“Sure” in Korean – Expressing certainty and agreement

In this article, we’ll be going over how to say “sure” in Korean as well as the ways in which you can use it.

Maybe not always, but sometimes there are moments when we are absolutely “sure” of something. Or, someone says something that you surely agree to. Or perhaps, you are given a suggestion by someone to which you want to respond “sure.”

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Whatever the situation, “sure” is another handy term to learn.

All of the Korean vocabulary you’ll learn 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. You can download a free guide here and be reading Korean words in about 1 hour.

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. Let’s begin!

Different ways to say “sure” in Korean

As was described above, there are a few different ways to say “sure” in Korean. Quite specifically, you can use it as an adjective, as a form of agreement, or as a slang word used in Korea. Below, we will go over how to say “sure” in detail so that you can best learn how to apply its different uses.

If you can’t read in Korean just yet, I suggest you go through our Korean alphabet article first!

“Sure” in Korean (as an adjective)

The first way to use “sure” is as an adjective. In this case, there are a few different ways you can utilize it.

확신하다 (hwaksinhada)

Conjugated as 확신하는 (hwaksinhaneun), this is used when it is sure that something or some situation is true. You can also use it to mean that someone is sure they are getting something. You can think of this particular term to also mean that something is “certain.”

Sample sentence:

이 저녁 식사가 반드시 성공할 것이라고 확신해요. (i jeonyeok siksaga bandeusi seonggonghal geosirago hwaksinhaeyo.)

I am sure this dinner will be a success.

확실하다 (hwaksilhada)

Conjugated as 확실한 (hwaksilhan), this can also be used to mean that someone is sure that they are getting something.

By turning it into the adverb 확실히 (hwaksilhi), you can emphasize that what you are saying is sure or for sure. You can also add 하다 (hada) to 확실히 when you want to make sure that something is getting done.

If you’d like to learn more about how to conjugate in Korean, here’s an article dedicated to teaching you all about it!

“Sure” in Korean (as a form of agreement)

There are a few ways in which you can use “sure” to agree with something someone is saying or suggesting. These two words are 물론 (mullon) and 그럼 (geureom).

물론 (mullon) can also be taken to mean “Of course.” To clearly differentiate between the two, when saying “Of course,” you may stretch it out as 물론이지 (mulloniji).

그럼 (geurom) can be used in an informal way. But you may also want to switch to 그럼요 (geureomyo) in some instances. This is the noun form of 그렇다 (geureota), which simply means “Yes.”

Sample dialogue:

A: 우리 내일 점심에 아직 만나는 거예요? (uri naeil jeomsime ajik mannaneun geoyeyo?

Are we still meeting for lunch tomorrow?

B: 그럼요! 절대 잊지 마세요. (geureomyo! jeoldae itji maseoyo.)

Of course! Please don’t ever forget it.

Other uses of “Sure” in Korean

For such a simple term, it can be used in surprisingly many ways in the Korean language. Here are some more ways you can use it.

확인하다 (hwaginhada)

This can be used to make sure something is just how you expect or want it to be.

Sample sentence:

집을 떠나기 전에 버스 시간표를 확인했어요. (jibeul tteonagi jeone beoseu siganpyoreul hwaginhaesseoyo.)

I made sure to check the bus schedule before I left home.

확신을 가지다 (hwagsineul gajida)

This can be used when you are sure of yourself. In other words, you trust your abilities and are confident in yourself.

반드시 ~하다 (bandeusi ~hada)

Similar to 확실히 하다 ((hwaksilhi hada), this is also used when taking action to make sure something will happen or be true. This is typically used more so to talk about the action you yourself are taking rather than suggesting someone else do something.

Wrap Up

Now, are you sure you know how to say “sure” in Korean? We are sure that after this article, you have learned many ways to use it. And you’ll do a fantastic job using them, too!

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments!

Now, we think you might love to learn Korean further! Let’s find out more words by learning Korean adjectives and Korean slang next.

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