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Hi, everyone, I’m Jaehwi, welcome back to Korean Weekly Words. In this video, we'll be talking about 10 compliments you always want to hear. Let's begin!
1. 넌 멋진 친구야. (Neon meotjin chinguya.) "You are an awesome friend."
Here we have the word 멋진 (meotjin) , which means “cool”, but it can be anything like awesome, cool, very good, anything that are, you know, positive when you give the compliment. So keep practicing and say 넌 멋진 친구야 (Neon meotjin chinguya) "You are an awesome friend."
To your best friend you can say something like,
생일 축하해. 넌 멋진 친구야. (Saengil chukahae. Neon meotjin chinguya.) "Happy birthday. You are an awesome friend."
2. 안목이 있네요. (Anmogi inneyo.) "You have good taste."
We also say something like, 보는 눈이 있네요(Boneun nuni inneyo), literally it means “You have the eye that can see the best for you.”
So you can say either 안목이 있네요(anmogi inneyo) or 보는 눈이 있네요(boneun nuni inneyo).
So in a sentence, something like,
이 옷을 사시게요? 안목이 있으시네요. (I oseul sasigeyo? Anmogi isseusineyo.) which means that, “You want to buy this clothing? You have good taste."
3. 유머 감각이 좋네요. (Yumeo gamgagi jonneyo.) "You have a great sense of humor."
You know, if you make someone laugh, you know, if you have a good joke, you’ll hear 유머 감각이 좋네요 (Yumeo gamgagi jonneyo) "You have a great sense of humor." Or in a longer way, you can say that,
그 농담 재밌어요. 유머 감각이 좋네요. (Geu nongdam jaemisseoyo. Yumeo gamgagi jonneyo.) "That joke is funny. You have a great sense of humor."
4. 아름다워요. (Areumdawoyo.) "You look gorgeous."
So it literally means something like you look beautiful, she wears some very nice dress, or she has a good hairstyle, you can just say that 아름다워요 (Areumdawoyo). Or in formal Korean, you can say that 아름다워(Areumdawo) “You look gorgeous.”
So in a sentence you can say,
오늘따라 참 아름답네요. (Oneulttara cham areumdamneyo.) “You look gorgeous, especially for today.”
오늘따라 정말 아름답네요. (Oneulttara jeongmal areumdamneyo.) "You look really gorgeous, especially for today."
5. 잘했어. (Jalhaesseo.) "Good job."
If you work at a Korean company, this is the best compliment that you can have.
잘했어. (Jalhaesseo.) "Good job."
6. 재킷이 잘 어울려요. (Jaekisi jal eoullyeoyo.) "That jacket looks nice on you."
And 잘 어울려요(Jal eoullyeoyo) means something like” something looks very good on you”. So you can say that,
재킷이 잘 어울려요.(Jaekisi jal eoullyeoyo.) "That jacket looks good on you.”
재킷이 잘 어울려요. 어디에서 샀어요? (Jaekisi jal eoullyeoyo. Eodieseo sasseoyo?) "That jacket looks good on you. Where did you buy that?"
7. 내면이 외면보다 더 아름답네요. (Naemyeoni oemyeonboda deo areumdamneyo.) "Your inside is even more beautiful that your outside."
But in Korean, it can be translated sometimes as something like, you know, you don't look good but you have a very good personality. You have to be careful when you say this, or to give, be a compliment you can also say something like,
얼굴만큼 마음도 예쁘시네요. (Eolgulmankeum maeumdo yeppeusineyo.) so it literally means something like you have a very good personality as you look great outside.
8. 내가 더 나은 사람이 되고 싶게 만들어요. (Naega deo naeun sarami doego sipge mandeureoyo.) "You make me want to be a better person."
You have affect in someone's life in a very positive way.
내가 더 나은 사람이 되게 만들어 주는 사람입니다. (Naega deo naeun sarami doege mandeureo juneun saramimnida.) Which means that, ”you are the one who makes me want to be a better person."
9. 말솜씨가 좋네요. (Malsomssiga jonneyo.) "You have a way with words."
말솜씨가 참 좋네요.(Malsomssiga cham jonneyo.) "You have a way with words.”
So 말솜씨가 좋네요(Malsomssiga jonneyo), literally means you have a very good skill to speak. So you can use this pattern to give the compliments about other things, for example you can say,
요리 솜씨가 참 좋네요.(Yori somssiga cham jonneyo.) “You have a great skill for cooking.”
Or 운전 솜씨가 참 좋네요. (Unjeon somssiga cham jonneyo.) “You have a great skill for driving.”
10. 웃는 얼굴이 아름다워요. (Unneun eolguri areumdawoyo. ) "Your smile is beautiful."
Here we have the word 웃는 얼굴(Unneun eolgul), which means that "smiling face”. So it literally means “your smiling face is beautiful." You know, when you see someone who has a very good smile, you can say that 웃는 얼굴이 아름다워요. (Unneun eoguri areumdawoyo.)
Ok, that’s all 10 compliments you always want to hear, if you want to learn more about this kind of expressions, make sure to visit KoreanClass101.com, I’ll see you there! And see you next time.
다음 시간에 뵙겠습니다 (Daeum sigane boepgetsseumnida) 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo).