web analytics

How to Say Heart in Korean

One of the more confusing things for a beginner learning Korean is when they come across the many meanings for the word ‘heart’. In English the same word is used to describe the physical organ and things related to love and feelings of the mind.

However in Korean, these words can be broken down into three words that have a specific meaning.

Let’s talk about the first word in the infographic.

심장 (sim-jang) 

This refers to your actual heart that pumps blood. You will basically only hear this when talking about health and medical related things.

마음 (ma-eum)

This refers to your feelings, emotions, or preference for something. For example if you just got your heartbroken or had something devastating happen in your life, you would say “마음이 아파요” which literally translates to “my heart/mind hurts”.

This word is also used when describing how you like something (shirt, music, etc). For example:

이 치마가 마음에 들어요 (i chi-ma-ga ma-eum-e deul-eo-yo) I like the skirt.

This comes from 마음에 들다 which means to enter one’s heart. This is different from 좋아하다 in the sense that it’s a bit more passive and nonchalant but both can be used to describe something you like most of the time.

가슴 (ga-seum)

This one usually refers to your actual physical chest/breast. So when you say 가슴이 아파요 to the doctor, you are literally telling him that there is pain in your chest. However, this same phrase can also be used to describe heartbreak.

하트 (ha-teu)

And finally, this is the Konglish version of the English word heart. This just refers to the symbol of the heart that is used for romance.

Other phrases:

심장이 녹을 것 같아. (sim-jang nok-eul geot gat-ta) My heart is melting.

Learning Korean is Easy when You Have this Starter Pack

Learning the Korean language can seem like a big task at first, but the way you learn can make it a simple and fun experience.

Whether you want to understand basic words in K-pop or K-dramas, impress your Korean friends, or simply learn more about Korean culture, the Korean Language Starter Pack will help you quickly learn and remember the most commonly used Korean words and phrases today.

What’s Inside?

• Infographic Compilation – More than 160 Korean infographics that help you quickly learn common words and phrases.

• Review Flashcards – Easily learn and review 600 must-know Korean words with printable front and back flashcards.

• Cheat Sheets – 17 printable Korean word lists that ensure you always have access to the most commonly used Korean words.

• Weekly Vocabulary Guide – Kickstart your Korean vocabulary with 16 value-packed lessons that you can conveniently complete at your own pace.

*Bonus - Free updates for life!

Receive all future updates by e-mail when they are released, as well as a bonus printable poster from our store! Simply email us with your order number and the name of the poster you would like.

Immediately after purchase, a zip file will be available for instant download. Remember, this is a digital file that will conveniently be sent to you right away (not a physical book).

Happy Learning!