April 2014 In Review

In April, I read both of Darren Hardy’s Success books: The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever. Thanks to some of the advice from these books (as well as some I’ve read in David Allen’s Getting Things Done), I’ve determined that it’s a good idea to set a limited number of goals at different levels. Here […]

Intermediate Grammar #30: ~도록 하다 “Please do…”

← Previous Full Grammar List Next → ~도록 하다: Used to instruct or suggest someone do something Equivalent to “Please do…” Usage: Stronger than ~아/어 보세요 (“Why don’t you try…”) Weaker than ~(으)세요 (“Do, please”) ONLY: imperative/propositive sentences so cannot use ~아/어서 to give a reason in first clause Can answer with: ~도록 하겠습니다 “I […]

Auction.co.kr Plays with Animals and Korean in New Commercials

Original (animal spellings) 불편한 쇼핑왕국 Uncomfortable Shopping Kingdom 쥐: 불편하쥐 Mouse: Uncomfortable Mouse 개: 귀찮개… Dog: Annoying Dog… 지렁이: 짜증나지렁~~ Worm: Crappy Worm~~ 양: 이게 다 뭐양? Sheep: What is all this Sheep? 돼지: 해도 해도 안 돼지 Pig: Try, try, can’t Pig 새: 포기하새! Bird: Abandon Bird! 불편했던 쇼핑 Used to be uncomfortable shopping […]

Intermediate Grammar #29: ~(으)ㄹ 만하다 “Worth doing”

← Previous Full Grammar List Next → ~(으)ㄹ 만하다: Used to indicate something is “worth doing” Also used when the speaker is not totally satisfied with something, but it’s still worth doing or paying attention to Usage: Give recommendations to others Tenses: Verbs: 과거: ~(으)ㄹ 만했다 현재: ~(으)ㄹ 만하다 미래/추측: ~(으)ㄹ 만할 것이다 (어떤 ____이/가 […]

Intermediate Grammar #28: ~아/어야지요 “I’ll have to… / You ought to…”

← Previous Full Grammar List Next → ~아/어야지요: Use when the speaker is making a promise to themselves Or use when reprimanding someone else for not doing something they should have Equivalent to “I’ll have to…” OR “You ought to…” Usage: ~아/어야지 = shortened form for speaking to oneself ~아/어야죠 = another shortened form Tenses: […]