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Koreabridge - 7 hours 32 min ago

head-over-heels in love but don’t want to through the love bomb yet?

 Try saying “I like you in Korean” to make an impact on your crush.

The phrase 사랑해 (saranghae) is the most common way to say I like you in Korean. But there are other ways to say it that can be more specific, personal, or even cute.

We have got you covered with our quick guide on the best ways to say “I like you” in Korean that will melt your beautiful loved one’s heart and let your partner  know that you missed them with examples and exercises.

Alright world, Let’s get started!

How To Say I Like You In Korean ( From Causal To Formal)

좋아해요 (joahaeyo) means “I like you in Korean”. It is polite and respectful to say this to your parents, grandparents, or teachers. 좋아해 (joahae) is more casual and is used like your boyfriend or girlfriend. The formal way to say I like you in Korean is 좋아합니다 (joahamnida) and use this with someone older, in lyrics, or in advertisements.

Here are the common ways to say I like you in Korean in formal, casual, and polite situations.

  • The Casual  way – 좋아해 (joahae)
  • The Polite way  –좋아해요 (joahaeyo)
  • The Formal way– 좋아합니다 (joahamnida)
What Is Saranghaeyo Korean?

The polite way to say “I like you” in Korean is called 좋아해요((joahaeyo)

It comes from the verb  좋아하다 with present tense conjugation. If you want to show your appreciation, gratitude, and affection in a more respectful way, you may want to use the polite way of saying “I like you” with your parents, teachers, etc.

If you want to confess someone just say the sentence (나는 너를 좋아해요),na-neun neo-reul joahaeyo

You can just substitute “you” with the listener’s name +  씨 

  • Like you, name. 
  • name+ 씨 좋아해요. (xx ssi joahaeyo)


Bon-Hwa, I like you.

봉화 씨, 좋아해요. – [Bon-Hwa-ssi, jo-a-hae-yo]

Or you can also address the person as 오빠 or 누나

  •  i like you my significant other. 
  • 오빠/누나 좋아해요. (oppa/nuna joahaeyo.) 
I Like You In Korean In The Informal Way

The most common and casual way to say “I like you” in Korean is 좋아해 (joahae).

This means that you can use this with people close to you and people younger than you. 

For example, with your girlfriend or boyfriend, with your husband or wife, 

You could say 나 너  좋아해 (na neo joahae)/널  좋아해 (neol joahae.)

Or you can substitute “you” with the listener’s name and add 아 or 야 after the 


 I like you, minji.

민지야,  좋아해 (minjiyah, saranghae.)


If a Korean name ends in a consonant, add 아(ah) to the end of his/her name.

You can Add 야 (ya) to the end of the name, if a Korean name ends in a vowel,

For example

 I like you, yaejin – 예진 (Yaejin) + 아( Ah) +  좋아해= 예진아 ,좋아해

I like you, minji  – 민지 (Minji) + 야 (Yah)+ 좋아해 = 민지야,좋아해

I Like You In Korean Formal Way

좋아합니다 (joahamnida) means “I like you in Korean”. It is the most formal way.

You can use this word to address, just those with higher status or those who are older than you.

It’s also used when talking to large groups and audiences.

Other Indirect Ways To Say I Like You In Korean 

Besides saying I like you directly, you can also express your feelings to the other person in indirect ways. 

  • You’re pretty. 예뻐요. (yeppeoyo.)
  • You’re handsome. 잘 생겼어요. (jal saenggyeoseoyo.)
  • Would you go out with me?-저랑 사귈래요? (jeorang sagwilraeyo?) 
  • I want to be with you. 같이 있고 싶어요. (gachi itgo sipeoyo.) 
  • I miss you. 보고 싶어요. (bogo sipeoyo.)
  • I love you-
  • You’re beautiful. 아름다워요. (areumdawoyo.)
  • You’re looking good. 멋있어요.
I Like You Very Much In Korean

If you want to say “I like you very much in Korean”, simply add the degree modifier 너무(neomu) means “very much” or 많이 (mani) means “a lot,” before the verb.

For example,  

  • i like you a lot.
  • 많이 좋아해요 (mani joahaeyo) 
  • i like you very much. 
  • 너무좋아해 (neomu joahae.)
I Don’t Like You In Korean

What if you don’t have a liking for somebody, and if you want to let them know, you need to say, “I don’t like you or I hate you”.

But how do you say “I don’t like you” in Korean?

Here’s how to say I don’t like you or I hate you in Korean 

  • I hate you(literally)/i don’t like you -내가 너를 싫어
  • I do not like you [formal]-저는 당신을 좋아하지 않아요 
  • I do not like you [informal]-네가 너를 좋아하지 않아

If you’re just starting your Korean language journey, don’t worry about memorizing all of these different ways to say “I like you”

Just focus on 좋아해(joahae) and좋아해요 (joahaeyo).

