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Why Koreans say GUCCI all the time

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Why Koreans say GUCCI all the time

Viewers and friends have asked me many times before: why do Koreans say "gucci" so much? Are they talking about fashion or am I mistaking it for something else?

Sometimes they are talking about Gucci the brand. Most of the time, they are saying 그치 (geuchi). 그치 means “isn’t it?” and “right?” 그치 is an agreeing expression. It can be used a both a statement and a question.

Question: 그치? Right?
Statement: 그치! Right!

For the fashionistas out there, the Korean way of saying Gucci the brand is 구찌 (goo-jjee). “Right?" and "Isn’t it” is 그치 (geuchi). 구찌 (goo-jjee) and 그치 (geu-chi) may sound similar, but knowing how to pronounce the subtle differences make a huge impact.

Here’s an example using both 구찌 and 그치:

네 가방… 구찌지, 그치?
Ne gabang… goojjeeji, geuchi?
Your bag… It’s Gucci, right?

그치, 난 구찌만 사.
Geuchi, nan goojjeeman sa.
Right, I only buy Gucci.


When I lived in LA for seven years, a lot of girls and guys would say, “RIGHTTT~~~?” It didn’t matter if they were a stranger or a friend. If I said something was cute or delicious, they would reply in agreement… RIGHT~? You can think of 그치 (geuchi) as the Korean version of "Right~?" Except in my experience, "Right~?" tends to be used by young people and 그치 (geuchi) is used by all ages.

CONVERSATION AT THE RESTAURANT:
와~ 이 갈비 진짜 맛있다!
Wah~ E galbi jinjja masshitda!
Oh gawd, these short ribs are super delicious!

그치? 많이 먹자!
Geuchi? Mani mukja!
Right? Isn’t it? Let’s eat tons!


CONVERSATION WITH FANGIRLS:
태양 노래 진짜 잘 불러.
Taeyang norae jinjja jal boolluh.
Taeyang is really good at singing.

그치? 어제 홍대에서 봤어.
Geuchi? Uhjae hongdae-aesuh bwassuh.
Right? Isn’t he? I saw him at Hongdae yesterday.


CONVERSATION WITH GRANDMA:
Grandma: 어느 색이 나? 이거 아니면 이거?
Uhneu segi na? Eguh animyun eguh?
Which color is better? This one or this one?

Girl: 파란게 더 잘 어울려요, 할머니.
Parangeh duh jal uhoollyuyo, halmuhni.
The blue one fits you more, Grandma.

Grandma: 그치? 나도 그 생각 했어.
Geuchi? Nado geu senggak haessuh.
Right? I was thinking that, too.


그치 (geuchi) is informal. The FORMAL way of saying it is 그쵸 (geuchyo). Use 그치 (geuchi) towards friends and those younger than you. 그쵸 (geuchyo) is used towards your elders and in situations you’d like to be formal.

오늘 날씨 좋아요, 그쵸?
Uneul nalsshi joayo, geuchyo?
The weather is great today, right?

제가 만들었지만, 이 잡채 참 맛있어요. 그쵸?
Jega mandeulutjiman, e japchae cham masshissuhyo, geuchyo?
I know I’m the one who made it, but this japchae is pretty delicious. Right?

그쵸. 누구 한테서 배우셨는데요?
Geuchyo, nugu hantaesuh bae-oohshyutneundeyo?
Right. Who’s the one who taught you?

그치 (geuchi) and 그쵸 (geuchyo) are shortened versions of 그렇지 (geu-ruh-chi) and 그렇죠 (geu-ruh-chyo). 그치 and 그쵸 are used often in spoken form. 그렇지 and 그렇죠 are more proper and seen in books. When text messaging, Koreans often use the shorter versions as it is faster to type and gets the point across. It’s like saying SEE YA or CU, instead of “I’ll see you later.”

Hope you enjoyed learning the subtle yet important differences of Gucci and Geuchi. See you next week on my YouTube channel for more on Korea!

