믿다 (mitda) | [Word of the Day]


So we’re back another week with an actual WOTD that is unrelated to the Grammar of the Week! Honestly, I missed doing these. And I missed doing the Kpop Teaches Korean Too posts as well. In time we’ll get back to doing those as well more often.

Let’s get started!

믿다 (mitda) | “to believe in something; to trust someone”

I really really thought we had covered this before but I think I was wrong.

I knew there are a lot of ways to use this in context of the definition like, 나 그는 좋은 사람이 믿어요. (I believe he is a good person.)” However, I want to look at it in context of what not to believe.


  • 이야기 믿지마. (iyagi midjima.) | “Do not believe the story.”
  • 그를 믿지마. 그는 거짓말을 할 것이다. (geuleul midjima. geuneun geojismal-eul hal geos-ida.) | “Do not trust him. He will lie.”

Okay so we’ll stop there. There are a ton of other ways to do this but I just wanted to focus on that.

That’s it for today!

반말 vs 존댓말 | [Grammar of the Week]


Okay so this is kinda something I should’ve talked about in detail sooner but I did make mention of it a lot throughout the lessons. However, I do wanna go over the specifics and I found a video from Talk To Me In Korean. {full .pdf link}

Let’s get started!

First, let’s start with what these two words mean.

반말 | informal speech

존댓말 | formal speech

To put this in general terms, there is no direct translation for either of these words in English.

So when can you use them?

반말 is for conversations with your close friends and intimate relationships. It can also be used with people who are younger/older than you but under certain circumstances, i.e., you asked for permission.

존댓말 is formal conversational speech. It is used for strangers, people older than you, and employers/employees, formal situations, etc.

So how do you know if you’re speaking in 존댓말  or 반말?

  • Present tense
    (존댓말) -아/어/여요 —> -아/어/여 (반말)
    (존댓말) -이에요 / -예요 –> -이야 / -야 (반말)
  • Past tense
    (존댓말) -았/었/였어요 —> -았/었/였어 (반말)
  • Future tense
    (존댓말) -(으)ㄹ 거예요 –> -(으)ㄹ 거야 (반말)

Now that we’ve covered the basics, check out the video below to find out how it properly works in conversation!

잊어버리다 ‎(ijeobeorida) | [Word of the Day]


Okay so we’re ending this week with one last word that’s a bit random. I’m kinda just pulling words from different places that I’m reading that I noticed wasn’t already here. Next week I’ll be working on a new Grammar of the Week so we’ll have a new theme with really familiar words.

Let’s get started!

잊어버리다 ‎(ijeobeorida) | “to forget; to slip one’s mind”

We’ve been looking at words that end in -jima all week and so to stick to that…


  • 잊어버리지마 (ij-eobeolijima) | “don’t forget it.”/”don’t forget.”

So that’s it for this week!

See ya next week!

Wednesday Kpop Update | 2NE1 Final Farewell, “Goodbye” lyrics dedication from CL + Running Man Has Returned, Statement Released Discuss What Happened + YG Entertainment Zones In on Japanese Market, New Girl Group Debut? + New Music

There has been a lot going on in the world these past few weeks. With politics, show drama, producer statements, and artist/idol controversies and break-ups, it’s good to get back to the music!

Starting with 2NE1. I have to start with them. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t.

As we all know, 2NE1 has officially disbanded. Even after the revamp and the finished album that was never released, the world never got to meet the new 3-member group. With Bom currently inactive, CL and Dara still signed with YG and Minzy off to another agency working on new music, it made the fans question if we would ever get that official swan song. And it looks like we did but there’s a story behind this song that I thought was so poignant and moving. Apparently it was written by CL not only for the fans but also for Minzy, who is featured on the song.

“The song is something that I had written before. After Minzy left YG Entertainment, the three of us were preparing an album. It was a song that was supposed to be like a letter to Minzy. I edited the lyrics so it would be talking to both Minzy and the fans at the same time. It didn’t take me long to edit the lyrics because I move fast when someone is believing in me,” CL said in an emotional interview to IIgan, as quoted by AllKPop.

(source: ibtimes)

How sweet is that! The music video features just the three of them as they move through images of video of 2NE1’s history, including Bom. The final images show a photo of all four of them together and then finally the remaining three as they each go there separate ways.

The lyrics are incredibly moving and I’m so sorry to see them go. I want to believe this isn’t the end of 2NE1. I know how hard CL fought for this song to be released and how badly she wants 2NE1 to make a comeback so we’ll see. It’s been done before so certainly it can happen again!

For now, let’s all cheer them on as they all work on their own personal endeavors.

Running Man also is making a splash in the headlines. Apparently, it’s not ending this year. A statement released by the team stated:

“Running Man isn’t just a variety program. It boasts 100 million fans just overseas and I don’t think it’s fair not to reflect their opinions and decide the fate of the show just because of internal problems… I believe the correct path is to undergo change in order to become a better show and give more to the fans. That is why we are back.”

(source: koreaboo)

Interesting. But even though it’s not ending this year does that mean it’s a permanent thing? And will the old members return with new members?

“We’re keeping the possibility open but it’s hard to recruit someone right away. The original cast will continue to keep Running Man moving forward and we’ll keep looking for someone to fill Gary’s void. I think this is something we’ll have to keep working on to figure out…”

(source: koreaboo)

We’ll see who comes back officially and who we will be introduced to as new members. For now, it’s good to see that’s it returned.

It seems that YG is looking to expand. Apparently, they’re looking into the Japanese market to release new music and a potential new girl group.

Samsung Securities financial researcher Yang explained, “Though the company has not seen any concert cancellations or anything to that degree, we are continuously monitoring China’s limited regulations. YG will be focusing more on the Japanese market this season… YG Entertainment is said to be preparing for the debut of a new girl group following the success of Black Pink. With YG’s revenues from their acting division increased by 10% this past year, they recently recruited a new producer to be in charge of all the video content business industry. “

(source: allkpop)

Well I guess this would be good news to fans in Japan of the large agency. This expansion could potentially be a really big deal so we’ll see what happens!