Quoting Someone

I have always been wondering how to say ‘Someone said..’ in Korean.  In a usual conversation it is common to quote a person for saying something.  I have not read about this lesson yet so I asked my language exchange partner (LEP) how to say it in Korean.

There are two ways to say this according to my LEP:

  • 말했는데 – malhaenunde (formal)
  • 그러던데 – geureodeonde (informal)

The pattern is subject + 말했는데 or 그러던데+ the thing or event that has been said.  This post is triggered by someone saying that Jinhae (a place in Korea) is a very beautiful place to visit during spring because of cherry blossoms.  Then i asked my self how do I say that in Korean?

My friend said the place is really beautiful –> 내 친구 말했는데 거기 정말 아름다운 곳이래.  The sentence can be broken down as follows:

  • 내 친구 (nae chingu) – my friend
  • 말했는데 (malhaeneunde) – said
  • 거기 (kogi) – there, referring to a place
  • 정말 (chongmal) – truly or really
  • 아름다운 (areum daeun) – beautiful
  • 곳이래 (koshirae) – place

I am so happy I learned this sentence pattern.

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6 Replies to “Quoting Someone”

  1. Long time no post ^_^ even though you dont know me I missed your posts xD I didn’t know about this grammar so I’m glad I learnt something from you 😉 so kinda like 제 엄마가 말했는데 거기 가지마세요 (my Mum told me not to go there) OH well need to read more.

    Thanks for the post xD

  2. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Spending some time
    and actual effort to create a very good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never manage to get anything done.

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