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The Top 10 Korean Words & Phrases For Going On A Date

The Top 10 Words You'll Need For A Date!

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Summer is here and love is in the air! But are you going to be able to go on that date with that special someone… who only speaks Korean?!

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1. I love you.
사랑해요. (Saranghaeyo.)

2. You’re so beautiful.
정말 아름다우세요. (Jeongmal areumdauseyo.)

3. Rose
장미 (jangmi)

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4. Kiss
키스 (kiseu)

5. I think of you as more than a friend.
나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해. (Naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saenggakae.)

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6. Love
사랑 (sarang)

7. I’ve got a crush on you.
나는 너에게 반했어. (Naneun neoege banhaeseo.)

8. Date
데이트 (deiteu)

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9. Heart
하트 (hateu)

10. We were meant to be together.
우리는 천생연분이야. (Urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya.)

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P.S. If you are in a really lovey dovey mood, check out some of these related word lists!
1. Must-Know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
2. 15 Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
3. Must-Know White Day Vocabulary
4. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
5. The Top 10 Conversational Phrases In Korean

The Top 5 K-Pop Songs To Learn Korean!

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Can you learn a language just by listening to music? Probably not.

However, while it would be illogical to rely solely on music to learn a language, it can definitely help!

This is true for learning Korean.

Here are a few reasons why music CAN help you learn Korean:

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1. Music can help you remember!
Ever had a song stuck in your head? Music stimulates memorization naturally. So while you’re singing your favorite Korean pop song every night before bed, you’ll be working on your language skills at the same time! How’s that for practicing Korean?

2. Practice on the go!
With modern technology, you can listen to music anywhere. The convenience of music is what makes it the perfect way to supplement your Korean language studies. On the bus, in a cafe, stuck in traffic…just turn on your car stereo or put on your headphones and go!

3. Learn about the culture!
This is one of the coolest things about listening to popular music from Korea. You’re able to dive in and experience a piece of the culture first-hand. By doing this, you can familiarize yourself with the current trends, slang, idols and actors of Korea!

4. Bring life your studies to life!
We all know that reading through notes can get boring, so why not spice up your studies a little? Music is fun and relaxing. Whether you want to dance on your bed to techno or unwind in your backyard to a soothing melody, nothing beats a study break that actually helps your studying.

And without further ado, here are our five songs that will help improve your Korean:

1. 2NE1 - I Love You

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2NE1 is one of the most popular K-pop groups around! Composed of three members, 2NE1 has been on the Korean music scene since 2009. The song I Love You features a smooth and catchy tune with a hook that is actually in English! This combination of Korean and English can be a great way for beginners to start learning through music.

2. SHINee - Hello

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Similar to the previous song on the list, Hello also sports a simple English chorus. SHINee is one of the most respected boy bands in Korea, as well as Japan! This song is perfect for someone who is at a beginner level.

3. EXO - 으르렁 (Growl)

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This song is sure to help intermediate and advanced learners. Don’t be surprised if the beat gets stuck in your head for days, it’s THAT catchy! Though some of the lyrics can get complex, the words are always spoken at an easy to follow pace!

4. Girls’ Generation - Gee

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This light-hearted song is sure to lift up your spirits, as well as help you learn Korean! One of the older groups on this list, Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007. Gee is comprised of simple and cheery lyrics that anyone can enjoy!

5. BIGBANG - Fantastic Baby

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BIGBANG might be the most popular group on the list and Fantastic Baby is one of their most popular songs. Like a few of the other songs on the list, English can be found in the lyrics, making it a comfortable track for beginners.

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6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel

6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel

There are plenty of destinations where you can get by with English, but sometimes you want to do better than just ‘get by’. Here are 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination.

What are the 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination?

1. You will be able to discover your destination better than other tourists.
Getting by is one thing, but actually experiencing a trip abroad is quite another. No amount of guidebooks and online research can compensate for a basic lack of language ability. Speaking the language of your destination permits you to explore that destination beyond the regular tourist traps. Your language skills will not only allow you to dig into all the hidden gems of your destination, but they will also allow you to mingle with the locals to get a true experience on your holiday. Think of it this way: you’re not restricted to talking to the people at the tourist desk anymore.

