Russell Wan
Using 말이야 naturally I think I understand what it means, if I'm correct 말이야 means "you know" But I'm very confused how to use it naturally, I hear it so often but still am not clear what kind of situations I should use it in. Is it a phrase that can be used in various situations as well? I always hear it in songs as well. Could someone explain it for me and give a few examples to demonstrate how its used? Much appreciated!
Dec 7, 2014 3:50 AM
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This phrase usually used for these reasons or situations: 1) to be sure someone is listening carefully and agrees with what you are saying. For example: It didn't have to happen that way, you know? 2) An expression placed on the end of a statement for pause or emphasis. Example: Sure, I spent a fortune on this car. Can't take it with you, you know. 3) You actually start a sentence with "You know," when you want to give someone information that you think they don't know.
December 7, 2014
This is really helpful, thanks!
December 9, 2014
Generally, it's used as a highlight in the conversation. You can omit "말이야". It's a kind of two different sentences. " 지연이 (말이야), 이번 여름에 유럽으로 배낭여행 간다더라." (You know what, Jiyeon is going to go backpacking to Europe this summer.) " 내 말은 (말이야), 서진이가 우릴 생일파티에 초대했다는 거야. " (I mean, Seojin invited us to his birthday party) Meanwhile, in this case, you cannot omit it in the sentence. They're all single sentence. " 딸기 케이크가 정말 맛있단 말이야. ( You know, the strawberry cake is really delicious! ) " 그냥 집에 있을래. 정말 피곤하단 말이야. " (I'll just stay at home. You know, I'm so tired.)
December 8, 2014
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Russell Wan
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Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
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Japanese, Korean, Portuguese