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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Korean Season 1, Lesson 4 - How are you? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how somebody is in Korean.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How are you?' in Korean.
Kyejin: [Normal] 어떻게 지내?(eotteoke jinae?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how '
Kyejin: [Normal] 어떻게 [Slow] 어떻게 (eotteoke)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'stay, live’ in informal register.
Kyejin: [Normal] 지내 [Slow] 지내(jinae)
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How are you?'
Kyejin: [Slow] 어떻게 지내? [Normal] 어떻게 지내?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How are you?'
Kyejin: [Normal] 어떻게 지내십니까?(eotteoke jinaesimnikka?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Kyejin: [Normal] 어떻게 [Slow] 어떻게 (eotteoke)
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'do you stay, do you live’ in formal register.
Kyejin: [Normal] 지내십니까? [Slow] 지내십니까?(jinaesimnikka)
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How are you?'
Kyejin: [Slow] 어떻게 지내십니까? [Normal] 어떻게 지내십니까?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I'm fine, and you?'
Kyejin: [Normal] 잘 지내. 너는?(jal jinae. neoneun?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'well'
Kyejin: [Normal] 잘 [Slow] 잘 (jal )
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'live'
Kyejin: [Normal] 지내 [Slow] 지내(jinae)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you '
Kyejin: [Normal] 너 [Slow] 너(neo)
Becky: Last is the topic marking particle
Kyejin: [Normal] 는 [Slow] 는(neun)
Becky: Listen again to the response, meaning 'I'm fine, and you?'
Kyejin: [Slow] 잘 지내. 너는? [Normal] 잘 지내. 너는?
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'So-so.'
Kyejin: [Normal] 그저 그래.(geugeo geurae)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'just'
Kyejin: [Normal] 그저 [Slow] 그저(geugeo)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'it's like'
Kyejin: [Normal] 그래 [Slow] 그래(geurae)
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'So-so.'
Kyejin: [Slow] 그저 그래. [Normal] 그저 그래.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Kyejin: Koreans like to show that they care by asking 밥 먹었어요?(bap meogeosseoyo?) / 식사 하셨습니까?(siksa hasyeotssemnikka?) which literally means "Have you eaten?" But the actual meaning is the same as "How are you?" 밥 먹었어요?(bap meogeosseoyo?) is informal, and 식사 하셨습니까?(siksa hasyeotssemnikka?) is formal. Usually, they are not asking to go eat something together. So, when someone asks you 식사 하셨습니까?(siksa hasyeotssemnikka?), you can just answer 네(ne.) “Yes."

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in Korean.

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Wednesday at 12:25 am
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Hi 줄리,


Thanks for posting, good job! As you wrote in informal Korean, I'll answer you back informally:


나도 잘 지내. 물어봐줘서 고마워.


Keep up the good work!

Best,

Lyn

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줄리
Wednesday at 2:39 pm
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잘 지내. 너는?

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Tuesday at 9:57 pm
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안녕하세요 ikari,


Thank you for posting and studying with us. Let us know if you have any questions. 😉


Kind regards,

레벤테 (Levente)

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ikari
Monday at 5:43 am
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the people are kinda hard to hear and understand what there saying but otherwise its amazing!❤️️

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Thursday at 5:05 am
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Hi Lhian,


Thanks for posting, hope you continue to study hard, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


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Lyn

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KoreanClass101.comVerified
Sunday at 2:04 am
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Hi Lorena,


Thanks for posting. One way to answer would be:


괜찮게 지내고 있어요. (I'm doing okay).


Hope this was of help!

Best,

Lyn

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Lhian
Saturday at 2:23 am
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잘 지내요. 🙂

Lorena
Wednesday at 7:14 am
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Hi, I wanted to know if I HAVE to say “so, so” in the formal way, or there is another way of saying “I’m fine, and you”.

Thank you, or 고맙습니다!!!

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Hi Safa,


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Levente

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Safa
Sunday at 9:57 pm
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Hi, i didn't get the audio for this lesson.