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Minkyong: 여러분, 민경이랑 한국어 공부해요.
Keith: And please study with me too. Hi I am Keith and welcome to Newbie Series, Season 3, Lesson #16. Is There Too Much Salt in Your Korean Food? 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, so in this lesson, you learn how to express how your taste buds are experiencing your Korean food. When you go to a Korean restaurant, you will be able to say
Minkyong: 짜.
Keith: It’s salty or
Minkyong: 싱거워.
Keith: It’s bland. All right, so this conversation takes place where?
Minkyong: At someone’s house.
Keith: Conversation is between
Minkyong: Two friends.
Keith: So they will be speaking informal Korean.
Minkyong: 반말.
Keith: All right listeners, I got a question.
Minkyong: A question?
Keith: Yeah. I wanted to know when the last time you commented was.
Minkyong: Oh yes great question.
Keith: Stop by KoreanClass101.com, leave us a comment. Just say hi. Okay so Minkyong, you ready?
Minkyong: 네, 들어 봅시다.
(1)진아: 짜잔… 김치찌개야. 어때?
jina: jjajan... gimchijjigaeya. eottae?
(2)정선: (먹어 보고) 아... 싱거워!
jeongseon: a... singgeowo!
(3)진아: 진짜? 싱거워?
jina: jinjja? singgeowo?
(4)정선: 여기. 소금.
jeongseon: yeogi. sogeum.
(5)진아: (소금 넣는 소리) 어때?
jina: eottae?
(6)정선: (먹어 보는 소리) 우엑... 너무 짜! 이거 못 먹어!
jeongseon: uek... neomu jja! igeo mot meogeo!
(7)진아: 짜? (먹어 보고) 아...
jina: jja? Euk…
(1)진아: 짜잔… 김치찌개야. 어때?
jina: jjajan... gimchijjigaeya. Eottae?
Jina: Tada...kimchi stew. How is it?
(2)정선: (먹어 보고) 아... 싱거워!
jeongseon: a... singgeowo!
Jeongseon: Ah...it’s bland.
(3)진아: 진짜? 싱거워?
jina: jinjja? Singgeowo?
Jina: Really? It's bland?
(4)정선: 여기. 소금.
jeongseon: yeogi. Sogeum.
Jeongseon: Here, salt.
(5)진아: (소금 넣는 소리) 어때?
jina: eottae?
Jina: How is it?
(6)정선: (먹어 보는 소리) 우엑... 너무 짜! 이거 못 먹어!
jeongseon: uek... neomu jja! igeo mot meogeo!
Jeongseon: Yuck...it's too salty! I can't eat this!
(7)진아: 짜? (먹어 보고) 아...
jina: jja? Euk…
Jina: Salty? (eats a bit) Yuck...
Keith: Minkyong, do you like salty food?
Minkyong: No. I don’t like salty food. I hate salty food. I think it’s like the worst taste ever.
Keith: I know you like sweet food.
Minkyong: I like sweet spicy food but I just can’t eat salty food.
Keith: Every time we are in the office, you are always asking me to buy you something sweet.
Minkyong: Yeah because it would be weird if I asked you to buy me something salty, wouldn’t it?
Keith: No, that’s pretty true.
Minkyong: Yeah.
Keith: Well I think a lot of salt goes into Korean food though especially stews, 찌개 and 김치. So do you like Korean food? Sometimes they are a bit salty.
Minkyong: Well I am okay with 김치 and stews are not that salty.
Keith: Right but that’s to the Korean tongue and I think what that’s referring to is that for some Korean people, salty means really super salty.
Minkyong: Maybe.
Keith: Well the great thing about Korean food is that if something is too salty, you can always balance it out with rice.
Minkyong: Oh that’s good idea.
Keith: I always do that.
Minkyong: Oh yeah me too.
Keith: If you ever cook for me, I will be sure to bring extra rice.
Minkyong: Why because I don’t use salt at all.
Keith: Okay, Okay. All right, let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Minkyong: Okay.
Keith: All right. The first word we have is
Minkyong: 짜잔.
Keith: Tada.
Minkyong: 짜잔 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 짜잔 [natural native speed]
Keith: Next we have
Minkyong: 김치찌개
Keith: Kimchi stew.
Minkyong: 김치찌개 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 김치찌개 [natural native speed]
Keith: Next
Minkyong: 어때요?
Keith: How is it, how about?
Minkyong: 어때요 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 어때요 [natural native speed]
Keith: And next
Minkyong: 소금
Keith: Salt
Minkyong: 소금 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 소금 [natural native speed]
Keith: And next
Minkyong: 여기
Keith: Here, this place.
Minkyong: 여기 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 여기 [natural native speed]
Keith: Next we have
Minkyong: 못
Keith: Can’t, won’t.
Minkyong: 못 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 못 [natural native speed]
Keith: And finally, what do we have?
Minkyong: 먹어.
Keith: I eat
Minkyong: 먹어 [slowly - broken down by syllable] 먹어 [natural native speed]
Keith: All right. So let’s take a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word we are going to take a look at is
Minkyong: 김치찌개.
Keith: Kimchi stew. How do we say, can I have some kimchi stew?
Minkyong: 김치찌개 주세요.
Keith: Kimchi stew please. So right at the end, what do we say?
Minkyong: 주세요.
Keith: And we can use that in a restaurant. Okay and how do we say 김치찌개 is delicious?
Minkyong: 김치찌개 맛있어요.
Keith: That’s literally kimchi jjigae delicious and what’s that word for delicious again?
Minkyong: 맛있어요.
Keith: Okay. What’s our next word?
Minkyong: 먹어.
Keith: I eat or the imperative eat and that’s in informal Korean. How do we say that more politely then?
Minkyong: 드세요.
Keith: Eat and that’s being polite but if you notice there, the word, they are really unrelated in terms of sound.
Minkyong: 네.
Keith: So one more time, what’s eat in informal Korean when you are telling someone to eat?
Minkyong: 먹어.
Keith: And let’s say you want to say that to your grandparents, your parents, what would you say?
Minkyong: 드세요.
Keith: And that’s being a little more polite. Okay so let’s say you are hosting a party and a lot of people are there and you want to be polite to everyone because you are speaking to an entire group, how would you say please, help yourself?
Minkyong: 많이 드세요 or in intimate politeness level, you could say 많이 먹어.
Keith: Okay and how do you say I can’t eat?
Minkyong: 못 먹어. You just have to put 못 in front of 먹어.
Keith: Right. That word 못 that came out in our vocabulary. So when we want to say I can’t do something, won’t do something, just put it before the verb. Okay so how did the verb 먹어 come out in this dialogue?
Minkyong: Jeongseon said 이거 못 먹어.
Keith: Literally this can’t eat. I can’t eat this. All right, well let’s take a look at the focus for this lesson.

