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Animals In Korean|vocabulary for 147+pet,farm, sea animals

It’s not easy speaking about animals in Korean, is it? Especially when “your pet or a visit to the zoo” pops up in the conversation.

Here’s a great idea. Add “animals” to your Korean vocabulary list.


You can show off your pet-loving skills to impress your family/friends or say “hello” to your cute pets in Korean and make everyone jealous of your killer bilingual skills.

Because Koreans are really crazy about their pets these days. It’s no secret that you’ll spot cute puppies and animal talk in K-drama and K-pop.

After all, animals are man’s best friends. 

Here you’ll find a complete manual about all animals in Korean! From pets, farms, oceans, and forest animals to reptiles, bugs, and birds in Korea, this lesson has it all! (with examples and exercises). 

All right world, it’s time to dig in. (to the core!!!)

How to Say Animals in Korean: A Guide for Beginners

Animals are a huge part of Korean families these days. So it’s the best idea to add some words to the vocabulary list that you can use in daily life conversations.

The Korean word for animals is 동물(dongmul), which is an interesting word. It literally translates to “movement thing”.This word comes from two Chinese characters: 동 means movement and 물 means Thing.

Here is a list of animals in Korean language (with translations for beginners)to help you get started:

  • Animals in Korean – 동물 (dongmul).
  • Dog in Korean – 개(gae)
  • Cat in Korean – 고양이(go-yang-i)
  • Fox in Korean – 여우 (yeou)
  • Turtle in Korean – 거북이(geobugi)
  • Mouse in Korean – 쥐(jwi)
  • Tiger in Korean – 호랑이(Ho-rang-i)
  • Cow in Korean – 소(so)
  • Puppy in Korean – 강아지(gang-a-ji)
  • Kitten in Korean – 아기 고양이(agi goyang-i)
  • Lion in Korean – 사자 (Sa-ja)
  • Chicken in Korean – 닭(dak)
  • Pig in Korean – 돼지(dwaeji)
  • Frog in Korean – 개구리(gaeguri)
  • Rabbit in Korean – 토끼(to-ggi)
  • Elephant in Korean – 코끼리(Ko-ggi-li)
  • Duck in Korean – 오리(oli)
  • Snake in Korean – 뱀(baem)
  • Butterfly in Korean – 나비(nabi)
  • Horse in Korean – 말(mal)
  • Giraffe in Korean – 기린(Gi-lin)

animals in korean

How to use the Name of Animals in Korean Sentences?

Korean grammar is difficult to learn. so many rules & so little time But luckily, it’s okay not to use a grammar book to use the names of animals in a sentence.

Unlike Korean fruit vocabulary, Just use these words like you use nouns in English and you are good to go.

Need to say sentences in Korean like “Do you have pets”? Or “What’s your favorite animal”? Well, we’ve got you covered Just follow these simple examples first and you’ll be able to ask and answer questions in Korean like a pro!

Suppose, you need to discuss your preferred animal or likes/dislikes in Korean in general like I Like Puppy 나는 강아지를 좋아해요- naneun gangaji reul joaheyo if you need to ask somebody “do you like animals?” or answers it like “I like animals”, at that point you can say like

  • Do you like animals?

동물을 좋아하세요?-dongmureul joahaseyo

  • Yes, I love animals.

네, 동물을 아주 좋아해요-ne, dongmul-eul aju joh-ahaeyo

  • No. I hate animals.

아니요. 저는 동물을 싫어해요-aniyo joneun dongmureul sirohaeyo

Below you will find some commonly used  Korean phrases that you can use while talking about animals in the Korean language.

·     애완동물 기르시는 거 있으세요?·    
네, 강아지를 키우고 있어요·    아니요, 애완동물이 없어요
·       Do you have a pet?·      
Yes, I have a puppy.·      
No, I don’t have any pets.
·       제일 좋아하는 동물이 뭐예요?·       
좋아하는 동물은 토끼에요.
·      What’s your favorite animal?·      
My favorite animal is a rabbit
·       ​동물이 무서워요?·       아니, 난 아니에요·       네, 거미와 뱀이 무서워요·      Are you scared of animals?·    
No, I am not·  
Yes, I am scared of Spiders and snakes
.      우리랑 같이 동물원에 갈래요?·      네, 갈게요.·      아니요.·    Would you like to go to the zoo with us?· 
    Yes, I will come !·     
·      당신의 고양이는 뭐라고 부르나요? ·      내 고양이 이름은 가필드·     What is your cat called?·     
My cat’s name is Garfield.

