How to Say Mom in Korean

How to Say Mother in Korean

How to Say Mother in Korean

Welcome back for another post on family vocabulary. If you haven’t checked out the other family vocab posts we’ve done, here they are:

Dad in Korean

Uncle in Korean

Sister in Korean

Brother in Korean

Grandma in Korean

Grandpa in Korean

Today, we’re talking about a commonly used word, mother. Like other words for family members, I find this one to be easy as well since the casual form sounds a bit like ‘Mama’ in English.

Let’s start with the first form:

어머님 (eo-meo-nim) = This is the formal form of the word mother, and should only be used when you’re addressing someone else’s mother. You would never use this to address your own mother.

This is also used to address your mother in law as well. I always use this to address Hyo’s mom and it is similar to the formal form of father, 아버님. Adding ‘님’ to a title for a person makes it formal. You may also hear this a lot in dramas (especially ones dealing with and focusing on family issues).

어머니 (eo-meo-ni) = This is more casual than the first one, and would be used to address your own mother. Most people will use this to address their own mother.

엄마 (eom-ma) = This is the most casual way to say mother in Korean. This should also only be used to address your own mother. Kids especially like to use this one.

If you want to say ‘My mother’ in Korean, you wouldn’t use the commonly used ‘내’ for my, but ‘우리’. For example:

우리 엄마 (u-ri eom-ma)

우리 어머니 (u-ri eo-meo-ni)

You may think that 우리 is only used for ‘we’, but it can mean ‘my’ in many cases.

Now you may ask, is their a mother’s day or father’s day in Korea. The answer is yes and no. Both mothers and fathers share a special holiday called Parent’s Day (어버의날) in May. It’s a pretty big day for parents, and they are usually given flowers, taken out to dinner, and given money.

Easy right? Now go practice and confuse your own mother with your new vocabulary!

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How to Say Rice in Korean

How to Say Rice in Korean

How to Say Rice in Korean

Hey whatsup everyone! February has almost come to a close. This year is already passing by quickly. Hope you’re ready for another quick lesson today!

Today, we’re gonna talk about two words that get beginner Korean learners confused.

You will often hear Koreans refer to rice as “밥”. But did you know, that this only refers to the cooked version? The word “밥” can also refer to a meal as well. So you’ll often hear Koreans say:

밥 먹었어요?

The literal meaning for this phrase means “Have you eaten?”. This phrase on the surface may seem like someone is just asking have you eaten, but it also doubles as a way of checking up on someone or just a casual greeting (Kind of like how people always ask how’s the weather”.

The other word “쌀” refers to uncooked rice you find in the bags in stores or out in the fields.

As you know, rice is a huge part of the Korean diet and it’s now become a big part of mine as well since I’ve been here for so long now.

When you go to restaurants here in Korea, you will typically find that they give you standard white rice, however, there are many kinds of rice:

보리밥 (bo-ri-bap) = barley rice

콩밥 (kong-bap) = bean rice

메밀밥 (me-mil-bap) = buckwheat rice

녹두밥 (nok-du-bap) = mung bean rice

옥수수밥 (ok-su-su-bap) = corn rice

팥밥 (pat-bap) = red bean rice

There are also several dishes with rice as the main ingredient. Usually, if a food has “밥” at the end, it is easy to know that rice is it’s main ingredient. Here are some popular dishes:

비빔밤 (bi-bim-bap) = Rice mixed with various vegetables and red pepper paste

볶음밥 = (bo-kkeum-bap) = Fried rice. Can include other ingredients like various veggies, shrimp, pork, or beef

김밥 (kim-bap) = Rolled rice wrapped in seaweed and cut into individual pieces. Includes a variety of styles and ingredients.

국밥 = (guk-bap) = Rice mixed with hot soup

주먹밥 (ju-meok-bap) = Rice balls which may be filled with fermented radish, tuna, and dried seaweed

쌈밥 (ssam-bap) = Cooked rice wrapped in lettuce or perilla leaves along with pork or beef.

And there you have it! You should definitely try some of the dished above. Most Korean restaurants will sell bibimbap and ssambap, however, you may have to look a little harder for the others, or try making them yourself.

Until next time!

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How to Say Uncle in Korean

How to Say Uncle in Korean

How to Say Uncle in Korean

Whatsup everyone hope everyone is ready for the weekend! If you haven’t check it out, go check out our recent infographic on Korean ramen. We got a good response from it and glad everyone liked it.

For today, we’re going back to some Korean family vocabulary. Learning family vocab is one of those things that can get very confusing very fast. To be honest, you probably will not use these often unless you marry into a Korean family. I’ve made it a point to know which terms to use for different family members in Hyo’s family and still get confused.

It’s still good to know them however for future reference.

