Korean: Family Part 1

Welcome to Week 3 of the free online Korean course offered by Yonsei University on the Coursera MOOC platform. One of the great things about this course is that you can change the time settings to allow you to keep your progress, yet pause the course and finish it at a later date – I took this option due to a lot of things going on in my life, and am now on track to finish in July instead of June. If need be I could even extend again to finish the course in August. This flexibility is great for lifelong learners and will hopefully increase the number of people able to finish the course rather than feeling as if they should just give up after missing a single deadline.

This week we will be learning about our family members in Korean.


Just a note on pronunciation (which you may have already noticed) is-a-yo, sounds more like is-sa-yo when spoken aloud.002

Now, let’s learn some of our family members in Korean!003004005006007008009010011

Now you have learned the basic vocabulary, let’s try putting that vocabulary into a sentence.


The particle used after each family member depends on the ending of the word. If the word ends in a consonant sound (the ng or place marker)  e.g. hyeong, the particle following it will be ‘i’. If it ends in a vowel sound such as oppa, it will be followed by the particle ‘ga’.

If you listen to Korean you will start to hear what sounds natural. In most Korean dramas you will hear the terminology of oppa/unni and hyeong/nuna quite often so will quickly become familiar with it.


Click through the examples below to test out your reading skills – can you read them and did you remember to use the right particle?

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You can also insert a number before isayo to specify how many siblings you have.


Counting your family members is done in the Native Korean counting system, not Sino-Korean. (If this sentence left you wondering what on earth I’m talking about click here for an explanation of the two different counting systems and when to use them.)

Now for some additional vocabulary to do with family:

Now you have a chance to apply what you have learned by looking at the pictures and putting the information into a sentence (answers at the bottom!).


Check your answers by clicking through the slideshow below:

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Hope this lesson was a useful introduction to talking about your family in Korean and is a good review for those doing the MOOC.

Happy Korean learning!


Thanks to Dom and Hyo for this cool infographic to learn/remember the members of the family in Korean.


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