How Korean Names Work [TalkToMeInKorean]

  • Published on Feb 29, 2016
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Comments • 829

  • Maxie S
    Maxie S 3 days ago

    so many BTS comments

  • Tenny&Nana Kookie&Monnie

    When she said Jinyoung I thought about Got7s Jinyoung

  • mew :3
    mew :3 15 days ago

    so complex 😿

  • Rodolfo Geerdts Barra

    I once read a Korean novel and thought it was a lesbian story through the first half of the first chapter.

  • 제니Jennie•Gacha

    Idk I like the name “Min Yuri” but then again, I barely know any words/meaning of words in Korean

  • Eduardo Vianna
    Eduardo Vianna Month ago


  • Emilie Em06
    Emilie Em06 2 months ago

    Me after i watched this video: "Jimini is cute"

  • I feel poor
    I feel poor 2 months ago


  • 0 Dragen
    0 Dragen 2 months ago

    張 根碩(Jang Keun Suk) 根= root / penis 碩=大 (big) Zhang's penis is big = = ! really?

  • Tess Johnson
    Tess Johnson 2 months ago +1

    Excellent demonstration! Thank you!

  • 너구리
    너구리 3 months ago

    이름 4자인 사람도 있는데 설명 안하시네요

    THE SHADOWMASTER9 3 months ago

    This really helped clear up some confusion for me.
    Lol, also I can just imagine that one friend of yours being called over in like a suburban area in america: "Yo, respectful flower!" 😂

  • Alex Friedman
    Alex Friedman 3 months ago +2

    So just to be clear.... Each Hanja is the same pronounciation for the person's name? So like 김택용 You just find any characters that are pronounced the same? or how do you choose the 한자 ? It has to sound like the persons name right? Because there are so many characters you can find differnt ones that sound the same as the name? Or does each name like "김택용" just randomly get 한자 that don't phonetically sound like the same sound ? I am curious. I didn't really understand.

    • Karyadi Iskandar
      Karyadi Iskandar Month ago

      Learn either Japanese or Chinese and its writing system, and you will understand this Hanja based naming system. You will find so many homophones that is written in different character. Even Japanese has similar problem. For example Japanese name Hideaki can be written as 英明 or 秀明 or 秀昭 or 秀晃 or 秀朗

  • Glory Olufemi
    Glory Olufemi 3 months ago

    Her English is great!

  • Fluffy_Da _Puppy
    Fluffy_Da _Puppy 3 months ago

    Is 김준자 A name? And does it mean Golden Spring Child?

  • Marjorie Balane
    Marjorie Balane 3 months ago

    translate my names please..

  • Md Habib
    Md Habib 3 months ago

    MD Habib chines ca lita cai

  • Guy Jeffries
    Guy Jeffries 3 months ago

    Great vid, very interesting and learnt something today. What’s the polite way of listing Korean names? In context: I’m a filmblogger (saw seen the second part to Along with The Gods) and I get confused with which way round do I write the cast’s names respectfully. The poster is one way and IMDB is the other. Please tell me which is the respectful way. Many thanks in advance.

  • Deeper D.B
    Deeper D.B 4 months ago +1

    Which name suits well with Jun-Ho please help me guys.
    Um Jun-Ho
    Kwun Jun-Ho
    My name's meaning is Prince of lights. Which name should I pick and what other name will you recommend. Thanks guys.

  • trixia_b
    trixia_b 4 months ago

    It was so amusing when she tried to guess the hanja (chinese characters) for their names 😂 one guys even said "i don't know this character" "i guess your name and your life aren't really related" 😂😂😂😂😂 Thanks for an informative and interesting video!

  • Cita Pratiwi
    Cita Pratiwi 5 months ago +1

    So "i" is used when we talk about them?
    Jiyong-i is cool.
    Daesung-i is funny.

  • Gautam Thapa
    Gautam Thapa 5 months ago

    Nice 3

  • 알리야 로즈Alliah Rose

    So how to you call someone in polite way?

  • Agnes Fon Marten
    Agnes Fon Marten 6 months ago

    is taemin neutral?

  • LittleMopeHead
    LittleMopeHead 6 months ago

    What about middle name?

  • 이하나
    이하나 6 months ago

    네 할 수 있어요 ㅎㅎ

  • 李纯
    李纯 6 months ago

    its funny as chinese i know every korean name means

  • Jenny Jin Young Lee
    Jenny Jin Young Lee 7 months ago

    When she said Jin Young I thought of Wonder Girls producer and my Korean name

  • Entertainment Video
    Entertainment Video 7 months ago

    I want to learn Korean language.
    please can you help me?

