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Tagged With: Korean phrases

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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~는 것 같아요 (It seems like ____ )

Podcast 2: It Seems Like (Easy) For today’s lesson, we are going to be taking a look at a pattern in Korean that is probably most analogous to “it seems like ____ .”  If the verb tense is accordingly conjugated, the form can be used in the past, present and future tense, making it especially … Continue reading »

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‘비켜 주세요’ (Please step aside)

Today’s lesson is a little bit on the elementary side, but I’m sure even advanced learners will be able to find something of use. The video has some harder expressions too. When you are trapped behind a wall of people on the starboard side of Line 2 and it turns out that, alas, the port-side … 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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‘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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Mission Impossible: Getting Koreans to Speak Korean

As everyone knows — except for Koreans, who seem to have absolutely no conception of this — the hardest thing about acquiring conversational facility in Korean is that no one will speak to you in Korean. Koreans talk a great deal about their “영어 울렁증” (fear of speaking English) but the truth is that they … Continue reading »

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