I’ve mentioned this site before, but Wordcount.org keeps track of the top used English words in the world (possibly from an English, English perspective [UK]). I thought it was be kind of fun to translate these into how Koreans say it phonetically in their language. The top 10 aren’t used that often (most of them) or there is less of an equivalent in Korean…so I thought I’d focus on the next 10.
1. the, 2. of, 3. and, 4. to, 5. a, 6. in, 7. that, 8. it, 9. is, 10. was
11. I = Na-neun, Neh-gah or more formally Juh-neun, Jeh-gah,
12. for = Wee-heh
13. on = Wee-eh
14. you = Nuh, but usually Koreans assume that “you” is part of a phrase that’s directed to someone they are speaking to; also, this is the “informal” way of saying it. You should use “Dang-shin” if you want to be more formal. However, people don’t use it that often. The noun is assumed often.
15. he = Geu namjah, but not used that often
25. but = Geun-run-deh; geun-deh