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Sad in Korean – Vocabulary for when you feel blue

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-08-10 03:35

In this article, we’ll teach you how to say “sad” in Korean. None of us can help it, we all feel unhappy sometimes. And there’s nothing wrong with it! You will likely even come across situations where you will feel negative emotions while living your life in Korea, be that homesickness or something else.

In those moments, wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to explain how you are feeling to your local friends and maybe even connect more closely with them?

Read on as we teach you the most common word for “sad” in the Korean language, as well as some sample sentences that will get you started using this new vocabulary.

How to say “sad” in Korean

In Korean, the word “sad” is a basic part of the vocabulary too. The dictionary form for sad is 슬프다 (seulpeuda). This is typically the first word related to the unhappy emotion that you will learn in Korean.

Below you can quickly go over how the usage of the word changes based on which formality level you are speaking from.

Formal “Sad” in Korean

The formal version of “sad” is 슬픕니다 (seulpeumnida).

You can use this formal way to express the emotion of sadness when you are talking to someone much older than you or who is of higher authority than you. Here is an example sentence of the word in use:

저는 일때문에 슬픕니다 (jeoneun ilttaemune seulpeumnida)

I am sad because of work.

Standard “Sad” in Korean

The standard version of “sad” is 슬퍼요 (seulpeoyo).

This is appropriate to use in most general situations you will come across. Here are some sentences that show you how you can use this word:

왜 슬퍼요? (wae sulpeoyo?)

Why are you sad?

요즘 매일 비 와서 슬퍼요. (yojeum maeil bi waseo seulpeoyo.)

I’m sad because lately, it rains every day.

Informal “Sad” in Korean

Lastly, the informal version of “sad” is 슬퍼 (seulpeo).

As you may remember from grammar lessons, this form should only be used with your closest friends or those significantly younger than you. Here are some example sentences so you can see how it gets used in action:

아, 이 영화가 너무 슬퍼 (a, i yeonghwaga neomu seulpeo)

Ah, this movie is really sad.

너무 슬퍼 보인데. 다 괜찮아? (neomu seulpeo boinde. da gwaenchana?)

You look really sad. Is everything OK?

어제 해어져서 오늘 아주 슬퍼 (eoje haeeojyeoseo oneul aju seulpeo)

I’m really sad because we broke up yesterday.

How to pronounce “sad” in Korean?

The romanization of the word 슬프다, which is seulpeuda, can give you a great idea of how the word “sad” is pronounced in Korean. For comprehensive rules on how to pronounce words in Korean, you may want to refer to our guide on Korean pronunciation.

How to spell “sad” in Korean?

As you may have noticed above, the romanization of 슬프다 is seulpeuda. In parentheses, you’ll also have the romanizations of each level of formality.

Romanization is a useful tool to use as a guide when you are only getting started on learning Korean pronunciation. However, it is not always perfect in showcasing how a word is pronounced. Thus, you really should learn to read and use Hangeul instead of relying on romanization.

You can always use romanization to support your studies, but learning the alphabet itself is integral to your learning journey. You can use our article on the Korean alphabet to start learning them immediately!

What is “I’m Sad” in Korean?

Depending on the level of formality you are speaking with, the way you say “I’m sad” in the Korean language may change a little bit. You might hear these terms in K-dramas or in a movie with a dramatic story.

Speaking formally, you may say:

저는 슬픕니다 (jeoneun seulpeumnida)

Speaking politely, you may say:

저는 슬퍼요 (jeoneun seulpeoyo)

And when speaking informally, you may say:

나는 슬퍼 (naneun seulpeo)

And in some informal cases, even just saying this may suffice:

슬프다 (seulpeuda)

What is “That’s sad” in Korean?

Using the term for sad you’ve learned so far in this post, the Korean translation for “that’s sad” is 슬프네요 (seulpeuneyo).

However, there may be other words that would be more appropriate to use depending on the situation. This is why next, we will go over other words in Korean that can be used quite similarly to convey unhappiness and similar feelings.

Other Korean words similar to “sad”

Although 슬프다 (seulpeuda) is the general word for “to be sad” and is what many foreign learners are first taught, it is just one expression with which native Koreans speak out about their feelings of unhappiness. It is commonly used as an adjective describing a certain noun.

