~던

Some past tense goodness for ya’ll. I never use this but I really want to start using it. I think that’s what I like so much about Korean; there a million ways to say what you want to say so sometimes it’s okay to not know a few things haha.

add ~던 to the past tense conjugation of a verb to describe a noun. Although you can just add ~던 to the verb without adding the past tense conjugation. The past tense conjugation just emphasizes that it’s in the past tense.  It’s different from (으)ㄴ, because it implies that you “used to” verb, not that you did the verb…if that makes any sense lol.

ex) 간 = you went to

가던/갔던 = you used to go to

예전에 제가 자주 가던 곳이에요 = I used to go to that place frequently in the past.

예뻤던 여자가 지금은 … = The woman who was once pretty is now…

지난 주에 이야기하던 거예요 = This is what we were talking about last week.

 

**EXAMPLES FROM TTMIK**

덜 – less/not completely yet

I feel like this is one of those words that commonly gets forgotten a lot. I know I did haha. I also think this word is a word that isn’t too necessary to learn; because there are many ways you can convey its meaning in a sentence.

그들은 아직도 안 왔어요 = They still haven’t come yet.

그들은 덜 왔어요 = They haven’t come yet.

Essentially the same sentence.

너무 많이 안 먹었어요 = I didn’t eat too much.

덜 먹었어요 = I ate less.

Slight difference but the same message is conveyed ~

 

happy studying ~~!

life gets in the way

hey guys,

recently it’s just been so hard for me to focus on anything that wasn’t related to school or my group of friends (which live on campus with me). It’s just been a tough time really. And I’m getting more and more frustrated with myself because, this was my thing. Like, learning Korean was something on I could do (at least in my group of people I know). And I can’t even keep up with it. It’s not that I’ve lost interest; I guess I’ve just lost motivation. I still chat with my Korean friends and I always think I’ve forgotten more than I actually have but I’m at a stand still at this point. There’s always this wall I reach, not matter what I’m doing, that I just can’t find the motivation to climb over and surpass. I only get so good at something before I can’t progress anymore and eventually become content with how much I know and lose interest in knowing more. But Korean wasn’t supposed to be like this. I learned so fast and it was something I really wanted to do even though everyone around me was thinking I was crazy or obsessed (which is for a whole other post that I’ll make in the future). And yet, regardless of that, regardless of having trouble learning every language in the book but picking up Korean so quickly, I’ve still hit that wall at full speed and I’m not able to break through it.

I guess I just have to try harder. I really liked having this blog and I like knowing there are other people going on this journey with me. ugh. I need to stop, breathe and just try again.

But I feel like I’m always starting over and never actually finishing anything…

아이구… 나 왜 그래?

안녕 다들!

우와…그게…참….

그냥…바빴어? 아니야, 내가 잘 못 했어! 이 불로그를 완전 잊었어! 아니면 잊을 뻔 했어 ㅋㅋㅋ

올해는 대학교가 너무 힘들어. 숙제하고 시험하고 수필이 많아. 그래서 시간이 없어 ㅠㅠ

앞으로 시간을 만들어야돼…확실히

아무튼, 대학교가 힘들은데 난 한국어를 배워야지! 매일매일 배워야지 ㅠㅠ

그리고 최근에 난 운동을 시작했어… 또 ㅋㅋㅋ

왜 또? 그냥, 나는 새로운 삶을 만들고 싶어!

이제부터 난 다시 시작할거야!

Hey guys!

Well…the thing is…um…

Just…I was busy? No, I did a bad thing. I completely forgot about this blog. Or, almost forgot about it haha

This year, college is really difficult. I have a lot of homework, tests and papers. So I don’t have much time.

In the future, I’ll have to make time. Definitely!

Anyways, even though college is hard, I have to study Korean! I have to study everyday!

And recently, I started working out…again haha

Why again? Well, I want to make myself a new life!

From now on, I’m going to start again!

What K-Music Am I Listening To? Part 2

Hello~~~~~

So I decided to do another k-music compilation because my tastes in K-music is different from what it used to be. Like, wow. I rarely listen to K-pop anymore, mainly because my fave group (exo) is just a mess (and their last release was awful) and because pop music isn’t really my thing in general. So here’s some really cool music I’ve found and like!!!!

Spring Girls – Sunwoo Jung-a

This song just makes me really happy!

ItGMa – Keith Ape

Now this song is NOT for everyone. If you don’t like cursing, drug references or just hiphop in general, then don’t listen to this lol. But this song and Keith Ape are like, super popular in America. I even went to his show in New York. It was CRAZY. And there’s always questions of black appropriation and all that complicated stuff but he’s been working very closely with a bunch of big names in black hiphop culture so I think he’s earned the hype he’s getting.

