum han jeom an boimnida.
    I don’t see a cloud in the sky.

    솜털 같은 구름
    somteol gateun gureum
    fluffy cloud

    먹구름
    meokgureum
    a dark cloud

    하얀 구름이 있는 파란 하늘
    hayan gureumi inneun paran haneul
    blue sky with white clouds

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    Korean Word of the Day - medical doctor (noun)

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    의사 (uisa) medical doctor (noun)

    의사는 발을 진찰하고 있습니다.
    Uisaneun bareul jincharhago itsseumnida.
    The doctor is examining the foot.

    의사가 환자의 맥박을 재고 있습니다.
    Uisaga hwanjaui maekbbageul jaego itsseumnida.
    The doctor is taking the patient’s pulse.

    저는 의사입니다.
    Jeoneun uisaimnida.
    I am a doctor.

    혹시 몸이 아프면 의사에게 진찰을 받으세요.
    Hokssi momi apeumyeon uisaege jinchareul badeuseyo.
    If you get sick go to the doctor.

    의사에게 진찰을 받다
    uisaege jinchareul batta
    see a doctor

    의사
    uisa
    medical doctor

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    Korean Word of the Day - ant (noun)

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    개미 (gaemi) ant (noun)

    개미는 다리가 여섯개 있습니다.
    Gaemineun dariga yeoseotgae itseumnida.
    Ants have six legs.

    병정 개미
    byeongjeong gaemi
    army ant

    개미떼가 소풍하는 데에 나타났었습니다.
    Gaemittega sopunghaneun dee natanasseotsseumnida.
    An entire ant colony showed up at my picnic.

    개미탑 위의 불개미
    gaemitap wiui bulgaemi
    red ant on ant hill

    개미는 자기 몸무게의 열 배에서 오십 배까지 들 수 있습니다.
    Gaemineun jagi mommugeui yeol bbaeeseo osip bbaekkaji deul ssu itseumnida.
    Ants can lift 10 to 50 times their body weight.

    개미 다리
    gaemi dari
    ant legs

    개미 떼
    gaemi tte
    ant colony

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    Korean Word of the Day - comb (verb)

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    빗다 (bitta) comb (verb)

    여자가 머리빗으로 머리를 빗고 있습니다.
    Yeojaga meoribiseuro meorireul bitkko itsseumnida.
    The woman is combing her hair with a comb.

    머리빗으로 머리를 빗다
    meoribiseuro meorireul bitda
    comb ones hair with a comb

    머리를 빗다
    meorireul bitta
    comb your hair

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    Korean Word of the Day - ice skating (noun)

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    아이스 스케이팅 (aiseu seukeiting) ice skating (noun)

    사람들은 야외에서 아이스 스케이팅을 합니다.
    Saramdeureun yaoeeseo aiseu seukeitingeul hamnida.
    The people are ice skating outdoors.

    연못 위의 아이스 스케이팅
    yeonmot wiui aiseu seukeiting
    ice skate on a pond

    아이스 스케이팅은 기품있고 아름답습니다.
    Aiseu seukeitingeun gipumitggo areumdapsseumnida.
    Ice skating can be graceful and beautiful.

    야외에서의 아이스 스케이팅
    yaoeeseoui aiseu seukeiting
    ice skating outdoors

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    Korean Word of the Day - husband (noun)

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    남편 (nampyeon) husband (noun)

    남편은 접은 타월이 있는 바구니를 들고 있습니다.
    Nampyeoneun jeobeun tawori inneun bagunireul deulgo itsseumnida.
    The husband is carrying the basket of folded towels.

    사랑하는 남편이 나를 위해 요리를 한다.
    Saranghaneun nampyeoni nareul wihae yorireul handa.
    My beloved husband is cooking for me.

    저는 아침에 샤워를 하고, 남편은 밤에 샤워를 합니다.
    Jeoneun achime syaworeul hago, nampyeoneun bame syaworeul hamnida.
    I shower in the morning, and my husband showers at night.

    아내가 남편을 안고 있습니다.
    Anaega nampyeoneul ankko itsseumnida.
    The wife is hugging the husband.

    남편과 저는 결혼한지 구 년 되었습니다.
    Nampyeongwa jeoneun gyeolhonhanji gu nyeon doeeotsseumnida.
    My husband and I have been married for nine years.

    그녀의 남편은 그녀가 요리해 주는 것은 모두 먹습니다.
    Geunyeoui nampyeoneun geunyeoga yorihae juneun geoseun modu meoksseumnida.
    Her husband eats everything she cooks for him.

    도움이 되는 남편
    doumi doeneun nampyeon
    helpful husband

    사랑하는 남편
    saranghaneun nampyeon
    loving husband

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