Korean Family Terms - How to address relatives & friends (2023)

Korean family terms are very important in Korea. It may come in handy during your vacation when you meet different people especially if you’re living there for a period of time, as the topic of family is bound to come up.

There are quite a few different family terms in Korean for you to learn. That is because Koreans often use titles instead of names to show respect. These family terms demonstrate the social and family hierarchy.

In this guide, we’ll show you exactly what each family term means and how to use it.

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  • 1 Family Members in Korean
  • 2 “Family” in Korean
    • 2.1 “Sister” in Korean
    • 2.2 “Younger sister” in Korean
    • 2.3 “Brother” in Korean
    • 2.4 “Younger brother” in Korean
  • 3 “Parents” in Korean
    • 3.1 “Father” in Korean
    • 3.2 “Mother” in Korean
  • 4 Korean terms for the father’s side of the family
  • 5 Korean terms for the mother’s side of the family
  • 6 Korean terms for married couples to use with each other
    • 6.1 “Wife” in Korean
    • 6.2 “Mother-in-law” in Korean
    • 6.3 “Father-in-law” in Korean
    • 6.4 “Sister-in-law” in Korean
    • 6.5 “Brother-in-law” in Korean
  • 7 Relatives in Korean
  • 8 “Uncle” in Korean
    • 8.1 Uncle in Korean (Father’s side)
    • 8.2 Uncle in Korean (Mother’s side)
  • 9 “Aunt” in Korean
  • 10 How Many People Are in Your Family?
  • 11 A word of caution about Romanization
  • 12 Wrap Up

Family Members in Korean

These are the terms that you will absolutely need to learn to discuss family with your new Korean-speaking friends and contacts. You’ll quickly find yourself using at least one of these words every day! Whether you are talking with or about your family or with others, you can use the same words.

Family 가족 (gajok)
Father 아버지 (abeoji)
Dad 아빠 (appa)
Mother 어머니 (eomeoni)
Mom 엄마 (eomma)
Parents 부모님 (bumonim)
Grandparents 조부모님 (jobumonim)
Grandfather 할아버지 (harabeoji)
Grandmother 할머니 (halmeoni)
Big brother (if you are a boy) (hyeong)
Big brother (if you are a girl) 오빠 (oppa)
Big sister (if you are a boy) 누나 (nuna)
Big sister (if you are a girl) 언니 (eonni)
Younger sibling 동생 (dongsaeng)
Younger brother 남동생 (namdongsaeng)
Younger sister 여동생 (yeodongsaeng)
Brothers 형제 (hyeongje)
Sisters 자매 (jamae)

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“Family” in Korean

Before we deep dive into each family term in Korean, we should also know the Korean word for “family.” The word family in Korean is 가족 (gajok).

The first part of the word, “가 (ga),” often appears in other words related to family, such as 가정 (gajeong), which is a less commonly used word for “family,” or in restaurant names such as 유가네 (yugane), which would translate as “Yoo family.” Knowing the meaning of different parts of words can help you grow your vocabulary very quickly.

If you want to say “my family,” then instead of using 제 (je) or 내 (nae) for my, you can use 우리 (uri). Usually, 우리 (uri) means “our,” but it can mean “my” when referring to your family.

Sample Sentences:

가족끼리 여행 중이에요. (gajokkkiri yeohaeng jungieyo)

We are traveling as just a family.

저는 가족들과 함께 경주에 갔어요. (jeoneun gajokdeulgwa hamkke gyeongjue gasseoyo)

I went to Gyeongju with my family.

그 파티에 가족도 초청할 거야? (geu patie gajokdo chocheonghal geoya)

Will you invite your family to the party?

If you want to learn how to build your own Korean sentences, we have a resource to help you learn the basic Korean sentence structure.

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“Sister” in Korean

There are different ways to say “sister” in Korean. It depends on the gender of someone addressing one’s sister. For males, an older sister is addressed as 누나 (nuna). For females, an older sister is called 언니 (eonni).

누나 (nuna) and 언니 (eonni) can also be used when talking about one’s older sister to others. These can also be used when talking about or addressing an older sister not related to you but with whom you have a close relationship.

Below are sample sentences for “sister” in Korean:

나에게는 누나 한 명이 있어요. (naegeneun nuna han myeongi isseoyo.)

I have an older sister.

