Although you might not use this phrase often, knowing how to say ‘I hate you’ in Korean can be quite useful! It is basically the same as saying “I hate that’, or ‘I hate it’. By learning how to say ‘I hate you’, you can express these feelings, even if you aren’t saying ‘I hate you’ directly to somebody.
The reason that this phrase is so useful is that in Korean, often the subject and object of a sentence (for example ‘I’ and ‘you’ in the phrase ‘I like you’) are not said. This means that you can just say ‘hate’, and people will know what thing you are talking about based on the context.
Let’s cover the different ways to say ‘I Hate You’ in Korean.
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‘I Hate You’ in Korean
Using the Verb ‘To Hate’
The verb ‘to hate’ in Korean is 싫어하다 (shil-eo-ha-da). This verb will be the basis of some of this article’s expressions. It is a 하다 (hada) verb, which is one of the most common types of verb in Korean. The verb 싫다 (shil-da) also means hate. 싫다 and 싫어하다 are used slightly differently in the third person (she hates you) but can basically be seen as interchangeable in the first person (I hate…).
Note that the word ‘hate’ isn’t as strong in Korean as it is in English. For this reason, the word is used more often in Korean than in English, so learning it is very useful.
Formal ‘I Hate You’ in Korean
1. 싫어합니다 (shil-eo-ham-ni-da)
2. 싫습니다 (shil-seum-ni-da)
3. 저는 당신이 싫어합니다 (jeo-neun dang-shin-i shil-eo-ham-ni-da)
4. 저는 당신이 싫습니다 (jeo-neun dang-shin-i shil-seum-ni-da)
저 = I
당신 = you
If you want to say ‘I hate you’ in Korean, then the most common way is to just use the verb ‘to hate’ on its own. In formal Korean, this simply means saying 싫어합니다 or 싫습니다. These expressions can also be used to say ‘I hate it’.
Formal Korean should be used when making announcements, doing presentations, or during an interview.
If you want to be specific, you can include the words ‘I’ (저) and ‘you’ (당신). However, the word for you, 당신 (dang-shin), isn’t usually used. Instead, Koreans often use the person’s name or title.
저는 선생님을 싫어합니다 (jeo-neun seon-saeng-nim-eul shil-eo-ham-ni-da)
I hate you, teacher.
Standard ‘I Hate You’ in Korean
1. 싫어해요 (shil-eo-hae-yo)
2. 싫어요 (shil-eo-yo)
3. 저는 당신이 싫어해요 (jeo-neun dang-shin-i shil-eo-hae-yo)
4. 저는 당신이 싫어요 (jeo-neun dang-shin-i shil-eo-yo)
You can use these expressions when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you. You don’t need to say ‘I’ or ‘you’, you can just say 싫어요 or 싫어해요. You can also use these phrases when saying that you hate other things such as ‘I hate chicken’ or ‘I hate it’.
If you want to be specific, you can use ‘I’ (저) and ‘you’ (당신). However, you should replace 당신 with somebody’s name or title, just like you would with formal expressions.
Informal ‘I Hate You’ in Korean
1. 싫어해 (shil-eo-hae)
2. 싫어 (shil-eo)
3. 나는 너가 싫어해 (na-neun neo-ga shil-eo-hae)
4. 나는 너가 싫어 (na-neun neo-ga shil-eo)
나 = I
너 = you
You can use these expressions with people who are close to you and who are of a similar or younger age.
Note that informal Korean has different words for ‘I’ and ‘you’ than formal Korean.
You can also just say 싫어 or 싫어해 when talking about other things that you dislike.
피자를 먹을래? (pi-ja-reul mog-eul-lae?)
Do you want some pizza?
No, I hate it!
A Word of Caution About Romanization
Although the words in this article have been written using Romanization as well as Hangul (the Korean alphabet), not every new word you come across will be written in this way. If you really want to improve Korean, then it is recommended that you start off by learning how to read the Korean alphabet. This will help you with your pronunciation and reading skills too.
Even though you might not say ‘I hate you’ that often, knowing how to say ‘I hate you’ in Korean can help you tell people what things you dislike. Use it wisely!