You can learn the names of Korean animals in a matter of minutes, and the counting will be a cinch too

How to Count Animals using the counter 마리(mari)?

animals in korean

You might be wondering how to count animals. Well, it’s a little more complicated than just saying “one, two, three.”

Here is how

To count animals in Korean, all you need to do is first write the “animal’s name”, followed by “the number of animals, then add 마리(Mari)(counter for animals in Korean)

The easy 3-step formula

(Nouns specifying the kind of animal) + native Korean Number + 마리(counter for animals in Korean)

Don’t know how native Korean numbers work?

Let’s see some examples first

  • Three Dogs = 개가 세 마리()= 개가 (dogs)+세(three) +마리(counter)
  • Four Cats  = 고양이  네 마리()=고양이(cat)+ 네(four) +마리(counter)

Let’s see a few more examples of using “Mari” in Korean sentences:

  • 개가 세 마리 있어요. — I have three dogs.
  • 고양이 네 마리를 봐요. — I see four cats.

Want to learn how to count in Korean fast?

Finished counting?  it’s time to learn the names of different animals in Korean (I sort them by categories for easy reading)

animals in korean

It’s so common in Seoul that you can chat with locals about their beautiful pets. You could even say hello, 안녕하세요! And start talking about their small and big animals in Korean.

 If so, why not start with  the name of common pets animals in Korean 

After all, animals are a huge part of Korean culture

In Korean, pets are called 애완동물. Here is how to say the most common pets in Korean with translation  and examples

  • Dog – 개 – gae
  • Puppy – 강아지 – gangaji
  • Cat – 고양이 – goyangi
  • Rabbit – 토끼 – To-ggi
  • Mouse – 쥐 – jwi
  • Bird – 새 – (sae)
  • Hamster – 햄스터 – (haemseuteo)
  • Guinea pig – 기니피그 – (ginipigeu)
  • Lizard – 도마뱀 – domabaem
  • Frog – 개구리 – gaeguri
  • Snake – 뱀 –  baem
  • Turtle – 거북이 – geobuki
  • Goldfish – 금붕어 – geumbung-eo
  • Parrot – 앵무새 – aengmusae


개는 충실한 동물입니다- gaeneun chungsilhan dongmurimnida

Dogs are faithful animals.

I like dog 

  • Cat in Korean

My mother bought me a white cat

어머니가 하얀 고양이를 사주셨어요- omoniga hayan goyangireul sajusyossoyo

  • Rabbit in Korean

Rabbits are very social animals.

토끼는 매우 사교적 인 동물입니다.-tokkineun maeu sagyojok in dongmurimnida

  • Mouse in Korean

A mouse is a small animal.

쥐는 작은 동물이다.-jwineun jageun dongmurida

  • Bird in Korean

we saw many birds on the way.

우리는 도중에 많은 새들을 보았다.-urineun dojunge maneun saedeureul boattta

My mom likes to raise birds

  • Hamster

I bought a little hamster.

저는 작은 햄스터를 하나 샀어요.-joneun jageun haemseutoreul hana sassoyo

That hamster is really cute

  • Guinea pig

I like guinea pigs among all animals.

나는 모든 동물 중에서 기니피그를 좋아합니다-naneun modeun dongmul jungeso ginipigeureul joahamnida

i want to buy a guinea pig

  • Lizard in Korean

Is that a lizard on the wall?

벽에 걸린 도마뱀인가요?-byoge golrin domabaemingayo

  • Frog in Korean

I found a frog on my desk.

책상 위에서 개구리를 발견했어요 -chaegsang wieseo gaegulileul balgyeonhaess-eoyo.

  • Snake in Korean

I am afraid of snakes

뱀이 무서워요-naneun baemi musowoyo

  • Turtle in Korean

Don’t you hate turtles?

거북이를 싫어하지 않으세요?-gobugi reul sirohaji aneuseyo

My son is afraid of turtles.

did you know this?

  • The turtle is the symbol of long life in Korea, as well as the symbol of knowledge.

  • Goldfish-금붕어

There are many goldfish in the aquarium.

수족관에는 금붕어가 많이 있습니다.-sujokkkwaneneun geumbungoga mani itsseumnida

He has five goldfish

  • Parrot

My grandfather has two parrots

우리 할아버지는 두 마리의 앵무새가 있어요-uri haraboji neun du marie aengmusaega issoyo

Done already? You are such a genius

But How many of these farm animals can you say in Korean? I’m sure there are still some that will surprise you!