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10 Ways to Compliment in Korean

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10 Ways to Compliment in Korean

FEATURED PHRASES:

  1. 더 예뻐지셨네요.
    Duh yebbuhjishyeotneyo.
    You got prettier.
    (FORMAL)

    더 예뻐졌네.
    Duh yebbuhjyutnae.
    You got prettier.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  2. 미인이세요.
    Me-een eseyo.
    You’re a beauty.
    (FORMAL)

    미인이네.
    Me-een enae.
    You’re a beauty.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  3. 멋있어요.
    Muhsshissuhyo.
    You are cool.
    (FORMAL)

    멋있어.
    Muhsshissuh.
    You are cool.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  4. 스타일 죽이네요.
    Seutaeel jukeeneyo.
    You have killer style.
    (FORMAL)

    스타일 죽이네.
    Seutaeel jukeenae.
    You have killer style.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  5. 어쩜 피부가 이렇게 고와요?
    Uhjjeom pibuga eruhgae gowayo?
    How is your skin so flawless?
    (FORMAL)

    어쩜 피부가 이렇게 고와?
    Uhjjeom pibuga eruhgae gowa?
    How is your skin so flawless?
    (INFORMAL)
     
  6. 미소가 아름다우세요.
    Misoga areumdauseyo.
    You have a beautiful smile.
    (FORMAL)

    미소가 아름다워.
    Misoga areumdawo.
    You have a beautiful smile.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  7. 살 빠지셨네요.
    Sal bbajishyeotneyo.
    You lost weight.
    (FORMAL)

    살 빠졌네.
    Sal bbajyutnae.
    You lost weight.
    (INFORMAL)

    보기 좋으세요.
    Bogee joeuseyo.
    You look good.
    (FORMAL)

    보기 좋아.
    Bogee joeunae.
    You look good.
    (INFORMAL)

    살 찌셨네요. 보기 좋으세요.
    Sal jjishyeotneyo. Bogi joeuseyo.
    You gained weight. You look good.
    (FORMAL)

    살 쪘네. 보기 좋아.
    Sal jjyutnae. Bogi joa.
    You gained weight. You look good.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  8. 몸매가 완벽해요.
    Mommaega wanbyukhaeyo.
    Your body is flawless.
    (FORMAL)

    몸매가 완벽하네.
    Mommaega wanbyukhanae.
    Your body is flawless.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  9. 연예인 같으세요.
    Yeonyein gateuseyo.
    You look like a celebrity.
    (FORMAL)

    연예인 같아.
    Yeonyein gatah.
    You look like a celebrity.
    (INFORMAL)
     
  10. 최고예요!
    Chwegoyeyo!
    You’re the best!
    (FORMAL)

    최고야!
    Chwegoyeya!
    You’re the best!
    (INFORMAL)

    엄마 최고예요!
    Umma chwegoyeyo!
    Mom, you’re the best!
    (FORMAL)

    아빠 최고예요!
    Abba chwegoyeyo!
    Dad, you’re the best!
    (FORMAL)



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Korean Phrases for Shopping

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Korean Phrases for Shopping

FEATURED PHRASES & WORDS:

자켓 있어요?
Jakit issuhyo?
Do you have jackets?

You can replace "jakit/jacket" with another noun.

향수 있어요?
Hyangsu issuhyo?
Do you have perfume?

팬티 있어요?
Penti issuhyo?
Do you have panties?

양말 있어요?
Yangmal issuhyo?
Do you have socks?


The worker will say yes or no.

있어요.
Issuhyo.
We have them.

없어요.
Eobssuhyo.
We don’t have them.

You can then ask:
어디서 팔아요?
Uhdiseo parayo?
Where is it sold?

What if you want to be more specific?
Maybe you want a black dress.

검은 치마 있어요?
Geomeun chima issuhyo?
Do you have black dresses?

Or maybe you want a thick coat.

두꺼운 외투 있어요?
Dogguhoon waeteu issuhyo?
Do you have thick coats?

Simply place a conjugated adjective in front of the noun. Then add “issuhyo” after the noun.


Make sure to lift up the “yo” to make it into a question. If the “yo” goes down, it becomes a statement. For example:

Question:
가벼운 가방 있어요?
Gabyeoun gabang issuhyo?
Do you have lightweight backpacks?

