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In today’s lesson, we will introduce a phrase that is certain to come in handy for capturing your memories on film. Korea is full of beautiful scenery and there are times when you want to be in the picture or have everyone in your party in the picture. Therefore, there are times when the phrase, please take my or our picture will be invaluable. In Korean, please take my picture is 사진 찍어 주세요 (sajin jjigeo juseyo). And now by syllable, 사-진 찍-어 주-세-요 (sa-jin jji-geo ju-se-yo). Let’s break down the components. The first word is 사진 (sajin). This means picture. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. 사-진 (sa-jin). This is followed by 찍어 (jjigeo). This is the verb to take a picture. I guess in English, it can be expressed as snap as in snap a picture, 찍어 (jjigeo).
Lastly, we have the oh so important 주세요 (juseyo) which simply means please. So altogether we have 사진 찍어 주세요 (sajin jjigeo juseyo). Literally, this is picture take please. Translated it means please take a picture for me. In English, before someone takes a picture, the person taking the picture may say 1, 2, 3 cheers. In Korean, it’s a little cliché. Before a picture is taken, they may say 하나, 둘, 셋, 김치 (hana, dul, set, gimchi)! That’s so corny but you do hear it every now and then. So, let’s hear it one more time. 하나, 둘, 셋, 김치 (hana, dul, set, gimchi)! 하나 (hana) is 1, 둘 (dul) is 2, 셋 (set) is 3, and last is 김치 (ghimchi).
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
Will you take my picture please - 사진 찍어 주세요 (sajin jjigeo juseyo).
1, 2, 3 cheese - 하나, 둘, 셋, 김치 (hana, dul, set, gimchi)!
All right, that’s going to do it for today.