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Honey In Korean(23+ sweet korean words for relationship)

Koreans have a knack for using sweet and affectionate expressions to address their loved ones. 

If you’re a K-drama or K-pop enthusiast, trying to impress your Korean friends, or simply wanting to deepen your connection with Korean culture, learning how to say “honey” in Korean is a great step.

 In this hilarious guide, we’ll dive into the various ways to say “honey in Korean” and also include some interesting tidbits about Korean terms of endearment.

how to say Honey in Korean: 자기 (jagi)/자기야 (jagiya)

자기 (jagi)

how to say Honey in Korean: 자기 (jagi)

One of the most common ways to say “honey” or “babe” in Korean is 자기 (jagi). This term is used between both married and unmarried couples and is often heard in casual conversations. 

Here are some examples using jagi:

지금 몇시야, 자기? (Jigeum myusshiya, jagi?) 

What time is it, honey? (informal)

자기보다 더 멋진 사람은 없어. (Jagiboda duh mutjin sarameun upsuh.) 

Honey, there’s no one more handsome than you. (informal)

자기, 피곤하겠다. 수고많았어. (Jagi, peegonhagetda. Soogo manassuh.)

 Honey, you must be tired. You worked hard. (informal)

자기야 (jagiya)| the real meaning

how to say Honey in Korean: 자기야 (jagiya)

Another cute and affectionate way to say honey is 자기야 (jagiya). You can also add a 야 (ya) at the end and say 자기야 (jagiya). This makes the term sound more casual and intimate. 

Here are some phrases using jagiya:

자기야, 집에 언제와? (Jagiya, jibae uhnjewa?) 

Honey, when are you coming home? (informal)

자기야~ 오늘은 나가서 먹자. (Jagiya~ Oneuleun nagasuh mukja.) 

 Honey~ Let’s go out and eat today. (informal)

자기야, 내말들어봐. (Jagiya, naemal deuruhbwa.) 

 Honey, listen to me. (informal)

자기 (jagi) as a term for oneself

Interestingly, 자기 (jagi) can also be used to address others who are not your significant other, as well as to refer to oneself. 

For example:

나이가 들면서 자기 관리를 잘 해야지. (Naiga deulmyunsuh jagi gwanrireul jal haeyaji.) 

 One ought to take care of themselves with age. (informal)

먼저 자기소개 하겠습니다. (Munjuh jagi sogae haegesseubnida.) 

We will begin by introducing ourselves. (formal)

자기나 잘하지. (Jagina jalhaji.) 

Focus on yourself. (Also means: Mind your own business.) (informal)

자기 자신이 가장 큰 적이다. (Jagi jasheeni gajang keun jugidah.) 

 Your self is the greatest enemy.

Honey in Korean: 당신 (dangshin)

Honey in Korean: 당신 (dangshin)

Another  beautiful  way to say honey, sweetheart, and darling is 당신 (dangshin). This term is typically used between married couples. 

Here are some examples:

당신, 보고싶어요. (Dangshin, bogoshipuhyo.) 

Honey, I want to see you. (formal)

우리 싸우지 말자, 당신. (Oori ssauji malja, dangshin.) 

Let’s not fight, honey. (informal)

당신, 우리 노래방 갈까? (Dangshin, oori noraebang galgga?) 

 Honey, shall we go karaoke? (informal)

당신 (dangshin) as a term for strangers

Interestingly, 당신 (dangshin) also means “you” and can be used towards strangers. 

Here are some Korean drama  phrases using dangshin:

당신 누구세요? (Dangshin nuguseyo?) 

Who are you? (formal)

당신 누구야? (Dangshin nuguya?) 

 Who are you? (informal)

당신만 몰랐어. (Dangshinman mollassuh.) 

You were the only one who didn’t know. (informal)

당신 도움 필요해요. (Dangshin do-oom pilyohaeyo.) 

 I need your help. (formal)

당신 도움 필요 없어. (Dangshin do-oom pilyo ubssuh.) 

 I don’t need your help. (informal)

당신 입조심해. (Dangshin ipjoshimhae.) 

Watch your mouth. (informal)

당신 미쳤군. (Dangshin michyeotgoon.) 

You’re crazy. (informal)

당신을 믿을수 없어요. (Dangshineul mideulsoo ubsuhyo.) 

