1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #78

Welcome back. This is the 78th 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 “어느, 조용하다, 데리다, 어차피, 숨다” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 어느, 조용하다, 데리다, 어차피, 숨다


386. 어느 [eo-neu] – some, certain

– 어느 [eo-neu] paints a vivid picture of “some” or “certain” in a context that adds an intriguing layer of specificity.

Example sentences:

어느 도시에 가는 거예요? Which city are you going to?


387. 조용하다 [jo-yong-ha-da] – to be quiet, silent

– 조용하다 [jo-yong-ha-da] encompasses the concept of “stillness” or “silence”.
– 조용한 [jo-yong-han] is its adjective form, meaning “quiet”, and 조용히 [jo-yong-hi] is its adverb, meaning “quiet”.

Example sentences:

조용히 해. Be quiet.


388. 데리다 [de-ri-da] – to take, to bring along

– 데리다 [de-ri-da] embodies the action of “taking” or “bringing”.
– 데리고 [de-ri-go] fits seamlessly into sentences and means “with” or “accompanied by”.
– 데려오다 [de-ryeo-o-da] means to take someone from their original place to another place. This action implies that the person being brought is coming to your place.
– 데리고 가다 [de-ri-go ga-da] means to take someone with you when you go to a certain place. It describes a situation where you are going to another place with someone.

Example sentences:

친구를 데려올게요. I’ll bring my friend.
친구도 데리고 갈게요. I’m bringing a friend.


389. 어차피 [eo-cha-pi] – anyway, in any case

– 어차피 [eo-cha-pi] means “anyway” or “in any case”, capturing the inevitability of certain outcomes.

Example sentences:

어차피 다시 하게 될 거예요. Anyway, you’ll end up doing it again.


390. 숨다 [sum-tta] – to hide, to conceal

– 숨다 [sum-tta] is an intransitive verb meaning “to hide” while 숨기다 [sum-gi-da] is a transitive verb meaning “to hide something”.

Example sentences:

그 비밀을 숨기려고 노력했어요. I tried to hide that secret.


Grammar & Study Resources

Now that you’ve learnt 어느 [eo-neu] – some, certain, you can learn Korean question words on the following website.

Korean Question Words – Asking about what you want to know

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