How To Say ‘Great’ In Korean

Have you ever wanted to describe something to your Korean friend, but been at loss as to how because ‘good’ just doesn’t quite cut it? That’s the moment you’ll want to know how to say ‘great’ in Korean!

Keep reading and this article will teach you the ways for how to say ‘great’ in Korean, preparing you for when that important moment comes. Have a great time learning with us today!


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‘Great’ in Korean

There are a few word options for you to use when you want to describe something as ‘great’, depending on what exactly you want to say.

대단하다 (daedanhada) is a great word to use when you want to imply that something is ‘great’ in size figuratively. For example, when you mean to say that something or someone is ‘incredible’ or ‘amazing’.

훌륭하다 (hullyunghada) can be used to described something or someone that is not only ‘great’ but ‘remarkable’, ‘magnificent’ and ‘superb’. For example, the new movie you just saw or the best book you’ve ever read.

위대하다 (widaehada) is another excellent word to use to imply that something is ‘great’, and can be used in a variety of situations. For example, it is especially good to choose to use when you want to describe something as ‘greater’ or ‘the greatest’.

Lastly, when you wish to speak of specifically the size of something, such as your tall height, then the verb 크다 (kheuda) is your best friend. While it’s meaning is not literally that of ‘great’, it can be used as such, also in situations where you might want to describe the likelihood of something happening as great.


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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그녀의 일에 대한 능력은 대단해요 (geunyeoe ire daehan neungnyeogeun daedanhaeyo)

The ability she has for work is incredible.

어머니의 사랑은 세상에서 가장 위대한 사랑이에요 (eomeonie sarangeun sesangeseo gajang widaehan sarangieyo)

A mother’s love is the greatest love in the world.

그는 미래에서 큰 인물로 될거에요 (geuneun miraeeseo kheun inmullo dwilgeoeyo)

He will become a great person in the future.



너는 대단한 미인이야 (neoneun daedanhan miiniya)

You are incredibly beautiful.


이 책은 모든 점에서 훌륭해서 추천해주고 싶었어 (i chaekeun modeun jeomeseo hullyunghaeseo chucheonhaejugo sipeosso)

I wanted to recommend this book because it’s great in every aspect.


내일 비가 내릴 가능성이 크지? (naeil biga naeril ganeungseongi kheuji?)

The chances of raining tomorrow are great, right?


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