Korean Gender

Welcome to the fifth Korean lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Korean to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

man
man
남자 [namja]
woman
woman
여자 [yeoja]
husband
husband
남편 [nampyeon]
wife
wife
아내 [anae]
boy
boy
소년 [sonyeon]
girl
girl
소녀 [sonyeo]
father
father
아빠 [appa]
mother
mother
엄마 [eomma]

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Korean + Pronunciation
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
제 아들은 학생입니다
[je adeu-reun haksaengimnida]
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
그녀의 딸은 학생입니다
[keunyeoye tta-reun haksaengimnida]
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
그의 형제는 키가 큽니다
[keuye hyeongje-neun gi-ga keumnida]
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
그녀의 자매는 키가 큽니다
[keunyeoye jamae-neun gi-ga keumnida]
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
그의 형제는 (나이가) 어립니다
[keuye hyeongje-neun (na-i-ga) eorimnida]
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
그녀의 자매는 (나이가) 어립니다
[keunyeoye jamae-neun (na-i-ga) eorimnida]

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son
아들 [adeul]
daughter
daughter
[ttal]
brother
brother
[hyeong]
sister
sister
언니 [eonni]
grandfather
grandfather
할아버지 [harabeoji]
grandmother
grandmother
할머니 [halmeoni]
child
child
아이 [a-i]
children
children
아이 [a-i]

Expressions in Korean

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Korean, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Korean
Pronunciation
What do you mean?
무슨 말씀입니까?
[museun mal-sseumimnikka?]
I don't understand
이해가 되지 않습니다
[ihae-ga dweh-ji anhseumnida]
I don't know
모르겠습니다
[moreugessseumnida]
What is that called in Korean?
한국어로는 무엇이라고 합니까?
[hankugeoroneun mu-eoshira-go hamnikka?]
What is this?
이것은 무엇입니까?
[ikeoteun mu-eoshimnikka?]
What does that word mean in English?
영어로는 무슨 의미입니까?
[yeongeoroneun museun yimiimnikka?]
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
죄송합니다
[jwehsong-hamnida]

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Korean. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Korean Plural   Korean Plural

Korean Numbers   Korean Numbers



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