In Korean Expressing Possession and Being with –있다/없다

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Hello everyone! Today I would like to talk about a phrase ‘–있다/없다’. This is frequently used to express whether a subject possess an object in question or to indicate there is (are). First, ‘–있다’ means 1) a subject has something 2) there is (are), and goes properly in written format. In spoken language, using ‘-있어요’ sounds more natural. See examples in below. 1. 돈이 있어요 – I have money 2. 남자친구가 있어요 – I have a boyfriend 3. 책상 위에 벌레가 있어요 – There is a bug on the desk ‘–없다’ means 1) a ...

How to say "I want to" in Korean -고 싶다

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Hi everyone! I would like to introduce the usage of ‘-고 싶다’ to all. This phrase is commonly used to express the desire of the subject. Adding ‘-고 싶다’ to the action verb gives it the meaning of “I want to ____.” See the examples below: 차를 마시고 싶다 – (I) want to drink a cup of tea 한국어를 배우고 싶다 – (I) want to learn the Korean Language 피자를 먹고 싶다 – (I) want to eat pizza With second person, the same meaning can be delivered in a question format. 차를 마시고 싶어요? - Do you want to drink a cup ...

"A lot" in Korean - Difference between 아주 and 너무

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Hi everyone! Did you know that Hills Learning has a twitter account? One follower tweeted to ask us the difference between Korean words 아주 and ‘너무​. I thought this information would be helpful to everyone’s studying Korean. It’s not uncommon to get confused about adverbs in Korean...

Learning Korean - Sentence Structure and Explaining Away the Difficult Particles

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My name is Minhee, a Korean teacher at Hills Learning, and I’ve found that some of my students when learning Korean have difficulty with particles. I’d like today to talk about Korean sentence structure and some of the most confusing particles, hopefully after reading this you’ll have a better understanding! At first, let’s discuss Korean sentence structure. Korean sentences consist of either a “subject + verb” or a “subject + object + verb.”  For example: -  캐럴이 와요[Carol-i wha-yo], ...