Level 4 Lesson 13 / Word builder 4 / 불(不)


Welcome to another lesson in the Word Builder series. In the Word Builder lessons, we introduce letters and words that work as building blocks of the Korean vocabulary. They are not necessarily all Hanja words based on Chinese characters, but many of them are.

Hope you enjoy this lesson, and we are looking at the word “부/불” [bu/bul].


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Level 4 Lesson 13 / Word builder 4 / 불(不)
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  • Nate Richey

    이거 수업이 불변이에요! 어떻게 부와 불 사용 때 아라거에요? 암기해 필요합니까?

    (This lesson is difficult! How will I know when to use 불 and 부? Do I need to memorize it?)

    • 현미

      괜찮아요. Just notice when words use which one. 🙂

  • 현미

    정말 재미있어요. 🙂
    매일 아침 버스가 좀 불편하니까 집에서 일찍 나와야 해요.
    I have to leave the house early every morning because the bus is kinda inconvenient.

  • Yuki

    네가 하지 않은 일에 대해 사과하는 것은 부당이다 그래서 사과도 하지마 알았어? (It is unjust of you to apologize for something you have not done. So don’t even apologize. Okay?)

    불타오르네는 좋은 노래예요 (Fire is a good song)

    치마를 입으면 불편이에요 (It is uncomfortable to wear a skirt)

    그렇게 말하면 부적절하다 사과해 그리고 불만하지 않아 (Talk like that is inappropriate, apologize and don’t complain)

    내가 많은 사람들 사이에 있을 때 불안한 느끼미해요 (When I’m between a lot of people I feel anxious) <– this sounds unnatural even if I made it lol feel free to correct me 🙂

  • Dae

    1.그 사람은 불안하는 거 같아요. 어떻게? That person looks anxious. What should I do?
    2.눈이 울 때 싫어. 너무 블편해요. – I hate it when it snow. It’s is so inconvenient.
    3. 정말 불당해서 사과해 주세요. That’s really unfair so please apologize.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

  • 조슈아

    1. 왜 불안해요? Why are you anxious?
    2. 행동을 부적절 했어요. My behavior was inappropriate.

  • emilie

    너는 왜 불만 해야 돼요?
    why do you have to complain?
    나는 불안 있어요
    i have anxiety
    편지를 불완전 있어요
    the letter is incomplete

    • Axsi

      You can’t use “너” or “나” in 존댓말 (the 요 form), only in 반말. In 존댓말, You can use “저” for “I” or “me”, and for “you”, you can just say the person’s name, or not say it at all if it is known who it is. There is a lesson on it – Level 4, Lesson 5.