2. Knowing how to communicate with local police or medical personnel can be life-saving.
Before you leave for your destination, make sure you learn how to ask for help in that destination’s local tongue. Do you know how to ask the waiter if this dish has peanuts in it? Or tell your host family that you’re allergic to fish? Can you tell the local doctor where it hurts? Moreover, an awareness of an environment improves your chance of remaining safe inside it. For example, walking around a busy marketplace, dazzled by an unfamiliar language, signs and accents will instantly render any tourist a more attractive mark for pickpockets. Communicating with other people, asking questions and looking confident will make you look like a semi-local yourself, and will ward off potential thieves.

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3. It helps you relax.
Traveling is much less stressful when you understand what that announcement at the airport was saying, or if this bus line reaches your hotel. These things stress you out when traveling and they disappear when you understand the language. This allows you to focus on planning your trip in a better, easier way.

Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.

4. Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.
Sometimes those relationships turn into friendships, and other times they’re nothing more than a lively conversation. Either way, as Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” When you approach someone – even staff at a store or restaurant – with English, rather than their own language, an invisible divide has already been erected. Making even a small effort to communicate in the language of the place you’re visiting can go a long way and you’ll find many more doors open up to you as a result.

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

5. You’ll be a better ambassador for your country.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know very little about other countries and cultures, especially the local politics. And what we do know is often filtered to us by the media, which tends to represent only certain interests. When you can speak the local language, you’re able to answer questions that curious locals have about your country and culture. Are you frustrated with how your country is presented in global news? Are you embarrassed by your country’s leaders and want to make it clear that not everyone is like that where you’re from? This is a very good opportunity to share your story with people who have no one else to ask. We all have a responsibility to be representatives of the place we come from.

6. Learning another language can fend off Alzheimer’s, keep your brain healthy and generally make you smarter.
For more information, check out this blog post about the 5 Benefits of Learning a New Language.

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The Month of May in Korea is often called Family Month. There’s Children’s Day, Parent’s Day, and Teacher’s Day. Korea takes Mother’s Day to a whole different level! On these days you give your Children, Parents and Teachers gifts to show them how much you appreciate them. Children often benefit the most with candy and money being popular gifts. Teachers get quite a lot of gifts as well as they have many students and parents to receive gifts from. And that’s why the month of May is called Family month in Korea!

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Back to my hometown[video]

안녕하세요. 현우예요.

I am back in my hometown for 추석 (Chuseok) and as it’s expected each year, the trip back home isn’t always very easy, with all the people moving all together. But I made it back home safely. The bus ride took the time it usually takes - about 4 hours, and I arrived home at 4:00 am after taking a taxi from the bus terminal to my parents’ house. The bus fare from Seoul to Korea was around 22,000 won, and the taxi fare was around 6,000 won.

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The bus stopped at a service station for 15 minutes so that people can use the bathroom or get something to eat or drink. And here’s a video to show you what a 고속도로(express way) 휴게소(service station) looks like at night. :)

재미있게 보세요 ^^

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Follow me! (저를 따라오세요)

This picture also happens to have been taken in 신촌, and 신촌 is not only a major entertainment district but also a neighborhood that are surrounded by four universities (연세대학교, 홍익대학교, 이화여자대학교, 서강대학교). And if you go near a univeristy in Korea on a weekend, you can easily see something like this.


What do you think it is? Why would somebody do this? Where does it lead to?

These *marker* lines are usually used for guiding people from the 지하철역(subway station) or from 캠퍼스 안(inside the school campus) so that they can easily find the right 술집(bar) or 모임 장소(meeting point) for a reunion. :)

While it’s funny when you think about all the work that has to go into making this long long line (one line is usually 400m ~ 500m long or even longer),


it’s the welcoming atmosphere that these lines can give the visitors that makes college student keep doing this traditionally. For your information, it is of course illegal to put something like this on the public road, but it’s just understood and forgiven in areas near universities.

