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Colors in Korean

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. This is one of the very first things you will probably learn when you start learning Korean.

For starters:

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

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How to Say Congratulations in Korean

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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How to Say I Miss You in Korean

How to Say I Miss You in Korean

How to Say I Miss You in Korean

This is one of the most common phrases you will use and come across, especially if you are dating a Korean significant other. If you watch a lot of Korean dramas or listen to a lot of Korean songs, you will hear this A LOT.

My wife and I still use this a lot ;p

Since missing someone implies closeness, the most common form you will be using is 보고 싶어 which is the casual/informal form. This form drops the “요”. The phrase is a combination of the verb 보다 (to see) and the grammatical form to want (~고 싶다). We will be starting a grammar series soon so we will go more in depth about this form at some point in the future.

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How to Say Cheers in Korean

How to Say Cheers in Korean

How to Say Cheers in Korean

Chances are if you come to Korea for work or travel (and are 18+ ㅋㅋ), you will be invited to go out and drink with your coworkers or friends. When you go out with your coworkers, it is called a “회식” and you eat, talk, and drink with each other.

Now if you don’t drink, don’t be afraid to refrain from drinking and just tell them the reason why. Aside from the older generation, most people will have no problem.

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How to Say I’m Sorry in Korean

How to Say I'm Sorry in Korean

How to Say I'm Sorry in Korean

Another important phrase you should learn to say in Korean is “I’m sorry.” You will need this in your arsenal if you visit Korea because 9 times out of 10, you will bump into someone in the crowded streets at some point and need to apologize.

Or you may be in an argument with your Korean SO or friend. Knowing how to write or say sorry would be very beneficial!

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