1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #6

Welcome back. This is the 6th 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 “우리, 여기, 다, 잘, 이렇다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 우리, 여기, 다, 잘, 이렇다

 

26. 우리 [u-ri] – we, our

– 우리 [u-ri] means “we” or “our” and is used to refer to oneself and others collectively.

Example sentences:

우리 집에 오세요. Come to our house.

 

27. 여기 [yeo-gi] – here

– 여기 [yeo-gi] means “here”, indicating a place close to the speaker.
– 거기 [geo-gi] means “there”, indicating a place near the listener.
– 저기 [jeo-gi] means “over there”, indicating a place far from both the speaker and the listener.

Example sentences:

여기 앉아주세요. Please have a seat here.
거기 가면 도와드릴게요. If you go there, I’ll help you.
저기서 뭐 하세요? What are you doing over there?

 

28. 다 [da] – all, everything

– 다 [da] means “all” or “everything”, indicating the whole of something.
– 다들 [da-deul] means “everyone”, referring to a group of people collectively.

Example sentences:

모든 일을 다 했어요. I did everything.
다들 어디 가셨나요? Where did everyone go?

 

29. 잘 [jal] – well

– 잘 [jal] means “well” and is used to convey positive results.
– 잘못 [jal-mot] means “mistake” or “wrong”.
– 잘하다 [jal-ha-da] means “to do well” and refers to doing something skillfully.
– 잘되다 [jal-doe-da] means “to go well” or “to succeed”.
– 잘나다 [jal-na-da] means “to look good” or “to be good-looking”.
– 잘생기다 [jal-saeng-gi-da] means “to be good-looking” and is used to describe someone’s appearance.
– 잘살다 [jal-sal-da] means “to live well” and refers to living a good and fulfilling life.

Example sentences:

잘 했어요. Well done.
잘못 이해했어요. I misunderstood.
넌 정말 잘해. You’re really good.
이번엔 왠지 잘되실 거 같아요. I think you’ll get it right this time.
그 사람 잘난 척해요. He’s being smug.
그 사람은 정말 잘 생겼어. That person is really handsome.
그녀는 행복하게 잘 살아. She’s living a happy life.

 

30. 이렇다 [i-reo-ta] – to be like this

– 이렇다 [i-reo-ta] means “to be like this” and is used to describe a situation or condition.
– 이러다 [i-reo-da] means “to do like this” and is used when imitating an action or behavior.
– 이런 [i-reon] means “this kind of” or “like this” and is used to describe something specific.

Example sentences:

이 책이 이렇게 좋을 줄 몰랐어. I didn’t know this book would be this good.
왜 이래? Why are you doing this?
이런 일이 있었어? Did something like this happen?

 

Grammar & Study Resources

*Common and useful Korean pronouns + particles

The most common Korean particles are listed below.
Subject particle: 이 / 가
Topic particle: 은 / 는
Object particle: 을 / 를
Possessive particle: 의
이, 은, 을 for nouns ending with a consonant, 가, 는, 를 for nouns ending with a vowel.

이/가 은/는 을/를
내가 나는(=난) 나를(=날) 나의(=내)
네가(=니가) 너는(=넌) 너를(=널) 너의(=네, 니)
우리 우리가 우리는(=우린) 우리를(=우릴) 우리의(=우리)
그들 그들이 그들은 그들을 그들의

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