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Korean Homophones Posted by on Aug 27, 2011 in Grammar

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have a different meaning. Here are some of the most common Korean homophones:

Horse () Ex: 을 타기 싫다 = I don’t like to ride a horse

Word/speech/speak/talk/language () Ex: 약간 망설이다가 그는 하기 시작했다 = After a slight hesitation he began to speak

Three () Ex: 그는 나보다 살 어리다 = He is younger than me by three years

Rent/lease () Ex: 이 방은 가 한 달에 30만 원이다 = The room rents for 300,000 won a month

Car () Ex: 나는 가 막혀서 지각했다 = I was held up in traffic and was late

Tea () 한 잔 드시겠습니까? = Would you like to have a cup of tea?

Sun () Ex: 는 동쪽에서 떠서 서쪽으로 진다 = The sun rises in the east and sets in the west

Year () Ex: 그녀는 마다 아름다워진다 = She has grown more beautiful over the years

Harm () Ex: 세균음 유익할 때도 있고 가 될 때도 있다 = Microbes act sometimes in useful, sometimes in harmful ways.

Leg (다리) 뱀은 다리가 없습니다 = Snakes do not have legs

Bridge (다리) Ex: 빌이 다리를 건너고 있다 = Bill is crossing the bridge

Pear () Ex: 가 완전히 썩어 버렸다 = The pear was completely rotten

Boat () Ex: 를 타 본 적이 있습니까? = Have you ever taken a ride on a boat before?

Belly () Ex: 도 참 크기도 해라! = What a big belly!

Glue () Ex: 그의 무덤은 로 덮여 있었다 = His grave was covered with grass

Grass () Ex: 캥거루 몇 마리가 를 먹고 있는 것을 보았다 = I saw some kangaroos eating grass

Steam () Ex: 자동차 유리창에 김이 서려 있었다 = The car windows had steamed up

Seaweed () Ex: 이 아이는 을 매일 먹어요 = This child eats seaweed every day

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Comments:

  1. park:

    I like it …

  2. Jessica:

    Two issues:
    Glue (풀) Ex: 그의 무덤은 풀로 덮여 있었다 = His grave was covered with grass
    Grass (풀) Ex: 캥거루 몇 마리가 풀를 먹고 있는 것을 보았다 = I saw some kangaroos eating grass

    The Glue example is actually a grass example.
    for the grass example, it should be 풀을, not 풀를.