Present Tense

Korean Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Korean. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Korean Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Korean, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Korean

Present Korean Audio
I see you저는 당신을 봅니다 [jeoneun dangsin-eul bobnida]
I write with a pen저는 펜으로 씁니다 [jeoneun pen-eulo sseubnida]
You love apples당신은 사과들을 좋아합니다 [dangsin-eun sagwadeul-eul joh-ahabnida]
You give money당신은 돈을 줍니다 [dangsin-eun don-eul jubnida]
You play tennis당신은 테니스를 칩니다 [dangsin-eun teniseuleul chibnida]
He reads a book그는 책을 읽습니다 [geuneun chaeg-eul ilgseubnida]
He understands me그는 나를 이해합니다 [geuneun naleul ihaehabnida]
She has a cat그녀는 고양이를 가지고있습니다 [geunyeoneun goyang-ileul gajigoissseubnida]
She knows my friend그녀는 제 친구를 압니다 [geunyeoneun je chinguleul abnida]
We want to learn우리는 배우고 싶습니다 [ulineun baeugo sipseubnida]
We think Spanish is easy우리는 스페인어가 쉽다고 생각합니다 [ulineun seupein-eoga swibdago saeng-gaghabnida]
You (plural) work here당신들은 여기서 일합니다 [dangsindeul-eun yeogiseo ilhabnida]
You (plural) speak French당신들은 프랑스어를 씁니다 [dangsindeul-eun peulangseueoleul sseubnida]
They drive a car그들은 차를 운전합니다 [geudeul-eun chaleul unjeonhabnida]
They smile그들은 웃습니다 [geudeul-eun us-seubnida]


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Korean

Accident사고 [sago]
Allergy알러지 [alleoji]
Ambulance구급차 [gugeubcha]
Asthma천식 [cheonsig]
Danger위험 [wiheom]
Doctor의사 [uisa]
Headache두통 [dutong]
Heart attack심장마비 [simjangmabi]
Help me도와주세요 [dowajuseyo]
Hospital병원 [byeong-won]
Medicines약 [yag]
Pharmacy약국 [yaggug]
Poison독약 [dog-yag]
Police경찰 [gyeongchal]
Stomach ache복통 [bogtong]
Stroke뇌졸증 [noejoljeung]


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Daily Conversation in Korean

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Korean Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Korean

Are you okay?괜찮습니까? [gwaenchanhseubnikka?]
Call a doctor!의사를 불러주세요 [uisaleul bulleojuseyo]
Call the ambulance!구급차를 불러주세요 [gugeubchaleul bulleojuseyo]
Call the police!경찰을 불러주세요 [gyeongchal-eul bulleojuseyo]
Calm down!진정해요 [jinjeonghaeyo]
Fire!불이야 [bul-iya]
I feel sick저 아파요 [jeo apayo]
It hurts here여기가 아파요 [yeogiga apayo]
It's urgent!응급상황입니다! [eung-geubsanghwang-ibnida!]
Stop!그만해요/멈춰요 [geumanhaeyo/meomchwoyo]
Thief!도둑이야 [dodug-iya]
Where is the closest pharmacy?가장 가까운 약국은 어디입니까? [gajang gakkaun yaggug-eun eodiibnikka?]
You look beautiful! (to a woman)무엇? [mueos?]
You have a beautiful name확실해요? [hwagsilhaeyo?]
This is my wife조심하세요 [josimhaseyo]
This is my husband건배! [geonbae!]

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Korean about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Korean Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Korean homepage.

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