2 years ago
laughingbeans
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Korean Vocab of the Day #2 "세상에는 공짜없다" (There's no free lunch)
세상: the world
~에는: in
공짜: free thing, or free as adjective
없다: there is not
MORE ABOUT "공짜"
공짜 means the same as '무료'
공짜 actually sounds quite casual and you will not use the word for official situations such as documents or business meetings. For such situations, try to use 무료 instead.
For example, in the hotel, you might find this sign that says 'Wifi 무료'
When you ask someone to see if something is free, you can say '이 XX는 무료입니까?'
For example, 이 주스는 무료입니까? 이 사과는 무료입니까? 이 책은 무료입니까?
The opposite word is '유료 (paid)'. You may find the signage in front of buildings in Korea that says '유료 주차장' which means "paid parking"
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This is a terrific card! I knew 무료, but not 유료! Fortunately they're close enough in spelling to remember.
2 years ago·Reply
Hi danidee, glad you find the card helpful! :) We have many such words. 유선 vs. 무선 (wired vs. wireless). 유한 vs. 무한 (limited vs. unlimited). 유 (有: existent) &무 (無: non-existent) come from Chinese characters. Happy to answer any questions if any!
2 years ago·Reply
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Oh wow, thanks so much. I had a feeling it was all related back to Hanja because they both have that 료 stem. What does 료 usually mean when it's used?
2 years ago·Reply
Yes! That is very true. Most of Korean words are related back to Chinese characters. "료(料)" also comes from Chinese character meaning "price". "료" is used combined with many other words such as 요금 (fare, fee). (When "료" comes at the very front of a word, it becomes '요') Hope this helps!
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