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Top 5 Korean Language Exchange Sites (and why you should be using them!)

Committing to learning a new language is one of the best ways to broaden the horizons that make up your own day to day life. In becoming familiar with a new language, you’re also laying the groundwork for being able to watch movies, listen to music, and read books that were previously inaccessible.

If you’re anything like me, though, you’re not a big fan of the way learning a language used to be done – long hours in front of a textbook, boring writing exercises, and little to no real world application of the language.

Korean language exchanges are an amazing tool for anyone interested in learning to Korean language – they allow you to practice what you’ve learned in a friendly, casual, and educational environment that adds a fun new element to the learning process.


Christmas in Korea: What Is It Like?

Christmas in Korea is very different from Christmas in North America or Europe. There are some superficial similarities, such as Christmas decorations in shop windows, but look beyond that and the differences become very apparent.

The good news is that Christmas is a national holiday in Korea. That means that if you work in an office, school, or factory that isn’t owned by the local scrooge, then you are likely to have the day off.

Unlike many Asian countries, a large proportion of Koreans are Christian, which explains why the day is a national holiday. It also means that there are special Christmas services in churches around the country.

However, Christmas isn’t one of Korea’s big traditional holidays like Seollal or Chuseok, so there isn’t a mad rush of everybody trying to make it back to his or her hometown for Christmas.


How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Korean

Ready to celebrate Christmas in Korea?

Or maybe bring Korea to your Christmas?

You’ve come to the right place!

Christmas is a national holiday in Korea and you will see Christmas decorations and Christmas trees around Seoul during the festive period. Learning how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Korean is pretty straightforward so be sure to wish all of your Korean friends a merry Christmas!

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Formal ‘Merry Christmas’ in Korean

1. 행복한 크리스마스 되십시오 (haeng-bok-han keu-ri-seu-ma-seu dwi-ship-shi-o)

This is the formal way of saying ‘Merry Christmas’ since it has the –십시오 ending. You might see this on signs, posters, or cards. You can safely use it with all groups of people and nobody will get offended.

행복하다 = happy, blissful


How to Say ‘Happy New Year’ in Korean

Ready to try out your Korean skills while you bring in the new year? We’ll show you how!

Before we get into that, a few important things to go over related to New Year’s in Korea.

Firstly, Korea has two New Year celebrations. On January 1st, there is the celebration of the Solar New Year, 신정 (Sin-jeong). That is the celebration covered in this article.

However, in late January or early February, Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year, 구정 (Gu-jeong), by having a large holiday known as 설날 (Seollal). During Seollal, people usually visit their hometown, eat 떡국 (Ddeok-gook) with their families, and visit their ancestors’ graves.

During the Solar New Year, people often spent time with their friends. In Central Seoul on New Year’s Eve, many people gather to hear the ringing of the bell in Jongno on the stroke of midnight.


Korean Drama Phrases for Learning Korean

One fun and interesting way to study Korean is by watching Korean dramas.

Certain phrases appear in dramas more often than in other formats. Also, certain slang words become popularized by their use in a drama and have since become a more common part of everyday Korean lexicon.

For example the word 미생 (incomplete-life) was originally a term used in the Korean game 바둑 (Go!). Now it has become a popular word to describe the Korean office environment due to the drama (and manhwa) of the same name.

This article looks at some of the more common Korean drama phrases, and how to use them outside of dramas.

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How to Say ‘Good Morning’ in Korean

It’s always good to start off the day on a positive note.

One easy way to do that is with a nice, polite, friendly “good morning”.

But how can we say “good morning” in Korean?

In most situations, you can just use ‘hello‘ instead of saying ‘good morning’ when speaking Korean. However, if you want to specifically say ‘good morning’ instead of ‘hello’, then you’ll want to know these phrases.

Onward we go!

 


How to Say ‘Happy Birthday’ in Korean

One day that is special for everyone is his or her birthday. It’s an important day to celebrate, so make sure you mark your calendars!

But how do we say ‘Happy Birthday’ in Korean?

Not only will we explain that phrase, but we’ll also teach you the famous Happy Birthday song!

Let’s get to it.

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‘Happy Birthday’ in Korean Explanation

First, let’s start with the word ‘birthday’ itself. ‘Birthday’ is one of those special Korean words that have an honorific version of the word, which is used when talking to people about generation (or more) older than you.

Some other nouns with this honorific form include ‘age’, and ‘house’. Some verbs with an honorific form include ‘to exist’, ‘to eat’, and ‘to sleep’.


How to Say ‘OK’ in Korean

As you know, the word ‘OK’ has several different meanings in English.

It can mean ‘yes’.

It can also mean that something is sufficient or ‘not bad’.

Likewise, when looking at how to say ‘OK’ in Korean, there are several different words that we can use depending on the type of ‘OK’ that we want to say.

Are you ‘OK’ to jump right into it? Here we go!

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‘OK’ as in ‘yes’

If you want to say OK as in ‘yes’, then you can simply use the Korean word for yes. You can also use the word ‘to know’.

To show how these are used, you can read the conversation below. In the conversation, ‘A’ is giving a direction and ‘B’ is saying ‘OK’ two different ways.

 


How to Say ‘You’re Welcome’ in Korean

Previously, we learned how to say ‘thank you’ in Korean. After somebody says thank you, it’s good manners to reply with a ‘you’re welcome’.

Let’s learn how to say ‘you’re welcome’ in Korean!

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Formal ‘You’re Welcome’ in Korean

1. 천만에요 (cheon-man-eh-yo)

This word comes from the number 천만 meaning ‘ten-million’ in English. The logic behind this expression is that the thing you are being thanked for doing is so small that even if you did it ten-million times the other person still wouldn’t need to thank you.


How to Say ‘I’m Hungry’ in Korean

Is your stomach grumbling? Did you skip lunch?

Then you’re going to need to know how to say ‘I’m hungry’ in Korean!

Let’s jump right into it.

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‘Hungry’ vs. ‘Full’ in Korean

When talking about whether you are hungry or not, two different adjectives are used.

In front of each adjective is the word 배 (bae), which means ‘stomach’. To say that you are hungry, you add the adjective 고프다 (go-puh-da) to make 배 고프다.

Strictly speaking, the particle ‘가’ (ga) should come after ‘배’ to make ‘배가 고프다’. However, when speaking, people drop this particle.


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