1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #58

Welcome back. This is the 58th 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 “어서, 아기, 가만히, 제대로, 옷” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 어서, 아기, 가만히, 제대로, 옷


286. 어서 [eo-seo] quickly, promptly

– 어서 [eo-seo] and 어여 [eo-yeo] are both used to tell someone to hurry or do something quickly.

Example sentences:

어서 빨리 와요. Hurry up and come quickly.
어여 빨리 가요. Come on, let’s go quickly.


287. 아기 [a-gi] – baby

– Both 아기 [a-gi] and 애기 [ae-gi] mean “baby” and refer to a very young child.

Example sentences:

아기가 웃고 있어요. The baby is smiling.
애기가 잘 자고 있어요. The baby is sleeping well.


288. 가만히 [ga-man-hi] quietly, still

– 가만히 [ga-man-hi] is used to convey the idea of being quiet, still, or not moving.

Example sentences:

그냥 가만히 있어. Just stay still.
아, 제발 ‪나 좀 가만히 내버려 둬!‬ Oh, please leave me alone!‬‬‬‬


284. 제대로 [je-dae-ro] – properly, correctly

– 제대로 [je-dae-ro] means “properly” or “correctly”, indicating the correct or appropriate way to do something.

Example sentence:

이렇게 해야 제대로 돼요. You need to do it like this properly.


285. 옷 [ot] – clothes

– 옷 [ot] is a general term that covers a wide range of clothing used for different purposes and occasions.

Example sentence:

새 옷을 샀어요. I bought new clothes.


Grammar & Study Resources

Learning about “exclamations” can be very helpful when learning a language. Exclamations are phrases or expressions used to convey certain emotions, such as surprise, admiration, joy, dissatisfaction and more. They help you understand the richness and variety of a language and enable you to express yourself more vividly and emotionally in conversation and in writing.

For example, in Korean there are interjections such as “어머! (Oh my!) or “와!” (Wow!) that express emotion and surprise in different situations. Learning such interjections allows learners to naturally express emotions and engage in conversations that are contextually appropriate.

While grammar and vocabulary are essential components of language learning, understanding and incorporating real-life sentences and expressions is equally important. By learning about idioms, you’ll not only improve your language skills, but also gain an insight into the cultural nuances of the language. This contributes to a richer and more nuanced understanding of the language.

To learn more about Korean exclamations, please visit the website below.
Korean Exclamations – Fun ways to express yourself better

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