Hey everyone! We’re back for another short lesson. In this lesson, we’re going to teach you how to say pretty in Korean. Maybe you would like to give someone a compliment, or maybe you want to ask if something you bought is pretty (maybe a gift for someone?).
We will teach you the many ways to express pretty.
Let’s start with the basics.
If you just want to say someone is pretty, you can use the three phrases in the graphic above. Let’s break them down:
This is the informal way to call someone pretty. Use this around people closest to you like family and close friends.
Ex. 그 여자가 너무 예뻐 (geu yeo-ja-ga neo-mu ye-ppeo) = That girl is so pretty.
예뻐요 (ye-ppeo-yo) = This is the polite way to say pretty in Korean. Use this around casual friends and people you don’t know well.
예쁩니다 (ye-ppeum-ni-da) = This is the formal version that you would use to people older than you in formal settings. Although you will hear the above forms way more often than this one, keep this one in mind for special occasions.
예쁘다 (ye-ppeu-da) = This is the standard dictionary form of the word pretty, but is also used in daily conversation like the forms above. This form is also considered informal.
Now, there is also a nonstandard form that people use. It is spelled “이쁘다” and is used mainly in daily conversation. It’s sort of a slang form of the word pretty and is rarely used in written form.
Now what if you want to say something like “the pretty girl” or “the pretty flower”.
You would then use the noun form of 예쁘다. Just like with all other Korean verbs and adjectives, you do this by removing the verb stem, and adding “은” or “는” to the word.
예쁘다 —-> 예쁘 ——> 예쁜
So pretty girl would be “예쁜 여자” and pretty flower would be “예쁜 꽃”.
Finally, what if you think something is pretty and you want to ask your friend to confirm it. Let’s say you’re shopping with your friend, see a nice outfit, and you want to ask “It’s pretty isn’t it?”
You would say:
예쁘지요? (ye-ppeu-ji-yo) = It’s pretty isn’t it?
This can be shortened to “예쁘죠?” (ye-ppeu-jyo)
If you want to say the same thing informally, you would say “예쁘지?” (ye-ppeu-ji)
And that’s it! Keep in mind that Koreans only use this for women. We will cover some other phrases related to appearance in future lessons!
Hey whatsup guys! Today we’re talking about how to say math terms in Korean. You may have always been curious about how to say these even though you will most likely not use them often unless you go through some type of schooling in Korea.
Let’s start with the basic math calculations
addition = 더하기 (deo-ha-gi)
subtraction = 빼기 (bbae-gi)
multiplication = 곱하기 (gob-ha-gi)
division = 나누기 (na-nu-gi)
equals = 은/는 (eun/neun)
So how would you say these in a math equation? For starters, always use sino Korean numbers when saying math equations.
We’re back for a word of the day! Today’s word is angel. Angel in Korean is very simple:
천사 (cheon-sa) = angel
Easy right? Of course, many people use this to describe someone who has or is very nice. Or someone who has helped them out greatly even if it inconvenienced them. So how would you use this word to describe someone like that?
Let’s take a look at some phrases and words:
넌 나의 천사야 (neon na-ui cheon-sa-ya) = You’re my angel
Since you will most likely be using this towards someone close to you, you can use the casual form. If not, you can just change it to the polite form:
(name/title here) 나의 천사예요 (name/title na-ui cheon-sa-ye-yo)
How about “You’re like an angel.”?
도미닉 씨는 천사 같아요 (do-mi-nik cheon-sa ga-ta-yo) = Dominic is like an angel.
You can just change the names for the person you are referring to or you can use 너 if you are really close to the person.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section or email us. See you next time 🙂
Ah coffee. One of, if not the most popular drinks in the world. It’s interesting that when I first came to Korea in 2009, coffee still wasn’t as big as it is now. Now, you can see coffee shops everywhere. It’s almost to the point where I think there are too many coffee shops around.
So how do you say coffee in Korean? It’s actually really simple and easy to remember.
커피 (keo-pi) = coffee
It’s a Konglish form of the English word coffee so you can see how the Korean word sounds similar. Remember, there’s no sound similar to the f sound in Korean, so lots of times, the consonant ㅍ is used to mimic the f sound.
So what if you went to a coffee shop and wanted to order a cup of joe?
커피 주세요 (keo-pi ju-se-yo) = Please give me some coffee.
커피 한잔 주세요 (keo-pi han-jan ju-se-yo) = Please give me a cup/glass of coffee.
These phrases also apply to other drinks you can order at the coffee shop. Just replace coffee with your drink of choice.
Here are some other related coffee words:
카페 (ka-pe) = cafe
커피 샵 (keo-pi shyap) = coffee shop
커피 콩 (keo-pi kong) = coffee bean
커피 메이커 = (keo-pi me-i-keo) = coffee maker
블랙 커피 (beul-laek keo-pi) = black coffee
바리스타 (ba-ri-seu-ta) = barista
And there you have it! Enjoy your daily cup of coffee.