How to Say ‘Hot’ in Korean

Printer-friendly version

Do you know how to order a hot americano at a cafe in Seoul yet? What about how to describe the temperature at the peak of summer? What about any other phrase for which you might need the word ‘hot’?

If your answer is ‘no’, or you find that you just don’t know, then this lesson on how to say ‘hot’ in Korean is perfect for you! Let’s get started, shall we?


*Ready to learn Korean yet? Click here to learn about our 90 Day Korean learning program!


‘Hot’ in Korean

chinese hot pot

There are two main words you can use to describe ‘hot’ in Korean, depending on which you are talking about. Note that with these words some exceptions exist as well.

You may wish to use the verb 뜨겁다 (ddeugeobda) when the temperature of something, such as your hair curler or meal or coffee, is hot or even burning. This word can be used to describe other events and popular phenomenons to mean they are “cool” or “popular now”. The other word, 덥다 (deobda) is used especially to describe hot weather. It can also be used in a similar context as 뜨겁다, for example to describe hot water.

Sometimes you may also hear the word 따뜻하다 (daddeuthada) used in similar instances, but its meaning is more ‘warm’ rather than ‘hot’. With that said, it is important to note that while you might describe the coffee you just burnt your tongue on as 뜨거워요 (ddeugeowoyo) – the standard form of the verb 뜨겁다 – you would actually order your hot coffee using the verb 따뜻하다 at the coffee shop.


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences

hot water spring


커피가 뜨거워서 조심하세요 (kheophiga ddeugeoweoseo josimhaseyo)

Please be careful as the coffee is hot.


그 문제에 대한 논란이 뜨거워요 (geu munjee daehan nollani ddeugeowoyo)

That issue is being hotly debated.


왜 더운 물 안나와요? (wae deoun mul annawayo?)

Why is there no hot water?



그 남자의 몸은 완전 뜨겁지 않을까? (geu namjae momeun wanjeon ddeugeobji aneulgga?)

Isn’t his body so hot?


오늘 몸이 덥네… (oneul momi deobne…)

I have a fever today.


오늘 날씨가 매우 더워! (oneul nalssiga maeu deowo!)

Today’s weather is extremely hot!


So now that you know how to say “hot” in Korean why don’t you ask your Korean friends if they won’t share a “hot” cup of tea with you! ^^

Do you have a word or phrase you’d like to know how to say in Korean? Let us know in the comments below and maybe our next article will be just what you’re looking for!


*Want more Korean phrases? Go to our Korean Phrases Page for a complete list!


Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto


The post How to Say ‘Hot’ in Korean appeared first on 90 Day Korean.

Learn to read Korean and be having simple conversations, taking taxis and ordering in Korean within a week with our FREE Hangeul Hacks series:

Korean lessons   *  Korean Phrases    *    Korean Vocabulary *   Learn Korean   *    Learn Korean alphabet   *   Learn Korean fast   *  Motivation    *   Study Korean  


Please share, help Korean spread! 




Koreabridge - RSS Feeds 
Features @koreabridge     Blogs  @koreablogs
Jobs @koreabridgejobs  Classifieds @kb_classifieds

Koreabridge - Facebook Group