1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #14

Welcome back. This is the 14th post in the series of 1000 Korean words for everyday use by analyzing the word frequency of more than 1,000 episodes of Korean dramas.

Today, let’s explore the meaning and context of 5 key Korean words “너무, 나오다, 맞다, 괜찮다, 남자” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 너무, 나오다, 맞다, 괜찮다, 남자


66. 너무 [neo-mu] – too much, very

– 너무 [neo-mu] means “too much” or “very”, indicating an excessive or intense degree.

Example sentences:

너무 맛있어요! It’s so delicious!


67. 나오다 [na-o-da] – to come out

– 나오다 [na-o-da] is used to express the action of coming out or appearing.

Example sentences:

새 영화가 곧 나올 거예요. A new movie will come out soon. [A new film will be released soon.]


68. 맞다 [mat-tta] – to be right / to be hit / to meet

– 맞다 [mat-tta] means “to be hit” or “to meet” or “to encounter”, depending on the context.

Example sentences:

맞아, 네가 말한 대로야. You’re right, just as you said.
저도 맞았어요. I got hit, too.
이번 주말에 친구를 맞을 거예요. I’m meeting a friend this weekend.


69. 괜찮다 [gwaen-chan-ta] – to be okay, to be fine

– 괜찮다 [gwaen-chan-ta] is used to say that something is OK or fine.

Example sentences:

괜찮아요, 너무 걱정하지 마세요. I’m fine, don’t worry too much.
(*-지마(요/세요) (-ji ma(yo/seyo)) is a grammatical structure used to tell someone not to do something.)


70. 남자 [nam-ja] – man, male

– 남자 [nam-ja] refers to a “man” or a person of the male gender. It is usually used to describe adult males.
– 남성 [nam-seong] is a more formal term that also means “male”. It is used in various contexts to refer to people of the male gender, often in a more official or professional way.

Example sentences:

그 남자는 내 친구야. That man is my friend.
남성용 화장실은 어디예요? Where is the men’s toilet?


Grammar & Study Resources

In some cases, not all, nouns can become verbs simply by adding the verb 하다 (to do).

For example:
걱정 + 하다 [geukjjeong + hada] can be translated as “to worry”.
놀이 + 하다 [noli + hada] can be translated as “to play” or “to have fun”.
공부 + 하다 [gongbu + hada] can be translated as “to study”.
운동 + 하다 [undong + hada] can be translated as “to train”.

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