Ok so today is going to be a bit of a three-fold. We have the new WOTD, the answers for last week and a new lesson this week. Let’s do the easy part first.
가방 (gabang) | “bag”
And now the answers from last week’s activity!
Practice words: (answers)
- 먹다 (to eat)
- “먹러 가다” | “to go eat” = 먹다 + ~러 갔어
- 마시다 (to drink)
- “마시러 가다” | “to go see” = 마시다 + ~러 갔어
Let’s get started on the new lesson.
This week we’re talking about ~과 (-gwa) vs ~와 (-wa). We’ve discussed the importance of particles before but as a quick review, why are particles so important in Korean? Why do you need to know them?
Particles | “endings attached to words the show the significance of a particular word in a sentence”
There are a few different types of particles and if you want to know more about them, you can click back to the Particles in Korean series starting here at Part 1. I will eventually come back to this topic since I do think this is something I probably should update but to get a basic idea about what particles are, follow the link above.
So where how do ~과 (-gwa) and ~와 (-wa) classify as a particle? They’re what I call “connecting particles”. (I wonder if I made that up or if it’s a real thing?) But I call them that because of what they do. They act in a way that can connect two clauses.
~과 (-gwa) and ~와 (-wa) | “and; with; in relation to”
The difference is ~과 (-gwa) follows consonants and ~와 (-wa) follows vowels.
- 종이와 연필 | paper and pencil
- 우유와 딸기 | strawberries with milk
- 친구들과 | with friends
- 가족과 | with family
- 탁자과 의자들 | table and chairs
Alright so that’s it for this week. I’m not sure if I’ll do an activity next week or a new lesson since this is pretty straightfoward. We’ll see…
See you next time!