It’s Easy in Korean

Hello everyone, it’s your Korean teacher Jun and welcome to another tutorial! I really want to ask you if learning Korean has been easy for you. Was it easy? Or was it not? Maybe some parts were easy and some weren’t. Then do you know how to say ‘it was easy’ or ‘it wasn’t easy’ in Korean? Today we’re going to learn how to say It’s Easy in Korean!

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It’s Easy in Korean


It’s easy


‘To be easy’ in Korean is ‘쉽다’. Remember, Korean language doesn’t use ‘be’ with adjectives. 쉽다 already has ‘to be’ itself. Its meaning is almost same to ‘easy’ in English but not 100% same. For example, you can’t use 쉽다 to ask someone to be easy.


I wonder if 쉽다 is related to 쉬다 which means ‘ to rest’ or ‘take a break’. Both look almost same and I think it makes sense a bit. I can relax because something is easy right?

Hey! Easy!

You can’t use 쉽다 to calm down someone. Koreans always prefer to say ‘진정해요’ which means ‘calm down’ or ‘화내지마세요’ which means ‘don’t get mad’. 쉽다 has a bad nuance a little bit, so you need to be careful when you use it to complement a person.



How To Use

A: 이 퍼즐은 너무 쉽네요
This puzzle is too easy
B: 그럼 이건 어때요?
Then how about this one?


A: 이거 어떻게 해요?
Do you know how to do it?
B: 쉽지 않죠? ㅎㅎ
It’s not easy, is it? haha


기린 그리는 법을 가르쳐드릴게요
I’ll teach you how to draw a giraffe
엉덩이로 팬을 잡으세요
Grab your pen with your butt
기린을 그리세요
Draw a giraffe
Isn’t it easy?


쉽다 in 해요 speech style is ‘쉬워요[suiwoyo]’. However, it actually sounds like ‘쉬어요[suieoyo]’ and it’s exactly same to ‘have a rest’. So, you have to be aware it to avoid confusions. You can distinguish them by an accent though, 쉬워요 has an accent on 워 and 쉬어요 has an accent on 쉬. (not all the time though because accents aren’t much important in Korean language)

Vocabulary Note

퍼즐 [peozeul] : puzzle
너무 [neomu] : too many / too much
그럼 [geureom] : then / so
이건 [igeon] : this [subject]
이거 [igeo] : this [informal pronoun]
어떻게 [eoddeoke] : how
하다 [hada] : to do
기린 [girin] : giraffe
-는 법 [neun beop] : way to do (something)
가르치다 [gareuchida] : to teach
엉덩이 [eongdeong-i] : butt
펜 [pen] : pen
잡다 [japdda] : to grab / to catch
그리다 [geurida] : to draw