Hey everyone! Hope you liked our previous post on vocabulary for items in the home. We also wanna let you guys know that we are working on a big 30day lesson package for beginners – intermediate learners who are learning Korean. Hyo has been hard at work with ideas and we’ve both been organizing them into a nice packet. Hopefully it will be available by mid May. We also have about 20 more cheat sheets coming as those have been pretty popular with many people.
Now for our word of the day: 개. This was one of the first words I learned and remembered easily since it’s such a short and simple one syllable word. The only confusion one might have with this word is with the word for crab which is 게. They sound very similar (in fact, many Koreans make no distinction between the letters ㅔ and ㅐ anymore).
But any confusion should quickly pass as this is a word that you will use and hear often.
One thing about this word however is that most Koreans refer to dogs with 강아지 which means puppy. One reason for this is that 개 sounds more formal and 강아지 is more casual. The word 개 is also used in lots of swear words (and I’ve learned them all after teaching in Korean schools for years).
We won’t be teaching you the swear words, but we will teach you some words related to the word dog.
멍멍 (meong-meong) = In English, we think a dog sounds like “woof woof”. In Korean, it’s 멍멍.
멍멍이 (meong-meong-i) = This is a cute way to refer to puppies and dogs in general and is mostly used by babies and younger kids. You will often hear parents say this to this kids and point to a dog to get their kids to look and see a cute pup walking by.
Most of these are just Konglish versions of the English names for dog breeds
불도그 = Bulldog
푸들 = Poodle
달마티안 = Dalmation
콜리 = Collie
비숑 프리제 = Bichon frise
진도개 = Jindo. This dog is a breed unique to Korea (Jindo Island)
Our word for the day is king. This past weekend, Hyo and I went to visit her father. One of his favorite things to do is watch historical Korean dramas which usually feature kings and/or queens for the Joseon Dynasty. After seeing parts of a show he was watching this weekend, I got the idea to do a short post on how to say king in Korean.
You probably won’t find yourself referring to any current government official as a king, but it’s still a good word to know. Sometimes Koreans will refer to a spoiled son sarcastically as a little little king or prince.
Other words that are sometimes used for the word king are 제왕 and 국왕 however, just knowing the word 왕 will be enough.
It’s just about spring time so we are finishing our season series with some spring vocabulary in Korean! We may do a part 2 like we did for some of the others as well.
Spring is one of the best times to visit Korea as the freezing Korean winter has passed yet, the humidity of summer hasn’t arrived yet. You can also check out the many cherry blossom festivals across the country throughout April.
It looks like it will be warmer than usual this year, so the cherry blossoms may bloom sooner than usual.