Finding parking in a lot of parts of Korea can be a huge hassle. It’s a small country, so space is at a premium! You can often see people even parked on sidewalks in Seoul! When parking is so hard to find, almost anywhere looks good… but in front of a fire station!? Let’s read about a fire station’s response to a driver who parked in front of and blocked the station.
It’s been a long time since I last made a 漢字 배우자! post! This time, we’re going to be looking at characters referring to things that we can find in nature, and nature itself.
The Korean word for “nature” is 자연. Let’s look at the characters in that word first:
This article is a bit sad. On December 31, three small children died in a fire at their home… was their mother to blame? The police determined that it was an accident, but that doesn’t necessarily mean mom will get off free. How did the investigation go? How far along in the investigative and justice process is this case? This article has a lot of heavy vocab and long sentences. If you’re ready for a challenge, keep on reading!
Hello again! I managed to bang out another video this week! I might not be able to post much/at all next week and the following week because of upcoming intensives at grad school, so I’m glad I got this out before that starts.
Anyway! A little bit about myself. I’m putting this up now because I just wanted to get it out, but there will still be a regular post on Wednesday!
As always, happy studying~!
Welcome back, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written on advanced grammar, hasn’t it? Today, I’d like to share a grammar form that can help you complain more (at least maybe if you want to speak like a book)! Sometimes the world just seems to conspire against you. Every time you want to go to the amusement park, it rains! Every time you want to visit that nice-looking cafe that everyone has been telling you about, it’s closed! In those cases, we can complain about our misfortune with -(으)ㄹ라치면.
As mentioned above, this form is for complaining. More specifically, you can use it when every time you intend to do something, something else happens that makes it hard or impossible to do that thing.
This grammar is super-easy to use! Just slap -ㄹ라치면 onto an action verb root ending with a vowel or ㄹ. -을라치면 is for action verb root that ends with a consonant.
그 유명한 카페에 갈라치면 매번 휴업이에요! (Every time I mean to go to that famous cafe, they’re closed!)
모처럼 친구하고 만날라치면 친구가 아프다 해서 못 만나요. (Every time I mean to meet up with my friend, she gets is sick and can’t meet.)
이 소설을 읽을라치면 주변이 너무 시끄러워서 집중이 하나도 안 돼요. (Every time I mean to read this novel, it’s so noisy that I can’t concentrate at all.)
In simpler terms
-(으)ㄹ라치면 is not common in spoken Korean. It is more of a written form. If you want to make a spoken complaint to similar effect, you can use ‘-(으)려고 할 때마다’ or ‘-(으)려고 하면’.
그 유명한 카페에 갈려고 할 때마다 휴업이에요!
모처럼 친구하고 만나려고 하면 친구가 아프다 해서 못 만나요.
Hello, everyone! Back again with another “What’s the difference??” post. This time we’re going to look at choice words in Korean. This post is actually inspired by a question someone asked on Reddit about the difference between seven (seven!) decision/choice words. I answered the question very briefly, but now I’d like to look at the words in more detail. 결정하다, 정하다, 마음먹다, 결심하다, 고르다, 선택하다, and 취하다… what’s the difference? Let’s find out!
This latest translation post is quite a sad story. Four infants died in a neonatal intensive care unit. What happened to them? What about the other babies in the unit? Let’s dive in to the article.
I feel like it’s been a while since I did a “What’s the difference??” post! Today we’re going to look at two different adverbs, 또 and 다시, that can seem really similar at first glance. In fact, they are interchangeable in some instances, but not always. How are they similar and how are they different?