And it is actually quite fun making this although it takes hours and hours to finish one long line, and you always have to worry about the line getting cut somewhere in the middle, so you want to make sure that it’s securey fasten with duct tape.


And you also put in some welcoming messages on pieces of paper too. And when there seems to be more than one occasion going on in the neighborhood on the same day (which is almost always the case) you also want to put in some info about where this line goes to, although this arrow right below doesn’t have any info of that sort.


It says 이리 오슈 and 냉큼 오슈, which means “이리 오세요.” and “빨리 오세요” in standard Korean. :)

Back in the days …

I was walking in 신촌(Shinchon) the other day and saw this big picture on the wall of a 갈비(kalbi) restaurant. I am usually trying to introduce interesting store names and signs but this week, I wanted to share this picture with you. I hope you’ll enjoy this nice picture of a traditional market/festival scene of Korea (until about 100 years ago) hung on a very modern building.

In the middle of this photo is the picture.


In front of this building there’s a 관광 버스(tour bus) waiting for its passengers.


Reading from the menu that’s written on the windows, this place sell 돼지 갈비, 소갈비, 냉면, and etc. :-) all of which I like very much!
And if you look more closely at the picture, you can see what kind of clothes “normal” or “average-ranking” people used to wear in Korea hundreds of years ago. And as you can tell, all men have their hair long and either curled into a ball or covered with a hat, and this is because Korean men never used to cut their hair their entire life because they believed it to be a divine part of their body that their parents gave them. (And of course they’re drinking 막걸리. :D )


And a little bit more closely. The 아줌마(or possibly the kid’s 엄마) is checking the taste of the soup before serving it, and the kid is looking at her with eyes full of envy (or hunger) :P


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강원도 여행

I had a really long weekend recently and decided to take a short personal vacation. I headed off to 강원도 a province on the north-eastern edge of Korea. It is famous for the mountains and beaches, but I was just looking to get out of 서울. All of my long-distance travel within Korea has been by train or car, so I decided to take busses this time around. I boght a ticket for 강릉 and settled in what turned out to be a 4hr drive. It should have taken around 2~3 hours, but I guess everyone else had the same idea! I was hoping to speak as little English as possible on this trip, and since I was travelling alone, I stood a pretty good chance to getting to do just that. When I got to 강릉 the first thing I did was find a PC방. When travelling in Korea, it’s always a good idea to go there first. I used it to get my bearings in the city using Naver maps, and try to locate a good 찜질방 to spend the night in. With all my information, I sat out to get a taxi. I wanted to practice a particular pattern in the real world, something new from my class: It works out to “what’s a good thing to…….?” or “what’s the best way to…….?”

So, I started my conversation with the taxi driver:
저는 강릉에 처음이라서 뭐 하는게 좋을까요?
This is my first time in 강릉, what should I do?

He responded by listing all the things that were on my tourist map, so I guess I had sucessfully asked the question. He recommended going to the beach, seeing some old traditional houses and temples, etc. And of course eating 회 fresh, raw seafood. So he dropped me off at the 찌질방 and I went off to find dinner. I stumbled across a 왕갈비집 a few blocks away. They were advertising one serving for 8,000 원. However, I haven’t had much success at these places ordering by myself. They aren’t so into that, and usually require that you order two servings. But since I was eating alone, I had to ask the 아줌마 about that:

안녕하새요? 혹시 혼자서 주문하면도 돼요?
Hello, excuse me, but is it alright if I order by myself?

She turned around and looked at me and imediately responded with:
돌어오세요! Come on in!

I ordered a mamoth sized portion of marinated pork with all of the fixings. It was delicous and I had a really pleasant conversation with the 아저씨 who was cooking my meal for me.

In the morning, the weather was looking pretty awful. I went to a convienience store to have some yogurt and juice and get a recommendation about what to do.

