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Korean for English-Speaking Dummies

A lovely thing happens when you live overseas: you start to learn a new language.  While some new words stick because of their funny sound, other words remain baffling.

While living in Korea, I’ve noticed that sometimes I can Konglish up my English and people understand me.  Part of this is because a remarkable amount of Korean words are English, or a variation of English.  Sometimes I’ll have to add a syllable at the end of a word, or omit an ‘r’ from a word, but there are ways to get my point across.

Below is a list of words that are the same in both English and Korean.  I’ll include Korean pronunciation for the words that aren’t exactly the same.  If you read this list aloud, you will have just spoken over 100 Korean words.

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