1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #47

Welcome back. This is the 47th 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 “인생, 제발, 남, 상태, 방” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 인생, 제발, 남, 상태, 방


231. 인생 [in-saeng] – life

– 인생 [in-saeng] refers to the existence and experiences of living beings. It includes the time and life experiences of an individual.

Example sentence:

인생은 짧아요. Life is short.


232. 제발 [je-bal] – please, I beg you

– 제발 [je-bal] is an earnest plea or request. It is used to implore someone sincerely, often when making a request or asking for something.

Example sentence:

제발 도와주세요. Please help me.


233. 남 [nam] – others, other people

– 남 [nam] refers to people other than oneself, indicating other people in a given context.

Example sentence:

남의 떡이 더 커 보인다. Other people’s rice cakes look bigger.
[The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.]


234. 상태 [sang-tae] – state, condition

– 상태 [sang-tae] means the present situation or condition of something. It’s used to describe the condition of objects, people, places, etc.

Example sentence:

그의 건강 상태가 좋지 않아요. His health condition isn’t good.


235. 방 [bang] – room

– 방 [bang] refers to a distinct, enclosed space within a building.

Example sentence:

방을 정리해야 해요. I have to clean the room.


Grammar & Study Resources

“남의 떡이 더 커 보인다.” is a Korean proverb that means “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence”.
If you want to learn Korean proverbs, you can visit the following website.

Korean Proverbs – Pieces of advice about life

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