The word for tiger in Korean is very similar to the word for cat, 고양이 (go-yang-i).
The animal itself has a lot of cultural importance and history in the country. If you watched the Olympics in Pyeongchang this, year, you saw that the mascot was a white tiger.
White tiger in Korean = 백호 (baek-ho)
Big fan of Korean dramas and movies? Kpop? You’ve likely seen a lot of kissing scenes with all the shows that revolve around romance.
If you are a big fan of these, then you probably already know the words for kiss in Korean. For those of you that don’t, we are gonna teach you the two main words for kiss, and some phrases that are related to these words.
Here is another basic animal word for you today.
Sticking with the farm animals once again this week (last week we told you how to say chicken in Korean language) and talking about the word for pig.
If you’ve been in Korea for any period of time, you would know how popular pork dishes are here (sorry vegans and vegetarians!).
You probably can’t go more than a few blocks without seeing a restaurant that serves pork.
So as it says above, the word for pig in Korean is 돼지. You can use this word when talking about the actual animal.
A lot of people love beer. It’s no different in Korea. Although soju is the number one alcohol in Korea, people love their beer here. Beer in the Korean language is simply 맥주 (maek-ju).
When I first arrived in Korea in 2009, the only brands of beer you could find here were the major Korean brands like Cass and Hite (which are terrible IMO). Craft beers were unheard of, and the only foreign beers you could find would be be at pubs and bars and they were expensive.
Vocabulary in this graphic:
사다 (sa-da) = To buy
여행하다 (yeo-haeng-ha-da) = To travel
묻다 (moot-da) = To ask
포기하다 (po-gi-ha-da) = To give up
마시다 (ma-si-da) = To drink
울다 (ul-da) = To cry
생각하다 (saeng-gak-ha-da) = To think
공부하다 (gong-bu-ha-da) = To study
춤추다 (chum-chu-da) = To dance
The word for chicken in Korean is very easy to learn.
Let’s start of with the word ‘닭’ (dak). This is mainly used to describe the animal itself and certain dishes that are chicken based.
So for example if you actually saw a live chicken, you would use this word.
For dishes, here are some common Korean dishes that are chicken based and use the word 닭.
닭갈비 (dak-gal-bi) = This is a chicken dish that is grilled right in front of you. Veggies like green onions, sesame leaves, sweet potatoes, and kimchi are usually added. This is my favorite dish in Korea.
닭도리탕 (dak-do-ri-tang) = This is a spicy chicken stew that features chicken, onions, potatoes, and carrots.
닭발 (dak-bal) = Chicken feet. You can order with or without the bones in the feet. They are also spicy.
불닭 (bul-dak) = This literally means fire chicken and is chicken served up with heavy spices that will turn your mouth into hell. Pretty good, but not for the faint of heart. Also make sure you are free the next morning as you will probably make a few trips to the toilet.
찜닭 (jjim-dak) = This is braised chicken that features noodles, potatoes, and sometimes hot peppers.
통닭 (tong-dak) = This is basically a whole chicken that has been fried. This was really popular back in the day and most places will call it 엣날통닭 which roughly translates to the chicken from the past/a long time ago.
For the next word, 치킨, this will usually refer to fried chicken in Korea. Fried chicken is very popular in Korea and is usually eaten with beer and other side dishes like fermented radishes (called 치킨무).
Occasionally, you may hear this word used to describe the actual animal itself as well.
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