Firstly, you will want to understand that in the Korean language, there are multiple different words that native Koreans use to describe the term “sad” or its equivalent feelings. For example, the word we have presented throughout this post only relates to emotional feelings of sadness.

For other usages, you will want to refer to the words and phrases related to “sad” we will introduce to you below. In casual conversations, native Koreans also use these terms.

“To be a pity” in Korean

“To be a pity” in Korean is expressed using the word 아쉽다 (aswipda). It is used when you want to say something along the lines of “what a pity.”

“To be depressed” in Korean

The word 우울하다 (uulhada) means “To be depressed” in Korean.

You can use 우울하다 (uulhada) quite easily to convey that you are unhappy. It has a more serious edge to it, but it is also not used with as much gravity as its English meaning.

“To be disappointed” in Korean

As the English translation details, the term 낙담하다 (nakdamhada) can be used when you are specifically feeling disappointed over something. It can also be used to describe emotions of discouragement.

“To be disappointed” in Korean

Another way to express being disappointed is 실망하다 (silmanghada).

This term is more widely used than the above-mentioned one. You can use it in any kind of situation you want to express disappointment in.

“To be unhappy” in Korean

You can use 불행하다 (bulhaenghada) to say “To be unhappy” in Korean.

You can use this in situations where you want to convey the very opposite of being happy.

“To be hopeless” in Korean

“To be hopeless” is expressed as 희망이 없다 (huimangi eopda) in Korean.

This is the term you can use in situations where you want to convey that you are feeling hopeless, or that something is looking hopeless, and other similar cases.

Hopefully, as you learn Korean words for sad, you can now more eloquently express different feelings and situations of sadness! Also, let us know in the comments if there is one particular expression for the sadness you like to use!

Next, maybe you’d like to learn Korean terms related to something more fun and uplifting, so take a look at our lesson on how to say Happy in Korean.

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A cozy studio in Nampo-dong / Jagalchi area

Koreabridge - Tue, 2022-08-09 18:11
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Excellence English Academy

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Gyosupso (1 room academy) for Sale

Koreabridge - Tue, 2022-08-09 03:58
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OVERVIEW: Selling a Gyosupso for 10,000,000₩ (The deposit is 30,000,000₩ which you can get back). It nets 5,700,000₩ a month teaching a little less than 4-5 hours a day. I canceled group 1 to avoid younger students, but demand is high and an extra 50min class per day increases the income to 7,700,000₩ per month. 

**The owner will need to teach the classes but can hire a part time admin to

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LOCATION: The location is in Miasageori in North Eastern Seoul (20min subway ride to Seoul Station). It's a great location connected to a Remian apartment complex and with a lotte castle apartment complex just 5 min away. We have 44 students at the moment who come to us from 7 different elementary schools which are all nearby. The closest school is Younghoon Elementary School which is a private school and whose parents mostly care about communication.

The area is developing with a major road nearby planned for the future. Lotte castle was completed just last year and Remian was built just a few years back. It is a family area, which means many students are in the area!

Also, there is an art academy opening next door, and there is no other academy in the area with a native English speaker teaching, which is why we have been successful (our classes were almost full within 2 weeks of opening)

OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS: Our style of teaching is communicative. Parents care about the students enjoying themselves and having the time to talk with others. So, the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming and parents are very open and understanding (we had previously closed down for 2 months as we grew too quickly and I needed time to reset, only 2 students moved elsewhere with the remaining parents waiting for our return).

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OUR CLASSES: We have 5 levels (level 1 being Pre-A1 and level 5 being A2). We progress through material slowly to ensure students have plenty of time to speak in each class. We have a curriculum map that covers a year, so after one year, students should progress up. I use textbooks as a guide and create my own games and activities for the end of each class. Group 2 comes 5 days a week with Group 3-5 being split into MWF and TTh. 

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If you have additional questions please contact me. Price is negotiable if willing to take over sooner rather than later!

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Master Politeness Levels with Billy Go | #19: Mixing Politeness Levels Part 1

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:17

반말 and 존댓말 are unique, and you won't use them together in the same sentence typically... but you actually can! And I'm going to show you how not only they can be mixed, but how it can be natural to do so in today's latest episode of "Master Politeness Levels."

There are 24 episodes in this series, and if you're a channel member you can watch all of them right now. Each week I'll post one new lesson publicly.

