[BLK] Keep It Up!

Now what if you want to praise your colleagues or are leaving work and wishing your coworkers well?

Try this:

  1. 수 – Su
  2. 고 – Go
  3. 하 – Ha
  4. 세요 – Seyo

The first two characters mean “effort” and the entire phrase translates to “work hard”. What it means in Korean culture is equivalent to “keep up the good work”. Usually said when you’re leaving an office or place of work and saying farewell to the staff there.

Use this to cheer your compatriots on!

You can do it! Keep up the good work!

[BLK] Want Some? Get Some!

Today we’re covering a useful phrase for asking friends if they would like something:

  1. Insert item here
  2. 드 – Deu (doo doo doo~)
  3. 실 – Sil (sitting on it)
  4. 래 – Lae
  5. 요 – Yo

So if you want to ask someone if they want coffee or tea, simply add 커피 or 차 in front of this phrase!

Or if you want to ask them if they want…a little sump n’ sump. You know…김치를.

[BLK] Pretty! Pretty Shit

Today we celebrate all things bonita! And pretty poop.

  1. 예 – Ye
  2. 쁘 – Peu (pronounced poo)
  3. 네 – Ne (like neko-chan)
  4. 요 – Yo (because yo is I in Spanish…?)

So today’s phrase means “you are pretty”, a nice compliment to pay a lady. It comes from the term 예쁘다 which means pretty.

Simple as that. Go nuts!

I mean with the phrase, not literally go insane.

And if all else fails, when they ask how you are, just show them a picture of the pretty shit.

[BLK] Let’s Go!

Let’s go guys! To today’s Korean lesson with Bunni!

  1. 갑 – Gap (like the carp fish)
  2. 시 – Si, pronounced shee (like the doge)
  3. 다 – Da (like Da Vinci)
  4. Bonus panel!

Vamonos! Allonsy! Lass uns gehen! Ok that last one doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but in case you’re little lost, these all mean “let’s go”!

So when you want your Korean friendo to follow you somewhere, just yell “gapsida!” at them. If they follow you, then…you’re onto something.

Go get ’em, tiger! I mean, Bunni.

[BLK] Cutesy Wutesy Wabbits

Today’s phrase is a little longer, so I’ve had to squeeze them together a little.

Let’s read through the hangul!

  1. 너무 – Neomu (like a normal distribution)
  2. 귀 – Kwi (like the character for ghost in Chinese)
  3. 여 – Yeo
  4. 워요 – Woyo (the name for that type of tribal mask)

Want to guess what this phrase means? Getting any flashbacks to a certain viral hit from 2013? The Kwiyomi?

Yes, 귀여 means cute! And this phrase translates to “so cute!”

Doge meme

And I imagine you can use it for either gender in Korea (considering how cute the boys are there)!

Have fun with it! And stay tuned for more cutesy wutesy wabbits!

[BLK] Addressing Your Elders

In Korean culture, it is of vital importance to honour your elders, and one way of doing that is addressing them appropriately.

There are many different honorifics for different genders and age groups and backgrounds. Today we’ll look at two basic ones.

  1. 오빠 – Oppa
  2. 누나 – Nuna

No doubt you’re superbly familiar with the first one, but perhaps not so much with the second. They’re basically the same, except for the gender of the person you’re addressing.

If you are in a relationship with someone older than you, it’s respectful to use the correct title (“오빠” or “누나”). If they are younger (or your peer), then you can use their name directly when addressing them. In Korean it all depends on your level of closeness.

Below is a table I borrowed to show how and when to use which title:

FromToUseExampleRomanization
FemaleYounger male(Name)레온 사랑해Leon saranghae
FemaleOlder male오빠오빠 사랑해요Oppa saranghaeyo
MaleYounger female(Name)케이티 사랑해Kathy saranghae
MaleOlder female누나누나 사랑해요Nuna saranghaeyo

I’m curious what happens if you meet someone for the first time and you’re not sure if they’re older or younger than you. I suppose that would be why in Asia it’s typical to ask a person’s age, whereas it might be seen as impertinent in Western culture.

Anyway, pair it up with yesterday’s compliment and give it a shot!

[BLK] You’re Looking Great Over There!

Welcome to another Bunni Learns Korean (BLK) session!

Always wanted to show your admiration for that Korean friend of yours? Well now you can!

Tell them they look great with this simple phrase:

  1. 멋 – Meot (kind of like that little powdery flying insect)
  2. 지 – Ji (gee, what was I going to say again?)
  3. 네 – Ne
  4. 요 – Yo

This means “you look great!”

Koreans tend not to use second person pronouns very often. Instead they just state their point and it is assumed that they are addressing the listener. Or due to their communal nature, they refer to things in the third person, like “we” or “our”.

So a lot of these phrases don’t have a “you” part in it. If literally translated, this phrase just means “great” or “awesome”. And as always, the 요 bit is a politeness suffix like “khap” or “kha” in Thai; if you’re conversing with a friend or someone close you could easily drop the 요’s.

Bunni Learns Korean: Check Please

Today we’ll attempt something slightly longer, and something useful for when it’s time to leave the eatery.

  1. 계 – Gye
  2. 산 – San
  3. 해 – Hae
  4. 주세요 – Juseyo

Now if you remember from a previous lesson we learned the phrase “juseyo”, which means please in a giving context. In this case, we are requesting the bill or check, so it is appropriate to use “juseyo” because we are asking for something to be given or done for us. Politely, of course.

So this phrase as you may have gleaned means “check please”, or literally “please calculate for me”.

Now if you secretly want to treat your non-Korean friends at a Korean restaurant, you know what to say. You’re welcome.

As usual, there’s a podcast detailing the pronunciation. And other things.