“I Hate You” in Korean – Expressing what you don’t like

Last Updated on November 11, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
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Although you might not use this phrase often, knowing how to say “I hate you” in Korean can be quite useful! It is 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.

Two women facing each other with angry expressions

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 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.

Different ways to say “I hate you” in Korean

The verb “to hate” in Korean is 싫어하다 (sileohada). 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 verbs in Korean.

The verb 싫다 (silta) also means hate. 싫다 (silta) and 싫어하다 (sileohada) are used slightly differently in the third person (she hates you) but can 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

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 (sileohamnida) or 싫습니다 (silseumnida). 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 | jeo) and “you” (당신 | dangsin). However, the word for you, 당신 (dangsin), isn’t usually used. Instead, Koreans often use the person’s name or title.

저 = jeo | I 

당신 = dangsin | you 

1. 싫어합니다 (sileohamnida)

2. 싫습니다 (silseumnida)

3. 저는 당신을 싫어합니다 (jeoneun dangsineul sileohamnida)

4. 저는 당신이 싫습니다 (jeoneun dangsini silseumnida)

Example:

저는 선생님을 싫어합니다 (jeoneun seonsaengnimeul sileohamnida)

I hate you, teacher.

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Standard “I hate you” in Korean

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 (sileoyo) or 싫어해요 (sileohaeyo). 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 | jeo) and “you” (당신 | dangsin). However, you should replace 당신 (dangsin) with somebody’s name or title, just like you would with formal expressions.

1. 싫어해요 (sileohaeyo)

2. 싫어요 (sileoyo)

3. 저는 당신을 싫어해요 (jeoneun dangsineul sileohaeyo)

4. 저는 당신이 싫어요 (jeoneun dangsini sileoyo)

How to Say I Hate You in Korean standard

Informal “I hate you” in Korean

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 (sileo) or 싫어해 (sileohae) when talking about other things that you dislike.

나 = na | I

너 = neo | you

1. 싫어해 (sileohae)

2. 싫어 (sileo

3. 나는 너를 싫어해 (naneun neoreul sileohae)

4. 나는 네가 싫어 (naneun nega sileo)

How to Say I Hate You in Korean informal

Example:

A: 피자를 먹을래? (pijareul meogeullae)

Do you want some pizza?

B: 싫어! (sileo)

No, I hate it!

A Word of Caution About Romanization

Although the words in this article have been written using romanization and Hangul (the Korean alphabet), not every new word you come across will be written in this way. If you want to improve your Korean, then it is recommended that you start by learning how to read the Korean alphabet. This will help you with your pronunciation and reading skills too.

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Wrap Up

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!

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    8 replies to "“I Hate You” in Korean – Expressing what you don’t like"

    • Avatar for Pragga Pragga

      What do you say about mi_wo….is this meant I hate you or something

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        미워 means “I hate” in informal speech. If you say 너 미워, it means “I hate you.”

    • Avatar for kin kin

      Thanks you

    • Avatar for Alessia Alessia

      What about Miwohae i thought that meant hate or something

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Good question, Alessia! ‘미워해’ also means ‘I hate you’. ^^

    • Avatar for Shayasta Shayasta

      Because I hate you .
      It like this
      내가 너를 미워서.
      It’s correct

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Shayasta! It would be better to say “나는 네가 싫으니까”. ^^

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