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Busan MARU International Music Festival

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-08-08 12:07
Date: Repeats every day until Thu Sep 29 2022. Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 19:00Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 19:00Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 19:00Location: Event Type: 

○ Period: August 30 - September 29, 2022

○ Venue: Busan Cultural Center, Haeundae Cultural Center, Eulsukdo Cultural Center, Busan Cinema Center and more

○ Hosted by: Busan Metropolitan City

○ For more info.: (051)516-8293

○ Website:


*‘Maru’ means mountain summit or roof in Korean, so the name of the festival implies that its goal is to become the top symphony festival in the nation, attracting the world’s most talented musicians.

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Busan International Comedy Festival

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-08-08 12:03
Date: Repeats every day until Sun Aug 28 2022. Friday, August 19, 2022 - 19:00Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 19:00Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 19:00Location: Event Type: 

○ Period: Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 28, 2022

Opening Ceremony August 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Outdoor Theatre, Busan Cinema Center

○ Venue: around Busan

○ Website:

○ For more info.: (051)916-8828


Busan International Comedy Festival,
which started as Asia's first comedy festival in 2013,
has become a festival that represents Asia beyond Korea.

Through various high-quality comedy performances
and various auxiliary events
by world-renowned foreign comedy artists and famous Korean comedians,
we are planning to create a festival venue to communicate with the audience.

The Busan International Comedy Festival will work harder to brighten
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will be developed into a culture of big laughter that can flow all over the world.

2021.08.20(Fri) ~ 2021.08.29(Sun)
Comedy must go on : 코미디는 계속되어야 한다.

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Busan Craft Beer Festival 2022 at BEXCO

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-08-08 11:59
Date: Repeats every day until Sun Aug 21 2022. Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 20:55Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 20:55Friday, August 19, 2022 - 20:55Location: Event Type: 

○ Period: August 17-21, 2022

○ Venue: BEXCO outdoor plaza

○ Hours of Operation

Aug. 17-19, 17:00-22:00

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○ For more info.: (051)740-7549

○ Hosted by: Busan Metropolitan City

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Important Hanja: 자 (字) (한자) | Korean FAQ

Koreabridge - Thu, 2022-08-04 12:00




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Important Hanja: 자 (字) (한자) | Korean FAQ

Koreabridge - Thu, 2022-08-04 12:00

Hanja are a useful way to expand your vocabulary, and knowing more of them can help you to better understand words that you already know more in depth.

This week's "Korean FAQ" lesson is all about the Hanja 자 (字), which means a "character."

The post Important Hanja: 자 (字) (한자) | Korean FAQ appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.

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Korean Zodiac – Signs to identify one’s character

Koreabridge - Thu, 2022-08-04 10:36

Raise your hand if you know about the Korean Zodiac already! Sadly, not many of us likely do – not until we’ve read through this article, anyway. In comparison to the Western horoscopes and Chinese Zodiac Signs, the Korean Zodiac isn’t as well-known.

Perhaps many simply think that Koreans, too, follow the Chinese Zodiac only. But while it is true that Korean Zodiac derives from the times of Ancient China, it has since become its own thing. Learning about the different Korean Zodiac signs could be quite fun, so hopefully, you’ll keep reading to learn more about Korean Zodiac!

Korean Zodiac

Just like the Chinese Zodiac, this zodiac system also follows the lunar calendar and is based on Chinese astrology rather than the Western kind. In fact, its origins have been traced back to the times of ancient China and have since become their own separate things.

“Zodiac” in Korean

The Korean word for “zodiac” is 띠 (ddi). If someone asks you, “What is your Ddi?,” then they are pertaining to your zodiac sign.

How many animals are in the Korean zodiac?

Just like the Chinese Zodiac, you can also find 12 animals in the Korean one, with each person being assigned a zodiac animal based on their birth year, and each year is designated to one particular zodiac.

Each animal in the zodiac has specific characteristics and personality traits which can also be believed to describe the people of each zodiac animal.

How do you determine your zodiac sign?

Although each year is appointed to one zodiac animal, the cut-off point for any zodiac animal isn’t at the change of the year. This is because the zodiacs follow the lunar calendar. This means that not everyone born in the same year has the same zodiac sign.

For example, not everyone born in the year 2021 will belong to the year of the ox. Instead, those born prior to the lunar new year will be considered the same zodiac sign as their peers born in the previous year.

