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

How good is Duolingo for Korean?

Reviewed as at September 2019. I've been using Duolingo for French for three months now and think it is a great learning tool. I was wondering how it fared for the Korean language, so I added Korean to my courses and sat the placement test. It granted me access to the top level, so I … Continue reading How good is Duolingo for Korean?

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”

-나/가 싶다, 다 싶다 – I was wondering if she got a boyfriend

The form 싶다 is most common seen in the -고 싶다 structure, to mean want to. However here 싶다 mean completely different things. -나/가 and 다 싶다 is a grammar pattern to convey the speakers thoughts and sometimes contains a slight speculative nuance. It is similar to the English expression "I was thinking that".  For … Continue reading -나/가 싶다, 다 싶다 – I was wondering if she got a boyfriend

Counting in Korean: Beyond the basics. Part 2

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. The first part of the lesson introduced when to use each system and then an overview of counting duration. This second part of the counting lesson will teach … Continue reading Counting in Korean: Beyond the basics. Part 2