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Do you like coffee? TalkToMeInKorean's teachers 경은 (Kyeong-eun), 석진 (Seokjin) and 효진 (Hyojin) sat down in a nice coffee shop in Seoul, Korea to talk about ... well, coffee!

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Direct download: coffee_shop_talk.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 7:22pm JST

안녕하세요! We know that you are studying Korean very hard and practicing your Korean every chance you get. But your “practice time” might not long enough so we started making the “Homework” videos to which you can leave video responses where you practice speaking Korean. We are going to continue publishing them, but at the same time, we wanted to give our listeners easier tasks for their Korean practice, so here you go!

In the “Practice Your Korean” series, we read out loud some phrases from our lessons and give you an opportunity to repeat after them and practice your pronunciation, without having to worry whether the sentences are correct or not.

Hope you enjoy practicing the sentences given in these videos, and be sure to practice with us by leaving a video response!

Direct download: level1-lesson3-4.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm JST

In Level 2 Lesson 14 and Level 2 Lesson 19, we looked at two different ways of changing a verb into the noun forms. They were -기 [-gi] and -는 것 [-neun geot] and they both express the meaning of “the act of doing something” or the verb in the “-ing” noun form.

In today’s lesson, we will look at how to make and use “future tense noun groups”.

-(으)ㄹ [-(eu)l] + noun

The usages of this verb ending can be best explained through examples, but basically, this expresses the adjective form of a verb in the future tense.

Examples:
1. 읽다 = to read
--> 읽 + -(으)ㄹ = 읽을
--> ex) 읽을 책 [il-geul chaek] = a book that (someone) will read, a book to read

2. 초대하다 = to invite
--> 초대하 + -(으)ㄹ = 초대할
--> ex) 초대할 사람 [cho-dae-hal sa-ram] = a person that (someone) will invite, a person to invite

3. 보내다 = to send
--> 보내 + -(으)ㄹ = 보낼
--> ex) 보낼 편지 [bo-nael pyeon-ji] = a letter that (someone) will send, a letter to send

All of the examples above were in the “verb stem + -(으)ㄹ + noun” form.

When you do not use a specific noun and just use the word “것” [geot] which means “thing” or “the fact”, the noun group can mean “something to + verb”.

Examples:
1. 먹다 = to read
--> 먹 + -(으)ㄹ = 먹을
--> ex) 먹을 것 [meo-geul geot] = something to eat = food

2. 타다 = to ride
--> 타 + -(으)ㄹ = 탈
--> ex) 탈 것 [tal geot] = something to ride = vehicles

3. 마시다 = to drink
--> 마시 + -(으)ㄹ = 마실
--> ex) 마실 것 [ma-sil geot] = something to drink = beverages

Now, do you recognize this ending -(으)ㄹ 것 from the future tense?
In the future tense, you add -(으)ㄹ 거예요 after a verb stem.

-(으)ㄹ 것 + 이에요 = -(으)ㄹ 것이에요 ---> -(으)ㄹ 거예요

** Note
Since the future tense stems from this form, -(으)ㄹ 것, a Korean sentence like this can be translated in two different ways.

이거 누가 먹을 거예요?
[i-geo nu-ga meo-geul geo-ye-yo?]

If you think of it as “누가 먹다 (who + eat) + future tense”, it will be translated as “Who will eat this?”.
If you think of it as “누가 먹을 거 (who + will + eat + thing) + to be”, it will be translated as “This thing, it is something that WHO will eat?”.

Sample sentences
1. 내일 할 일이 많아요.
[nae-il hal il-i ma-na-yo.]
= I have a lot (of work) to do tomorrow.
= There is a lot of stuff that I will do tomorrow.

2. 지금은 할 이야기가 없어요.
[ji-geu-meun hal i-ya-gi-ga eop-seo-yo.]
= Right now, I have nothing to say.
= For now, there is nothing I will say.

3. 냉장고에 먹을 것이 전혀 없어요.
[naeng-jang-go-e meo-geul geo-si jeon-hyeo eop-seo-yo.]
= In the refrigerator, there isn’t any food at all.

Direct download: ttmik-l4l25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm JST

In Level 2 Lesson 14 and Level 2 Lesson 19, we looked at two different ways of changing a verb into the noun forms. They were -기 [-gi] and -는 것 [-neun geot] and they both express the meaning of “the act of doing something” or the verb in the “-ing” noun form.

In today’s lesson, we will look at how to make and use “future tense noun groups”.

Direct download: ttmik-l4l25.pdf
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm JST