1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #91

Welcome back. This is the 91st 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 “적다, 아마, 모시다, 불, 꽤” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 적다, 아마, 모시다, 불, 꽤


451. 적다 [jeok-da] – to be few/little / to write

– 적다 [jeok-da] can mean “to be few” or “to be little” when referring to quantity, and the opposite is “많다” [man-ta] (to be many, a lot).
– It can also mean “to write” when used in another context.

Example sentences:

돈이 적어요. I have little money.
쪽지에 글을 적어서 보내주세요. Please write a message and send it.


452. 아마 [a-ma] – perhaps, maybe

– 아마 [a-ma] is an adverb used to indicate that something is possible but not certain or certain. It is used to express the idea of “perhaps” or “maybe”, indicating uncertainty.

Example sentences:

내일 아마 비가 올 것 같아요. It might rain tomorrow.


453. 모시다 [mo-si-da] – to receive, to welcome

– 모시다 [mo-si-da] is used to express receiving or welcoming someone with respect or honor.

Example sentences:

손님을 모시러 가겠습니다. I’ll go and greet the guests.


454. 불 [bul] – fire, flames

– 불 [bul] means “fire” or “flames”.

Example sentences:

집에 불이 났어요! There’s a fire at the house!


455. 꽤 [kkwae] – quite, fairly

– 꽤 [kkwae] is used to indicate that something is “quite” or “fairly” to a certain degree or extent.

Example sentences:

그 음식은 꽤 맛있었어요. The food was quite tasty.


Grammar & Study Resources

Although there are several different ways to say “maybe”, there are three main words to use to describe it directly and generally. The first word to use is 아마 [a-ma], the second word to use is 아마도 [a-ma-do], and the third word to use is 어쩌면 [eo-jjeo-myeon], all of which are interchangeable.

If you want to learn how to say “maybe” in Korean, you can visit the following website.

How to Say “Maybe” in Korean

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