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10 The Most Important Body Parts Name In The Korean Language

Hello, friends! We meet again at the foreign language learning day. Today, we are going to figure out a way to pronounce ten body parts name in the Korean language.

Soon and shortly, we will learn how to say belly and nose in Korean. I can guarantee that you won't spend your time that much to learn. Just like shooting fish in a barrel!

Talking about the words that we learned for the first time as the foreign language, can you remember your earliest expressions in Korean? I still remember, my top Korean vocabularies are popular and almost foreigners studied it at the beginning!

However, this chapter doesn't contain my 1st words in the Korean language. Because right now, we will learn to mention the ten of body parts name within the Korean language.

In the past, there are five words in Korean that I learned for the first time, they are hello, how are you, goodbye, thank you, and sorry. As long as I remember, I have already created and published the articles with title "How to introduce yourself politely" and "How to say bye in Korean". It seems simple, correct?

Normally, as the English and Korean learner, those are five first words which we should know as the foreign language students. Even though, you can find someone who will start their lesson from another vocabulary.

How about you, friends? What are your five first words in Korean?

Well! At this time, I want to invite you to insert ten new words to your Korean phrasebook. Not much, is it? There are only 10 words for this day. And, this basic vocabulary is simple and familiar in our daily life. Without a doubt, you will recognize the subject by reading the title of this article immediately.

And, that's right! We will discover the names of our body elements, such as learn to say eyes, nose, and lips in Korean. This topic can improve our phrasebook for the daily conversation because we mention one of the body parts name at least 5 times per day. Get ready to catch all of them.

How to say body in Korean?

You need to know how to say body in Korean

For your information, based on the dictionary, we have two words to describe a body in Korean. The first is 몸 (Mom), and the second is 신체 (Sinjae). The question is, "what is the difference between 몸 and 신체?"

Since I am an Indonesian people, I am not sure, how to explain it in English. In my language, Bahasa Indonesia, it is similar with the difference between "Tubuh" and "Badan". Because English is very simple, we called Tubuh, Badan, 몸, and 신체 as a body.

The function between "몸 and 신체" is different. We can say that 몸 means "Badan" in Bahasa Indonesia which is more general so we can use it on many topics, and 신체 means "Tubuh" in the Indonesian language which is related to a medical definition.

So, now, we will learn how to say head, hair, eyes, nose, lips, neck, shoulders, hands, arms, back, belly, and foot in Korean.

Let's go! Stay tuned and keep up with this article. I am Han Ruby, will guide you study Korean in Memrise Student's blog. Currently, you are reading my notes which is talking about the human body parts name in Korean.

1. How to say head in Korean?

Have you ever watched a Korean drama series or reality shows? Do you like singing a Korean song? Are you the fans of BTS, Bingbang, Super Junior, or EXO? Do you think that you are attending an exam? Do you wish me to stop asking? Affirmative. Command succeeded.

How to say Head in Korean?

Several days ago on YouTube, I watched a reality show that the most often mentioned the names of human body parts in Korean. That is "Cool Kiz On The Block" from KBS World TV. This extravaganza presents the real battle by the athletes and artists who can fight with a mixed martial art, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Taichi, and others.

If we watch and listen carefully, we will hear the most mentioned the human body parts by them are head, nose, and legs. If the challenger tries to kick the opponent's head. Then, if he fails, the audience will comment, "His leg is just too short hahaha..." Do you know how to say "head" in Korean?

When you watch the video, you will notice that their coach repeatedly shout, "Head! Head! Head!" For your information, 머리 in English means head. And 머리 in Korean is read as "Meori/Meoli". Anyway, can you catch his reason why he says 머리 over and over?

It is because the coach wants the challenger keeps directing his attacks toward the head to gain a higher point than attacking the another body element. Meanwhile, when the foot of the participant injures the opponent's nose accidentally, the audiences will give their comments related the chronology, feet, nose, and head.

Based on my experience, it is very easy for us to remember the body parts name in the Korean language by listening to the objects repeatedly. And of course, we need to know the vocabularies in order to remember the pronunciation.

From the video above, we will hear how Korean guys pronounce 머리. Can you follow the way they speak, including the intonation and the accent?