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      sa 3 months ago


  • Entertainment Video
    Entertainment Video 7 months ago

    I want to learn Korean language.
    please can you help me?

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      sa 3 months ago


  • Sheeba Mathew
    Sheeba Mathew 7 months ago

    How do you say Jana ?

  • PoderdelChino
    PoderdelChino 7 months ago

    I also see a trend to transliterate modern Chinese and Taiwanese names using their sounds instead of their Chinese character roots, is that correct. For example, 王維中 who plays for the NC Dinos is Wang Wae Yi Joong instead of Wang Too Joong if you were pronouncing the Hanja root.

  • Michael Cai
    Michael Cai 8 months ago’s absolutely the same with Chinese names
    I think it’s brilliant to have a unique names and its meaning with it

  • Mia-Marie Atuanya
    Mia-Marie Atuanya 8 months ago

    I saw jimin 😏

  • MissGourmandefr
    MissGourmandefr 8 months ago

    I heard somewhere on a show or drama some Korean discussing how their family is a more direct/ higher descendant of some kind of lineage, even when they didn't know each other, could you please explain this?

  • annie phi
    annie phi 8 months ago

    omg she looks a bit like hyelin in exid especially her cute cheeks ❤️❤️ also amazing videos

  • Anonymous Axolotl
    Anonymous Axolotl 8 months ago

    안녕하세요, I found this video very interesting. I have a Chinese name, 王曼雅, but in Korean that ends up being 왕만아. I'm pretty sure I've heard the surname 왕 before, but never, ever 만아 as a name. Am I wrong? Or is my Chinese name just not really useful as a Korean one? Thank you in advance.

  • Jen Olechnowicz
    Jen Olechnowicz 8 months ago

    when girls get married do they change their family name?

  • hala shehata
    hala shehata 8 months ago

    My friends call me harushi, and they apply the same rule and they are from Korea so I'm confused, isn't it a foreign name?

  • Hiddenbugi
    Hiddenbugi 8 months ago

    Currently, is Hanja (Chinese characters) will be going to be simplified in South Korea or remain in traditional Chinese?
    Not sure if the National Institute of the Korean Language going to reformed those characters or not.
    Here are some examples:
    Country - 國 = 国 (국)
    Han - 漢 = 汉 (한)

    • 聳進
      聳進 5 months ago

      Simplifying hanja would be pretty useless because they are already so out of use in Korean.

  • Masako Septianingrum
    Masako Septianingrum 8 months ago

    the way she calls hyunwoo tho

  • Jannah Lim
    Jannah Lim 8 months ago

    I heard jimin and seokjin the man's name did someone hear it also.

  • tajjrajah75
    tajjrajah75 8 months ago

    감사합니다 주연이!!!

  • Loredana
    Loredana 9 months ago

    there is another form with a 3 syllable given name, albright rare. One of my friends had it.

  • LxdDx B
    LxdDx B 9 months ago

    (Kim)Seok jin lol

  • Mirabelle_ Chua
    Mirabelle_ Chua 9 months ago

    But how to have Foreign names? Is that work?

  • WaaDoku 【和ァ独】

    Wait, so do mothers or women in general have no say in choosing the name for their child!? Or is is only coincidence that none of the people you asked were given their name by their mothers or at least both their parents?

  • NCTzen that lives in NCT

    What if the Given Name has 3 syllables instead of 2 or 1?
    (like mine) Juana *the j has an H sound

  • JKKookie -[황 살랑]
    JKKookie -[황 살랑] 9 months ago

    My official Name is “Sari Sevda” that means translated into English Yellow and Love.. so is my korean Name Nolang Sa-Rang? Is that right? I’m confused

  • ItzSachielYT Gaming Girl

    Seok-Jin,,, I remind Jin from BTS 😂 means Gold
    Edited: Did I here and read right? Jimin!. okay okay I stop fangirling for now so I can study 😂

  • Bixsorful
    Bixsorful 9 months ago

    OMO! You guys are the best! I was so confused by this. Gamsamnida!

  • *I hAtE sNaKeU*
    *I hAtE sNaKeU* 10 months ago +1

    My name is Yara (given name) Kamleh (family name).
    The translation is literally Yala kameulle. But I feel like in Korean, my family name would be kim-Lee and my first name would still be the same? So kim-Lee Yala. (Since "r" and "l" are the same letter in Korean from what I heard) please correct me if I got something wrong!