언니는 나보다 10살이 많아요. (eonnineun naboda 10sari manayo.)

My sister is ten years older than me.

Check out the video below to learn more about the word Unnie (언니).

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“Younger sister” in Korean

A younger sister in Korean is 여동생 (yeodongsaeng). This word is used when you’re talking about your younger sister to others. It is used regardless of your gender.

In addition, the general term for “sister” in Korean is 자매 (jamae).

“Brother” in Korean

Similar to “sister,” the Korean word for brother is also dependent on who’s addressing the brother. For males, 형 (hyeong) is used to address an older brother in Korean, while for females, 오빠 (oppa) is used. Both 형 (hyeong) and 오빠 (oppa) are also used when referring to one’s older brother to others.

Here are sample sentences for “brother” in Korean:

형은 소파에 잠깐 누웠어요. (hyeongeun sopae jamkkan nuwosseoyo.)

My brother lay down on the sofa for a while.

우리 오빠는 대학생이에요. (uri oppaneun daehaksaengieyo.)

My brother is a college student.

“Younger brother” in Korean

A younger brother in Korean is 남동생 (namdongsaeng). This word is used by both males and females when talking about one’s younger brother.

The general term for “brother” is 형제 (hyeongje).

“Parents” in Korean

The word parents in Korean is 부모 (bumo). However, you’ll use the word 부모님 (bumonim) if you’re talking about your parents to others. Adding the honorific title 님 shows respect to your parents when you talk about them.

“Father” in Korean

Father in Korean can be expressed in two ways. One way to call or address your father is 아버지 (abeoji). You can also use this when talking about your father to others.

Another way to call or address your father in Korean is 아빠 (appa). This word means “dad” in English.

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“Mother” in Korean

Mother in Korean can be expressed in two ways, similar to father in Korean. One way to call or address your mother is 어머니 (eomeoni). This can also be used when talking about your mother to others.

The second way to express mother in Korean is 엄마 (eomma). This word means “mom” in English.

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Korean terms for the father’s side of the family

The next two sections may be more challenging for you to learn as there are many new terms to memorize. However, some of these words may come in surprisingly handy to know. In this section, we will go over terms that are specific to times when you are speaking of your father’s side of the family.

Father’s side of the family 친가 (chinga)
Father’s older brother 큰아빠 (keunappa), 백부 (baekbu)
Father’s older brother’s wife큰엄마 (keuneomma), 백모 (baengmo)
Father’s younger brother 작은아빠 (jageunappa)
Father’s younger brother’s wife 작은엄마 (jageuneomma)
Father’s unmarried younger brother 삼촌 (samchon), 숙부 (sukbu)
Father’s sister 고모 (gomo)
Father’s sister’s husband 고모부 (gomobu)

Korean terms for the mother’s side of the family

Much like the above-mentioned terms for your father’s side of the family, these terms are only used when you want to talk about your mother’s side. Talking about your father’s and mother’s sides of the family may not be a daily topic for you, but these are incredibly useful words to know.

Mother’s side of the family 외가 (oega)
Maternal grandfather 외할아버지 (oeharabeoji)
Maternal grandmother 외할머니 (oehalmeoni)
Mother’s brother 외숙부 (oesukbu)
Mother’s brother’s wife 외숙모 (oesungmo)
Mother’s sister 이모 (imo)
Mother’s sister’s husband 이모부 (imobu)

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Korean terms for married couples to use with each other

Unless you marry a Korean or chat a lot with someone who is married to a Korean, the following section may not be of great importance to you. However, if you do intend to marry a Korean or one of your best friends is married, you will want to know this vocabulary and be able to use it. Some vocabulary changes depending on the situation they are being used in, and in those cases, we have made a note beside the word.