Don’t Be Shy – Primary

Iron’s rap flow in this song is probably the best that he’s ever done. I didn’t want SMTM3 but I’ve seen some of his performances and I’m not a fan. But he sounds good in this. The lyrics are….questionable and always look awkward when they’re translated. But I like this song! Also I really dig Primary so yay!

Two People – Sung Si Kyung

I’m a fan mostly because of non summit but he also has a surprisingly good voice! This song sounds so sweet and wow I just love it a lot lol.

만약에 말야 – 전우성

I don’t know how I stumbled on this song because I don’t know this group at all but it’s a solo song sung by one of them members. Anyways, he’s got a great voice and this song is sweet~

Confession – Stanging Egg

Sweet. Soft. Perfect. That’s all.

just some thoughts, not entirely Korean related

I’m chatting with one of my Korean friends that I’ve met on hellotalk that is currently living in Queens and studying at a university for the summer. I’ve thought about meeting up with him for language exchanges but I’m too much of an anxious person to meet new people, especially when I’d be speaking in a language I’m not yet entirely comfortable with. Also, there’s like a 75% chance that he’s a creep so that’s always a fun thing to factor into my decisions. But besides this, he’s a nice guy who speaks english fairly well and is respectful all the time.

He was telling me today that he heard from his teacher that the Bronx is dangerous. Now, I have SO much to say about this because I grew up in the Bronx and i had no problems and I know that it depends on where in the bronx you live but I think it has a horrible (deserved?… maybe years and years ago but I think it’s grown a lot) reputation and I’m sort of sick of it. Like when I tell people I’m from the Bronx they either expect me to be a bitch or to want to fight them and I’m just like, I spend the majority of my time eating, or sleeping, that’s all. And this friend is fully aware that I am, in fact, black.

He then proceeded to tell me that he was robbed by black people in Times Square. I totally believe this would happen just as I believe anyone would rob anyone in Times Square cause, HELLO ITS A TOURIST TRAP. Of course that’s where people with questionable intentions would go to prey on all the non-english speaking folk. It’s bound to happen.

But then what surprised me was that he then explained that it didn’t change or influence his view of black people and that it was just a scary, unfortunate event that happened. I was really surprised. I don’t have a mindset where I think all Koreans, or all foreigners rather, have a bad image of black people. But after something like that happening, even I would be cautious around certain people. It’s so nice and refreshing to see the world around me changing and becoming so racially mixed and having people accept that. Especially with all the protests and innocent black people murdering by cops that’s going on in America, I’m glad to have a foreign friend who has a good head on his shoulders.

I guess I’m so jaded by all the misconceptions that even I myself had about black people from growing up in a mostly white school and having them tell me that I wasn’t “ghetto” and that I was like the “whitest black girl” that they had ever met.

I’m just glad that at this point in time, Im surrounding myself with people that see my skin color and see me and like me for who I am.

Update ^^

Hey guys!!! It’s been a while…again TT. But I thought I’d do a little update. I was nominated by Sofie, aka sofietokorea (I’m still not quite sure how to tag someone in a post lol) to answer a couple of questions~~

Not too sure what a Liebster award is (because apparently I’m an 아줌마 and know nothing about wordpress other then how to make a post ㅠㅠ) but I love answering questions so here we go!!!!!

Who is your favorite Korean celebrity and why?

This is super recent because I’ve become OBSESSED with Abnormal Summit. Yoo Se-Yoon. The one in the middle.abnormal-summit-hosts

He’s hilarious and I think I just love this show as a whole. Korea is extremely homogeneous and prone to having misconceptions of foreigners out of lack of interaction with them. The fact that Koreans came up with a show like this, really emphasizes their want to learn and understand more about other countries and cultures. It’s quite amazing! Yes, of course the United Nations exist; but to make discussions like this fun and entertaining as well as informational is so important.

Se-Yoon is a good sport and quickly smooths out any tension between the members when talking about hot-topics. And as hosts of this show, they have to be open minded and able to look from may different points of views. I respect all the hosts on this show. I just like Se-Yoon a little more haha.

Which Korean song can you have on repeat for over an hour without getting tired of it?

Etude of Memory – Kim Dong Ryul

Spring Girls – Sungwoo Jung-A

Where did you want to travel when you were a kid?

When I was young, I always wanted to go to either London or Germany. I have some family in Germany, but we’re pretty distant. My mom’s fluent in German so I sort of felt like I needed to go there to get in touch with my roots? I don’t know haha. And then I watched Skins and Misfits and fell in love with the idea of going to the UK. I think what sold me was the fact that people speak English. I never imagined myself learning other languages when I was younger. So, this was an easy and somewhat attainable trip I could go on lol.