15+ Farm Animals Names to Boost Your Korean Vocabulary.

animals in Korean -farm animals

The Korean word for Farm animals is 농장 동물. Here is a complete list of farm animals in Korean with Infographics, translations, and examples.

  • Bee – 벌 – beol
  • Cat – 고양이 – goyangi
  • Chicken – 닭 – dak
  • Cow  – 소 – so
  • Deer – 사슴 – Sa-seum
  • Dog – 개 – gae
  • Donkey – 당나귀 – dangnagwi
  • Dove – 비둘기 – bidulgi
  • Duck – 오리 – oli
  • Fish –  물고기 – mulgogi
  • Goat – 염소 – Yeom-so
  • Horse – 말- mal
  • Parrot – 앵무새 – aengmusae
  • Pig – 돼지- dwaeji
  • Sheep – 양- yang
  • bull/ox – 황소 – Hwang-so
  • Buffalo – 물소 – mulso
  • Goose- 거위 – geowi


  • Cow In Korean

A cow is a useful animal

소는 유용한 동물입니다 -soneun yuyonghan dongmurimnida

  • Pig in Korean

I know a lot about pigs

나는 돼지에 대해 많이 안다 -naneun dwaejie daehae mani anda

My mom likes sheep.

  • Sheep

우리 엄마는 양을 좋아해요-uli eommaneun yang-eul joh-ahaeyo.

  • Chicken in Korean

The farmer is selling chickens and chicks

농부가 닭과 병아리를 팔고 있다 -nongbuga dakkkwa byongarireul palgo ittta

  • Goat

Is it a goat?


  • Horse in Korean

I want to ride a horse

나는 말을 타고 싶어요-naneun mareul tago sipoyo

Fun Facts: Korean Animals that You Never Knew Existed

  • Horses have been an important part of Korean culture from the very beginning. During the Three Kingdoms Period, figurines of horses were buried in tombs to act as spiritual companions for the deceased and make their journey easier.
  • Goose

We have 20 geese on our farm

우리 농장에는 거위 20 마리가 있어요-uri nongjangeneun gowi isip mariga issoyo

  • Donkey

That donkey is slow and lazy.

저 당나귀는 느리고 게으르다 -jo dangnagwineun neurigo geeureuda

  • Fish

Don’t forget to feed the fish.

물고기에게 먹이를 주는 것을 잊지 마세요-mulgogiege mogireul juneun goseul itjji maseyo

  • Duck in Korean

How many ducks are there in the pond?

연못에 오리가 몇 마리 있습니까?-yonmose origa myot mari itsseumnikka

  • Buffalo

Have you ever seen a fat giant buffalo?

여러분은 뚱뚱하고 거대한 버팔로를 본 적이 있나요?-yorobuneun ttungttunghago godaehan bopalroreul bon jogi innayo

We’re happy to announce that you can now say “pets” and “farm animals” on Facebook, in restaurants, on the street, or anywhere for that matter. 

So what’s next? Babies are on the line.

How To Describe Baby Animals In Korean: 20 Korean Words for Animals and Their Young

Pets are so adorable, right?  We all know that

But if you want to feel extra cute, get a baby! 

So, When you want to say “how cute” in Korean and want to refer to young animals, here is a complete list of some Korean words that can help you get started (with examples and pronunciation).

  • Puppy in Korean –  강아지 – gangaji
  • Kitten in Korean – 아기 고양이 – agi goyang-i
  • Chick in Korean  – 병아리 – byeong-a-ri
  • Bunny in Korean – 아기토 – agi tokki
  • Calf in Korean – 송아지 – song-a-ji
  • Pony in Korean –  조랑말  – jorangmal
  • Lamb in Korean – 양고기 – yanggogi
  • Egg in Korean – 계란 – gyelan

Do You Make These Korean Pronunciation Mistakes?

  • Koreans often confuse full-grown dogs and puppies because they use the word 강아지 for both. It’s probably because of all the negative connotations 개 has

It’s time for some Example phrases.

  • Tom really loves chicks.

톰은 병아리를 정말 좋아해요.-tomeun byongarireul jongmal joahaeyo

  • We have two puppies and a cat

우리는 강아지 두 마리와 고양이 한 마리를 키우고 있습니다.-urineun gangaji du mariwa goyangi han marireul kiugo itsseumnida

  •  The white bunny is so cute

하얀 토끼가 너무 귀여워요.-hayan tokkiga nomu gwiyowoyo

  •  I eat eggs every day

나는 매일 계란을 먹는다-naneun maeil gyeraneul mongneund

  •  I see a pony over there

저기에 조랑말이 보여요 -jogie jorangmari boyoyo

Baby animals are so adorable but they aren’t the only ones who deserve your attention.

So, What’s next – aliens?

Learn the Korean names of wild animals: the complete list and pronunciation.

wild animals in korean

The Korean word for wild animals is 야생동물(). Here’s a complete list of animals in Korean found in the wild and in zoos with examples and pronunciation to help you to get started.

Polar bear북극곰Buk-geuk-gom
Doe(female deer)노루No-lu


  • Tiger in Korean – 호랑이

The tiger escaped from the zoo.

호랑이는 동물원에서 탈출했다 – horangineun dongmurwoneso talchulhaettta

Did You Know?

  • The word for tiger in Korean is 호랑이. It’s the image of power and courage. It shows up in Korean culture, fables, and art as a celestial creature that brings luck!
  • Lion in Korean – 사자

I’m afraid of lions.

저는 사자가 무서워요 -joneun sajaga musowoyo

  • Deer

I love deer a lot

나는 사슴을 많이 좋아한다 -naneun saseumeul mani joahanda

  • Fox in Korean

Foxes are wild animals

여우는 야생 동물입니다 -yeouneun yasaeng dongmul-ibnida.

Did you know the Dark tales of gumiho in Korea?

  • Nine-tailed foxes are a legendary Korean folktale from way back in the day. This thing is called gumiho. So you’ve seen this beloved monster in Korean dramas like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, huh?
  • And here’s the secret to spotting a gumiho.  Let me tell you the dark tale of Gumiho. It’s kind of like a fox, but not really. This shape-shifting fox spirit lives in the forest, has nine tails, and can turn into a beautiful woman who seduces men and feasts on their hearts and livers.
  • No wonder they’re so well-known in Korean culture and folklore!
  • So be careful when you meet one next time!!!!
  • Elephant in Korean

An elephant is a strong animal

코끼리는 강한 동물이다 -kokkirineun ganghan dongmurida

Have You Heard this Fun fact? How do Koreans form the word for an elephant?


  • Zebra

Zebras are  black and white

얼룩말은 흑백입니다-olrungmareun heukppaegimnida

Fun facts about animals in Korean: Did you know zebra in Korean can mean this? 얼룩말-얼룩(stain)+ 말(horse)

  • Monkey in Korean -원숭이

monkeys are very good at climbing

원숭이는 등반을 아주 잘합니다-wonsungineun deungbaneul aju jalhamnida

  • Bear in Korean -곰

I saw a brown bear over there

나는 저기 갈색 곰을 보았다-naneun jogi galsaek gomeul boattt

  • Rhinoceros

It’s a book on rhinoceros.

코뿔소에 관한 책이에요 -koppulsoe gwanhan chaegieyo


  • Hippopotamus – 하마

She knows a lot about hippos.

그녀는 하마들에 대해 많이 알고 있습니다 -geunyoneun hamadeure daehae mani algo itsseumnida

  • Giraffe in Korean

You can see many giraffes in this forest.

이 숲에서 많은 기린을 볼 수 있다 -i supeso maneun girineul bol su ittta

  • Camel

You can see many camels in the desert

사막에서 많은 낙타를 볼 수 있어요-samageso maneun naktareul bol su issoyo

  • Gorilla

gorillas are dangerous animals

고릴라는 위험한 동물이다-gorilraneun wihomhan dongmurida

  • Panda in Korean

Look at that fat panda.

저 뚱뚱한 팬더 좀 봐.-jo ttungttunghan paendo jom bwa

  • Polar bear

My kids love polar bears.

우리 아이들은 북극곰을 정말 좋아해요-uri aideureun bukkkeukkkomeul jongmal joahaeyo

  • Koala

Koalas are lazy animals.

코알라는 게으른 동물이다-koalraneun geeureun dongmurida

  • Wolf in Korean 

I’m really afraid of wolves.

저는 늑대가 정말 무서워요-joneun neukttaega jongmal musowoyo

  • Bat in Korean

A bat is not a friendly animal

박쥐는 친근한 동물이 아니다-bakjjwineun chingeunhan dongmuri anida

  • Rat

What kind of rat lives around here?

이 근처에는 어떤 종류의 쥐가 살고 있나요?-i geunchoeneun otton jongnyue jwiga salgo innayo

  • Squirrel in Korean-다람쥐

There are lots of squirrels in this area.

이 지역에는 다람쥐가 많이 있어요 – i jiyogeneun daramjwiga mani issoyo

  • Racoon

Is it a raccoon?