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Husband남편 (nampyeon)
Wife부인 (buin)
In-laws사돈 (sadon)
Father-in-law (husband’s side) 아버님 (abeonim), 시아버지 (siabeoji)
Father-in-law (wife’s side) 장인 (jangin)
Mother-in-law (husband’s side) 어머님 (eomeonim), 시어머니 (sieomeoni)
Mother-in-law (wife’s side) 장모님 (jangmonim)
Brother-in-law (husband’s side, older brother) 아주버님 (ajubeonim), 형님 (hyeongnim)
Brother-in-law (husband’s side, younger brother) 시동생 (sidongsaeng)
Brother-in-law (husband’s side, younger, married, addressed directly) 서방님 (seobangnim)
Brother-in-law (husband’s side, younger, unmarried, addressed directly) 도련님 (doreyonnim)
Husband’s older brother’s wife 형님 (hyeongnim)
Husband’s younger brother’s wife 동서 (dongseo)
Brother-in-law (wife’s side, older brother) 형님 (hyeongnim)
Brother-in-law (wife’s side, younger brother) 처남 (cheonam)
Wife’s older brother’s wife 아주머님 (ajumeonim)
Wife’s younger brother’s wife 처남댁 (cheonamdaek)
Sister-in-law (husband’s side, older sister) 형님(hyeongnim), 언니 (eonni)
Sister-in-law (husband’s side, younger sister) 동서 (dongseo), 아가씨 (agassi)
Sister-in-law (wife’s side, older sister) 처형 (cheohyeong), 형님 (hyeongnim)
Sister-in-law (wife’s side, younger sister) 처제 (cheoje)
Husband’s older sister’s husband 서방님 (seobangnim)
Husband’s younger sister’s husband 서방님 (seobangnim)
Wife’s older sister’s husband 형님 (hyeongnim)
Wife’s younger sister’s husband 동서 (dongseo)
Husband (when talking about him with other people) 주인 (juin), 바깥양반 (bakkatyangban), 주인양반 (juinyangban)
Husband (when talking about him with adults with children) 애비 (aebi)
Wife (when talking about her to non-relatives) 아내 (anae)
Wife (when talking about her with other people) 안사람 (ansaram)
Wife (when talking about her with adults with children) 에미 (emi)

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“Wife” in Korean

The word wife in Korean is 부인 (buin). However, there are other words you’ll use when talking about your wife to others. There are the words 아내 (anae), 안사람 (ansaram) and 에미 (emi). Below are example sentences on their usage:

에미 말을 잘 들어라. (emi mareul jal deureora)

Listen to your mother.

안사람은 지금 친정에 있습니다. (ansarameun jigeum chinjeonge itseumnida)

My wife is at her parents right now.

부인께서는 요즘 어떻게 지내십니까? (buinkkeseoneun yojeum eotteoke jinaesimnikka)

How is your wife doing these days?

아내가 어제 아들을 낳았어요. (anaega eoje adeureul naasseoyo)

My wife gave birth to a son yesterday.

“Mother-in-law” in Korean

The Korean term for mother-in-law can be expressed in a number of ways. The term or title used to address mother-in-law in Korean depends on which side of the family she belongs to. Mother-in-law in Korean for the husband’s side is called 어머님 (eomeonim) or 시어머니 (sieomeoni). On the other hand, for the wife’s side, it’s 장모님 (jangmonim).

“Father-in-law” in Korean

Similarly, father-in-law in Korean also depends on the side of the family he belongs to. If he belongs to the husband’s side, the father-in-law is called 아버님 (abeonim) or 시아버지 (siabeoji). While he is called 장인 (jangin) on the wife’s side.

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“Sister-in-law” in Korean

Just like sister in Korean, there are different terms for sister-in-law depending if she’s the older or younger sister. First, for the husband’s side, 형님 (hyeongnim) and 언니 (eonni) is used to address the older sister, while 동서 (dongseo) and 아가씨 (agassi) are for the younger sister.For the wife’s side, the older sister-in-law is addressed as 처형 (cheohyeong) or 형님 (hyeongnim), while the younger sister-in-law is 제 (cheoje).

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Additionally, if you’re a guy, you can call your younger brother’s wife 제수 (jesu), and 올케 (olke) if you’re a girl. If you have an older brother who’s married, you can call his wife 형수님 (hyeongsunim) if you’re a guy. If you’re a girl, you can call your older brother’s wife as 새언니 (saeeonni).

“Brother-in-law” in Korean

Addressing your brother-in-law in Korean is a bit more complex. On the husband’s side, you call him 아주버님 (ajubeonim) or 형님(hyeongnim) if he’s the older brother. If he’s younger, you can call him 시동생 (sidongsaeng). However, a younger brother-in-law can also be addressed as 서방님 (seobangnim) if he’s married and 도련님 (doreyonnim) if he’s unmarried. On the wife’s side, the older brother-in-law is called형님 (hyeongnim), and the younger one is 처남 (cheonam).

