How Do You Say This in Korean? (3 June 2013)

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Welcome to the 13th episode of “How Do You Say This in Korean?”! In this series, teacher 경화 (Kyung-hwa) will be 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 “How is the weather in Seoul?” in Korean?
= 서울 날씨 어때요? [seo-ul nal-ssi eo-ttae-yo?]

How do you say “What would you recommend on the menu?” or “What are the popular dishes at your restaurant?” in Korean?
= 뭐가 제일 인기 많아요? / 뭐가 제일 잘 나가요?
[mwo-ga je-il in-kki ma-na-yo?] / [mwo-ga je-il jal na-ga-yo?]

How do you say “Is this sentence grammatically correct?” in Korean?
= 이 문장(이) 문법에/문법적으로 맞아요? [i mun-jang-(i) mun-bbeo-be/mun-bbeop-jeo-geu-ro ma-ja-yo?]

How do you say “bathroom” in Korean?
= 화장실 [hwa-jang-sil]

How do you say “Stop laughing. It’s not funny.” in Korean?
= 그만 웃어. / 웃지 마. [geu-man u-seo.] / [ut-ji ma.]
재미 없어. / 안 웃겨. [jae-mi eop-sseo.] / [an ut-gyeo.]

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How Do You Say This in Korean? (3 June 2013)
  • Dan

    lol! When I was in the Peace Corps, we were taught Korean by very polite, 점잖은 young people mostly fresh out of college, a lot like you guys. They taught us Seoul dialect, 표준어, rather than any country dialect because we didn’t know where we would be assigned. Among other things, we learned ‘bathroom’ was 화장실. I was assigned to tuberculosis control in 화순군 보건소. Very early after arriving, I went for drinks, 막걸리 of course, at what was called a 왕대포집 (hope I remembered the spelling right). After a few drinks a need arose, so I asked, “화장실는 어디 있어요?” My friends gave me this look, and said something along the line of “It’s out in the corner of the yard. Go and get pretty putting on your makeup!” I very quickly learned to call it a
    “변소”, and there was even a dialectical word – “뒷간”

    • Haha. That’s really interesting 😀 I don’t know how long ago that was, but right now, the word 화장실 might be a little more common throughout the country than before 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing your story. 🙂 Now I think that we have many words for bathroom. 🙂

      화장실, 변소, 뒷간, and sometimes we call it like 해우소.

      Your Korean words are perfect!

  • Amnz13

    너무 유익해요.고마워요

  • May Grace

    Hello TTMIK! How do you say this in Korean: Can I shake your hand?

    I’ve been self-studying Korean Language this fast few months and your website is a good resource. I’m so thankful! Thank you very much! More power!

  • Julian Barnes

    How do you say “What do you like to do?” . Sometimes when I meet new Korean people I want to ask this but it seems like there is no translation lol. What would be a natural way of asking this question?

    • What do you like to do?
      > You can say “뭐 하고 싶어요?” in polite expression or “뭐 하고 싶어?” in casual expression.

  • nadhira

    i have a friend in korea, we talk via instant message.재밌어요! 😀
    i learn korea a lot from her, and also try to chat with her in korean.
    but sometimes i don’t know what she says, so i have to ask her the meaning in english
    How to say ‘ what is (korean word) in english?’ to her in korea?

    • You can ask “영어로 무슨 뜻이에요?” or “영어로 뭐예요?” to her. 🙂

  • sudabeh

    excuse me , how can I ask my question from kyung hwa?!!? 🙂