"Is Korea quiet?"

Translation:한국은 조용해요?

January 8, 2018

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How do you conjugate verbs? I was never taught


The app "Dongsa"


Check out the grammar lessons by ttmik (talk to me in korean) on their website. Very helpful and free


I'll try to be as simple as possible.

Let's take 보다 as our example. 보다 - To see 보 - root verb 보고싶다 [보 + 고싶다] - Want to see (


These lessons have tips, though they may only work on the website and not in the app. The verb here is 조용하다, which is kind of a compound verb so the part you need to conjugate is 하다. In the polite speech level 해요체, 하다 gets conjugated to 해요 for both statements and questions


Jo Yong hae yo 조용해요. 조 Joe, 용 dragon, 해요 is. Jo young. 조용 Joe Young. Joe, be quiet, you dragon. You draaag on and on and on, all day loooong.

조용해요 (To be quiet)

Just me trying to remember the word xD, intangible words are a pain to remember, using Mnemonics can help.


Where's the adverb in this sentence? There's only a noun and a verb.


There is no adverb. "To be quiet" in Korean is represented by the descriptive verb 조용하다


Is this actually a question?.. because I noticed that questions don't usually end with 'haeyo'..


I think 해요 are sometimes used interchangeably. And to distinguish a question from a statement is the tone or the punctuation marks. (Probably, im not so sure)


It can still be a question and end in 아/어/해요 form


It will depend on how you say the phrase, in portuguese and spanish it's the same thing, you need to change your tone when speaking to make understand that you are making a question


Same in Russian, for example.


조용하다 means 'to be important' too, right? So basically this sentence can also mean that: "Is Korea important?" And you can just tell by the context?

  • 조용하다 = "to be quiet"
  • 중요하다 = "to be important"


ㅗ sounds so much like ㅜ in these audio clips. I wish I could hear a Korean speaker say 조용 and 주융 a bunch of times in a row so I could hear the difference. I expect ㅗ to sound like oh but it always sounds like oo

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