공부하다 + -니 (gongbuhada+ -ni) | [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

This week has been a lot of fun but now it’s time to end it. It wasn’t that bad this time around and I actually really enjoyed doing this lesson. I’m gonna have to think of something equally as interesting for next week!

Let’s get started!

공부하다 (gongbuhada) | “to study”

i.e.,

  • 잘 공부 했니? (jal gongbu haessni?) | “Did you study well?”

That’s it for this week! See you next time!

New: Grammar of the Week, Foreign Language Tip and Artist of the Week next week!

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학교 + -니 (hakgyo + -ni) | [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

Okay so here we are again with another installment of this lesson. It’s really not as difficult to explain as the previous lesson because there really isn’t much to it. I’m still debating about next week’s lesson because I want to start something new but I feel like I completely skipped something.

Let’s get started!

학교 (hakgyo) | school

i.e.,

  • 오늘 학교 갔었 니? (oneul haggyo gass-eoss ni?) | “Did you go to school today?”

That’s it for today!

Foreign Language Tip #3 | Top Things You Need to Know for Fluency

I’ve done this foreign language tip series for a while now and people really enjoy the tips in them. Often times it gives people a good idea of what to study and how to study. I ran across this article a little while ago and I completely agreed with it. A lot of it is stuff I’ve said before but I think a comprised list of what you should study to help narrow it down and focus on the fastest steps to fluency.

  1. Parts of sentence
  2. Particles
  3. Word order/sentence structure
    1. Basic sentences
    2. Descriptive sentences
  4. Conjugation and Tense
    1. past
    2. present
    3. future

If you get these things down you’ll be closer than you know to being able to have basic conversations in Korean. The best thing to do is build your vocabulary. And above all else, practice once you learn it!

-니| [Grammar of the Week]

안녕하세요!

I picked this grammar topic because this is one of those words where there is a lot of information on it and not much that’s completely 100% definitive if you search through the web. The definition ranges from, “cutesy” and “반말” to “informal polite” and “added only to questions”. Since I’m sifting through the madness to create a definition that’s easy to follow, I’ll only stick with the translations that aren’t questionable and easy to understand.

Let’s get started!

-니 |

  • creates an interrogative meaning
  • used after irregular verb ㄹ
  • Derived from (으)니
    • (으)니 and (으)니까 meaning “because/since”
    • Connective endings – therefore the sentence must contain a clause leading to a second point
      • i.e, “Since it’s raining, we’ll stay inside.”

Okay, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s look at some examples of the ending, -니.

i.e.,

  • “어떻게 말하니?” | “How do you say__?”

We’ll be looking at this for the rest of the week!