ME: 오늘 날씨가 안좋아서 뭐하는게 좋을까요?
Today’s weather isn’t so good, so what is there that’s good to do?
CLERK: 어린이날이라니까 어린이랑 놀았으면 좋겠죠?
Today is children’s day, so wouldn’t it be good to play with your kids?
ME: 사실은 어린이 없으면…
Actually, I dont have any kids…
CLERK: 없으면은 그녕 여자친구랑 지내 보새요
If you don’t have kids, then just spend time with your girlfriend.
ME: 근데 혼자서 왔어요.
I came here alone!
CLERK: 혼자서 왔군요. 그런데 바다에 가보고 경포대에서 구경해 보세요.
Oh you came alone. In that case, go to the beach and also do some sightseeing at 경포대.

I didn’t really leave that conversation with anymore information than before, but I headed to the beach. (The weather cleared up just a short while later) That’s where the picture came from! There isn’t much more to say about the trip. I also went to the nearby town of 속초. But I really enjoy travelling around Korea outside of Seoul. It is where I can really see the benefits of my Korean study.

곰탕 (what could it mean?)

This is a very common question that I get from my non-Korean friends.

“What’s 곰탕? Is there really 곰 in there?”

And as you know, 곰 means “bear”, the animal. :-) So imagine - a bear soup … hehe.


But in fact it has nothing to do with bears(곰) although it’s 곰 + 탕(soup). If you look at the sign in the picture above, it says 닭곰탕 too. So it must have something to do with 닭(chicken) and 곰(bear) together in a soup? :-)

The truth is, 곰 is actually a noun coming from the verb “고다”. And 고다 means to boil something to a pulp or let the flavor come out of something by boiling in water (usually with various spices added) for many hours. So, 곰 is not the animal ‘bear’ but a nominalization of 고다, therefore the act of 고다. So 곰탕 is a soup that you make by boiling something for a long period of time until the soup decreases in volume and turns very thick and rich.

What usually goes into a 곰탕 is cow bones, but here they also put in chicken.

I don’t know how tasty it might sound to you now, it’s one of the must-try menus when you come to Korea! :-) Has anyone had 곰탕 before? :-)

Explore Korea - 꿀 포도

Here goes one more category to our already-full list of interesting categories in our KoreanClass101 Blog. But I believe this will be a very good opportunity for everyone to enjoy (and understand) pictures of some ‘written Korean’ found in Korea.

As a lot of you might already know, I’ve been posting these pictures in the KClass forum under the name of “translation practice” - in the hope of giving everybody a chance to take a guess at what they think certain signboards or written announcements mean and check their knowledge of the Korean language, and I’m so thankful to everyone who’s been participating. :-) But then I don’t really have a proper chance to provide ‘answers’ or at least … the way I would express it into English to the best of my ability, so from now, I’ll be taking one picture from the forum and post it here, and tell you what the words mean :-) Who knows? If we have a *favored* photo by everybody, we might even do a lesson with that photo.

The photo that I want to talk about today is this one:
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This is quite easy, actually. :-)

꿀 is honey and 포도 is grapes. So 꿀 포도 means “grapes that are as sweet as honey.”

I’m not sure if the word “honey” is used as often in English as it is in Korean to symbolize “sweetness” but this word can work with a lot of fruit names.

꿀 사과 = very sweet apples

꿀 복숭아 = very sweet peaches

꿀 배 = very sweet pears

It doesn’t work with every fruit name, but you can always describe something with this word “꿀” to mean it tastes very sweet.

But 꿀밤 (밤=chestnut) doesn’t mean “sweet chestnut” - it means a punch on the head with a fist as a gesture of scolding. That’s why as I kid I would always play practical jokes with my friends, saying things like “밤 줄까?” - “응.” - (punch!) - “여기 꿀밤이다!”

I know it’s not funny at all. Haha. :D But it WAS. For some reason, it was ALWAYS a lot of fun, until I was over 10 years old, that is.

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