Skipping Subject Markers

One interesting feature of Korean language is that you can sometimes skip subject markers. If you do it well, you sound like native speakers. However, if you don't do well, you sound like a foreigner. In this episode, we'll learn when you should skip and should not skip subject markers. When answering questions about people

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Subject Markers

In this episode, we'll learn subject markers. Subject markers are used to tell which noun is the subject in the sentence. 이/가 이 and 가 are most widely used subject markers in Korean. 동생 친구들이 집에 놀러 왔다.My younger sister's friends came to my home to play. There are a few things that you should

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Types of Markers

From today, we'll learn about 조사, or markers. Like prepositions for many English learners, markers are one of the hardest part in Korean language. There are 3 types of markers: 격조사, 보조사, and 접속조사. 격조사 is used to show the grammatical role of the noun. Let's see some examples. 피자가 식탁 위에 있다.A pizza is

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Intention/Will 2 – Korean Aspects #6

We will end the aspect series with more expressions that show your intention. -아/어 보다 보다 here doesn't mean to see. In this case, 보다 is to check the result after you tried something new. 이번에는 10분만 더 해 보자.Let's do it 10 more minutes this time. 내일은 이걸 먹어 보는 게 어때?How about eating

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Intention/Will – Korean Aspects #5

In this episode we will learn how to talk about intentions. As there are many expressions about intention, we'll learn about them in 2 weeks. Intention -(으)려고 하다 It is used to talk about your goals, plans or intentions. 어제 아침에 가려고 했는데, 눈이 많이 와서 못 갔어.I tried to go there in the yesterday

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Commanding-Allowing – Korean Aspects #4

In this episode, we'll learn how to command or allow other people to do something like "It's okay to do this", "You must not do that", etc. -아/어도 좋다 It means "it's okay to do something". 지금 가 봐도 좋아.It's okay to go there now. 틀려도 좋으니까 마음대로 해.Do whatever you want. It doesn't matter

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Judgment/Viewpoint – Korean Aspects #3

In our conversations, we use phrases like "I'm sure", "it's possible", "it's natural" to show our judgment or viewpoint about the statement after them. In this episode, we'll learn how to do that in Korean. -네, -는구나/-구나 These expressions are used when you realized something you didn't. As we know, they are also used for

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Estimate/Guess – Korean Aspects #2

When we were learning tense expressions, we learned that future tense endings like 겠 and -을/를 것이다 are used for estimation or guesses. They are not the only guessing expressions in Korean. We'll learn other expressions today. -(으)ㄹ걸 It is used when you're guessing about the current or near-future situation. One thing to note is

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Hoping and Abilities – Korean Aspects #1

In English grammar, aspects are added to tense expressions. It's the perfect, progressive things in present perfect or past progressive. In Korean, aspect is the attitude which the speaker has about the sentence. Like always, grammar words are hard. Let's see some examples. 철수는 내일 미국으로 간다.철수 will go to US tomorrow. 철수는 내일 미국으로

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Polite Verbs – Korean Polite Language #13

We learned special words that you should use when you want to speak politely. In this episode, I'll talk about special nouns. Honoring Nouns 밥 -> 진지 진지 here has nothing to do with being serious. 진지는 드셨어요?Did you have a meal? One thing to note is that 진지 is used a lot for old

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