Looking for the a Korean dictionary to look up that Korean phrase that you hear all the time?
Or maybe you just want to look up a few words from your favorite K-Pop song.
We’ve got you covered!
Below are the best Korean dictionaries, translators, and romanizers. Most of these tools are available in both website and app form. These will be extremely useful if you’re looking to learn Korean fast or if you want to understand more about Korean culture.
Here we go!
Studying Korean through vocabulary and grammar lessons is an effective way learn the language. To help with that, you’ll want to get a Korean dictionary so you can check out words in Korean easily wherever you are. For example, you might want to look up words you see as you go about your daily life in Korea.
Most Korean dictionary apps and websites still work the best with English to Korean or Korean to English. However, they are gradually getting better with translating Korean to other languages.
And some apps already have great Korean dictionaries for languages other than English. Here are the top picks.Korean Dictionaries
Below are the top Korean dictionaries to help with learning the language. Generally you don’t need an account to use these, but if you create one, you can save some of the words that you’re trying to remember.Naver Dictionary (네이버 사전)
This Korean dictionary is a great go-to application and website for when you’re searching for accurate translations from English to Korean and Korean to English. In addition, you can find the dictionary website to hold many other language options, from Japanese to Finnish. It offers you example sentences, the specific word translation (in its noun, adjective etc. forms) and any possible word meanings it may have.
Users of this dictionary can click on the blue speaker icons to practice audio. Keep in mind that not all of the words will have audio, but many do.
The site does have some limitations and isn’t stylistically the most modern option. However, it is incredibly accurate and nicely detailed. It works best when searching for a specific word instead of full sentences. You can also put in a whole sentence, but be aware that it will more likely only offer you each word’s meaning separately if the sentence is complex. It’s excellent for looking up parts of Korean sentences, such as conjunctions, particles, and markers.
This is the go-to dictionary for Koreans since there are many language options. Both the site and the app are great choices if you’re studying the Korean language. You can get the app version for both iOS and Android.Daum Dictionary (다음 어학사전)
The online dictionary by Daum functions very similarly to Naver dictionary. When you search for a word, it offers you all its known meanings. And if you search by a sentence, it breaks down the sentence into separate words.
Besides operating as an English to Korean dictionary, and vice versa, it is possible to search the dictionary for other languages as well. However, in comparison to Naver, Daum does not have as many languages available. One of the positives is that the layout for Daum is a bit clearer than Naver’s, which may make it easier to understand what comes up in your search.
Daum Dictionary has an app on both Google Play and the App Store.Translation Tools
Here is a tool you can use for translation of Korean to other languages. While translation tools can be accurate, we recommend learning Korean instead of using a translation site.Papago (파파고)
Papago is translation site provided by Naver. It specializes in offering translation for Korean sentences. This means that it is not exactly a Korean dictionary, but you can use it to check the meaning of a full sentence or how something you want to say can be said in Korean.
It uses a neural machine so that it can learn from its translation mistakes and gain understanding on what kind of translations you are most likely in need of. Papago is great to use in combination with Naver Dictionary as they complete each other.
For some of your searches, Papago will also offer additional words and idioms that you may be good to remember for the future. There is an audio button for both the input and result.
In addition to the website, there is an app for Android and iPhone.Korean Dictionary & Translator by Xung Le
All of the dictionaries presented above have been created by Koreans in Korea. This one is different because it’s of foreign making. It’s a free app which users can download for both Android and Apple phones.
There are hundreds of thousands of vocabulary words, phrases and sentences that you can use for learning more Korean. It even includes some Korean idioms, which can be really helpful for your future conversations with native Koreans.
In addition, it offers the ability to review words you’ve learned directly in the app! However, this Korean dictionary only seems to support translating to and from English.Romanization Tools
These aren’t dictionaries, but they’re useful for writing out Korean words and sentences in romanized English. We don’t recommend using romanized words often since it can make pronunciation quite confusing.
It’s much easier to spend the hour it takes to learn Hangul (Korean Alphabet). Here’s a resource for that: https://www.90daykorean.com/how-to-learn-the-korean-alphabet/Korean Romanization Converter
This is a great tool for romanizing Korean words. It gives you three different selections, and shows a few different types of results. It’s nice because there are lots of options depending on how you want to use it. The downside is that you need to keep pressing the “back” button each time.The Hangul Romanizer
This site can easily romanize Korean words using the Revised Romanization of Korean system. It’s useful because you don’t have to type “enter”. Instead, just type or paste the Korean word and it automatically shows the romanization. The downsides are that you may need to wait for the page to load, and the site is down at times.
Hopefully one or more of these websites and applications will be of great help in supporting your journey of learning Korean! Whether you are searching for vocabulary and words, or translations of full sentences, these tools can be very useful.
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This is a re-post of an essay I wrote for the Lowy Institute a few days ago about the recent South Korean legislative election.
This was written before the vote, so it is not a commentary on the results. My concern here instead was to illustrate that democracies can in fact run elections during this pandemic without some Wisconsin-style choice of vote-and-risk-corona or stay-home-and-forego-your-franchise. That was absurd, and the GOP’s disturbing willingness to make voting hard during a pandemic is an embarrassment bordering on authoritarianism. Here are some pics from when my wife went to vote; you can see that it was not some kind of death-trap.
For my thoughts on the results, try this and this. Basically, the right got buried and really needs to figure out what it stand for going forward besides anti-communism. Also, I am uncomfortable that this is yet another missed opportunity for a national referendum on President Moon Jae-In’s outreach to North Korea. Obviously, corona was unanticipated, but it pushed off the agenda the most important, revolutionary policy of the Moon government. That is unfortunate.
The full essay follows the jump:
On April 15, South Korea will hold legislative elections. South Korea’s parliament, the National Assembly, is elected every four years. Composed of 300 members, it has 253 single-member district seats and 47 proportional representation seats.
The left currently holds a slim majority, but the distribution of power is fluid. South Korea’s political party landscape is fragmented. Fifty-one parties are running for office in this election. Most of them are minor, of course, but the proportional representation seats are a constant temptation for the formation of off-shoot and splinter parties. There are enough proportional representation seats to inhibit the ‘natural’ outcome of Duverger’s Law: South Korea has a rough two-party system, but it has never durably congealed. Small parties continue to crop up and get elected.
Further, those parties in the legislature do not cooperate especially well. South Korea’s leftist president, Moon Jae-In, has not been able to rely on a firm center-left coalition. As in typical in presidential systems, where the legislature is elected independently of the executive, legislators are loathe to simply line up behind the executive as in a parliamentary system. The South Korean left is traditionally fractious.
A fracturing of the South Korean right has added yet more alignment problems. Normally more disciplined, the right-wing bloc shattered over the impeachment of South Korea’s previous president, Park Geun-Hye. Park, a conservative, remains a divisive topic. Dead-enders refuse to accept her removal as constitutionally proper; a common theme in far-right discourse here is that she was pushed out in a semi-coup. The main right-wing party has changed its name – for the fourth time in ten years – in an effort to move on from Park.
The upshot is that both right and left are fractured. Each side has one large-ish party aspiring, and failing, to be a big-tent party – the Democratic Party on the left, and United Future Party on the right. Scattered around them are splinter parties who refuse to formally adjoin to the aspiring big tent leader. These dynamics do not appear to be changing in this election. Moon will likely not emerge with a clear, coherent bloc at his back, but will also likely not face a united opposition.
The ‘Corona Election’
The big issue of the election is obviously corona, but not as much as you would think, thankfully. And here is a lesson for other democracies as they struggle to reconcile corona with elections: if you can get your corona outbreak under control – South Korea has been a world leader in this – it need not take over the entire political agenda, nor need it make the physical act of voting treacherous.
Here the world’s oldest democracy particularly has a lot to learn. This is a presidential election year in the US. There are both primary elections in the spring and a general election in the fall. There is a wide-ranging debate in the US now about how to conduct those elections: Should they be postposed? Is that even legal? Should citizens vote by mail to avoid standing in line and contaminating each other? Because the US has responded so poorly to the virus, corona is now overwhelming the voting process itself.
It is also clear in the US that corona will be the dominant issue of the campaign. US President Donald Trump will be measured by how this unfolds, particularly by the state of economy in the fall and the duration of the lock-downs and continuing fatalities. The sluggish US response elevated corona, and the response to it, to the foremost political issue of the election.
South Korea – quite impressively, it must be said – forestalled both of these outcomes. There is nothing at all here like the debacle in the US state Wisconsin, where the US Supreme Court refused to permit overdue mail-in ballots, forcing voters to wait on line to vote and violate social distancing rules. And while will obviously be the ‘corona election’ in South Korea too, other issues have gotten play too. Normal concerns such as the economy or North Korea have not been completely driven from the media debate.
The polls have given Moon’s Democrats a pretty solid lead. This is almost certainly because of the superb response to corona. South Korea’s daily new case load is now below fifty. One can already see widespread signs of de-constriction. My son’s kindergarten has re-opened. Grade schools are scheduled to re-open this week and universities by the end of the month. Compared to the rest of the world, especially the US, this is simply remarkable. Moon deserves enormous credit for this, and it will likely power a leftist victory.
There is a political or ideological problem here though. A vigorous response to corona is not a policy proposal in the traditional sense, so the Democrats’ likely win will tell us little about what they will do. The answer is almost certainly a continuation of Moon’s previous policies – an expansion of the welfare state, more social spending, and most importantly, continued outreach to North Korea. But this is not really what the voters are voting for in affirming Moon’s excellent handling of the outbreak.
Another Missing Referendum on North Korea Detente
North Korea policy strikes me as particularly troublesome in this regard. This will be second election involving Moon where North Korea is scarcely an issue, even though it has come to dominate Moon’s presidency. Moon has also balked at sending his various joint statements with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the National Assembly for any kind of vote. (Moon’s administration has argued that these are not treaties and therefore are exempt.)
This is slippery. Moon won election in 2017 on the back of popular disgust with the right over the Park impeachment. Unsurprisingly, Moon campaigned back then on transparency, accountability, inequality, strengthening democracy, and so on. And while he has pursued a fairly standard social democratic economic line at home, he also initiated a wide-ranging détente with North Korea, far deeper than anything tried by his predecessors. Moon did not run on this, and this outreach has been, unsurprisingly, hugely controversial. Worse, Moon has not solicited South Korean right about this in any serious way, and the result has been sharp polarization. Conspiracy theories are rampant on the right here that Moon is a Marxist in league with Kim Jong Un.
My own hope had been that his election would be a referendum on North Korea détente. 2017 was not that, as Moon scarcely mentioned it, nor has the National Assembly been given a chance to vote on anything regarding détente. And now corona will again change the subject. There will still be no definitive vote on whether the country really wants this controversial course. This was entirely unpredictable of course. But it remains an obvious disjuncture that the most important and controversial Moon policy project has never been exposed to a proper vote.Robert E Kelly
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University
Chris Tharp is joining me on the tonight's episode of The Korea Podcast. Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Chris Tharp has called South Korea home for a decade and a half now. He is the author of "Dispatches from the Peninsula" and "The Worst Motorcycle in Laos," both published by Hong Kong's Signal 8 Press. He a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler UK, and his award-winning writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Foreign Literary Journal, enRoute Magazine, Matador Network, The San Diego Reader, and many others. He lives in Busan with his wife Minhee and a houseful of animals.
As to myself. I am an Expat with close to a decade and a half of ESL experience. I operate a private language school franchise in the city of Ulsan, South Korea and know a thing or two about starting and operating an ESL business in South Korea. In this podcast I share some of my ideas and knowledge with a wider audience and also hope to learn new things along the way. I hope to provide our viewers with insights on how to start a Hagwon in South Korea, discuss some pitfalls and success stories, and bring an overall awareness to the beginning and running of innovative companies.
Teaching English in Korea comes with a lot of challenges for both the teachers and owners. In discussions with our guests I try to cover as many topics related to Hagwon Startups and teaching English in Korea as well as globally as our combined experience of this field allows.
As the Living Korea channel matures, and the Hagwon Startup Podcast chugs along, my goal is to include more episodes, in which I get to talk to interesting people doing exciting things in South Korea, outside of their regular teaching professions.
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If you remember a little while ago, I wrote about how to buy a film camera in Korea. If you haven’t read that, please take the time to read that now, if you want. In that post I talked about a wonderful shop near the Dongdaemun Design Plaza called FilmLog.
After picking up the cameras, I set out to test each one. This was a great experience and a needed one. I soon found out that my Canon G-III, needs new light seals. Shooting film really puts you into a pure photography mode. You are not relying on the computer in the camera at all and that really pushes you to be careful about each shot.Sending in The Film
Once I had my 2 rolls completed, I sent them off to FilmLog. Now, if you lived in Seoul you could just head down to the shop and hand them in yourself. However, I live in Ulsan, so the method was a little different. However, it was not all that hard either.one camera that I picked up needs to have the light seals replaced.
Basically all you have to do is send them the film and their address and instructions is in the FAQ section of there site. Click here for that information. The info is in Korean but it is all there. Just clock on the second question from the top. Also, they do speak English, so if you have any questions you can call them or leave a message via their site.
Once you send in the film, you must transfer the money. I just wanted to test the service so I went with a basic develop and scan. For black and white film, this cost me about 8,000 won per roll and around 3, 000 won for the shipping.The Wait
The film got to the shop in about 3 days. Due to the fact that I sent in Black and White film, I was told that it would take about a week. The communication was amazing and in English.
When FilmLog received my film and payment, they gave me a call and let me know that I have to fill out a form on their site. Once that was done, they responded immediately letting me know when my films would be available to download.
Almost a week to the day, I received text messages letting me know that my images were ready. I logged in and it was amazing.
One of the great things about FilmLog is the fact that you have your images scanned and you can see them there on the site. You can also order prints from there as well.
Your photos appear in a set with the roll of film that you used. You then can cycle through each of the prints and download the ones that you want. You can also delete the crappy ones too.
The overall layout and ease of use is unlike anything that I have seen. That goes without saying for FilmLog as they are completely amazing and I love it. From their film vending machines to the amazing customer service, I will be using for a long time to come.
The bottomline here is that FlimLog is a great service to have in Korea and at reasonable prices. I can’t say enough good things about this shop. You really have to try them out. I certainly will be trying them out soon as I want to run a couple more rolls of film through these new cameras.
Check out their site here. This was not a paid piece, I simply really like their serive and I want you guys to check them out too.
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