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How To Say ‘King’ In Korean

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Around the world, many different types of governments and rulers exist. Most countries have a president while others have a prime minister in charge. Many countries with prime ministers in charge have royal families. Kings and emperors, in highly respected positions, even if they carry no real power. People seem to hold particular interest towards kings, queens, princes, and princesses of the world.

So today, the new word we will learn is related to this royal topic as well. Indeed, today we will learn how to say ‘king’ in Korean! Now let’s get to learning some royal vocabulary!


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‘King’ in Korean

The most commonly used word for how to say king in Korean is 왕 (wang). In some situations, you may also see the words 제왕 (jewang) and 국왕 (gukwang) used. However, nearly always just the word 왕 by itself will do just fine, especially in spoken situations. There are other words as well, but they have double meanings that are unrelated to this topic. In this article, we’re limiting the vocabulary of the word king to these three words for the time being. Just to limit confusion. Even the word 제왕 also shares the meaning of ’emperor’.


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


어느 날에는 그 왕자가 왕의 자리에 오를거에요. (eoneu nareneun geu wangjaga wange jarie oreulgeoeyo.)

One day that prince will be crowned king.


누군가 영국의 왕으로 될거지요? (nugunga yeonguke wangeuro dwilgeojiyo?)

Who will become the kind of United Kingdom?


국왕이라도 그 나라의 모든 법을 지켜야하지요. (gugkwangirado geu narae modeun beobeul jikhyeoyahajiyo.)

Even that country’s king must follow all the laws.



밀림의 제왕은 바로 사자야. (millime jewangeun baro sajaya.)

Lion is the king of the jungle.


Now that you know how to say king in Korean, are you excited to learn how to refer to the rest of the royal family members in Korean as well? Let us know what other royal words you’d like to learn next!


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Korean FAQ – 어디 있어요? vs 어디예요?

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This Korean FAQ episode is for people who are high beginner or above, at least. Or for anyone who's learned that both 어디 있어요 and 어디예요 are both valid ways of asking where something is. Well, both are valid... in most cases.

Did you know there's actually a difference between using 있다 ("to exist") and 이다 ("to be") with 어디 ("where")? This is something I couldn't find explained in other videos, so I wanted to show how it works.

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Ordering Food In A Korean Restaurant

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Hurray! You have finally made it to South Korea, and are totally excited to get your trip – or new life – going. On top of all the dozens and dozens of sights to see that you have on your list, the list of foods to try is an even longer one. Your stomach will growl with hunger and desire every time you think about all the delicious Korean food that will soon feed it.

But, wait! Now you find yourself getting a little nervous. It’s your first time in the country, you hardly speak the language, and it has just crossed your mind you’re not sure of the local restaurant etiquette, either. How exactly does one order food in a Korean restaurant? And more importantly: how exactly does one do the food ordering in Korean?! Keep reading and, right here, right now, you will learn exactly how!


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Invaluable phrases for ordering in a Korean at a restaurant.

메뉴 좀 주세요 (menyu jom juseyo) = Please give me the menu.

메뉴판 좀 주세요 (menyuphan jom juseyo) = Please give me the menu.

Usually the menu is visible on the wall of the restaurant, or it’s waiting for you at the table already. On other occasions, the staff will bring you the menu as they begin set the table. However, if for some reason the menu isn’t there, or you want to order more, you’ll have to ask for the menu. The first asks for the menu and the second asks for the menu board, which you’ll encounter much more often. The only difference is that 메뉴판 refers to the physical menu.


저기요 (jeogiyo) / 여기요 (yeogiyo) = Hey, over there!/Hey, over here!

When you are ready to order and there is no service button at the table, you may shout for the attention of the waiter with either of these words. Don’t worry, it’s very common and not impolite. Korean restaurants can be quite loud so you’ll need to say it loudly.


주문하시겠어요 (jumunhashigesseoyo) = I will order now.

You can add this after the above phrase to express what you want to do.


주문하시겠어요? (jumunhashigesseoyo?) = May I take your order?

Not a phrase you would say, but an important phrase to know when it’s said to you.


이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo) = This, please.

You can just point at the name or the picture of the menu item you wish to order and say this phrase. The 이거 part can also easily be replaced with the name of the dish.


삼겹살 일인분 주세요 (samgyeopsal irinbun juseyo) = Please give me one serving of samgyeopsal.

닭갈비 이인분 주세요 (dakgalbi iinbun juseyo) = Please give me two servings of dakgalbi.

