Learn through Korean proverbs (and Naver)

Sofie to Korea

All languages have proverbs that often originate from ancient times and provide an invaluable insight into the culture and mindset of the native speakers. The more proverbs you know in your native language as well as in others, the more you’ll be able to understand the nuances of the language and how the language is rooted in the culture and history. In Korean, such proverbs are usually divided into two categories. The first category is “real” proverbs called 속담 like we know from western languages such as “the early bird catches the worm”, and “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. The second category consists of what I would rather call Chinese-origin expressions. They are called 한자성어 or 사자성어 in Korean, roughly meaning Chinese expressions and four-character expressions, respectively.

I’ve discussed this in previous blog posts, but this time I’d like to go a step further…

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