The word for water in Korean is very easy to learn and kind of sounds like an extending cow sound (moo) in English with an l sound added on at the end.
This should be one of the first words you learn and you should know how to ask for water as well. A lot of other words use “물” such as “콧물” for mucus. It literally means nose water. Same thing for tears which is “눈물” which literally means eye water.
We’ve also included other words related to water in the infographic above:
비 = Rain
바다 = Ocean
눈물 = Tears
수돗물 = Tap Water
Asking for cold water in Korean:
찬물 좀 주시겠어요? (Polite)
chan-mul jom ju-si-ge-sseo-yo?
찬물 좀 줄래? (Casual)
chan-mul jom jul-lae?
Clear Water in Korean:
맑은물 (When looking at the ocean, sea, lake, or river)
깨끗한물 (When talking about drinking water. Literally means “clean water”)
Bottled Water in Korean:
Mineral Water in Korean:
saeng-suRemember that romanization is only a tool! Try not to depend on it too much and try learning the Korean alphabet and how to pronounce the letters properly and you will have a much easier time learning.
Some great books to get your started are Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language and Become a Hangeul Master: Learn to Read and Write Korean Characters
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