How to Say ‘Table’ in Korean

There are many purposes to a table. Sometimes it’s used to eat your meal on, other times it’s your office desk. And that’s not all that a table’s good for!

Naturally, the word for ‘table’ in Korean also changes based on the appearance and usage of the table. In this lesson you’ll learn all the right ways for how to say ‘table’ in Korean. It’s a great Korean word to add to your collection.

Picture of a table with a cup and a notebook

‘Table’ in Korean

To start off easy, it is possible to say table as 테이블 (teibeul) in Korean, which would be its Konglish version. It is also how you can generally explain that you are talking about a table and Koreans will likely understand what you are trying to say.

Another fairly general way to refer to a table is 탁자 (takja). It can also be used to mean a ‘coffee table’. You can also use it to mean ‘desk’.

However, the third common word for table, 식탁 (siktak) is a little bit different. When someone uses the word 식탁, they are typically referring to a ‘dining table’, or possibly a ‘kitchen table’. ‘Dining table’ or ‘dinner table’ can also be called 밥상 (bapsang).

식탁 예법 = siktak yebeop | table manners

테이블 매너 = teibeul maeneo | table manners

식탁에 앉다 = siktage anda | sit at the table

식탁을 차리다 = siktageul charida | set the table

식탁에 오르다 = siktage oreuda | be served at the table

식탁을 치우다 = siktageul chiuda | clear the table

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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


사람들이 테이블주위에 모여있어요 (saramdeuri teibeuljuwie moyeoisseoyo)

People are gathered around the table.

어떤 남자가 탁자를 닦고 있어요 (eoddeon namjaga thakjareul dakkgo isseoyo)

Some man is wiping the table.

사람들이 테이블에 둘러앉아서 보드게임을 하고 있어요 (saramdeuri teibeure dulleoanjaseo bodeugeimeul hago isseoyo)

People are sitting around the table playing a board game.


어떤 재료를 사용하여 이 테이브를 만들었어? (eoddeon jaeryeoreul sayonghayeo i teibeureul mandeureosseo?)

What material did you use to make this table?

식탁 좀 치워줄래? (shiktak jom chiweojullae?)

Could you clean the table?

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14 thoughts on “How to Say ‘Table’ in Korean”

    1. Hi, Han! You can say “전세가 역전되다”. ‘전세’ means ‘war situation’ and ‘역전되다’ means ‘reversed’. So it means ‘the situation has been changed’. ^^

    1. Hi, Bernadette! That’s right! ‘책상’ usually means a study desk because ‘책’ means ‘books’. A table with a mirror is called ‘화장대’, which means ‘a dressing table’. ^^

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