괜찮아, 괜찮아요… (gwenchana) [Word of the Day Series]

Annyeong! It’s 월요일!! To start off the week, we’re going to focus on a word that I’m sure you hear all the time in your favorite k-dramas. I was watching MAMA last night and I heard just about every single character say, “괜찮아” at least once! Soooo, what does it mean and how do you use it?

Well, 괜찮아 (gwenchana) means, “I’m alright”, “It’s fine”, “It’s fine with me”, “I’m ok”, and “It’s alright”. You can use this in a number of ways! For example, if someone accidentally does something to you and apologizes you can say, ” 알았어, 괜찮아.” (Arasso, gwenchana.) Or if someone asks if you’re ok, you can simply just say, “괜찮아.” There’s a number of ways you can use this and it be fine. Another thing, 괜찮아요 (gwenchanayo) can also be used as a question. If you add a question mark to the end of 괜찮아요?(gwenchanayo?), it becomes “are you alright?, “are you ok?”

There are rules to this word as well. 괜찮아요 (gwenchanayo) is formal. You follow the same rules with formal words in this usage. 괜찮아 (gwenchana) is informal. Also, I did mention, “알았어” (arasso) which actually means more than just, “Alright”. It also means, “I understand” or “I get it”. Some of you may have even heard “알았다고” (aradago). It means the same thing as “알았어”.

So that’s it for today! Today, 월요일,  2014년11월10 at 오전11시27분! We’ll be back on with telling time and date tomorrow.

-Until 화요일! … 행운을 담아!

…Have you been practicing telling time and the date?

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