In many songs and shows that you may listen to or watch, the words 하지마 (hajima) and 가지마 (gajima) are used. But what do they mean exactly? Usually it’s an emotional setting when these phrases are used so that might help a little bit? Yes? No? Maybe? Alright I’ll tell you.
하지마 (hajima) | “Don’t do that/Don’t say that”
가지마 (gajima) | “Don’t go”
- negative ending,
- or in this case, “don’t”
- 하 (ha) comes from the verb 하다 (hada) which means “to do”
- [Oddly enough, “Eyes, Lips, Nose” was playing in my head the entire time I was doing this post… “미안해 미안해 하지마 (mianhae mianhae hajima)” — did the same song start playing in your head?]
Same thing with 가지마 (gajima). -지마 (-jima) is the negative or the “don’t” in the phrase. 가 (ga) comes from 가다 (gada) meaning “to go.”
Alright so looks like you’ve got some phrases to practice? I think so! Go out there and practice!