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I studied Japanese for about 2 years (and was an exchange student in Fukuoka when I was in high school) so my Japanese is rusty - but good enough to notice some interesting similarities in my Korean studies!
Of course, a lot of it is because both languages rely on Chinese characters in the beginning, and that Japan colonized Korea for a few decades, but I still find the similarities really fun!


する (su-ru) is one of the first verbs you learn in Japanese (it means "to do")
하다 (ha-da) is one of the first verbs you learn in Korean, and it means the same thing!
Check out these verbs that are almost exactly the same in Korean and Japanese:
To cook: よりする (yo-ri-su-ru) // 요리하다 (yo-ri-ha-da)
To drive: うんどうする (oon-dou-su-ru) // 운동하다 (oon-dong-ha-da)

Random nouns:

Library: としょかん (to-sho-kan) // 도서관 (do-seo-kwan)
Part-Time Job: アルバイト (a-ru-ba-i-to) // 아르바이트 (a-reu-ba-i-teu)
Bread: パン (pan) // 빵 (bbang)

And of course, Japanese foods translate almost directly!

Ramen: らんめん (ra-men) //라면 (ra-myeon)
Udon: うどん (u-don) //우동 (u-dong)
Donkatsu: どんかつ (don-ka-tsu) // 돈까스 (don-kka-seu)
Tofu: とふ (to-fu) // 두부 (doo-boo)

Cheers: かんぱい!(kanpai) // 건배! (keon-bae!)

Cool right!?

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can I ask, what does Senpai mean?
@saraortiz2002 Senpai is a noun word that you would use to address someone you look up to/admire. it's usually used to address an upper classman you respect or a lot of the times your crush. hence the "Notice Me Senpai!" meme!
oooh! @ocherrylimeadeo so it would be kinda like Oppa, right?
@saraortiz2002 yes!! very similar, only senpai doesn't (usually) have a gender role, whereas oppa is for females to males.
Senpai literally means born before, so it's anyone who was born before you. However, it's usually just used for upperclassmen, people of a higher rank than you are, or that have been somewhere (like a job) longer than you have. The Korean equivalent would be sunbae.