How to Say ‘Honey’ in Korean

Last Updated on March 30, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
How to Say Honey in Korean

If you have a Korean boyfriend or girlfriend, then you are going to 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’.

Today, we are going to learn how to say ‘honey’ in Korean. Learn the word for ‘honey’ and help make your relationship even better! Create some strategies and associations for this vocabulary so you can remember it better.

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‘Honey’ in Korean

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 ‘bee honey’. Even though your boyfriend or girlfriend is undoubtedly very sweet, don’t use these words to call them honey!

These are great words to use early on, just like this list of words. They really help to learn Korean fast!

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If you want to call your girlfriend or boyfriend ‘honey’, then you should use the word 여보 (yeobo) or the word 자기 (jagi). Ask your partner which one they prefer and use that word to call them by. The English word ‘honey’, written in Korean as 허니 (heoni), is also sometimes used.

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A Word of Caution About Romanization

Although using Romanized Korean words can be a useful way to pick up a few words, it can only get you so far. If you truly 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 learn. In fact, Hangul can be learned in just 90 minutes!

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

Alternate Uses of ‘Honey’ in Korean

Honey in Korean

While the word 여보 (yeobo) only means ‘honey’, the word 자기 (jagi) can mean ‘honey’, but it 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 usually used in informal situations, it should be easy to tell which one is which based on the context.

Sample Sentences

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Formal:

The word ‘honey’ is not usually used in formal situations like interviews or presentations, just as it wouldn’t be used 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).

Example (Informal):

When talking to someone who 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?

Now that you know how to say ‘honey’ in Korean, go out and tell your loved one that they are your ‘honey’.

Check out this article if want to learn the different ways to say ‘Hello’ to your ‘honey’!

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

    12 replies to "How to Say ‘Honey’ in Korean"

    • Avatar for Sherry Sherry

      Hi! Does “Yeobo” can be use for husband only? Or can be use for both, husband & wife?

    • Avatar for student student

      do you know what Yangpu/Nyangpu means?
      I saw a video of people saying
      It but was unsure what it is.
      something like 냥뿌 ?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Student! I’m not sure what they mean, they might be someone’s nickname. ^^

    • Avatar for Azura Binti Ahmad Azura Binti Ahmad

      Hi,
      Is there another way to say my dear husband without using the words – nampyeon or yeobo?
      I was watching the Hymn of Death KDrama played by Jong Suk and Hye Sun. In the episode 2, Kim U-Jin said my dear husband but I am not able to find it on google. Appreciate if you can be of help. Thank you.

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Azura! “서방” (seobang) is an old term that means ‘husband or a married man’. So you can call your husband “서방님”. ^^

    • Avatar for Enid Enid

      And what about 당 신 은 (Dangsin-eun)? How is it used or what are the specific meanings?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Enid! ‘당신’ means ‘you’ in formal Korean. ^^

    • Avatar for Jeff Jeff

      Is there any case where 자기야 might be used to address someone who is not your significant other or romantic interest? Like for an old friend, for example?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Jeff! It’s rarely used not romantically, but some people have a habit of calling people ‘자기야’ without any romantic intentions. ^^

        • Avatar for Cici Cici

          what about 여보? does some people have ever use the word to their friends/not their partners? thank you!

          • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

            Hi, Cici! I don’t think so! It’s very weird to say this to someone who’s not your partner. ^^

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