Once you get the hang of those, then you can start experimenting with the other variations. 

here are some useful resources to read more about this topic

Now that you know how to say “I like you” in Korean, it’s time to put your new skills to the test. Why not confess your likeness to someone special in Korean? 

if you read more about this, check out the free guide on how to say i like you in korean 




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Anguksa-ji Temple Site – 안국사지 (Dangjin, Chungcheongnam-do)

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 23:24
The Anguksa-ji Temple Site in Dangjin, Chungcheongnam-do. Temple Site History

The Anguksa-ji Temple Site is located in Dangjin, Chungcheongnam-do to the east of Mt. Eunbongsan, which is also known as Mt. Anguksan. It’s believed that Anguksa Temple was first constructed sometime during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). The temple was later destroyed sometime during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Later, it was rebuilt by the monk Yong-jun in 1929; however, the temple was closed not long after and has remained abandoned ever since.

During a 2003 excavation conducted on the site, a roof tile was discovered with the writing “Taeping” written on it. “Taeping” is a reference to the named used during the reign of Emperor Shengzong (r. 982-1031) of the Liao Dynasty (916–1125). This period corresponds to the reign of King Hyeonjong of Goryeo (r. 1009-1031) between 1021 and 1030 on the Korean Peninsula. Only a single type of historical roof tile was discovered at the Anguksa-ji Temple Site, so it can be inferred that this tile was also from the founding period of Anguksa Temple, as well.

In total, the Anguksa-ji Temple Site is home to two Korean Treasures. They are the Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #100; and the Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #101.

The Anguksa-ji Temple Site from 1920. (Picture courtesy of the National Museum of Korea). The Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site from 1920. (Picture courtesy of the National Museum of Korea). Temple Site Layout

You first make your way up towards the Anguksa-ji Temple Site up an uneven set of stone stairs. The first thing to greet you is the Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site. The pagoda is located inside a metal fenced-off area below the Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site. Originally, it’s believed that this pagoda was a five-story structure. The base of the pagoda is rather simple; as for the body stones, the body stones above the second story are missing. One of these body stones lies to the right of the pagoda. The roof stones have been placed on top of each other, which makes the historic pagoda appear incomplete. The four corners of the only body stone that still exists on the pagoda are adorned with pillar-like patterns. On one side of the body appears an image of a door, while on the other three sides appear images of the Buddha. The four roof stones that still remain taper upwards, but they also appear heavy. Because of its incompleteness and damaged suffered throughout the centuries, the pagoda appears disproportionate. However, it does display characteristics that are appealing. It’s believed that the Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site dates back to the mid-Goryeo Dynasty.

To the rear of the Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site, and up a terrace, is the Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site. This triad is also off-limits to visitors and protected around its periphery by another low-lying metal fence. The central image of the triad, which stands about five metres in height, is that of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). This statue wears a large square Korean traditional hat. The face of the statue is rather small in comparison to the rest of its body. The over-sized body resembles that of a square pillar. The right hand is placed across its chest, while the left hand is placed on the stomach with its thumb and middle fingers pressed together. Bodhisattva statues appear to the right and left of the Mireuk-bul statue. The Bodhisattva to the right remains buried up to its waist, while the Bodhisattva on the left is badly damaged. The Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site follows in the tradition of Goryeo-era statues from Chungcheongnam-do that were prevalent at this time. They were typically built in consultation between the temple and the local community. And while elemental in style and execution, it also points to the passion that the locals had for Buddhism at this time, as well.

To the rear of this triad are a pair of stones. The one barely protruding out from the earth has grooves cut into it, which makes it seem as though there used to be a protective structure that covered the Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site. And to the rear of this, and the much larger stone, is the Maehyangamgak, which is also known as the Bae-bawi (Boat Rock), Gorae-bawi (Whale Rock), and the Buk-bawi (Shuttle Rock). Written on this large rock is an inscription that details the ceremony surrounding the burial of junipers. After a Buddhist memorial ceremony was conducted, pieces from juniper trees were buried in the ground in hopes of making a connection with Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). It’s believed that locals would visit Anguksa Temple in hopes of seeking peace found in Mireuk-bul, especially during the Mongol invasions that took place during the Goryeo Dynasty from 1231 to 1270.

To the left of this massive stone and the pair of Korean Treasures are a collection of foundation stones for a former shrine hall at Anguksa Temple. An enterprising farmer has started to grow some vegetables in and around these foundation stones, which I’m pretty sure is illegal. And behind Maehyangamgak, and up a trail, are a pair of modern shrine halls. The first of these two temple shrine halls, and the one to the right, is the Sanshin-gak Hall. The exterior to this hall is unadorned. And stepping inside the rather large Sanshin-gak Hall is a painting dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) on the main altar. To the left of the Sanshin-gak Hall, and just as equally large and unadorned, is the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. A solitary image dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) takes up residence inside this Myeongbu-jeon Hall.

How To Get There

From the Dangjin Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to board Bus #460 to get to the Anguksa-ji Temple Site. You’ll take this bus for 45 minutes, or 26 stops, until you get to the “Sudang-ri Stop – 수당리 하차.” From where the bus drops you off, you’ll need to head west down “Wondanggol 1gil – 원당골1길.” You’ll need to continue to head west towards the Wondangjeo-suji – 원당저 수지” for nearly 1.6 km along this road. The Anguksa-ji Temple Site is just west of this artificial lake by about 200 metres. The walk should take about 30 minutes from where the bus drops you off.

