마이클의 5분 과외

Dec. 18, 2012

Christmas spirit
I’m starting to get into the Christmas spirit.
It’s looking very Christmassy in here!
Is the footage salvageable?
That class is completely unmanageable.
Her voice is unmistakable. / She has an unmistakable husky voice.
It was an absolutely unforeseeable turn of events (사태 전환).
In Korea in the 70s it would’ve been unthinkable for a woman to smoke in the street.
Their fries are unbeatable.
I was given the unenviable task of firing our newest teacher.

Dec. 6, 2012

5분 과외 34편: -able로 끝나는 유용한 단어들!


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Is tomorrow doable?
Workable (plan, schedule)
That schedule sounds workable.
Is it walkable?
I cracked my screen yesterday, but I think it’s fixable.
It’s a quality product at an affordable price.
Manageable (hair, situation)
The situation is difficult, but manageable.
My hair is completely unmanageable

Nov. 24, 2012

5분과외 답답하다를 영어로

It’s cramped in here.
This room is a little cramped.
These seats are so cramped.


Stifling weather
Stifling heat
Stifling humidity

I’m frustrated.
It’s so frustrating.
English is so frustrating.

Tied down
Pent up
I feel tied down.

I feel trapped in this job.

It’s so stuffy in here.
(X) I’m so stuffy.
(X) I feel so stuffy.

Nov. 17, 2012

To go out
To be going out

To be together
To be a couple
To be an item

To be dating
To go steady

To be seeing each other
To be in a committed relationship

Are you two serious?

How long have you been together?

Nov. 9, 2012

‘멍때리다’를 영어로

I zoned out: 잠깐 멍때리고 있었다
Lost in thought: 생각에 잠긴 상태

Spaced out: 생각에 잠긴 상태

  • I was spacing out for a second.
  • I spaced out for a second.

I spaced it: 까맣게 잊어버렸다.

My mind was wandering: 딴 생각하고 있었다.

In the zone: ~ 삼매경

  • Nothing could distract me today. I was really in the zone.

대선 특집!
Presidential Election Terminology

  • The election is just around the corner.
  • He ran on a _____ platform.
  • Who are you going to vote for?
  • Who do you think will win the election?
  • I usually support the Republicans, but I voted for Obama last time around.
  • He has a conservative bent.
  • He has conservative leanings.
  • He launched a vicious offensive against his rival.
  • I’m a Democrat.
  • I’m a Republican.
  • I’m an Independant.
  • I’m a liberal.
  • I’m a conservative.

A term (in office): 임기, 재임
Candidate: 후보
Political pledges: 공약
A Gaffe: 실수, 실책
A political party: 당
Platform: 정강, 정책의 큰 줄기
Offensive: 공세
Controversial: 논란이 되는
Remarks: 발언
To run as an independent: 무소속으로 출마하다


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8 thoughts on “마이클의 5분 과외

  1. Hi, Michael 선생님
    I am teaching Korean in American high schools in AZ. I love your website and teach my kids the expressions that I learned here. As you see my English is still limited, your video helps me a lot as well. Hope my students become a fluent Korean speaker someday. I would appreciate if you correct any mistakes from my writing.

    1. Hi!
      Thanks for stopping by the site.

      So, you’re teaching Korean in an American high school?
      Wow, that’s great! I didn’t realize that Korean was being taught in US high schools.
      I’m glad to hear that my site has been of help to you. Let me know what I can do to help out.
      I wish you and your students great success!


  2. 3개월 붓글씨 배워 본 청년으로써 뒷 배경이 맘에 듭니다.^^
    한국어 발음이 너무 좋으세요~ 한국에 오래 계셨는지, 처음 배울 때(외국인이) 고치기 어려운 된소리 발음도 거의 없으시고요. 일단 영어공부 너무 재밌게 하고 갑니다!

    1. 안녕하세요.
      네, 붓글씨 정말 재미있죠? 시간만 된다면 지금이라도 다시 서예 학원에 다니고 싶어요.
      서예 연습을 하면서 국악이나 클래식 음악을 들으면 스트레스가 다 녹아버리는 것 같아요.
      제 사이트를 통해서 재미있게 공부한다고 하시니 흐뭇하네요. 혹시 나중에 학교에서 배우지 못하는 영어 표현이 있으면 여기서 물어봐요. ^^


  3. ‘멍때리다’ 재밌게 봤어요. 궁금했는데 알게되서 좋네용.^^
    근데 예전에 Ben아저씨(?)랑 함께 진행하신것도 참 재미있던데 이제 안나오시나봐요?
    두 분이 대화하시는거 듣는것도 나름 듣기 공부도 되고 좋았거든요.
    아, 그리구 총정리 스타일로 하는것도 너무 도움 많이 되고 좋았어요. 스피디하게 배울 수 있어서 좋더라구요.
    제가 젤 싫어하는 다림질 할때 항상 듣고 있는데 이제 다림질이 즐거워요~ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

    1. All right, we’ll make another one of the comprehensive review podcasts soon.
      You can listen to it while you do the ironing ㅎㅎ.
      Last time the audio quality wasn’t very good, though, so we need to fix that.

      Thanks for listening!


  4. 역시 시즌에 맞춰 special video podcast 올려주시는 센스^^
    앞으로 요런 특집 많이 부탁드려요~~ 한가지 질문, 후보 단일화는 어떻게 말하나요?? ㅎㅎ

    1. Thanks for the support! ^^

      We’d probably just call that “setting forth a single candidate” or “aligning behind a single candidate.”
      For example, “The opposition must set forth a single candidate before the Nov. 24 registration deadline.”


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