Family Vocabulary in Korean

Family Vocabulary in Korean



Keep in mind that these are just the basics. There are many more names for certain family members and it gets even more confusing for those of us learning.

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  • Dolvina
    Jul 27,2016 at 7:04 pm

    I noticed the family terms start w/g. Was the chart written from a formal standpoint? The reason I asked because it seems that they call mom omma. I’ve heard unni/noona for sister. Thanks for answering.

  • Patrick07
    Aug 2,2015 at 5:16 am

    thanks … this is way too helpful as always

  • Gomushin_Girl
    May 20,2015 at 4:09 am

    A little annoyed that you assumed a male ego, and put terminology used by women only in tiny print. It wouldn’t have taken any effort at all to give them equal space.

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      May 20,2015 at 5:00 am


      • Gomushin_Girl
        May 20,2015 at 6:05 am

        What exactly is funny about it?

        • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
          May 20,2015 at 6:35 am

          That you think I deliberately left out terminology used by women for the other vocabulary in the graphic. Then there’s the whole “male ego” part implying I did it out of some sexist notion?

          • Gomushin_Girl
            May 20,2015 at 6:59 am

            Ego is the technical name for the central figure in genealogical tables. And I didn’t say you left it out, just that you gave it secondary priority. It may not be the end of suffrage for women, sure, but it isn’t an entirely neutral act. It wouldn’t have taken any more effort to give both terms equal weight.

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 7:03 am

            But the only terms that have specifics for women in the table are 오빠 and 언니…

          • Gomushin_Girl
            May 20,2015 at 7:04 am

            So, why didn’t you just put them in there right next to 형 and 누나? Why make them a little amendment at the end? That’s all I’m saying – make the graphic so that male and female terminology, when present, are given equal size/placement/weight, rather than making the terminology for women secondary.

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 7:09 am

            Because I didn’t want to. I wanted to put them at the end because I thought it made more sense and took up less space. If you think I did it out of some secret notion to make women secondary, then you are obviously projecting your views onto a simple graphic and seeing something that isn’t there.

          • Gomushin_Girl
            May 20,2015 at 7:15 am

            I’m not seeing something that isn’t there. I’m seeing the same chart, and saying “hey, why not put the terminology for women on the same footing as what you’ve done for men?” It wouldn’t hurt anything or anyone to do so. But while small, it *does* say something that you think that it “makes more sense” to just put the stuff for men in regular print and put the stuff for women in a secondary place. Like I said, it’s not revoking women’s suffrage or anything, but it’s a small, very fixable thing that would make the world more equitable, rather than less.

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 7:28 am

            Lol ok.

          • burndoggy
            May 20,2015 at 7:45 am

            If only we could all just “Lol ok” at being wrong and incompetent.

            I applaud you for your inability to understand your readers and their criticisms. I spend way too much time actually giving a fuck and trying to understand why everyone thinks I’m an arse. You just embrace it.

            You sir are a champion *

            * Girls can call you wanker.

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 7:55 am

            I appreciate criticism all the time here. However I’m not going to entertain the trend nowadays of being offended at every little thing and seeing sexism and racism in everything they come across.

          • Gomushin_Girl
            May 20,2015 at 8:01 am

            So criticism about sexism and racism isn’t ok? Dude, nobody is asking you to rend your clothes and do penance in the town square. People are just saying “Hey, maybe you didn’t think about this, could you fix it?”

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 8:20 am

            I said people who see racism and sexism in everything even when it’s not there. And again, I have no problem with readers telling me things like that. Plenty of people have done it before and I’ve taken no issue with it.

            However, you turned something as simple as “Hey, why not put 오빠 and 언니 next to the other terms”, (which I admit I didn’t think about) and turned it into an issue of sexism implying I did it because I see women on a lower level than men. So yeah, I took issue with that.

          • burndoggy
            May 20,2015 at 8:24 am

            I think that just saying, “I didn’t mean anything by it, I’m a male and I was writing this from a male pov” would have been a better start than lol.

            As a business man, making a second poster from the female perspective might be a good move anyway (women are 50% of the population after all), so suggesting that you might make in the future from the female ego may have actually been not only business savvy, but also kind of awesome.

            Instead…you decided to walk the well worn line of the curmudgeon and decry that people give a fuck about sexism or racism.

            It’s a shame.

            No more. No less.

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 8:34 am

            Oh lawd you guys are a trip! If you look at all the other posts on this site and conclude I’m sexist because I made the ego male on this graphic, then there’s nothing more to say. Tumblr is just one click away. Good day lol.

          • roboseyo
            May 20,2015 at 9:06 am

            At this point, it seems like it’s less about whether you’re truly a raging sexist (I bet you’re not), and more that when you were confronted with something (yeah. 오빠 and 언니 are a lot smaller and MUCH harder to read, due to size and background contrast) you were first dismissive and then defensive, and had to have it explained to you why putting the female forms in a clearly secondary position did indeed LOOK like sexism, even if you swear up and down you are Actually a Really Nice Guy.

            Listen better, that’s all.

            Perhaps when someone with a different background than yours chimes in, make your default “Thanks for pointing that out. Let me think about what you’ve said” instead of “Lol” “Lol ok” or “Tumblr is just one click away” (especially when you admit yourself the thing Gomushin Girl pointed out WAS something you hadn’t thought about yourself: “(which I admit I didn’t think about)”

          • Patrick07
            Aug 2,2015 at 5:22 am

            first look at the infographic and then talk (or write in this case), he was talking for the perspetive of a man, so he was correct, and toghful enough to write if you’re a women them this is the right terminology, so he was in the correct point

          • burndoggy
            May 20,2015 at 9:15 am

            “A trip”?

            1994 called….it wants its slang back!


            Seriously though…and I don’t mean to wank on your feet…but learn how to fucking read hey?

            Not to be a cunt…but I never called you sexist. Never. I said you’re a wanker. Why? Because you write “lol” when you don’t understand what someone says (for example, ego).

            Never said you were sexist. The problem is reading comprehension and the ability to reply to what people say, rather than what the voices in your head say that people say.

            I have two balls my good man, and you may suck them both…no ego required!

          • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
            May 20,2015 at 9:38 am


          • burndoggy
            May 20,2015 at 11:23 am

            Deleting comments? Very brave sir…very brave.

          • Patrick07
            Aug 2,2015 at 5:20 am

            are you an idiot, he did an excelent job here, and what he did was great because the main character (na) is a man, soy he put the correct terminology for each character. and he was toghful enough to specifi how you should call them if you’re a female, instead of a man. He doesn’t have to do another infographic just for you stupid blind feminist

  • May 19,2015 at 7:24 pm

    This is awesome! I know East Asian cultures have differentiating names for how a person is related in the family and I’ve always wondered what the vocabulary was in Korea. This is SO HELPFUL!!

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      May 20,2015 at 5:01 am

      Glad it helped you out! 🙂

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