[Ask Hyojin] What does “아깝다” mean?

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Do you know what 아깝다 means?

아깝다 can be translated in many different ways depending on the situation
examples of situation in which this word can be used

1) 돈이 아깝다 = it’s not worth the money. i wasted the money. money down the drain
2) 시간이 아깝다 = it’s not worth the time. I wasted the time
3) 아깝게 졌을 때 = so close. close call, almost got it
4) 연인을 보고 “여자가 아깝네.” – she can do better. she’s (way) out of his league

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  • Niha

    Hahaha. I love how Hyojin keeps reassuring herself to justify her judging other people.

    • Rob

      I loved that too.

      But fyi Hyojin, we can use the word “waste” in all of those situations in English. :-)

  • http://acquiringkorean.wordpress.com Anno (@Acquiring Korean)

    하하 효진쌤이 맨체스터 유나이티드에 대해서 이야기할때 영국의 악센트를 사용해서 참 웃기네요 ㅋㅋㅋ
    재미있게 봤습니다

  • https://soundcloud.com/lord-romulus Lord Romulus

    Moving his hands like that while talking nonstop … she looks like a rapper. Wow, that’s cool! XD
    Hyojin, I want to say something for you: “I CAPTured” your teaching for complete (I think)… beautiful girl. =P
    FIGHTING!

  • Rigo

    Hello there , these are really good expressions
    Thanks
    Teacher i have a little question 그대 is translated as you in the web dictionaries and have seen that structure a lot in songs , could you explain a little about this word ?
    Thanks

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  • Joel Zellers

    I still have troubles with the difference between:

    아쉽다 and 아깝다

    이 두 단어에 대해서 설명을 좀 해 주셨으면 좋겠습니다.^^

    • Sasipa

      I was just about to post the same question!! ^^

    • Greg

      아쉽다 is when something missing in your life. I guess similar to 그립다, but 그립다 stronger, like something you love is missing, while 아쉽다 just causing inconvenience.
      And 아깝다, well, it’s explained in the video… when you regret something that you did.
      Like this I guess…
      친구가 그립다 – friend is missing (I miss my friend)
      현대적인 콤퓨터가 아쉽다 – modern computer is missing (I wish a modern computer/ I feel inconvenience without it).
      이 콤퓨터를 산 게 아깝다 – that fact that I bought this computer is regrettable (I regret that I bought this computer)
      ah 아깝다 originally is when something is valuable. So when you value something, you either miss it if something bad happened, or don’t want it happen.

    • Greg

      Actually originally it’s probably just “to be close”, but things that are close are valuable, if you think this way.
      In case of 여자가 아깝다 is just kinda “I feel bad for her (that she is with such a bad guy)”. You’re kinda regret that she’s “wasted”.

  • michael

    it’s very nice.