1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #48

Welcome back. This is the 48th 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 “저러다, 절대, 준비, 머리, 시키다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 저러다, 절대, 준비, 머리, 시키다


236. 저러다 [jeo-reo-da] – to act like that

– 저러다 [jeo-reo-da] means to act or behave in a certain way.
– 저렇다 [jeo-reo-da] describes something as being like this or in this way.
– 저런 [jeo-reun] denotes something of this kind or nature.

Example sentences:

왜 항상 저러니? Why do you always act like that?
저렇게 해 보세요. Try doing it like that.
저런 일이 있었군요. So that’s what happened.


237. 절대 [jeol-dae] – absolutely, never

– 절대 [jeol-dae] is used to emphasize a statement and means “absolutely” or “never”.

Example sentence:

절대 그럴 일 없어요. That’ll never happen.


238. 준비 [jun-bi] – preparation, readiness

– 준비 [jun-bi] refers to the act of preparing for something or being ready for a task or event.

Example sentences:

준비는 되어 있어요. I’m ready.
빨리 준비해. Prepare quickly.


239. 머리 [meo-ri] – head

– 머리 [meo-ri] refers to the upper part of the human body, including the brain and facial features.

Example sentence:

머리 아프지 않아요? Doesn’t your head hurt?


240. 시키다 [si-ki-da] – to make (someone) do, to command

– 시키다 [si-ki-da] is used when someone orders or tells someone else to do something.

Example sentence:

뭘 이런 걸 시키냐? Why are you making me do this?


Grammar & Study Resources

N이/가 있어요/없어요

‘N이/가 있어요’ means the subject has N, and ‘N이/가 없어요’ means the subject doesn’t have N.

If the noun ends with a vowel + 가 : 머리 -> 머리가
If the noun ends with a consonant + 이 : 일 -> 일이

‘이’ and ‘가’ can be omitted in spoken Korean.

Raising the intonation at the end without changing the word order makes the sentence a question.

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