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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us the comment.
In today’s lesson, we will cover an extremely important phrase, where is the bathroom? In Korean, where is the bathroom is 화장실 어디예요 (hwajangsil eodiyeyo)? One time slowly, 화장실 어디예요 (hwajangsil eodiyeyo)? And now, by syllable, 화-장-실 어-디-예-요 (hwa-jang-sil eo-di-ye-yo)? Now, let’s take a look at the components. The first word 화장실 (hwajangsil) means bathroom. One time slowly, 화장실 (hwajangsil). And let’s break it down by syllable 화-장-실 (hwa-jang-sil). And one more time 화장실 (hwa-jang-sil). Once again, this means bathroom. The next part of the phrase is 어디 (eodi). This in English is where. Let’s listen to it slowly, 어디 (eodi). Now by syllable, 어-디 (eo-di).
At this point, literally we have bathroom where. Now, for the last part, we need is. It might sound a little weird in English but trust me, it works in Korean. The last part is 예요 (yeyo). Slowly it’s 예요 (yeyo). And now by syllable, 예-요 (ye-yo). So altogether, that is bathroom, where is. Essentially, where is the bathroom? So let’s hear it altogether one last time. 화장실 어디예요 (hwajangsil eodiyeyo)? So when you finally get to that bathroom, there may be one last hurdle. In some instances, only the Korean or 한글 (hangul) is written on the doors. What to do, what to do. Got to go so bad! Well, you can stop by the website and find the words for men and women there. Find them inside the PDF or if you have an iPod, click the center button and you can find them there.
Now, for those that have never been to Asia, I am sorry to let you know. There is a little something you might have to get used to. It’s something me and my boss like to call, the hypochondriacs bowl and this isn’t exactly a toilet, it’s not exactly a hole in the wall or floor that is. It’s just kind of like a porcelain thing and you squat.
Now, these aren’t the greatest to use for us westerners, but you might run into some of these. So, if you are going to stay in the city centers like Seoul or Busan you know, you will probably have a western style toilet but if you see a Porcelain hypochondriac bowl, don’t get too freaked out, okay.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
Where is the bathroom - 화장실 어디예요 (hwajangsil eodiyeyo)?
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.


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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Have you used this phrase in Korea? :)

Tuesday at 8:41 pm
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Hi Phuong Linh,

Thanks for posting. You will typically get similar answers to a single question (for example, asking where the bathroom is), so your listening comprehension skills WILL improve, don't hesitate to ask away! :grin:



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Phuong Linh
Monday at 10:14 pm
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It's funny how we can ask to find the bathroom but we cannot understand if people instruct us in Korean. Anyway, thank you all so much!!!

Thursday at 9:28 pm
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Hi Kimchi,

Thanks for posting. In colloquial Korean, native Koreans like to simplify the sentences by sometimes omitting particles or the subject (such as the person speaking the sentence). So the written version of the phrase would be:

화장실이 어디예요?

And as for your question, '어디에 갑니까?' is used to ask 'someone' where they are going. You cannot ask the bathroom where it is going, so you would just say, '화장실이 어디예요?'



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Tuesday at 12:10 am
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Hello :) In the lesson, it says 화장실 어디예요 : there is no particles! I guess this is less polite, so can we use it with strangers (in the street for example, or salesperson, or restaurateur, ...) or persons such as teachers, colleagues, and others?

And can we say 화장실이어디에 갑니까 at the place of 화장실이어디예요 ? There is no differences?

Monday at 9:47 am
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Hi Vivian,

Thanks for posting.

'어디예요' is usually used to ask where a person or a place is. It cannot be used to ask where someTHING is at.

'어디 있어요' can be used to ask where a person, a place, or a thing is. Here's an example:

'의자는 어디에 있어요?'(Where is the chair?) (O)

'의자는 어디예요?' (X) (You cannot use '어디예요' to ask where an object/thing is)

You can use both expressions for 'bathroom' as it is a place.

'화장실은 어디예요/화장실은 어디 있어요?'

Please let us know if you have any other questions.



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Thursday at 7:51 pm
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Annyeonghaseyo :smile:

What is the difference between 화장실 어디예요 and 화장실 어디있어요?

I went through a lesson about directions and there they used 어디있어요. Is it because of the different politeness levels or can you use both?

Monday at 11:31 am
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Hi Robin,

The PDF lesson notes are updated.

Thank you,

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Tuesday at 6:54 pm
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Hi Robin,

Thanks for your feedback and sorry for the confusion.

어디예요 is correct.

We will update the lesson materials as soon as possible.



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Tuesday at 4:47 pm
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Your lessons are too confusing for me.

On the picture it says: 화장실 어디예요 and in the lesson materials it says 화장실 어디(에)요

Friday at 5:37 pm
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Hi Anna,

That is good observation and both are the same!haha

In colloquial sense, we do get to cancel particles a lot especially when it comes to subject as you have mentioned!

You will probably find that a lot especially when it comes to spoken Korean!;)

Thank you


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