How to say “Can’t” in Korean?

Posted on 27. Apr, 2016 by in Uncategorized

Today, you are going to learn how to say can’t in Korean, it is very useful just like “Can” you learned last week. It is very high frequency you need to know when you are learning Korean.  The grammar point is “V.S. + 을/ㄹ 수 없다.” You have to use 을 with consonant ending and ㄹ with vowel ending. Please see the examples below with phonetic alphabet.

To meet 만나다

만나+ ㄹ 수 없다/ man nal soo eop da

I can meet you now/ 지금 만날 수 없어요/ ji kum man nal soo eop eo yo.

To eat 먹다

먹 + 을 수 없다 / meok eul soo eop da

I can eat now/지금 먹을 수 없어요/ ji kum meok eul soo eop eo yo.

To watch 보다

보 + ㄹ 수 없다/ bol soo eop da

I can watch now/ 지금 볼 수 없어요/ ji kum bol soo eop eo yo.

To wear 입다

입 + 을 수 없다다/ ip eul soo eop da

I can wear the shirt / 그 셔츠 입을 수 없어요/ gu shirt ip eul soo eop eo yo.

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Please let me know if  you have any question. I am hear for you.

How to say “Can” in Korea?

Posted on 20. Apr, 2016 by in Uncategorized

Today, you are going to learn how to say can in Korean, it is very useful and high frequency you need to know when you are learning Korean.  The grammar point is “V.S. + 을/ㄹ 수 있다.” You have to use 을 with consonant ending and ㄹ with vowel ending. Please see the examples below with phonetic alphabet.

To eat 먹다

먹 + 을 수 있다 / meok eul soo it da/ can eat

I can eat now/지금 먹을 수 있어요/ ji kum meok eul soo it eo yo.

To watch 보다

보 + ㄹ 수 있다/ bol soo it eo yo

I can watch now/ 지금 볼 수 있어요/ ji kum bol soo it eo yo.

To meet 만나다

만나+ ㄹ 수 있다/ man nal soo it da

I can meet you now/ 지금 만날 수 있어요/ ji kum man nal soo it eo yo.

To wear 입다

입 + 을 수 있다/ ip eul soo it da

I can wear the shirt / 그 셔츠 입을 수 있어요/ gu shirt ip eul soo it eo yo.

 

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Please let me know if  you have any question. I am hear for you.

What is “Verb Stem” in learning Korean grammar?

Posted on 13. Apr, 2016 by in Uncategorized

Some of my students were not sure what verb stem (V.S.) is. So, I would like to introduce what it is. Simply, I can tell you that v.s. is without 다/da of verb infinitive.  For instance, verb stem of “To eat/먹다/meok da” is 먹/meok.  Verb stem of “To see/보다/bo da” is 보/bo.  A few weeks ago, I posted how to use “Want to/ 고 싶다/go sip da” with verb stem, and grammar point is “V.S. + 고 싶다.”  As I explained you can remove the 다/ da and add new expression, so it becomes 보고 싶다.  Is it clear what V.S. is now? If not, please read more examples below.

 

To meet 만나다

V.S. is 만나     만나 + 고 싶다  = 만나고 싶다

 

To do 하다

V.S. is 하        하+고 싶다 = 하고 싶다

 

To go 가다

V.S. is 가       가 +고 싶다 = 가고 싶다

I think it will be helpful to understand the verb stem in learning Korean grammars. If you have any question, please let me know.

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