  • Angel Emy
    Angel Emy 10 months ago

    Yes nice 👍 Korea is a mixture of China 🇨🇳 and Japanese 🇯🇵 culture in somehow . I see it’s so natural that similarity is exist also in other ASIA countries and to Middle East . It’s so clear as in this video show how Korean names and Chinese name has connections between each other’s so it’s the way that all other countries has that mixture in some words maybe even some cultures are so near from each other’s .if you have a look at Middle East the basic language is Arabic that’s mean there’s others countries such as Persian and Turkish and Kurdish peoples living in that area however each one of those countries has his special forms .
    so for me I’m Kurd live there my language is mixer in Arabic and Persian and Turkish 😇 thank you for all your videos really just I liked to show some about my county and language also it’s so easy for me if I try learning Persian or Turkish but I don’t like for now maybe later.
    I choose Korean language because there was Korean tv channel was aired in 2010 for about 2 year and I watched that channel for 2 month but suddenly the channel stopped so till it’s about 3 month I’m watching and trying to learn and understand some Korean words . It’s easy for me and I learned Arabic and English so I can learn Korean also and the most thing makes me happy I am trying to come to Korea even for 4 month study there I’m sure I can do it 🙌화이팅 🙌파이팅 🙌빠이팅 🙌가즈아 🙌🇰🇷🙏🏻👍😇💘🙆‍♀️

  • Grace D'Ambra
    Grace D'Ambra 10 months ago +9

    When she said Seokjin and Jimin all I thought was BTS.

    • kholebelle skeeterbug510
      kholebelle skeeterbug510 8 months ago +1

      IKR I think the name Jimin is an awesome name . I didn't know it was a female name too. I love the name even through I'm not Asian

  • 최스타스
    최스타스 10 months ago

    i think Hanja it is not Chine language, it is Kogureo language.

  • Raymond Supleo
    Raymond Supleo 10 months ago

    金(kim) 韓(han) 太(dae).. For me I like Korean if they writing still writing Hanja- with hangul like Japanese have hiragana and katakana w kanji... Korean lose they treasure because they don't have hanja today all their ancient writing, Temple or other historical place have hanja.. Thay lost it!

  • Арън Haдeжда
    Арън Haдeжда 10 months ago

    Can you use British English

  • Arekkusū Dreamer
    Arekkusū Dreamer 11 months ago

    Great video! Useful and straightforward. Love this. However it sound strange... I'm not able to know when a name is masculine or femenine yet. Of course another doubt is why most people I know have Kim, Park or Lee family names.

  • saraswati pun
    saraswati pun 11 months ago

    She is like May j lee

  • saraswati pun
    saraswati pun 11 months ago

    She is like May j lee

  • Gemi Sakinu Z
    Gemi Sakinu Z 11 months ago

    No doubt this girl is an expert of teaching Korean language
    She knows how to write those Hanjas which is so difficult to most of Korean people nowadays

  • lizzy grant
    lizzy grant 11 months ago

    does everyone in korea know chinese alphabet?

  • Jimins missing jams
    Jimins missing jams 11 months ago


  • Tove Kallin
    Tove Kallin 11 months ago

    My korean name is 명재빈, or Myeong Jae Bin, and my interpretation is "Life is to exist until the end"

  • Chuu Etteck My R
    Chuu Etteck My R 11 months ago

    4:48 A wild Hyunwoo appears!

  • Ijimin Ujimout
    Ijimin Ujimout Year ago +1

    My full name is Lee Shung Mo, alot of people call me ShungMo though. People usally pronounce it wrong though

  • Delay
    Delay Year ago +1

    When I hear my Korean name in a video...

  • so citrus
    so citrus Year ago

    When people have single-syllable names, do these tend to be a recurring name in a family (such as "Joo" in Jooyeon's name) or are these names more likely to vary?
    Thank you for this video, it was very informative ☺️

  • Kelsey
    Kelsey Year ago

    my chinese name translate to Hangul literally is 문채화

    • 뀨
       6 months ago

      that sounds super koreany haha

  • LordPlainProductions Rblx

    HyunBee is my name but i doubt it's unique

  • Kristina Jakob
    Kristina Jakob Year ago

    Do only the fathers and grandfather choose the name or can the mothers and grandmothers choose the name too?

  • 유창혁
    유창혁 Year ago

    guess what am I a guy or a girl

  • Cubono Hyena
    Cubono Hyena Year ago

    Can I just directly transfer my Chinese name into Korean?

  • hmmm
    hmmm Year ago

    oh my god you can't go anywhere without bts fans being annoying and that's coming from a fan.
    you guys know people can have the same names right?

  • angel wong
    angel wong Year ago

    She said jimin and I was like instantly think of BTS

  • Fatima Serrano
    Fatima Serrano Year ago

    It's so complicated😭 my name is Fatima 😂😂

  • L 7
    L 7 Year ago

    I have heard that if you want to give your child two syllable name then you have to buy them i mean you have to give some money to specific department i don't if it's true or not???

