집 [ jip ]

Among many different meanings of 집, three most used meanings are ‘house(place)‘, ‘home‘, and ‘place where things or food are sold‘.

  1. When Koreans say 집 like below, it means the place where one lives.

ex)

지금 집에 가고 있다. (I’m on the way home now.)

저희 집에 초대합니다. (I would like to invite you to my house.)

2. When Koreans say 집 like below, it means the home where the person used to live with family or where one’s parents live, or hometown.

ex)

집밥 먹고싶다. (I wish I could eat the food my mom made.) (밥 means ‘food’ or ‘meal’.)

이 식당 음식이 집밥 같아요. (The food at this restaurant tastes like 집밥.) (homemade)

3. When Koreans say 집 like below, it usually is a restaurant or shop.

ex)

근처에 밥집이 있나요?  (Are there any restaurants nearby?)

그 집 직원들은 친절해요.  (Workers at the shop are friendly.)

  • 맛 in 맛집 means ‘savor’, and 맛집 is a restaurant that serves delicacies.