Today’s lesson is definitely something you will want to learn as soon as you arrive in Korea! Even if you may not need to shower or bathe outside of your home or accommodation, you can be almost guarantee to need the toilet at any given time. In those instances, it is important to know how to say ‘bathroom’ in Korean, or ‘toilet’ in Korean, so that you can find out where you can do your business. So today we will learn how to say ‘bathroom’ in Korean!
‘Bathroom’ in Korean
There are mainly three ways to say bathroom in Korean, depending on the meaning you wish to convey. If you are talking about the room where the toilet is, the word to use is 화장실 (hwajangshil). This word does indeed double as the word for ‘toilet’ in Korean.
However, if you are speaking of bathroom as the room where you would take a shower or a bath in, you might want to use the words 욕실 (yokshil), 목욕실 (mokyokshil) and 목욕탕 (mokyokthang) instead. Typically all of these words refer specifically to the type of a room that has a bathtub in it. Interestingly enough, many Korean apartments actually do not have bathtubs in them, while others do.
Another point of interest to note is that nearly all bathrooms in Korean apartments and houses, if not all, combine the toilet and shower or even bathtub into one room. Thus, often times Koreans actually use just the word 화장실 when they need to use the toilet, and then say they’ll go take a shower or go wash up, instead of using the descriptive word of the room. Confusing, we know!
샤워갔다올게요 (shawokattaolkeyo) – I’ll go take a shower and come back
씻고 올게요 (sshitgo olkeyo) – I’ll go wash up and come back
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, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
저기요! 화장실은 어디세요? (jeogiyo! Hwajangshireun eodiseyo?)
Excuse me! Where is the bathroom?
목욕탕에 가서 손을 씻으면 돼요. (mokyokthange gaseo soneul sshiseumyeon dwaeyo.)
You may wash your hands in the bathroom.
난 잠깐 화장실갔다올게. (nan jamkkan hwajangshilkattaolke.)
I’ll be in the bathroom for just a moment.
그녀는 또 욕실을 독차지했나봐. (geunyeoneun ddo yokshireul dokchajihaetnabwa.)
Looks like she hogged the bathroom again.
Now that you know how to say bathroom in Korean, you won’t have to worry about doing the bathroom dance trying to find it! What other vocabulary and phrases would you like to learn? Let us know in the comments below.
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