Lesson focus

Minkyong: The focus of this lesson is 짜.
Keith: It’s salty and that’s in informal Korean. To say it more politely?
Minkyong: 짜요.
Keith: Right. Just add on that 요 at the end. So what’s the dictionary form of this verb?
Minkyong: 짜다.
Keith: Okay. So can you give us some examples for 짜다 to be salty?
Minkyong: I don’t like salty taste at all but my friends like salty food. So sometimes I ask them 안 짜?
Keith: Isn’t it salty and let’s break that down really quickly. What’s that first part?
Minkyong: 안
Keith: Not and after that?
Minkyong: 짜?
Keith: Salty, not salty and you can use that to your friends. And if you want to say it’s not salty, you can say the same exact thing.
Minkyong: 안 짜.
Keith: Okay. So how did it come out in this dialogue?
Minkyong: Jeongseon said to Jina 너무 짜.
Keith: It’s too salty.
Minkyong: 이거 못 먹어.
Keith: I can’t eat this. Okay so what’s the opposite of 짜 salty?
Minkyong: 싱거워.
Keith: Bland and a little more politely?
Minkyong: 싱거워요.
Keith: Of course just add on that 요 at the end. Okay so can you give us an example sentence?
Minkyong: I like it when it’s bland but my friends don’t and they always say this 아직도 싱거워.
Keith: It still tastes flat.
Minkyong: And in this dialogue, it came out as 진짜? 싱거워?
Keith: Really, it’s flat but recently Minkyong 싱거워 bland tasting food, that’s been really the trend these days, huh?
Minkyong: Yeah we say it’s 웰빙.
Keith: I love that. That’s Konglish and that’s well being meaning
Minkyong: Healthy.
Keith: Right and – right, recently in Korea, 웰빙 is really a big trend right now. Everyone is trying to work out and be really healthy.
Minkyong: Yeah and they try to eat healthy food and apparently salty food is not really healthy and bland food is more healthier, so people try to eat less salt.
Keith: So, are you on that bandwagon?
Minkyong: Yeah since I was born because I don’t like the taste.
Keith: Of salty food, right?
Minkyong: Yeah.


