So how has building your vocabulary been working? Hopefully it’s been very beneficial. If you’re still struggling, there are other sites besides Memrise that allow you to create and use flashcards such as Quizlet and Study Stack to help you memorize these words. I don’t use flash cards but if that’s how you learn check those sites out. There are more out there but those are the ones I know off the top.
Today, I’m going to teach you a two useful phrases. If someone asks you a question and you don’t know the answer to the question, in English we say, “I don’t know”. In Korean, you’d say, “Jal moro gesoyo”. Easy right? Another way of saying this is, “Nan molla” or just “Molla”. (Nan is a word we will cover next week!)
The second phrase, if someone asks you something and you don’t understand what they’re asking you, you’d say, “Jal modala du gesoyo.” Or, “I don’t understand”.
Next week I’m going to get back into grammar and endings. I didn’t want to add anything too heavy since I just covered, -jima, [i/ga] “isseo/isseoyo”, “yeyo”, and “iyeyo”. I hope you’ve been reviewing and practicing! And if you don’t remember what those words and phrases mean, go back and review! On Monday we’ll start a new grammar lesson! I’ll have a review activity too, maybe this weekend, so if you need one or want one it’ll be up here. I was asked before about them so I’ll post them when I can. So that’s it! Keep practicing and please let me know if you have any questions! If I can’t answer it, I can refer you to sites that definitely can!
So the word of the day today is actually a phrase.
“Seonghami eotteoke dueseyo?”
This is how you would ask someone (formally) for their name. Now I’ve been told there’s a simpler way to ask. And it is, “ireumi mwoyeyo?”
Now I talked about this before and that is the usage of Ne and Aniyo. I was doing a bit of research and from what I’ve learned is this, “ne” is more of an agreeance. When someone asks you something and the answer is the affirmative then you would say “ne” as in “I agree” or “Yes”. If it’s a negative then you would respond with “aniyo”, as in, “I don’t agree.”
Just a side note, I love TTMK. It was a site I used frequently when I first started learning and still use from time to time when I need a quick word to use for the day or to refresh my memory. Check them out! They have audio and exercises.
That’s all today! Practice. Practice! The only way you’re gonna learn is if you start using words in everyday speech.
So off the top of my head, these are just a few words I started out learning that I really do think will help get you started if you haven’t begun practicing speaking just yet.
-Many of us have heard this before (but if you haven’t…) It means, “Hello/How are you?” It literally means, “Are you in peace?”. You can use this to greet people you meet, family, friends, or associates.
-This is a not so commonly heard phrase unless you are actively learning and speaking Korean. This phrase means, “How are you?” Something you would use in speaking to someone in a more formal way. The less formal version is, “Jal jinaeyo?” Means the same thing but it’s less formal.
“Ne” and “Aniyo”
We hear these all the time in Kdramas meaning, “yes” and “no”. You may have heard, “Ne”, as being used as a way to also say, “Huh?” or “Pardon?” in some shows when someone is addressing them. But we’ll cover that later.
I leave you with these! Starting tomorrow it shall only be one word and/or phrase. Practice. Practice.