I think this week I’m going to cover casual phrases. I know a lot of phrases but I often forget how to say them or when is a good time to say them. So today isn’t so much a grammar lesson as it is a phrase that I wanted to talk about.
- 내 말이! | “Exactly my point!”/”My thoughts exactly!”
This is probably something I’m sure you’ve heard a lot in k-dramas! And the more often you speak with someone in Korean, the more likely you are to hear this phrase used since it is a casual phrase.
So that’s really it. Really quick. We will definitely be doing this all week!
I did also want to cover something really quickly. Chances are, if you’re following this blog or passing visitor, you are trying to learn Korean. You may ask yourself three questions:
- Do I really need to build a vocabulary?
- Can’t I just learn phrases?
- Is Grammar really that important?
The answer to all of the above is “yes”. You do need to build a vocabulary to help with you expounding on your phrases that you will learn and you need to understand basic Grammar to properly word your sentences. For example, if you learn how to ask, “나도 갈 수 있어? (Can I go too?)” and you want to specify when they ask “어디에?” you’ll need a working vocabulary to say, “가게로. (to the store)” and you’ll also need to have a working knowledge of basic Grammar to know why I used -로 instead of -에 and when to use either one of them.
- -로 (destination/place particle)
- -에 (location particle)
No you don’t need to know advanced grammar when you’re first learning. That will completely overwhelm you and distract you. But as soon as you learn words and useful phrases, it’s time to start adding grammar with it. For example, when you’re past saying “Hello… my name is…” or “Where are you from?” or any other travel book phrase, you need to also learn grammar to help you build on what you know.
Alright so that’s all I wanted to say.