Level 8 Lesson 10 – Advanced Idiomatic Expressions – 귀 (ear)

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In this lesson, we will be talking more about the use of the word 귀 (ear) in Korean idioms. If you study with this series, you will learn many idiomatic expressions that are based upon a certain Korean word and used in everyday Korean conversation. In order to fully understand and use the expressions introduced in this series, it is essential that you understand the grammatical structure of the sentence and check out any previous related TTMIK lessons so you can grasp the full meaning of these idioms.

You can view a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.



  • Sam

    The first sentence has a mistake – “ears” not “eyes”. ^^

    Thanks for the lesson!

  • 그런 표현들은 제가 다 알고 있어서 알아듣기 좀 쉬운데요^^ 그래도 가르쳐 주셔서 고맙습니다!

  • Rigo

    I love these phrases , please teach us more of those
    Thank you

  • maniluo

    thank you for the lesson,,
    I’m still in L5 but I’ll do my best trying to reach you ^_^
    of course after the exams,,

  • Lyhorng

    I love to learn Korean

  • Minette

    Thank you so much! I love these lessons; the expressions are very useful!

  • Kendall

    Sorry to nitpick, but shouldn’t 귀에 못이 박히도록 be 귀에 못에 박이도록? If you use 박히다, 못 will mean “nail” instead of “callus,” and that’s just what you said it doesn’t mean in this expression!

    • Kendall

      *못이. Phone keyboard >_<

  • tw

    ‘To incline one’s ear’ and ‘to have itching ears’ are also English expressions. Thanks for the lesson!

  • Janine K

    In English, our similar expression when someone is saying something about you without you knowing is that your “ears are burning.” The things said can be good or bad.
    For example “Were your ears burning earlier today? We were talking about your good performance at work yesterday!” or something like that……

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) I can clearly hear what you were saying, as I have good ears.
    – 당신이 뭐 하라고 잘 들었어요. 제 귀가 밝다니까.

    2) At first she pretended not to hear, but later she was paying attention to what her mother was saying
    – 그녀는 처음에 못 듣는적 했지만, 다음에 당신이 엄마가 할 것이 귀를 귀울여서 듣고 있었어요

    3) She whispered that she is a ghost.
    – 당신이 귀신이라고 귀에 대고 속삭였어요

    4) You shouldn’t say anything to a person who is easily affected by what you say.
    – 귀가 얇은 사람한테 아무것도 말하면 안돼요

    5) I heard that song till I got sick of it.
    – 저 노래를 귀에 못이 박히도록 들었어요

    6) Do you not hear what I’m saying? Are you deaf?
    – 제가 말하는것은 안 들려요? 귀가 먹었어요?

    If there are any mistakes in my sentences, please correct me.감사합니다!!