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Math Vocabulary in Korean

Math Vocabulary in Korean

Math Vocabulary in Korean

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.

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How to Say Coffee in Korean

How to Say Coffee in Korean

How to Say Coffee in Korean

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.

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Korean Cocktails

Korean Cocktails

Korean Cocktails

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How to Say Sister in Korean

How to Say Sister in Korean

How to Say Sister in Korean

Up next in our family series is learning how to say sister in Korean. Like the words for brother, how you address your sister would depend on your age in relation to her. Also like the words for brother, whether you are male or female which dictate how you address her as well.

Let’s start with the first one:

언니 (eon-ni) = This is used by women to refer to their older sister. It would also be used if you are close friends with a woman who is older than you. Remember that 친구 (friend) is only used towards people who are the same age.

(여)동생 ([yeo] dong-saeng) = 동생 is used to refer to your younger siblings. Sometimes people add 여 (woman) or 남 (man) to make a distinction as to whether their younger sibling is their sister or brother. However most times, these are left out, and people simply say 동생.

누나 (nu-na) = This is used by men to refer to their older sister or a woman who is a close friend and also older than them.

And that’s it! Very simple. Check out some of our other posts on family vocabulary below:

Dad in Korean

Uncle in Korean

Brother in Korean

Grandma in Korean

Grandpa in Korean

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How to Say Mom in Korean

How to Say Mother in Korean

How to Say Mother in Korean

Welcome back for another post on family vocabulary. If you haven’t checked out the other family vocab posts we’ve done, here they are:

Dad in Korean

Uncle in Korean

Sister in Korean

Brother in Korean

Grandma in Korean

Grandpa in Korean

Today, we’re talking about a commonly used word, mother. Like other words for family members, I find this one to be easy as well since the casual form sounds a bit like ‘Mama’ in English.

Let’s start with the first form:

어머님 (eo-meo-nim) = This is the formal form of the word mother, and should only be used when you’re addressing someone else’s mother. You would never use this to address your own mother.

This is also used to address your mother in law as well. I always use this to address Hyo’s mom and it is similar to the formal form of father, 아버님. Adding ‘님’ to a title for a person makes it formal. You may also hear this a lot in dramas (especially ones dealing with and focusing on family issues).

어머니 (eo-meo-ni) = This is more casual than the first one, and would be used to address your own mother. Most people will use this to address their own mother.

엄마 (eom-ma) = This is the most casual way to say mother in Korean. This should also only be used to address your own mother. Kids especially like to use this one.

If you want to say ‘My mother’ in Korean, you wouldn’t use the commonly used ‘내’ for my, but ‘우리’. For example:

우리 엄마 (u-ri eom-ma)

우리 어머니 (u-ri eo-meo-ni)

You may think that 우리 is only used for ‘we’, but it can mean ‘my’ in many cases.

Now you may ask, is their a mother’s day or father’s day in Korea. The answer is yes and no. Both mothers and fathers share a special holiday called Parent’s Day (어버의날) in May. It’s a pretty big day for parents, and they are usually given flowers, taken out to dinner, and given money.

Easy right? Now go practice and confuse your own mother with your new vocabulary!

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How to Say Rice in Korean

How to Say Rice in Korean

How to Say Rice in Korean

Hey whatsup everyone! February has almost come to a close. This year is already passing by quickly. Hope you’re ready for another quick lesson today!

Today, we’re gonna talk about two words that get beginner Korean learners confused.

You will often hear Koreans refer to rice as “밥”. But did you know, that this only refers to the cooked version? The word “밥” can also refer to a meal as well. So you’ll often hear Koreans say:

밥 먹었어요?

The literal meaning for this phrase means “Have you eaten?”. This phrase on the surface may seem like someone is just asking have you eaten, but it also doubles as a way of checking up on someone or just a casual greeting (Kind of like how people always ask how’s the weather”.

The other word “쌀” refers to uncooked rice you find in the bags in stores or out in the fields.

As you know, rice is a huge part of the Korean diet and it’s now become a big part of mine as well since I’ve been here for so long now.

When you go to restaurants here in Korea, you will typically find that they give you standard white rice, however, there are many kinds of rice:

보리밥 (bo-ri-bap) = barley rice

콩밥 (kong-bap) = bean rice

메밀밥 (me-mil-bap) = buckwheat rice

녹두밥 (nok-du-bap) = mung bean rice

옥수수밥 (ok-su-su-bap) = corn rice

팥밥 (pat-bap) = red bean rice

There are also several dishes with rice as the main ingredient. Usually, if a food has “밥” at the end, it is easy to know that rice is it’s main ingredient. Here are some popular dishes:

비빔밤 (bi-bim-bap) = Rice mixed with various vegetables and red pepper paste

볶음밥 = (bo-kkeum-bap) = Fried rice. Can include other ingredients like various veggies, shrimp, pork, or beef

김밥 (kim-bap) = Rolled rice wrapped in seaweed and cut into individual pieces. Includes a variety of styles and ingredients.

국밥 = (guk-bap) = Rice mixed with hot soup

주먹밥 (ju-meok-bap) = Rice balls which may be filled with fermented radish, tuna, and dried seaweed

쌈밥 (ssam-bap) = Cooked rice wrapped in lettuce or perilla leaves along with pork or beef.

And there you have it! You should definitely try some of the dished above. Most Korean restaurants will sell bibimbap and ssambap, however, you may have to look a little harder for the others, or try making them yourself.

Until next time!

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