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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Korean learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Gabriella: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “What do you do?” In Korean this is...
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까?
Gabriella: The first word in the question is
Kyejin: 어떤
Gabriella: meaning something like “what kind of” in English.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 어떤
Gabriella: Listen again and repeat.
Kyejin: 어떤
{Pause}
Gabriella: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Kyejin: 일
Gabriella: meaning ‘work’ or ‘job’ in English.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 일
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 일
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin: 어떤 일
{pause}
Gabriella: And after that
Kyejin: 을
Gabriella: object-marking particle.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 을
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 을
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을
{pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kyejin: 하고 있습니
Gabriella: the verb-stem of the verb
Kyejin: 하고 있습니다.
Gabriella: meaning ‘doing something.’
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 하고 있습니
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 하고 있습니
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니
{pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kyejin: 까
Gabriella: the question marking particle
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 까
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 까
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까?
{pause}
Gabriella: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What do you do?”
Kyejin: 학생입니다.
Gabriella: "I'm a student.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kyejin: (Slow) 학생입니다.
{pause}
Gabriella: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Kyejin: 학생
Gabriella: meaning “student.”
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 학생
Gabriella: Now repeat
Kyejin: 학생
{Pause}
Gabriella: And after that
Kyejin: 입니다.
Gabriella: meaning ‘to be.’
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 입니다.
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 입니다
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the speaker say, “I'm a student.” and then repeat.
Kyejin: 학생입니다.
{pause}
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace “student” with “office employee.”
Kyejin: 회사원
Gabriella: an office employee
Kyejin: (slow) 회사원 (regular) 회사원
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “office employee.”
Kyejin: 회사원입니다.
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “student” with “office employee.” Say “I'm an office employee.”
{pause}
Kyejin: 회사원입니다.
Gabriella: To use a different phrase, replace “office employee” with “lawyer.”
Kyejin: 변호사
Gabriella: lawyer
Kyejin: (slow) 변호사
(regular) 변호사
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “lawyer.”
Kyejin: 변호사입니다.
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “office employee” with “lawyer.” Say “I'm a lawyer.”
{pause}
Kyejin: 변호사입니다.
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace “lawyer” with “bank worker.”
Kyejin: 은행원
Gabriella: bank worker
Kyejin: (slow) 은행원 (regular) 은행원
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “bank worker.”
Kyejin: 은행원입니다.
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “lawyer” with “bank worker.” Say “I'm a bank worker.”
{pause}
Kyejin: 은행원입니다.
QUIZ
Gabriella: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting South Korea and someone asks what you do. You are a student. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까?
(five seconds) 학생입니다.
Gabriella: Imagine you are an office employee. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까? (five seconds) 회사원입니다.
Gabriella: Imagine you are a lawyer. Answer the speaker's question.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까? (five seconds) 변호사입니다.
Gabriella: Imagine you're bank worker. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까?
(five seconds) 은행원입니다.
Gabriella: You want to learn what that person does. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까?
{pause}
Gabriella: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Kyejin: 어떤 일을 하고 있습니까?
{pause}

Outro

Gabriella: This is the end of Lesson 4

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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어떤 일을 하고 있습니까? eotteon ileul hago itsseumnikka?

What do you do?

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Thursday at 6:16 am
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Hi 하진,


Thank you for commenting.

If you want to say you are a student and salesperson, it would be:


저는 학생이고 판매원으로 일하고 있습니다. (I am a student and work as a salesperson.)


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하진
Tuesday at 4:05 am
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안녕!

난 학생와 여자 판매원입니다.


(hope i made it right with Student and also a Saleswomen :33)

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Friday at 2:39 am
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Hi Katie,


Thanks for posting. Fast food shop in Korean would be 패스트푸드 전문점. So you could say:


패스트푸드 전문점에서 일하고 있습니다.


Cheers,

Lyn

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Katie
Wednesday at 9:46 pm
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How do I say I work in fast food/fast food employee? At the moment the best I can say is 맥도날드에서 일하고 있습니다

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Thursday at 3:01 am
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Hi Sahbunim,


Thanks for posting. Let's take a look at what you wrote:

모두들 안녕하세요! 저는 그렉입니다. 호주 사람입니다.

As for your question, "parts interpreter" would be 자동차 교체 부품 판매사원 in Korean.


Hope this was of help. Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.


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jessa
Wednesday at 2:19 pm
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나는 주부입니다

Sahbunim G
Tuesday at 8:34 pm
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안녕 하세요 모두! 저는 그렉 입니다~ 저는 호주사람 입니다! My job is a spare parts interpreter in a motor vehicle dealership. 한국말로 "parts interpreter" ?

Thanks for the great lessons~ 감사합니다

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Saturday at 12:40 am
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Hi Safoa,


Thank you for posting! Just remember there is no space between noun+imnida.

-->학생입니다.


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Lyn

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Safoa
Tuesday at 3:44 am
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학생 입니다

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Tuesday at 3:18 am
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Hi Angela,


Thank you for sharing your story with us! We're glad to hear it!

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Best,

Lyn

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