To add, your younger sister’s husband can be addressed as 매제 (maeje), if you’re a guy and 제부 (jebu) if you’re a girl. For your older sister’s husband, you can call him 매형 (maehyeong) if you’re a guy and 형부 (hyeongbu) if you’re a girl.

Terms for your siblings’ spouses

These words will be ones you will perhaps use most rarely, but they could be fun to learn. And you never know when you might need them!

Older brother’s wife (for men) 형수님 (hyeongsunim)
Older sister’s husband (for men) 매형 (maehyeong)
Younger brother’s wife (for men) 제수 (jesu)
Younger sister’s husband (for men) 매제 (maeje)
Older brother’s wife (for women) 새언니 (saeeonni)
Older sister’s husband (for women) 형부 (hyeongbu)
Younger brother’s wife (for women) 올케 (olke)
Younger sister’s husband (for women) 제부 (jebu)

Relatives in Korean

Although we saved this list for last, most of this vocabulary will actually be greatly useful to you. We have separated them from the other words as they are difficult to place under a specific section. However, alongside the vocabulary for immediate family, these are the next most important set of vocabulary for you to learn in the beginning stages.

Relatives 친척 (chincheok)
Parent’s family 친정 (chinjeong)
Husband’s family 시집 (sijip)
Child/Children 아이 (ai)
Son 아들 (adeul)
Daughter (ttal)
Cousin 사촌 (sachon)
Uncle 삼촌 (samchon)
Aunt 숙모 (sungmo)
Nephew 조카 (joka)
Niece 조카딸 (jokattal)
Grandchildren 손주 (sonju)
Grandson 손자 (sonja)
Granddaughter 손녀 (sonnyeo)

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“Uncle” in Korean

In this section, we’ll show you more detailed information on how to say uncle in Korean. But before that, you need to understand that there are several different ways to say it. The correct word depends on if it’s the side of the father or the mother of the Korean family.

Besides that, it also depends on whether the male sibling is older or younger and if he’s married and has a wife or not. Sounds confusing? We know, especially with more family members!There certainly are lots of terms for the members of the family in Korean.But we’ll quickly and effectively teach you all the words foruncle in Korean.

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Uncle in Korean (Father’s side)

There are four ways how to call your uncle from your father’s side. Keep in mind that even a change in his marital status affects how you should address him.

삼촌 (samchon)

father’s unmarried younger brother

작은아버지 (jageunabeoji)

father’s married younger brother

Note: 작은 (jageun) means “small” and 아버지 (abeoji) means “father”

큰아버지 (keunabeoji)

father’s older brother

Note: regardless of marital status 큰 means “big,” and 아버지 means “father”

고모부 (gomobu)

the husband of father’s sister

Note: 고모 means “aunt” from the father’s side, and 부 (bu) specifies you’re talking about the aunt’s husband)

Example Sentence:

우리 삼촌은 아직도 부모님과 함께 살고 있어요. (uri samchoneun ajikdo bumonimgwa hamkke salgo isseoyo.)

Our uncle (father’s unmarried little brother) still lives with his parents.

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Uncle in Korean (Mother’s side)

For one’s uncle on the mother’s side, it’s a bit simpler since there are only two words to remember. Unlike on the father’s side, marital status or age has no bearing on how you call your uncle.

외삼촌 (oesamchon)

mother’s brother, regardless of marital status or age, with 외 designating it as mother’s side

이모부 (imobu)

mother’s sister’s husband

Note: with 부 specifying he’s the husband and 이모 meaning ‘aunt’ from mother’s side

Example Sentence:

오늘 우리 이모와 이모부를 보러 갈거에요. (oneul uri imowa imobureul boreo galgeoeyo.)

Today we will visit my aunt (from my mother’s side) and her husband.

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“Aunt” in Korean

Similar to uncle, there are also different ways to say aunt in the Korean language. It may depend on if she’s the sister of your mother or father, or she may be your father’s brother’s wife.

You can call your mother’s sister 이모 (imo) while your father’s sister 고모 (gomo).However, the most common term for aunt in Korean is 숙모 (sungmo).

How Many People Are in Your Family?

