1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #63

Welcome back. This is the 63rd 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 “약속, 동생, 싸우다, 쉽다, 끊다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 약속, 동생, 싸우다, 쉽다, 끊다


311. 약속 [yak-sok] – promise, appointment

– 약속 [yak-sok] refers to a “promise” or “appointment”, indicating an agreement or arrangement made between parties.
– 약속하다 [yak-sok-ha-da] means “to promise” or “to make an appointment”, describing the act of committing to do something or to meet someone at a certain time.

Example sentences:

약속 시간이 몇 시죠? What time is the appointment?
말 안 하겠다고 약속해. Promise you won’t tell.


312. 동생 [dong-saeng] – younger sibling

– 동생 [dong-saeng] refers to a “younger sibling”, meaning a brother or sister who is younger in age.

Example sentence:

제 동생은 고등학교에 다닙니다. My younger sibling goes to high school.


313. 싸우다 [ssa-u-da] – to fight, to argue

– 싸우다 [ssa-u-da] means “to fight” or “to quarrel” and describes a conflict or disagreement between people.
– 싸움 [ssau-um] is its noun form and means “to fight” or “to quarrel”, indicating a physical or verbal altercation.

Example sentences:

친구와 싸웠지만 이제는 화해했어요. I had a fight with my friend, but we’ve made up now.
이 싸움이 언제 끝날까? When will this fight end?


314. 쉽다 [swip-tta] – to be easy

– 쉽다 [swip-tta] means “to be easy” and describes a task or situation that doesn’t require much effort or difficulty.

Example sentence:

이 문제는 정말 쉬워요. This problem is really easy.


315. 끊다 [kkeun-ta] – to cut off, to separate

– 끊다 [kkeun-ta] means “to cut off” or “to separate”, indicating the action of severing a connection.
– 끊기다 [kkeun-gi-da] is the passive form of 끊다 and means “to be cut off”.

Example sentence:

담배 끊었어요. I quit smoking.
전화가 끊겼어요. The call got disconnected.


Grammar & Study Resources

Korean conjugations in Korean grammar determine the meaning, tense, tone and mood of sentences. It’s important to learn conjugation as you progress in learning Korean.

To learn more about Korean conjugation, please visit the website below.

Korean Conjugation – How to Use Verbs & Adjectives

Korean Verb Conjugation: Everything You Need to Know as a Beginner

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