-나/가 싶다, 다 싶다 – I was wondering if she got a boyfriend

This post has been updated in my new website here. The form 싶다 is most common seen in the -고 싶다 structure, to mean want to. However here 싶다 mean completely different things. -나/가 and 다 싶다 is a grammar pattern to convey the speakers thoughts and sometimes contains a slight speculative nuance. It is … Continue reading -나/가 싶다, 다 싶다 – I was wondering if she got a boyfriend

Compilation of listening resources

Below is a compiled list of Korean listening resources I’ve personally used at some point and would endorse for listening practice. The first section is the easiest stuff as they are created for learners. The rest are authentic material. As much as possible I've tried to include content that has subtitles, preferably in English and Korean. … Continue reading Compilation of listening resources

Output learning and why it is critical

When it comes to language learning input is king. That's obvious. But having looked around on various study routines and guide online, it seemed to me that the importance of output is underappreciated. Roughly estimating you would only spend about 10% of your time output learning. If you're learning Korean in some sort of institution … Continue reading Output learning and why it is critical

Grammar – This looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels strange

The grammar 아/어보이다 only applies to how something 'looks'. Have you ever wanted to say "this sounds X" or "this smells Y" but couldn't figure out how to say it? Taking the adjective 'strange' for example, in English we have the same grammar for it looks strange, it sounds strange, it feels strange, it smells … Continue reading Grammar – This looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels strange

Compilation of reading resources

Below is a compiled list of Korean reading resources I've personally used at some point and would endorse for reading practice. I've sorted it by category and more loosely by ascending difficulty. At lower levels you will be limited to resources created specifically for learners. Which means content from TTMIK, Howtostudykorean and Koreanclass101 will form an … Continue reading Compilation of reading resources

Advanced quotation expressions, part 1

Advanced quotation expressions are formed by combining the usual quotation expressions with other grammar principles such as -는데, -면, -면서, -니까 I'm going to cover two quotation forms. -는/ㄴ다고 and -(으)라고, and for the purpose of demonstration I will use the 하다 verb. At the end I'll show the conjugation rules for verbs with 받침 … Continue reading Advanced quotation expressions, part 1