How to say good / bad in Korean: Johayo. / Nappayo.

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How to say good / bad in Korean: Johayo. / Nappayo.

Learning Korean for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say good / bad in Korean: Johayo. / Nappayo.
Say it out loud: “Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.

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Some more helpful words in our Korean Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – ...Hwajangsil  (…Hwa Jang Shil)
come with me – Iri Oseyo.  (Ee Ri Oh Se Yo.)
do you speak english? – Yeongeo Hal Jul Aseyo?  (Young Uh Hal Jool Ah Se Yo?)
excellent – Aju Johayo.  (Ah Joo Jo Ah Yo.)
excuse me – Sillyehapnida.  (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
excuse me (to get past) – Jamsimanyo.  (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
good / bad – Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
how do you say…? – …Ga Mwoyeyo?  (…Ga Mo Ae Yo?)
how much is this? – Igeoneun Eolmayeyo?  (Ee Go Nun Uhl Ma Ae Yo?)
maybe – Amado  (Ah Ma Do)
no problem – Gwaenchanhayo.  (Gwen Chan Ah Yo.)
please – Butakhaeyo.  (Boo Taak Hae Yo.)
sorry – Mianhapnida.  (Mi An Ham Ni Da.)
thank you – Gamsahapnida.  (Gam Sa Ham Ni Da.)
thanks – Gomawoyo.  (Go Ma Wo Yo.)
what is that? – Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
where is… – …Ga Eodiipnikka?  (…Ga Uh Dee Im Ni Ka?)
yes / no – Ne / Aniyo  (Ne / Ah Nee Yo.)
you are welcome – Cheonmaneyo.  (Chun Man Ae Yo.)

And here’s how to say good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (Johayo. / Nappayo.)? Get instant access to the Korean Language Set.

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Jung-Eun Park
Biography: Jung-Eun was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She has a Master's degree in Translation and Localization Management and is currently working as a project manager at a translation company.
Born: Seoul, Korea
Location: Seoul, Korea

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