How To Say Happy New Year in Korean

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Hello everyone! New Year has arrived. January is an important month for Koreans to say Happy New Year to each other. Some may visit their parents or relatives’ houses to say in person. Others would do so by sending out New Year Cards or texting messages. Today I will list various sentences that convey Happy New Year in Korean. The below sentences are adequate to use to those who are older than you are or to those you maintain formal relationships with. [caption id="attachment_9802" ...

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 ...

Learning Text from the Dibo Sing Along Video

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Recently, we had the opportunity to do a video project with DramaFever, a video streaming website specifically for Korean programs. In this project, one of our Korean teachers here at Hills Learning, Paul Cho, teaches viewers basic Korean with the first episode of Dibo Sing Along Show. To learn more about Hills Learning's Korean classes, please visit our Korean class listing. Here's the text from the video that we produced: Counting There are two ways to count numbers in ...

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 ...

How to say "I don't know you, you don't know me" in Korean

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I don't know you. - 나는 너를 모른다. 나는 당신을 모른다. You don't know me. - 너는 나를 모른다. 당신은 나를 모른다. I don't know you and you don't know me. - 나는 너를 모르고 너는 나를 모른다. 나는 당신을 모르고 당신은 나를 모른다.   **  너-'you' between close relationships, 당신-'you' between married couples or when used for general use 나-neutral expression of 'I' 저-humble expression of 'I'

Korean Sentence Structure - Difference between 아주 and 너무

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Hi everyone! Did you know that Hills Learning tweets a Korean word every day at 6 PM? Not only that, we also tweet about various Korean events taking place in New York City, such as a free movie night, concert, Korean celebrity visit to NYC and distinctive knowledge of Korean culture. One follower tweeted to ask us the difference between Korean words ‘아주’ and ‘매우.’ I thought this information would be helpful to everyone’s studying Korean. It’s not uncommon to get confused about ...

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], ...