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Archive for December, 2009

Korean Mythology Posted by on Dec 31, 2009

Today we’ll look at some Korean mythology. The first story has to do with the beginnings of mankind. A long time ago, a man named 지수 was starving from a famine that raged the entire countryside. To relieve his hunger, 지수 decided to climb a tall cliff to jump off of it and die. Before he was about to jump off, he…

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Honorific Deferential Posted by on Dec 28, 2009

In the last post we looked over the honorific polite and the honorific polite in the past tense. In today’s post we’ll take a look at the honorific deferential and the honorific deferential in the past tense. With a 하다 ending verb like 사랑하다 (to love), the honorific deferential would be 사랑하십니다 and 사랑하십니까 in…

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Honorific Polite Posted by on Dec 25, 2009

As you know, there are different levels of politeness in Korean. We’re going to take a step further to explore the honorific polite. The honorific polite is politer than the standard polite. The standard polite ending is just 요. So the verb 사다 (to buy) in the standard polite is 사요. However, the honorific polite…

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Year End Grammar Quiz Answers Posted by on Dec 22, 2009

Below are the quiz answers from our last post. 1) Conjugate 자다 (to sleep) in the standard polite present tense and the deferential polite present tense. (자요, 잡니다) (Check blog post Aug 7 and Aug 10 for more explanation) 2) Conjugate 사다 (to buy) in the standard polite past tense and the deferential polite past tense. (샀어요…

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Year End Korean Grammar Quiz Posted by on Dec 19, 2009

As the year comes to an end, I’ve realized that we’ve gone over many aspects of Korean grammar and the Korean language in general. Here is a quiz of some of the things we’ve learned in the past. This is just a small quiz to test how much you’ve remembered thus far. The answers will be…

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Korean Funerals Posted by on Dec 16, 2009

One of the most unique aspects of a culture is the way that culture mourns for its dead. Today is the day we’ll learn about Korean funerals and the way Koreans mourn for the dead. First let’s learn the word for “funeral”. The word for “funeral” is 장례식 in Korean. The actual place in which…

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ㅂ Ending Verbs and Adjectives Posted by on Dec 13, 2009

In the standard polite form, ㅂ ending verbs like 밉다 (to hate) will turn to 미워요 in the standard polite form. To form the conjugated form of ㅂ ending verbs, drop the ㅂ and add 워요. In the standard polite past form, it’ll be 미웠어요. To form the standard polite past form, drop the ㅂ…

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