Learn to replace words in certain sentence structure to create your own sentences with Sentence Building Drill series! In Sentence Building Drill lessons, you can train yourself to come up with Korean sentences comfortably and with confidence. Flexibility is key, so instead of just memorizing sentences, challenge yourself to mix and match different parts of these key sentences to learn to say what you want to say in Korean. Get started with this lesson right now and thanks for studying with us! 감사합니다~
If you’re stuck in traffic somewhere, what do you normally do? Get angry and pound your hands on the steering wheel while yelling at the car in front of you? Sing every track from the “Frozen” soundtrack at the top of your lungs to pass the time? Whatever you do, we challenge you to “let it go” and try studying Korean instead! In this lesson, we give you 13 phrases in Korean that you can use when you want to talk or ask about traffic. Study this lesson in the car, on the bus, or on a cramped subway to really make these sentences relate to your real life, which is one of the best ways to learn instead of just sitting down and memorizing! We hope you enjoy, and thanks for studying with us! 😀
In Korean, in order to say something like “if I have to eat cold french fries, I’d rather not eat” or “if I am buying a suit, I might as well buy a matching tie”, using the structure -(으)ㄹ 바에 is the easiest way to make your point clear. -(으)ㄹ 바에 is used to indicate that a second option is much better than the first (not eating is better than eating cold french fries), but it can also mean “as long as you are doing + V”. Listen to this lesson and read the PDF to find out more about how to use -(으)ㄹ 바에.
Do you know how to use the Korean verb ending -더니? Maybe you’ve heard it used before in Korean songs or dramas, but you couldn’t figure out the meaning. Find out what it means and how to use it correctly with this new TTMIK lesson!
In this Advanced Idiomatic Expressions lessons, we give you 12 phrases related to 시간 (time) that you can use when you want to say “I don’t have time”, “stop wasting time”, “do you have enough time?” and so on. The sentences in this series do not have word-by-word breakdown, but they do have an English translation. You can memorize these sentences and/or break them down on your own to review vocabulary and sentence structures. However you choose to study, make sure you come back and study with us every day! Have fun 🙂
Have you ever gotten lost in Korea and had to ask someone for directions? Or have you ever been mistaken for someone who is from the area and got asked for directions? Either way, if you know some basic expressions with which you can give or ask for directions to a certain place, you can learn some more advanced expressions through this lesson!
If you are familiar with the structure -(으)면서, which was introduced in the previous lesson, it is easy to guess what -(ㄴ/는)다면서(요) and -(이)라면서(요) mean. However, if you try to translate -(ㄴ/는)다면서(요) and -(이)라면서(요) literally to English, the translations are much different than the actual meaning because they can be used as a sentence ending. Find out more about these two endings by listening to the podcast and following along in the PDF!
Similar to the English term “while”, -(으)면서 can be used to add onto an action verb to describe doing an action at the same time as another. It can also be used to contrast two actions or can be used with nouns and the -이다 verb, but the translation to English is not always going to be “while”. Check out more about this structure in this lesson!
Word Builder lessons are designed to help you understand how to expand your vocabulary by learning/understanding some common and basic building blocks of Korean words. The words and letters introduced through Word Builder lessons are not necessarily all Chinese characters, or 한자 [han-ja], and although many of them are based on Chinese characters, the meanings can be different from modern-day Chinese. Your goal, through these lessons, is to understand how words are formed and remember the keywords in Korean to expand your Korean vocabulary from there. You certainly don’t have to memorize the Hanja characters, but if you want to, feel free!
This is an Advanced Idiomatic Expressions lesson related to 생각, “thought” or “idea”. In order to fully understand and use the expressions introduced in this series, it is essential that you understand the grammatical structure of the sentences. When you come across a grammar point that you are unfamiliar with, please go back and review the related TTMIK lessons.