Let’s start with the WOTD.
Today, I was thinking about a word that is heard often and is featured in kpop music, specifically Wonder Girls “Tell Me” (we’ll talk more about that song tomorrow) and it’s a word I can’t believe I’ve delayed talking about, 어쩌면 (eojjeomyeon).
어쩌면 (eojjeomyeon) [adv] | “maybe; perhaps”
Think of this as an emphasis word when it’s used at the beginning of the sentence. But, it also serves another purpose. It can be used as what is called as “Interjection” like “what do I do?” or “what on earth?!”
Let’s move to the Grammar of the Week.
This is something I’ve been waiting to do for so long and now I can finally talk about it! ~는 거야? (-neun geoya?) and it means, “are you doing?” This is particularly interesting as it can only be used when you actually see someone doing something and you want to ask if they’re doing a specific thing.
Very easy to do!
- 가다 = 가 + 는 거야 (가는 거야) | “Are you going?”
- 먹다 = 먹 + 는 거야 (먹는 거야) | “Are you eating?”
You can add more to it to be more specific like,
- 학교 숙제 하는 거야? | “Are you doing homework?”
- 학교 숙제 (homework)
- 영화 보는 거야? | “Are you watching a movie?”
- 영화 (movie)
Notice that 학교 숙제 and 영화 are both added to the beginning of the sentence. This makes the sentence more specific to what you are seeing. (Remember, ~는 거야? (-neun geoya?) can only be used when you are actually seeing it happen!)
But let’s complicate it just a little. Let’s say I want to ask, “what are you doing?” or “who” is doing something, you add 누가, 뭐, 언제, 어디, 왜, or 어떻게 “who, what, when, where, why or how” to the beginning of the phrase.
- 뭐 먹는 거야? | “What are you eating?”
- 뭐 보는 거야? | “What are you watching?”
- 누가 읽는 거야? | “Who is reading?”
- 어떻게 집에 가는 거야? | “How are you going home?”
Alright so that’s it for this week! We’ll return to this again next week as an activity lesson!