1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #66

Welcome back. This is the 66th 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 “곳, 대신, 아내, 나이, 잊다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 곳, 대신, 아내, 나이, 잊다


326. 곳 [got] – place

– 곳 [got] means “place”, referring to a particular place or area.
– 곳곳 [got-got] means “every place” or “everywhere”, indicating that something is scattered or located in different places.
– 한곳 [han-got] means “one place”, indicating a single location.

Example sentences:

이곳은 정말 아름다워요. This place is really beautiful.
이 도시는 예쁜 꽃이 곳곳에 피어 있어요. This city has pretty flowers blooming everywhere.
우리가 다녀온 한곳에서 맛있는 음식을 먹었어요. We had delicious food at one of the places we visited.


327. 대신 [dae-sin] – instead, in return

– 대신 [dae-sin] means “instead” or “in return”, indicating a substitution or exchange of actions or roles.

Example sentence:

오늘은 내가 대신 요리해 줄게요. I’ll cook today instead.


328. 아내 [a-nae] – wife

– 아내 [a-nae] and 처 [cheo] both mean “wife” and refer to a man’s spouse.
– 와이프 [wa-i-peu] is a borrowed word from English and also means “wife”.

Example sentence:

제 아내는 매우 착한 사람이에요. My wife is a very kind person.
옛날에는 ‘처’라는 말을 사용했어요. In the past, people used the word ‘처’ for wife.
제 와이프입니다. This is my wife.


329. 나이 [na-i] – age

– 나이 [na-i] refers to a person’s age, indicating how many years old they are.

Example sentence:

제 나이는 30세입니다. My age is 30 years old.
(*”세” [se] and “살” [sal] are used to indicate age in Korean and are translated to “years old” when expressing age in English.)


330. 잊다 [it-tta] – to forget

– 잊다 [it-tta] means not to remember something or to remove it from one’s memory.

Example sentence:

제 생일을 잊지 마세요! Don’t forget my birthday!


Grammar & Study Resources

Korean words derived from the English language fall into two categories: 1) Korean loanwords and 2) Konglish words.

Korean loanwords
Korean loanwords or 외래어 [oeraeeo] are Korean words or phrases derived from the English language that have the same meaning as the English word. If the meaning of the word or phrase is the same in English, it is called a loanword.

Konglish words
If the meaning of the word or phrase is different from its meaning in English, we call them Konglish words. If you have studied Japanese, you may notice some similarities.

If you want to learn more about Korean loanwords and Konglish words, you can visit the website below.

Konglish – Complete list of Korean loanwords for 2023

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