In English, people will often ask a question like “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” However, the same question in Korean would be “How many people are in your family?” To answer this question, you should count your mother,father, brothers, and sisters. If you have sons or daughters, then you can count your spouse and children instead. You can then answer by saying something like ‘There are five people in my family”.

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Look at the dialogue below to see how to ask about someone’s family in Korean:

A: 가족이 몇 명이에요? (gajogi myeot myeongieyo)

How many people are in your family?

B: 가족이 다섯 명이에요. (gajogi daseot myeongieyo)

There are five people in my family.

A word of caution about Romanization

While you can 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 (the Korean alphabet) if you ever want to take your Korean skills to the next level. Hangeul is quite simple; you canlearn it in just 90 minutes!

After you’vefamiliarized yourself with Hangeul, you’ll be able to supercharge your Korean learning.Understanding K-Dramas, reading signs, talking toKorean friends, and getting familiar with the culture will all become a lot easier. So, if you’re serious aboutlearning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Wrap Up

Wow, that was quite the list! Do you have similar terms for family members and friends in your native language? Feel free to tell us about your family in Korean in the comments – we’d love to hear all about it!

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How do koreans address their friends parents? ›

In Korea, it's quite expected that you call your friend's parents 아버님 or 어머님 not like 아버지 or 어머니.

How do Koreans refer to their cousins? ›

Another example would be calling your older cousin 사촌언니/누나/형/오빠 (sibling titles). In Korea, cousins are considered siblings too and you would use the same titles to address your cousins as you would for your siblings.

How do Koreans address friends? ›

The Korean word 친구 (chingu) translates to “friend,” but usage is a little bit different in Korean than it is in English. This is because Koreans generally only use the word for people of the same age or to refer to their close friends. The word 친구 (chingu) is quite easy to remember.

Do Koreans call their friends by their first name? ›

When referring to someone else, Koreans don't just call them by their surnames, like 'Mr/Ms. Kim', 'Mr/Ms. Lee' or 'Mr/Ms. Park'. they can call each other simply by using their given names, for example: 'Sung-soo' and 'Soo-mi'.

What do Koreans call their aunts and uncles? ›

Relatives in Korean
Uncle삼촌 (samchon)
Aunt숙모 (sungmo)
Nephew조카 (joka)
Niece조카딸 (jokattal)
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What do you call a friend older than you in Korean? ›

So 형 (hyeong) is what men would call their older brothers and guy friends who are older than them. The same goes for nuna/noona's meaning in Korean. 누나 (nuna) is “older sister” if you're a man, and you'd use this term for any women you're close with who are older than you.

What do koreans call their friends mother? ›

Save this answer. Show activity on this post. In order to address my own mother, I would use the word "어머니." In order to address someone else's mother, I would use the word "어머님." It comes down to honorific usage; please refer to the section Honorific nouns in the Wikipedia entry on Korean honorifics.

What do you call your younger friend in Korea? ›

후배 (hubae; hoobae) Literal meaning: “junior” Is used to call: A female or male student who's younger than you at school/university. Used by: An older student to call someone who's younger than him/her. Example: If your friend is a freshman at a university and you're a senior, your friend is 후배 (hu-bae).

How do you greet a group of people in Korean? ›

안녕 (Annyeong) – “Hi”

안녕 (annyeong) is your informal, casual way to greet those you're close to, such as friends and family. What's nice about 안녕 (annyeong) is that it's used in many ways. Unlike other languages, Korean doesn't have phrases for different times of the day.

What is the most formal way to say thank you in Korean? ›

“Thank you” (formal) – 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida) “Thank you” (formal, but slightly less so) – 고맙습니다 (gomapseumnida) “Thank you” (polite) – 고마워요 (gomawoyo) “Thank you” (informal) – 고마워 (gomawo)

What does Sunbae mean? ›

Noun. sunbae (plural sunbaes) An upperclassman or senior, in the context of South Korea. quotations ▼ (South Korean idol fandom) An older or more experienced idol, viewed as a veteran, mentor, or predecessor.

What is the opposite of Noona? ›

E) Next Up is Nuna

누나 (noona) to address a female friend who is older. Nuna is the opposite of oppa. While oppa is used exclusively by females when addressing older males, nuna is used exclusively by males when addressing older females.

