How to say what is that? in Korean: Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?

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How to say what is that? in Korean: Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?

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

To say what is that? in Korean: Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?
Say it out loud: “Jo Go Nun Mo Ae 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 what is that? in other languages!

Arabic–Ma Haza?  (ma ha za)
Chinese–Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
Croatian–što je to?  (shtoe yay toe?)
Czech–co to je?  (so toy eh?)
Finnish–mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
French–Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
German–was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
Italian–che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
Japanese–Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
Korean–Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
Portuguese–Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
Russian–chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
Spanish–¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
Swahili–nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
Thai–Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
Turkish–bu ne?  (boo nay?)
Vietnamese–Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)

Dining? On Safari? See something strange? Then you want to ask "what is that?" (Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?) to your host or tour guide in Korean before deciding whether you want to engage or take a run! That is the fun part of experiencing other cultures. For more fun phrases, 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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