Level 3 Lesson 23 / Word builder #1 / 학(學)

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Welcome to the very first lesson in the Word Builder series. The Word Builder lessons will be a part of the regular lessons. In the Word Builder lessons, we introduce letters and words that work as building blocks of the Korean vocabulary. They are not necessarily all Hanja words based on Chinese characters, but many of them are.

Hope you enjoy this lesson, and we are looking at the word “학” [hak] in this lesson.


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  • pppjyddkyyss

    오늘 방학 끝나서 내일 학생들이 학교에 돌아올 거예요.
    Today is the last day of vacation so tomorrow students will go back to school
    학교 시작하기 전에 방학 숙제를 하죠.
    Before school starts I should do my vacation homework
    장학금을 받은 다음에 유학하고 싶어요. (or does it sound more natural to say 장학금을 받으면)?
    After I receive a scholarship I want to study abroad.

  • Alaa Ali


    학생이 학교에서 공부해요.

    저는 한국에서 유학 고싶다.

    수학 싫어 인데, 과학은 좋아요.

    저는 장학금 한번 더 없다.

    I never received a scholarship.

    저는 한국어 독학 이예요.
    I study Korean alone

    Correct me please..

    • Ng C. Siew

      I hope what i’ve corrected below is correct because i’m learning as well. Hope to see a korean admin to reassure the correction that i’ve done below. haha 미안해요.

      저는 한국에서 유학 고싶다. << 저는 한국에서 유학하고 싶어요.
      in this case "studying abroad" is a noun so the verb stem is 유학하다.
      verb+ 고 싶다 = want to do (something, the verb)

      수학 싫어 인데, 과학은 좋아요. <<< 수학을 싫는데 과학을 좋아해요.
      I'm not too sure if you mean "I hate Math however I like science"
      싫다 is a verb, so it's attached with "는데", not "인데" (인데 attach with noun).
      (level 3 lesson 21)
      좋다 and 좋아하다 is "good" and "like" respectively. So if you mean "I like science" it should be 좋아해요 instead of 좋아요.

      저는 장학금 한번 더 없다. << 저는 장학금을 한 번도 안 받았어요.
      I don't receive scholarship for even one time (literal translate). even one time = 한 번도.
      받다 = receive
      도 = also, too

      저는 한국어 독학 이예요. <<< 저는 한국어를 독학해요.
      because "self-study" in this case is an action (a verb), so you add 하다 the verb stem "do" after the noun "독학".

  • Ng C. Siew

    I was wondering if the “scholarship” 장학금, 장 the word means “recommend” because, i assume, in chinese, scholarship is 奖(장) 学(학) 金(금), the 奖(장) in chinese it means prize,award or something but “recommend”. So probably it means the money(금) that’s awarded(장) for people to study(학) = 장학금.

  • i love this lesson ㅋㅋㅋ what do you mean by only memories one it’s easy to learn all
    이 lesson 재미있어요

  • there’s a typing mistake in the pdf file ” and you don’t have memorize the Hanja ” add ” to ” you are welcome hehe

  • and can you put 학습 in a full sentence please 🙂

  • add this part to the pdf file i made it hehe
    방 (release,let go) + 학 = 방학 = Holiday, vacation, on a break

  • 감사합니다

  • Jakob Løvig Minell

    Really useful lesson! It’s much easier to remember the words when I can see them as different elements put together, rather than just memorizing one single word. 감사합니다 TTMIK덕분에 쉽게 배울수 있어요. 어학당보다 생활에서 많이 쓰는 단어과 문법 배워요~

    • Seokjin Jin

      와! 저희 레슨이 도움이 많이 되었다니 정말 기뻐요. 댓글 써 주셔서 감사합니다. 🙂