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:
Chances are if you come to Korea for work or travel (and are 18+ ㅋㅋ), you will be invited to go out and drink with your coworkers or friends. When you go out with your coworkers, it is called a “회식” and you eat, talk, and drink with each other.
Now if you don’t drink, don’t be afraid to refrain from drinking and just tell them the reason why. Aside from the older generation, most people will have no problem.
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.