I can’t trust you. (formal)

Honey in Korean: 여보 (yeobo)

Honey in Korean: 여보 (yeobo)

Yet another way to say honey, sweetheart, and darling is 여보 (yeobo). This term is also used towards your husband or wife. 

Here are some examples:

여보, 뭐 먹을래? (Yeobo, mwo mugeullae?) 

Honey, what do you want to eat? (informal)

여보~ 뽀뽀! (Yeobo~ Bbo-bbo!) 

Honey~ Kiss! (informal)

여보, 그런 식으로 말하지마. (Yeobo, geurun shigeuro malhajima.) 

Honey, don’t talk to me that way. (informal)

여보, 이 치마 어때? (Yeobo, ee chima uhddae?) 

Honey, how’s this skirt? (informal)

걱정 하지마, 여보. (Gukjung hajima, yeobo.) 

Don’t worry, honey. (informal)

여보, 집에 가자. 피곤해. (Yeobo, jipae gaja. Peegonhae.) 

Let’s go home, honey. I’m tired. (informal)

이거 먹어봐, 여보. 진짜 맛있어! (Eguh muguhbwa, yeobo. Jinjja masshissuh!) 

Have a bite of this, honey. It’s really delicious! (informal)

How to say “I love you honey in Korean“?

If you’re feeling extra lovey-dovey and want to say “I love you honey” in Korean (casually), you can use the following phrases:

자기야 사랑해! (ja-gi-ya sa-rang-hae) 

I love you, honey! (using jagiya)

여보 사랑해! (yeo-bo sa-rang-hae) 

I love you, honey! (using yeobo)

Remember not to use jagi or yeobo when talking about your significant other to other people. 

Instead, use terms like 남자친구/여자친구 (boyfriend/girlfriend) or 남편/아내 (husband/wife) to avoid sounding awkward.

Honey in Korean: 꿀 (kkul)

Honey in Korean: 꿀 (kkul)

Apart from terms of endearment, “honey” also refers to the sweet and sticky food produced by bees. 

In Korean, honey is called 꿀 (kkul) or 벌꿀 (beolkkul). The latter literally means bee honey. Now you can easily find honey at the market when you’re in Korea!

Honey in korean romanization -허니 (heoni)

Sometimes, Koreans use the English word “honey” as a Konglish term for endearment. It is written as 허니 (heoni) in Korean.

List of common Korean Terms of Endearment

Alright, let’s dive into the sweet stuff – Korean terms of endearment.

Now, these are phrases and words that Koreans often use to express affection towards loved ones, friends, and even pets.

Just a quick heads up, though, use these with care and make sure the setting and relationship are appropriate.

  • 자기 (jagi): This one is like “honey” or “dear” in English. It’s used a lot between couples.
  • 여보 (yeobo): Once you’re married, this is how you might refer to your spouse. It’s akin to “darling” or “dear.”
  • 우리 (uri): This means “our,” but Koreans use it as a term of endearment for someone cloe, like a family member or a partner.
  • 꿀떡 (kkul-tteok): This one literally means “honey rice cake.” Sounds weird, right? But it’s actually a super sweet way to call someone dear to you.
  • 공주님 (gong-ju-nim): For the princess in your life, this term literally means “princess.”
  • 왕자님 (wang-ja-nim): And of course, if you have a “princess,” you’ve gotta have a “prince,” too.
  • 천사 (cheon-sa): This term means “angel,” and you can use it for someone who’s just to
  • 사랑아 (sa-rang-a): This is an ultra-romantic way to say “my love.”
  • 세상빛 (se-sang-bit): This term means “light of the world.” Pretty grand, right? But it’s sure to make your loved one feel special.
  • 반짝이 (ban-jjak-i): This cute term translates to “sparkle.” You can use it for someone who brightens up your life.

Remember, using these terms in the right context is super important, so make sure you’ve got a good handle on when and where to drop these sweet nothings!

here’s the link I found where you can practice saying these words using flashcards. click here

Koreans love honey and enjoy making ginger honey teas, which are simply delicious. Here are some honey-related vocabulary words:

  • 벌집 (beol-jib) = Honeycomb (literally “beehouse”)
  • 생강 (saeng-gang) = Ginger
  • 차 (cha) = tea

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned various ways to say “honey” in Korean, you can confidently use these sweet expressions with your loved ones or when referring to delicious food. 

Just remember to use the appropriate terms in different contexts and situations. 

Good luck, and enjoy your journey into the world of Korean terms of endearment!

Honey In Korean

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