Past Tense

Korean Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Korean. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Korean

Past Korean Audio
I saw you저는 당신을 봤습니다
jeoneun dangsin-eul bwassseubnida
I wrote with a pen저는 펜으로 썼습니다
jeoneun pen-eulo sseossseubnida
You loved apples당신은 사과들을 좋아했습니다
dangsin-eun sagwadeul-eul joh-ahaessseubnida
You gave money당신은 돈을 주었습니다
dangsin-eun don-eul jueossseubnida
You played tennis당신은 테니스를 쳤습니다
dangsin-eun teniseuleul chyeossseubnida
He read (past tense) a book그는 책을 읽었습니다
geuneun chaeg-eul ilg-eossseubnida
He understood me그는 나를 이해했습니다
geuneun naleul ihaehaessseubnida
She had a cat그녀는 고양이를 가졌었습니다
geunyeoneun goyang-ileul gajyeoss-eossseubnida
She knew my friend그녀는 제 친구를 알았습니다
geunyeoneun je chinguleul al-assseubnida
We wanted to learn우리는 배우고 싶었습니다
ulineun baeugo sip-eossseubnida
We thought Spanish is easy우리는 스페인어가 쉽다고 생각했습니다
ulineun seupein-eoga swibdago saeng-gaghaessseubnida
You (plural) worked here당신들은 여기서 일했습니다
dangsindeul-eun yeogiseo ilhaessseubnida
You (plural) spoke French당신들은 프랑스어를 했습니다
dangsindeul-eun peulangseueoleul haessseubnida
They drove a car그들은 차를 운전했습니다
geudeul-eun chaleul unjeonhaessseubnida
They smiled그들은 웃었습니다
geudeul-eun us-eossseubnida


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List of Colors in Korean

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Korean

Colors Korean Audio
Dark color어두운 색
eoduun saeg
Light color밝은 색
balg-eun saeg


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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

English Korean Audio
Black is his favorite color검정은 제가 가장 좋아하는 색깔이에요
geomjeong-eun jega gajang joh-ahaneun saegkkal-ieyo
I have black hair저의 머리는 검은색이에요
jeoui meolineun geom-eunsaeg-ieyo
Red is not his favorite color빨강은 그가 가장 좋아하는 색이 아니에요
ppalgang-eun geuga gajang joh-ahaneun saeg-i anieyo
She drives a yellow car그녀는 노랑색 차를 운전해요
geunyeoneun nolangsaeg chaleul unjeonhaeyo
The sky is blue하늘이 파란색이에요
haneul-i palansaeg-ieyo
Your cat is white당신의 고양이는 흰색이에요
dangsin-ui goyang-ineun huinsaeg-ieyo
I enjoyed myself very much저는 매우 즐거워요
jeoneun maeu jeulgeowoyo
I agree with you동의해요
Are you sure?확실해요?
Be careful!조심하세요
Would you like to go for a walk?산책할래요?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Korean about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Korean Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Korean homepage.

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