Counting in Korean: Beyond the basics. Part 1

This lesson assumes you can count in both pure Korean and in Sino Korean numbers. Pure Korean being 하나 둘 셋 and Sino Korean being 일 이 삼. This first part of the lesson will introduce when to use each system and then an overview of counting duration. The second part of this lesson will … Continue reading Counting in Korean: Beyond the basics. Part 1

Difference between 더니, 았/었더니 and other sentence conjugation patterns

After learning Korean for six years, one of the things that still not perfectly clear for me is the usage of 더니 and 았/었더니. I feel like I now know so much, yet at the same time it feels like grasping at sand and watching it flow through between my fingers. I've tried coming up … Continue reading Difference between 더니, 았/었더니 and other sentence conjugation patterns

How to say “lets have a look if we have rice”

우리 쌀 있나 보자. 있나 functions like 있는지 and they can both be used in this context here, but 있나 has a better nuance of speculation. 있는지 is a factual way of saying whether there is (or not) and comes off stiff in this context. Some other sentences following this grammar pattern could be: Shall … Continue reading How to say “lets have a look if we have rice”