One that thing that makes learning Korean incredibly easy is association. Meaning, when you come across something that you can instantly relate/connect with something you already know. I mention this in “Learn Hangul in under one hour” article.
Because if you know X, and if Y [which you’re learning] can be related to X, understanding Y will be a ton easier.
Kind of like… your name is Bob… and you meet someone named Bob. Guarantee you, you won’t forget their name.
So, on the topic of learning Korean vocabulary, there are Korean words that sound like English words; you can call them Konglish, you can call them loan words OR perhaps their meanings may be different from what they sound like. However, the fact is… learning Korean words that sound like English is easy, painless and quick way to boost your vocabulary
What are they? Here’s a quick list I’ve come across. If you know any, please leave a comment and add some more – I’ll add it to this article.
Korean words that sound like English words… but don’t mean the same thing.
- 가스 – gaseu – (sounds like gas) means stove
- 눈- nun – (sounds like noon) means eyes
- 소리 – soli – (similar to sorry) means sound
- 아이- ai – (sounds like eye) means child
- 씻 – ssis – (sounds like sheet) means to rinse
- 비 – bi- (sounds like bee) means rain
- 그림 – geulim – (similar to cream) means picture
- 문 – mun – (sounds like moon) means door
- 많이 – manh-i – (sounds like many) means a lot of
- 트림 – teulim – (sounds like trim) means belch
Now.. for the Konglish. Korean words that sound like English words and mean the same thing.
- 아이스크림 – ah-i-seu-k’eu-rim is.. can you guess? Ice Cream
- 키스 – ki-seu – means kiss
- 오렌지 – o-ren-ji – means orange
- 피치 – pee-chee – means peach
- 팬 – paen- means fan… “f” does not exist in Korean so they use “p”
- 왜 – wae – sounds like and means why. Why? I don’t know…
- 라디오 – ladio – means radio
- 게임 – ge-im – means game
- 넥타이 – nek-ta-i means necktie
- 노트 – no-teu – means note
- 뉴스 – nyu-seu – means news
- 달러 – dal-leo – means dollar
- 러시아 – reo-si-a – means Russia
- 메뉴 – me-nyu – means menu
- 아파트 – apateu – means apartment
- 크레디트 카드 – keulediteu kadeu – means credit card
- 카드 – kadeu – sounds familiar right? it means card
- 쇼핑백 – syopingbaeg – means shopping bag
- 쇼핑 – syoping – means… can you guess? Look above. Shopping.
- 예 – ye – means YES
- 엠피쓰리 – empi sseuli – means mp3 player. Do those still exist?
- 헬스센타 – helseu senta – Health Center… Not like in Pokemon. Actually, it means GYM.
- 바나나 – ba-na-na – Oh. Oh, no. This is a tough one. I’ll just leave this undefined.
- 버스 – beo-seu – means bus
- 샤워 – sya-wo – means shower
- 센티미터 – sentimiteo – No, not sentimental. It’s centimeter
- 미터 – miteo – means meter
- 비디오 – bi-di-o – means video
- 슈퍼마켓 – syu-peo-ma-ket – means supermarket
- 스트레스 – seu-teu-re-seu – is something you’ll get from learning Korean. Stress
- 스포츠 – seu-po-cheu – means sports
- 에어컨 – e-eo-keon – sounds like aircon and means air conditioner
- 주스 – ju-seu – means juice
- 초콜릿 – cho-ko-lit – means chocolate
- 캐나다 – kae-na-da – means Canada. Oh Canada~
- 커피 – keo-pi – Not copy. It’s coffee, i tells ya.
- 컴퓨터 – keom-pyu-teo – means computer
- 콜라 – col-la – means Cola or Coke.
- 컵 – keop – means cup … just in case you ever want to order some 콜라
- 크리스마스 – keu-ri-seu-ma-seu – Christmas
- 택시 – taek-si – means taxi
- 테니스 – te-ni-seu – means tennis
- 테이블 – te-i-beul – means table
- 햄버거 – haem-beo-geo – hamburger
- 피자 – pi-ja – means pizza
- 티브이 – ti-beu-i – means TV
- 텔레비전 – tel-le-bi-jeon – means television
- 퍼센트 – peo-sen-teu – means percent
- 프랑스 – peu-rang-seu – means France
- 선글라스 – seongeullaseu – means sunglasses
Know any words of your own? Leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list.
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