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How to Say Cute in Korean

How to Say Cute in Korean

How to Say Cute in Korean

This is a word that you will come across often in real life and in dramas/kpop. Who doesn’t wanna say “cute!” when they see a baby, dog, or other furry little animal. For some reason, cute in Korean sounds cuter (not trying to make a joke) than its English counterpart. Maybe it’s the way Koreans say it as they have a tendency to really like cute things or make things as cute as possible.

Let’s start with the basics:

귀엽다 (gwi-yeop-da)

This is the basic dictionary form of cute. It literally means to be cute and you can often just say this as it is in most situations. However unless you’re pretty sure of how to use it, you will need to conjugate it.

Let’s take a look at the different forms you can use.

Formal Version: 귀엽슴니다 (gwi-yeop-seum-ni-da)

This is the formal version of saying cute. It’s not very likely that you will use cute in a formal situation though. For instance I highly doubt you would call your boss or teacher cute to their face. It really sounds kind of awkward even if you’re not using it towards someone older or higher in position than you.

Standard Version: 귀여워요 (gwi-yeo-weo-yo)

This is the standard version that you will want to use around people who you are not close to or people older than you. Notice the 요 ending.

Casual Version: 귀여워 (gwi-yeo-weo)

This is the one that you will probably hear most often and it is used around your close friends, family, and people younger than you.

Remember when in doubt, just use the standard version to be safe.

At the bottom of our infographic, you will see another word – 귀요미 (gwi-yo-mi)

This is a Korean slang word used to describe someone who is cute or acts cute. You could use this to describe a baby, child, pet, significant other etc. It’s a very versatile slang word.

Some people also use this to describe someone who uses a lot of aegyo (cute actions or noises). Hyo likes to use this for me when she jokes around.

Corny Joke for cute in Korean:

What do you call a cute person with no ears? 귀 없다!

귀 = ears

없다 = verb that means to be without

귀 없다 = to be without ears

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How to Say No in Korean

Now here is a simple word that you should know in any language. You don’t want to be caught in an awkward situation where you want to tell someone no, but don’t know how to.

Like many other phrases we’ve covered, there are formal and informal ways to say no in Korean as well as other variations.

Let’s start with the ones we covered in the infographic.

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How to Say Heart in Korean

How to Say Heart in Korean

How to Say Heart in Korean

One of the more confusing things for a beginner learning Korean is when they come across the many meanings for the word ‘heart’. In English the same word is used to describe the physical organ and things related to love and feelings of the mind.

However in Korean, these words can be broken down into three words that have a specific meaning.

Let’s talk about the first word in the infographic.

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Types of Deer in Korean (Collab with LingoDeer)

Deer in Korean

Types of Deer in Korean

Thanks to LingoDeer for contacting us and giving us this idea for a post. Koreans really aren’t familiar with the names for different types of deer because they really don’t have any chances to see many types of deer except for at the zoo. I’ve seen most types back in the states on various trips to the wilderness.

As you can see, the word for deer is 사슴 and we’ve listed the 6 most common types along with the cute mascot from LingoDeer.

LingoDeer is a very helpful app that focuses on helping people learn Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.

You can start off with the basics by learning how to write and then move on to other lessons (along with helpful tips and flashcards) that will get you speaking your target language in no time. Check out more info about the app at the official LingoDeer website.

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How to Say Flower in Korean

flower in korean

flower in korean

The pronunciation of the word flower in Korean can be a little difficult for beginners. Usually the syllable ‘ㅊ’ sounds like a ‘ch’ sound. However, when it is in the final position of a word, it has a soft t sound. It’s a very abrupt t sound and sound similar to the Korean word for clothes ‘옷’.

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How to Say Cat in Korean

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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