Learn Korean with Lee Suho aka Cha Eun Woo from True Beauty Kdrama

Calling for #teamsuho aka Cha Eun Woo in True Beauty drama. Who says webtoon character is not real? Cha Eun Woo does answer it. Born as Lee Dong Min 24 years ago, Cha Eun Woo definitely represents Lee Suho character from True Beauty. He is typically boyfriend material who takes every girlโ€™s breath away. No doubt that Lim Jukyung (Moon Ga Young) falls for him. He vividly depicts a role model: class president, smartest student, good at sports. First impression, he might be super cool. However, he really cares for someone he loves (girlfriend and best friend). Following the hype of this drama and Cha Eun Woo popularity, why donโ€™t we learn some interesting dialogues from his scenes in this drama? This learning Korean section will be so fun!

1. Cha Eun Woo Introduction in Korean for True Beauty Kdrama

Cha Eun Woo introduction to True Beauty Kdrama
Source: Vogue Korea

Introduction is one of essential greetings in Korean. We should introduce ourselves politely by using formal sentences. Korean celebrities are used to introducing themselves first in press conference, interview, or project promotion. So does Cha Eun Woo when he is in interview. He says ์ €๋Š” โ€˜์ด์ˆ˜ํ˜ธ’ ์—ญ์„ ์ฐจ์€์šฐ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (Jeoneun โ€˜Lee Suho’ yeogeul Cha Eun Woo-imnida). ์ € (Jeo) is subject pronoun for โ€œIโ€ followed by subject particle -๋Š”. ์—ญ (Yeog) means role. Meanwhile, particle -ใ…‚๋‹ˆ๋‹ค placed after noun indicates a formal declarative sentence. So, the whole meaning of this sentence is โ€œI am Cha Eun Woo, playing role as Lee Suhoโ€.

2. Learn Korean Interrogatives with Cha Eun Woo

Cha Eun Woo as Lee Suho in True Beauty

Source: ๊ณ ๋ชฝ YouTube

It is not coincidence that Suho and Jukyung meet again in Prince Comic. It seems Suho doesnโ€™t realize but he finds something weird. He asks ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ ์—ฌ๊ธฐ์„œ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๋ƒ? (Eotteohke yeogiseo mannanya?). ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ (Eotteohke) is interrogative determiner for โ€œhowโ€. ์—ฌ๊ธฐ์„œ (Yeogiseo) is adverb that means โ€œhereโ€. Actually there are 3 types of adverb: ์—ฌ๊ธฐ (yeogi), ๊ฑฐ๊ธฐ (geogi), ์ €๊ธฐ (jeogi). ์—ฌ๊ธฐ (Yeogi) is used when the location of conversation is near from both speaker and listener. ๊ฑฐ๊ธฐ (Geogi) or โ€œthereโ€ indicates that the location is close to the listener but far from the speaker. Meanwhile, ์ €๊ธฐ (jeogi) or โ€œover thereโ€ is used when the location is far from the listener and speaker. ๋งŒ๋‚˜๋ƒ (Mannanya) derives from ๋งŒ๋‚˜๋‹ค (mannada) which means โ€œto meetโ€ added by suffix -๋ƒ to create a banmal (informal form). ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ ์—ฌ๊ธฐ์„œ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๋ƒ? (Eotteohke yeogiseo mannanya?) can be translated to โ€œHow come we meet here?โ€

3. Learn Korean Adjectives with Cha Eun Woo in True Beauty

Cha Eun Woo Love Confession in True Beauty
Source: tvN drama

Suho finally confesses his love to Jukyung to clear the misunderstanding. Suho convinces that Jukyung is the one he loves. He says ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ ๋„ˆ์•ผ (naega johahaneun saram neoya). ๋‚ด (Nae) is subject pronoun for โ€œIโ€ added by subject particle -๊ฐ€. ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ (Johahaneun saram) is adjective phrase that means the person I like. ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋‹ค (Johahada) means โ€œto likeโ€ while ์‚ฌ๋žŒ (saram) means person. ๋„ˆ (Neo) means โ€œyouโ€ added by suffix -์•ผ to form informal (banmal) declarative sentence. So, ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ ๋„ˆ์•ผ (naega johahaneun saram neoya) means โ€œThe person I like is youโ€ or โ€œThe one I like is youโ€.

4. Learn Korean Interrogative Sentence

Lee Suho
Source: ๊ณ ๋ชฝ YouTube

This scene is the first meeting between Cha Eun Woo and Moon Ga Young taken from the first episode of True Beauty. Jukyung is about to jump from the rooftop but Suho finally saves her. He wonders why she wanted to end her life. He ask ๋ญ๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ํž˜๋“ค์–ด์„œ? (Mwoga geureohke himdeureoseo). ๋ญ (Mwo) is Korean interrogative word to ask โ€œwhatโ€ or something. It is added by subject particle -๊ฐ€. ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ (Geureohke) is adverb which has equivalent meaning to โ€œso, that, like that, that wayโ€. ํž˜๋“ค์–ด์„œ (Himdeureoseo) derives from the base form ํž˜๋“ค๋‹ค (himdeulda) that means โ€œhard/ difficultโ€. So, the suitable translation of ๋ญ๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ํž˜๋“ค์–ด์„œ? (Mwoga geureohke himdeureoseo) is โ€œWhat is it that make it so hard?โ€

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