Words for Happy in Korean
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Individuals understand the meaning of the word “happy” in different ways. This should be no surprise because persons from different cultures, and particular backgrounds, define being happy in varied ways. For some, the word “happy” means accumulation of wealth and property like houses, opulent vehicles, and jewelries. Others may measure happiness through their achievements in education, in the office, or in the community. There are others who find joy in their spirituality. Many individuals link happiness to maintaining good health and having a good and stable family. Korean culture puts a lot of importance on the family. Koreans hold the families’ happiness in high regard.
In the Korean language, “happiness” is translated as “hengbok” 행복. Koreans use “hengbokhada” 행복하다 to refer to the happiness of people. For instance, “hengbokhan haru” 행복한 하루 is translated as “glad day.” Let’s say a person wants to say “our gladness”, then the phrase “uri-eui hengbok” 우리의 행복is used. Likewise, when saying “A happy living” the phrase “hengbokhan inseng” 행복한 인생 is used. If an individual would like to say the expression “a lifetime’s joy”, the way to say this in Korean is “pyungseng-eui hengbok” 평생의 행복. To say the words “the importance of happiness” in Korean one could say “hengbok-eui joongyoseong” 행복의 중요성. Here are some examples of the word “happy” in Korean used in sentences. A person expressing his emotions “I am glad” can say “Naneun hengbokhada” 나는 행복하다. When you wish to tell somebody “Be glad!” say “hengbokhaseyo! 행복하세요!
The Korean sentence “Hengbokhan haru-reul giwonhapnida” 행복한 하루를 기원합니다 might be used when a speaker would like to say: I wish you a happy day. On the other hand, the Korean phrase “Pyungseng-eui Hengbok-eun Joongyohada” 평생이 행복은 중요하다 is used when a speaker wants to say that “happiness in life is important.”
The word “delight” is another word that is often related to happy in Korean. In the Korean language the word “gibbeum” 기쁨 means delight. Similarly, the words joyfulness and satisfaction are words synonymous with “happy.” The words for “joyfulness” and “satisfaction” are “jeulguh-um” 즐거움and “manjokgam” 만족감respectively.
The Korean language is made up of thousands of words and studying in Korea is a wonderful way to learn the language. But, there are other ways one can learn to speak the Korean language. One way people often learn a language is by purchasing foreign language books that are available from bookstores. Begin with foreign language books for children because they are very basic. There are also numerous language resources available on the internet. Such resources can benefit those who want to learn the Korean language.
You may have some challenges studying a new language, but with a lot of practice, you should find that learning becomes easier. A great deal of patience and persistence are also necessary but with perseverance and time you should find that you are learning more of the language.
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