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”

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Three tips for using HelloTalk

I've seen a lot of people give up on HelloTalk because it wasn't meeting their expectations. I've been using it for 2.5 years and it is the the best language learning app I've used by a long distance. (Lingodeer is outstanding for the short term but HelloTalk is something you can use for years and … Continue reading Three tips for using HelloTalk

-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

Compilation of listening resources

Below is a compiled list of Korean listening resources I’ve personally used at some point and would endorse for listening practice. The first section is the easiest stuff as they are created for learners. The rest are authentic material. As much as possible I've tried to include content that has subtitles, preferably in English and Korean. … Continue reading Compilation of listening resources