Overall Rating: 6/10

Obviously the main highlight to the Anguksa-ji Temple Site is the Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site with their unique look and feel. Also of interest is the partially damaged Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site and the Maehyangamgak with its inscription about juniper planting and its connection to Mireuk-bul. And finally, the artwork inside the two newly built shrine halls dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) and the Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) mural are beautiful, as well. If you enjoy temples sites, and even if you don’t, the Anguksa-ji Temple Site makes for a beautiful little visit.

The Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site (right) and the Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site (left). From a different angle. A closer look at the only body stone that still remains on the Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site. Some of the stone foundations to a former shrine hall at the Anguksa-ji Temple Site. A wide look at the Anguksa-ji Temple Site. A closer look at the Stone Standing Buddha Triad at Anguksa Temple Site. The toes of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha) that stand on top of a lotus flower carving. The triad from a different angle. The Sanshin-gak Hall to the rear of the grounds. The image dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) inside the shaman shrine hall. And to the left of the Sanshin-gak Hall is the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. With an image dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) inside. One last look around the temple site grounds. —

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"Unexpected Contrast" 건마는/건만 | Live Class Abridged

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 17:28

The grammar form ~건마는 or ~건만 is used to add contrast to a sentence when something was unexpected or different than what you thought it would be. It's an Advanced Level form, and this Sunday's past live stream was for those learners.

Let me know what level you'd like to see me teach more in my live streams! If there's enough interest, I'll continue making more Advanced Level classes like these~

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how to say Happy Birthday In Korean

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 14:13

Everybody loves birthdays, and Koreans are no exception. But how to say “happy birthday” in Korean if you have Korean-speaking friends?

And how is it birthday celebrated in Korea, anyway?


Here’s how 

The standard and common way to say Happy Birthday in Korean to people older than you is 생일 축하해요(saengil chukhahaeyo).생일 축하합니다! (saengil chukahamnida) is used on formal occasions and for singing happy birthday songs in Korean. You can use 생일 축하해 (sengil Chuka-hae) to wish your close friends or those younger than you.

But sometimes just saying “Happy Birthday” isn’t enough.

There are a few other things you can say or do to make your loved one’s birthday wishes more special & happy. 

Confused? Don’t worry 

Here’s a beginner’s guide on how to say happy birthday in Korean (formal, informal, polite way) with examples. We’ll also talk about Korean birthdays and traditions and the famous Happy Birthday song in Korean, so you can wish effectively with no stress.

Alright guys, let’s dig in. 

How to Say Happy Birthday In Korean

The easiest way to say “happy birthday” in Korean is 생일 축하해요(saengil chukhahaeyo). 생일 which means “birthday,” and 축하 which means “congratulation.” 생일 축하해 is used to say “happy birthday” informally. To make it more formal, just say 생일 축하합니다! (saengil chukahamnida). You can use this phrase with older relatives and employers.

Here’s how to say happy birthday in Korean (informal, polite, formal way) including their hangul, romanization, and pronunciation.

  • The formal and polite way- 생일 축하해요 (sengil chuka-heyo) – polite
  • The formal way – 생일 축하합니다 (sengil chuka-hamnida) – formal
  • The causal way -생일 축하해 (sengil chuka-hae) – casual
  • The super formal /honorific way -생신 축하드려요 (sengshin chuka deu-ryeo-yo)

Let’s see them in detail.

How To Say Standard “Happy Birthday” In Korean?

The standard formal and polite way to say Happy Birthday in Korean is 생일 축하해요(saengil chukhahaeyo).축하해요 is the present tense of the verb 축하하다(chukahada) means “to congratulate” with the polite ending 요. Just use it to people older than you, with whom you aren’t socially close. Or when you are not sure which form to use like in school and the office.

When to use 생일 축하해요(saengil chukhahaeyo)

  • The person you’re talking with is older than you.
  • You aren’t really close to that person.
  • You are unsure which form to use.
  • you are in a formal situation like in the office or school.

Example sentences

Happy birthday auntie  

생일 축하해요 이모  

Suji, happy 30th birthday.

수지씨,30번째 생일을 축하해요.sujissi samsip bonjjae saengireul chukahaeyo  

How Do You Say Happy Birthday In Korean To Friends.

생일 축하해(saengil chukhahae) is the informal way of wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Birthday in Korean. 생일 means birthday and 축하해 comes from the verb 축하하다(chukahada) means “to congratulate.” just use it to wish only very close friends, cousins, and siblings that are born in the same year as you.

Sometimes you might have heard the abbreviation “생축(‘생’일 ‘축’하해)”. People even use “ㅅㅊ” to wish happy birthday while texting.

When to use

  • You are talking to your close friends, young children, and spouses.
  • You are talking to close family members who are of a similar age as you, such as your siblings or cousins.


Happy birthday, sister (if you are the younger sister)  

생일 축하해 ,언니-Saeng-il chukhahae, eonni

 Happy Birthday, friend.  

친구야 생일 축하해! – chinguya saengil chukahae

Happy Birthday Jess!

생일 축하해, 제스! – saengil chukahae jeseu  

How To Say “Happy Birthday” In Korean Formal Situations?

