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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us the comment.
In today’s lesson, we will introduce a question related to can you take my picture please which in Korean is 사진 찍어 주세요 (sajin jjigeo juseyo). One time slowly, 사진 찍어 주세요 (sajin jjigeo juseyo). There are cases when you may want to take a picture of someone or with someone but before doing so, you’d like to ask for permission. In Korean, may I take your picture is 사진 찍어도 돼요 (sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo)? And now by syllable, 사-진 찍-어-도 돼-요 (sa-jin jji-geo-do dwae-yo)? The first word 사진 (sajin) means picture. Let’s break this down and hear it one more time. 사-진 (sajin). This is followed by 찍어 (jjigeo) which in English is, to take a picture or snap a picture. 찍어 (jjigeo). So to recap here, we have 사진 찍어 (sajin jjigeo) picture take or picture snap.
Let’s take a look at the last part 도 돼요 (dwaeyo). This means may I. 도 돼요 (do dwaeyo) is the sentence structure used when you are asking someone for permission. One time slowly, it’s 도 돼요 (do dwaeyo). So altogether we have 사진 찍어요 돼요 (sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo) which literally is, picture take may I. Translated, it’s may I take a picture. Now, let’s take that last phrase and step it up a notch. By adding one word, you can ask someone for permission to take a picture together. What was that last phrase again? It was 사진 찍어도 돼요 (sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo). One time slowly, 사진 찍어도 돼요 (sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo)? Now let’s insert the word together which in Korean is 같이 (gachi). One time slowly, 같이 (gachi). And now by syllable, 같-이 (ga-chi). Let’s add together to the front of the phrase we just learned. 같이 사진 찍어도 돼요 (gachi sajin jjiseogo dwaeyo)? Now, you can ask the guards at 동대문 (dongdaemun), Buddhist monks or maybe a hot dog vendor.
The reason I mentioned hot dog vendor is because my friends thought this hot dog vendor was good looking and wanted to take a picture with him. So, she asked him, 같이 사진 찍어도 돼요 (gachi sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo)? But he politely refused. His reasoning, he wouldn’t be able to get married. Now, what kind of reasoning is that? Let me explain. Korean society is so small and so well connected at least in terms of the internet, someone knows someone who knows someone who knows you. So if there’s a picture of him and a random girl on the internet, his future wife might say, what! I am not marrying you.
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)!
May I take your picture - 사진 찍어도 돼요 (sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo)?
May I take a picture together - 같이 사진 찍어도 돼요 (gachi sajin jjigeodo dwaeyo)?
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Can you say, "Can we take a picture of that?" in Korean?

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Wednesday at 11:37 PM
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Hi 아린,

Thanks for commenting.

그것은 사진 찍어도 돼요?

-->그것의(possessive particle) 사진을(object marking particle) 찍어도 돼요?

Hope this was of help!



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Sunday at 11:10 AM
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그것은 사진 찍어도 돼요?

sounds weird huh?

please correct me if i'm wrong


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Thursday at 10:16 PM
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Thursday at 02:46 AM
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Damn I cant read or write Korean

..but can speak

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Tuesday at 02:34 PM
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Hi Chelsea,

Thanks for posting. Usually you'd reply with '네 그럴게요' or '네 찍어드릴게요'.

If the person thanks you afterward, you would say '천만에요'(you're welcome).

Hope this was of help and that you'll be able to use these phrases in the future.



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Saturday at 10:40 PM
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How do you reply a person if he asks you to help him take a picture? Also, after taking a picture for him, how do you reply if he thanks you?

I've encountered this situation while in Korea but back then I did not know how to respond and would appreciate some help!?

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Wednesday at 07:14 AM
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Hi belinda,

네. ne. yes.

그럼요. geureomyo. of course.

아니요. aniyo. no.

안 돼요. an doeyo. you can't.

Hope this helps. :)



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Thursday at 08:26 AM
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Annyeonghaseyo. How will the person usually answer to the question "may I take a picture with you" if he/ she gives permission or refuse to take the picture?


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:razz:Hello, Kyoko

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We've found out that the audio for lesson 32 is the same of the file for lesson 31. We're sorry that we have uploaded wrong file for this lesson.

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