How To Say “Dream” In Korean

Do you like to dream about the future? Or maybe talk about your dreams at night to friends? What about telling the difference between the two?

Well, today your dreams will come true as we learn how to say “dream” in Korean!

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“Dream” in Korean

The word for how to say “dream” in Korean is 꿈 (kkum). 

 꿈 (kkum)


This is a very useful Korean word, so you’ll be happy you learned it!

꿈 (kkum) is the noun, and the verb ‘to dream’ is 꾸다 (kkuda). These two are most often used together, although it’s possible to use 꿈 on its own, 꾸다 is used almost exclusively together with 꿈 (kkum).

So how to make the distinction of when to include 꾸다 and when not to? The phrase 꿈을 꾸다 (kkumeul kkuda) is usually used in the context of talking about dreams you had or have during the night. Instead of 꿈을 꾸다 (kkumeul kkuda), you can also merge the two words together, into 꿈꾸다 (kkumkkuda). In this case, you can also use it for meanings outside of dreaming while asleep.

 꿈꾸다 (kkumkkuda)

to have a dream

Meanwhile, if you want to talk about your dream in life, for example, you could drop 꾸다 (kkuda) from the sentence. 

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Another word for how to say “dream” in Korean is 바람 (baram). This specifically means ‘wish’ as in something that you wish or desire to have, rather than what your mind cooked up while you were sleeping. It’s close enough to the meaning of “dream” to be interchangeable with the word 꿈 (kkum), and 꿈 (kkum) might be better to use in many situations to avoid confusion since 바람 has other meanings as well.

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 30 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?

Sample Sentences

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Formal Example Sentence

The words and grammar in these examples would be used in professional settings or with those older or higher in the social hierarchy than you. You might hear this style of talking if you work at a Korean company, or in a drama/movie.

1. 은 뭐세요? → What is your dream?

kkumeun mwoseyo?

2. 내 은 가수가 되는 것입니다. → My dream is to become a singer.

   nae kkumeun kasuga dwinun keutibnida.

Standard Korean Example Sentences

You can use these sentences in just about every situation, they’re considered polite.

1. 패션회사에서 일하는 것이 벌써 몇년동안 제 바람이었어요. → Working in a fashion company has been my dream for a few years already.

   paesyeonhoesaeseo ilhaneun geosi beolsseo myeonnyeondongan je baramieosseoyo.

2. 잠 잘때 보통 꿈을 꿔요? → Do you usually have dreams when you are sleeping?

jam jalttae botong kkumeul kkwoyo?

3. 나의 바람은 그를 한 번 만나보는 것이다. → I wish I could see him once.

   naui barameun geureul han beun mannaboneun keutida.

Informal Korean Example Sentences

This style of speaking is used with friends, family, or others that you're close with.

1. 넌 지난밤에 내가 꾸는 에서 나왔어. → You showed up in my dreams last night.

   neon jinanbame naega kkuneun kkumeseo nawasseo.

2. 좋은 꿈 꿔! → Sweet dreams!

   joeun kkum kkwo!

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