생일 축하합니다 (saengil chukahamnida) is the most formal way of saying happy birthday in Korean. It consists of two words “to congratulate (축하하다)” and “birthday(생일)” in Korean.축하합니다 comes from the verb 축하하다(chukahada) with the formal ending합니다 (hamnida). Used in the birthday song and for formal occasions.

When to use

  • To somebody older than you,
  • To somebody, you are not close to.
  • To somebody at work like your boss
  • To sing the happy birthday song in Korean
Asking Someone’s Birthday In Korean?|

To ask someone”When is your birthday in a polite way, Just say the phrase

생일이 언제예요? (sengili unjeseyo?)생신 means birthday and 언제세요 means ‘when is?’ ‘생신이 언제세요?’ is a formal way of asking ‘when’s your birthday?’ in Korean. While asking a close friend/someone younger than you, just use the causal way i.e.생일이 언제야?

Here are three common ways to ask “when someone’s birthday is” depending on their formality

  • The very respectful – 생신이 언제세요? (sengili unjeseyo) 
  • The  respectful생일이 언제예요? (sengili unje-eyo)
  • The casual생일이 언제야? (sengili unjeya?)

And you can answer in two different ways:

  • 제 생일은 5월 14일이에요. (je sengileun 5wol 14ilieyo.) – respectful
  • 내 생일은 3월13일이야. (ne sengileun 6wol 7iliya.) – casual

We can say when our birthday is respectfully like this:

In the sentence 제 생일은 5월 14일이에요, the word 제 생일 means ‘my birthday’, 5월 14일 means ‘May 14th‘ and lastly, 이에요 is the polite form of the be-verb, so this sentence means ‘My birthday is on May 14th‘.

Words Related To A Korean Birthday Party

You might encounter these words at a traditional Korean birthday party or even when talking about this topic.

  • birthday = 생일(saengil)
  • The first birthday -첫돌이(chotttori)
  • birthday cake = 케이크(keikeu)
  • birthday card = 생일 축하 카드(kadeu)
  • birthday party =생일 축하 파티 파티(saengil pati)
  • Gift = 선물(sonmul)
  • Birthplace – 출생지 (chulsaengji).
  • Seaweed soup =미역국(miyokkkuk)
  • flower=꽃(kkot)
  • Birth of a child – 탄생 (tansaeng)
  • Chocolates = 초콜렛(chokolret)
  • It’s Delicious = 맛있어요.(madissoyo)
  • Birthday dinner= 생일저녁(saengiljonyok)
  • Congratulations = 축하해요 (chook-ha-hae-yo)
  • guest=손님(sonnim)
  • Birthday gift- 생일선물(saengilsonmul)
  • Candles – 양초(yangcho)
  • Cone hat/ party hat – 고깔모자(gokkalmoja)
  • Invitation- 초대(chodae)
  • Surprise birthday party! – 깜짝 생일 파티

And there you have it—your all-in-one guide for celebrating birthdays in Korea and using different, colorful expressions for saying “happy birthday” in Korean.

The next time you go to Korea, or when your Korean language exchange partner’s special day approaches, pick up these new phrases so you can impress them.

And see your language skills grow!

All Koreans have a birthday, one day special for them. 

What are your plans for your birthday? I would love to hear about your special tradition to celebrate someone’s birthday.

if you want to know more about how to wish someone happy birthday and sing birthday songs,check out this free guide 




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How To Say Happy New Year In Korean?

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:57

It’s true that the new year is the most widely celebrated holiday around the globe but in Korea, you’ll hear happy new year in Korean twice a year.

 Here’s what I mean

Koreans celebrate the solar new year (1st January) and lunar new year (selloal) every year. If you have Korean friends and family whom you want to wish for? Or simply want to learn how to say a happy new year in Korean like a native. It’s time to brush up on your Korean New Year greetings!

The common way to say happy new year in Korean is 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo) means “I hope you receive a lot of luck in the New Year”. 

But is it enough? Not exactly

Here’s a complete guide to essential phrases in Korean for “Happy New Year” and other holiday wishes with Korean vocabulary to celebrate like a native and how to set your New Year’s resolutions in Korean.

Alright world, let’s dig in.

How To Say Happy New Year In Korean?

The simplest way to say happy new year in Korean is 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo) means “I wish you good luck in the New Year.” 새해 (saehae) translates to ‘new year,’ 복(bok) to ‘luck,’ and 많이 (mani) to a lot of.’ 새해 복 많이 받아(Saehae Bok Mani Bada) is an informal way of wishing someone a happy new year. Simply say the words 새해 복 많이 받으십시오 (saehae bok mani badeusipsio) to make it more formal.

Here’s how to say happy new year in Korean (informal, polite, formal way) correctly including their hangul and romanization, 

  • The standard polite way- 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo)
  • The causal way -새해 복 많이 받아 (Saehae Bok Mani Bada)
  • The formal way – 새해 복 많이 받으십시오 (saehae bok mani badeusipsio)

Let’s see them in detail

Happy New Year In Korean Informal|

새해 복 많이 받아 (Saehae Bok Mani Bada)  is an informal version of the Korean language. You can use it for people close to you, such as friends and boyfriends/girlfriends. The polite ending ‘받으세요)’ has been replaced with ‘받아’.

