1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #74

Welcome back. This is the 74th 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 “밖, 멋, 별, 커피, 차리다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 밖, 멋, 별, 커피, 차리다


366. 밖 [bak] – the outside

– 밖 [bak] refers to “the outside”, and the opposite is “안” [an] (the inside).
– 밖에 [ba-kke] specifically conveys the idea of “outside”, indicating spaces beyond confined areas.

Example sentences:

창 밖으로 기대지 마. Don’t lean out of the window.
밖에 비가 와요. It’s raining outside.


367. 멋 [meot] – style, elegance

– 멋 [meot] includes “style” and “elegance”.
– 멋있다 [meo-si-tta] describes being “stylish” or “cool”, while 멋없다 [meot-eop-tta] describes being “unstylish” or “uncool”.

Example sentences:

그의 의상 스타일은 멋있어요. His fashion style is stylish.
그 사람은 항상 멋있게 생겼어요. That person always looks cool.
그 옷은 좀 멋없어 보여요. Those clothes look a bit unstylish.


368. 별 [byeol] – star / special

– 별 [byeol] refers to a heavenly “star”. It also conveys the idea of being “different” or “special”. In addition, 별일 [byeol-il] captures the essence of “something special” or “something unusual”.

Example sentences:

하늘에 빛나는 별들이 아름다워요. The shining stars in the sky are beautiful.
별거 아냐. It’s nothing.
오늘은 별일 없어요. Nothing special happened today.


369. 커피 [keo-pi] – coffee

– 커피 [keo-pi] borrowed from the English word “coffee”.

Example sentences:

아침에 커피 한 잔을 마셔요. I have a cup of coffee in the morning.


370. 차리다 [cha-ri-da] – to prepare, to arrange

– 차리다 [cha-ri-da] covers the act of “preparing” or “arranging”, which involves readiness for a specific purpose.

Example sentences:

저녁 식사를 차려. Prepare dinner.


Grammar & Study Resources

The concept may be new to you, but particles are a part of everyday Korean.
If you want to learn Korean particles, you can visit the following website.

Korean Particles – Using Subject, Object, and Topic Markers

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