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30+ Easy Words For Relationships In Korean

June 1, 2022

Planning to visit Korea on Peppero day or during Valentine's day with your special someone? What better way to impress them than to belt out some words related to relationships in Korean! Not only can our list of words make your partner feel giddy, but it is also guaranteed to make them feel like the heroine of their own K-drama. So, if you are ready to make hearts beat faster, let's dive right into the lesson.

Are you ready to say "I do" or simply interested in finally confessing your feelings? Don't worry because we understand where you are coming from, as developing romantic feelings is something that is entirely normal. As humans, religion and science can agree that we are born to love.

When it comes to 사랑 (sarang) or love, no one can deny how powerful this abstract concept is. Having experienced being loved or loving someone is absolutely amazing, and the euphoria from it alone can last for a very long time. For this reason, many of us are somewhat addicted to the idea of falling in love which is also the reason why lots of people can easily get caught up in movies, music, or books related to romance.

Since you landed on this post, there is a big chance that you probably are wondering about the Korean culture in terms of being in a relationship. Perhaps, you have met a Korean, and you are finding yourself ready to take your relationship to the next level. Maybe, you are a husband who is looking to spice things up in your marriage by using a Korean-based callsign for your loved one. If any of those floats your boat, then this post is perfect for you.

Status Of Relationships In Korean Language

Status Of Relationships In Korean Language

Like in most Asian cultures, Korean culture has very high regard when it comes to the status of relationships. Basically, the status of a couple will determine what types of activities they can do, how they should act, and how the family members should behave when that special person is around. Since most countries in Asia are conservative, there is no surprise in knowing that Koreans are also conservative when it comes to romantic gestures.

So aside from learning the basic greetings in Korean, let's learn first the words for the status of relationships.

English Korean  Pronunciation Guide
Dating 연애 Yeonae
In a relationship / Lover 연인 Yeonin
Married 기혼 Gihon
Engaged 약혼 한 Yaghon Han
Secret crush 짝사랑 Jjaksarang
Married with kids 아이들과 결혼 Aideulgwa Gyeolhon
Boyfriend 남자친구/ 남친 Namjachingu / Namchin
Girlfriend 여자친구 / 여친 Yeojachingu / Yeochin
Remarriage 재혼 Jaehon
Partner 파트너 Pateuneo
Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend 전 남자 친구 Jeon namja chingu
Casual partner 전 여자 친구 Jeon yeoja chingu
Husband 남편 Nampyeon
Wife 부인 Bu-in
Widower 홀아비 Hol-abi
Widow 과부 Gwabu
Divorce 이혼 Ihon
Complicated 복잡해요 Bokjaphaeyo
Common Status Of Relationships In Korean


Hierarchy Of Names In The Korean Language

When it comes to the younger generation, tons of couples are using newer Korean words to express their feelings for each other. If you want to sound cute when speaking with someone, take note of the hierarchical system below. In addition, these words are used as a sign of respect for the opposite gender, and calling them using any of these will definitely impress them quickly.

English Korean  Pronunciation Guide
Older male 오빠 Oppa
Younger male *Name *Name
Older female 누나 Noona
Younger female *Name *Name
Older brother Hyung
Polite Naming Convention In Korean

Terms Of Endearment In The Korean Language

Terms Of Endearment In The Korean Language

For married couples out there who are looking for callsigns for each other, you can use any of these sweet Korean words today!

English Korean  Pronunciation Guide
Darling 가장 사랑하는 사람 Gajang salanghaneun salam
Sweetheart 여보 Yeobo
Dearest 친애하는 Chin-aehaneun
Baby 자기 Jagi
Beloved 가장 사랑하는 Gajang salanghaneun
Honey 여보 Yeobo
My love 나의 사랑 Naui salang
Terms Of Endearment For Relationships In Korean


Familial Relationships

Of course, love is not just reserved for your special person. As humans, we have a different form of deep love for our family members. Below are some of the basic family words that you might come across.

English Korean  Pronunciation Guide
younger sister's husband 서방님 Seobangnim
younger brother's wife 작은엄마  Jageuneomma
older sister's husband 형님 Hyeongnim
older brother's wife 새언니 Saeeonni
younger sister 여동생 Yeodongsaeng
younger brother  남동생 Namdongsaeng
wife's younger sister's husband 동서 Dongseo
wife's younger brother's wife 처남댁 Cheonamdaek
husband's younger sister's husband 서방님 Seobangnim
father's younger brother's wife 작은엄마  Jageuneomma
husband's younger brother's wife  동서 Dongseo
wife's older sister's husband 형님 Hyeongnim
wife's older brother's wife 아주머님 Ajumeonim
Father 아버지 Abeoji
Mother 어머니 Eomeoni
Younger sibling 동생  Dongseng
Grandmother 할머니  Halmeoni
Grandfather 할아버지 Harabeoji
Brothers 형제 Hyeongje
Sisters 자매  Jamae


Wrapping Up

Which of these sweet words are you interested in using with your partner today? Let us know in the comment section down below. Also, if we missed anything and you would love to learn a few more translations related to this topic, just send us a comment, and we will get back to you in an instant.

As we reach this part of the post, we hope that you were able to find the exact simple words that you can use when talking about relationships in Korean with your friends or special someone. These fun words are easy to use, and all that we have shared in this post are those that are considered polite, so you will not have any trouble when it comes to miscommunication. By the end of this post, we hope that you will be able to remember and use these sets of words in a sentence.

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