Let’s start with the WOTD! You’re probably very familiar with this word. It’s one I heard a lot when I first started recognizing words in Korean and though I covered this a bit in the past with the word, 그래, 그래서 and 그래요, I think I left this word out.
그렇지 (geureoji) [exclamation] | “right; really”
Ok so last week we talked a bit about adding numbers to sentences. An example of this would be, “6 개월/달 동안 | for six months”. We also talked about which was the proper word if you were to speak in “months”.
동안 (dong-an) | “for”
So, how would you add this in a sentence?
6 개월/달 동안 (6 gaewol/dal dong-an) | “for 6 months”
You may be wondering why I used both 개월 and 달. That’s because, it doesn’t matter which one you use. If you use 개월, you must use Sino-Korean numbers and if you use 달 you must use Native Korean numbers.
Remember that there’s no need to use a location particle for this as you aren’t exactly talking about going to a location or a specific location. When using 동안 you’re discussing a length of time, not going anywhere.
Let’s look at some examples:
- 15분 동안 | for 15 minutes
- 7시간 동안 | for 7 hours
- 5일 동안 | for 5 days
- 3 주 동안 | for 3 weeks
- 6 개월/달 동안 | for 6 months
- 10 년 동안 | for 10 years
I used all numerical numbers in these examples just to kinda show how the word 동안 can be used. However, if you were writing this for a specific purpose, remember to follow the rules of when to use written or numerical numbers. If the word is used with a counter then it would written in Native Korean (Pure Korean) numbers. But if Sino-Korean is acceptable in the sentence you using, then it doesn’t matter.
- 40분 동안 댄스했어. | “I danced for 40 minutes.”
- 오일 동안 공부했어. | “I studied for 5 days.”
Alright so that’s it. It’s pretty straight forward. I think next week we’ll move on to a new topic.