Korean Vocabulary: 말 지어내다


It is not enough to learn Korean grammar and sentence patterns. Without enough vocabulary, we cannot form sentences. It is also important to learn phrases and collocations instead of just words as Korean is rich in vocabulary influenced by culture and entirely different from that of our native language. It can help us sound more natural and sensible when speaking Korean. Here are five of them with sample sentences in Korean and English.

정상이 아니다
to be not normal

그 여자 진짜 정상이 아니거든요.
That woman isn’t really normal.

말 지어내다
to come up with words
to make up a story

그럼 애들이 없는 말 지어냈다는 거예요?
Then you are saying the kids came up with that all?

훔쳐가다
to steal and go

맞잖아요 소매치기! 우리 돈 훔쳐갔잖아요!
You are really a pickpocket. You stole our money.

길 건너 타다
to cross the road and ride from there

남산타워? 길 건너 타야지.
You have to get on from the other side.

진료 받다
to get diagnosed

지가 의사면 의사지 내가 자기 진료 받으러 왔나?
I know he is a doctor, but does he think I came to get diagnosed?