Heart in Korean

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In the Korean language, the words “shimjang” 심장 and “ga-seum” 가슴 are used to refer to the biological heart while the word “ma-eum” 마음 is used when referring to heart in regards to feeling and emotion.

In the Korean language phrases involving the word “heart” can be expressed in various ways. The expression “a healthy heart” is translated as “guhngang-han shimjang” 건강한 심장 in Korean. Whenever one says the phrase “juhlmeun gaseum,젊은 가슴 he or she is saying “a young heart.” When saying “My heart pumps” the Korean translation is “Na-eui Shimjang-eun ddwinda” 나의 심장은 뛴다. When saying that you are heartbroken, the following words can be used “Na-neun ma-eum-i ahpeuda” 나는 마음이 아프다. When you say the Korean sentence “Na-eui gaseum-eun jigeum ddwigo itda,” 나의 가슴은 지금 뛰고 있다 you are saying “My heart is pumping right now.”

There are other parts of the body in addition to the heart. Some of those parts of the body include the “stomach” which is “bae” in Korean. To say “my stomach” one could say “Na-eui Bae” 나의 배. The word for “foot” is bal and “my feet” would be “Na-eui Bal” 나의 발 in the Korean language. In Korean, the word “hand” is “sohn” whereas the words “my hands” would be Na-eui Sohn 나의 손. The word for “leg” is “dari” 다리 while “Na-eui Uhlgool” 나의 얼굴 means “ my face.”

In some parts of the world, Valentine’s Day, is a day that celebrates love. Korea is one of the countries that celebrates Valentine’s Day. In Korea, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a unique way because the women are the ones who prepare presents such as chocolates to offer to their spouses. In addition to Valentine’s Day, Korea also celebrates what is known as White Day which is a day when men are the ones who purchase presents for their wife or girlfriend. Candies are usually given on White Day in Korea.

In Korea, the term for “heart” is “shimjang” 심장 or “ga-seum” 가슴 which is the literal heart in one’s body. But the Korean word “Ma-eum” 마음 is used for “heart” when speaking about emotions and feelings. Examples of how the various words for “heart” are used include the sentence “Na-neun Ma-eum-i Ahpeuda” 나는 마음이 아프다 meaning “I am heartbroken.” And note that in the previous sentence the term “Ma-eum” 마음 is used to refer to one’s emotion or feelings. Alternatively, the word “heart” is used to refer to the biological and physical heart in ones body; and this is the way the word “heart” is most frequently used in the Korean language. For instance, when speaking about the biological heart a person might say “my heart” which translates as “Na-eui Shimjang” 나의 심장 in the Korean language.

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