너구리인가요? – noguriingayo

  • Kangaroo

He went to Australia to see kangaroos

그는 캥거루를 보러 호주로 갔다. – geuneun kaenggorureul boro hojuro gattta

  • Hedgehog

The hedgehog is a small animal.

고슴도치는 작은 동물 이에요. – goseumdochineun jageun dongmul ieyo

How to talk about Reptiles(파충류) & Amphibian() In Korean

Love to visit parks and lakes in Korea? or up for the countryside hike?

Either way, the chances are you will be able to point out these exotic animal names more often than you think.

So it makes more sense to add the names of the animals to your vocabulary now.

Below is a list of 10 common reptiles in Korean with translations and examples for you

  • Crocodile-악어

Have you ever fed a crocodile?

악어에게 먹이를 준 적이 있나요?-agoege mogireul jun jogi innayo

  • Snake In Korean-뱀

You know a lot about snakes

뱀에 대해 많이 알고 있네요-baeme daehae mani algo inneyo

  • Iguana-이구아나

I have a picture of an iguana

이구아나 사진이 있어요-iguana sajin-i iss-eoyo

  • Tortoise In Korean

Tortoise is slow and lazy

            거북이는 느리고 게으릅니다.gobugineun neurigo geeureumnida

  • Frog In Korean-개구리

Frogs turn into princes only in fairy tales.

개구리는 동화에서만 왕자로 변합니다.gaegurineun donghwaesoman wangjaro byonhamnida

  • Toad

A toad came out of the water suddenly.

두꺼비가 갑자기 물 밖으로 나왔어요-dukkobiga gapjjagi mul bakkeuro nawassoyo

  • Tadpole

Tadpoles are too small.

올챙이는 너무 작아요-olchaengineun nomu jagayo

  • Salamander

Have you ever seen a salamander?

도롱뇽을 본 적이 있는가?-dorongnyongeul bon jogi inneunga

Fun fact- Anteater kamihalki=kami(ant)+ halta(to lick)

Sea Creature & Fish In Korean [물고기]

ocean animals in korean

Fish in Korean is called. Here is a complete list of the most famous fish and sea animals in Korean for you to get started(with examples and pronunciation help)

Sea horse해마Hae-ma
Jelly fish해파리haepali
Sea lion바다 사자bada saja
Sting ray가오리(gaori)


  • Sharks are dangerous animals.

상어는 위험한 동물이여요- sangoneun wihomhan dongmuriyoyo

  • Dolphins are really smart.

돌고래는 정말 똑똑해요- dolgoraeneun jongmal ttokttokaeyo

  • I hate eel very much

장어가 너무 싫어요 – jang-eoga neomu silh-eoyo

  • I’ve never eaten an octopus.

저는 문어를 먹어 본 적이 없어요- joneun munoreul mogo bon jogi opssoyo

  • Have you ever seen a starfish?

불가사리를 본 적이 있나요? – bulgasarireul bon jogi innayo

  • Do you like tuna?

참치 좋아하세요? – chamchi joahaseyo

  • Penguin is a bird

펭귄은 새다. – penggwineun saeda

20 essential birds in Korean words  that will help your vocabulary grow faster

animals in korean

The words in Korean for birds are (새)sae. Here is how to tell the names of common birds in Korean with examples that will help you expand your vocabulary.

  • Crane  – 두루미 -du-ru-mi
  • Hawk/falcon -매 -mae
  • Crow  – 까마귀 – kkamagwi
  • Owl – 부엉이 -Bu-eong-i
  • Dove/ pigeon – 비둘기 -bidulgi
  • Shallow – 제비 -jebi
  • Hummingbird – 벌새 -bolsae
  • Turkey – 칠면조Chil – myeon-jo
  • Duck – 오리 – o-ri
  • Eagle – 독수리 – doksuri
  • Goose  – 거위 -geo-wi
  • Chicken – 닥 – dak
  •  Sea Gull –  갈매기 – galmaegi
  • Hen – 암탉 – Am-tak
  • Magpie  – 까치- kkaji
  • Ostrich  – 타조 – ta-jo
  • Parrot  – 앵무새 – aengmusae
  • Peacock – 공작 – gongjak
  • Penguin  – 펭귄- penggwin
  • Rooster  – 수탉 – Su-tak
  • Pelican – 펠리컨 – pellikeon
  • Sparrow –  참새 – chamsae
  • Woodpecker – 딱따구리 – ttagttaguli
  • Swan  – 백조 – baek-jo
  • Vulture  – 콘도르 – kondoleu
  • Flamingo – 플라밍고 – peullaming-go

Example sentences 

  • The hawk is hunting for prey.

