[Weekly 10 Phrases] #7

(Estimated reading time: 3 minutes) 1. 항상 곁에 있을게 (informal) - I will always be by your side A: 내 친구들이 날 떠나갈까봐. B: 걱정하지 마, 내가 항상 곁에 있을게. A: I'm afraid my friends will leave me. B:...

[Vocabulary] 도배

도배 (do-bae) – spam/replaster 도배 is used more often to mean “spam” than “replaster” in most cases, especially on the Internet. In a way, when you “replaster” certain comments or posts multiple times on your Twitter/FaceBook...

[Vocabulary] ~에 기인하다

~에 기인하다 (~e gi-in-a-da) – to be caused by/come from/originates from This phrase is used to explain causal relationships between two nouns. 기인 by itself means “cause”. Examples: 그 학생의 좋은 시험 결과는 열심히 공부하기에 기인하거든. That student’s good...

[Vocabulary] 게다가

게다가 (ge-da-ga) - besides, furthermore, moreover 게다가 has exactly the same meaning as other transitional/coordinating conjunction words like 그리고, 그외에도, 또한, and a few more. But this word can be considered as a more elegant word...

[Vocabulary] 해결책

해결책 (hae-gyeol-chaek) – solution/answer (to a problem) This word actually literally means “solving (해결하다) plan/scheme (책)”. Examples: 우리 가족은 아무 문제가 날 때마다 꼭 모으고 같이 가장 좋은 해결책을 찾을 거야. Every time a problem arises, our family...

[Vocabulary] 두각을 나타내다

두각을 나타내다 (doo-ga-geul na-ta-nae-da) – stand out (from a crowd) This phrase can be used to describe how a subject/noun is distinct and stands out, like in the sense of ability or appearance. Examples: 어린 시절부터 그는...

[Vocabulary] 마찬가지

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] 추억팔이

추억팔이 (chu-eok pa-ri) – Reminiscence of the past/Throwback There is no exact translation for this but 추억 means memories, usually referring to sweet memories that one would remember for some time. 팔이 means "seller" but you...

[Vocabulary] ~에 익숙해지다

~에 익숙해지다 (~e ik-ssoo-kae-ji-da) - to become accustomed to something/to become used to something/to become familiar with something This is actually an extension of 익숙하다, which simply means to be used to something. The slight difference...

[Vocabulary] 격려

격려 (gyeok-nyeo) – encouragement For the verb form, just add 하다. It is interesting to note that 격려의 말 becomes something like a cheer because it literally means “words of encouragement”. Examples: 김 선생님은 자주 격려의 말을 해서...