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Level 5

Describing that Perfect Guy or Girl

In this week’s lesson, we’re going to be taking a look at Korean slang expressions that describe different types of people. None of these expressions are quite as established as words like “hottie” or “keeper” are in the English lexicon, but they are still important to know. Every single one of these expressions didn’t even … Continue reading »

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Fun Korean Idioms

In today’s lesson, we are going to continue our survey of Korean idioms and slang.  Just so there can be a unifying thread to the expressions, I’ve chosen to introduce phrases that start with the letter ㄷ . These are arranged by frequency in daily language. The first ones are used quite often, while the … Continue reading »

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More Explosive Korean Slang!

In the last round of Explosive Korean Slang, we took a look at some phrases that started with the double consonant, ㅃ . Today we continue on with the series, only this time we’ll be studying idioms and colloquial expressions that start with ㄸ . When pronouncing these letters, the important thing to remember is … Continue reading »

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How to “Play” Instruments in Korean

Podcast 10: ‘Playing’ Instruments in Korean OK, it’s finally time for one of those higher-level posts I’ve been promising to write for the last year. Somewhere around Level 2, you probably started learn the Korean pronunciations for western instruments. Later on, you may have learned the words for the different families of instruments, e.g., winds, … Continue reading »

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Intensifiers and Adverbs (강조어)

In today’s lesson, we’re going to be taking a look at the different ways of intensifying a sentence in Korean.  There are a lot of tools in your belt when it comes to upping the severity of a sentence.  Just to give you a clear idea of what we’re talking about here, similar words in … Continue reading »

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“I’ve got mad Korean skills, yo!”

Korean Champ Podcast 9: Bragging in Korean about your Korean   Originally Posted: July 4, 2011 In today’s lesson, we discuss Westerners’ favorite pastime: bragging about their Korean skills. Even nine years into my study of Korean, I still wouldn’t call myself “fluent” and honestly, I’m not even sure what that expression means.  Does it … Continue reading »

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할까 말까 하다 (I’m thinking about it)

Podcast 8 (I’m thinking about it) Originally posted: July 18, 2011 ____ 할까 말까 해요 BEGINNER This is an expression that — if my memory serves me correctly — is taught in Level 2. It is a handy way to say that you are trying to make your mind up between two different courses of … Continue reading »

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학교에 관한 상급 단어들 (Advanced School Vocab)

  Podcast 6: Advanced School Vocab. (Hard) In today’s lesson, we’ll be taking a look at words related to school life. At first blush, you may, from the topic, assume that this is going to be an easy post, but I guarantee these ain’t your beginner’s school words. I suppose at some point I’d better … Continue reading »

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You’re pretty good at Korean for a ______ (치고는)

Podcast 5: You’re pretty ~ for a ~ (~치고는) (Medium) For a ~ (~치고는) If your looking to lay a compliment on your counterpart but are one of those people who thinks that outright praise must always be garnished with a dash of condescension, this is the perfect phrase for you! 외국인치고는 한국어 잘하네요. He’s … Continue reading »

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Explosive Korean Slang

Podcast 1: Explosive Korean Slang (Medium) In today’s lesson we’ll be taking a look at some Korean slang expressions that start with ㅃ.  This letter can be intimidating for beginning learners of Korean because it isn’t an easy sound to replicate. Just remember to keep your lips sealed until you build up some pressure and … Continue reading »

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