1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #43

Welcome back. This is the 43rd 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 “사실, 자리, 하루, 시작, 동안” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 사실, 자리, 하루, 시작, 동안


211. 사실 [sa-sil] – truth, fact

– 사실 [sa-sil] refers to the truth or a factual statement.

Example sentence:

사실을 말해주세요. Please tell me the truth.


212. 자리 [ja-ri] – seat, place

– 자리 [ja-ri] refers to a seat or place.

Example sentence:

여기 자리 비어 있어요? Is this seat vacant?
(*This sentence asks if a particular seat is available.)


213. 하루 [ha-ru] – day

– 하루 [ha-ru] means “day” and 이틀 [i-teul], 사흘 [sa-heul], 나흘 [na-heul], 열흘 [yeol-heul] represent two, three, four, and ten days, respectively.

Example sentences:

하루가 빠르게 지나가네요. The day is flying by.
내일 모레가 되면 이틀이에요. The day after tomorrow will be two days.


214. 시작 [si-jak] – start, beginning

– 시작 [si-jak] means “start, beginning” and 시작하다 [si-jak-ha-da] means “to start” or “to begin”.

Example sentences:

오늘은 새로운 시작이에요. Today is a new beginning.
벌써 시작했냐? Has it started already?


215. 동안 [dong-an] – during, while

– 동안 [dong-an] indicates the period of time during which an action took place.

Example sentence:

일주일 동안 서울에 있었어요. I was in Seoul for a week.
(*This sentence describes the length of time spent in Seoul.)


Grammar & Study Resources

To count days, you’ll first need to understand Korean numbers and how there are two ways of counting (up to 100).
If you want to learn the days of the week and days in Korean, you can visit the following website.

Days of the Week in Korean

You can learn Korean numbers on the website below.
Easy Korean Numbers: Counting in Korean from 1 – 100+

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