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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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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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Five Head-related Idioms

This video is almost entirely in Korean, but for advanced learners, I think it’s a good opportunity to learn some useful idioms.  I’m also going to be covering this on my segment on TBS eFM this Friday morning at 10:30.  Tune in if you’re interested. 주제: ‘머리’에 관련된 표현 1. 머리를 쓰다: to use one’s head … 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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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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Let’s Study with Taeyang ㅎㅎ (K-pop lyrics)

I originally posted this on my English-teaching site for Koreans, EnglishinKorean.com, but thought that it would be of use over here too.  With the recent worldwide interest in K-pop, I thought we could take a look at some lyrics from a Taeyang song that came out a few years ago. I translated the Korean part … Continue reading »

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