What’s the difference? – Comparing similar Korean words

About this course

“A or B? How are they different? Which word is more appropriate in this sentence?” There must be no language learner who has never faced this kind of question. Unlike native speakers who can pick a more suitable word by intuition, we have to look up the dictionary and the internet, which is sometimes very tiring. This course will lower the hassles of all researching processes and moreover, it even provides natural examples of each word.

Target level

TTMIK Levels 4-5

What can you achieve through this course?

  • Learn differences in nuance and usage between two confusing Korean words or expressions
  • Learn how to use the words and expressions correctly in sentences

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What can you find inside the course?

  • 10 lessons

Customer reviews

"This is one of my favorite purchases from TTMIK. I really enjoy the "podcast" format of the audio tracks, which is engaging and clear enough to enjoy on the go. The ebook is a great accompaniment and makes sure both aural and verbal learning styles are covered. A great way to learn some of the intricacies of the Korean language without getting too complex for beginner and intermediate learners."

Gia T.

"I have found this to be one of the easiest ways to learn and understand Korean. When you hear a word you recognise and think you understand the context it's strange to hear another (unkown) word you're not expecting. This material puts everything in it's place, when to use a particular word over another. One of my favourites and looking forward to Volume 2"

Nicholas C.

"The e-book really helped me a lot in differentiating between two words which are very similar in meaning. I loved the sample sentences too. I look forward to buying the second volume."

Gui L.

Table of contents

  1. 잠시만요 vs. 잠깐만요/지금 vs. 이제/그리워요 vs. 보고 싶어요
  2. 지루해요 vs. 심심해요/피곤해요 vs. 힘들어요/정말 vs. 진짜
  3. 벌써 vs. 이미/감사합니다 vs. 고맙습니다/뿐이다 vs. 밖에 없다
  4. 어떻게 vs. 어떡해/선생님 vs. 스승님/장난 vs. 농담
  5. 바로 vs. 당장/일찍 vs. 빨리/신기해요 vs. 재미있어요
  6. 어렸을 때 vs. 젊었을 때/함께 vs. 같이/섭섭하다 vs. 서운하다
  7. 아쉽다 vs. 아깝다/아주 vs. 너무/자동차 vs. 자가용
  8. 집 vs. 주택/아빠 vs. 아버지 (엄마 vs. 어머니)/아버지 vs. 아버님 (어머니 vs. 어머님)
  9. 뛰다 vs. 달리다/가슴 vs. 마음/수업 vs. 강의 vs. 레슨
  10. 아기 vs. 아가/상사 vs. 사장님/수영하다 vs. 헤엄치다

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  1. John,

    Lesson 1, about 그립다 and 보 고 샵다, does one have a more romantic sense to it? Context of course would matter I suspect but just wondering if one carries more of that sense than the other.

    As always, great lessons!

  2. JMon,

    Is there a podcast of this on Spotify? I try to listen to TTMIK podcasts while I do my chores! 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Hi, this premium course is only available on our website 🙂 Thank you for your understanding!

  3. Siobhan Corscadden,

    Only just started this but I can tell its going to help me a lot. 감사함니다 🙂

    • Hyunwoo Sun,

      Thank you very much!!!

  4. Jim,

    I found this very fun and very useful. I’m currently finishing up Level 4 and am familar with most of these words, so this was a great refresher and a great way to properly slot them into the right ‘usage’ place in my brain. Thanks.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you!! 😍

  5. Ian Paul B. Saligumba,

    Done with this course! Kamsahamnida TTMIK!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,


  6. Maricris David,

    너무 재미있어요!! 파트 2 주세요 ㅠㅠ

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사해요 🙂