Why do people ask for someone’s Korean zodiac sign?

Although it may not be as popular as asking someone what their blood type is, it’s not uncommon to be asked what your zodiac sign is. People may be curious about it, mostly for fun but also to figure out your age.

They might also ask for some possible insights into your personality traits. Many Koreans still consider their Korean zodiac sign to be a big deal, for example, when it comes to compatibility between two people.

In addition, the zodiac animal in representation each year may also serve as a guideline for when making big decisions, such as marriage or job opportunities. Some zodiacs may bring about a bigger promise of fortune for taking risks, while others may encourage people to stay more conservative that year.

History of the Korean Zodiac

As has been mentioned above, the Korean zodiac has its origins in ancient China. Specifically, it can be regarded as having originated during the times of the Han Dynasty, more than 2000 years ago. In modern days, many Asian cultures still use the zodiac.

The Twelve Animals of the Korean Zodiac

Finally, let’s introduce you to each of the animals in the Korean zodiac! We’ve listed them below in the order in which they appear on the zodiac. The order of the animals in the zodiac is as follows: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

How the animal sign cycle was decided

The old tale says the gods assigned this particular order by having the animals do a swimming competition. In other words, the rat was the first to reach the opposite bank of the swimming competition, while the pig came in last.

The story varies in particular with how the rat ended up coming in first. Some say the rat jumped off after it hitched a ride on the ox’s back, and others say that the ox offered to give the rat the ride to the other side.

Whichever story you choose to believe, the ending is always the same: the rat came in first and thus is also the first of the twelve animals in this zodiac.

The Rat (쥐 | jwi)

Birth years: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

As you may already guess based on the story, the rat is considered to be one of the most clever animal signs of the zodiac. People born in the year of the rat are also believed to be ambitious, charming, inventive, cheerful, and logical. They are highly adaptable and quick to react to change. They also hold a wide range of interests.

If you are from a Western country, you may be quite surprised by how positively rat is seen in the East. However, for Koreans, the year of the rat is thought to be an excellent year for big life changes, such as getting married, starting a new job, or simply starting fresh! This year is also seen one that’s dedicated to renewal and hard work.

Rats are most compatible with dragons and monkeys. Rats are the least compatible with horses.

The Ox (소 | so)

Birth years: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Typical ox people are believed to have a strong character, with lots of fearlessness and tolerance. As a tolerant person, someone born in the year of the ox exhibits traits of someone that works hard, both at their job and at home, but you’ll never hear them complain about it.

They also tend to work towards long-term goals rather than short-term ones. In the year of the ox, great fortune can be discovered through working hard.

Oxen are most compatible with snakes and roosters. Oxes are least compatible with sheep.

The Tiger (호랑이 | horangi)

Birth years: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Tiger people are described as sensitive, great empathizers, and deep thinkers. However, they are also seen to be extremely short-tempered and slow in decision-making. And while people have great respect to this zodiac, they also have a tendency to get in conflict with those older or of higher authority.

They can also be too indecisive and may easily get suspicious. However, a tiger also holds a lot of courage and power. Every 60 years, the year of the White Tiger takes place. It’s quite a polarizing year, as for others, it signals it is likely to be an unlucky year, while others believe the exact opposite.

Tigers are most compatible with horses and dogs. Tigers are least compatible with monkeys.

The Rabbit (토끼 | tokki)

Birth years: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

People born in the year of the rabbit are seen as friendly, empathetic, and enjoyable company, with a tendency to be great communicators and good teachers. However, they are also quite introverted and private, often needing their own space. The year of the rabbit is regarded as a lucky year among Koreans.

Rabbits are most compatible with sheep and pigs. Rabbits are least compatible with roosters.

The Dragon (용 | yong)

Birth years: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

People that belong to the dragon years are perceived as ambitious and dominant, also having a great sense of humor. Dragons prefer to set their own rules to live by, and when they are allowed to do so, they often emerge victorious and successful. They’re brave and not afraid to take on challenges. They’re driven by a high level of passion.

They’ll easily lend a helping hand, but don’t expect them to ever ask for help themselves. Dragons frequently love their alone time more than anything else, while others are easily attracted to them due to their liveliness, and especially their colorful personalities.

They are most compatible with monkeys and rats. They are least compatible with dogs.