매가 먹이를 사냥하고 있다 – maega mogireul sanyanghago ittta

  • Owl are active at night

올빼미는 밤에 활동적입니다 – olppaemineun bame hwaldongjogimnida

  • I have never seen a hummingbird

벌새를 본 적이 없어요 – bolsaereul bon jogi opssoyo

23+ names of  insects in Korean (and why should you learn it?)

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You love your pets, and who doesn’t? 

But you also know that we have some uninvited visitors crawling around our home every once in a while.

Like bugs and insects, Korea is no different.

You don’t need to be a Korean speaker to know that you’re in trouble when an insect or bug bites you. This list will help you describe the pain in Korean, so next time you get bitten, we’ve got your back.

Here is a list of 10 common bugs and insects in the Korean language with translation, infographic, and example sentences that will assist you in enlarging your vocabulary even further.

Ant개미gaemithere is an ant  on the shirt 
셔츠에개미가있다.syocheue gaemiga ittta
Cockroach바퀴벌레bakwibolreI hate cockroach
저는바퀴벌레가싫어요.-joneun bakwibolrega siroyo
Butterfly나비nabiIt looks like a butterfly.나비처럼 생긴 거요-nabichorom saenggin goyo
BeebeolA bee stung my arm.
벌이 내 팔을 쏘았다-bori nae pareul ssoattta
Beetle딱정벌레ttag jeong olleThere are many kinds of beetles in Korea.
한국에는 여러 종류의 딱정벌레가 있습니다hangugeneun yoro jongnyue ttakjjongbolrega itsseumnida
Spider거미geomiI am afraid of spiders
나는 거미가 무서워요-naneun gomiga musowoyo
Scorpion투석기tuse oggiScorpions are dangerous.
전갈은 위험합니다-jongareun wihomhamnida
Mosquito모기mogiI was bitten by a mosquito so now It’s red
모기한테 물려서 지금 빨개졌어요.-mogihante mulryoso jigeum ppalgaejossoyo
Snail달팽이dalpaengiHave you ever seen a snail?
달팽이를 본 적이 있나요?-dalpaengireul bon jogi innayo
Worm번데기bondegiIt’s a worm.
Fly파리paliI know you’re afraid of a fly
파리 무서워하는 거 알아요-pari musowohaneun go arayo
Dragonfly잠자리jamjaliMy brother is catching a dragonfly.
내 동생이 잠자리를 잡는다-nae dongsaengi jamjarireul jamneunda
Centipede지네jineHow many legs does a centipede have?
지네는 다리가 몇 개인가요?-jineneun dariga myot gaeingayo
Moth나방nabangIs this a butterfly or a moth?
이것은 나비인가요, 나방인가요?-igoseun nabiingayo nabangingayo
Grasshopper메뚜기mettugithat’s the biggest grasshopper I’ve ever seen
그것은 내가 본 가장 큰 메뚜기이다.-geugoseun naega bon gajang keun mettugiida
Caterpillar애벌레aebolreThe caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
애벌레가 나비로 탈바꿈해요.-aebolrega nabiro talbakkumhaeyo
Cocoon고치gochiIt looks like a cocoon.
고치처럼 생겼어요.-gochichorom saenggyossoyo
Wasp말벌malbolmy older sister was stung by a wasp
언니는 말벌에 쏘였다.-onnineun malbore ssoyottta
Slug민달팽이mindalpaeng-iYou can see slugs on rainy days.
비 오는 날에 민달팽이를 볼 수 있어요-bi oneun nare mindalpaengireul bol su issoyo
Mussel홍합honghabHave you ever been bitten by a mussel?
홍합에 물린 적 있니?honghabe mulrin jok inni
Mantis사마귀samagwiThis is a picture of a mantis
이것은 사마귀 그림이에요.-igoseun samagwi geurimieyo
Cicada매미maemiI can see the cicada
매미가 보여요-maemiga boyoyo
Lizard도마뱀 domabaemThe room is full of lizards.
그방에는도마뱀이가득해-geu bangeneun domabaemi gadeuk hae

15 interesting animal sounds in Korean that nobody tells you.

It’s not just in English that animals make noises. Korean animals do that too

But the sounds of Animals in Korean are a lot different than they are in English!

For example, cows sound like “moo” in English, but like “meo-meo” in Korean.

But why is that? Weird, right?

