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‘Bad’ in Korean: How to Say Bad in Korean

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https://vimeo.com/manage/254054278/embedWhen we learn Korean, it is important to learn positive words such as ‘love’ and ‘like’, but it is also crucial to know how to say bad in Korean to express yourself clearly in certain unfortunate situations. If you are teaching English in Korea as an example, it is important that you know how to say bad in Korean, to express your concerns and to redirect the students’ bad behavior in class. In this lesson, you will learn how to say ‘bad’ in Korean.


How to Say Bad in Korean

Here is how to say bad in Korean: 나쁜 [na bbeun] which literally means ‘bad’ or we say  나빠요 [na-bba-yo]

You can use the word 나쁜 as an adjective, and add it to 하루, which we have previously learned as ‘day’ to create a word.

나쁜 하루 [nabbeun haru] literally means ‘bad day’

나쁜 nabbeun is a commonly used word in the Korean language and is widely used the same way as we use ‘bad’ in English. For example, ‘나쁜 학생’ [na bbeun hakseng] means ‘bad student’.


Sample Sentences Using Bad in Korean

지훈씨 나쁜사람인가요?  [Jihoon ssi, nabbeun saram inga-yo?]!

“Jihoon, are you a bad person?”

선생님, 기분이 나빠요 [sun-sang-nim, gibunee na bba yo. )

“I am feeling bad, teacher!”

Note here that na bbeun becomes nabba-yo as we used the term in the formal manner. Also, sun-sang-nim, which means ‘teacher’ in Korean, should be regarded with highest manner in being spoken to, therefore, we always use ‘ssi’ or  ‘nim’ at the end of their name, or title, and use ‘yo’ at the end when describing verbs.

Bad in Korean in the Informal Way 

As you may already know, there are three ways to speak in Korean: the  honorific, formal and informal, depending on who you are talking to. In our Beeline lessons, we only focus on the formal and informal ways of speaking Korean, as the honorific form is not used very often in daily conversations.

An example of using the informal way of speaking, say, if an older person is speaking to Jihoon:

지훈, 오늘 기분이 나빠요? [Jihoon, o-neul giboon-ee na-bba-yo?]

Jihoon, are you in a bad mood today?

Now that you know how to say bad in Korean, you are able to not only tell people when you are not feeling good, you can also start telling people how ‘bad’ your Monday was back at the office!

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