You shouldn’t be used in formal situations. Especially when you’re talking to older people

So if you aren’t absolutely certain that someone‘s age or how to greet them it’s best to stick with something polite version 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo) 

Happy New Year In Korean Standard Way

새해 복 많이 받으세요 (saehae bok mani badeuseyo) is the common and polite way of saying ‘Happy New Year‘ in Korean. It literally means “I hope you receive a lot of luck in the New Year”.새해 (saehae) is one of the words that means ‘new year’, 복 (bok) means ‘luck’, and 많이 (mani) means ‘many’ or ‘lots of’. 받으세요 (badeuseyo) is the honorific way of saying 받다 (batda), meaning ‘to receive.

you would say this to your teacher, boss, family, grandparents, older friends, coworkers, or whenever you need to be polite.

Happy New Year In Korean Formal |

The phrase 새해 복 많이 받으십시오(saehae bok mani badeusipsio) is frequently used to express happy new year in Korean. The 십시오(sipsio) ending is an extra-formal way of stating 세요 (seyo). These can be found on formal greeting cards, office emails, or a billboard on the street, but not in a real-life conversation.

Korean won’t use this one very often.

Must-Know Korean Words For The New Year!


Here’s a list of common Korean words you’ll hear during the New Year’s celebrations in Korea.

  • midnight – 자정(jajeong)
  • New Year’s Day – 새해 첫날(saehae cheonnal)
  • Year – 년(nyeon)
  • Party – 파티(pati)
  • Fireworks – 불꽃놀이(bulkkotnori)
  • Fortune- bok
  • New Year’s Holiday – 연말 연시(yeonmal yeonsi)
  • Countdown – 카운트 다운(kaunteu daun)
  • toast – 건배(geonbae)
  • Champagne – 샴페인(syampein)
  • New Year’s meal – 구정 음식(gujeong eumsik)
  • Resolution – 새해소원(saehaesowon)
  • New Year – 새해
  • Parade – 퍼레이드(peoreideu)
  • New Years Eve – 섣달 그믐(seotdal geumeum)
  • Winter – 겨울(kyul)
How To Say New Year Resolutions In Korean?

새해 결심 (Saehae Gyeolshim) is the common way to say a new year’s resolution. It came from the word new year(새해[saehae],신년[sinnyeon] or 올해 [olhae]) and resolutions have 3 different words in Korean i.e. 계획(gyehwek) means plan, 결심(gyolsim) means resolution and 목표(mokpyo)means goal. 

Here are the 9 ways you can translated new year resolution in korean

  •  새해 계획(saehae gyehwek), 
  • 새해 결심(saehae gyolsim), 
  • 신년 결심(sinnyon gyolsim), 
  • 새해목표(saehaemokpyo), 
  • 신년계획(sinnyongyehwek), 
  • 신년목표(sinnyonmokpyo),
  • 올해계획(olhaegyehwek),
  • 올해결심(olhaegyolsim),
  • 올해목표(olhaemokpyo).

Voila!! You now know how to say Happy New Year in Korean, and also a few other helpful phrases!

You’re now able to respond to everyone’s holiday wishes and greet your dear ones with a Happy And prosperous new Year in Korean.

So, let’s not be shy to apply your vocabulary words to show your care for your family and friends during the holidays and let them know that you wish them a happy and healthy new year. 

Still in the holiday spirit? want to know more about new year's resolutions.

Check out our articles for more information on how to say happy new year in Korean and traditions.


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How To Say merry christmas In Korean

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:41

Going to Seoul during Christmas or having Korean friends or family that you want to greet this holiday? So apart from winter gear, cards, and gifts, there are a few things you must pack.

Well, it’s time to add how to say Merry Christmas in Korean to your to-do list.

Here in this article, Let’s take a lot of various ways to greet someone a Merry Christmas in Korean, and also the traditions and vocabulary that go along with it.

What Is “Christmas” In Korean?

The word for “Christmas” in Korean is 성탄절 (seongtanjeol).성(Seong), is the Chinese character meaning “holy”,탄(Tan) means “birth.” and 절 means holiday.  So together 성탄절(seongtanjeol) means “the festive day the holy person was born.”You can also say the loan word 크리스마스 (keuriseumaseu)

People do not really say 성탄절(seongtanjeol) very often. The Korean word for Christmas is “크리스마스(Keuriseumaseu),” which is quite widely used in daily conversation.

It is simple to remember because it sounds pretty similar to the English word for Christmas. But even so, please note that this is a casual form of the Korean word, & Christmas is pronounced in a Korean way.

And Here’s how 

How To Say Merry Christmas In Korean

The common way to say Merry Christmas in Korean is 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 (keu-ri-seu-ma-seu jal bo-ne-say-yo).it is made up of the words 크리스마스 (Christmas), which means ‘well,’ and 보내세요 means ‘please spend time.’ it literally means ‘Please spend Christmas well’. you can use the casual form 메리 크리스마스 (meri keuriseumaseu)/크리스마스 잘 보내 (keuriseumaseu jal bonae) with friends. 행복한 크리스마스 되십시오 (haengbokan keuriseumaseu doesipsio)is the most formal way to wish someone a Merry Christmas.

