How to Say “I’m Bored” in Korean

In this article, we’ll teach you how to say “I’m bored” in Korean.

Life is exciting these days, especially in Korea! Whether you’re working, traveling, or hanging out during your leisure time, there are plenty of things to do.

With all these choices, you’re sure to have a full calendar! However, there are those rare times when you’ll need to express your boredom. We’ll make sure you know how!

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All of the Korean vocabulary below will be in Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) with romanized Korean next to it. We recommend learning the Korean alphabet so you can learn these terms faster and have accurate pronunciation.

Being able to read the Korean alphabet will help you retain the core Korean words you should learn first. It will also improve your overall Korean language learning plan.

How to say “bored” in Korean

The two common ways to say the adjective “bored” in Korean are 지루하다 (jiruhada) and 심심하다 (simsimhada).

While both of them mean the same thing in English, they are used in slightly different ways.

지루하다 (jiruhada)

The first one is 지루하다 (jiruhada), which means “I’m bored of it.”

For example, if you’ve been taking the same commute to work or school, you could use 지루하다 (jiruhada).

Two types of 'I'm Bored' in Korean

심심하다 (simsimhada)

The second one is 심심하다 (simsimhada), which means “I’m bored with nothing to do.”

For example, you might be stuck inside your house for a few days all alone, because of a snowstorm. In that case, you could use 심심하다 (simsimhada).

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Formal “I’m Bored” in Korean

Below are the formal versions of how to say “I’m bored” in Korean. You might hear this in a news report, at your workplace, during a meeting, during a speech, or a lecture.

1. 지루합니다 (jiruhamnida)


회의는 지루합니다. (hoeuineun jiruhamnida)

The meeting is boring.

2. 심심합니다 (simsimhamnida)


학생들은 심심합니다. (haksaengdeureun simsimhamnida)

The students are bored.

Standard “I’m Bored” in Korean

The standard version of “I’m bored” in Korean is used in everyday conversation. You might use this phrase to tell your coworker about your home life.

1. 지루해요 (jiruhaeyo)


나는 지루해요. (naneun jiruhaeyo)

I’m bored.

2. 심심해요 (simsimhaeyo)


집에 있을 때 너무 심심해요. (jibe isseul ttae neomu simsimhaeyo)

When I’m at home, I’m really bored.

Informal “I’m Bored” in Korean

Lastly, below are the informal ways to say “I’m bored.” Since this is the informal version, you should use it with those close to you. You might use it with your best friend or classmate who you know well. You can also use this with your spouse or significant other.

1. 지루해 (jiruhae)


똑같은 연설은 지루해. (ttokgateun yeonseoreun jiruhae)

I’m tired of the same speech.

2. 심심해 (simsimhae)


하루 종일 혼자 있어서 심심해. (haru jongil honja isseoseo simsimhae)

I’m bored from being alone all day.

How to pronounce “I’m bored” in Korean

Now that you know how to say “I’m bored” in Korean, watch this video below and pay attention to how each word is pronounced.

How to Say "I'M BORED" in Korean

A Word of Caution About Romanization

We’ve added in the Romanization for all of these words to help with pronunciation. However, we recommend that you try to move on to reading comfortably in Hangul (the Korean alphabet), as this will improve your pronunciation and your reading skills. It will also help you notice patterns in words, which will lead you to improve the rate at which you learn new Korean words and grammar points.

You can download a free guide to learn the Korean alphabet in about an hour here.

Learning vocabulary words is a great way to help you learn the basics of a language, but your language learning will only really take off once you start attempting to have conversations in Korean. Take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when studying Korean.

Wrap Up

After reading this, you know two things. First, you know how to say “I’m bored” in Korean. Secondly, you know how to distinguish between the two versions of “I’m bored” in Korean.

Now that you know how to say this phrase, we hope you don’t have to use it. Instead, listen to people who say it, and try to make their day exciting!

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

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