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How To Say “Dance” In Korean

Today, we will learn how to say “dance” in Korean.

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One thing that many young Koreans, especially those living in Seoul, enjoy doing on their weekends is going dancing. Whether in a dance group or at a night club, it’s a popular past-time with young Koreans, and there are even many high school dance troops you can spot practicing in any out-of-the-way place with a large reflection in Seoul.

So let’s head on to learn this word; read on for examples and tips to remember it! Check out more great Korean words to add to your vocabulary.

Different ways to say “dance” in Korean

There are several ways to say “dance” in Korean.

“Dance” in Korean (Konglish)

First of all, you can use the Konglish word 댄스 (daenseu) to refer to “dance” in Korean. However, the word is not used that commonly and can confuse many Koreans with its meaning.

“Dance” in Korean (Noun)

Therefore, often the better word to say “dance” in Korean is the purely Korean word 춤 (chum).

“Dance” in Korean (Verb)

To make it into the verb “to dance,” you also have two choices. The first one is forming the expression as 춤을 추다 (chumeul chuda).

It is highly likely that this is the form our minds would first jump to. However, there is an easier choice as well, which is 춤추다 (chumchuda). It still has all of the same ingredients; it just drops the object particle and merges the noun and the verb into one word.

Sample sentences:

춤추는거 좋아해요? (chumchuneungeo joahaeyo?)

Do you like to dance?

저는 춤을 줄 모르겠어요. (jeoneun chumeul jul moreugesseoyo.)

I can’t dance.

이게 뭔데? 아까 춤을 추자고 했을때 춤을 못 춘다고 했잖아. (ige mwonde? akka chumeul chujago haesseulttae chumeul mot chundago haetjana.)

What is this? You told me you couldn’t dance when I suggested to dance a while before.

그렇게 잘 춤을 추는것을 어떻게 배웠어? (geureoke jal chumeul chuneungeoseul eotteoke baewosseo?)

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To remember how to say “dance” in Korean, we’ll create an association for it in English. You can do this using similar-sounding words in English, or associating images with the Hangeul characters, basically anything that helps you remember the word and its meaning.

For 춤 (chum), we’ll use the English word chum, meaning “friend.” The pronunciation is different between these two words. What’s important is to just be able to recall the target meaning of dance.

 “Who do you go dancing with? Your chum, of course!” (춤 | chum)

See if you can come up with your own association and share it in the comments below!

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? 

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