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Of native Korean origin. 살다 (to live, to be alive) + -암 (the noun suffix)


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  • IPA(key)[ˈsʰa̠ːɾa̠m]
  • Phonetic Hangul[:]
Revised Romanization? saram
Revised Romanization (translit.)? salam
McCune–Reischauer? saram
Yale Romanization? sālam


사람 (saram)

  1. person; human; people
    미국 사람Miguk saramAmerican person
    그러면 내가 어떤 사람이 되는 거겠어?
    Geureomyeon naega eotteon sarami doeneun geogesseo?
    What kind of gentleman would I be then?
    이것은 미식축구 시청을 좋아하지 않는 사람을 위한 것입니다.
    Igeoseun misikchukgu sicheong-eul joahaji anneun sarameul wihan geosimnida.
    It is for people who do not like watching American football.
    2016, VOA Learning English > Trending Today: Puppy Bowl

Usage notesEdit

Although Korean grammar does not generally distinguish between singular and plural, the plural marker (deul) is often appended to 사람 (saram) when it is necessary to specify the plural, yielding 사람들 (saramdeul, “people”).


사람 (saram)

  1. counter for people
    학생 3사람
    haksaeng 3saram
    three students