When ordering certain foods, you may wish to order them by servings rather than as separate dishes. These foods are typically ones that are shared amongst two or more people in one big dish at the center of the table, such as Korean BBQ or dakgalbi. 인분 (inbun) is the word for serving, and in front of the word just add the number of servings you are ordering.


이게 뭐예요? (ige mwoyeyo?) = What is this?

여기 뭐가 들어가 있어요? (yeogi mwoga deureoga isseoyo?) = What is in this?

If there is an item on the menu that looks interesting to you but you aren’t sure of what it is, you can ask these questions. The latter is especially good for bars and cafes as well since the names of the drinks don’t always tell you about the contents.


오늘 추천 메뉴는 뭐예요? (oneul chucheon menyuneun mwoyeyo?) = What is today’s recommended menu?

어떤것을 추천하세요? (eoddeongeoseul chucheonhaseyo?) = What would you recommend?

여기 뭐가 맛있어요? (yeogi mwoga masisseoyo?) = What is delicious here?

A lot of Korean restaurants specialize in just one type of dish, but there are also many restaurants all around South Korea serving local and foreign dishes. With so many items on the menu, you’ll find your head spinning. At times like these, don’t hesitate to ask the waiters for what they think the best item on the menu is! They work at the place, after all, so they probably know what’s good there. Or at least what the most popular thing is. 


이거 좀 더 주세요! (igeo jom deo juseyo!) = Please give me some more of this!

Most restaurants offer a range of side dishes to indulge in with your main meal, and it is entirely possible and free for you to request a refill of the side plates.


물 좀 주세요 (mul jom juseyo) = Please bring me some water.

Much like the menu, you’re usually brought a bottle of water as you sit down at the restaurant. However, if you run out of the water, you’ll specifically have to request more. Alternatively, at some restaurants such as fried chicken restaurants, it is expected that the patrons order beer or soft drinks off the menu. So you may have to ask for the water separately. Don’t worry though – you’ll never get charged for water at restaurants, no matter how much you drink! ^^


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Invaluable phrases to indicate dietary requirements.

전 채식주의자에요 (jeon chaeshikjuijaeyo) = I’m a vegetarian

채식메뉴 있으세요? (chaeshikmenyu isseuseyo?) = Do you have a vegetarian menu?

A majority of Koreans are meat eaters and vegetarians aren’t often readily catered to. So it’s important to check with the restaurant staff before sitting down whether there are items on the menu that you can eat.


저는 돼지고기를 못 먹어요 (jeon dwaejigogireul mot meokeoyo) = I can’t eat pork

돼지고기 없는 메뉴 있으세요? (dwaejigogi eobneun menyu isseuseyo?) = Do you have any dishes without pork?

Pork also happens to be the staple meat for the daily diet of Koreans, so you will definitely want to check with the waiters about pork-free dishes to eat. Don’t worry, there’s usually other things, at least beef and chicken anyway.


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What about paying?

Typically, in Korea you do not ask for the bill separately. Instead, you go directly to the counter and pay after finishing your meal on your way out.

Additionally, it is customary in Korea, especially at pubs, for one person to pay the entire bill. So if you’re not the one paying for the food, you may wish to return the favor by paying for the dessert at a nearby cafe. Don’t worry though, “going Dutch” is very common these days so the staff can split the bill for you without issue. Many places can even split bills on multiple credit cards.


제가 낼게요. (jega naelgeyo.) = I’ll pay.

내가 낼게. (naega naelge.) = I’ll pay.

This is what you’ll say if you want to treat the other person or people in your group for the meal, or even the round of beers.

Sometimes, especially when out with your non-Korean friends or peers, you will still want to pay separately or “go Dutch.” In this case, here is what you can say to the cashier:

반반해 주세요. (banbanhae juseyo.) = Please halve the bill.

계산서를 따로따로 할게요. (gyesanseoreul ddaroddaro halgeyo.) = We’ll pay separately.

계산서 나누어 줄 수 있으세요? (gyesanseo nanueo jul su isseuseyo?) = Can you split the bill?


And now you are completely ready for your first adventure of ordering in Korean in a local restaurant! Now go out and enjoy all the amazing food Korea has to offer! Need ideas for places you could try out? Check out our list of essential restaurants to try in Korea.


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10 Photographers You Should Follow

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I am sure that you have all  seen that meme about how people will buy shoes from Michael Jordan but not support their friends or family in their new business or side gig. I feel in many ways this is the same for photography. In many ways, we have been programmed to admire celebrities over our friends or family. We trust their “brand” more than our “buddy”  who goes out every weekend to get the most beautiful shots you can imagine.


