Expression of State: -아/어 있다

I want to tackle a topic many might have wondered about a few times. Does Korean have something like passive sentence structures? We all love passive sentences. We love them so much in fact, we tend to overuse them. While Korean does not have a passive structure per se, it does have pattern similar to it: -아/어 있다. Though it has its difficulties. (more…)

Korean Numbers & Counting

An important skill we all learn when we are young is how to count. We use numbers for a lot of daily activities such as cooking, shopping, chit chat, etc. So it won’t come to a surprise that if you want to master Korean, you need to master the numbers in Korean and how to count things in Korean. However, both might be a bit more complicated than you’d expect. (more…)

Korean Food Journey: Gochujang

Time to continue our little Korean food journey. Now that we discussed the iconic dish from Korea, let us move away from dishes. Instead I want to focus on some core ingredients for a while. The first ingredient you will need in your pantry is 고추장 (gochujang). Like kimchi gochujang is fermented product utilizing red peppers. This time, however, the end product is a thick sweet and spicy paste ideal for cooking. (more…)

Korean Food Journey: Kimchi

Time to talk about some delicious things. Learning vocabulary and grammar is one thing, but learning a language shouldn’t be only about those things. Learning a new language should be about opening a whole new world to you. What better world to open than the world of food? Time to start a Korean Food Journey. And what Korean food journey doesn’t start Kimchi, that quintessential Korean dish that makes Korea, Korea. (more…)

Particle: What’s up With 이/가 And 은/는: Specific VS Nonspecific

Yesterday I wrote about the subject particle 이/가 and mentioned that it is part of a very confusing Korean grammar topic. The confusing aspect of 이/가 is its striking resemblance to to the topic particle 은/는. Many learners often struggle seeing any difference between the two. Time thus for give some differences explored starting with specific vs nonspecific. (more…)

Changing Parts of Speech: Noun Modifying Verb/Adjective: -(으)ㄴ / -는 / -(으)ㄹ

When you learn about Korean adjectives for the first time you probably got surprised they behave like verbs. Most of us think of adjectives as words that go in front of nouns to modify them, also known as an attributive adjective. It is entirely possible for you to use a Korean verb or adjective in that way. You will, however, need to change it a bit. (more…)

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