떠나다 (tteonda)| [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

On Sunday, I introduced a new topic on “even though” or “even if” in sentences and verb usage. One of the examples I used initially was “even if I leave” and so today I’m going to show you how to use it.

떠나다 (tteonda) | “leave”

i.e.,

  • 지금 떠나도, 늦을 것이다. (jigeum tteonado, neuj-eul geos-ida.) |“Even if I leave, I will be late.”

I think it’s pretty straightforward. We will do another one tomorrow!

That’s it for today!

구혜선 (Ku Hye Sun) | Artist of the Week

I’m back again with a new Artist of the Week! Although I think I’m a week late on this post… my apologies!

If you watch a lot of k-dramas, then I’m sure you’re familiar with 구혜선’s music. She’s recorded for popular shows like “Take Care of Us, Captain” and “The Peach Tree”. She’s not only a singer-songwriter, but she’s also a composer and a director! A very talented musician with eye and ear for art. She’s worked behind the camera and in fact, starring in shows like “The King and I”, “Absolute Daring” and “Blood” just to name a few.

This week’s Artist of the Week was a bit more difficult for me because I ran into the problem of not being able to find more songs on soundcloud! I love 구혜선’s music and her voice and I really wanted to share more with you guys but unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. But I’m so grateful for YouTube to fill in where I can’t with videos for both Happy and Floral Rain!

Check out her sample playlist below!

Grammar of the Week | -도 (even if, even though) + 먹다 + 도 [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

The holiday is over and I have officially emerged from my vacation to bring you a new Grammar lesson. This is something I mentioned before during a kpop teaches Korean too lesson but I’m not really sure if I went into a lot of detail so this will be short.

The topic is -도. This is one of the many ways you can combine sentences.

도 | “even if; even though”

i.e.,

  • Even though I ate, I’m still hungry.
  • Even if I leave now, I’ll still be late.

We can create these same sentences in Korean by adding 도 to the end of the verb.

Let’s use the example of the WOTD 먹다 + 도.

먹다 | familiar verb mean, “to eat”

i.e.,

  • 먹다 + 도 = 먹어도  | “even though I eat, even if I eat”

We are going to use this in the past tense just to show that it can be done in present, past or future tense.

  • 먹었도 여전히 배가 고프다. | Even though I ate, I’m still hungry.

Okay,  so I’m going to stop here. We will be covering this all week!

Foreign Language Tip 2 #24 | “How I Learned Korean” [video]

Every now and then, I find videos from people who have been working hard at learning Korean and want to share their experience with others who want to learn as well. I think it’s really encouraging to see it because this is someone who was in the same place each of us was in a while ago and now they’ve come so far due to dedication and practice.

The old adage, “if they can do it so can I!” 

I wanted to share this video. If you’ve been struggling lately, maybe this can pick you up!