Here are the three most common ways to say Merry Christmas in Korean as well as its pronunciation and hangul.

  • The standard way- 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 (keu-ri-seu-ma-seu jal bo-ne-say-yo)./즐거운 성탄절 보내세요 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaeseyo)
  • The informal way-메리 크리스마스 (meri keuriseumaseu)/크리스마스 잘 보내 (keuriseumaseu jal bonae)
  • The formal way- 행복한 크리스마스 되십시오 (haengbokan keuriseumaseu doesipsio)/
Standard Korean Christmas Greetings

The most common way to say Merry Christmas in Korean is 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 (keu-ri-seu-ma-seu jal bo-ne-say-yo). This is made up of the words 크리스마스 (Christmas),  which means ‘well’, and 보내세요 which means ‘please spend time’. So, 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 literally means ‘Please spend Christmas well’.

크리스마스 잘 보내요 (keuriseumaseu jal bonaeyo)

Another common way is to use the phrase 크리스마스 잘 보내요 (keuriseumaseu jal bonaeyo), which has the same meaning but without the extra politeness of the “세 (se)”. But Korean prefer to use 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 instead of this.

즐거운 성탄절 보내세요 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaeseyo)

If you want to use the Korean word  (성탄절 | seongtanjeol) instead of 크리스마스 but also be polite, then say 즐거운 성탄절 보내세요 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaeseyo) to say “Merry Christmas in Korean”.

Informal Korean Christmas Greetings

메리 크리스마스 (meri keuriseumaseu) is the most common and informal way to say Merry Christmas in Korean. It is basically koenglish version of merry Christmas but the pronunciation is Koreanized.

But, take note that this form of Korean word is informal and Christmas is pronounced in a Korean way.

If you are not sure which form to use, just stick to the standard and formal versions of “Merry Christmas” in Korean.

크리스마스 잘 보내 (keuriseumaseu jal bonae)This is the informal version of the same expression and can only be used with close friends.

Formal Korean Christmas Greetings

즐거운 성탄절 보내십시오 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaesipsio)Is the formal version of “Merry Christmas” . it is made up of three words 성탄절 (seongtanjeol) means “Christmas,” and the word 즐거운 comes from 즐겁다 (jeulgeopda) means pleasant with –십시오 (sipsio) ending. It makes it more formal.

but it’s not used as often as 크리스마스 (keuriseumaseu).

Another formal way of saying “Merry Christmas” is 행복한 크리스마스 되십시오 (haengbokan keuriseumaseu doesipsio). 행복한(haengbokan) comes from 행복하다(haengbokada) means happy or blissful with the formal ending –십시오 (sipsio) . You might see this on signs, posters, or cards.

 You can safely use it with all groups of people, and nobody will get offended.

How To Say Christmas Eve In Korean

성탄절 전야 (Seongtanjeol Jeonnya) is the Korean word for “Christmas eve.”  You can combine 성탄절 means Christmas and 전야 means Eve in Korean  to say 성탄절 전야 or shortly 성탄 전야[seongtan jeonnya]

On the night of the 24th of December, families gather around to welcome the 25th of December by eating with the whole family, and gift-giving occurs. They also do it in Korea, but not everyone has the opportunity to do this since some have their families in the province.

 25 Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary 

Do you know how to say “Santa” in Korean? How about “Snow” in Korean? If you don’t, then we’ve got you covered. 

Here are some common Christmas Korean vocabulary words related to Christmas that you can use during the holiday seasons in Korea.

  • Santa -산타(santa)
  • Grandfather Santa – 산타 할아버지 (santa-hallabeoji)
  • gift/Present – 선물 (seonmul)
  • Decoration – 장식 (jangsik)
  • Christmas Tree – 크리스마스 트리 (keuriseumaseu teuri)
  • Wreath – 화환 (hwahwan)
  • Snow:  눈 (nun)
  • Christmas card – 크리스마스 카드(keuriseumaseu kadeu)
  • Christmas carol – 크리스마스 캐롤(keuriseumaseu kaerol)
  • Turkey: 칠면조 고기 (chilmyeonjo gogi)
  • Santa: 산타 (santa)
  • Pine tree: 소나무 (sonamu)
  • Elf – 꼬마 요정(kkoma yojeong)
  • Bell – 크리스마스 종(keuriseumaseu jong)
  • Chimney – 굴뚝(gulttuk)
  • Fireplace – 벽난로(byeognanro)
  • Stocking – 크리스마스 양말 (keuriseumaseu yangmal)
  • Candy Cane – 사탕 지팡이 (satang jipangi)
  • Rudolph- 루돌프 (rudolpeu)
  • Reindeer – 순록 (sunnok)
  • North Pole – 북극 (bukgeuk)
  • Mistletoe – 겨우살이 (gyeousari)
  • Snowman: 눈사람 (nunsaram)
  • Sled – 썰매(sseolmae)
  • Snowflake – 눈송이(nunsongi)

Voila! you now know how to wish a Merry Christmas in Korean – and a few other good options, besides!

