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한국어를 조금 말할 수 있어/한국어를 조금 할 수 있어? Between this two 한국어를 조금 말할 수 있어요/한국어를 조금 할 수 있어요? which is often used? from what I understand the first one sounds like "I can speak Korean a little" and the second would be "I can do Korean a little"? am I right? I'm not really sure about the "말할 수" in 한국어를 조금 말할 수 있어요, I encountered it when I was browsing basic Korean apps. and 진짜/정말 are also used to describe something real, are there any other "real"/"it's real" words?
Nov 27, 2016 1:23 PM
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한국어를 조금 말할 수 있어 / 한국어를 조금 할 수 있어. The two sentences mean exactly the same thing. 하다 is just a shorthand for 말하다 in this case. Both can be used, but the latter is more common. The reason is because the context is already clear. Since 한국어 in the beginning sets the context to language or speech, 하다 will trigger the sense of 말하다. Similarly, if a quoting words like ~다고, ~라고, etc. appears in the sentence, we usually say 하다 in place of 말하다. As for 진짜/정말, those are the common colloquial terms. 진짜로 and 정말로 are their full fledged, emphasized forms. Some less colloquial related terms are 참으로(really), 사실/사실은/실은 (speaking of the fact). There are other literary words too, such as 실로/진실로(really, in truth), 진정으로/진심으로(honestly), etc.
November 27, 2016
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Jaenri
Language Skills
Arabic (Modern Standard), English, Filipino (Tagalog), Japanese, Korean
Learning Language
English, Japanese, Korean