뭐 (mwo) + Food | [Word of the Day]

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To end this week, we’re talking about food! No introduction needed!

Let’s get started!

  • 뭐 먹고있어? | “What are you eating?”
  • 저녁은 뭐야? | “What’s for dinner?”
  • 점심 뭐 먹었 니?| “Did you eat lunch?”

Scenario: Siblings, Min-ho and Mina are meeting up after a long day.

Mina: 민호야, 배고프 니? | Min-ho, are you hungry?”

Min-ho:네. 뭐 먹어 싶냐? | “Yes. What do you want to eat?”

Mina: 피자 원하다. | “I want pizza.”

Min-ho: 그래, 피자 먹자. | “Okay, let’s get pizza.”

Alright that’s it for this week! I wonder what we’ll cover next time!

See ya next week!

뭐 (mwo) + Actions | [Word of the Day]

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Yesterday we talked about hobbies. Today, we’re going to talk about actions. It’ll be really short! Just showing how to use “what” to ask questions.

Let’s get started!

  • “지금 뭐있니?” | “What are you doing now?”
  • “오늘 뭐하세요?” | “What are you doing today?”
  • “뭘보고있어?”| “What are you watching?”
  • “뭐 입고 있니?”| “What are you wearing?”

-vs-

  • “무슨 스웨터 입고있니?” | “What kind of sweater are you wearing?”
  • “무슨 신발을 원하니?”| “What kind of shoes do you want?”

Just a really quick post!  That’s it for today!

뭐 (mwo) + Hobbies | [Word of the Day]

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We all have different activities that interest us. There are times when we just need to relax and do something that we enjoy. These types of activities could be video games, dancing, listening to music, exercising, writing, painting… whatever it may be, you might want to talk about it. In today’s lesson, we’re going to show how to ask and then in a scenario with Min-ho and Mina, we’ll see how to answer.

But first, quick vocabulary list found here.

Let’s get started!

  • 좋아하는 취미가 뭐예요?| “What is your favorite hobby?”
  • 재미를 위해 뭐하고 좋아하니? | “What do you like to do for fun?”

Scenario: Min-ho is approaching a new classmate.

Min-ho: 안녕하세요, 이름이 Min-ho입니다. 이름이 뭐예요?  (annyeonghaseyo, ileum-i Min-hoibnida. ileum-i mwoyeyo?) | “Hello. My name is Min-ho. What’s your name?”

Jae-mi: 안녕하세요, 민호야. Jae-mi입니다. (annyeonghaseyo, minhoya. Jae-miibnida.) | “Hi Min-ho. I’m Jae-mi.”

Min-ho:  반갑습니다. 그래서… 뭐 하세요? (bangabseubnida. geulaeseo… mwo haseyo?)| “Nice to meet you. So, what are you doing?”

 

Jae-mi: 다만 그림을 그리고 있어요. (daman geulim-eul geuligo iss-eoyo.)| “I’m just drawing.”

Min-ho:  오, 취미입니다? (o, chwimiibnida?)| “Oh, is it a hobby?”

Jae-mi: (laughs nervously) 네. 취미가 뭐예요?  (ne. chwimiga mwoyeyo?)| (laughs nervously) “Yea. What is your hobby?”

Min-ho: 오. 내가 작가입니다. (o. naega jaggaibnida.) | Oh, I’m a writer.

Jae-mi: 그래? (geulae?) | Oh, really?

Min-ho:  네. (laughs)| Yes. (laughs)

I’m sure Min-ho and Jae-mi are off to a good start! I wonder if we’ll be seeing her again…

That’s it for today!

뭐 (mwo)… [what] And Other Ways to Ask Questions | [Grammar of the Week]

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So last week we talked about greetings. We talked about how to properly greet people, how to address people and a few other topics that many of you have asked about. Now, we’re moving on to another familiar word that you probably didn’t know what a full grammar topic. I’ve talked about this briefly before and never went into much detail. At the time, I didn’t know there was more to it than it actually was. However, 뭐 (mwo) and 무슨 (museun) are actually pretty in depth.

Let’s get started!

We’re obviously talking about asking questions. “What do you like?”, “What do you want?”, “What are you doing?”, etc. This is a relatively simple process. The need for differentiating between the two different ways to say “what” falls somewhere in that process. Of course we did talk about this before… (this isn’t Déjà vu) but we will still look at it again as we begin the process of asking questions that will lead to a conversation… hopefully.

Let’s start with the difference as a refresher:

뭐 (mwo) | “what”

  • “What are doing?”

무슨 (museun) | “what”

  • used in front of the noun that you are asking about and means “what (kind of)?”
  • 뭐 can’t be used here because “what” and “what (kind of)?” are two different questions being asked
  • “What kind of book are you reading?”

Again, this is just a quick refresher for the week. We’re going to be look at ways to ask questions all week using verbs we’ve used a lot!

i.e.,

  •  “What are you doing?”
    • 뭐 해?
    • 뭐 하세요?
    • 뭐 하시니?
    • 뭐 하시냐?
  • “What movie?”
    • 무슨 영화를 봤니?
      • “What kind of movie did you watch?”
      • implies the genre, topic, etc.
      • specific details about this type of movie
    • 뭐 영화를 봤니?
      • “What movie did you watch?”
      • implies name of film

Alright this will probably be a bit repetitious for some but if you’re trying to strike up conversations this will be probably be extremely helpful for you!