If you are from the United States and visiting or living in South Korea, one of the first things that would be useful to learn is how to tell locals where you’re from. You may be able to do this in English as well, but they would certainly be impressed if you belted out some Korean with your introduction! That’s why, first and foremost, you should learn how to say “United States” in Korean.
However, even if you are not from the United States, but just intend to stay in South Korea for a period of time, learning how to say “United States” in Korean will still be useful to add to your Korean vocabulary.
“United States” in Korean
The correct word for how to say the United States in Korean is 미국 (miguk). To say “an American”, as in an American person, add 사람 (saram) after the word 미국 (miguk). In other words 미국 (miguk)+ 사람 (saram) = 미국사람 (miguksaram). Alternatively, you may also say 미국인 (migukin) to illustrate the same meaning, though this form is usually used when speaking of another person as opposed to when referring to yourself.
Essentially, whatever you wish to say in relation to the United States, whether it’s American politics, military, or something else, you may simply add the word 미국 (miguk) in front of the noun needed. It’s really that simple!
A word of caution about Romanization
We’ve romanized Korean words by writing their closest pronunciation in English letters. It’s good for one-off words, but if you’re planning to learn Korean, then we highly recommend learning Hangeul (Korean Alphabet).
We made a handy guide here that will teach you how to learn before your next meal. It’s surprisingly easy!
Once you know how to read Hangeul, head over here for a step-by-step guide for learning Korean.
요즘 미국의 정치 풍토는 어떻게 되고있습니까? (yojeum miguke jeongchi phungthoneun eoddeokhe dwegoissseumnigga?)
How is the political climate in the United States these days?
저는 미국에서 왔어요. (jeoneun migukeseo wasseoyo.)
I came from the United States.
미국에 가본적 있어요? 어디 가봤어요? (miguke kabonjeok isseoyo? eodi gabwasseoyo?)
Have you ever been to the States? Where did you visit?
내 제일 친한 친구는 미국인이야. (nae jeil chinhan chinguneun migukiniya.)
My best friend is American.
난 미국에서 대학교를 다니고 싶어. (nan migukeseo daehakkyoreul danigo shipheo.)
I want to go to college in the United States.
Now that you know how to say “United States” in Korean, what other Korean terms for countries would you like to learn? Let us know in the comments below!
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