There is no need to explain it. There is a Korean word for every animal noise. just like in English, there is a Korean word for every animal noise. Koreans have many phrases that are used to describe sounds from animals

Here is the full list of 15 common animal sounds in Korean with their associated vocabulary

  • The sound that a pig makes(pig snort): 꿀꿀 [ggul-ggul]
  • The sound of a cat meowing: 야옹 [ya-ong].
  • The sound of birds tweet: 짹짹 [jjek-jjek]
  • The sound of a rooster crowing: 꼬끼오 [ggo-ggi-o]. 
  • The sound of a cow mooing: 음메 [eum-me]
  • The sound of a baby chick’s peep: 삐약삐약 [bbi-yak-bbi-yak].
  • The sound of Pigs in Korean: GGOOL GGOOL (꿀꿀).
  • The sound of Sheep and goats in Korean: MAE EH (매애).
  • The sound of Dogs in Korean(dog’s bark): MUNG MONG (멍멍).
  • The sound of Lions to Korean: EU REU RUNG (으르렁). 
  • The sound of Roosters in Korean(rooster’s crow): GGO GGEE OH (꼬끼오).
  • The sound of Crows in Korean: GGA AK GGA AK (까악까악)
  • The sound of Duck’s quack: GGWEK GGWEK (꽥꽥).
  • The sound of Mice in Korea(mice squeak): JJEEK JJEEK (찍찍). 
  • The sound of Frogs in Korea(frog’s croak): GAE GOOL GAE ?

Animal Body Parts in Korean

Ever been in a Korean conversation and you need to mention a part of an animal, but don’t know how to say “part of an animal” in Korean? Well, this list will show you what to do.

If you’re learning Korean, this list of Korean words for “different parts of animals” will help you practice your language skills. Now you can talk about the crab’s eyes and the ox’s nose!

This list will help get you on the right track!

Dear Korean Language Learner, I know that with a certain part of an animal, it is important to use the correct word in Korean. This list will help you do just that.

  • The tail-꼬리(kkoli)
  • The fur-모피(mopi)
  • The paw-발(bal)
  • The feathers-조류(jolyu)
  • The horn- 뿔(ppul)
  • The tusk-엄니(eomni)
  •  The snout- 주둥이(judung-i)
  • The wings-날개(nalgae)
  •  The Fins-지느러미(jineuleomi)

7 Funny Sentences Koreans Use To Compare People To Animals in Korea

Do you realize that Koreans have an entirely different way of thinking about people when they compare them to animals?

You probably know a lot of the names of creatures in Korean. A lot of these creatures are used as metaphors for people, so think about it when you hear them.

Koreans do it all the time and now you can too.

Here’s a list of sample Korean phrases to help you understand how Koreans compare human beings to animals. 

  • She is cunning like a fox

그녀는 여우처럼 교활해요- geunyoneun youchorom gyohwalhaeyo

  • All men are not wolves

모든 남자는 늑대가 아니에요- modeun namjaneun neukttaega anieyo

  • My older brother is always lazy like a grasshopper

오빠는 항상 베짱이처럼 게으르다-oppaneun hangsang bejjangichorom geeureuda

  • You work like a turtle every day

너는 매일 거북이처럼 일한다.-noneun maeil gobugichorom ilhanda

  • We have to work like ants every day.

우리는 매일 개미처럼 일해야 한다.urineun maeil gaemichorom ilhaeya handa

Learn Top 5 Must Know Korean Verbs For Animals

Before you use animal words in Korean sentences, it is a smart idea to get hold of some Korean verbs involving animals

Here is a list of common Korean verbs involving animals you should know while talking about animals.

  • To feed – 먹이로 하다
  • To go for a walk – 산책하다 – sanchaeghada
  • To groom an animal – 손질을 하다 – sonjireul hada
  • To stroke – 획을 긋다 – hwegeul geuttta
  • To play – 놀다 – nolda
  • To raise – 키우다 
  • To give (a pet) food – 밥(을) 주다
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What is the national bird and animal of Korea?

The National Bird of Korea is the Korean Magpie. Korean magpies are called ‘ggachee’ in South Korea. The Siberian tiger is the national animal of  Korea. 

Korean Magpie: Interesting Facts about the National Bird of Korea

Birds are truly majestic animals. But if you’re in South Korea, there’s one bird that has all the glory: the magpie.

The Korean Magpie is The National Bird of Korea. This relative of the crow has blue-toned wings and a black-and-white coloring that is sure to leave you spellbound. This bird is a high flyer, reaching up to six feet on the ground.