2. Know how to say hair in Korean perfectly

Straight to the point. Literally, hair in Korean is translated as 머리카락 (read it as "Meorikalag"). But, you need to know that practically, Korean guys use 머리 for they daily conversation.

Korean people call both head and hair as 머리. We will understand what they want to say by paying attention to the context. Check again the video to help you pronounce 머리 perfectly. Once again! Hair in Korean is 머리.

As we see, 머리 has many translations. It can be interpreted as a head, a person's intelligence, and hair. But, sometimes, 머리 can be translated as a leader or the head of a group also. It seems like this word can be used in many situations.

How to say Hair in the Korean language?

Even though it is very rare, but 머리 has some synonyms, they are 머리카락 (Meorikalag), 머리털 (Meoriteol), and 두통 (Dutong). Then, what is the best translation for Hair? "Hair" in Korean is 머리 also. The question is, how do we know which of the three objects are referring to the topic of conversation? I told you that we need to understand the situation and pay attention to the sentence completely.

3. Eyes; (4) Nose; (5) Lips

Friends, do you know how to mention lips in Korean? Then, how about eyes and nose? We will notice the answers within the song lyrics titled "Eyes, Nose, Lips" by Taeyang.

In the previous section, we found that for foreign language learning, movies and reality shows are helpful. In fact, music will help us to grant some additional vocabularies in a superb method too. Because repeat the main lyrics is the song writer's habit.

How to say Nose in Korean?

So, what is a nose in Korean? 코 (Kho) in English means nose. How about eyes and lips? We can say eyes as 눈 (Nun), and 입 (Ib) is lips in Korean. And then, the conclusion is:

  • Eyes = 눈 (Nun)
  • Nose = 코 (Kho)
  • Lips = 입 (Ib)

Alright! Are you ready to play the Taeyang's song? Here is it, "눈, 코, 입" by Taeyang feat TABLO. Let's sing! "너의 눈, 코, 입. Every look and every breath. Every kiss still got me dying."

6. Do you know the translation of neck in Korean?

The next part of the body names is the neck. The neck is one of 10 the most important body parts name which is connected our head with our body. Because of the neck, we can turn our head to the right and to the left. Well! The neck in Korean is 목 (Mok/Mog).

7. Shoulders; (8) Hands

After we learned about the body elements name such as head, hair, nose, eyes, lips, belly, and neck. Now, we need to know how to say shoulders and hands in Korean.

In English, 어깨 means shoulders, where we can read 어깨 as "Okke". And hands in Korean is 손. The romanization of 손 can be written as Son.

We can't read 손 (Son) like reading a son in English vocabulary, which has a synonym of boys. However, 손 is read as for how it is written. It is similar to the way of the romanization of Hiragana and Katakana letters in Japanese.

What is the difference between hands and arms? 

Literally, we said from fingers to shoulders as hands. And we typically say right hand and left hand in our daily conversations. For example, "I am a right-handed", or "she pressed the button by using her left hand".

Probably, somebody will say "she pressed the button with her thumb", however typically no one care which finger that someone used, we will more pay attention to the hands that he/she used. Right hand, or left hand?

And, we call from wrists to shoulders as arms, therefore we can exclude the area from fingers and palms. Please check the image below as the contrast between arms and hands.

what is Hands in Korean?

As I said before and also according to the image above, 손 in English means hands. And arms in Korean is 팔 (Pal). Do you know how to read 손 and 팔? The Hangul romanization of 손 is "Son", and for 팔 is "Pal".

9. How to say belly in Korean?

The next lesson is belly. I don't have any idea about a song which uses belly as the main objects on the song lyrics. But, belly in Korean is 배. It can be read as "Be".

10. You need to know how to say foot in Korean

Finally, we reach the last of our body elements name! If you want to look at the English-Korean dictionary for the translation of foot, then you will find immediately that 발 in English means a foot. 발 can be read as "Bal".

How to say Foot in Korean?

What do you think? It is very easy, right? Anyway, in addition to the top 10 of the most important body parts name in the Korean language, I would like to give you the other of 3 body parts as a bonus. And here it is:


  • Skin = 피부
  • Butt = 엉덩이
  • Back = 등

I hope it helps you a lot. 고맙습니다~


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