1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #39

Welcome back. This is the 39th 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 “갑자기, 이름, 돕다, 서다, 제일” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 갑자기, 이름, 돕다, 서다, 제일


191. 갑자기 [gap-ja-gi] – suddenly

– 갑자기 [gap-ja-gi] means “suddenly” or “unexpectedly”. It indicates an abrupt change or event.

Example sentence:

갑자기 비가 오네요. Suddenly it’s raining.


192. 이름 [i-reum] – name

– 이름 [i-reum] refers to a “name”.

Example sentence:

이름이 뭐예요? What’s your name?


193. 돕다 [dop-tta] – to help

– 돕다 [dop-tta] means “to help”.

Example sentence:

도와줄까요? Can I help you?
(*This sentence offers help to someone.)


194. 서다 [seo-da] – to stand

– 서다 [seo-da] means to stand on it’s own, while 세우다 [seu-u-da] means to make something stand.
– 세우다 is the causative form of 서다. A causative verb is a verb that makes someone (or something) do something.

Example sentences:

제일 앞에 서 주세요. Please stand in the front.
의자를 세워 놓으세요. Set up the chair.
(*Here, 세워 놓으세요 tells someone to put the chair up.)


195. 제일 [je-il] – the most, the best

제일 [je-il] means “the most” or “the best”. It is often used to express superlatives.

Example sentence:

제일 좋아하는 음식은 뭔가요? What’s your favorite food?


Grammar & Study Resources

Korean names are usually made up of three phonetic units, or syllables. They’re made up of the surname and the first name, which are two syllables each.
If you want to learn more about Korean names, you can visit the following website.
Korean Names – List of Common First and Surnames

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