Skip main navigation

Key Expressions 2

Key expressions 2
6.6
Prof.
6.6
Bae: The second expression we’ll learn today is, “You must be very tired.” When you’re in a conversation with a friend and the friend discuss something good or bad that happened to them. how do you usually react? You’d usually express empathy towards how the friend is feeling, right? Likewise, when expressing empathy towards other people’s feelings in Korean, we use the phrase ‘-겠어요.’ This phrase is typically used with adjectives or verbs, and we use “-겠어요” regardless of whether the adjectives or verbs have final consonants (기분 좋다, 즐겁다) or not (기분 나쁘다, 짜증나다). Now, I’ll talk about something that happened to me yesterday. Listen carefully and try expressing empathy. I worked overtime until 11 p.m. last night.
74.2
This time how about you share something that happened to you yesterday, Rachel?
79.3
Rachel: I couldn’t do my assignment yesterday because my computer broke down.

The second expression we’ll be learning today is “정말 피곤하겠어요(You must be very tired.)”

When expressing empathy towards other people’s feelings in Korean, we use the phrase ‘-겠어요.’ This phrase is typically used with adjectives or verbs, and we use “-겠어요” regardless of whether the adjectives or verbs have final consonants (기분 좋다 = feeling good/in a good mood, 즐겁다 = fun/joyful) or not (기분 나쁘다 = feel terrible/in a bad mood, 짜증나다 = “annoyed”).

Now, let’s try expressing empathy.

Example
  • 저 어제 밤 11시까지 야근했어요.
    => 정말 힘들겠어요.

  • 어제 컴퓨터가 고장나서 과제를 못 했어요.
    => 짜증나겠어요.

This article is from the free online

Intermediate Korean: Exploring the Language and Culture of Korea

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education