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If you are from the United States and visiting or living in South Korea, one of the first things that would be useful to learn is how to tell locals where you’re from. You may be able to do this in English as well, but they would certainly be impressed if you belted out some Korean with your introduction! That’s why, first and foremost, you should learn how to say the United States in Korean.

However, even if you are not from the United States, but just intend to stay in South Korea for a period of time, learning how to say United States in Korean will be beneficial to you.


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‘United States’ in Korean

The correct word for how to say the United States in Korean is 미국 (miguk). To say ‘an American’, as in an American person, add 사람 (saram) after the word 미국. In other words 미국 + 사람 = 미국사람 (miguksaram). Alternatively, you may also say 미국인 (migukin) to illustrate the same meaning, though this form is usually used when speaking of another person as opposed to when referring to yourself.

Essentially, whatever you wish to say in relation to the United States, whether it’s American politics, military, or something else, you may simply add the word 미국 in front of the noun needed. It’s really that simple!


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?


Sample Sentences

USA Flag


요즘 미국의 정치 풍토는 어떻게 되고있습니까? (yojeum miguke jeongchi phungthoneun eoddeokhe dwegoissseumnigga?)

How is the political climate in the United States these days?



저는 미국에서 왔어요. (jeoneun migukeseo wasseoyo.)

I came from the United States.


미국에 가본적 있어요? 어디 가봤어요? (miguke kabonjeok isseoyo? eodi gabwasseoyo?)

Have you ever been to the States? Where did you visit?



내 제일 친한 친구는 미국인이야. (nae jeil chinhan chinguneun migukiniya.)

My best friend is American.


난 미국에서 대학교를 다니고 싶어. (nan migukeseo daehakkyoreul danigo shipheo.)

I want to go to college in the United States.


Now that you know how to say “United States” in Korean, what other countries would you like to learn? Let us know in the comments below!


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