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TOPIK 1 - Past test papers & translation

Translations of TOPIK 1’s past test papers for exam self-study preparations

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Korean Grammar

Literary and conversation grammar explained with example sentences

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Korean Vocabulary

Interesting and useful phrases with example sentences

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Tips and advice for studying Korean and random ramblings

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Latest Blog Posts

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~지만 VS ~(으)ㄴ/는데; Important rules and various uses

(Estimated reading time: 7 minutes) There are many ways to express "but", "however", "though", basically an expression or conjunction to link two contrasting clauses. The most commonly used two expressions are probably ~지만 and ~(으)ㄴ/는데, therefore we'll explore the...

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[블로그] 170216-170217 일기

170216 일기 - 한국어 공부에 관한 팟캐스트를 하고 싶다 며칠 전에 샤워할 때 문득 이런 생각이 들었다. 지금은 날마다 짧은 글을 큰 소리로 읽고 녹음하고 있는데,나중에는 팟캐스트 같은 것을 하고 싶다. 왜냐하면 내 생각에는 한국어 실력을 향상시키려면 읽는 것과 쓰는 것 뿐만 아니라 듣는 것과 말하는 것도 되게 중요하다. 그래서 팟캐스트는 내가 말하기 연습할 수 있으면서 내 청취자분들의...

[블로그] 오랜만에 안 썼다

(읽는 시간 약 3분) 정말 오랜만에 쓰지 않아서 지금 쓰러 왔다. 요즘에 나는 이 웹사이트에서 여러 글들을 오르기 위해 너무 바쁘 보였지? 그래도 한국어 능력을 향상시키려면 써야지... 그래, 지금부터 일주일에 적어도 한 번씩 쓸 것이다. 쓰기는 너무 어려우니 이 정도만 해야 할텐데... 암튼 얼마 전에 말하기 연습도 시작했고 아이토키에서 선생님도 찾아왔다. 아이토키 수업은...

[블로그] 노력을 하겠지

금요일이 되었는데 내일은 수업이 없어서 동료를 만나러 나갈 것이다. 우리는 팟캐스트를 위해 마이크를 사야 하고 라디오 목소리로 해야 해서 준비를 다 한 후에만 시작할 수 있지. 다른 동료들이 우리 팟캐스트를 하러 준비하고 있는 사실을 모르는데 우리에게 좋을 것 같다. 사실 다들 모르면 "야 우리도 참가하고 싶어 같이 하자"라는 말도 거절해야 하지 않기 때문이다. 다들은 아직 인생 목표를 세우지 못하고 날마다 회사에 다니면서도 자꾸 늦게 와서 그런 사업 파트너가 싫다. 내...

TOPIK 1 - Translated Past Test Papers

Full translations of past TOPIK 1 test papers (hidden with spoilers)

Speaking Practice

Audio recordings and transcript (non-native speaker)

Grammar Glossary

A complete list of all Grammar entries on Let’s Study Korean.

~지만 VS ~(으)ㄴ/는데; Important rules and various uses

(Estimated reading time: 7 minutes) There are many ways to express "but", "however", "though", basically an expression or conjunction to link two contrasting clauses. The most commonly used two expressions are probably ~지만 and ~(으)ㄴ/는데, therefore we'll explore the...

[Grammar] Passive verbs

The most basic kind of conjugation applies to verbs (active). How about conjugated verbs into their passive forms? There are more (complicated) rules to conjugating verbs into their passive forms. For verbs ending with… ㅎ, ㅌ, ㅗ, ㅏ, ㅜ, ㅡ (VOWELS) Add 이다 Examples: 놓다...

Vocabulary Glossary

A complete list of all Vocabulary entries on Let’s Study Korean.

[Vocabulary] 서로 마주 서다

서로 마주 서다 (seo-ro ma-ju seo-da) – stand face to face with (someone/something) This is a phrase that I’ve learned from IU’s song Fitfh Finger (다섯째 손가락 – 아이유). I thought that this phrase is really sweet, and the lyrics of this song is pretty cute, so I’ve decided to add...

[Vocabulary] 빵 터지다

빵 터지다 (bbang teo-ji-da) - burst out laughing/laugh out loud (lol)/laugh my ass off (lmao)/roll on floor laughing (rofl) A great phrase to learn because this can replace ㅋㅋ and ㅎㅎ! I learned this from listening to a recorded radio broadcast on Podbbang, 유인나의 볼륨을 높여요....

[Vocabulary] 찬 밥 더운 밥 가릴 때야 지금?

찬 밥 더운 밥 가릴 때야 지금? (chan bab deo-oon bab ga-ril ddae-ya ji-geum?) This was a phrase I’ve learned after watching this video by TalkToMeInKorean. Breaking it down first: 밥 = rice 찬 = cold (temperature) 더운 = hot (temperature) 가리다 = decide/choose ㄹ/을 때 = when/during/at...

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안녕하세요! Hey there!

I’m Vance and I’m a Korean learner just like you. I love to read, write and learn, especially languages and self-improvement. I hope you share the same interests! Even if you don’t, it’s perfectly fine. I’ll try to influence you to like it. Or… you could just enjoy your time here as long as you’d like to!

A little background about myself… English and Mandarin (Chinese) are my primary languages because I live in Singapore. I’ve been obsessed with learning Korean since Aug 2014 and I owe much of my knowledge in Korean to Daehan Korean Language Centre (trust me, Mr Harry is really awesome! Oh, and Ms Seung Mireu too, along with the other teachers there).

Anyway, this blog won’t just be about TOPIK, grammar, vocabulary and the likes, but also tips, advice and my experience when studying Korean. Because I believe that learning a language is not just about the technical side but also the emotional side. Language is emotional, at least to me. It is used to express and communicate how we feel.

If you like what I do, you may drop me an email or comment and I’ll try my best to reply as soon as I can. Remember, never think that it is too late to start, regardless of your age or proficiency in Korean.

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