I have no idea what idiomatic phrases or colloquial expressions are commonly used in Korean, much less slang.
What can I say that hasn't already been said? It is April 2020, and we are in the midst of a global pandemic.
Sometimes there's nothing harder than being honest with yourself. As much as it pains me to say it, looking back on the past couple years or so, I've noticed my... 욕심..? for Korean deteriorating. I'm frustrated by my lack of improvement. I'm at a level where improvement doesn't come in leaps and bounds anymore; it comes from dedicated, [...]
It's hard to believe that just a decade ago we were limited to learning languages from instructors, textbooks, and the occasional audio recording. Social media and the Internet as a whole has been such a central part of my own self-studying process that I can't imagine getting to the level that I'm at with just textbooks. It [...]
Part of the reason I've never liked formal language classes (or even textbooks, for that matter) is because I like learning new grammar and vocabulary in the context of original (native) reading material. I can't deal with "themed" chapters (e.g. "Chapter 2: Weather") that force me to memorize relevant words from a word list. But [...]
I thought 헐 was just about the greatest thing, until my LP 언니 taught me this gem. 뷁 is used on the internet when there is no appropriate exclamation or word to describe the extent of one's dissatisfaction. That is: NOUN+은/는 좋지 않다 can become NOUN+은/는 뷁같다 or 뷁스럽다. I imagine this is used kind [...]
Yekyung has an incredible ability to know exactly which words and phrases I might not be familiar with when we're conversing. Like she'll go on for a couple minutes in Korean and then suddenly stop and say, "Do you know 모모?" That's how I learned this phrase. 잠귀(가) 밝다: to be a light sleeper 잠귀(가) [...]
As you guys might know already, I dislike memorizing vocabulary words. Most of the Korean words I know are from reading articles and books, listening to podcasts and songs (especially rap - I've learned so many great words from Epik High), and watching variety shows and dramas. I'd rather learn words slowly and naturally through [...]
I get the sense that words in Korea come and go like fashion statements. Obviously, since I don't live in Korea and I don't hear Korean around me all the time, it's hard to pick up on current slang; when I do encounter one inadvertently in a variety show or drama, it usually requires a [...]