Today, we will learn how to say “bedroom” in Korean! We have previously introduced the topic of learning the names of different rooms in your home in Korean.
“Bedroom” in Korean
The word for “bedroom” in Korean is 침실 (chimshil). Let’s break it down below.
“Bed” in Korean
The first half, “bed,” translates to 침대 (chimdae) in Korean.
“Room” in Korean
The second half, which is -실 (- shil) is the suffix noting something as a room in Korean.
Occasionally, you may also hear people refer to their bedrooms as 침방 (chimbang), as 방 (bang) stands for “room” in Korean. However, it is much more common to use the word 침실 (chimshil) for “bedroom,” while 방 (bang) may be used to simply refer to your room, i.e., 내방 (naebang), which is “my room” in Korean.
여기 이 주택의 주 침실입니다. (yeogi i juthaeke ju chimshirimnida.)
Here is this house’s master bedroom.
저는 원룸에서 살고 있어서 침실이 따로 없어요. (jeoneun wonrumeseo salgo isseoseo chimshiri eobseoyo.)
I don’t have a separate bedroom because I live in one room.
우리 집은 침실이 2개인 주택이에요. (uri jibeun chimsiri dugaein juthaekieyo.)
Our home is a two-bedroom house.
내 꿈은 10개의 침실이 있는 주택에서 사는것이야. (nae kkumeun 10gaee chimshiri inneun juthaekeseo saneungeoshiya.)
My dream is to live in a house with 10 bedrooms.
내 방은 욕실이 딸린 침실이야! 정말 신기하지? (nae bangeun yokshiri ddallin chimshiriya! Jeongmal shinkihaji?)
My bedroom has a bathroom in it! Isn’t that cool?
Associations for “Bedroom” in Korean
Let’s create an association to help remember the word “bedroom” in Korean. To do that, let’s take the word 침실 (chimshil) and break it down. It has two parts, “chim” and “shil” so what words could we use to associate with that? How about “chimney” and “window sill?”
For our story, let’s imagine that when Koreans go to sleep, they sleep on a chimney as a bed and call it “chimney day” or “chim day” for short. Now imagine you’re looking at blueprints for a home. How do Koreans identify rooms on the blueprint? They draw window sills around them! So when they look at a blueprint and see a “sill” they immediately know it’s a room!
So naturally, what is a “bedroom?” The place they sleep, chimney, identified on the blueprint by the window sill. It’s the “chim sill” for short! 침실 (chimshil)
Remember that a room can be identified with a -실 (- shil) or with a –방 (- bang).
If you enjoyed this word association, check out this article for other basic Korean words!
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their Romanized English versions, you may find that the pronunciation can be inaccurate. That’s because English letters are only approximations of Korean words.
If you only use the Romanized versions, your pronunciation may be off, and Koreans may not understand you. This is a common occurrence.
Also, it can slow down your learning since you’ll be thinking in terms of English rather than thinking in terms of Korean.
We recommend learning Hangeul (Korean alphabet) ASAP. You can get a free guide here and be reading before dinnertime.
Now, was the word for “bedroom” in Korean what you expected it to be? Which room in your home do you want to learn next? Perhaps you might want to learn more Korean words for the furniture that you can find at home like in your bedroom?