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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 “Do you speak Korean?” In Korean this is
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?
Gabriella: The first word in the question is
Kyejin: 한국어
Gabriella: meaning "Korean language" in English.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 한국어
Gabriella: Listen again and repeat.
Kyejin: 한국어
{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: 할 수 있습니
Gabriella: the verb stem of the verb
Kyejin: 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: meaning ‘can do’, or ‘to be able to do.’
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 할 수 있습니
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 할 수 있습니
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니
{pause}
Gabriella: And after that
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: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?
{pause}
Gabriella: Master the following pattern and responses to the question "Do you speak Korean?"
Kyejin: 네, 조금 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: "Yes, I speak a little.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kyejin: (Slow) 네, 조금 할 수 있습니다.
{pause}
Gabriella: Let's break our first response down from the beginning. The first word:
Kyejin: 네
Gabriella: means “yes.”
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 네
Gabriella: Now repeat
Kyejin: 네
{Pause}
Gabriella: And after that
Kyejin: 조금
Gabriella: means "a little bit"
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 조금
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 조금
{Pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kyejin: 할 수 있습니
Gabriella: The verb-stem of the verb
Kyejin: 할 수 있습니다
Gabriella: meaning ‘can do’ or ‘to be able to do.’
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 할 수 있습니
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 할 수 있습니
Gabriella: And next
Kyejin: 다
Gabriella: sentence-ending particle.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 다
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 다
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the speaker say, “Yes, I speak a little,” and then repeat.
Kyejin: 네, 조금 할 수 있습니다.
{pause}
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace "a little bit" with “kind of”
Kyejin: 어느 정도
Gabriella: meaning something like “kind of” or “so so.”
Kyejin: (slow) 어느 정도
(regular) 어느 정도
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “kind of”
Kyejin: 네, 어느 정도 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: Now, Say "Yes, I can kind of speak Korean."
{pause}
Kyejin: 네, 어느 정도 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: To make another phrase, replace “kind of” with “fluently.”
Kyejin: 잘
Gabriella: fluently
Kyejin: (slow) (regular) 잘
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “fluently.”
Kyejin: 네, 잘 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “kind of” with “fluently.” Say “Yes, I speak fluently.”
{pause}
Kyejin: 네, 잘 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace “fluently” with “only simple phrases”
Kyejin: 간단한 말만
Gabriella: “simple”, or literally “only simple phrases”
Kyejin: (slow) 간단한 말만 (regular) 간단한 말만
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “I speak only simple phrases.”
Kyejin: 간단한 말만 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: Now, Say “I speak only simple phrases.”
{pause}
Kyejin: 간단한 말만 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: To say "no", in a simple way, just say:
Kyejin: 아뇨. 못 합니다.
Gabriella: Which is like saying "No, I don't." in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Kyejin: (Slowly) 아뇨. 못 합니다.
Gabriella: And one more time at normal speed:
Kyejin: 아뇨. 못 합니다.
QUIZ
Gabriella: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting South Korea and someone asks if you speak Korean. You want to answer that you speak a little. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?
(five seconds) 네, 조금 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: You want to answer that you can kind of speak Korean. Answer the speaker's question.
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?(five seconds) 네, 어느 정도 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: You want to answer that you speak fluently. Answer the speaker's question.
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?(five seconds) 네, 잘 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: Now you want to answer that you speak simple Korean. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?(five seconds) 간단한 말만 할 수 있습니다.
Gabriella: Now you want to ask someone if they speak Korean. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?
{pause}
Gabriella: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Kyejin: 한국어 할 수 있습니까?
{pause}

Outro

Gabriella: This is the end of Lesson 5

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KoreanClass101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please, answer here to the question "Do you speak Korean?" 

Let us know if you need help!

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KoreanClass101.com
Thursday at 10:12 am
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Hi 아린,


Thanks for posting. You're making steady progress, keep up the good work!


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아린
Wednesday at 8:35 am
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간단한 말만 할 수 있습니다

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KoreanClass101.com
Tuesday at 5:16 am
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Hi Megha Bhattacharya,


Great answer! Please let us know if you have any inquiries.


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Megha Bhattacharya
Sunday at 4:44 pm
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네, 조금 할 수 있습니다 😇😋

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Alexia
Monday at 3:39 am
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Note: little mistake in the grammar section - it's written "Hindi" in stead of "Hangul"

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KoreanClass101.com
Wednesday at 10:41 pm
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Hi Dennis,


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


네,하지만...간단한말만할수있습니다.

Yes, but...I speak only simple phrases.


-->네, 하지만 간단한 말만 할 수 있습니다.


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Dennis
Wednesday at 8:07 am
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My answer:


네,하지만...간단한말만할수있습니다.

Yes, but...I speak only simple phrases.


I added up first two words for example. I wanna be flexible.

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KoreanClass101.com
Thursday at 10:33 am
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Hi Lewis,


Thank you for posting. Actually, there is no difference in how words are pronounced--everyone says '네'(pronounced as 'ne').


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Lewis
Monday at 4:54 pm
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It seems that when a female say 네, she sounds like 'De', but when a man say 네, he says 'Ne'. Am I right ? Thanks

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Tuesday at 9:33 pm
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Hi Gert-Jan,


Thank you for posting. In colloquial Korean, most native Koreans tend to omit the object particle 을/를 as to simplify the sentence. In written Korean you would need to write 를 after 한국어.


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