Rules for Pronunciation

One of the biggest challenges of learning Korean is to get familiar with pronunciation rules. As a native speaker, I knew the rules but didn't know I knew, even though I used them every...

How to say “No” politely in Korean

We all care about others' feelings a lot, especially when we say NO. Especially in Korea, saying NO politely is very important, and that's why we have so many indirect phrases to say it....

Adverbs of Past Time in Korean

Past is not just past.... Reflecting on your own past and sharing your past with someone are all important! That's why! Today, I want to introduce you adverbs to indicate past tense in Korean. :) 방금...

[Grammar] ~(으)ㄹ 거다 vs ~(으)ㄹ게 vs ~겠다

(Estimated reading time: 8 minutes) It's been a very long time since my last blog post about grammar nuances (or about anything at all...) - the last one was ~(으)ㄹ 것 같다 VS ~(으)ㄴ/는 것 같다!...

~(으)ㄹ 것 같다 VS ~(으)ㄴ/는 것 같다

(Estimated reading time: 7 minutes) ~(으)ㄹ/(으)ㄴ/는 것 같다 is probably one of the most used grammar particles in everyday conversations, business settings and basically everywhere! You would have heard this so much in dramas that...

~고 있다 VS ~어/아/여 있다 – Important differences and uses

(Estimated reading time: 7 minutes) Most Korean learners wouldn't be able to tell you the difference (myself included!) but there are very distinct differences and situations where only either can be used. In this blog post,...

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

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 differences...

~어/아/여서 VS ~(으)니까 – Differences and important rules

These two - ~어/아/여서 and ~(으)니까 - are probably two of the most commonly confused grammar expression. To be very honest, I'm not sure about the difference at times. I'll list some very important...

[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,...

[Grammar] ~(으)ㄴ 채로

~(으)ㄴ 채로 (~eun/eun chae-ro) – while in the state of (having done something), another thing happened/something else was done This is not to be confused with ~(으)면서. For ~(으)면서, you are referring to two actions being...