[Reading]무서운 경험

어제 회사에서 일이 너무 늦게 끝나서 새벽 2시에 퇴근을 했다. 회사에서 우리 집까지는 차로 30분 정도 걸리고 버스로는 1시간 반 정도 걸린다. 새벽 2시에 버스와 지하철은 모두 끊겨서 택시를 타고 가려고 회사 앞에서 택시를 기다렸다. 그런데 어떤 사람이 내 옆으로 가까이 와서 나한테 시간이 있냐고 물어봤다. 나는 너무 무서워서 대답을 하지 않고 계속 택시를 기다렸다. 다시 회사로 들어가고 싶었지만 발이 움직이지 않았다. 그때 지나가던 택시가 내 앞에 서서 바로 택시를 탔다. 택시에 타고 나니까 몸에 힘이 하나도 없었다. 택시 기사님은 나를 안심시키면서 원래 반대편에 있었는데 나를 보고 택시를 돌려서 내 앞으로 왔다고 했다.  너무 무섭고 당황해서 택시 기사님께 제대로 감사하다고 인사도 못 드리고 내렸다.

세상에는 나쁜 사람도 있지만 좋은 사람도 많이 있다는 것을 어제 다시 한번 알게 되었다.

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새벽: early morning, dawn
퇴근하다: to go home from work
버스/지하철이 끊기다: bus/subway stops running
움직이다: to move
바로: right (away)
힘이 없다: to have no energy
안심시키다: to ease someone’s mind
반대편: opposite side
돌리다 in 택시를 돌려서: make a U-turn
-다고 하다: indirect speech (click here to learn more)
당황하다: to be shocked
제대로: properly
감사 인사를 드리다: to say thank you

-는 김에 with the opportunity of doing

A는 김에 B

means ‘doing B with the opportunity of doing A“, and it is often translated as ‘while’ or ‘since’ in English. -는 김에 is usually used with 가다/오다 verbs but not all the time.

The present tense conjugation is -는 김에 and the past tense is -(으)ㄴ 김에. For example,

부산에 가는 김에 부산에 사는 친구도 만날 거예요. (I am going to Busan, with this opportunity, I am going to meet a friend who lives in Busan.)

우체국에 가는 김에 이 편지도 좀 보내 주세요. (You are going to the post office, with the opportunity, please send this letter too.)

너 세탁소 가는 김에 내 옷도 좀 맡겨 주면 안 될까? (Since you are going to the laundry shop, could you please take mine too?)

부모님 선물 사는 김에 동생 것도 하나 주문하려고요. (Since I am buying a gift for my parents, I am also going to order one for my sister.)

명동에 온 김에 우리 쇼핑이나 하고 갈까요? (Since we are in Myoungdong, shall we go shopping too?)

이렇게 오신 김에 차라도 한 잔 하고 가세요. (Since you are already here, please have a cup of tea.)


너 새 신발 사는 김에 내 것도 하나 사 줘!!!!! (Since you are shopping, buy mine too!!!!)  ㅋㅋ

[Hangeul] Pronunciation change 4 – Nasalization

This pronunciation is about ㄱ,ㄷ,ㅂ final consonants. When ㄱ,ㄷ,ㅂ final consonants sounds meet ㄴ,ㅁ which are nasal sounds, they turn into ㅇ,ㄴ,ㅁ.



ㄴ, ㅁ







You can listen to audio files for the examples by clicking here.



Hangeul 1 – Single Vowels

Korean Characters

Hangeul 1- 8 Single Vowels 

There are 40 characters in Korean, which are 21 vowels and 19 consonants.  The vowels can be divided to the single vowels and the double vowels.  There are 8 single vowels and 13 double vowels.

We are going to learn the single vowels in this page.

* Single vowels
You should not move your mouth or tongue while you are pronouncing single vowels. 