Koreans celebrate the magpie for bringing fortune and luck. And it’s no different for kids, who are taught that when they lose a tooth, they should throw it on the roof of their house and sing a song to wish their future good luck.

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Siberian Tiger- National Animal Of Korea

The Siberian tiger is the national animal of South Korea and has been adopted as one of the official mascots for the Winter Olympics.

This is the largest of all cats with orange and black stripes and They hunt alone at night These stripes come in handy when the Siberian tiger is on the prowl. Their camouflage helps them hunt for their favorite prey: deer, wild boars, and elk.

These Siberian tigers were basically forest animals. Once found in forests or dense mountain regions across Korea, China, and Russia this wild animal population is decreasing day by day. The Korean government is trying to preserve this native species through its wildlife conservation program

tigers were once found in forests across Korea, China, and Russia, but now only a few remote areas are home to them. 

10 things you didn’t know about animals in folklore

dragon in Korean| Do dragons really impact Korean culture and mythology

What? Do you think the Korean dragon is lamer than European dragons? It’s not just any old dragon, it’s a pretty cool one! 

In fact, this dude has a much longer beard and can create things. ranked higher than Gumiho or Dokkaebi. 

Unlike the fire-breathing dragons of European lore, Korean dragons are said to descend from heaven and live in water. Koreans believe Yong is a helpful force that brings rain and clouds.

The Dark Side of Korean Animals | Fearsome Tales of Gumiho

Nine-tailed foxes are a  Korean folktale from way back in the day. This thing is called gumiho.

So you’ve seen this beloved monster in Korean dramas like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, huh?

And here’s the secret to spotting a gumiho.  

Let me tell you the dark tale of Gumiho. It’s kind of like a fox, but not really.

This shape-shifting fox spirit lives in the forest, has nine tails, and can turn into a beautiful woman who seduces men and feasts on their hearts and livers.

No wonder they’re so well-known in Korean culture and folklore!

So be careful when you meet one next time!!!!

The legend of the Haechi is pretty interesting.

 It is a legendary creature with the head of a lion, the body of a sheep, and the tail of a unicorn.

It has scales and feathers and it protects people from fire and other disasters.

They are the guardian of fairness and justice. They are admired and respected throughout Korea. In fact, statues of them were built in many palaces for protection.


bonghwang is a mythical, chimerical creature that’s been talked about in Korean folktales for centuries. 

It has the body of a tiger, the head of a dragon, and the tail of a snake.

In Korea, it has appeared on the royal emblem, and recently it’s on the presidential emblem. 

There is a statue of it at Cheong Wa Dae. If you’re at Cheong Wa Dae and you see a giant apple, feel free to grab a bite.


You may not have heard of this bird but the samjoko is one of those things that sounds cool to say, doesn’t it?

The creature is basically a three-legged crow. Koreans admired it as a symbol of the sun in the Goguryeo Dynasty and East Asian mythologies. 

You can still see Korean dramas today(historical dramas).

 In fact, Samjoko has been all over Korean media since 2006. The epic K-drama Jumong, or The Book of the Three Hans, featured a Samjoko on the flag of the main character Prince Jumong.

Korean language hacking: How to GROW your vocabulary by studying less.

After reading this list, you may be wondering, “How the heck am I going to remember all of these words?” 

But don’t worry; it’s a lot easier than you think.

Now that you’re done, you’ll want to take a break and practice what you’ve learned.

Here are my secrets(6  simple language hacks) to memorize the names of the animals in Korean just by doing less.

  • Discover the “cognates” that English and Korean share. You’ll be amazed at how many you already know! 
  • Learn to say these everyday animals to make future learning easier.
  • Learn the funny meaning behind animals’ names in Korean.
  • don’t forget to check out our free printable flashcards with our free printable flashcards and quizzes.
  • Watch animals Korean variety show and learn how a native actually talks about them
  •  YouTube videos for practice
  • Other useful Online resources to practice 

Conclusion and Korean quiz

The Korean animal vocabulary list is never-ending! But if you’re ever going to call your little pets in Korean, now would be the time.

You can now talk about your favorite animals in Korean! Find the perfect name for your cute little buddies and make everyone jealous of your awesome bilingual skills.

Start practicing these Korean vocabulary lists and you’ll be butchering the language or start sounding like a native Korean in no time.

The more you use these Korean words, the more you sound native.

So keep up the good work.

let’s take a look at today’s Korean quiz.

how many can you get it right? take this quiz and find out. answer us in the comment below.

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