In this lesson we will take a look at how to say Merry Christmas in Korean. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Wishing all your close, and less close, ones happy holidays and celebrating the end of the year that has gone by. If you have friends from all corners of the world, you know there are a lot of phrases to learn (and forget…until next year). Luckily, the way to say Merry christmas in Korean is stolen directly from the English language so if you know English, which you probably do if you are reading this, this one will be a piece of cake. So what is the word?
In Hangul: 메리 크리스마스
= Merry Christmas
It could have been harder right? You can pronounce it almost at it sounds in English or you could pronounce it in a more Korean way by the way it’s spelled in Hangul. Both are fine! You can use this with both people older than you and younger than you.
Since New Year is coming up soon as well, you might also want to check out our lesson on how to say happy new year in Korean. So wait, is this all? Not really, there are actually other ways to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Korean.
kurisumasu jal bonaeseyo
In Hangul: 크리스마스 잘 보내세요
= Have a nice Christmas
The meaning is of course a bit different. It is read literally like ‘Please spend Christmas well‘. You can use this with both friends and people older than you. Another version of this expression, with no change in meaning is:
kurisumasu jal dweseyo
In Hangul: 크리스마스 잘 되세요
= Have a nice Christmas
Let’s do another one, just for fun!
jeulgeoun kurisumasu bonaeseyo
In Hangul: 즐거운 크리스마스 보내세요
= Have a pleasant Christmas
This means the same thing, just a slightly different way to say it. jeulgeoun (즐거운 ) means ‘pleasant’ or ‘enjoyable’.
These, along with 메리 크리스마스, can all be used synonymously in almost all cases with really no change in meaning. If you want to ask someone ‘did you have a nice Christmas?’ you just turn these sentences, with the exception of 메리 크리스마스, into questions by raising the intonation at the end.
This is pretty much all you need to know on how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Korean! For more lessons like this, please check out our Everyday Korean Archive. Please like or share if you found this lesson helpful, and if you have any questions, make sure to let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to help you out!
By: Kimchi Cloud
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