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Recently, fellow photographer Noe Alonzo, had been putting in a lot of time creating jaw dropping images of Seoul and just becoming a force in the photography world here in South Korea. His images went viral and his profiles got hammered with new subscribers. I was shocked to see that he shared the wealth per say, and included a few friends profiles in an instagram story. With mine being one of those names, I saw spike in my follower count. This got me thinking about how powerful this kind of support is.


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Following that, I had a discussion with two very talented photographers about this topic. LeighMacArthur was a part of the team that I put together for the Flixel Visa Olympics project and shared a similar meme to the one that I mentioned above. Soon after Martin Bennie and I started discussing how we don’t see enough photographers promoting and sharing each others work. Soon after, we all started circulating links and whatnot but it got me thinking. “Why don’t we do this more often?” because after all, it takes next to nothing to like, share and give a shoutout to someone who might not have a million followers.


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In a world full of nasty comments and internet trolls, we need to get back to our roots and actually build a better community. This only happens when we help others and share the spotlight a bit too. Often, we follow the trends and clamour for the affection of celebrity photographers but forget about the ones who are working 40-hours a week to afford a new lens or that photoshop subscription. These are the people that are taking great images and truly need your support. Peter McKinnon is doing fine for now, but Peter DeMarco could use a little more love.

With that in mind, here are some photographers that I feel that you should follow. These are real photographers who are passionate about their craft and take amazing photos. Please take the time to follow these people and leave some comments. I would love hear what you think about their work.


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Colin Corneau

This is one of the hardest-working freelancers from my hometown. His work is amazing and I would love to see him get more of it. Colin is a professional on all levels and has worked for places like the Brandon Sun and Red River College in Winnipeg. I am not a huge fan of street photography but Colin’s work with his Reserved At All Times site makes me homesick for Brandon. He is able to tell amazing stories through his lens which most of us would likely never see. Colin is a true master of his craft and has spent a lifetime documenting rural life in Manitoba. If you can survive in a creative profession in a place like Brandon, Manitoba then you have what it takes to make it pretty much anywhere. Check out his new site as well (click on his name above), it is really good!


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Pete DeMarco

Another great photographer that is working hard to step up his game. Pete is a dedicated teacher and an amazing photographer. Since becoming a full-time photographer, he has poured himself into the craft. Living in an area that is better suited for his passion, he has done some amazing things. He has also worked with photographers like  Benjamin Von Wong. His easy going personality and top notch professionalism are clearly evident in his tutorials and in his photography. Pete is one of those photographers that has a never-ending desire to learn and improve. Just when you think that he can’t get any better, he will drop a set of images from his recent travels that will blow your mind!

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Steve Robinson

Steve has been through a great deal in the past couple of years. After a tragic accident he struggled with his passion for photography and mobility. Pushing through the pain, he has gone on to take some truly awe inspiring photos. It also goes to show a lot about his character and how much passion he has for photography. Steve has strength few of us can even imagine. I am pretty sure many people would have given up if they would have broken their neck in a foreign country but Steve push on and his photos show it.


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Dylan Goldby

Dylan is one of those photographers that I deeply respect. He is humble and friendly but yet extremely professional. His work goes well beyond family portraits to documenting disappearing cultures and writing for sites like F-Stoppers and DPS. The work in his Tattoos of Asia project is stunning. I picked up his book  and was immediately put back by the quality of his images and the stories of how he managed to photograph these remote tribes. He does the work that many other photographers only dream of. Not too many people I know are willing to travel to a really remote village for  personal project and then use the funds to help that community.


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Roy Cruz

Roy is one of the coolest photographers that I know. His style is top notch and he is just an all around great guy. He has mastered almost every type of photography out there from travel to portraits. Not to mention that he is extremely skilled with a drone as well. Armed with his Fuji, he can take some serious photos that will make you step back and wonder if you should even pick up your camera again. Looking at his instagram feed, you can see his wide range of talent and expertise. He is definitely worth the follow as his photos will always inspire you. Roy was also on my team for the Olympics and took some amazing shots. You can see a lot of those members on this initial list and that is because I looked for the best and that is what I have included here as well.


