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Level 4

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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약국에 갈 때 (A Visit to the Pharmacy)

I thought it might be helpful for everyone if I shared some useful vocab for use when visiting the pharmacy.   First off, if you’ve been in Korea for more than a few weeks, you’ve probably already noticed that Koreans are a little more strict about adhering to the “take this on a full stomach” … Continue reading »

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Easily Confused Place Names

There’s a limited amount of pronunciation information I can provide in text format, but here’s a little. If you’re already in an advanced class, you probably aren’t still having much trouble with this, but in this lecture we discuss some difficult pronunciations in Korean. One of the hardest for beginners is differentiating the vowel sounds … Continue reading »

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‘Effective’ and ‘Efficient’

In today’s lesson we discuss the differences between the expressions “효과적” and “효율적.” “효과” means “effect,” and if you remember that, you should have no problem remembering that “효과적인” means “effective.” The word “효과” is often used in sentences like, “약이 효과 없어요? (The medicine had no effect?)” or “텔레비전 광고를 내면 몰론 대단한 홍보 … Continue reading »

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Bossing someone around — in a flowery way

I’ve compiled a list of the more convoluted ways that you can entreat someone in Korean. Just as in English, where you can ask, suggest, advise, request, entreat, implore or appeal to someone to do something for you, in Korean you have an equally broad array of tools in your belt when what you essentially … Continue reading »

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