Imagine yourself talking to a friend at a local cafe in your mother tongue. You’re comfortable and you let your words flow naturally — and that’s when your “natural language” comes alive.
I know some of you are reading this because you're interested in starting to learn Korean or have already taken some lessons. Since, I myself, am a business owner working alongside native or locals, I am exposed to various levels of conversational Korean, from talking in a formal manner to clients or more casually with students.
I have determined the seven most repetitive and unnatural particles used to sound more natural when speaking Korean — most of these particles are in conjunctions and postpositions.
I am going to explain to you seven conversational alternatives that you can quite simply apply to your conversation in Korean. I will compare both the written and spoken forms in my examples, and which examples sound more natural to a native's ear.
Just to be clear, these examples are meant to spark casual conversations, but when it comes to business-level conversations or presentations, that's a different story.
So, here are seven simple changes you can make when speaking Korean to sound more natural.
V: Verb / A: Adjective
1. With (Something/someone)