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Common Korean words – Relationships
When talking to one another, Koreans often use various terms of endearment. Some of the common Korean phrases about relationships are as follows:
Unni (언니): This is a term for older sisters of girls, but can be used for an older female friend as well.
Oppa (오빠): This is a term for older brothers of girls, but can also imply either an older male friend and even a boyfriend, who is older than the girl.
Noona (누나): This is a term for older sisters of boys, but can also be used for an older female friend and even a girlfriend, who is older than the boy.
Hyung (형): This is a term for older brothers of boys, but can also imply an older male friend as well.
Eomeoni / eomma (어머니/ 엄마): The first term is the formal way of saying mother, while the second term is the informal way of saying the same (mom).
Abeoji / Abba (아버지/ 아빠): The first term is the formal way of saying father, and the second term is the informal way of saying the same (dad).
Halmeoni (할머니): Grandmother
Harabeoji (할아버지): Grandfather
Samchon (삼촌): Literally meaning uncle, however it can also be a friendly way to refer to any middle-aged man.
Gomo / Imo (고모/이모): The first term is used to talk about your father’s sister while the second one is used for your mother’s sister.
Chingu / Namjachingu / Yeojachingu (친구/ 남자친구/ 여자친구): Any friends you have are your chingu but your boyfriend is your namjachingu and your girlfriend is your yeojachingu. Boyfriend and girlfriend are often abbreviated to simply 남친 and 여친.
K-Dramas feature a lot of verbs and adjectives that are frequently used by Koreans in everyday life. These common Korean phrases are as follows (note all are in informal form 반말):
Gajima (가지마): Don’t leave – ga means to go or leave and when you add jima it means don’t do it. This phrase is often said when one of the protagonists is scared that their lover will leave them. You can add a yo (요) at the end to be more formal.
Saranghae (사랑해): I love you – sarang is love and hae is to do. This term usually signifies the deepest form of love and devotion a couple can show one another.
Yaksokhae (약속해): Promise me – yaksok is a promise. This term is often used to seal a verbal agreement between two people.
Johahae (좋아해): I like you – johahae means to like something. It is usually the phrase initiating a relationship between protagonists.
Baegopa / baebulleo (배고파/ 배불러): These phrases mean, “I am hungry” and “My stomach is full,” respectively.
Haengbokhae (행복해): This term is used to talk about the ultimate happiness one can experience.
Seulpeo (슬퍼): This term is used to imply that one is sad.
Bogoshipeo (보고싶어): I miss you – Bogo means seeing, and shipeo means wanting to. The term literally means that you want to see somebody or something.
If you want to learn more about Korean expressions, we recommend you to read these articles:
- How to say I love you in Korean
- The most used Korean words in K-pop songs
- Untranslatable Korean words entering the English dictionary
- Korean words and expressions to use at home
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