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Korean to the Nth Degree!

If you’ve been pounding away at Korean for more than for few months now, you’re probably already familiar with the Korean suffix “도.” It is equivalent to “degree” in English and is attached to the end of a number to express the temperature, as in “38도 (38 degrees)” etc. It is also the word used … Continue reading »

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Korean Hat Slang!

KChamp Podcast 12: Korean Hat Slang!   If you’re living in Korea, you’ve probably noticed the hats with clever bits of Korean written on them that started showing up in the major party districts about two years ago.  Since it’s never a good idea to wear a hat emblazoned with a phrase you can’t understand, … Continue reading »

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I’m an Extrovert!

KChamp Podcast 11: ‘I’m an Extrovert!’ in Korean When describing oneself in English, the traditional fallback terms are “extrovert” and “introvert” or their cousins, “sociable” and “antisocial.” Today we are going to take a look at how you can express those ideas in Korean. 1. Extrovert: 외향적인 사람 Extroverted: 외향적 예문 A: 새 직원을 뽑는다고 … Continue reading »

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Saying “It Depends” in Korean

If you’ve been working at Korean for more than a few weeks, I’m sure you’ve experienced the frustration of not being able to find an appropriate translation for a particular word or phrase. Sometimes it’s a Korean phrase that no one seems to be able to translate into English for you, and sometimes it’s an … Continue reading »

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It’s useless!

-어/아 보았자(봤자): Even if you _____ it’s not going to _____ / It’s no use to ____ This is the perfect pattern to use when you want to tell someone that the suggested course of action is unlikely to yield any positive results and they’d be better off not doing it at all. It suggests … Continue reading »

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Discussing the Olympics with your Korean friends!

This post was originally for EnglishinKorean.com, but I thought it would be of use over here as well. 우리 제일 중요한 말부터 시작합시다. 제가 이미 트위터 통해서 말씀드렸듯이 ‘올림픽’이라는 말을 영어로 옮기면 ‘Olympic’이 아니라 ‘Olympics’입니다. ‘Olympic’은 형용사이므로 ‘I’m watching the Olympic’같은 문장은 문법에 안 맞고 ‘I’m watching the Olympics’라고 말씀하시면 됩니다. 반면에 ‘Olympic’이라는 단어를 맞게 … Continue reading »

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Describing Different Personality Types

Here is a collection of Korean phrases useful for depicting the cast of characters that surrounds us every day. If you learn these idioms, you’ll be equipped to describe everyone — from a country bumpkin to a miserly friend. None of these are especially hard, so if you’re anywhere beyond the basic levels, you should … Continue reading »

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Korean for a Pick-up Artist

This is the script I wrote up for Street Korean a few weeks ago. 작업 걸다: to hit on A: 어제 공원에 혼자 앉아서 책 보고 있는데 어떤 여자가 옆에 앉아도 되냐고 하더라. B: 정말? 여자가 먼저 작업 거는 건 드문 일인데. 번호 따다: to get someone’s number A: 왜 그렇게 기분이 좋아 보여? B: … Continue reading »

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Korean for a Friday Night!

TBS 8 1. 1차, 2차, 3차: rounds (of drinking, partying etc.) A: 어제 몇 차까지 갔어? B: 난 3차까지 하고 갔는데 김대리 말이 4차까지 갔대.  2. 물이 좋다: the vibe is good / it’s a good scene  A: 금요일 저녁에 한잔 어때?  B: 좋지. 어디 물 좋은 데 알아? 3. 필름 끊기다: to black out 추태부리다: … Continue reading »

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Describing the People You Went to School With

In today’s lesson, we’ll be taking a look at words used to describe different personality types in the school environment. 범생이: a goody-goody A: 야, 학교 앞에 새 PC 방 생겼던데 가서 게임이나 할까? B: 너같은 범생이가 웬일이야? 날라리: someone who’s always messing around A: 병수가 이번에 공무원 시험에 합격했다면서? B: 그래, 학교 다닐 때 … Continue reading »

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