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How to Say Cat in Korean

How to Say Cat in Korean

Korea is known for it’s animal cafes. There are plenty of dog and cat cafes around so check them out if you’re ever in Seoul.

The word cat in Korean is 고양이 (go-yang-i) and sounds very similar to another word ‘고향’  (go-gyang) which is a running joke among many Koreans. Many Korean kids who are just starting to learn Korean and form sentences often get the two confused.

Meow in Korean

If you want to describe the sound of a cat meowing, you would say 야옹 (ya-ong). It’s actually pretty interesting how Korean and all languages differ in how they describe the sound a certain animal makes.

For instance, woof woof for dogs is 멍멍 (meong-meong) in Korean which to me, sounds nothing like a dog barking. Click here for more on animal sounds in Korean.

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How to Say Star in Korean

How to Say Star in Korean

We did a post on the solar system awhile back, but never got around to some of the other space vocabulary we intended to do. So today, we’re going to start off with just simple one. The word for ‘star’ in Korean.

The word for star is 별.

It’s a very simple and easy to remember word.

Korean like English is great in a sense that other vocabulary words that are related to one word use the same base. So for example with 별,  you could use it to make other words like:

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Colors in Korean

Colors in Korean

Learning the Korean colors should be one of several things you learn once you start studying Korean. It will help you a lot when you are trying to describe certain things or hear someone else describing something. The basic colors (for instance just the ones on the rainbow) are easy to learn, but there is another level to the colors in which it can get a little confusing (we may cover those laters).

For now, let’s stick to the basics.

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How to Say Brother in Korean

How to Say Brother in Korean

Korean differs from English when referring to siblings. For instance with English, someone is brother or sister regardless of the person’s sex.

However with Korean, how you refer to your brother will depend on whether you are a man or a woman and your age.

For starters:

Women referring to their older brother: 오빠 (o-ppa)

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How to Say Why in Korean

How to Say Why in Korean

Learning how to say why in Korean will take you no more than a few minutes to learn especially since it sounds slightly similar to “why”. For starters, there are two ways to say why when you want to ask why someone is feeling a certain way or why they are doing something.

For example:

그 여자 정말 싫어 = I really dislike that girl.

왜/왜요? = Why?

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How to Say Congratulations in Korean

How to Say Congratulations in Korean

If you have Korean friends or acquaintances or if you are/will be spending a decent amount of time in Korea, this will be a handy phrase to know.

You will eventually want to congratulate someone on a graduation, a birthday, wedding, etc. Notice that there are four ways to say congratulations.

*side note: don’t use Google Translate for this as it will turn out something completely different and you will sound weird*

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