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How to Say “While” in Korean (Part 2) Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today, you are going to learn how to say “While” in another way of Korean, the grammar pattern is “V.S. + 는 동안에.” Remember, you can use the grammar patter when you want to describe that different people doing different actions.  For instance, “I watched a TV program while my friend was on the phone/ 내 친구가 전화하는 동안에 나는 티비를 봤다.” Watch out: “V.S. + (으) 면서” is for the same person does both action, you can’t add another person in a sentence.   Please read examples how to use “V.S. + 는 동안에” with the action verbs below.

먹다 – 먹는 동안에

자다 – 자는 동안에

보다 – 보는 동안에

읽다 – 읽는 동안에

쓰다- 쓰는 동안에

만나다 – 만나는 동안에

운동하다 – 운동하는 동안에

걷다 – 걷는 동안에

타다 – 타는 동안에

As you see the examples above, it doesn’t matter whether it is vowel or consonant ending to use “는”. Try to make your own sentences such a “I saw her while she was in the library/그녀가 도서실에 있는 동안에 나는그녀를 봤다”

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Soo came to America in 2002 for studying English and getting degrees in higher education. He’d never expected to work in America after he finished his college, but he got a great job in construction and had worked with them for three years. He also has working as a FT and PT Korean instructor and tutor for seven years in Korean and America. He got his TESOL certificate in 2011 and finished his master’s degree in 2014.