Statement:
가벼운 가방 있어요.
Gabyeoun gabang issuhyo.
I have lightweight backpacks.

Question:
얇은 장갑 있어요?
Yalbeun janggap issuhyo?
Do you have thin gloves?

Statement:
얇은 장갑 있어요.
Yalbeun janggap issuhyo.
We have thin gloves.


Can’t find your size? Then ask:

더 큰 사이즈 있어요?
Deo keun ssaejeu issuhyo?
Do you have a bigger size?

Perhaps you need something smaller.

더 작은 사이즈 있어요?
Deo jageun saejeu issuhyo?  
Do you have a smaller size?

Or maybe the size is perfect, but you want a different color?

다른 색 있어요?
Dareun sek issuhyo?
Do you have it in another color?

Finally you everything you need. Time to hit the register. If you need to use the credit card, you can verify by asking:

카드 받으세요?
Kadeu badeuseyo?
Do you accept credit cards?

Always carry cash with you when shopping in Korea because some shops accept cash only. The vendor may reply:

현찰만 받아요.
Hyunchalman badayo.
We only accept cash.

In addition with some shops, you can get a discount with cash, however no discount with credit card. If you need cash, then ask:

제일 가까운 ATM 어디 있어요?
Jeil gaggaoon ATM eodiissuhyo?
Where’s the closest ATM?

Another way of saying this is:

제일 가까운 현금 인출기 어디 있어요?
Jeil gaggaoon hyungeum inchulgi eodi issuhyo?
Where’s the nearest cash machine?

After you pay for your items, you might want the receipt:

영수증 주세요.
Yeongsoojeung juseyo.
Please give me the receipt.

Perhaps you bought the item as a gift, but don’t have time to wrap it. Then ask:

포장해 주실 수 있어요?
Pojanghae jushil su issuhyo?  
Could you gift wrap it please?

When you leave the shop, politely say:

감사합니다. 안녕히 계세요.
Gamsahapnida. Annyeonghegeseyo.
Thank you. Goodbye.

Perhaps you want to go back for a refund.

환불해 주세요.
Hanboolhae juseyo.
Please give me a refund.

It’s easier to get a refund at a commercial shop than a stall. Stalls typically don’t give out receipts.

Billy Jin midnight shopping at Dongdaemun.

Billy Jin midnight shopping at Dongdaemun.

Let’s say you’re at Dongdaemun. You step into a 9-story mall tower filled with wholesale shops where you can haggle prices. You find a promising stall. Perhaps a vendor has their attention on something else. Ask for them by saying:

저기요!
Jeogiyo!
Excuse me! / Hey!

You say “jeogiyo” to get someone’s attention. It’s typically used towards vendors, waiters, waitresses and strangers. Never towards family and friends.

You find something you want. Ask for the price first before trying the clothes on.

이거 얼마예요?
Eguh ulmayeyo?
How much is this?

저거 얼마예요?
Juhguh ulmayeyo?
How much is that?

Shop stalls typically don’t let you try clothes on, especially when it comes to pants and shirts. However it doesn’t hurt to ask. Jackets are usually fine to try on.

입어봐도 돼요?
Eebuhbwado dwaeyo?
Can I try it on?

If you want to try on shoes, then you’d say:

신어봐도 될까요?
Shinuh bwado dwelggayo?
Can I try these on?

You decide to buy the item and say:

이거 주세요.
Eguh juseyo.
Please give me this one.

Or maybe you want to haggle. Then say:

좀 깎아 주세요.
Jom ggagga juseyo.
Please give me a discount.

Say it with a smile, with slight aegyo or with serious tone. Find out what haggling style works best for you. The more fluent your Korean, the higher chance of you succeeding your bargain.

Upon paying, you can say:

많이 파세요.
Manee paseyo.
Please sell a lot.

It’s a polite greeting to wish their business well.

You might’ve stayed at a shop or stall for awhile. Maybe you even tried a couple clothes on. However you’re not interested in buying anything. Or maybe you want to look at other shops before committing to your purchase. You can tell the shop owner:

더 둘러보고 올게요.
Deo dolabogo olgaeyo.
I’ll be back after looking around some more.



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