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Grammar Note: Korean Pronouns

One of the most frequently asked question I noticed on sites such as Quora, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter on Korean is: What are the Korean pronouns? Today I am going to answer this question. I answer this question not, because pronouns are important, but to warn people learning Korean. Korean pronouns are probably not at all what they are in your native language. (more…)

Korean Speech Level: -ㅂ니다/습니다

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…)

Condition And Supposition: -(으)려면

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…)

Grammar Note: 피동사 – Korean Passive Expressions

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…)