어느 vs. 어떤 pt. 2 | [Grammar of the Week]

안녕하세요!

I almost completely skipped the second part of this because I got so excited about what I’ve been working on. I was ready to just immediately jump into it. However, now is not the time and so, we shall wait a little while longer on it. Just know it’s activity based and conversational. We’ve covered a lot of grammar topics and now it’s time to officially put them to work.

I won’t spoil it! Let’s get started!

Quick Review:

어떤 | Part of Speech: determiner [see definition below]

  • Can also be used to ask about specific qualities, characteristics, conditions, etc.
  • Meaning:
    • For questions: “which; which kind” (can sometimes take on the meaning of “what”)
    • For statements: “some; any; certain; of a certain kind”
      • i.e.,
        • 어떤 소다입니까? | “What kind of soda is that?” / “Which kind of soda is that?”
        • 어떤 사람들은 우습다. | “Some people are funny.”

A determiner is a person or thing that decides or determines something. A modifying word that determines the kind of reference a noun or noun group has, for example “a, the, every.”

This week, we’re looking at 어느.

어느 | Part of Speech: determiner

  • Meaning:
    • used in determining “which” one something is
    • “which”
  • i.e.,
    • 네가 어느 거니? | “Which one is yours?”

I told you last week that having an understanding of 어떤 would make this week easier to understand because it would be like adding on to the foundation of what you already know and hopefully you see why.

We’ll be looking at examples of this all this week!

어떤 + Getting to Know You| [Word of the Day]

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We have finally come to the end of the week! I hope this week has been helpful in building on what you already know about 어떤 before we move on to 어느. Alright, to finish off this week we’ll be looking at the type of questions you can ask when wondering about qualities or characteristics.

Let’s get started!

어떤 + Getting to Know You

  • For questions: “which; which kind” (can sometimes take on the meaning of “what”)
  • For statements: “some; any; certain; of a certain kind”

Examples:

  • 어떤 음악을 좋아하니? (eotteon eum-ag-eul joh-ahani?) | “Which music do you like?”
    • Alternative translation: What kind of music do you like?
  • 어떤 개가 있니? (eotteon gaega issni?) | “Which kind of dog is that?”
    • Alternative translation: What kind of dog is that?

I could go on and on but I think by now you get the point. Next week, you’re going to see just how much you already understand about using 어느 based on what we’ve already done. I can guarantee you, right now, you know more than you think you do.

I’m super excited about next week. I have a new textbook that I’m using for my “10 min daily” routine at work and it has activities! I can’t wait to share some of them with you as we begin next week!

See you next week!

어떤 + Dinner? | [Word of the Day]

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I’m not sure why lately I haven’t had anything witty to say in my intros but I think that’s a sign I need to talk less and write more.

So let’s get started!

어떤 | Dinner?

  • For questions: “which; which kind” (can sometimes take on the meaning of “what”)
  • For statements: “some; any; certain; of a certain kind”

Example:

  • 어떤 음식을 좋아하니? (eotteon eumsig-eul joh-ahani?) | “Which kind of food do you like?”
    • This translation looks a bit confusing so here’s a better translation of what it’s asking, “What kind of food would you like to eat?”

Only one example today. See ya tomorrow!

어떤 + Going to the Movies | [Word of the Day]

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Trying something new as noted by the title… I kinda like it. Might try it all week just to see how it works out. Haha! I won’t delay…

Let’s get started!

어떤 | Going to the Movies

  • For questions: “which; which kind” (can sometimes take on the meaning of “what”)
  • For statements: “some; any; certain; of a certain kind”

Examples:

  • 어떤 영화를 보고있어? (eotteon yeonghwaleul bogoiss-eo?) | “Which movie are you watching?”/ “(Which kind) What kind of movie are you watching?”
  • 어떤 영화가 좋았 네? (eotteon yeonghwaga johass ne?) | “Which movie did you like?”

Okay so that’s it for today!