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Sentence Building in Korean| [Video]

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Before I start, I want to start this post by saying I know it’s a tough time right now and there’s a lot of transitioning happening for a lot of us. It’s very sad and scary that in the time from my last post until now the world feels like it flipped upside down because of COVID-19. So to those of you who are afraid or those of you who are anxious about everything going on, just remember that we are all in this together. We will get through this together! Please reach out to trusted friends and family or even, if you can, professionally to deal with all of this if you need to. None of this is normal. None of it is fair. But we will get through this and we will do it together.

To those of you reading this who have lost friends/family/loved ones in death because of the virus, my heart is with you. I’m so incredibly sorry for you loss. Please stay strong. And please reach out to others as well, be it family, friends, or professionally too if you can.

Let’s be strong together! Let’s lean on each other. Let’s speak compassionately and consolingly to others. And let’s remember that we are not in this alone.

Because it’s been so stressful, as many of you who are in university or even in grade school and high school know, classes have been switched to online. It’s an extreme adjustment especially for those of us who were in the middle of the semester. However, I want to keep at least one thing normal in your life so I will continue to post. I won’t be able to do so as frequently as before but I will post at least twice a week!

To start, I found a video to transition back into regular posting… and since it’s friday. I went on YouTube and this popped up in my recommendations. TTMK was one of the major sources I used when I first learning Korean so it’s one of my go-to places still whenever I stumble across something I don’t quite understand or something new.

Even though it’s not a new topic, sentence building takes a lot of practice and this video is super helpful. Even I found it helpful and I’ve been practicing Korean for like 5+ years now.

Check it out below!

(X)에서 일하다 -> (Location)eseo ilhada) | [Word of the Day]

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This is going to be a short post since there isn’t a whole lot here that’s new. This is a “building post”, meaning, building on what we already know to make sentences.

Let’s get started!

  • 에서 (eseo) | location – from, in, at
  • 일하던 (ilhada) | to work

Vocabulary List:

  • 사무실 (samusil) | “Office”
  • 의사 사무실 (uisa samusil)|“Doctor office”
  • 학교 (hak-gyo) | ”School”

i.e.,

  • 제 엄마는 의사 사무실에서 일한다. (Je eommaneun uisa samusil-eseo Ilya day.) | “My mom works at the doctor office.”
  • 선생님 학교에서 일한다. (Seonsaengnim haggyoeseo ilhada.) | “The teacher works at the school.”
  • 그들은 사무실에서 이렇다. 나는 사무실밖에서 일한다. (Geudeul-eun samusil-eseo ilhada. Naneun samusil bakk-eseo ilhada.)| “They work in the office. I work outside the office.”

Foreign Language Tip | Do you need to know Grammar?

I think this is a question that comes up a lot when people talk about learning a foreign language and I’ve talked about it here before too. But I was recently asked this question and it was a two-part. The first part of the question, “Do you need to know grammar to understand Korean?” and the second part, “Have you studied grammar while you’ve been learning?” So I’ll answer that in two ways.

“Do you need to know grammar to understand Korean?”

It depends. It depends your answer to two questions:

  1. What are you learning Korean for?
  2. How do you plan on using what you learn?

So if you answered the questions like, “I’m learning so I can talk to relatives/friends” or “I’m learning because I’m about to travel to Korea” or “I’m learning because of kpop/kdramas”… anything along those lines, the answer is, not really. You actually really don’t need to learn anything too in depth as far as grammar goes. You only really need to learn the basics because you’re learning Korean for conversational and entertainment purposes. There’s no real reason to understand the “why” behind what you’re saying. You just need to understand what you’re saying and be able to understand contextual clues in speech and when you speech. That doesn’t require a whole lot of grammar. It’s also the reason why I stopped doing so many grammar posts because it’s not really necessary. I’ve honestly found it’s easier to pick up Korean when you focus more on what you’re saying, context, and what it means then to learn ALL of that with grammar. It just makes it so much harder.

If you answered the questions, “I’m learning Korean so I can teach/I’m a teacher in Korea now” or “I’m learning because I read a lot of books in Korean” or “I plan on writing more in Korean” then the answer is, yes, you do need to learn grammar. If you’re doing anything with writing, reading (newspaper/textbooks/etc.), teaching, then you do need to have good grasp of grammar because you’re going beyond conversational Korean. You’re going more towards the written style and a lot of what is written in Korean isn’t actually said the same way in speech. So you’re basically learning a more in depth way to say the same things only you won’t be verbally saying or reading them. This is when it’s more important to understand why you have to use specific endings or why you have add on or conjugate differently because you have to read and understand what you’re reading or you’ll have to write and your readers need to understand what you’re saying.

The reality is… and I’ve said this before but, most English speakers only know the basics of English. They don’t know in depth grammatically correct English because they don’t speak it. And it’s the same way with other languages too.

The best advice I can give to you is the same advice that was given to me… “Learn Korean the way you speak in your native language.”

Meaning, if you don’t use a PhD level vocabulary/grammar in your everyday speech in your native language, don’t try to learn it in Korean. Learn to speak conversationally and learn to speak it comfortably. Remember to “mind your manners” as well. Meaning, make sure you’re always aware of when to speak formally and informally.

And always always always… be confident! Practice! Don’t be afraid to try and make mistakes. If you put forth the effort, eventually it’ll click and you’ll be fluent before you know it!

That’s all for now!

그냥 (geunyang) | [Word/Phrase of the Day]

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I’ve been a bit under the weather these last couple of weeks so these posts are delayed. I only have two as it was really hard to even write down what I have already. I missed my promise of compiling a list for you guys. Don’t worry, I’ll do it soon.

I wanted to talk about a word we use a lot for other things but can be used by itself to mean a lot of things.

Word:

  • 그냥 (geunyang) | “just; for no reason; simply”

So how do you use it as only a phrase by itself? Well easily, you use it the same way you would in English. If someone asks you something like…

i.e.,

  • 왜 저기보고있어? (wae jeogibogoiss-eo?)| “Why are you looking over there?” 

You could respond:

  • 그냥 (geunyang) | “for no reason”

And you can use this as a response if you really don’t have a reason or if you just don’t want to talk about it. I never thought about using it like that before since I only just use it without thinking. I guess watching kdramas every now and again is good for a refresher or two.