As the end of the year approaches and to make the season even more special, you need the perfect greetings to say to your loved ones. 

I hope the Korean greetings listed in this article will help you write a Christmas card, a business email, or wish in person.

Now that you know how to say Merry Christmas in Korean, go and greet your Korean friends and loved ones! 

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5 Different Ways To Address Mom In Korean

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:24

Every language on the planet has its own way to say “mom”.After all, it’s many people’s very first word. 

Wouldn’t learning to address your mother in Korean be a sweet gift?

Whether you’re using the word 엄마 [eom-ma]  for “mother” or a more polite term 어머니 [eom-eo-ni] ,” knowing how to pronounce these words and how to use it, can be a big help if you’re in a Korea.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say mother in Korean language in informal, polite, and formal situations and all about parents’ day with examples and exercises. 

Let’s dive in. 

how to say  Mother In Korean

Here’s how to say mother in Korean in informal, polite, and formal situations. 

  • 엄마 [eom-ma] – Informal
  • 어머니 [eom-eo-ni] – Polite
  • 어머님 [eom-eo-nim] – Formal
Standard “Mother” In Korean| 

어머니 [eom-eo-ni] is the standard way to say mother in Korean.

You can use it in most situations and you will never sound rude. 

Again, if you wanted to say “my mom” in a polite way, you could use 우리 어머니 (our mother).

When to use

Older/middle-aged generations usually use this form while talking with their parents. 

But the newer generation doesn’t use this when talking directly to their own parents. 

Instead, it’s more common for Koreans to talk to or about someone else’s parents. 

How to use 

She looks just like her mother. 

그녀는 어머니를 꼭 닮았다.

His mother passed away last year. 

그의 어머니는 작년에 돌아가셨다.

Have you sent your mother a postcard yet? 

너 어머니께 엽서를 벌써 보냈니?

Her mother was a lovely woman. 

그녀의 어머니는 정말 인자한 분이셨다.

“Mom” In Korean

The informal way to say mother/mom in Korean is 엄마 [eom-ma]. you can use it with your own mother. 

If you want to say “My mom” in Korean, just say the word 우리 엄마 [u-ri eom-ma] which means ‘our mom’ where  “우리(uri)” means “our”.

When to use

You can use this form while Talking to your own parents or talking about your own parents with friends.

How to use 

Mummy, I’ve got a tummy ache. 

엄마, 나 배 아파요.

I’m going now, ma. 

저 지금 가요, 엄마.

Mum, I’m still hungry! 

엄마, 나 아직 배고파요!

Why are you so rude to your mother? 

넌 네 엄마께 왜 그렇게 버릇없이 구니?

Formal “Mother” In Korean-어머님 [Eom-Eo-Nim].

The formal way to say mother in Korean is 어머님 [eom-eo-nim]. As this is a formal word, you can use it when addressing your mother in formal situations, or in situations when you just want to sound extra respectful.

When to use

You can use this form when meeting a friend’s parents for the first time. If you are meeting your girlfriend or boyfriend’s mom for the first few times, you can use “eomeoni” (어머니) to address them with respect. 

How to use 

Mother’s health is excellent. 

어머님의 건강은 아주 좋습니다.

My mother has been nagging me a lot lately. 

요새 어머님이 잔소리를 많이 하세요.

My mother raised five kids, so she was busy. 

어머님은 아이 다섯을 키우느라 바쁘셨어요.


Great job. You finally know how to say mom in Korean.

If you are ever unsure of how to say mother in Korean, then it is best to stick with what you know and use 괜찮아요 (Gwaenchanayo),괜찮아 (Gwaenchana),알았어 (arasseo),네 (ne)

All these words are widely used and accepted in Korea.

Well, it’s time for you to apply it in real life and improve your pronunciation.

So go out and next time you got a chance to say mother in Korean, just use any of these as much as you can.

Koreans will understand you even if you got it wrong

Looking for know more about how to say mothers in korean  and when to use them ,you can check out our this articles on  5 different ways to say mom in korean 



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Korean News – Learning new information and vocabulary

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-12-07 08:39

Did you know Korean news can also be an excellent tool for furthering your Korean language learning?

As a helpful tool that keeps us up to date, many read the news at least once daily. Besides being a great way to teach us about current events and offering other helpful information, we can also learn a bunch of vocabulary from the news!

Read on as we learn more about utilizing news for learning Korean.

What is “news” in Korean?

There are two Korean words for “news,” which are 소식 (sosik) and 뉴스 (nyuseu).

How can Korean news help with Korean practice?

Obviously, reading Korean news serves as excellent practice for reading comprehension. And similarly, listening to Korean news will give your listening comprehension a great exercise.

However, besides these two skills, news in Korean can also help expand your vocabulary.

Besides that, reading local news from any Korean newspaper serves as a gateway to a better understanding of Korean culture and society – and even other aspects, such as economy or geography. It’s also a free tool to use!

Korean news sources

Below we’ve listed a few sources from which you can find news from South Korea.

