You’re probably accustomed to eating them on a daily basis, but do you already know how to list all your favorite fruits in Korean? What banana is in Korean? How about pineapple? They’re some essential Korean vocabulary for the health-conscious.
In this lesson, we will go over how to say ‘apple’ in Korean. After all, it is highly likely to be one of your staple fruits to eat. You may also want to let us know which other fruits you wish to learn next!
‘Apple’ in Korean
So, how to say ‘apple’ in Korean, you ask? The word for it is 사과 (sagwa). This is the same word that means ‘apology’ so stay cautious not to confuse the two. Otherwise, it’s an easy word to remember and to learn to pronounce. You’ll also be understood if you use the Konglish word 애플 (aepheul), but it is always better to impress your partners with real Korean words.
This word is also used as a punchline in a Korean joke.
신 사과 (shin sagwa) – a sour apple
애플파이 (aepheulphai) – apple pie
사과즙 or 사과주스 (sagwajeub or sagwajuseu) – apple juice
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, living in South Korea will be much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you.
To make it easy, we’ve created a fun and easy guide for learning the alphabet here. Go here and be reading Hangeul before your next meal.
사과 좀 드실래요? (sagwa jom deushillaeyo?)
Would you like some apples?
제가 제일 좋아하는 과일은 사과예요. (jega jeil johahaneun gwaireun sagwayeyo.)
The fruit I like the most is apples.
내년에 사과나무를 심겠어요. (naenyeone sagwanamureul shimgesseoyo.)
I’ll plant an apple tree next year.
우리 집 주변에 많은 사과나무가 있어.
(uri jib jubyeone manheun sagwanamuga isseo.)
There are many apple trees near our house.
이 사과는 너무 세금해.
(i sagwaneun neomu segeumhae.)
This apple is too sour.
우리 가족은 오늘 정원에 사과나무를 심으러 갈게.
(uri gajokeun oneul jeongweone sagwanamureul shimeureo galke.)
언니는 후식으로 애플파이와 커피를 만들어 줬어.
(eonnineun hushikeuro aepheulphaiwa kheophireul mandeureo jweosseo.)
My big sister made us apple pie and coffee for dessert.
And now you know how to say ‘apple’ in Korean! What is the next fruit on your list of vocabulary that you wish to learn?
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