Adjectives describe people or things. You’ll need them whenever you want to describe what something or somebody is like. The car is old, the hotel is cheap. You get it. Memorize the Korean adjectives below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Korean“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Adjectives

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Important adjectives

EnglishKoreanKorean
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
good좋은Joh eun
bad나쁜Na bbuen
new새로운Sae ro eun
old늙은
오래된
Neulgeun
Oredwen

small작은Jag eun
large / bigKuen
longGin
short짧은Jjalbeun
cheapSsan
expensive비싼Bi ssan
light / clear밝은Balgeun
dark어두운Uh doo oon
late늦은Neujeun
early이른Yi run
interesting흥미로운Heung mi ro eun
boring지루한Jee ru han
tired피곤한Pi gon han
easy / simple간단한Gan dan han
for free공짜
무료
Gong cha
moo ryeo

right / correct옳은Olh eun
wrong잘못된Jal mot dwen
strong강한Gang han
weak약한Yak han

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