Raise your hand if you’re a gamer! If you’ve played with Koreans on their servers or just in general on other games, you may be confused or wondering what some of their game talk may mean.
Korean is a lot like English in this sense. We have a lot of words for good game, bye bye, see ya, etc.
So let’s start off with good game.
In English, ‘good game’ is abbreviated with ‘gg’. When you sound it out, it sounds like gee gee. Well in Korean, the sound is basically the same.
When you see ㅈㅈ for good game, it’s a shortened form of ‘지지’ which is basically the Korean sound for the letter g two times in a row. It was probably made popular once online gaming got popular in Korea, and they just adapted already known terms in English, and made them into shortened Korean forms.
Hey guys! Dom here. Hope everyone has had a good summer. It’s been super hot here the whole summer but it looks to finally be cooling down.
Anyways, recently we got a few messages from people who are eager to learn Korean and one of the most common questions we get is “How long will it take me to learn Korean?” This is such a loaded question because so many variables come into play. It depends on the type of person you are, how dedicated you are, how much time you have, and yes even a natural inclination towards learning languages.
So in this article, I’m going to break this topic into several categories and write some details about each. So let’s get started!
I’ve been in Korea for awhile now and one of the best things I love about living here are the online shopping options and speedy shipping for most of them.
The only problem is that many of them don’t accept foreign credit cards, or they don’t have an English option to help you navigate the site.
After trying out a few options, Hyo told me she bought something from this online shopping mall called 11STREET. Of course, she uses the Korean version, but many people don’t know that they ship internationally, and that they have options for English (as well as Chinese) to help you navigate the site better.
When I first started using Korean, I had watched a few dramas and I was always confused which thank you I should use. I heard the formal version most often, but also heard the impolite form.
It wasn’t until I studied Korean more that I found out about politeness levels and then it made sense of course.
For saying thank you, there are several ways like most basic phrases in Korean. You have the formal, polite, and informal forms to work with.
Let’s start with the formal version. There are two ways (romanization included):
I remember when I first came to Korea that this was one of the first words I learned. I had my little Korean to English dictionary on the 14 hour plan ride over, and I wanted to learn all the very basic words like yes, no, thank you, hello, beer (haha), etc.
Likewise for you, adding this to your vocabulary won’t make you a pro, but you can at least use this when being asked a question.
So let’s get started with the first one…