처음

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of native Korean origin. From Middle Korean 처〮ᅀᅥᆷ (chézèm), from Old Korean 初叱音 (*CHEsem). Related to (cheot, “first”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [t͡ɕʰʌ̹ɯm]
    • (file)
  • Phonetic hangul: []
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?cheo'eum
Revised Romanization (translit.)?cheo'eum
McCune–Reischauer?ch'ŏŭm
Yale Romanization?cheum

Noun[edit]

처음 (cheo'eum)

  1. the first time
  2. the beginning
    처음 이상하다고 여겨질지 모른다.
    Cheo'eumen isanghadago yeogyeojilji moreunda.
    It may at first appear strange.
    처음 누구 실수 한다.
    Cheo'eumen nuguna silsu-reul handa.
    Everyone makes mistakes in the beginning.

Adverb[edit]

처음 (cheo'eum)

  1. (colloquial) first time