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Hi, everyone! I’m Jaehwi. Welcome back to Korean Top Words. In this video, we’ll be talking about top 10 phrases your parents always say. Let’s begin!
1. 조심해 (Josimhae) “Be careful.”
Yeah, I think, yeah you hear that not only from your parents but almost from everyone. Like when you’re about to do something very stupid or very dangerous, then your friends or your parents might say that… 조심해 (Josimhae) “Be careful.”
2. 조용히 해. (Joyonghi hae.) “Be quiet.”
I never heard this phrase in my life because I always like try to be quiet. Sometimes I feel like I want some parents say this 조용히 해. (Joyonghi hae.) “Be quiet.”, to their kids at a restaurant or at some theater because some parents just let their kids do whatever they want to do. So I sometimes want to say that for their parents I think, 조용히 해. (Joyonghi hae.) “Be quiet.”.
3. 얌전히 있어. (Yamjeonhi isseo.) “Behave.”
So 얌전히 (Yamjeonhi) means something like not making trouble like just being calm and 있어. (isseo) means just be like something. So it means something like, do not make any trouble or like just be there 있어. (isseo).
4. 숙제해! (Sukjehae!) “Do your homework!”
So here we have the word 숙제 (Sukje) meaning “homework”. 해 (hae) is kind of the word meaning “do something” because 하다 (hada) is the word meaning “to do”. If you just say a noun plus 해 (hae), that means that do something. So for example 공부해. (Gongbuhae), “Do study.”, 숙제해! (Sukjehae!) “Do your homework!”. That kind of pattern.
5. 가서 자. (Gaseo ja.) “Go to bed.”
I heard this a lot when I was a kid because when I was in elementary school, the internet was introduced to public and I got the chance to use that. I really liked it so I remember I used it until 2:00 AM even when I was in the elementary school so I heard this phrase a lot, 가서 자. (Gaseo ja.) “Go to bed.”
6. 셋까지 센다. (Setkkaji senda.) “I'm going to count to three.”
I think it’s very common phrase that Korean parents use… 셋까지 센다. (Setkkaji senda.) 하나 (hana), 둘 (dul), 셋 (set) or something like that. So 셋 (set) here means the number 3 so it literally means, “Okay, I’m going to count to 3.”
7. 그만해. (Geumanhae.) “Stop.”
So 그만 (Geuman) here is the adverb meaning “right there” like right at the edge or right there and 해 (hae) means “do” so it sounds something like don’t do more than that like just stop there. So if you’re arguing with your parents and if you say something bad then your parents then say 그만해. (Geumanhae.) “Stop.”, or if you keep doing something stupid then you might hear that phrase 그만해. (Geumanhae.) “Stop.”.
8. 장난 아니야. (Jangnan aniya.) “I'm not kidding.”
So here 장난 (Jangnan) means something like play/joke so it literally means it’s not a play, it’s not a joke. If your parents think you don’t take their advice seriously, then they might say… 장난 아니야. (Jangnan aniya.) “I'm not kidding.”.
9. 당장 텔레비전 꺼. (Dangjang tellebijeon kkeo.) “Turn the TV off now.”
I think this is kind of the old phrase because I have some friends who are married and they say that their kids really love watching something on YouTube so these days, they say that they have to say 당장 유튜브 그만 봐 (Dangjang yutyubeu geuman bwa) “Stop watching YouTube.”, “Stop YouTube.”, literally. So I think, more and more kids are getting very familiar with their smartphones watching something on YouTube so I think the phrase is also changing by that trend.
10. 이 닦았어? (I dakkasseo?) “Did you brush your teeth?”
I heard this phrase a lot because I just wanted to go to bed right after doing something on the internet or watching TV so I often heard this phrase a lot… 이 닦았어? (I dakkasseo?) “Did you brush your teeth?” .
Okay, we just learned top 10 phrases your parents always say. I hope you use some of them to your kids after you get married. Make sure to subscribe and I’ll see you next time. 다음 시간에 뵙겠습니다. (Daeum sigane boepgetsseumnida.) 안녕히 계세요. (Annyeonghi gyeseyo.)

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