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Expressions of Emotions in Korean

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Learning how to express emotions is essential in any language, and Korean is no exception. Emotions are complex and can be conveyed through a variety of expressions. Here are some key phrases and vocabulary terms you can use to communicate your feelings in Korean:

기쁘다 (gippeuda) means “to be happy”. This word can be used in various situations when you want to express joy or contentment.

오늘 제 생일이라서 정말 기뻐요! (Oneul je saengiriraseo jeongmal gippeoyo!)

슬프다 (seulpeuda) is the Korean term for “to be sad”. Use this word to convey feelings of sadness or sorrow.

영화가 너무 슬퍼서 울었어요. (Yeonghwaga neomu seulpeoseo ureosseoyo.)

화나다 (hwanada) translates as “to be angry”. This word is particularly used when someone is feeling frustration or anger towards a situation or person.

지각한 버스 때문에 화났어요. (Jigakhan beoseu ttaemune hwanasseoyo.)

두렵다 (duryeopda) means “to be scared” or “to be afraid”. When you’re feeling fear or apprehension, this is the word to express those emotions.

어두운 곳이 무서워서 두려워요. (Eodueun goti museowoseo duryeowoyo.)

놀랐다 (nollatda) is used when you are “surprised” or “shocked”. It conveys a sudden or unexpected emotional response.

문이 갑자기 닫히는 소리에 놀랐어요. (Muni gapjagi dachineun sorie nollasseoyo.)

짜증나다 (jjajeungnada) reflects the feeling of being “annoyed” or “irritated”. When you’re facing minor inconveniences or frustrations, you might feel this way.

계속해서 소음이 들려서 짜증났어요. (Gyesokhaeseo soeumi deullyeoseo jjajeungnasseoyo.)

행복하다 (haengbokhada) signifies a deep feeling of “happiness” or “bliss”. This is more profound than just being pleased or glad.

가족들과 함께 있을 때 가장 행복해요. (Gajokdeulgwa hamkke isseul ttae gajang haengbokhaeyo.)

아프다 (apeuda) means “to be hurt” or “to be in pain”. This can refer to both physical and emotional pain.

다리를 다쳐서 너무 아파요. (Darireul dachyeoseo neomu apayo.)

걱정되다 (geokjeongdoeda) is the expression for “to be worried” or “to be concerned” about someone or something.

시험 결과가 나오기 전부터 걱정됐어요. (Siheom gyeolgwa ga nao기 jeonbuteo geokjeongdwaesseoyo.)

부끄럽다 (bukkeureopda) conveys the emotion of “feeling embarrassed” or “ashamed”. One may feel this way when caught in an awkward or compromising situation.

잘못을 인정할 때 부끄러웠어요. (Jalmoteul injeonghal ttae bukkeureowosseoyo.)

Understanding these expressions of emotions in Korean can help you better communicate your feelings and connect with Korean speakers on an emotional level. Remember, practice makes perfect, so make sure to use these words and phrases as often as possible to become comfortable with them. Happy learning!

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