안녕하세요!

For those of you who don’t know, 안녕하세요(?) is the standard, polite, not-too-formal way of greeting someone in Korean. It can be written with or without the question mark.

So, yes, I am studying Korean. And, no, I’m not very good at it…yet. I still don’t know what drove me to study it. I didn’t have any Korean friends growing up. I don’t know any Koreans…physically, that is. My Asian friends were/are all Vietnamese or Laotian. Sometimes, I think: “Where did this come from?” hehehe.

Well, anyways, I just wanted to share the very first complete sentence that I made:

As you know, I like to eat = 니가 아는 것처럼 나 먹는 것을 좋아해(요). -요 is verb ending that makes the sentence, well,  standard, polite, and not-too-formal, and it can be dropped if you are speaking with a close friend or a younger person. I love this sentence not only because I wrote it, but also because it’s true, hehehe. As proof, here are the contents of a care package I received from a Korean friend. (I still can’t stop smiling when I think about the day I got it).

P.s. I’m sure more and more people are surfing the web looking for anything that has to do with South Korea in no small part due to PSY’s popularity. If you haven’t yet (which I doubt), check out his video Gangnam Style (강남스타일).

안녕!

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