For all the dog owners and dog lovers residing in Korea, it’s really good to know how to say ‘dog’ in Korean. You might want to use it to describe your current or previous pets, or to exclaim your love for the furry little friends of ours. In this lesson, you will learn how to say ‘dog’ in Korean.
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‘Dog’ in Korean
The word for ‘dog’ is very simple in Korean, just say 개 (gae)! Often it appears that people confuse this word to be an alternative and the more common word for dog to be 강아지 (gangaji) but that is actually not true! 개 (gae) is the word to use when wanting to express the meaning of ‘dog’. Later in this post you’ll find out what the word 강아지 (gangaji) actually specifically means.
As usual, the best way to memorize the word for ‘dog’ is by using it in real sentences. Go ahead and try for yourself!
이 개는 우리 한 식구로 사려해요 (igaeneun uri han shigguro saryeohaeyo)
I consider this dog as a member of our family
저도 개를 기르고 있어요 (jeodo gaereul gireugo isseoyo)
I am also raising a dog
그 개가 나를 집에까지 따라왔어 (geu gaega nareul jibekkaji ddarawasseo)
That dog followed me all the way home
Other ‘Dog’ Related Vocabulary
Before ending this lesson on how to say ‘dog’ in Korean, it might be handy for you to learn some words similar to it.
강아지 (gangaji) = puppy
멍멍 (meongmeong) = woof woof (aka how dogs in Korea ‘bark’)
멍멍이 (meongmeongi) = not really a word, but this is the cutest way you can refer to a pup or a dog when you see one, and especially kids in Korea love using it
Oftentimes, 개 (gae) is also the word used to count units and pieces, so don’t get confused if you see this word being used in a context other than ‘dog’.
A Word of Caution About Romanization in Korean
While we often give the romanization for the words and phrases we talk about, it’s best to actually learn the Korean alphabet, Hangul. This is because romanization is only an approximation of the sounds in Korean. It can often be confusing because the pronunciation isn’t exact, so it’s easy to be misunderstood. Romanization is perhaps best left to assist in learning the pronunciation of the words.
The good news is that Korean is an extremely scientific language, so you can learn to read in about 90 minutes!
Now you should be ready to tell people about your never dying love of dogs, describe the pups you are raising, or simply point at every dog you see on the streets while jumping up and down chanting 멍멍이!