Let’s start with the father’s side of the family:

삼촌 (sam-chon) = Father’s unmarried younger brother

큰아버지 (keun-a-beo-ji) = Father’s older brother (married or unmarried). 큰 means big and 아버지 means father, so this term for uncle literally means “big father”.

작은아버지 (ja-geun-a-beo-ji) = Father’s married younger brother. “작은” means small and 아버지 means father, so this term for uncle literally means “small father”.

고모부 (go-mo-bu) = Father’s sister’s husband. “고모” is a term used to refer to your father’s sister, and “부” is used to refer to a wife or husband of someone else.

Now let’s move on to the mother’s side of the family:

외삼촌 (woe-sam-chon) = Mother’s brother (married or unmarried). “외” (sounds similar to 왜) is used when referring to family members on the mother’s side of the family.

이모부 (i-mo-bu) = Mother’s sister’s husband. “이모” refers to your mother’s sister and “부” is used to refer to a wife or husband of someone else.

And there you have it! We also made a chart of Korean family terms if you want to find out more. Like I said, it can be a bit confusing for some since most people use simply aunt or uncle. I have no idea why the Korean language added terms for every single person in the family, but it would be a good research project to find out. Even Hyo gets confused.

Have a great weekend and see you guys next time!

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Korean Instant Noodles Chart

Korean Instant Noodles Chart - The Best

Korean Instant Noodles Chart

This chart features some of the more popular brands of instant noodles from 1963 and onward. We wanted to include many, many, more, but there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of brands from over the years.

It was actually quite fun researching and hand drawing the many different designs of the packaging. Hyo loves instant noodles, and now I finally can recognize her favorite brands a bit easier.

If you would like a more detailed a closer view of the chart, you can find it at our store here.

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How to Say Girlfriend in Korean

How to say girlfriend in Korean

How to say girlfriend in Korean

Hey everyone! Today, we’re gonna teach you how to say girlfriend in Korean and some related vocabulary.

Learning this word is very easy. For example, take 여자친구  which is the standard word for girlfriend.

Like the English word, if we break it down, we get:

여자 ( yeo-ja) = girl/woman

친구 (chin-gu) = friend

Put them together, and you get girlfriend! If you want to shorten it (slang), you would simply use the first syllables of each word:

여친 (yeo-chin)

This would be the equivalent of “gf” in English.

And that’s pretty much it. However, you wouldn’t use this word for a girl who is simply a friend. You would use 여성 친구 which is basically “female friend”.

Here are some sentences/questions you can use:

여자친구 있어요? (yeo-ja-chin-gu i-sseo-yo) = Do you have a girlfriend?

내 여자친구가 되어줄래? (nae yeo-ja-chin-gu-ga doe-eo-jul-lae) Will you be my girlfriend?

네 여자친구가 되고 싶어. (ne yeo-ja-chin-gu-ga doe-go ship-eo) I want to be your girlfriend.

And for more romance related words like pet names/nicknames, check out our other post on this subject!

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How to Say Happy New Year in Korean

How to Say Happy New Year in Korean

How to Say Happy New Year in Korean

Hey everyone! Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas holiday with your family and friends. We had a pretty good holiday here. Being the introverted couple we are, we decided to chill at home, cook, watch movies, and drink some eggnog (made it myself and turned out great). I’m on vacation for a month, but sadly Hyo still has to work. However, with so much time off, expect more posts from now until late January as I will have more energy to do more work.

For today, we are getting ready for the new year by teaching you how to say Happy New Year in Korean.

In the graphic, you will see the polite version:

새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae-hae bok man-i ba-deu-se-yo)

You can use this with pretty much anyone you meet. Friends, family, coworkers, etc. Saying this will not come across as rude in most situations.

Formal: 새해 복 많이 받으십시오 (sae-hae bok man-i ba-deu-ship-shi-o)

The formal version of happy new year would be used in formal settings and you will find these on formal greeting like cards, emails in the office, or on a billboard on the street. You will probably not use this one, but it’s still good to know and recognize it when you see it.

Informal: 새해 복 많이 받아 (sae-hae bok man-i bad-a)

You would use this towards kids or very close friends and family. However, it’s still very rare to use this and the polite version is still the best one to use.

Keep in mind that Koreans celebrate two new years. One for the changing of the Gregorian calendar year, and one for the lunar new year. You can use these greetings for both.

Now here is some useful vocabulary related to the new year for you to use!:

자정 = midnight

년 = year

건배 = cheers, toast

색종이 조각 = Confetti

불꽃놀이 = Fireworks

겨울 = Winter

파티 = Party

샴페인 = Champagne

새해 첫날 = New Year’s Day

새해 = New Year

And that’s it! What are your plans for the new year? Singing and dancing? Staying at home? Regardless of what you plan, we hope you have a happy one and enjoy it!


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