Keith: Right. All right, well that just about does it for this lesson. Don’t forget that you can leave us comment on this lesson.
Minkyong: If you have a question or some feedback, please leave us comment.
Keith: Yeah it’s really easy to do. Just stop by KoreanClass101.com.
Minkyong: Click on comments
Keith: Enter your comment and name
Minkyong: And that’s it.
Keith: No excuses. We are looking forward to hearing from you. All right, well that’s going to do it. 다음에 봐요.
Minkyong: 코멘트 꼭 다세요.


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Which Korean dish do you think is salty? And which is not very salty? :) 짜요 / 안 짜요 / 싱거워요

Thursday at 10:46 am
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Hi Keith,

Thanks for pointing this out to us. We'll get back to you shortly on this!



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Tuesday at 3:51 am
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The dialogue is all spoken at intimate level but the line by line is written all in standard polite level

Can you take "요" out of each line so that the dialogue matches what is printed?

Sunday at 7:43 pm
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Hi Juri,

Thanks for posting. To say 'like this' you would need to add '이렇게'.

왜 우리는 이렇게 운전을 못할까? Why can't we drive like this?

왜 그 남자는 이렇게 운전을 못할까? Why can't he drive like this?



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Saturday at 2:48 am
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안녕하세요 ^^

감사합니다 ^^ .. 그럼 , can I write he can't drive like this ?

그를 운전을 못해요 ? or we can't drive like this (우리는 운전을 못해요 ) ?

Friday at 5:39 pm
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Hi Juri,

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

As for your question, if you wanted to write 'She cannot drive', it would be:

그녀는 운전을 못해요.



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Friday at 6:58 am
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I want to ask you guys, can I say "그녀 운전 못해요 "? It means she can't drive .. Is that okay ? please tell me my mistakes if there's any .

안녕히게세요 :D

Friday at 6:53 am
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Very helpful lessons thank you guys! I hope I can be fluent one day because I'm really working hard ! 감사합니다 .. 진짜 재미 있어요 !

Friday at 3:17 pm
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Hey Robin,

That is a good point. Salt itself is not the ingredient that should be void all times but to be careful when it comes to over-consuming!

Korean traditional cuisine for sure involves possibly more salt than others but it is also for side dishes in general.

And that is amazing you have helped your friend to make Kimchi, it is really complicated process!haha

Thank you


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Friday at 11:51 pm
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You guys should know that salt is NOT in the "bad foods" category...& this is from my doctor not me. unless you're among the 20% population with high blood pressure, you can die without (modest amount of) salt. just weeks after doctor told me that, a friend of mine went into a coma & was in hospital for months due to deadly low sodium level. and kieth is right about korean food...you just can't taste the salt under all the SPICE! I've helped my friend make 김치 & watched her empty an entire box of salt into that brine. Enjoy!

Saturday at 12:17 am
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Hi Lulu,

Thank you for your comment, it's great to hear your enjoying the lessons!

Have a nice day,



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