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Seol: 안녕하세요. 윤설입니다.
Minkyong: 안녕하세요. 민경입니다.
Keith: Hey Keith here in Newbie Season 3, Lesson #1. Answer Him, He Wants to Know What You Are Doing. Hello and welcome to the Newbie Series, Season 3 at KoreanClass101.com where we study modern Korean in a fun, educational format.
Minkyong: So brush up on the Korean that you started learning long ago or start learning today.
Keith: Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. All right Minkyong, Seol, someone help me out. What are we looking at in this lesson?
Minkyong: In this lesson, you will learn how to ask someone what he or she is doing right now.
Seol: Plus some common things you do at home.
Keith: Sleeping, hanging out.
Seol: Watching TV.
Keith: Okay and this conversation takes place, where?
Minkyong: In the house.
Keith: And this conversation is between
Seol: A brother and a sister.
Keith: And the speakers are family. So of course they will be using
Seol: The intimate politeness level 반말.
Keith: So before we move on, listeners, I got a question.
Minkyong: A question?
Keith: Yeah. I wanted to know when the last time they commented was?
Seol: Yeah great question.
Keith: All you’ve got to do is stop by KoreanClass101.com, leave us a comment, just say hi, what’s up, how are you doing. I miss you.
Seol: Okay.
Keith: Well let’s move on to the conversation.
(1)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(1)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
(2)동기: 요리해. (요리 소리)
(2)donggi: yorihae.
(3)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(3)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
(4)동기: 지금 청소해. (청소기 소리)
(4)donggi: jigeum cheongsohae.
(5)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(5)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
(6)동기: 빨래해. (세탁기 소리)
(6)donggi: ppallaehae.
(7)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(7)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
(8)동기: 아이 씨... 왜!
(8)donggi: ai ssi... wae!
(1)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(1)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
Soyeon: What are you doing now?
(2)동기: 요리해. (요리 소리)
(2)donggi: yorihae.
Donggi: I'm cooking.
(3)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(3)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
Soyeon: What are you doing now?
(4)동기: 지금 청소해. (청소기 소리)
(4)donggi: jigeum cheongsohae.
Donggi: I'm cleaning now.
(5)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(5)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
Soyeon: What are you doing now?
(6)동기: 빨래해. (세탁기 소리)
(6)donggi: ppallaehae.
Donggi: I'm doing the laundry now.
(7)소연: 지금 뭐 해?
(7)soyeon: jigeum mwo hae?
Soyeon: What are you doing now?
(8)동기: 아이 씨... 왜!
(8)donggi: ai ssi... wae!
Donggi: Sheesh...what???
Minkyong: It was a very simple and useful conversation, right? It’s a very typical conversation that you can hear at home.
Keith: Yeah I mean basically asking the same questions over and over and over again just bothering your siblings. It’s probably what you do at home, right Minkyong?
Minkyong: I think sometimes yeah. You know when I am with my family, I am just curious what they are doing. I am very comfortable with them and I don’t have to worry about being too polite.
Seol: Yeah I understand that. I do that to my family too.
Keith: So just kind of hey, what are you doing. Yeah I do that sometimes too.
Seol: But actually I say this a lot to my friends more often than to my family. I always call up my friends and ask 지금 뭐 해 and I say, I am bored 나 심심해. Let’s talk or let’s meet.
Seol: You are bothering your friends Minkyong.
Keith: What friends? I thought you only had 1 or 2 friends.
Seol: Oh yeah.
Keith: Is that something that a lot of people do on the phone? If you are bored in Korea, you just call up on your friends. How do you say hey?
Seol: 지금 뭐 해?
Keith: What are you doing?
Seol: 나 심심해.
Keith: I am bored.
Seol: 나랑 놀아 줘.
Keith: Come on, hang out with me, let’s hang out. So this is a fairly typical conversation that you can use on the phone but I think you can only use it once. You can’t say what are you doing, what are you doing. 지금 뭐 해, 지금 뭐 해, 지금 뭐 해. You can’t really do that 4 or 5 times in the span of a minute.
Seol: No.
Minkyong: Okay I guess not.
Keith: All right. Well for now, let’s have a look at our vocabulary. First word we have is
Minkyong: 요리
Keith: Cooking, a dish, food.
Minkyong: 요리 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 요리 [natural native speed]
Keith: Next
Seol: 청소
Keith: Cleaning
Seol: 청소 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 청소 [natural native speed]
Keith: After that
Minkyong: 빨래
Keith: Laundry
Minkyong: 빨래 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 빨래 [natural native speed]
Keith: And finally what do we have
Seol: 왜
Keith: Why
Seol: 왜 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 왜 [natural native speed]
Keith: All right, let’s take a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word we are going to take a look at is
Seol: 요리
Keith: Cooking, food, a dish. And that’s a noun. How do you make it a verb? How do you say, to cook?
Seol: 요리하다
Keith: Yeah that 하다 means to do in Korean and you can just add 하다 at the end of a lot of nouns in Korean and they become verbs. So what is it again?
Seol: 요리하다 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 요리하다 [natural native speed]
Keith: And this also works for the other two nouns that were used in this lesson. So what were they?
Minkyong: 청소
Keith: Cleaning.
Minkyong: 빨래
Keith: Laundry.
Minkyong: So the verbs are 청소하다 and 빨래하다. It’s very simple.
Keith: Yeah. The verbs are very simple to me but actually doing them, I don’t know how simple that is.
Seol: Minkyong, do you like 청소 and 빨래?
Minkyong: I am okay with 빨래 because the washing machine does the 빨래 for me but for 청소 there is a lot of more work involved in 청소 that much.
Keith: Just buy a vacuum cleaner.
Minkyong: But still there is a lot of things that you have to do to do a good job in 청소.
Keith: It’s because you are lazy.
Minkyong: 아니에요. I am not lazy.
Keith: Okay so I will give you a chance to prove it.
Minkyong: How?
Seol: To clean this place.
Keith: Well that too but also you can help explain our lesson’s focus for us. Then I will stop saying you are lazy.
Minkyong: Let’s look at today’s focus.

