How to Say Pretty and Beautiful, in Korean Posted by Kyung-Hwa on Apr 18, 2018 in Grammar, Korean Language, Pronunciation, Vocabulary
What are your most frequently used words lately? Mine are ‘pretty’ and ‘beautiful’ because I have been enjoying pretty spring weather outside, warm sunshine on my face, and most of all, beautiful spring blossoms here and there. This post is about how to say ‘pretty’ and ‘beautiful in Korean.
You will often hear these two Korean words, ‘[yeppeuda]예쁘다’ and ‘[ah-reum-dap-da] 아름답다’ from Korean speakers. You can use them to describe your favorite Korean celebrity, to complement someone around you, or to simply describe something that make you happy because it is pretty or beautiful.
A word, ‘[yeppeuda] 예쁘다’ means pretty in English. ‘예쁘다’ is a basic adjective form in Korean, and you can use them in three different ways, as follows:
- 예쁩니다 (pretty) – formal
- 예뻐요 (pretty) – polite
- 예뻐 (pretty) – casual
If you have been attracted to spring blossoms and their vibrant colors, as I have, you can definitely use ‘예쁘다’ to describe your favorite flowers. You can also use ‘예쁘다’ to complement your friends and coworkers, or describe something pretty around you.
4. 분홍색 진달래가 예쁩니다. (Pink azaleas are pretty.) – formal
[boon-hong-sak jin-dal-la-ga ye-ppeum-ni-da]
5. 정말 예뻐요. (It’s really pretty.) – polite
6. 눈이 예뻐. (Eyes are pretty.) – casual
A word, ‘[ah-reum-dap-da]아름답다’ means beautiful in English. ‘아름답다’ is a basic adjective form in Korean, and you can use it in three different ways, as follows:
7. 아름답습니다 (beautiful) – formal
8. 아름다워요 (beautiful) – polite
9. 아름다워 (beautiful) – casual
This Korean word, ‘아름답다’ would be a useful word for you to remember: to describe beautiful people around you or to comment on your favorite K-entertainer who is beautiful, to describe beautiful scenery in Korea, or simply talk about something beautiful around you.
10. 제주도가 아름답습니다. (The Jeju island is beautiful.) – formal
11. 목소리가 아름다워요. (Voice is beautiful.) – polite
12. 에이핑크 손나은 정말 아름다워. (Apink Son Na-eun is really beatutiful.) – casual
[Apink Son-Na-eun jung-mal ah-reum-da-wo]
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and soon will be ready to use these two Korean words, ‘[yeppeuda]예쁘다’ and ‘[ah-reum-dap-da] 아름답다’ to complement people around you or simply describe pretty/beautiful things around you in Korean.
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