Ready to learn the names of fruits in Korean? We will cover those, as well as the names for vegetables and nuts in the Korean language.
We’re going to cover the most important words you should learn first, as well as give you some example sentences so you can put them to use.
These Korean words are going to be a key part of your plan if you’re learning Korean or have an interest in Korean culture. The good news is that you already know a lot of these Korean words (we’ll explain how).
Below is a free PDF guide that you can download and take with you:
- 1 Fruit Names in Korean
- 2 Vegetable Names in Korean
- 3 Names of Nuts in Korean
As we cover the terms for fruits, vegetables, and nut vocabulary words in the Korean language, you’ll notice that they’re written in both Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) and in English. The English spelling is just an approximation of the sounds. Your pronunciation will improve significantly if you learn Hangeul.
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Fruit Names in Korean
Here is a list of fruits in Korean and most of these can be found within Korea. Keep in mind that some of the fruit names will sound very similar to the English word. For example, 레몬 (remon | lemon) sounds just like “lemon”. That’s the beauty of Konglish and Korean loan words: You already know them!
We’ve also added sample sentences in some vocabulary below. Use them to practice speaking and reading. They’re useful for understanding Korean grammar better. You might also try combining sentences with Korean conjunctions or Korean particles.
If you’re craving freshly squeezed fruit ades while in South Korea, knowing these terms will help. Let’s start off with the word for fruit.
“Fruit” in Korean
The word for “fruit” in Korean is 과일 (gwail). Korean fruits are categorized into different kinds below.
Next, we’ll cover some of the berry fruits. Most of these fruits sound like their English counterparts, except for Korean strawberries and raspberries. Both of those words have Korean double consonants, so make sure you pronounce them correctly.
|Fruit in Korean||English|
“Strawberry” in Korean
The Korean word for “strawberry” is 딸기 (ttalgi). If you like fresh whole strawberries, there are plenty of areas in South Korea where you can go strawberry picking.
Here are some of the citrus fruit names in Korean. They are known to have plenty of health benefits.
|Fruit in Korean||English|
“Orange” in Korean
오렌지 (orenji) is the Korean word for “orange” that refers to the fruit. However, a different term is used for the color orange which is 주황색 (juhwangsaek).
매일 아침에 오랜지주스를 마셔요. (maeil achime oraenjijuseureul masyeoyo.)
I drink orange juice every morning.
|Fruit in Korean||English|
|pear, also called Korean pears or Korean apples|
“Banana” in Korean
In the Korean language, this fruit is still called 바나나 (banana). Remembering it is easy as it is pronounced the same way as its English word. There’s also a famous banana-flavored drink called Banana Milk (바나나맛 우유 | bananamat uyu). A sweet flavor that is an ultimate must-try!
“Peach” in Korean
The word for “peach” in Korean is 복숭아 (boksunga). If you’re familiar with Kakaotalk, one character named Apeach (어피치) was created based on the peach fruit. Peaches are seasonal fruits that are popular during summer.
“Apple” in Korean
The Korean word for “apple” is 사과 (sagwa). However, some also use its Konglish term, 애플 (aepheul).
Fun fact: 사과 (sagwa) also means “apology” in Korean. So in Korea, when people want to apologize to someone, they sometimes give an apple to express how sorry they are.
“Persimmon” in Korean
The word for “persimmon” in Korean is 감 (gam). This fruit is used for the Korean drink 수정과 (sujeonggwa) mixed with ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
“Pear” in Korean
The Korean word for “pear” is 배 (bae). The same term is also used for Korean pears, Korean snow pears, or Korean apples.
“Pineapple” in Korean
“Pineapple” in Korean which sounds very similar to its English counterpart is called 파인애플 (painaepeul). This tropical fruit is known to be a great source of Vitamin C!
제가 가장 좋아하는 과일은 파인애플이에요 (Jega gajang joahaneun gwaireun painaepeurieyo)
My favorite fruit is pineapple.
“Watermelon” in Korean
The Korean word for “watermelon” is 수박 (subak). This huge fruit is typically sliced and shared by many, especially during summer in South Korea. This is different from Korean yellow musk melons or 참외 (chamoe), or the Korean melon 멜론 (mellon).
수박을 몇 조각 먹을래요? (subageul myeot jogak meogeullaeyo?)
How many slices of watermelon do you want to eat?
Now that you know the fruit names in Korean, let’s cover the Korean vegetables.
Vegetable Names in Korean
Food plays an important role in Korean culture. This cuisine includes vegetables in most recipes too, so if you’re interested in Korean food, learning this vocabulary is essential.
“Vegetable” in Korean
Before we learn the terms for different vegetables in Korean, let’s start with “vegetable” first. The word for vegetable in Korean is 야채 (yachae).
List of vegetables in Korean
Below is the list of the different vegetables and how they’re called in Korean.
|Vegetables in Korean||English|
|배추 (baechu)||Chinese cabbage|
|껍질콩 (kkeobjilkong)||green beans|
|bell pepper, paprika|
|spring onion, leek|
|부추 (buchu)||chives, leek|
|여주 (yeoju)||balsam pear|
|연근 (yeongeun)||lotus root|
|고구마 (goguma)||sweet potato|
|고추 (gochu)||red pepper|
“Pumpkin” in Korean
The word “pumpkin” in Korean is 호박 (hobak). This vegetable is often used to make porridge or soup by Koreans. 호박죽 (hobakjuk) is used to call “pumpkin porridge” while 단호박죽 (danhobakjuk) is used to call “sweet pumpkin porridge.”
“Carrot” in Korean
“Carrot” in Korean is called 당근 (danggeun). The same term is used as a Korean slang to say “of course” which is 당연하지 (dangyeonhaji) since they sound very similar.
“Onion” in Korean
The Korean word for “onion” is 양파 (yangpa). If you mean to say “spring onion” in Korean, the term you can use is 골파 (golpa).
“Cucumber” in Korean
The word for “cucumber” in Korean is 오이 (oi).
슈퍼에 갈때 오이를 3개 사 주세요. (syupeoe galttae oireul 3gae sa juseyo.)
Please buy 3 cucumbers when you go to the grocery store.
Names of Nuts in Korean
Lastly, below are the different kinds of nuts in Korean.
|Nuts in Korean||English|
|잣 (jat)||pine nuts|
|해바라기씨 (haebaragissi)||sunflower seed|
Now that you’ve learned all about Korean fruits, nuts, and vegetables, it’s time to start making sentences like the examples above! They’ll definitely come in handy if you’re living in Korea or plan on shopping at a Korean supermarket abroad. Perhaps you also plan to visit South Korea or specific areas like Jeju Island for a taste of these Korean fruits and Korean vegetables, and a taste of Korean culture too!
What’s your favorite fruit? Is it a banana, orange, pineapple, or peach? Or maybe it’s a lemon or plum? Do you prefer citrus or tropical fruit? Show us your Korean fruit, vegetable, and nut skills in the comments below!
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