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Hi, everyone! I’m Jaewhi. Welcome back to Korean Top Words. In this video, we’ll be talking about 10 gift ideas that you must know in Korean. Let’s begin!
1. 노트북 (noteubuk) "laptop"
So in Korean, we say 노트북 (noteubuk) to mean “laptop”. You can say laptop to mean laptop, but people can understand it easily if you just say 노트북 (noteubuk) or 노트북 컴퓨터 (noteubuk keompyuteo).
In a sentence, we can say - 노트북 새로 샀어? (Noteubuk saero sasseo?) "Did you buy a new laptop?"
I’ll be obviously happy if I can get a laptop as a gift.
2. 향수 (hyangsu) "perfume"
I personally don’t wear perfume that much, but I think people like to get perfume as a gift especially if it’s a well-known brand, a little bit luxurious.
In a sentence, we can say- 이 향수는 향이 강해. (I hyangsuneun hyangi ganghae.) which means "The scent of this perfume is strong".
The word 향수 (hyangsu) can be divided into two words; 향 (hyang) means “smell” and 수 (su) means “water”, so it literally means something like water with a smell.
3. 책 (chaek) "book"
I really love to get books as a gift because it’s not only just a gift, but also, it means something like someone is trying to deliver a message to me with that gift.
In a sentence, we can say- 올해는 책을 많이 읽을 거예요. (Olhaeneun chaegeul mani ilgeul geoyeyo.) "I’m going to read many books this year."
4. 세계 지도 (segye jido) "world map"
세계 (segye) is the word meaning “world” and 지도 (jido) means “map”. I remember when I was a kid, I really wanted to get a world map as a gift because it just made me think about the world outside a small country.
In a sentence, we can say - 세계 지도를 갖고 싶어요. (Segye jidoreul gatgo sipeoyo.) "I want to have a world map."
5. 카메라 (kamera) "camera"
So this word just follows the pronunciation of the English word “camera”, 카메라 (kamera) “camera”, 카메라 (kamera) “camera”, 카메라 (kamera).
In a sentence, we can say - 카메라로 사진을 찍어요. (Kameraro sajineul jjigeoyo.) "I take pictures with a camera."
If you take pictures with your cell phone, you can then say -
핸드폰으로 사진을 찍어요. (Haendeuponeuro sajineul jjigeoyo.) “I take pictures with a cell phone.”
6. 스마트폰 (seumateupon) "smartphone"
I heard that my nephews and nieces, they really want to get a smartphone as a gift.
In a sentence, we can say - 최신 스마트폰을 사고 싶어요. (Choesin seumateuponeul sago sipeoyo.) "I want to buy the latest smartphone."
7. 게임기 (geimgi) "game console"
So 게임 (geim) is the Korean word for “game” and 기 (gi) is the word meaning machine, device and in this case, console.
So in a sentence, we can say - 게임기는 전자 제품 가게에서 팔아요. (Geimgineun jeonja jepum gageeseo parayo.) which means "Game consoles are sold at electronics stores."
8. 사전 (sajeon) "dictionary"
I remember when I was in junior high, I got a dictionary as a gift because it was like in late 90s like there was no smartphone. It was not easy to use the internet so I remember I got a small device that I can just open and look for words and it cost almost like 300 US dollars for one small device so it was really expensive.
In a sentence, we can say - 한국어 사전이 필요해요. (Hangugeo sajeoni piryohaeyo.) "I need a Korean dictionary."
9. 옷 (ot) "clothes"
I think this is the most difficult type of gifts because we have to know the size, we have to know the preference. There are a lot of things that you have to consider so usually, I just buy a “gift certificate” 상품권 (sangpumgwon) which my friend or someone else can just go to a department store and just buy clothes using that certificate.
In a sentence, we can say - 옷 사러 백화점에 갔어요. (Ot sareo baekhwajeome gasseoyo.) "I went to a department store to buy clothes."
10. 장갑 (janggap) "gloves"
The winter in Korea is so cold so I think people would like to get “gloves”, 장갑 (janggap) as a gift in the winter.
In a sentence, we can say - 이 장갑이 마음에 들어요. (I janggabi maeume deureoyo.) "I like these gloves."
Okay, those are all 10 gift ideas you must know in Korean. What kind of gifts do you want to get for this year? Let us know in the comments and I’ll see you in the next video. 다음 시간에 뵙겠습니다 (Daeum sigane boepgetsseumnida) 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo)