2 years ago5,000+ Views
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?
2 years ago·Reply
@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!
2 years ago·Reply
oooh! @ocherrylimeadeo so it would be kinda like Oppa, right?
2 years ago·Reply
@saraortiz2002 yes!! very similar, only senpai doesn't (usually) have a gender role, whereas oppa is for females to males.
2 years ago·Reply
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.
2 years ago·Reply