korean study challenge, week 1

Recently I have been motivated to up my Korean study, which for the past year or so, has pretty much been nonexistent.  And so now in addition to my Korean cooking challenge, I am issuing myself a Korean study challenge.

Should I call it “Study Like a Korean High School Student?”

No because that means I’ve got to do things like memorize hundreds of words per day and eat pages out of the dictionary. Actually my Korean co-teacher once took it upon herself to tutor me in Korean and gave me a huge list of words I should learn by the next day. The words were in no way related, simply listed alphabetically, and I could only learn about 10 or 15 words by the next day, and she was so disappointed. So no, I will not be studying like a Korean high school student. But I will be spending at least an hour per day studying and practicing with my husband.

Text: 외국인을 위한 한국어 어휘 연습 : 초급 

I’ve been working my way through this book over the past two years and for various reasons I have not gotten very far, but it’s seriously such an excellent textbook. So many new words in each chapter. For each word there might be synonyms and antonyms and example sentences full of new words and grammar patterns. It can be a bit overwhelming, but I’ve ended up learning a lot from using it. I’ll be sharing the a unit’s new-to-me vocabulary words at the beginning of each week, and at the end of the week, the results of the unit wrap-up test. Woo 화이팅 here we go!

♡ Unit 5 Vocabulary ♡

5-1: 가족, 친척


  1. 가족 모임: family meeting
  2. 친척: relative
  3. 고모: paternal aunt
  4. 고모부: paternal aunt’s husband
  5. 이모: maternal aunt
  6. 아들딸: son and daughter
  7. 자녀: children
  8. 사촌: cousin
  9. 사촌 형제: cousins
  10. 헹제: sibling
  11. 외삼촌:maternal uncle
  12. 숙부: paternal uncle (father’s younger brother)
  13. 숙무: paternal uncle’s wife (father’s younger brother’s wife)
  14. 시어머니: mother-in-law (only used for husband’s mother)
  15. 조카: nephew/niece
  16. 큰아버지: paternal uncle (father’s older brother)
  17. 큰집: father’s older brother’s house
  18. 큰어머니: paternal aunt (father’s older brother’s wife)
  19. 작은 아버지: uncle (father’s younger brother)

5-2: 관계

  1. 약혼: engagement
  2. 이혼: divorce
  3. 신혼여행: honeymoon
  4. 누구나: whoever
  5. 누구든지: anyone
  6. 아무: anyone, no one
  7. 시부모: parents-in-law
  8. 부부사이: husband-wife relationship
  9. 서로서로: with each other
  10. 소개하다: to introduce
  11. 소개로 만나다: to be introduced
  12. 자기소개: self-introduction
  13. 친구소개: a friend’s introduction
  14. 아무도: no one (아무+도=negative)
  15. 아무라도, 아무나: anyone (아무+ 라도/나=positive)
  16. 애인: significant other
  17. 저희: we (formal)
  18. 친한친구: a close friend
  19. 친구를 사귀다: to get to know a friend
  20. 친하다: to be close
  21. 친하게 지내다: to be good friends
  22. 형제자매: brothers and sisters
  23. 자매: sisters

5-3: 이름, 나이, 성별

  1. 나이가 들다: to age
  2. 나이를 먹다: to get older
  3. 연세: age (for elders)
  4. 노인: elderly, senior citizens
  5. 늙은이: elderly
  6. 청년: youth
  7. 드리다: to give (hon)
  8. 뵙다: to meet (hon)
  9. 부르다: to call
  10. 노래를 부르다: to sing the song
  11. 이름을 부르다: to call the name
  12. 아기: baby
  13. 아기가 울다: the baby cries
  14. 아기가 태어나다: the baby is born
  15. 아기를 낳다: to give birth
  16. 아이: child
  17. 어린 아이: a young child
  18. 노는 아이: the playing child
  19. 아이를 돌보다: to watch over a child
  20. 자식: children
  21. 아주머니: a lady, like an auntie
  22. 어른: adult
  23. 어른이 되다: to become an adult
  24. 유명하다: to be famous
  25. 아름을 짓다: to give a name
  26. 성명: full name
  27. 성함: family name and last name
  28. 잡수시다: to eat (hon)

5-4: 외모, 성격

  1. 외모: appearance, look
  2. 성격: personality
  3. 다정하다: to be affectionate
  4. 모습: image, reflection
  5. 똑똑하다: to be smart, bright
  6. 머리를 똑똑하다: to be very intelligent
  7. 마음: personality, a thought or idea
  8. 마음씨: mind, heart
  9. 마음이 좋다: to have a good heart/personality
  10. 마음이 넓다: to be generous
  11. 마음에 들다: to like something
  12. 부지런하다: to be diligent, hard-working
  13. 부지런한 사람: a hard-working person
  14. 부지런하게 일하다: to work diligently
  15. 게으르다: to be laxy
  16. 성격이 밝다: to have a bright/positive personality
  17. 성격이 좋다: to have a good personality
  18. 성격이 급하다: to be quick-tempered
  19. 잘생기다: to be good-looking, handsome
  20. 잘생긴 남자: a handsome man
  21. 못생기다: to be ugly
  22. 착하게 살다: to live a good life
  23. 못되다: to be mean
  24. 친절하다: to be kind and gentle

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