Today we will continue on the topic of learning the names of different rooms in your home in Korean. Did you already go through the lessons for ‘kitchen’ and ‘bathroom’? Can you guess what we will learn to say in Korean today? That’s right! We will learn how to say ‘bedroom’ in Korean! After all, just like a kitchen and a bathroom, every home has one! Of course, in a studio – called a one room in Korea – it may not be separate from the kitchen and the living area, but today you will learn how to describe that, too!
‘Bedroom’ in Korean
The word for how to say bedroom in Korean is 침실 (chimshil). This word combines the word 침대 (chimdae), which means ‘bed’ in Korean, with -실 (shil), the suffix noting something as a room in Korean.
Occasionally, you may also hear people refer to their bedrooms as 침방 (chimbang), as 방 (bang) stands for ‘room’ in Korean. However, it is much more common to use the word 침실 for ‘bedroom’, while 방 may be used to simply refer to your room, ie. 내방 (naebang), which is ‘my room’ in Korean.
Associations for ‘Bedroom’ in Korean
To create an association for ‘bedroom’ in Korean, let’s take the word 침실 and break it down. It has two parts, ‘chim‘ and ‘shil‘ so what words could we use to associate with that? How about ‘chimney’ and ‘window sill’?
For our story, let’s imagine that when Koreans go to sleep, they sleep on a chimney as a bed and call it ‘chimney day’ or ‘chim day‘ for short. Now imagine you’re looking at blueprints for a home. How do Koreans identify rooms on the blueprint? They draw window sills around them! So when they look at a blueprint and see a ‘sill‘ they immediately know it’s a room!
So naturally what is a ‘bedroom’? The place they sleep, chimney, identified on the blueprint by the window sill. It’s the ‘chim sill‘ for short! 침실
Remember that a room can be identified with a -실 or with a –방.
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 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 for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
여기 이 주택의 주 침실입니다. (yeogi i juthaeke ju chimshirimnida.)
Here is this house’s master bedroom.
저는 원룸에서 살고 있어서 침실이 따로 없어요. (jeoneun wonrumeseo salgo isseoseo chimshiri eobseoyo.)
I don’t have a separate bedroom because I live in a one room.
우리 집은 침실 2개인 주택이에요. (uri jibeun chimshil 2gaein juthaekieyo.)
Our home is a 2 bedroom house.
내 꿈은 10개의 침실이 있는 주택에서 사는것이야. (nae kkumeun 10gaee chimshiri inneun juthaekeseo saneungeoshiya.)
My dream is to live in a house with 10 bedrooms.
내 방은 욕실이 딸린 침실이야! 정말 신기하지? (nae bangeun yokshiri ddallin chimshiriya! Jeongmal shinkihaji?)
My bedroom has a bathroom in it! Isn’t that cool?
Now, was the word for ‘bedroom’ in Korean what you expected it to be? Which room in your home do you want to learn next?
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