Though we may not always consider it as such, the clothes we wear every day are a very integral part to our lives. Thus, it also becomes an important word to add to our vocabulary in any language, even if we may not immediately realize it. Because of this, today we will learn how to say clothes in Korean. You’ll also learn how to say some clothing items in Korean.
‘Clothes’ in Korean
The main word for how to say clothes in Korean is 옷 (ot). Whether you are talking about just one piece of clothing item, or many, the word remains the same. However, if you want to emphasize the fact you are speaking of clothes as multiple, you may add the particle 들 (deul) after 옷, creating the word 옷들. 들 is simply an expression that there are multiple of the noun it is attached to.
Another word for clothes in Korean is 의복 (uibok). This word is different from 옷 in that it is used for more official purposes.
Additionally, there is the word 옷차림 (otcharim). This is a good word to use when you want to describe your, or someone else’s, style.
Associations for ‘Clothes’ in Korean
To remember 옷 in English there are two approaches you can take. You can make an association for the sound or the image. Or even both if that’s easier for you.
For remembering it by sound, what words can you think of in English that sound like 옷 (ot)? How about if you add the “c” sound to the beginning? It sounds like coat a very common piece of clothing!
You can also use the image of the hangeul for 옷. It almost looks like a little person, imagine the person is putting on their clothes because they ought to go out.
What association works best for you? Let us know in the comments below!
코트 (koteu) = coat
재킷 (jaekit) = jacket
셔츠 (syeocheu) = shirt
티셔츠 (tisyeocheu) = t-shirt
드레스 (deureseu) = dress
원피스 (wonpiseu) = dress
바지 (baji) = pants
반바지 (banbaji) = shorts
치마 (chima) = skirt
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?
한달에 보통 의복을 위해서 돈을 얼마나 소비하세요? (handare botong uibogeul wihaeseo doneul eolmana sobihaseyo? )
How much money do you usually spend on clothes each month?
그 파티에는 어떤 옷을 입을거에요? (geu patieneun eotteon oseul ibeulgeoeyo?)
What kind of clothes will you wear to that party?
압구정에 가면 좋은 의복을 입은 사람들 많이 볼 수 있어요. (apgujeonge gamyeon joeun uibogeul ibeun saramdeul mani bol su isseoyo)
If you go to Apgujeong, you can see many well dressed people.
난 우리 발리 여행 위해 새로운 옷을 많이 샀어. (nan uri balli yeohaeng wihae saeroun oseul mani sasseo.)
I bought many new clothes for our Bali trip.
미안한데, 벌써 옷을 벗어서 오늘 다시 밖으로 못 갈 것 같아. (mianhande, beolsseo oseul beoseoseo oneul dasi bakkeuro mot gal geot gata.)
I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can go out again today since I already took off my clothes.
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