1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #67

Welcome back. This is the 67th 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 “행복, 불행, 곧, 바람, 나서다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 행복, 불행, 곧, 바람, 나서다


331. 행복 [haeng-bok] – happiness, joy

– 행복 [haeng-bok] means “happiness” or “joy”, indicating a positive and contented emotional state.
– 행복하다 [haeng-bok-ha-da] means “to be happy” or “joyful”.

Example sentences:

진정한 행복은 가족과 함께 있는 것이에요. True happiness is being with family.
그녀는 행복해 보여요. She looks happy.


332. 불행 [bul-haeng] – unhappiness, misfortune

– 불행 [bul-haeng] means “unhappiness” or “misfortune”, indicating a negative emotional state or unfortunate circumstances.
– 불행하다 [bul-haeng-ha-da] means “to be unhappy”.
– Here the term “불 [hanja 不]” is a prefix that conveys a negative meaning, similar to the English prefixes “un-” or “non-“, which indicate negation or absence.

Example sentences:

불행 중 다행인 거 같습니다. I think it’s a relief to be unhappy.
그녀는 최근에 불행해 보여요. She seems unhappy lately.


333. 곧 [got] – soon, shortly

– 곧 [got] means “soon” or “shortly,” indicating that something will happen in the near future.

Example sentence:

곧 만나요! See you soon!


334. 바람 [ba-ram] – wind

– 바람 [ba-ram] means “wind” and refers to the natural movement of air in the atmosphere.
– 바람피우다 [ba-ram-pi-u-da] and 바람나다 [ba-ram-na-da] both refer to having romantic affairs outside of a committed relationship.

Example sentences:

바람이 상쾌하게 불어요. The wind blows refreshingly.
그는 바람피우다 걸렸어요. He was caught having an affair.
이 영화에서 주인공들이 바람나요. In this movie, the protagonists have secret love affairs.


335. 나서다 [na-seo-da] – to step forward, to step up

– 나서다 [na-seo-da] means to take the initiative or action, especially in a situation where one needs to step forward and face a problem or challenge.

Example sentence:

문제를 해결하기 위해 나섰어요. I stepped forward to solve the problem.


Grammar & Study Resources

Learning Korean words for emotions and how Koreans tend to express them will lead to a better understanding of the culture as a whole.
If you would like to learn more about the words used to express emotions in Korean, you can visit the website below.

Emotions in Korean – Words to express how you feel

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