1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #50

Welcome back. This is the 50th 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 “요즘, 원하다, 그림, 할머니, 옆” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 요즘, 원하다, 그림, 할머니, 옆


246. 요즘 [yo-jeum] – nowadays

– 요즘 [yo-jeum] refers to the present time or the present period.

Example sentence:

요즘은 바쁘게 지내요. I’ve been busy nowadays.


247. 원하다 [won-ha-da] – to want, to desire

– 원하다 [won-ha-da] expresses a desire or a wish for something.

Example sentence:

뭘 원하세요? What do you want?


248. 그림 [geu-rim] – picture, painting

– 그림 [geu-rim] refers to a picture or painting, while 그리다 [geu-ri-da] means to make a picture or design with lines and colors.

Example sentences:

그림을 그리는 것을 좋아해요. I like to draw pictures.
그림을 그리면서 시간을 보냈어요. I spent time drawing a picture.


249. 할머니 [hal-meo-ni] – grandmother

– 할머니 [hal-meo-ni] is a respectful term used to refer to one’s grandmother.

Example sentence:

할머니는 옛날 이야기를 해 주셨어요. Grandma told old stories.


250. 옆 [yeop] – side

– 옆 [yeop] refers to the side of something, and 옆에 [yeo-pe] means to be next to or at the side of something or someone.

Example sentences:

네 옆에 앉아도 되겠니? Can I sit next to you?
내 옆에 앉아주세요. Please sit next to me.


Grammar & Study Resources

N 위/아래/앞/뒤/옆/안에

Words indicating position such as ‘위, 아래, 앞, 옆…’ come after the noun that becomes the basis for direction.
위 의자(X) -> 의자 위(O)

Unlike the case above, “내” in “내 옆에 앉아주세요.” is a possessive pronoun in Korean, equivalent to “my” in English. It is used before a noun to indicate ownership or possession.
옆 내(X) -> 내 옆(O)

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