How Do You Say This in Korean? (8 November 2013)

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Welcome to the 23rd episode of “How Do You Say This in Korean?”! In this series, teacher 경화 (Kyung-hwa) is joined by a co-host of her choice twice a month to answer some listener questions. The questions we will be answering in this series are mainly about how to say certain things in Korean.


How do you say “Do whatever you want.” in Korean?
= 마음대로 하세요. [ma-eum-dae-ro ha-se-yo.]
How do you say “Can you please give this to (name)?”in Korean?
= 이것 좀 (name) 씨한테 전해 주시겠어요? [i-geot jom (name) ssi-han-te jeo-nae ju-si-ge-sseo-yo?]
How do you say “I can do it.” in Korean?
= 할 수 있어요. [hal su i-sseo-yo.]
How do you say “I came here with my cousin.” in Korean?
= 사촌 (any kinship term)(이)랑 같이 왔어요. [sa-chon (any kinship term)(i)-rang ga-chi wa-sseo-yo.]
How do you say “as for me” in Korean?
= 저는 [jeo-neun]

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How Do You Say This in Korean? (8 November 2013)
  • Polajdkd

    How do you say:
    “pot calling the kettle black” ?
    Not literately because is an expression
    Thank you

  • I like your blog! Very nice examples

  • Robin

    안녕하세요 경화 선생님
    안녕하세요 Terris 선생님 (^__^)

    가르쳐 주셔서 감사합니다!

    I have a question regard today’s sample sentence „I can do it.“ I think in English this phrase has at least 3 different meanings and I wonder if they all work with ‘할 수 있다’.

    The first meaning is to be able to do sth., to have the skills or abilities to do sth., as in ‘I can play piano’ or ‘농구를 할 수 있어요’.
    Then, you can also make suggestions or offer help when someone has a problem or there’s a job to be done. ‘Don’t bother about that. I can do it.’
    Eventually, it can also mean that so. is allowed or not allowed to do sth. (‘Can I sit next to you?’) I think you can use ‘해도 괜찮아요 / 해도 돼요’ in those cases or ‘해도 될까요’ when asking for allowance, right?
    Would ‘할 수 있어요’ be okay for all those situations?

    Thanks again for your kindness. I really like your helpfull lessons!


  • hanyhany

    But what about in informal laguage? i mean how to say “Do whatever you want” in informal?? sorry, and Thank you~

    • Paul! 폴!

      In 반말 (ban-mal) it would be 마음대로 해 (ma-eum-dae-ro hae)
      Most things that end with 하세요 could be shortened to 해.
      The 반말 form of 하다 is 해.

  • 라샨

    Can you please explain a strange translation I noticed on Google translate? I wanted to find out the Korean word for “thumb.” I will let you figure out the strange translation. Please explain!!!

  • Jennifer

    I keep submitting my questions but no ever answers… *sighs* but I guess I’ll try again. Here goes. How do you pronounce the words Oppa, Jagiya, Jagi, my love, & I love you also T.O.P from big bangs real name Seung-hyun and his full name Choi Seung-hyun Thank you. Please will someone answer me this time.

    • Hershey Pagtakhan

      Google 🙂