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Greg Samborski

Greg has to be one of the hardest working, creative and nicest guys that I know. He is completely professional and yet fun and relaxed. Typically, I have found that photographers with Greg’s level of talent to be… well… kind of dicks. Yet, Greg is the type of photographer that can handle pretty much everything and still be calm and happy. Not sure how he does it but it works and his list of clients keeps growing. He was a vital member of my Visa/Flixel Olympic team. He rolled with the punches on that project and really showed everyone how great photographers work and act.


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Scott Rotzoll

I first met Scott when he lived in Ulsan, where I have planted myself for the last 15 years. He was and still is a great guy. He got into photography while here and started taking some stunning images. When he relocated himself to Cambodia, things really took off. His images show a personal side of the community which he is helping. The images show a happiness despite the challenges that his subjects face each and everyday. To capture that kind of emotion takes a lot of talent. Scott has a ton of talent and skill and seems to take stunning images with ease .

The Bottom Line

The fact of the matter is that I know each and every one of these photographers. I see how hard they work and how passionate they are about their craft. I would greatly appreciate you taking the time to look at their work and follow them too. I will continue to publish more of these posts in the future as well.

As for the purpose behind this post, I would much rather see a more positive community of photographers helping one another than what it is now. We can’t all be celebrities but we can ALL help each other. We might not be the best either, but with a little help from others, we can improve our photography bit by bit. In my mind that is what makes a community strong. While I am no angel, I have certainly realized that it is better to help than to criticise in a way that diminishes the passion that we all have for the art of photography.

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Speaking Korean with Other Korean Learners | A Glass with Billy

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My friend Andy lives in the city of Sejong, which is near Daejeon. I meet him about once a year and he is also very interested in the Korean language and Korean education. He also speaks Korean fluently and has been learning the language for a very long time.

When I was first learning Korean, and even recently, I've felt shy or nervous to speak Korean around other people who aren't native Korean speakers, in fear of being judged for making any mistakes or because I was worried it would look like I was "showing off" by speaking Korean better than them. When I met with Andy we talked about this, as well as how to deal with those sort of feelings, and what situations it would be completely normal to speak in Korean with other non-native Korean speakers. Andy had some great insight and I'll definitely be meeting with him again next summer.

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How To Say ‘Let’s Go’ In Korean

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It’s been a long and boring day at home. Maybe it’s because there’s a heatwave going on outside and you’ve had it, or perhaps it happens to be an exceptionally cold winter day. Whatever the reason, you’ve spent the day browsing around for activities, cafes, restaurants, and sights in Korea that you are now eager to visit in person. All you need is someone to go with! The words ‘let’s go’ are at the tip of your tongue… when all of a sudden you realize you don’t know them correctly in Korean after all!

In your quest to learn how to say ‘let’s go’ in Korean, you’re lucky to have found us! Today we’ll go over how to say let’s go in Korean as well as some examples to get you using the phrase quicker. Now then, let’s go!


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‘Let’s Go’ in Korean

가자 (gaja) is how you most commonly say let’s go in Korean. Sweet and simple! However, bear in mind that this phrase is informal and should only be used with your friends or significant other. You’ll form this phrase simply by mixing the stem, 가 (ga), from the verb ‘to go’ 가다 (gada), with -자, the marker expressing suggestion.

So while you may not need to use it often, it is useful to learn the more formal version of how to say let’s go in Korean. You’ll still use 가, but you will combine it with the formal marker -(으)ㅂ시다 ((eu)bshida) to form the correct phrase. The end result is 갑시다 (gabshida). You may wish to use this with a new acquaintances or with people of a higher position in authority than you.

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

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점심때 같이 먹으러 갑시다. (jeomshimddae gathi meogeureo gabshida.)

Let’s go eat together at lunch.



오늘 고기뷔페로 먹으러 가자! (oneul gogibwiphero meogeureo gaja!)

Let’s go eat at a meat buffet today!


여행으로 제주도로 가자! (yeohaengeuro jejudoro gaja!)

Let’s go to Jejudo for our trip!

Now that you know how to say ‘let’s go’ in Korean, get out there and use it! What other phrases would you like to learn to say in Korean? Let us know in the comments below!


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Korean FAQ – Long and Short Vowel Sounds (눈: vs 눈)

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A very long time ago the Korean language had tones just like in Chinese (before 한글 became popularized). As those tones went out of the language, some parts of them stuck around - specifically vowel lengths. Some words have different vowel lengths that can change the meaning of a word. But are these important to know? Find out~!

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Korean FAQ – The Difference Between 국, 탕, 찌개, and 전골

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What's the difference between 국, 탕, 찌개, and 전골? They all can translate as "soup" or "stew," but each is unique.

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