1) ㅏ  ‘a’ as in ‘father’, ‘spa’
[Click here to watch a video for ㅏ]

2) ㅓ ‘awe’ as in ‘awesome’ and ‘au’ as in ‘August’
[Click here to watch a video for ㅓ]

3) ㅗ ‘o’ as in ‘ghost’, ‘sofa’, however you shouldn’t move your mouth shape.
[Click here to watch a video for ㅗ]

4) ㅜ ‘oo’ as in ‘zoo’, ‘too’. You should make your lips as a round shape. 
[Click here to watch a video for ㅜ]

5) ㅡ There is no pronunciation in English that is similar to this, however you can think of an extremely freezing day, you can make this sound 🙂
[Click here to watch a video for ㅡ]

6) ㅣ’e’ as in ‘me’, ‘see’
[Click here to watch a video for ㅣ]

7-8) ㅔ/ㅐ ‘에’ is similar to ‘e’ as in ‘set, bed’ and ‘애’ is similar to ‘a’ as in ‘dad’, ‘bat’. But many Koreans don’t recognize the difference.
[Click here to watch a video for ㅔ and ㅐ]

Hangeul 6 – Consonants (Aspirated, Strong air)

Hangeul 6 – Consonants (Aspirated, Strong air)

These four consonants are similar to the consonants that we have learned in Hangeul 4 – Consonants(Relax, less air), however these have a lot of air when you make sounds.

15) ㅋ ‘k’

With the video, you can practice ‘카, 커, 코, 쿠, 크, 키, 케, 캐’


16) ㅌ ‘t’

With the video, you can practice ‘타, 터, 토, 투, 트, 티, 테, 태’

17) ㅍ ‘p’

With the video, you can practice ‘파, 퍼, 포, 푸, 프, 피, 페, 패’

18) ㅊ ‘ch’

With the video, you can practice ‘차, 처, 초, 추, 츠, 치, 체, 채’

Vocabulary flash cards for ‘ㅋ’ ‘ㅌ’ ‘ㅍ’ ‘ㅊ’ -> http://quizlet.com/28340673/hangul4-flash-cards/

You can practice these sounds with the consonants(relax and less air) with these videos below.
* ‘ㄱ’ and ‘ㅋ’

* ‘ㄷ’ and ‘ㅌ’

* ‘ㅂ’ and ‘ㅍ’

* ‘ㅈ’ and ‘ㅊ’

Hangeul 8 – Final consonants

Hangeul 8-  7 Final consonants

In Korean

1) ㄴ ‘n’

2) ㅁ ‘m’

3) ㅇ ‘ng’

4) ㄹ ‘l’

5) ㄱ(ㄲ,ㅋ) ‘k’

: ㄱ, ㄲ, ㅋ are the same sound(ㄱ) when they are locate in an ending consonant.    e.g) 억 = 엌

6) ㅂ(ㅍ) ‘p’

: ㅂandㅍ are the same sound(ㅂ) when they are locate in an ending consonant.   e.g) 입 = 잎

7) ㄷ(ㅌ,ㅅ,ㅆ,ㅈ,ㅊ,ㅎ) ‘t’

:  ㄷ,ㅌ,ㅅ,ㅆ,ㅈ,ㅊ,ㅎ are the same sound(ㄷ) when they are locate in an ending consonant.    e.g) 읻 = 잍 = 잇 = 있 = 잊 = 잋 = 잏

If you have any question, please leave a reply.

[Hangeul] Pronunciation changes 1

의 : [의], [이], [에]


‘의’ is very tricky one.

(1) [의] – When ‘의’ is in the first letter, we read this as the original sound [의].
e.g) 의사, 의자

(2) [이] – When it takes place at the second letter, we read this as [이].
e,g) 회의, 주의

(3) [에] – When it means ‘of’ in English which takes place between two nouns, we read this as [에].         e.g) 선생님의 딸[선생님에 딸 -> 선생니메 딸], 컵의 모양[컵에 모양 -> 커베 모양


You can listen to the pronunciation here.