How to Say “Honey” in Korean – Sweet Words and Food Made by Bees

Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
How to Say "Honey" in Korean

Today, we will learn how to say “honey” in Korean. The word “honey” has two meanings in English. For starters, it can be used as a sweet nickname for someone. Second, it’s the term for the delicious food substance made by bees, which we all like. You’ll learn both of them in this article.

How to Say "Honey" in Korean

If you have a Korean boyfriend or girlfriend, you will want to call them by a special name. Terms of endearment can help you feel closer and show your feelings. In English, people often call their partners “honey.”

You’ll also want to learn the Korean word “honey” or the stuff that bees make. You might find yourself asking for this when you’re in a tea shop, and you want to add honey to your drink. Many people love honey, so it’s also good to know what’s it called in Korea!

“Honey” in Korean

What is 꿀 (Kkul) in Korean? – The Sweet Stuff that Bees Make

The word for the type of honey that bees make is 꿀 (kkul) or 벌꿀 (beolkkul). 벌 (beol) means “bee,” so this second word is literally “honey bee.”

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Even though your boyfriend or girlfriend is undoubtedly very sweet, don’t use these words to call them! For that, you can use the next type of “honey.”

“Honey” in Korean – Sweet Words for your Loved ones

Learn the words for “honey” and help make your relationship even better.  Everyone wants a sweet name, and the Korean word for “honey” might be perfect for you.

What is 여보 (yeobo) in Korean?

If you want to call your partner “honey,” you should use the word 여보 (yeobo). However, this word is commonly used for married couples or at least engaged couples who intend to marry.

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Sometimes, 여보 (yeobo) is romanized as yobo. However, don’t be confused. Both of them mean “honey” in Korean.

What is 자기 (jagi) in Korean?

The word 자기 (jagi) is also used to call someone “honey.” Koreans might add the suffix 야 (ya) to call their loved ones or get their attention. As opposed to the term 여보 (yeobo), your relationship status doesn’t matter if you use the 자기 (jagi)  or 자기야 (jagiya), which means even young couples or those whose relationships that are just starting to blossom can use them.

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Just like 여보 (yeobo), 자기 (jagi)  and 자기야 (jagiya) are also spelled in different ways in English,  such as “chagiya” or “chagi.”  Nonetheless, they all mean “honey” in Korean.

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The English word “honey,” written in Korean as 허니 (heoni), is also sometimes used, so you can also add that to the list of terms you can call your partner. Ask your partner which one they prefer and use that word to call them by.

Other Meanings of 자기 (jagi) 

While the word 여보 (yeobo) only means “honey,” the word 자기 (jagi) can also mean “self,” “myself,” or “oneself.” For example, you might hear the phrase 자기 소개 (jagi sogae). This phrase means “self-introduction,” not “introduce your honey.”

As the word for “self” is usually used in formal settings, and the word “honey” is generally used in informal situations, it should be easy to tell which one is which based on the context.

Can you use 자기야 (jagiya) in Formal Settings?

The word “honey” is not usually used in formal situations like interviews or presentations, just as you wouldn’t use it in these situations in English.

You may wish to talk about your partner in the third person when speaking politely or formally to others. In these situations, it would be better to use a term such as a husband (남편 | nampyeon), wife (아내 | anae), boyfriend, or girlfriend (read the article: How to Say “Friend” in Korean to learn how to say “boyfriend in Korean” and “girlfriend” in Korean).

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Sample Sentences

Example (Informal)

When talking to someone you feel is your “honey,” use informal Korean.

자기, 내 열쇠 봤어? (jagi, nae yeolsoe bwasseo)

Honey, have you seen my keys?

자기야, 나는 집이야 (jagiya, naneun jibiya)

I’m at home, honey.

오늘 하루는 어땠어 여보? (oneul haruneun eottaesseo yeobo)

How was your day, honey?

A Word of Caution About Romanization

Although using Romanized Korean words can be a valuable way to pick up a few words, it can only get you so far. If you genuinely want to learn Korean, then it is a good idea to take the time to learn Hangul, the Korean alphabet.

Understanding Hangul can help you notice grammar points and articles and separate these from vocabulary, making it easier to learn both. It will also help you with your pronunciation and intonation, and the best thing is, it is very easy to understand. Hangul can be learned in just 90 minutes!

Check out this article if you want to learn the different ways to say “Hello” to your honey! These are great words to use early on, just like this list of words. They help to learn Korean fast!

If you want to learn some more essential phrases, check out this article or try our full Korean course.

Now that you know how to say “honey” in Korean, go out and tell your loved one that they are your “honey.” Can’t remember this word? Create some strategies and associations for this vocabulary so you can remember it better.

Want more Korean phrases? Go to our Korean Phrases Page for a complete list!

    16 replies to "How to Say “Honey” in Korean – Sweet Words and Food Made by Bees"

    • Avatar for Larry Braswell Larry Braswell

      Would a Korean wife in speaking about her husband in the third person ever use the term 이 사람?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        We are not sure about that. 이 사람 means “this person.” This is also used for informal way of calling someone, such as “이 사람아” which can be translated as “Hey” or “Hey, man.”

    • Avatar for Honey Henrieth Hechanova Honey Henrieth Hechanova

      How about My name is Honey?

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