이것은 제가 이번주에 배운것 입니다

Translation: What I learned this week.

The title above practically deserves its own blog post. Instead it’ll be placed here as the opening. My first attempt at the title looked a little something like this: “무엇을 금주 저는 배우었어요.”

Completely off the mark, as there was no subject, and thus the “what” (무엇을) wasn’t referring to anything.

everything

Have I mentioned how much easier learning a language is when you’re friends with teachers in said language?

Now onto the show, what I actually learned (besides “이번구” which is “this week”).

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Not the greatest showing (there’s no Perfects! there), but the last correction answers a sentence construction question I’ve been struggling with for quite awhile.

Linking verbs together in Korean is easy, you drop the -다 and add -고 in its place. But that links the verbs, like saying I bought an apple and ate it. They’re directly related here. What to do in longer sentences, ones bisected with a comma even, remained a mystery. Do you conjugate both verbs normally? Or is there some other way yet unknown to me. After trying to work around it for weeks, finally I dove right in.

I used “우리 동의하고, 그 너무 추워요.” Which would (word-for-word) translate as “We agree, and it is too cold.” The point gets across, but you sound like a broken robot. It turns out the comma there acts as a minor period, and you just construct two smaller sentences. “우리는 동의해요, 너무 추워요,” “We agree, it’s too cold.”

This might seem minor to an outsider looking in, but it explains a lot when dealing with the language. One issue I had was, would a sentence use “-요” twice? “-요” is a polite ending, so would you attack it the last verb, the first, or both? This is the kind of low key stuff that they don’t mention in books but can really puzzle you.

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