Okay so here we are again with another installment of this lesson. It’s really not as difficult to explain as the previous lesson because there really isn’t much to it. I’m still debating about next week’s lesson because I want to start something new but I feel like I completely skipped something.
Let’s get started!
학교 (hakgyo) | school
- 오늘 학교 갔었 니? (oneul haggyo gass-eoss ni?) | “Did you go to school today?”
That’s it for today!
I’ve done this foreign language tip series for a while now and people really enjoy the tips in them. Often times it gives people a good idea of what to study and how to study. I ran across this article a little while ago and I completely agreed with it. A lot of it is stuff I’ve said before but I think a comprised list of what you should study to help narrow it down and focus on the fastest steps to fluency.
- Parts of sentence
- Word order/sentence structure
- Basic sentences
- Descriptive sentences
- Conjugation and Tense
If you get these things down you’ll be closer than you know to being able to have basic conversations in Korean. The best thing to do is build your vocabulary. And above all else, practice once you learn it!
I picked this grammar topic because this is one of those words where there is a lot of information on it and not much that’s completely 100% definitive if you search through the web. The definition ranges from, “cutesy” and “반말” to “informal polite” and “added only to questions”. Since I’m sifting through the madness to create a definition that’s easy to follow, I’ll only stick with the translations that aren’t questionable and easy to understand.
Let’s get started!
- creates an interrogative meaning
- used after irregular verb ㄹ
- Derived from (으)니
- (으)니 and (으)니까 meaning “because/since”
- Connective endings – therefore the sentence must contain a clause leading to a second point
- i.e, “Since it’s raining, we’ll stay inside.”
Okay, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s look at some examples of the ending, -니.
- “어떻게 말하니?” | “How do you say__?”
We’ll be looking at this for the rest of the week!
So we’ve reached the end of the lesson for this week. I’m really disappointed in myself for not catching that I needed to cover additional information before discussing this topic. However, it’s water under the bridge now. I gotta move forward! We’re going to finish this week with another familiar verb, (ga-da) and next week we’ll move on to another topic. I’m not ready to completely go over (dago) just yet, that’s going to take a lot of time and I’ll need a couple of weeks to really go into the amount of detail that I like using to cover grammar topics.
So with all that being said… let’s get started!
가겠다고! (gagessdago!) | “I will go!/I said I’m going!”
- 가 | “to go”
- 겠 | future tense
- 다고 | emphasis “I said…”
Remember, this is all about emphasis on a topic.
That’s all for today! See you next week!