  • Evadine Millers
    Evadine Millers Year ago

    My name in Korean is 산체스바레이로안아까밀라 so I think I’m pretty fucked up

  • Kyra Balairos
    Kyra Balairos Year ago

    so can you give me a korean name about my name? Kyra?

  • INProcess..
    INProcess.. Year ago

    My name in korean is 디에고 my actual name is Diego.

  • Dizzy Beiz
    Dizzy Beiz Year ago

    Do all Koreans have both an English name and a Korean one like k-idols?

    • Haby 2611
      Haby 2611 Year ago

      Usually the ones who have foreigner friends or who have spent some time abroad but it's not that common otherwise

  • Jordan
    Jordan Year ago


  • Ege Hunerli
    Ege Hunerli Year ago +1

    Normally, I love learning new languages and I generally think I'm good at it but every time I study Korean, I feel like I'm an idiot. I hope I'll get better at speaking/learning Korean with more practice😅

  • IconKumiho
    IconKumiho Year ago

    if I had son be gon or yu. if a girl be ji hyo

  • Leo Rael
    Leo Rael Year ago +1

    when I decided my Korean name, I realized that my last name is one syllable and my first name is two, so I just converted that into Korean letters XD.

  • taehyung biased taehyung biased

    Whos here because of BTS?

  • nahomii hyun
    nahomii hyun Year ago

    I'd like to know if all the Korean people have a English name ? And why ?

  • Seggchan
    Seggchan Year ago

    Yall i understand that seokjin and jimin are in here. However there's a large percent of the korean language's meaning that is based off of hanja (chinese). Therefore jimin and seokjin (from the video) can mean different things than jimin and seokjin (from bts), like stated in the video. This happens because chinese is a tonal language but korean is not. Even if the names of two people are the same, the meanings could be totally different.

  • Purple Knight
    Purple Knight Year ago

    Could you talk about how the honorifics change the names too? Like how a name that ends in ㄹ change from an "R" or "L" sound based on the honorific? I found this really confusing

  • Robert Hall
    Robert Hall Year ago

    make a name? can you just make up names in Korea or what? and what is a naming center anyway?

  • Katrina Fung
    Katrina Fung Year ago

    they know more Chinese than I do... and I'm Chinese...

  • Aniah Hopkins
    Aniah Hopkins Year ago

    If someone were to call out my name, they would say, "Aniah~ya! (uh-NIE-yah-yah)" or "Candi~ya!"

  • Andreea Oprea
    Andreea Oprea Year ago +2

    can we just talk about the fact that Ok is actually a name in Korea?

  • Natalia Rios
    Natalia Rios Year ago

    i know she said usually "은" is for women ... im already thinking 은혁 (eunhyuk) he is a male😂 hehe

  • Allison
    Allison Year ago

    when I heard Jimin, i squealed

  • RD Policarpio
    RD Policarpio Year ago

    now lemme ask this question:
    why women in korea keep their maiden name even after marriage?

    • 강가람
      강가람 Year ago

      RD Policarpio Traditionally, Korean women keep their family names after their marriage, but their children take the father's surname. In the premodern, patriarchal Korean society, people were extremely conscious of familial values and their own family identities. Korean women keep their surnames after marriage based on traditional reasoning that it is what they inherited from their parents and ancestors.
      from Wikipedia

  • XXAnthonyXX
    XXAnthonyXX Year ago

    Hi! Thanks for your videos. I just want to confirm, is it really true that Korean people don't apply the -씨 honorific to foreign names? I think it might be fair to say the usage is less consistent, but I feel like people definitely use -씨 to non-Korean origin names. Maybe it's more of a habit for 교포? Also, I know a guy whose Korean given name is 다니엘. His parents didn't give him a 'Korean' name. I'm pretty sure people refer to him as 다니엘 씨. I'd love to know your thoughts. Thanks!

    • 강가람
      강가람 Year ago

      XXAnthonyXX i think we use -씨 yo foreign people. like 앤서니 씨.

  • Falany
    Falany Year ago

    Would Jinsu be a boys' name? I really like the sound of it.

  • hi, i'm T
    hi, i'm T Year ago

    this channel is a blessing thank u for your work

  • امرحہ نور

    Here u are talking about the difference in the names of korean boys and girls... but believe me when i started watching korean dramas sometimes i mistook a boy with a girl... and in every coming drama i felt like i have seen this boy or girl before, even i was watching their first drama etc.... but now i think i know korea better than Korean themselves. .. lol... thanx to k dramas... 😂😂