Korean newspapers

동아일보 (dongailbo) is one of Korea’s main newspaper outlets, as well as one of its oldest. It is a great source for news itself, actually; however, its section for children, Kids Donga (어린이동아, eorinidonga), can prove to be especially useful if you are still getting started with reading practices.

Besides 동아일보, there are a few others you may also want to refer to. One is 중앙일보 (jungangilbo) and another is The Korea Times. There’s also The Korea Herald and 연합뉴스 (yeonhapnyuseu). Many of these big newspapers also have an English-language website, which can work as a supporting tool for understanding what you’re reading in Korean.

Korean news articles

On Naver’s site, you can find news articles sourced from all over the Internet via Naver News (네이버뉴스, neibeonyuseu), perhaps coming across even articles from the above-mentioned newspapers. Its content is perhaps the most diverse of all these resources.


The YouTube channels of the major broadcast stations in South Korea are a great tool for watching the news.

You can search for the current hot topics, and thanks to how short and focused many of them are, you can keep watching the video on repeat until you understand what they mean. You can find this content on channels like MBC News, SBS News, and KBS News.

Apart from the news, you can also find popular videos on YouTube, such as mukbang videos, videos of your favorite K-pop groups and K-pop songs, K-drama, and many more!


If YouTube is not your thing, try finding a podcast to listen to! As there are no visual elements in play, podcasts may be easier to stay focused on listening to. However, the lack of visualization may also make it more troublesome to understand the content.

Why you should learn Korean through Korean news

As we mentioned briefly above, there are benefits to reading news in Korean for those who want to learn Korean. Let’s get to them one by one.

Improves your Korean reading and listening skills

News articles in South Korea rely on using accurate vocabulary, correctly formatted sentences, and straightforwardly describing the content. Therefore, it makes for excellent material to practice reading and listening. It takes fewer liberties with sentence structures and grammar than prose in a novel or dialogues in dramas do.

It also doesn’t, in any manner, dumb down the content like a coursebook for foreign learners may. In addition, all of the information presented is fresh and related to daily life and current affairs.

Know the current events

Learning Korean through the news doesn’t only prove helpful if you’re in Seoul or other parts of Korea, but you’ll undoubtedly be kept updated on the current events in the country.

So, not only are you potentially learning new vocabulary and familiarizing yourself with complex grammar, you are simultaneously staying on board with world events. From the war in Ukraine to the fighter jets deployed from the U.S. to any local events in Korea, you’ll have more information on them through the news!

Simply put, you are educating yourself in multiple ways at the same time whenever you read or listen to the news in a language other than your native one.

Improves your Korean vocabulary

While news alone isn’t enough, it is a great, low-stress way to develop your vocabulary, use your knowledge, and learn new things through real-life situations.

In other words, it’s a practical way to learn and practice rather than something you’ll never actually need or use outside the classroom. And, of course, it will bond you tighter with real Korean society and culture.

How much Korean do I need to learn to understand news from South Korea?

There isn’t one correct answer for this. Of course, the more Korean you know, the more you will understand any material you read. However, you do not need to be an advanced level learner – or even intermediate – to start reading news in Korean.

You can start with easy and short pieces of news and then move on to harder ones as your skills develop. You may even wish to start with cartoons, weather forecasts, or celebrity gossip, and that’s fine! And once you’re a more seasoned news reader, you may get more into reading about politics, economics, and the like.

When it comes to watching the news, you may want to be able to understand more right off the bat. It’s harder to stop and look up vocabulary or grammar patterns, and it can get quite frustrating if you understand nothing.

Vocabulary related to Korean News

Before we let you go, here is some basic terminology related to the news. Knowing these terms will also be helpful if you plan to start learning with news in Korea.

EnglishKorean Breaking news 속보 (sokbo) Fake news 가짜뉴스 (gajjanyuseu) Headlines 표제 (pyoje) Good news 좋은 소식 (joeun sosik) International news 국제 뉴스 (gukje nyuseu) Interview 인터뷰 (inteobyu) Interviewee 인터뷰 대상 (inteobyu daesang) Journalist 기자 (gija) Live news 생방송 뉴스 (saengbangsong nyuseu) Local news 지방 기사 (jibang gisa) National news 국내 뉴스 (guknae nyuseu) News 소식 (sosik), 뉴스 (nyuseu) News anchor 뉴스 앵커 (nyuseu aengko) News article 뉴스 기사 (nyuseu gisa) News channel 뉴스 채널 (nyuseu chaeneol) News source 취재원 (chwijaewon) News website 뉴스 웹사이트 (nyuseu waepsaiteu) Newspaper 신문 (sinmun) Newsworthy 뉴스 거리가 되다 (nyuseu georiga dwoeda) Online news 온라인 뉴스 (onlain nyuseu) Press conference 기자 회견 (gija hwoegyeon) Reporter 리포터 (ripoteo) Rumor 소문 (somun) To report 보도하다 (bodohada) Trending news 트렌딩 뉴스 (teurending nyuseu) Wrap Up

With enough practice, you’ll be able to easily read a sign in Korean or communicate with locals more naturally.

Do you often read or watch the local news? Do you think Korean news would be helpful for you to watch and read while learning Korean? Share your thoughts with us below in the comments!

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