Lesson focus

Keith: Okay so what is today’s focus? What are we looking at?
Minkyong: Like we introduced earlier, first let’s have a look at how to ask what are you doing.
Keith: Sounds good. So how do you say what are you doing?
Seol: You say 뭐 해?
Keith: 뭐 해?
Seol: And it’s really simple to break it down 뭐 means what and 해 means do. So together it means what are you doing.
Keith: Great explanation. So what are you doing 뭐 해 and now how can we answer this question?
Minkyong: Well to answer this question, you will need to know the words for what you are doing.
Keith: That’s true. But you know where do our listeners have to go to look up the words that they want to know?
Seol: You can go to the premium learning center at our site KoreanClass101.com and use the dictionary there.
Keith: Exactly. You can also listen to the pronunciation of not only the vocab words but also the sample sentences. You can hear Minkyong’s voice even in the dictionary and in your dreams.
Seol: Wow! Good for Minkyong.
Minkyong: And after you look up the nouns you need, you can add 해 at the end and it works for most words.
Keith: Yeah not all of them but most of them. So how are the words used in the dialogue?
Seol: The sister asks 뭐 해 what are you doing and the brother answered, 요리해.
Keith: I am cooking.
Minkyong: 청소해.
Keith: I am cleaning
Seol: 빨래해.
Keith: I am doing the laundry and if you notice there, there is no actual word I there. They just say noun 해. So laundry do, you don’t need the word I. All right and what’s the next focus of this lesson?
Minkyong: You know when you ask someone what are you doing, you often mean now, right? So you often ask, what are you doing now. So it’s useful to know the word for now in Korean.
Keith: Okay and what’s that word?
Seol: 지금. 지금 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 지금 [natural native speed]
Keith: 지금. I think I use this word more than 10 times a day.
Seol: Yeah. It’s a very, very common word. So be sure to remember it and the sister in this dialogue asked her brother 지금 뭐 해?
Keith: And that means what are you doing now.
Minkyong: 지금 뭐 해?
Keith: This is in informal language. So make sure you use it to your friends or people that are close to you only. Okay so I guess that just about does it for today.


Seol: Really….
Keith: Don’t be so sad…We are coming back next week with another lesson. So everyone remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the lesson notes PDF to learn more about what you learned today in this lesson. Also if you found this lesson a little too easy for you, don’t worry. We have more sample sentences that you can use in every conversation. So we will see everyone next time.
Seol: 안녕히 계세요.
Minkyong: 안녕히 계세요.
Keith: Bye.


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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여러분, 지금 뭐 해요? (Everyone, what are you doing now?) And do you ask this question to people around you very ofteN?

Thursday at 2:52 am
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Hi Jugnu,

Thanks for posting!

안녕하세요, Jugnu입니다. (annyeonghaseyo, jugnuimnida).

입니다 sounds like 'imnida' due to the rules of batchim (words that end with consonants). We have a lesson series that may be of help, start from here (if you already know how to write Korean syllables. If not, start from the beginning of the lesson series):




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Jugnu Verma
Wednesday at 12:36 pm
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Aanyong -Ha-seyou.. Jugnu Imnida.

Question - Why does M sound like B (in what - Muo) and N sound like D (in Yes - ne)

Friday at 12:00 pm
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Hi M,

If you wanted to say that you are cooking vegetables, then you would say

지금 야채를 요리하고 있어요/지금 야채요리를 만들고 있어요.



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Tuesday at 7:00 am
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Is this sentence correct?


Tuesday at 11:05 am
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Hi Ian,

Thank you for commenting, hope you studied hard! :thumbsup:



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Sunday at 11:41 am
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지금 한국어 공부해요. :smile:

I'm Korean studying now.

I do ask this question a lot because of my personality.

Tuesday at 11:49 am
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Hi fizzah,

Thank you for the positive feedback, it means a lot to us! :heart:

Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.



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Sunday at 11:50 pm
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i absolutely love these lessons:heart: they are so much fun, by the way i love your accents :thumbsup:

Wednesday at 7:59 pm
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Hi Anastasiya,

If you want to say 'I am doing something while doing something else (at the same time)', you would use the phrase ~하면서 ~를 하고 있다. (doing something while doing something(else)).

So it would be: 지금 한국어를 공부하면서 인터넷을 하고 있어요. (I am studying Korean while surfing the Internet)



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Wednesday at 4:58 am
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저는 지금 한국어를 배워요. 그리고 좀 인터넷을 해요...

(Right now I'm learning Korean. And surfing the internet a bit...)

I need to focus more :smile: