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How to Say ‘Cute’ in Korean

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Ever wondered how to say ‘cute’ in Korean? Unlike English, the Korean word for cute is used a lot! You can use it to describe something cute, such as a puppy or doll, or you can use the word to pay somebody a compliment.

In fact, many people in Korea want to be seen as ‘cute’, and will behave in ‘cute’ ways. This is known as 애교 (aegyo). People acting in this way will be pleased to hear you describe them as ‘cute’, so make sure you learn this word so that you can make lots of friends in Korea.

Note: If you want to say cute as in ‘handsome’, such as ‘check out that cute guy over there’, then you should use the word for handsome instead.

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‘Cute’ in Korean

Cute in Korean

1. It is cute

To say ‘cute’ as in ‘It is cute’ or ‘she is cute’, you can use the word 귀엽다 (gwi-yeop-da).

If you are talking to yourself (such as when you are walking down the street and see a cute dog or cat) then you can use this version of the word. However, if talking to somebody else, you should remember to use the correct level of politeness.

Formal ‘Cute’ in Korean

Formal Cute in Korean

1. 귀엽습니다 (gwi-yeop-seum-ni-da)

You might hear this word in a presentation about cuteness, in an interview, or in an announcement.


이 가수가 귀엽습니다 (i ga-su-ga gwi-yeop-seum-ni-da)

This singer is cute.


Standard ‘Cute’ in Korean

Standard Cute in Korean

1. 귀여워요 (gwi-yeo-wo-yo)

You can use this expression when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you.


강아지가 너무 귀여워요 (gang-a-ji-ga neo-mu gwi-yeo-wo-yo)

The puppy is very cute


Informal ‘Cute’ in Korean

Informal Cute in Korean

1. 귀여워 (gwi-yeo-wo)

You can use this expression with people who are very close to you, such as with your girlfriend or date.


너는 완전 귀여워! (neo-neun wan-jeon gwi-yeo-wo)

You are so cute! [literally – you are ‘totally’ cute]

Bonus: ‘The Cute Puppy’ in Korean

Bonus Cute in Korean

If you want to say ‘cute’ as in “the cute puppy” then you should use the word 귀여운 (gwi-yeo-un).

For example:

귀여운 강아지 (gwi-yeo-un gang-a-ji)

cute puppy

귀여운 아기 (gwi-yeo-un a-gi)

cute baby

귀여운 여자 (gwi-yeo-un yeo-ja)

cute woman


Example (standard politeness level):

공원 안에 귀여운 강아지가 많아요 (gong-won an-e gwi-yeo-un gang-a-ji-ga man-a-yo)

There are lots of cute dogs at the park


A word of caution about Romanization

We’ve added in the Romanization for all of these words to help with pronunciation. However, we recommend that you try to move onto reading comfortably in Hangul (the Korean alphabet), as this will improve your pronunciation and your reading skills. It will also help you notice patterns in words, which will lead you to improve the rate at which you learn new Korean words and grammar points.

You can download a free guide to learn the Korean alphabet in about an hour here.

Learning vocabulary words is a great way to help you learn the basics of a language, but your language learning will only really take off one you start attempting to have conversations in Korean. Take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when studying Korean.


Now that you know how to say cute in Korean, you can start complimenting people on their ‘aegyo’ or describing all of the cute things that you see in Korea!


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Learn Korean Ep. 83: “Decide to Do”

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Keykat wanted to see snow during the wintertime. Unfortunately, we're in Los Angeles where it doesn't snow. But I have a trick up my sleeve.

This episode will cover how to "decide to do" something using the ~기로 (결정)하다 form.

Remember that there are free extended PDFs available for every "Learn Korean" episode, and each contains additional information or examples not covered in the video.

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How I got my first job in Korea

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?  If it’s been so long that you can’t remember, I would consider that an issue.  In August of 2014 I found that I was asking myself that same question over and over again.  I took every possible opportunity to go try something new.  I took a card-sewing class (yes, you read that right), a brew-master’s tour, adult ballet (and barre) classes, did a scotch-tasting (okay, that one wasn’t quite so new), a Ukranian egg-decorating class (yep – wax, dip, and dye over and over again), and I dined in the dark at a restaurant where all the servers were blind.  We had scheduled axe-throwing and stand-up comedy classes, but ultimately I was just too busy with such an extremely demanding job.

While it was one that most people would consider a “great career” (well, at least my job title). I was absolutely miserable.  I had fantastic friends, but our relationships suffered because I was constantly exhausted from late nights, early mornings, and my trips to the gym.  I tried to keep my diet on the straight and narrow, but I worked in the food and beverage industry and, quite frankly, delicious, fatty, FREE food that was there when I needed something immediately was an easy choice.

After a really rough day at the office I went home and started searching for jobs abroad.  My Grandmother was born in England, so I ordered a copy of her birth certificate in case I was able to do some remote interviews and get hired within the Sales and Marketing niche in the UK.  Ultimately, I questioned whether I could remain this burnt out.  The answer was a definite “NO”, so I continued down the wormhole of work-abroad programs.  I had had a few friends teach in Korea (I actually handled some of the paper-work for my sorority big sister’s Korean visa extension when I was in Vancouver) and I’m kicking myself for not joining them earlier.  One of them met her husband here in Seoul and has gone down a completely different career path than she had ever anticipated (she’s still teaching, but now in the US!).  The other is gallivanting around the world after having been a modest celebrity in Busan.  Korea seemed like the right choice!

I e-mailed out my resume to recruiters with some super smiley photos.  Almost immediately I was bombarded with responses asking me to fill out applications and start getting my documents together.  Seriously?  I was in the information gathering stage.  I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to pull the trigger on this one.  Through the mess of e-mails I found one without attachments.  This one had included some pictures of Canadians enjoying classroom time with cute Korean kindergartens, and I figured hey – why not take an interview and see what happens?

At 11 PM the next evening I got on Skype and did my first (and only) hagwon (private academy) interview.  The head foreign (Canadian) teacher seemed really cool and was finishing up her second year, so I figured that was a good sign.  The next morning I woke up to an offer and a contract and thought I might as well just go ahead and do it.  Without reeeeeeally doing my due-diligence, I had taken a job on the other side of the planet.  I got lucky after having been moved from Seoul-suburbia to Busan, but I definitely do not suggest this route.  If a recruiter wants you to fill out an application, it’s because he or she wants to know if you’re a serious candidate.  Had I gone with one of the other companies, I’d likely have a cushy public school job with tons of free time and even more vacation.  I’d also have a style of teaching that I don’t think is a right fit for me, and I could have ended up in a super rural area, so it all seems to be either a risk or a trade-off.

I’m coming up on a year in Korea in exactly one week, and at this point in my life there’s absolutely nowhere I’d rather be.  I’m trying new things every week.  I have the free time to relax and re-energize, and thankfully I have a group of fantastic friends who understand the traveler’s void and are happy to explore with me.  I’m also not perma-tired, which makes for an easier time and better friendships!

Are you sitting there wondering when the last time was you tried something for the very first time?  Perhaps it’s time to consider teaching abroad.  Schools all across Asia are looking for native English speakers, and just maybe you’ll find solace as I did in the land of the morning calm.

Feb 19 Korean News Update Podcast

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Busan’s mayor stepping down as chairman of the Busan International Film Festival, new US sanctions to curb North Korea’s nuclear & missile programs, & Chinese tourists disregarding Seoul’s no smoking zones.

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Only In Korea Podcast: No Smoking In Myeongdong

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Sometime in the next few months, the Seoul neighborhoods of Myeongdong & Mugyodong will become completely smoke-free.
 Chance & Travis discuss what members of the Only In Korea Facebook group think of the plan & also the recent history of progressive smoking laws that have been put into effect here in Seoul.

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For five years, Busan had a cross-city picture and video...

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For five years, Busan had a cross-city picture and video scavenger hunt. Teams of five would run around the city, often in costume, with a list of pictures and video to take. I was on the winning team in 2014, and have to say it was a busy and incredibly fun day.

With the transferring of ownership of the original bar who ran the scavenger hunt, HQ -and the closing of Eva’s Ticket, I don’t know if another scavenger hunt competition will happen in 2016. Part of me wants it to end because the city is so much different than when I first arrived in 2010 (smaller social foreigner community now), but part of me wants it to go on because I want the fun to continue.


Hi, I'm Stacy. I'm from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living in Busan, South Korea. Check me out on: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Lastfm, and Flickr.


5 Best Korean Drinks That Will Save You From a Massive Hangover

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alcohol-428392_1920Are you suffering from a massive hangover after drinking soju and poktanju in South Korea?

