In this episode, Hyojin and Hyunwoo introduce animal similes in Korean to help you understand what it means when you hear someone say things such as, “that girl is like a fox,” “that man is like a wolf,” “he/she eats like a pig,” or “children are like chicks.”
- 청개구리 [cheong-gae-gu-ri] = green frog / someone who always does things the opposite way he or she was told to do
- 여우 [yeo-u] = fox / a girl who knows how to get what she wants
- 늑대 [neuk-dae] = wolf / a guy with a dirty mind
- 돼지 [dwae-ji] = pig / someone who is chubby or likes to eat a lot
- 강아지 [gang-a-ji] = puppy / a term usually used by grandparents to address their young grandchildren
- 개 [gae] = dog / often associated with insults
- 호랑이 [ho-rang-i] = tiger / a teacher or coach who is very strict
- 곰 [gom] = bear / someone who is numb or can’t read the atmosphere
- 두꺼비 [du-kkeo-bi] = toad / only used in the form 떡두꺼비, which refers to a healthy new-born son
- 병아리 [byeong-a-ri] = chick / young and cute children
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This episode of Ask Hyojin was sponsored by Hello Talk. You can find language exchange partners and practice chatting in Korean for free using this app. Click on the image below to download the iOS app.
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