Last time I spend some time on the Korean names for fruits and vegetables found in Belgium. Today we are going to go a step further and explore verbs and adjectives that we can use when doing the groceries. In this post I am particularly interested about asking for help and expressing your thoughts about products in Korean.

Supermarkets, Markets and Shops

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First thing on our list is learn some essential nouns related to doing groceries. What kind of nouns? Well you need to know the names of the places where you can do groceries. Knowing the word for supermarket is simply not enough. If you want real quality or something unique you might want to go to a market, a butcher or a general store. 10 locations would be enough for a start I believe.

  • Department store – 백화점
  • Supermarket – 슈퍼마켓
  • Market – 시장
  • Store – 가게
  • Butcher shop – 정육점
  • Bakery –  빵집
  • Greengrocer – 야채가게
  • General store – 잡화점
  • Convenience store – 편의점
  • Aisle – 복도

Beautiful and Rotten Fruits

Besides knowing the names of places where we can do our shopping and groceries it is important that we can describe the things we are looking for. So now we’ll give an extensive list with some descriptive adjectives. Since we are dealing with groceries we will stick to adjectives that are good to know when describing food.

  • To be cheap – 싸다
  • To be expensive – 비싸다
  • To be fresh – 신선하다
  • To be spoiled; To rot, to decay; – 상하다
  • To be good – 좋다
  • To be bad – 나쁘다
  • To be few; To be little, to be small – 적다
  • To be many, to be a lot – 많다
  • To be beautiful – 아름답다
  • To be pretty – 예쁘다
  • To be ugly; to be unattractive – 못생기다
  • To be sold out – 팔리다

To do groceries is buying

But we have learned any verbs yet. Without verbs we simply cannot say what we are doing so now that we are doing groceries we should probably focus on some verbs around that theme.

  • To sell – 팔다
  • To buy – 사다
  • To do grocery shopping – 장을 보다
  • To give a discount – 할인을 주다
  • To get a discount – 할인을 받다
  • To browse, to look around – 둘러보다
  • To shop – 쇼핑하다
  • To pick, to choose – 고르다
  • To carry – 나르다
  • To throw away (trash) – 버리다

That are all the words for this post. I think this is the perfect amount to spend some time with. I am planning to write a short story using these words and the words from my previous vocabulary post. I think it will be fun. Maybe you can do the same and share it with me in the comments?


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Nick is a someone who enjoys exploring new and different things. 2 years ago when he met his Korean friends he decided to go for it and learn Korean. Now he is struggling with the language while sharing an apartment with his Korean roomie.

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