How To Say “Great” In Korean (+good and best)

Last Updated on May 15, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
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Do you know why learning how to say “great” in Korean is important? It’s for the moments when you want to describe something to your Korean friend, and as you say “good” in Korean, it just doesn’t quite cut it. Thus, the best way to say it would be with the word “great” instead!

How to Say Great in Korean

Keep reading, and this article will teach you how to say “great” in Korean, preparing you for when that important moment comes. Have a great time learning Korean with us today!

“Great” in Korean

There are a few Korean word options for you to use when describing something as “great,” depending on what you want to say.

1. 대단하다 (daedanhada)

This is a great word to use when you want to imply that something is “great” in size figuratively. For example, when you mean to say that something or someone is “incredible” or “amazing.”

Sample Sentences:

그녀의 일에 대한 능력은 대단해요 (geunyeoe ire daehan neungnyeogeun daedanhaeyo)

The ability she has for work is incredible.

너는 대단한 미인이야 (neoneun daedanhan miiniya)

You are incredibly beautiful.

2. 훌륭하다 (hullyunghada)

This Korean word can be used to describe something or someone that is not only “great” but “remarkable,” “magnificent,” and “superb.” For example, the new movie you just saw or the best book you’ve ever read.

Sample Sentence:

이 책은 모든 점에서 훌륭해서 추천해주고 싶었어 (i chaekeun modeun jeomeseo hullyunghaeseo chucheonhaejugo sipeosso)

I wanted to recommend this book because it’s great in every aspect.

3. 위대하다 (widaehada)

The third Korean term is another excellent word to imply that something is “great” and can be used in various situations. For example, it is especially good to use when you want to describe something as “greater” or “the greatest.”

Sample Sentence:

어머니의 사랑은 세상에서 가장 위대한 사랑이에요 (eomeonie sarangeun sesangeseo gajang widaehan sarangieyo)

A mother’s love is the greatest love in the world.

4. 크다 (kheuda)

Lastly, when you wish to speak of specifically the size of something, such as your tall height, then the verb 크다 (kheuda) is your best friend. While its Korean translation is not that of “great,” it can be used as such, also in situations where you might want to describe the likelihood of something happening as great.

Sample Sentences:

그는 미래에서 큰 인물로 될거에요 (geuneun miraeeseo kheun inmullo dwilgeoeyo)

He will become a great person in the future.

내일 비가 내릴 가능성이 크지? (naeil biga naeril ganeungseongi kheuji?)

The chances of raining tomorrow are great, right?

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How to say “good” in Korean

Now that you’ve learned how to say “great” in Korean, it’s also useful to learn other Korean words related to “great.”

1. 좋아요 (joayo)

The standard word for “good” is 좋아요 (joayo), which is from the Korean verb 좋다 (jota).

2. 좋습니다 (joseumnida)

The formal version for this word would be 좋습니다 (joseumnida).

3. 좋아 (joa)

Lastly, you can say 좋아 (joa) for the informal version of “good” in Korean.

How to say “very good” in Korean

If “good” isn’t quite enough, how about saying “very good” in Korean instead?

There are two ways to say “very good” in Korean for its standard version. You can use either 아주 좋아요 (aju joayo) or 매우 좋아요 (maeu joayo).

For its formal and informal version, the same words are used with “good” in Korean, which is 좋습니다 (joseumnida) and 좋아 (joa), respectively.

How to say “best” in Korean

The final word we’ll learn is “best” in Korean which is 제일 좋아요 (jeil joayo). Similar to “good” and “very good” in Korean, you can still use 좋습니다 (joseumnida) and 좋아 (joa) if you want to say “best” in Korean formally and informally.

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the Korean 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 is not difficult to learn. 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 to you. So, if you’re serious about learning the Korean language, why not learn Hangeul today?

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