1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #49

Welcome back. This is the 49th 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 “원래, 피하다, 중요하다, 늦다, 놀다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 원래, 피하다, 중요하다, 늦다, 놀다


241. 원래 [won-rae] – originally, naturally

– 원래 [won-rae] denotes the original or natural state of something.

Example sentence:

원래 그렇게 해야 해요. You should do it that way originally.


242. 피하다 [pi-ha-da] – to avoid, to evade

– 피하다 [pi-ha-da] means to deliberately stay away from something or someone so as to avoid contact or confrontation.

Example sentence:

사람들을 피하고 싶어요. I want to avoid people.


243. 중요하다 [jung-yo-ha-da] – to be important

– 중요하다 [jung-yo-ha-da] indicates that something is important or significant.

Example sentence:

그 일은 중요해요. That matter is important.


244. 늦다 [neut-tta] – to be late

– 늦다 [neut-tta] means to be delayed or behind schedule.

Example sentence:

늦어서 미안해요. I’m sorry for being late.


245. 놀다 [nol-da] – to play

– 놀다 [nol-da] means to engage in recreational activities or to have fun.

Example sentence:

놀러 갈까요? Should we go play?


Grammar & Study Resources


‘(으)ㄹ까요?’ is used for suggestions.

If the verb stem ends with a vowel + -ㄹ까요? :
가다 -> 갈까요?

If the verb stem ends with a consonant + -을까요? :
먹다 -> 먹을까요?

As an answer to this pattern, ‘V-아요/어요’ can be used. In this case, ‘V-아요/어요’ means ‘Let’s~’.

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