[Vocabulary] 지속적인

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지속적인 (Ji-sok-jeo-gin) – continuous, unchanged, lasting 지속적인 is slightly different from 계속하게 in that 지속적인 is more of describing something that is constant. 지속적인 is to describe something is continuing to be unchanged and last for a...

[Vocabulary] 말이 (안)되다

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말이 (안)되다 (ma-ri (an)-dwi-da) - (im)possible/(un)believable If you watch Korean dramas often, you would have surely heard the characters in the drama saying, "말도 안돼!" (impossible!) or "말이 되냐?" (can you believe it?/is it possible?/does...

[Vocabulary] 어느새

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어느새 (eo-neu-sae) – before one knows it This word is useful to describe occurrences that happen without your knowledge or to describe something very sudden. You can also use this to express how something happened faster...

[Vocabulary] 마찬가지

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마찬가지 (ma-chan-ga-ji) – the same This word is quite similar to 처럼 and in the sense that you would use this to compare and relate two or more subjects/objects. The main difference is 처럼 is more...

[Vocabulary] 마지못하다

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마지못하다 (ma-ji-mo-ta-da) – to be forced to do something against one’s will Examples: 그 남자는 여자친구의 부탁마다 마지못해 승낙해서 자주 싸워. That man is forced to agree to every request his girlfriends makes so they fight often. 한생들은 숙제를 마지못해 하면...

[Vocabulary] 취향저격

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취향저격 (chui-hyang-jeo-gyeok) – (You) got my taste right/I like it a lot 취향 means preference or liking and 저격 means to snipe or shoot well. If you were to Google translate that or even put it...

[Vocabulary] 코 앞에 닥쳐도

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코 앞에 닥쳐도 (ko a-pe dak-cheo-do) – even as (something) is at one’s nose/even at the last minute/even at the eleventh hour This is a phrase taught to me by my teacher-cum-mentor. I feel that it’s...

[Vocabulary] 재수 없다

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재수 없다 (jae-su oeb-da) - to be unlucky/just isn't one's day Another exclamatory word that Koreans usually use in daily conversations. 재수 없다 can be used in both informal and formal situations but more commonly used...

[Vocabulary] 집어 들다

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집어 들다 (ji-beo deul-da) – take/pick up This phrase is usually used to describe physically taking/picking up something. Examples: 엄마와 아빠가 먹고 있을 때까지 우리는 음식을 젓가락으로 집어 들지 않아. We wouldn’t use our chopsticks to pick up...

[Vocabulary] 간혹

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간혹 (gan-ok) – once in a while/occasionally 간혹 and 가끔 have essentially identical meanings and both are adverbs so you can use them interchangeably. However, I would prefer to use 가끔 in speech because it’s much...