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Hi, everyone, i'm Jaehwi! Welcome back to Korean top words. In this lesson, you'll know top 10 phrases for surviving back to school. Let's begin!
1. 책가방 (chaekgabang) “backpack”
So here, we have two words 책 (chaek) meaning books and 가방 (gabang) means bag. So all together it means backpack like a bag for kids to go to school.
I remember my first backpack which was very hard like I could only put three books inside the backpack but it was heavy. So I remember, I really didn't like to bring the backpack to school because it's too heavy. But these days, you can find a lot of light backpack in Korea although it seems like high school students want to get a backpack in a very specific brand. So you can see many people wearing the same design backpack but in different colors. So, using that word you can say 매일 밤 책가방을 싸요. (Maeil bam chaekgabangeul ssayo.) “I pack my backpack every night.”
2. 반 친구 (ban chingu) “classmate”
So 반 (ban) means class 친구 (chingu) means friends. So altogether you can say, 반 친구 (ban chingu).
My high school was kind of big but I have one friend whom I could be in the same class for like three years in my high school, and we still talk each other and see each other. But that's very exceptional case because every year you see different classmates. So in the case you can say, 매년 반 친구들이 바뀝니다. (Maenyeon ban chingudeuri bakkwimnida.) “Every year, classmates change.”
3. 숙제 (sukjje) “homework”
I think 숙제 (sukjje) “homework” like 숙제 (sukjje) doing something at home.
So using that word you can say, 숙제 다 했어? (Sukje da haesseo?) “Did you do all the homework?”
4. 시험 (siheom) “exam”
There are a lot of exams in a school in South Korea. I remember like in high school because I was about to take the test to get into the college. I remember I had to take nationwide test almost every month to see where I am. It's not an official test but almost all students at a high school are on the time, like, they just take the test on the same date. And it's going to let you know, you're on the rank something in the country. So it's not a kind of the test that I really enjoyed but an exam that I had to do.
The biggest exam that we have in South Korea is called 수능 (Suneung) that is the exam to go to the college. So you have to take it in November on your third year in high school, and then it happens only once a year. So if you don't do it well then you’d have to wait for another year and take that again.
So probably after taking that test your friend might ask you, 시험 잘 봤어? (Siheom jal bwasseo?) “Did you do well on the exam?”
5. 여름 방학 (yeoreum banghak) “summer break”
In Korea, semester starts from March and it ends in February. So, 여름 방학 (yeoreum banghak) “summer break” placed in the middle of school year. So it's only like one and a half month. It's not that long. So using that word you can say, 여름 방학에 한국을 방문 할 거예요. (Yeoreum banghage hangugeul bangmunhal geoyeyo.) “I will visit Korea during the summer break.”
But, like, in high school, people usually study, study, study during this summer break. So in the case you can say So in the case you can say, 여름 방학에 공부를할 거예요(Yeoreum banghage gongbureul hal geoyeyo.) "I will study during the summer break."
6. 학교 (hakgyo) “school”
There are four different types of school in Korea. In general, 초등학교(chodeunghakgyo) "Elementary school",중학교 (junghakgyo) "middle school or junior high, 고등학교 (godeunghakgyo) "high school" and 대학교 (daehakgyo) "college or university".
So using that word 학교 (hakgyo) you can say, 학교에서 공부를 합니다. (Hakgyoeseo gongbureul hamnida.) “I study in school.”
7. 공부하다 (gongbuhada) “to study”
I think you're watching this video because you're studying Korean. So in that case, you can say 매일 한국어를 공부해요. ( Maeil hangugeoreul gongbuhaeyo.) “I study Korean every day.”
8. 개학 첫날입니다. (Gaehak cheonnarimnida.) It's the first day of class.”
So 개학 (Gaeha) literally means the opening of a school. Like a beginning of the school year and 첫날(cheonnal) means the very first day. I remember I didn't like that 첫날(cheonnal) because there's the beginning of the school year. But you know, that's what you have to do you can also say, 방학 첫날 (banghak cheonnal) "the first day of a vacation". To say 방학 첫날입니다. (Banghak cheonnarimnida) "It is the first day of vacation.”
9. 우리 같은 반이야! (Uri gateun baniya!) “We're in the same class!”
There might be some friends that you want to be in the same class again and again. So if you find out that your friend is going to be the same class, you can just say, 우리 같은 반이야. (Uri gateun baniya.) “We're in the same class.”
You can also use that if you're in a language school, right? Because language school might have different classes. So if you see your friend in the same class then you can say, 우리 같은 반이야! (Uri gateun baniya!)
10. 무슨 수업 들어? (Museun sueop deureo?) “What classes are you taking?”
So, 수업 (sueop) means class. In Korea, like, in junior high, high school, up to high school, it's not common to choose your lessons. Like, basically your class will have the same time schedule. So basically, your class will have the same schedule because you don't have to move your classrooms in general. Like, you just have to stay in the same place and teachers will come to your classes.
So your timetable is really scheduled, and there's no way that you can choose different classes. So, probably you hear this when you are at a college because then you can choose any classes that you want to take. So, that case we can ask, 무슨 수업 들어? (Museun sueop deureo?) “What classes are you taking?”
So we just checked 10 Phrases for Surviving Back to School. I hope you like some of the words. 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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Which word or phrase do you like the most?

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Hi Ian,


Thanks for posting, and sharing with us! Hope you've been doing well--have you seen the drama that everyone is talking about in Korea these days? It's called '품위있는 그녀'. ?


Cheers,

Lyn

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I really like the word 여름 방학 which means summer break. I am enjoying a new drama called School 2017 right now. ?