Do Koreans use honorifics with friends? ›

Sometimes, it can even be fun to use honorifics with your Korean friends. 오빠 (oppa), 형 (hyeong), 언니 (eonni) and 누나 (nuna) are probably the most common you will hear and use in everyday life, KPOP, and K-Dramas. Koreans love to figure out each other's age so they can use these honorifics with each other.

What does Jingu mean in Korean? ›

Jingū, a name for Shinto shrines connected to the Imperial House of Japan. Busanjin District, South Korea, abbreviated locally as "Jin-gu" Ise Grand Shrine, known simply as Jingū (The Shrine)

Why do Koreans say their family name first? ›

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What does Shi mean in Korean? ›

-shi (씨) means a level of respect, something like Mr. Kim or Mrs. Kim. -ah(아) is more for a friend or even someone below you, like a child. 2.

Is calling someone's first name in South Korea considered as rude? ›

Calling someone by their first name is considered rude in South Korea. Instead refer to each person by their last name and their job title. Important: Only if there is no job title should you use Mr/Mrs/Miss with the family name. Keep in mind that women keep their family name after marriage.

What does Tito mean in Korean? ›

an uncle; the brother of either parent.

What does a girl call her elder sister in Korean? ›

언니 (eonni, "older sister"), used by females to address a slightly elder female. 누나 (nuna, "older sister"), used by males to address a slightly elder female.

How do you show respect in Korean? ›

Koreans bow to those senior to them both as a greeting and a show of respect. The junior person initiates the bow, bending from the waist to an angle of between 30 and 45 degrees from vertical. A less accentuated bow is returned as acknowledgment from the more senior person.

What does Nuna mean in Korean? ›

Using a kinship term: 언니 (eonni, "older sister" if speaker is female), 누나 (nuna, "older sister" if speaker is male), 오빠 (oppa, "older brother" if speaker is female), 형 (hyeong, "older brother" if speaker is male), 아줌마 (ajumma, "middle-aged woman"), 아주머니 (ajumeoni, also "middle aged woman" but more polite), 아저씨 (ajeossi ...

What do Koreans call their partners? ›

You wouldn't use most of the above terms of endearment when talking about your partner. Instead, you'd simply call them “husband” (남편| nampyeon), “wife” (아내 | anae / 와이프 | waipeu), “boyfriend” (남친 | namchin) and “girlfriend” (여친 | yeochin).

What do siblings call each other in Korean? ›

It depends if you're a girl then you need to say 엄니(eonni/unnie) for big sister and 누나(noona) If you're a guy. To say big brother you need to say 형(hyung) if you're a boy and 오빠(oppa) if you're a girl. 할아버지 is grandfather and 할머니 is grandmother.

What do Korean parents call their daughter? ›

Actually uri ttal means literally "our daughter" but in Korean, uri (we, our) is more prefered than 나의 na-ui or 내 nae (my) in many situations due to Korea's communitarian culture.

What is a Daebak? ›

1. 대박 – (Daebak) Meaning: That's awesome! Stars in Korean dramas and variety shows use this word frequently. It describes when something is awesome or it's a way of showing enthusiasm.

What does a girl call her brother in Korean? ›

But the word “oppa” should only be used by a female speaker. When Bill calls his older brother Michael, he has to use a different word, “hyung”, instead of “oppa”. “Hyung” also means “older brother”, but it's used between brothers only.

What do Koreans say to mom and dad? ›

Meeting a friends parents for the first time. Meeting your girlfriend or boyfriends parents for the first few times. When form a closer relationship with them, you can use “eomeoni” (어머니) and “abeoji” (아버지).

What is the meaning of auntie in Korean? ›

이모 {noun} aunty (also: aunt)

What is Sunbae in Korean? ›

What does 선배 (seonbae) mean? Simply put, sunbae means senior. Sunbae (more commonly spelled as “seonbae”) refers to people who have more experience in work, school, etc. Whether the person is older than you or not, if they started earlier than you did, you should call them 선배 (seonbae).

What is a Hoobae? ›

Sunbae/Hoobae: This is similar to the previous one. Basically "sunbae" is a senior, so you would use this for people who are in higher grades than you at school or people who have more experience than you at work. " Hoobae" is the opposite, meant for juniors.

What does Dongsang mean in English? ›

Dongsaeng (동생 in hangul) means “younger sister/brother”, and is gender neutral. Dongsaeng is a bit tricky to use, since you wouldn't directly call a younger sibling that on a daily basis. Find out how to use it below.

