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

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, โ€œI hate that,” or “I hate it.” By learning how to say “I hate you,” you can express these feelings, even if you arenโ€™t saying “I hate you” directly to somebody.

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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.

How to say “I hate you” in Korean

In this video below, you will learn how to say “I hate you” in Korean. Pay close attention to how the words are said to help you improve your pronunciation!

I HATE YOU in Korean - How to say it!

Now, let’s learn further about how to say “I hate you” in Korean using different levels of speech.

Different ways to say “I hate you” in Korean

The verb “to hate” in Korean is ์‹ซ์–ดํ•˜๋‹ค (sileohada). This verb will be the basis of some of this articleโ€™s expressions. It is a ํ•˜๋‹ค (hada) verb, which is one of the most common types of verbs in Korean.

The verb ์‹ซ๋‹ค (silta) also means hate. ์‹ซ๋‹ค (silta) and ์‹ซ์–ดํ•˜๋‹ค (sileohada) are used slightly differently in the third person (she hates you) but can be seen as interchangeable in the first person (I hateโ€ฆ).

Note that the word “hate” isnโ€™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 ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (sileohamnida) or ์‹ซ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (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” (์ € | jeo) and “you” (๋‹น์‹  | dangsin). However, the word for you, ๋‹น์‹  (dangsin), isnโ€™t usually used. Instead, Koreans often use the personโ€™s name or title.

์ € = jeo | Iย 

๋‹น์‹  = dangsin | youย 

1. ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (sileohamnida)

2. ์‹ซ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (silseumnida)

3. ์ €๋Š” ๋‹น์‹ ์„ ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (jeoneun dangsineul sileohamnida)

4. ์ €๋Š” ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ์‹ซ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (jeoneun dangsini silseumnida)

Example:

์ €๋Š” ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜์„ ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (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 donโ€™t need to say “I” or “you”; you can just say ์‹ซ์–ด์š” (sileoyo) or ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ด์š” (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” (์ € | jeo) and “you” (๋‹น์‹  | dangsin). However, you should replace ๋‹น์‹  (dangsin) with somebodyโ€™s name or title, just like you would with formal expressions.

1. ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ด์š” (sileohaeyo)

2. ์‹ซ์–ด์š” (sileoyo)

3. ์ €๋Š” ๋‹น์‹ ์„ ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ด์š” (jeoneun dangsineul sileohaeyo)

4. ์ €๋Š” ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ์‹ซ์–ด์š” (jeoneun dangsini sileoyo)

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 ์‹ซ์–ด (sileo) or ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ด (sileohae) when talking about other things that you dislike.

๋‚˜ = na | I

๋„ˆ = neo | you

1. ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ด (sileohae)

2. ์‹ซ์–ด (sileo

3. ๋‚˜๋Š” ๋„ˆ๋ฅผ ์‹ซ์–ดํ•ด (naneun neoreul sileohae)

4. ๋‚˜๋Š” ๋„ค๊ฐ€ ์‹ซ์–ด (naneun nega sileo)

Example:

A: ํ”ผ์ž๋ฅผ ๋จน์„๋ž˜? (pijareul meogeullae)

Do you want some pizza?

B: ์‹ซ์–ด! (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.

If you want to take your Korean to the next level, take a look at this list of Korean phrases or try our full Korean course. This will help you improve your Korean in no time at all.

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!

Want more Korean phrases? Go to our Korean Phrases Page for a complete list!

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