Learn Korean on Instagram!

Don't lean (on the railing)! The word for "to lean" in Korean is "기대다." When it's dangerous to lean on a railing, banister or door, you will often see a sign like the one above. In English, the object, i.e, that which should not be leaned upon (ㅋㅋ), would have to be stated for the sentence to sound natural. In Korean, however, just saying, "Don't lean" is common and accepted. Just as in English, the Korean verb for "lean" can be used metaphorically. In K-pop lyrics, it's common to hear something like "기댈 곳/사람 없다" (I have nowhere/no one to lean on). When you need a shoulder to cry on or a person you can depend on, you can say, "기댈 사람이 있었으면 좋겠어요" (lit. I wish I had someone I could lean on.) #studykorean #korean #hangul #seoultrip #한글 #learnhangul

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One thought on “Learn Korean on Instagram!

  1. 여긴 산호세 인데요. 선생님 강의 너무 좋아요. 공부하는 기분이 아니라서 더 머리에 남아요.
    여기서 현지 원어민 한테 영어 배우는거 보다 훨씬 좋아요.
    idiom 인데 두가지 뜻을 잘 모르겠어요. 꼭 좀 알려주시면 감사하겠어요.
    1. get with it
    2. in your face

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