Is it Anyo or Ani in Korean? ›

“Ani,” which usually means “no” in Korean, may be one of the most versatile expressions in the Korean language. The most common usage of “ani” is as an exclamation you say in order to disagree. You can say “ani” as the response to a question or to correct a statement someone said to you.

What does Yeoboseyo mean? ›

여보세요 • (yeoboseyo) hello (when asking or answering the telephone) hello (when trying to get the attention of someone who does not appear to be listening)

What is the difference between Anyo and Ani in Korean? ›

아니요 (aniyo)

This is the most basic form of saying “no” and can be used by itself. Some alternate spellings that you might see are 아니오 (anio) and 아뇨 (anyo). These mean the same thing, but the correct spelling is 아니요 (a-ni-yo). Therefore, use this spelling when you use the word.

What is the most used Korean greetings? ›

1. Korean Greetings
  • #1 안녕하세요! – Hello, Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening. An-young ha-say-yo!
  • #2 안녕! -Hello / Hi (informal). If you don't know someone well, then use Anyoung haseyo. ...
  • #3 오랜만이에요- Long Time, No see. Oraen-man-ie-yo.
  • #4 밥 먹었어요? – How are you (literally, did you eat rice)? Good way to show you care.

What are the most common greetings in Korean? ›

  • Hello – Annyeong Haseyo (in Hangul: 안녕하세요) ...
  • Hello, how are you? ...
  • I'm well. ...
  • Hello – Yeoboseyo (여보세요) ...
  • Hi – Annyeong (안녕) ...
  • Good Day – Annyeong Hasibnikka (안녕하십니까) ...
  • Good Morning – Joeun Achimieyo (좋은아침이에요) ...
  • Welcome – Hwangyong hamnida (환영합니다)
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What are the basic Korean greetings? ›

Korean Greetings
  • Hi: 안녕 (annyeong)
  • Hello on the phone: 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)
  • Good morning: 좋은아침이에요 (joeun achimieyo)
  • How are you: 어떻게 지내세요? ( ...
  • Long time no see: 오랜만이에요 (oraenmanieyo)
  • Bye: 안녕 (annyeong)
  • Goodbye (to the person leaving when you're staying): 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo)

Does Ajumma mean aunt? ›

Ajumma (Korean: 아줌마), sometimes spelled ajoomma, is a Korean word for a married, or middle-aged woman. It comes from the Korean word ajumeoni (Korean: 아주머니). Although it is sometimes translated "aunt", it does not actually refer to a close family relationship.

What does Halmi mean in Korean? ›

What is Halmi? Halmi (our nickname for grandma in Korean) is a modern take on classic Korean flavors.

Do you say family name first in Korea? ›

In Korea, the Family name comes first and is followed by the given name.

How do Koreans address their aunt? ›

You can call your mother's sister 이모 (imo) while your father's sister 고모 (gomo). However, the most common term for aunt in Korean is 숙모 (sungmo).

What does Hwaja mean in Korean? ›

화자 • (hwaja) (hanja 話者) speaker; narrator.

What is the social etiquette in Korea? ›

Common Korean Etiquette

1) Take your shoes off at the door when entering any residence, temple, or guesthouse. 2) Greet people you meet with a short bow—essentially a nod—and soft handshake using both hands. 3) Give and receive any object using both hands.

Do Koreans take mother or father surname? ›

Traditionally, Korean women keep their family names after their marriage, but their children take the father's surname.

What does Jamshi mean in Korean? ›

잠시 • (jamsi) (hanja 暫時) a moment, short time.

Why don t Koreans take their husbands last name? ›

In Malaysia and Korea, it is local custom for women to keep their maiden names, and although there is no law stating that they cannot take their husband's surname, it is a relatively foreign concept. Custom dictates that women keep their surnames in many Spanish-speaking countries as well, including Spain and Chile.

What do Korean parents call their child? ›

The word 애기 (aegi) is a cute way of saying 아기 (agi), which means “baby. This Korean term is used as a sweet way of saying “baby”.

What do Koreans call their friends mom? ›

In order to address my own mother, I would use the word "어머니." In order to address someone else's mother, I would use the word "어머님." It comes down to honorific usage; please refer to the section Honorific nouns in the Wikipedia entry on Korean honorifics.


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