20+ Easy Common Korean Vocabulary In Daily Life

October 29, 2021
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Interested to learn about the common Korean vocabulary that can be used in daily life? You're in luck! In today's post, we will walk you through the words you can use to fill the void and speak confidently like a native speaker. If you are up for that, then let the learning begin!

In this time of the pandemic, most of the people all over the world used most of their time watching different series and episodes on Netflix, having rides with their new motorcycle or bicycle to travel, but most of them, specifically the youngsters, suddenly became a K pop fan even watching Korean Dramas. Through this, they learn simple Korean words, basic phrases, and common verbs, through spending their time watching or listening to music videos or series from Korean artists and favorite k pop groups.

As a result of this, people also learn a language quickly because they also imitate the expressions as well as the emotions from the Korean dramas that they watch. In addition, they also learn and understand the culture of Korea. For instance, how the language and pronunciation of South Korea and North Korea differ from each other. Also, how the South Korean language, words, vocabulary are similar to Japanese country.

Common Korean Vocabulary

Common Korean Vocabulary in daily life

Learning basic words will likely help you to practice it faster particularly if you always hear it, and as you hear it, sometimes, all of a sudden you use like its part of your vocabulary in different situations in your life. Below are some of the basic Korean words that you frequently hear in Korean Drama series, movies, and from the songs of your favorite k pop group:

Korean WordPronunciationMeaning/Usage
감사합니다Kam-sa-ham-ni-daThank you
예 YeYes
아니요 AniyoNo
왜? WehWhy?
아버지 A-buh-jiFather
어머니 Uh-muh-ni Mother
할머니 Hal-muh-niGrandmother
할아버지 Hal-ah-buh-jiGrandfather
콜 KolSure!
오빠 OppaOlder brother - used by girls/women
형 HyungOlder brother - used by boys/men
언니 UnnieOlder sister - used by girls/women
누나 NoonaOlder sister - used by boys/men
대박 Dae-bakAwesome!
파이팅 Paiting!Fighting!

Korean Language That Reflects Korean Culture

Common Korean Vocabulary in daily life

I know for sure, you used some of the above Korean phrases as part of your vocabulary even if you're in the other parts of the country or even if you're not a Korean, because admit it or not...Korean words are easy to practice and easy to learn. Whenever you hear the word or phrase that they speak time after time or see their expressions when you watch their different dramas on the television or on your phone, it becomes familiar to you and at times it adds to your vocabulary. 

However, learning how to write the Korean alphabet is far more difficult than learning basic Korean vocabulary. For this reason, learning Korean culture is more necessary because this will widen your perspective in learning the Korean language itself. When you observe Korean culture, you will recognize the meaning behind their language, words, phrases, sentences, and vocabulary in terms of speaking,  The common Korean vocabulary that reflects the Korean culture are the following:

  • 친구 — “Chingu” (Friend) — This word has a different usage in English because Koreans generally use this word of the same age.
  • 사랑 — “Sarang” (Love) — This is a Korean word for love. Japanese also have this word with the same meaning.
  • 썸타다 — “Seom-Ta-Da” (Mutual Understanding/Something’s going on) — This basic Korean phrase came from the English word ‘something’ (seom) or something’s going on in terms of dating and ‘ta-da’ is an expression of ‘go-along’ if the dating couple will move to a more serious relationship.
  • 애교 — “Aegyo” (Cute) — This word is a trend right now in Korea. Mostly, women and even men do this cute and adorable act to look sweet and charming to the people. They often do the ‘aegyo’ when they take a ‘selka’ on their phones.
  • 셀카 — “Selka” (Selfie) — From the English word ‘selfie’. Most of Korean artists love to take pictures. Coz why not? Korean glass skin is worth showing off.
  • 미안해 — “Mianhe” (I’m sorry) — This is an informal way to speak ‘I’m sorry’ in Korean. You always hear this Korean word mostly in k pop songs. In addition, Koreans are polite especially the youngsters.
  • 물 — “mul” (water) — This is the most commonly used noun in South Korea, as you probably hear in many K-dramas when drinking soju or eating moekbang.
  • 밥 — “bap” (rice) — It’s not only the Philippines and Japan who love to eat rice, but also in Korea. The rice that they eat was often wrapped in different types of leaves together with meat or fish.
  • 고기 — “gogi” (meat) — Koreans love meat, most especially those grilled pork belly with different ingredients also known as ‘samgyeop-sal’. This is commonly eaten by a Korean family.
  • 소주 — “soju” (clear liquor) — This is the most popular liquor in Korea. In Korean culture, drinking beverages like soju, rice wine, and other alcohol is a big part of the lives of the Korean family.
  • 지금 — “jigeum” (now) — We frequently hear this word from our favorite k pop group whenever they have interviews or sometimes in the daily conversations of your favorite Korean actor or artists in a variety show. This literally means ‘now’ or ‘at this moment’.
  • 괜찮아요 — “gwaenchanayo” (That’s okay) — Most Koreans are a cheerful and also compassionate people, in other words, you most probably hear this Korean word whenever there’s an unexpected scenario in a Korean drama.
  • 잘 자요 — “jal jayo” (Goodnight) — Although some of the Korean used the English term ‘goodnight’, most of the songs that we hear from our favorite k pop groups used jal jayo. See? Through listening to their songs, we can learn basic Korean phrases, understand some of the common Korean words in just a moment.
  • 잠깐만요! — “jamkkannmanyo!” (Just a moment! / Wait!) — This is an expression from the most common Korean words is generally used in everyday life in an informal manner, most especially when you are talking with your close friends or relatives.
  • 다 같이 — “da gachi” (All together) — You probably heard it right? This Korean word is usually heard when you watch a concert from your favorite k pop group in initiating the fans to sing along with them.
  • 이게 뭐예요 — “ige mwoyeyo” (What is this?) — This is also an expression from the most common Korean words and it is also generally used in everyday life in an informal manner, most especially when you are talking with your close friends or relatives.
  • 좋아요 — “joayo” (Good) — This is also one of the most common Korean words that are being used nowadays. You can hear this through different Korean vloggers who want different viewers to subscribe and like ‘joayo’ their vlogs.

Wrapping Up

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On the whole, as you have read the whole section, we can learn the Korean language and we can hear common Korean words in just a moment, most especially in this time of the pandemic. As you watch the television, even on your different social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Tiktok, and others, most of the topics or videos are about Korean artists, songs, and dramas. Who would not be drawn to it? Their songs, their styles, their storylines, their culture, specifically their language and expressions are very engaging and fun to discover and learn. Hope you learned a lot about common Korean vocabulary in daily life.

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