I remember when I first came to Korea that this was one of the first words I learned. I had my little Korean to English dictionary on the 14 hour plan ride over, and I wanted to learn all the very basic words like yes, no, thank you, hello, beer (haha), etc.
Likewise for you, adding this to your vocabulary won’t make you a pro, but you can at least use this when being asked a question.
When Hyo and I met, we did tons of traveling around Korea and to some places around the states. We’ve been a bit busier lately and trying to save money so we haven’t been able to go as many places as we had been able to in the past.
I learned quite a bit of travel vocabulary from her and it was a quick way to learn some useful terms.
If you’re going be be traveling in Korea, these are some useful terms you can use and recognize on signs or when trying to communicate with someone. This is only part one, so look forward to another post soon.
If you love milk, why not learn how to say it in Korean so you can ask a friend for some? The word for milk is 우유 (u-yu). Really easy to remember right? If you need a bit of help, just remember that the first syllable sounds a lot like “moo”.
Korea has lots of flavors of milk that you can find at the supermarkets (like most places across the world). For example:
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.
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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