Whenever I watch Korean movies, drama or any TV shows, I always hear these commonly used nouns. In fact in many cases where I took taxi in Seoul, the driver always ends up asking me ‘여기? ‘. These are the common words that that are indicative of location:
- 이 (i) this
- 그 (gu) that, referring to something nearby
- 저 (jo) that , similar to over there or something far from the speaker
Now if you add -기 after this words they become place nouns with exception of 이 which becomes 여기 (yeogi); 그기 (keugi) and 저기 (cheogi) for the other two.
Sometimes it gets confusing when you try to listen to actual Korean conversation because you will hear 요기 (yogi), 고기 (gogi) and 조기 (chogi) apparently pronouncing the words this way add some sort of cuteness. Well I am not really sure about how cute that is but hearing someone speak in Korean produces that pattern and rhythm that i love to hear.