The Snake (뱀 | baem)

Birth years: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Again, whilst in the Western culture we may have a slightly negative impression of snakes, it is not the case in the East. People born in the year of the snake are seen as the ones who are the most collected of all the animals in the zodiac.

In addition, they are also the most introspective, intuitive, and refined. They’re also largely intelligent and enigmatic. However, snake people can also be seen as cunning. Such character traits put together to make them particularly excellent at conducting business.

Snakes are most compatible with roosters and oxen. Snakes are least compatible with pigs.

The Horse (말 | mal)

Birth years: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Many people born in the year of the horse are seen as popular and highly adaptable. This is thanks to their cheerfulness and perceptiveness, although they might succumb to talking excessively. They’re regarded as wise and talented but also impatient, as well as terribly stubborn and rarely listen to advice.

Additionally, they are also highly independent, which sadly has made women born in the year of the horse considered not desirable brides for marriage. Especially the women born in the year of the white horse, the last of which was in 2002, are seen as too independent for that.

Horses are most compatible with dogs and tigers. Horses are least compatible with rats.

The Sheep (양 | yang)

Birth years: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The people born in the year of the sheep are seen as intelligent, calm, dependable, compassionate, and creative. However, they can also be rather shy and pessimistic and enjoy spending much of their time alone.

They do also enjoy being a part of a group, although they’d rather always stay out of being the center of attention.

Sheep are most compatible with pigs and rabbits. Sheep are least compatible with oxen.

The Monkey (원숭이 | wonsungi)

Birth years: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Monkey people are considered to be the most clever of all the signs, even more so than the rat. In fact, you could even describe people born in the year of the monkey as geniuses.

They are not only great at assessing risk and problems but also at solving them. In general, they are quick to make decisions. They are admirably inventive, flexible, and skillful and will not likely find themselves in trouble for long.

Monkeys are most compatible with rats and dragons. Monkeys are least compatible with tigers.

The Rooster (닭 | dalk)

Birth years: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Roosters are excellent at making decisions and also rather outspoken. However, they can also be surprisingly extravagant and may get caught ambitiously daydreaming.

During the year of the rooster, you’ll have to put in a lot of hard and earnest work to maintain new partnerships and friendships.It is also important to slow down and carefully consider all of the pros and cons before making any major decisions.

Roosters are most compatible with oxen and snakes. Roosters are least compatible with rabbits.

The Dog (개 | gae)

Birth years: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

It is said that the people born in the year of the dog possess all the best traits in human nature. They are honest, responsible, and extremely loyal, and it is hard for people not to trust them. They also do not give any thought to money, although interestingly enough, they don’t seem to run short of it.

However, even dogs have some unfavorable characteristics. They can be stubborn and a little selfish, for example. You can trust that person born in the year of the dog is an exceptional leader.

Dogs are most compatible with tigers and horses. Dogs are least compatible with dragons.

The Pig (돼지 | dwaeji)

Birth years: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Finally, we have the pig. You can assume people born in the year of the pig to be chivalrous, thoughtful, and as loyal as one can be. They will only have a few good friends, but those friendships will likely last a lifetime.

They love to discover new information but do not talk a lot. The year of the pig is thought to be one filled with luck and fertility.

Pigs are most compatible with rabbits and sheep. Pigs are the least compatible with snakes.

The 12-year and the 60-year cycle

These were systems to designate the passage of time in days, months, and years. It was also used in other Asian countries, most notably in ancient China. The 12-year cycle, of course, relates directly to the animals of the zodiac.

In this case, they are referred to together as the Twelve Earthly Branches. It was used together with another system, Ten Heavenly Stems.

Together, one of the Twelve Earthly Branches and one of the Ten Heavenly Stems would name each year. The Twelve Earthly Branches represent each animal, while the Ten Heavenly Stems represent an element, such as metal or water.

For example, the Lunar year of 2022 is regarded as the year of the Water Tiger. With twelve branches and ten stems, it takes 60 years to go through each possible combination, thus reaching the 60-year cycle. This is one big reason why a person’s 60th birthday is seen as a highly significant one to celebrate in Korea.

What is your sign in the Korean zodiac? Do you think the description fits you well or poorly? Let us know below in the comments!

Also, if you would like to learn more about how the Lunar calendar has shaped Korean society, you may want to read our articles on Korean Lunar New Year and Korean Thanksgiving, for example.

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