So last week, we did a post on how to say grandfather in Korean. So naturally, we had to do one on grandmother as well! Saying grandma follows the same standard as grandpa as there are slightly different ways to say it depending on if it’s your mother or father’s side and if you want to say it in a formal or informal way.
Keep in mind that for both grandma and grandpa, a standard 할머니/할아버지 can be used for both sides of the family. Adding the “외” is more academically correct in terms of studying.
Korean family vocabulary can be a bit difficult to learn for learners of Korean. Even Koreans don’t know all the proper terms for family members. The reason being is that unlike in English where “grandpa” or “grandma” can be used for both sides of the family, that’s not the case for Korean. This applies to all family titles.
Another important phrase you should learn to say in Korean is “I’m sorry.” You will need this in your arsenal if you visit Korea because 9 times out of 10, you will bump into someone in the crowded streets at some point and need to apologize.
Or you may be in an argument with your Korean SO or friend. Knowing how to write or say sorry would be very beneficial!
This is part 1 of our short series “Basic Korean Verbs You Should Know”.
These are just to give you some common verbs that you might use in daily conversation and will help you get a good foundation on some of the basic verbs.
So a lot of people don’t know that there are two ways to say fire in Korean. The common way of saying “불” just refers to the flame or object of fire. So if you’re camping or cooking on the stove, 불 would be appropriate to call the flame you see burning.
Like saying good morning in Korean, saying good night has different levels of formality depending on who you are talking to.
안녕히 주무세요 (an-nyeong-hi ju-mu-se-yo)
For saying good night formally, I use this often with my mother and father in law and if taken for its literal meaning, it means to sleep peacefully.