In Korean formality and politeness are expressed in the verb. You infer politeness and formality by using a variety of verb endings. Properly understanding these verb endings is essential as improper use of them can be considered rude and even insulting. In this blog we so far used the regular ‘polite’, but informal level speech, -아/어요. Today I want to talk about a polite and formal speech level: -ㅂ니다/습니다. Let’s take a look. (more…)
Sometimes you need to say regardless your efforts, regardless whatever you are, you simply cannot achieve something. In Korean something like that is easily said with the Korean grammar topic -아/어도. This rather easy grammar expression, is something quite useful to know. Let’s take a gander. (more…)
With -(으)면 we saw a simple way to put conditions to whatever we wants to say. Today, let’s expand upon that with a more specific kind of condition with the Korean grammar topic -(으)려면. If you want to say what needs to be true before someone’s plans or intention can be realized than -(으)려면 is the way to go. Let’s take a look. (more…)
Today I want to talk about a very important Korean grammar topic. That topic is the expression -(으)면 which is a very easy way to express a conditional in Korean. Conditionals are an important part of any language as we use them daily. So let’s give this first method a look over.
Today a friend of mine told me she is struggling with something that is often called Korean passive verbs, the so-called 피동사. Now technically Korean does not have something like the ‘passive voice’. However, there are still things that are akin to the passive voice that is present in nearly all European languages. Let’s take a look at the 피동사, the Korean Passive Expressions. (more…)
We return to the hanja word drills, but from now on the system will be a bit different. The results of this different setup is that the first new hanja word drill will be about a more advanced character 再 [재]. While more advanced, the words it yields are still very useful to learn. Let’s take a look. (more…)
Verb grammar is an essential part in any language’s grammar and so is it important in Korean grammar. One important aspect of verb grammar are the conjugation rules. So I decided to write a bit on the essentials of Korean conjugation. Korean conjugation isn’t that hard once you connect a few dots. (more…)