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Topik Essay: Beginner’s Level 10회 Video

Topik Essay: Beginner’s Level 10회 Video

So sorry for the late upload. First my batteries died. Then I forgot to push the record button 3 times while making the video. I kid you not. I was interrupted by a phone call and my dog, lol. I have a new found respect for people who make YouTube videos. I had no idea how much time takes and I’m just recording myself writing.

Anyway this is my first writing video. It is for the Topik Beginner’s level 10회. I wrote each sentence one by one. Then I broke it down into parts and wrote the Korean meaning for each part. Then I wrote out the full sentence with each part in place. Let’s get to it:

The very first thing you have to know when writing is Korean is the sentence (문장) order. In English, it is Subject, Verb, Object. In Korean it is Subject, object verb. I try to always find the verb first and place it at the end of the clause. So if there are multiple clauses, you always have to have the verb or if there is a liking verb and adjective you omit the linking verb and just go straight for the adjective.

I \ really \ like \ to travel. 

나는 \ 진짜 \ 좋아한다 \ 여행하는것

나는 여행 하는 것을 진짜 좋아한다.

I \ traveled \ to 3 countries.

나는 \ 여행한 적이 있다 \ 3 개의 나라를

나는 세 개의 나라를 여행한적이 있다.

Last year \ I \ traveled \ to Canada.

작년에\ 나는 \ 여항을 갔다 \ 캐나다로

작년에 캐나다로 여행을 갔다.

When \ I was  \in elementary school, \ we \ traveled \ to Mexico.

때 \ 나는 \ 초등 학교 \ 우리 \ 영행을 다녀온 적이 있다 \ 멕시코로

나는 초등 학교 때 멕시코로 여행을 다녀온 적이 있다.

This year,\  we \ traveled \ to the Bahamas.

올해 \ 우리 가족 \ 여행을 갔다 \ 바하마로

올해 우리 가족은 바하마로 여행을 갔다.

My \ favorite \ place \ is \ the Bahamas.

내가 \ 가장 좋아하는 \ 장소 \ 이다 \ 바하마

내가 가장 좋아하는 장소는 바하마 이다. (note: my tutor said that because Bahama ends in a vowel, you can omit the 이 and just say 다.)

In the Bahamas,\ the weather \ is \ warm \ and \ the sky \ is \ clear.

바하마에는 \ 날씨가 \ 이다 \ 따뜻하다\ 그리고 or 고 \ 하늘이 \ 이다\ 맑다.

바하마에는 날씨가 따뜻하고 하늘이 맑다.

The food \ is \ different \ but \ delicious.

바하마의 음식 \ 이다 \ 색다르다 \ 지만 \ 맛이 있다.

바하마의 음식은 색다르지만 맛이 있다.

We \ stayed at \ a hotel \ near the beach.

우리 가족 \ 숙박 했다 \ 호텔에서 \ 바닷가 근처에 있는

우리 가족은 바닷가 근처에 있는 호텔에서 숙박 했다.

Everyday \ we \ played \ at the beach \ and \ swam.

매일 \ 우리 \ 놀다 \ 바닷가에서 \ ~고 \ 수영을 했다.

우리는 매일 바닷가에서 놀고 수영을 했다.

At night \ we \ ate \ delicious food \ while \ listening to \ music.

밤에는 \ 우리 \ 먹었다 \ 맛이 있는 음식 \ 는 동안 \ 듣다 \ 음악

밤에는 맛있는 음식을 먹는 동안 음악을 들었다.

I \ was able to \ relax \ a lot.

나는 \ 을 수 있었다 \ 쉬다 \ 많이

나는 많이 쉴 수 있었다.

When \ we \ returned \ home,\  I \ was \ in a good \ mood.

때 \ 우리 가족 \ 돌아왔다 \ 집에 \ 나는 \이었다 \ 좋다 \ 기분이

우리는 집에 돌아왔을 때 기분이 좋았다.

So,\ my \ favorite \ place \ is \ the Bahamas. 

그래서 \ 내가 \ 가장 좋아하는 \ 장소 \ 이다 \ 바하마

그래서 내가 좋아하는 장소는 바하마다. (note: I omitted the 이 this time).

Here is the writing in paragraph form:

나는 여행 하는 것을 진짜 좋아한다. 나는 세 개의 나라를 여행한적이 있다. 작년에 캐나다로 여행을 갔다.나는 초등 학교 때 멕시코로 여행을 다녀온 적이 있다. 올해 우리 가족은 바하마로 여행을 갔다. 내가 가장 좋아하는 장소는 바하마 이다. 바하마에는 날씨가 따뜻하고 하늘이 맑다. 바하마의 음식은 색다르지만 맛이 있다. 우리 가족은 바닷가 근처에 있는 호텔에서 숙박 했다. 우리는 매일 바닷가에서 놀고 수영을 했다. 밤에는 맛있는 음식을 먹는 동안 음악을 들었다. 나는 많이 쉴 수 있었다. 우리는 집에 돌아왔을 때 기분이 좋았다.그래서 내가 좋아하는 장소는 바하마다. 

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I have not included any grammar explanations besides little things I never knew like dropping the 이 from 이다 if the previous word ends in a vowel. The reason for this is because while I like grammar a lot, I don’t like overly structured lessons in how to write correct sentences in Korean. At the end of the day, I’ve found that all you can do is learn the basic grammar rules and use trial and error from there. Through reading and repairing for the intermediate Topik, I’ve learned what correct sentences in Korean feel like. If that makes any sense. So once I see a sentence pattern written in Korean, I can replicate it again and build from it.

Hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions or your found mistakes anywhere (were all human) please leave me a comment below and I will address it. Thank you!



Topik Essay: Beginner’s Level 10회

Topik Essay: Beginner’s Level 10회

In order to get better at writing in Korean, I’ve decided to answer all of the previous Topik essay topics starting from the 10th test and working my way up to the current test. I usually write all of my essays in English first and then translate them to Korean. While it can not be translated exactly, I do like to keep as much as possible the same. The reason for this is because there are often many different ways to say the same thing, but I want to be able to say the exact  same thing.

I will first upload my essay written in English, and then through my Youtube channel, I will translate it into Korean. If you would like to try your hand at it, you can translated my English essay into your own Korean words and then tune it to check and see how right you (and I) were. All essays will first be checked by my tutor to ensure correctness. So, without further ado:

주제: 여러분은 여행을 좋아합니까? 특별히 좋아하는 장소가 있습니까? 왜 그 장소를 좋아합니까?

(Topic: Do you like to travel? Is there a special place that you like? Why do you like that place?)

This is what I wrote:

I really like to travel. I have traveled to three countries. Last year I traveled to Canada. When I was in elementary school, I traveled to Mexico. This year we traveled to the Bahamas. My favorite place is the Bahamas. In the Bahamas, the weather is warm and the sky is clear. The food is different but delicious. We stayed at a hotel near the beach. Everyday we played at the beach and swam. At night we ate delicious food while listening to music. I was able to relax a lot. When we returned home, I was in a good mood. So my favorite place is the Bahamas.


I will be uploading a video translating this essay tomorrow May 17th (South Korean time). I will have it up before noon, but if something unexpected happens, it will definitely be posted before the end of the day. Stay tuned!




p.s. If you would like me to translate an essay you have written, just sent it to me via the ‘Submit an Essay‘ tab. All of the topics will move in sequential order (11th, 12th etc) so send me any essay and I will use it. 

note: this essay is a fabrication. I actually dislike traveling, despite living abroad. 

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