Korean Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Korean which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used 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.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Korean. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Korean

Questions Korean Audio
How?어떻게? [eonje?]
What?무엇을? [eodilo?]
When?언제? [nugu?]
Where?어디로? [wae?]
Who?누구? [jeo wado dwaeyo?]
Why?왜? [dowadeulilkkayo?]

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Korean sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Korean Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?저 와도 돼요? [dowajusigess-eoyo?]
Can I help you?도와드릴까요? [geunyeoleul aseyo?]
Can you help me?도와주시겠어요? [yeong-eo hal jul aseyo?]
Do you know her?그녀를 아세요? [igeo eolmana eolyeowoyo?]
Do you speak English?영어 할 줄 아세요? [eolmana meongayo?]
How difficult is it?이거 얼마나 어려워요? [igeo eolmayeyo?]
How far is this?얼마나 먼가요? [eotteohge jibulhago sip-euseyo?]
How much is this?이거 얼마예요? [igeo mwolago bulleoyo?]
How would you like to pay?어떻게 지불하고 싶으세요? [ileum-i mwoyeyo?]
What is this called?이거 뭐라고 불러요? [myeoch sieyo?]
What is your name?이름이 뭐예요? [uli eonje mannal su iss-eulkkayo?]
What time is it?몇 시에요? [eodi sal-ayo?]
When can we meet?우리 언제 만날 수 있을까요? [nuga mun-eul dudeuligo issjyo?]
Where do you live?어디 살아요? [igeo wae bissayo?]
Who is knocking at the door?누가 문을 두드리고 있죠? [jal moleugess-eoyo.]
Why is it expensive?이거 왜 비싸요? [je mal-eul al-a deul-euseyo?]


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Korean, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Korean

Misunderstanding Korean Audio
Can you repeat?잘 모르겠어요. [yeong-eolo geu mal-i museun tteus-ieyo?]
Can you speak slowly?제 말을 알아 들으세요? [munje eobs-eoyo.]
Did you understand what I said?영어로 그 말이 무슨 뜻이에요? [dasi malsseumhae jusigess-eoyo?]
Don't worry!문제 없어요. [geogjeong maseyo!]
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)다시 말씀해 주시겠어요? [ige mwo-eyo?]
How do you say "OK" in French?걱정 마세요! [bul-eolo jeogeol mwolago haeyo?]
I don't know!이게 뭐에요? [joesonghabnida.]
I don't understand!불어로 저걸 뭐라고 해요? [maj-ayo?]
I need to practice my French죄송합니다. [teullyeoyo?]
Is that right?맞아요? [silsu]
Is that wrong?틀려요? [dasi malsseumhae juseyo.]
Mistake실수 [sseo juseyo.]
My French is bad다시 말씀해 주세요. [ppalli]
No problem!써 주세요. [cheoncheonhi]
Quickly빨리 [jogeum cheoncheonhi malsseumhae jusigess-eoyo?]
Slowly천천히 [malhada]
Sorry (to apologize)조금 천천히 말씀해 주시겠어요? [bul-eoleul yeonseubhaeya haeyo.]
To speak말하다 [bul-eolo ""gwaenchanh-ayo""leul eotteohge malhaeyo?]
What does that word mean in English?불어를 연습해야 해요. [mwolago haeya haeyo?]
What is this?불어로 ""괜찮아요""를 어떻게 말해요? [mwolagoyo?]
What should I say?뭐라고 해야 해요? [jeoneun bul-eoleul jal moshaeyo.]
What?뭐라고요? [mollayo.]
What's that called in French?저는 불어를 잘 못해요. [geugeos]
Write it down please!몰라요. [yeogi]


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Daily Conversation in Korean

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Korean Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Korean

English Korean Audio
This그것 [jeogi]
That여기 [jinjja]
Here저기 [salanghabnida]
There진짜 [naeil jeonyeog-e sigan iss-eoyo?]
In The Morning사랑합니다 [dangsin-eul jeonyeogsigsa-e chodaehago sip-eoyo]
In the evening내일 저녁에 시간 있어요? [gyeolhonhasyeoss-eoyo?/gihon-iseyo?]
At Night당신을 저녁식사에 초대하고 싶어요 [jeoneun mihon-ieyo]
Really!결혼하셨어요?/기혼이세요? [nalang gyeolhonhaejullaeyo?]
Look!저는 미혼이에요 [geu nolan pen-eun chajgi swiwoyo]
Hurry up!나랑 결혼해줄래요? [nolan pen hananeun chajgi swiwoyo]

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Korean about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Korean Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Korean homepage.

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