If you weren’t doing your current job/study what would you do?

I wish I had majored in linguistics. But I didn’t really know I would be able to pick up a language so quickly. Trust me, learning a new language was probably on the top of my list of “things I’ll never ever do”. It was always too hard or too tedious. But I learned that it can be fun and you can meet SO MANY new people!

Or, in another life, a perfect one…I would have been a music producer. I’ve always liked the idea of being behind the scenes and writing music rather than performing it. But I lack the skills and the means of learning what it takes to be a music producer so let’s stop there before I get really sad 🙂

What is your favorite word of all time (Korean or English)?

This may or may not be an actual word cause you know how tumblr lies all the time but “Monachopsis” is a word that describes the feeling of being left out or just feeling out of place. It’s interesting.

I also just really like the way 설마 and 혹시 sound. Totally insignificant words but i just really dig them lol.

Which sound is the best sound in the world?

The sound of a thunderstorm from inside of a car. The. Best. Sound. Ever. ~~~~~

What is your favorite ramyun flavor?

There’s this kimchi flavored one they sell at my school. It’s so friggen spicy and I love it and ughhhhh

Which makeup item would you never leave your home without wearing?

Foundation/BB Cream. Some of us weren’t born with perfect skin TT. I pick at my face a lot so I’ve got a rather dazzling, uneven skin tone. Even if I don’t wear anything else I just want my skin to look as clear as possible

What is your favorite method for learning Korean

Talking to people. I haven’t had any practice really speaking Korean out loud to people because I’m shy and don’t want to embarrass myself even though I’ve heard my Korean accent is okay I’m just convinced I sound like an idiot. But typing and writing out what I want to say is wonderful. To have people correct you is a little discouraging at first but when you don’t make that same mistake twice, it’s really rewarding.

I need to work on listening. But my vocabulary is so limited that listening is impossible if I don’t know what any of the words mean! Ugh, I’ll have to really start using memrise like crazy.

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

PAY OFF MY STUDENT LOANS BECAUSE AMERICAN COLLEGE TUITION IS UNBELIEVABLE AND I’LL BE PAYING IT OFF FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE THANK YOU FOR ASKING.

Also, travel a lot. Regardless of if I have a million dollars, I wanna live in different places for a while.

I nominate anyone who wants to fill this out! Like seriously I don’t get how this actually works so anyone who follows me and happens to read this, FILL IT OUT ❤

(으)나마나 “No matter whether…”/ 게 되어 있다 “To be bound in a certain state”

(으)나마나

This verb ending is use to show that no matter what a person does or chooses, the outcome is fixed and will turn out a certain way.

ex) 보나마나, 이상할거예요. = Whether you see it or not, I’m sure it’ll be strange/You don’t even have to see it. It will be strange.

Sometimes, (으)나마나 can be followed by 이다.

보나마나예요 = You don’t even have to look at it. I know what you’ll see.

Sample Sentences:

물어보나마나 안 된다고 할거예요. = Whether you ask them or not, they will say no.

하나마나 똑같아요. = Whether you do it or not, the result is the same.

이 책은 읽으나마나예요. = This book is worthless to read.

게 되어 있다

This verb ending is to show something a person is bound to do regardless of their current state.

ex) 알다 = to know

알게 되다 = to get to know

알게되어 있다 = to be in a situation where you are bound to know.

Sample Sentences:

공부는 정말 필요하면 열심히 하게 되어 있어요.

As for studying, it’s not really necessary but you’ll end up doing it anyways.

아무리 게을러도, 손님이 오면 청소를 하게 되어 있어요.

No matter how lazy you are, you’ll end up cleaning your house when guests come over.

영원한 비밀은 없어요. 사람들이 알게 되어 있어요.

There is no eternal secret. People will find out eventually.

**EXAMPLES FROM TTMIK**

아/어/여 버리다 (super short)

This is to show the end of an action and imply the speakers feelings after. I think this expression is better used in spoken Korean. Intonations while speaking would help determine the tone and reactions a bit easier.

Examples of implied happiness:

다 끝내 버렸어요! = I finished it all! (and I’m so happy about that!)

고민하다가, 사 버렸어요! = I was hesitating, but I finally bought it! (and I’m happy I did.)

Examples of implied sadness:

벌써 다 말해 버렸어요. = I’ve already told them everything. (it’s done, it’s over.)

컴퓨터가 멈춰 버렸어요. = The computer has stopped. (it’s really inconvenient.)

**examples from TTMIK**