Then, here are 5 Korean products to both prevent and cure a hangover. You can easily buy these recovery drinks in convenience stores (most of them run 24/7) and pharmacy. So memorize at least one of the names below just in case! ;)20137173493_0c375a0b82_z (

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‘Hutgaesoo (Oriental Raisin Tea)’ is one of the best hangover recovery drinks popular among Koreans. It uses 100% Korean oriental raisin tree fruits, or ‘Heotgae’ in Korean, which are well known to be very effective in relieving hangovers. Not just a hangover, but this drink also helps prevent dehydration after exercising.

What’s even more great about this drink? Well, it contains 0 calories. No sodium, no saturated fat, and no sugar. Totally healthy! ;)

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‘Dawn 808’, or ‘Yeomyung’ in Korean, is the world first hangover recovery drink and its actual effect is very outstanding compared to other drinks. In 10~30 mins after drinking this, you can feel the hangover being relieved. However, the downside is that it tastes so nasty that it makes you vomit (maybe this is why it’s effective). However, people who favor Dawn 808 say that this is like a magic drink indeed and always search for it after heavy drinking. Plus, it is quite pricey compared to the others (mostly around 3,000 KRW).

3. Condition

‘Condition’ is another Korean hangover recovery drink, which is very popular among young people in Korea. Through aggressive TV commercials, Condition is widely known in the country. Plus, there are various versions of this drink, which are different according to the customer’s preference, gender, and the drink’s ingredients.

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As one of the biggest brands, ‘Morning Care’ is well known to relieve a hangover. It contains raisin tree extracts ad other ingredients that help protect liver from drinking alcohol. There are 5 different products according to the ingredients it consists, so just choose according to your preference: Good bye Alcohol, Morning Care Plus, Morning Care Turmeric, Morning Care X, and Morning Care Lady.

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5. Heotgaecha헛개차500

Don’t get mixed up with Heotgaesoo mentioned above! The names may sound similar but you can easily distinguish from their designs. Plus, they taste very different. While Heotgaesoo is designed with a smooth, subtle green label, Heotgaecha is labelled with a white letter (a Chinese character that stands for man) outstanding from strong black background. Like their designs, Heotgaesoo tastes a little bit light whereas Heotgaecha has a stronger taste.

The best way is to keep your limits and remember that these drinks are not all magic. And make sure you drink them couple of hours before drinking to prevent a terrible hangover the next day! ;)


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SIPREMIUM Trade Show to Showcase Gifts, Connect Overseas Buyers March 2-5

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One of the great things about living in a big, global city like Seoul is the endless number of exhibitions, trade shows, fairs and conferences that take place throughout the year. Whether you’re a caffeine addict, a design aficionado, a fitness enthusiast or a car lover, there’s literally a show for just about everyone.

The Seoul International Sourcing Fair (also known as SIPREMIUM) is Korea’s longest-running tradeshow in its industry, and the only of its kind to receive official certification from the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The show is the premier destination for exhibitors and buyers in search of sourcing exceptional goods in Korea. 

SIPREMIUM has grown steadily in a positive direction over the past 25 years. It has gotten so big, in fact, that the show has welcomed participation from over 500 exhibitors across 659 booths, with a whopping 17,778 visitors from more than 20 countries. Almost 90 percent of visitors had the power to buy, and 80 percent of exhibitors expressed interest in repeat participation.

For the first time last year, a national merchandising association represented Korean buyers to meet with overseas and domestic exhibitors in an effort to both encourage and mentor entrance into the Korean merchandising market.

These efforts paid off, as the 1:1 Biz Matching Program, which was organized by COEX and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) included more overseas buyers than ever before. In fact, there was an increase in overseas buyer participation by almost four times that of 2014, with 142 overseas buyers representing 83 companies.

Now in its 26th year, the annual show will once again welcome visitors as Korea’s top trade show in the corporate and sales market from March 2 to March 5, 2016 at COEX in Seoul’s thriving Gangnam district.

Showcased exhibition items will include stationery, office supplies, beauty and health products, tea, food, home appliances, kitchenware, lifestyle products, crafts, jewelry and DIY items among other items.

To pre-register for the Seoul International Sourcing Fair, visit the SIPREMIUM website.

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: March 2-5, 2016

Admission: Free

Address: Coex Hall A & B, World Trade Center Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-731

Get There: From Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Use the passage directly connected from exit 5 or 6 to Coex Mall through Millennium Plaza.


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Palsaik (팔색삼겹살) is a popular chain restaurant in Korea. I...

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Palsaik (팔색삼겹살) is a popular chain restaurant in Korea. I recommend getting the 8-color set for 30,000₩ so you can share 8-types of marinated pork with your friend(s). The best part is arguing with your friends over which is the best one. I vote for curry and spicy.

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