1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #31

Welcome back. This is the 31st 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 “어리다, 딱, 몇, 모두, 술” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 어리다, 딱, 몇, 모두, 술


151. 어리다 [eo-ri-da] – to be young

– 어리다 [eo-ri-da] means ‘to be young’. It is used to describe a person or object that is in the early stages of life or development.
– 어린 [eo-rin] is the adjective form of this word and means “young”.

Example sentences:

그 아이는 어려요. That child is young.
여기에 너보다 나이 어린 사람 있니? Is there anyone here younger than you?


152. 딱 [ttak] – exactly, precisely

– 딱 [ttak] is an adverb used to emphasize precision or accuracy. It often means that something is done exactly at a certain time or in a certain way.

Example sentence:

딱 한 번만 해 봐요. Try doing it just once.


153. 몇 [myeot] – a few, several

– 몇 [myeot] is used to indicate an unspecified small number or quantity. It is often used in questions to inquire about a quantity or number.

Example sentence:

혹시 몇 살이예요? By any chance, how old are you?


154. 모두 [mo-du] – all, everything

– 모두 [mo-du] means “all” or “everything” and is used to refer to the whole of a group or collection.
– 모든 [mo-deun] is the adjective form of this word and means “all” or “everything”.

Example sentences:

모두 함께 축제를 즐겼어요. We all enjoyed the festival together.
모든 문제를 해결해야 해요. We must solve every problem.


155. 술 [sul] – alcohol, liquor

[sul] refers to “alcohol” or “liquor”, usually consumed for recreational or social purposes.

Example sentence:

술 한 잔 어때요? How about a glass of alcohol?


Grammar & Study Resources

‘잔’ in ‘술 한 잔 어때요’ is a counting unit. ‘개’ is widely used to count general inanimate objects, ‘병’ for bottles and ‘잔’ for cups or glasses.
There are a variety of counting units used to count objects in Korean.

If you would like to learn the Korean counting system, you can visit the following website.
Korean Counters – Essential Words to Use with Numbers

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