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November 6, 2014

KDrama Word of the Day: Ton (Money)

돈 (money) is another frequently heard word in Kdrama. You will not have a hard time finding it once you start listening for it. 돈 is usually Romanized as “ton” but it sounds more like the English word “tone,” except the T is a little softer, almost a D, and there is a little less lingering on the o.
A 5,000 won Korean bill - about $5 USD
This might be a good time to mention that Korean has a different way of structuring sentences from English. It isn’t just that things come in a different order, as is true in some other European languages. Rather, Korean uses extra marking syllables to clarify meaning, instead of word order.

I don’t know enough about this to teach it, but I bring it up because you will often hear extra syllables when listening for a word. Reasonably enough, you may wonder if you are hearing the word you are listening for, or some completely different word. In the case of 돈, you may hear it followed by “ee” (이). Yes, that is money they’re talking about.

Tune in tomorrow, when we will combine Korean’s most frequently used verb with 돈 to make a common sentence.

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