Korean: 12 Animals


A new year has begun! Once again, congratulations to '근하신년'. In the previous article, we introduced New Year's greetings, which I think will come in handy, and since this year is the Year of the Ox, I'd like to introduce the Korean words for the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Let's take a look!

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A new year has begun! Once again, congratulations to "근하신년".
In the previous article, we introduced New Year's greetings, which I think will come in handy, and since this year is the Year of the Ox, I'd like to introduce the Korean words for the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Let's take a look!

12 Chinese Zodiac

Rat

rat

Ox

The Korean word for cow can be "소" or "우".

The first one:소

The meat is 고기, so the beef is 소고기.

소고기

beef

The second one:우

The term "Korean cow" or "milk" is often used as "우".

한우

Korean cow

우유

milk

Just to add, the calf is "송아지".

송아지
cow

Tiger

호랑이
tiger

Rabbit

토끼
rabbit

Dragon

dragon

Snake

snake

Horse

horse

Sheep

sheep

Monkey

원숭이
monkey

Cock

The meat is 고기, so chicken is 닭고기. Also, the famous Korean dish "닭갈비" ("갈비" is rib meat) is a dish made from the meat of chicken ribs.

닭고기

chicken

닭갈비

Chicken Ribs

chicken

Dog

dog

Pig

돼지

Meat is 고기, so pork is 돼지고기.

돼지고기

pork

To add, Korean roast meat is often made from pork, called "삼겹살".

삼겹살

pork belly

pig

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