How To Say “China” In Korean – Terms for the country & its people

Besides South Korea and Japan, the other East Asian powerhouse is China. We will teach you how to say “China” in Korean, as it often comes up in conversations. For that reason, among many others, we’re adding the word “China” to your expanding list of Korean vocabulary!

The flag of China beside a text that says China in Korean

Keep reading, and you’ll finally learn to say “China” in Korean. Are you ready to learn a new word today? If so, then let’s go!

How to say “China” in Korean

So, how to say “China” in Korean? The word to use is 중국 (jungguk). You may not think it is easy to learn and memorize at first, but it’s used by South Koreans so much that if you live in the country, it’ll get stuck in your memory in no time.

If you need help with a mnemonic, imagine that to pay the bills in “June” you decide to work as a “cook.” At what kind of restaurant? A Chinese restaurant, of course!

Sample Sentences:

중국에서 왔다고 하셨어요? (jungkukeseo wattago hasyeosseoyo?)

Did you say you come from China?

중국으로 여행갈때 어디어디 가봐야해요? (jungkukeuro yeohaengalddae eodieodi gabwayahaeyo?)

When one travels in China, where should they visit?

Chinese New Year In Shanghai

How to pronounce “China” in Korean

You can say the word for “China” in Korean as 중국 (jungguk). You can listen to the audio below to know how to pronounce it correctly.

중국 (jungguk)

Note that the final ㄱ (g/k) sound is soft because it’s at the end of a syllable.

How to say “I am from China” in Korean

If you need to introduce yourself and express that you’re from China, you can say 저는 중국에서 왔어요 (jeoneun junggugeseo wasseoyo) which means “I am from China.”

How do you say “Chinese” in Korean?

Chinese people are referred to as 중국인 (jungkukin) or 중국 사람 (jungkuk saram) and the Chinese language is 중국어 (jungkukeo) in Korean.

Sample Sentences:

다음에 중국어를 배우고 싶어요. (daeume jungkukeoreul baeugo shipeoyo)

Next, I want to learn Chinese.

내 제일 친한 친구는 중국사람이야. (nae jeil chinhan chinguneun jungkuksaramiya)

My best friend is Chinese.

How do you say “I am Chinese” in Korean?

Since there are two ways to say “Chinese” in Korean, you can say “I am Chinese” as 저는 중국 사람이에요 (jeoneun jungguk saramieyo)  or 저는 중국인이에요 (jeoneun jungguginieyo).

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Here are other vocabularies in Korean that are related to China.

베이징 (beijing)Beijing
북경 (bukgyeong)Peking*
상하이 (sanghai)Shanghai
상해 (sanghae)Shanghai
홍콩 (hongkhong)Hong Kong

*this is the more common way to refer to China’s capital among South Koreans.

Shanghai skyline

And now you know how to say “China” in Korean! It is good to note that most countries, their citizens, and their language are marked with the same suffix in the Korean language.

In other words, learn the name of the country, and then you can just add -인 (-in) or -사람 (-saram) to turn the word into describing someone’s nationality, or if you add -어 (-eo) or -말 (-mal), you can turn the word into describing the language.

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet and is not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in South Korea will suddenly seem so much easier, and the country won’t appear so foreign to you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Wrap Up

That’s it for China in Korean! What country do you wish to learn about next? If you also want to know about the Korean Peninsula, the North Korean and South Korean government, and everything about Korea, you can check out this article! What other words would you like us to teach you? Let us know in the comments below!

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