Korean for fun: Call a doctor!

— Here are some words and phrases that you might need when you need some medical attention. We start with some necessary vocabulary, such as ‘hospital,’ ‘doctor,’ etc., learn names of body parts, and check some of common words that you might hear around a hospital.

Some information about the Korean medicare system:
The word for hospital (dum_hsptl.gif  (1109 bytes) /pyung-won/) is used for both large hospitals–with a number of doctors and equipment–and small clinics run by a doctor.
Pharmacists can not only sell medicine but also write prescriptions to make medicine. It has been a serious dispute between phrmacists and doctors for a long time. Pharmicists are also allowed to practice some Chinese/Korean medicine. It is partially because the role of pharmacists had been very crucial (and still is in some regions) from the time they did not have enough doctors.

1. Basic nouns

dum_hsptl.gif (1142 bytes)
pyung-won
hospital; clinic
dum_doc.gif (1116 bytes)
ui-sah
medical doctor
dum_nurs.gif (1186 bytes)
kahn-ho-sah
nurse
dum_er.gif (1200 bytes)
ung-goop-shil
emergency room
dum_pharm.gif (994 bytes)
yahk
medicine, drug
dum_phmcst.gif (1077 bytes)
yahk-kook
pharmacy; drug store

 

Now, you can say such phrases as ‘Where is the hospital?,’ or ‘Let’s go to the hospital.’

dum_hsptl.gif (1142 bytes)
pyong-won
“hospital”
dum_where_n.gif (1059 bytes)
uh-tee
“where”
dum_is_q.gif (1236 bytes)
issuh-yo
“is…?”
sori Where is the hospital?

 

dum_hsptl.gif (1142 bytes)
pyong-won
“hospital”
dum_go.gif (1081 bytes).
kah-yo
“go”
sori.gif (1058 bytes) Let’s go to the hospital.

2. Basic body parts

dum_bdy_hed.gif (1102 bytes)
muh-ree
head
dum_face.gif (1061 bytes)
ul-gool
face
dum_bdy_eye.gif (955 bytes)
noon
eye
dum_bdy_nos.gif (960 bytes)
k’oh
nose
dum_bdy_mth.gif (997 bytes)
ip
mouth
dum_bdy_ear.gif (1005 bytes)
kui
ear
dum_body.gif (995 bytes)
mohm
body; torso
dum_bdy_neck.gif (972 bytes)
mohk
neck; throat
dum_bdy_shldr.gif (1155 bytes)
uh-gae
shoulder
dum_bdy_chst.gif (1095 bytes)
kah-soom
chest
dum_bdy_stmch.gif (1019 bytes)
pae
stomach
dum_bdy_uback.gif (956 bytes)
toong
upper back
dum_bdy_lback.gif (1111 bytes)
huh-ree
lower back
dum_bdy_sbody.gif (1196 bytes)
yup-koo-ree
side body
dum_bdy_arm.gif (981 bytes)
p’ahl
arm
dum_bdy_hand.gif (951 bytes)
sohn
hand
dum_bdy_butt.gif (1215 bytes)
ung-dung-ee
butt
dum_bdy_leg.gif (1080 bytes)
tah-ree
leg
dum_bdy_foot.gif (991 bytes)
pahl
foot

 

Now, the smart phrase:

dum_bdy_hed.gif (1102 bytes)
muh-ree
“head”
dum_hurts.gif (1245 bytes)
ap’ah-yo
“… hurts.”
dum_bdy_hed.gif (1102 bytes)dum_hurts.gif (1245 bytes) My head hurts. (= I have a headache.)
  • Mia joo

    how the way to call doctor name? for example doctor park hoon? park hoon eui sa nim??

  • learnkorean com

    When you call medical doctor in Korea, it is typical to use “선생님 (sun-sang-nim)”. So, your example could be “Park sun-sang-nim”). Literal translation of “sun-sang-nim” is teacher. But, Koreans use it as Mr. or Mrs. for both genders to respect someone’s profession, particularly someone with a professional degree such as doctors, professors, teachers, etc. “sun-sang-nim” has been gaining popularity in many other professions.

  • Sai-Anne

    What would you call a nurse? Like how would you greet your nurse while in hospital? Thank you in advance!

    • giwoongyun

      간호사 (gan-ho-sa). You can greet her/him saying “안녕하세요 (an-nyung-ha-se-yo) 간호사님 (gan-ho-sa-nim)”.

      • Kett

        Thank you so much!