Ninja kicking to illustrate the idea of kickstarting your Korean skills with 4 simple sentences

Learning how to make Korean sentences quickly and easily is one of the best ways to start learning the language

Did you know that you can make over 30 sentences in just a few minutes? The tool we use is called the Korean Kickstarter.

We’ll show you the easy way to do it so you can start communicating in Korean today!

What is the Korean Kickstarter?

The Korean Kickstarter is a one-page 80/20 tool to kick-start your Korean sentence building. In Korean, by altering the endings you attach to your verbs, you can easily make subtle distinctions in the meanings of your sentences.

Learning different endings is a quick way to advance your Korean. You can use this as just one part of your overall plan for learning Korean quickly

These tips use Hangul, the Korean alphabet. We also write them out for you in romanized English, so no worries if you can’t read Hangul yet.

If you haven’t learned to read the Hangul yet it should definitely be on your shortlist if you’re serious about learning Korean. It’s super easy and you can learn it for free in just 90 minutes!

Essential Korean Verbs for Making Korean Sentences

To get started, we just need to memorize a few common verbs:

한국어 (Korean)RomanizationEnglish
하다hadaTo do
가다gadaTo go
오다odaTo come
보다bodaTo see
먹다meokdaTo eat
자다jadaTo sleep
읽다ildaTo read
쓰다sseudaTo write

Just note these verbs for now, you don’t need to memorize them just yet.

However, if you’re feeling motivated, you can use some simple methods for memorizing Korean vocabulary. For example, you might make funny visual associations using some similar-sounding English words.

How to Form Basic Korean Sentences

The easiest way to make sentences in Korean is by conjugating Korean verbs. Here’s what you need to know about conjugation.

Verb Conjugation (Dress Up)

If you’re not familiar with the term “conjugation”, it simply means “dressing up” a verb in different ending. Imagine a different set of clothing for different situations.

For example, you might dress up some verbs to represent past tense, some present tense, and some to talk about the future.

You might also dress them up according to formality. Sometimes fancy, sometimes casual, sometimes seasonal. Same verb, but different look depending on the situation!

Example Korean Sentence Set #1 – 자다 (jada)

For our first example, we can use the verb 자다 (jada | to sleep) to express ourselves using four basic Korean sentences. You’ll find the verb root (자 | ja) in each of them. The (자 | ja) is bolded so you can see it more easily.

한국어 (Korean)RomanizationEnglish
야 해요jaya haeyoI must sleep
고 싶어요jago sipeoyoI want to sleep
 거예요jal geoyeyoI will sleep
 수 없어요jal su eopseoyoI can't sleep

Example Korean Sentence Set #2 – 가다 (gada)

Now, let’s compare these four sentences to the following which use the verb 가다 (gada | to go):

한국어 (Korean)RomanizationEnglish
야 해요gaya haeyoI must go
고 싶어요gago sipeoyoI want to go
 거예요gal geoyeyoI will go
 수 없어요gal su eopseoyoI can't go

The verb root (가 | ga) is found in the same place as the sentences using 자다 (jada | to sleep).

By memorizing these few conjugations, we can plug in different verbs as we learn them and express ourselves using simple sentences.

The One-Page Korean Kickstarter

See the chart below for all of the different Korean sentences you can create. You can also download a PDF version of the chart here.

How to Make 32 Korean Sentences Easily

The main thing that is happening here is the –다 ending of the verb has just been dropped, leaving the verb stem. Then, the new ending is applied to the stem.

Sometimes there is a slight change to the verb stem, but it’s fairly minor. The main takeaway is that if you can follow the chart above, you’ll have a lot to say in only a few minutes!

Add More to Your Simple Korean Sentences

This document helps you get started using a few basic verbs and conjugations. As you progress with your Korean, you can add more elements to these sentences.

These are the magic bullets that will help you get started as early as possible expressing more complex ideas. Use this as a kick-start in your Korean language learning journey and adjust on the fly. 

Recognizing these patterns is the key to learning Korean fast! Since Korean is known as a scientific language, many of the rules for verbs carry over to lots of other verb conjugations! Think of them as building blocks for learning the Korean language.

Building Blocks for Learning Korean

There you have it — a simple method for how to learn Korean quickly!

What’s your favorite hack for learning languages? Let us know in the comments below!

    6 replies to "How to Form Korean Sentences Using the One-Page Kickstarter"

    • Manue Alejo

      My fav hack for learning languages is association through images.

      • 90 Day Korean

        Great! We support any strategy to learn Korean in a fast and fun way! ^^

    • Verdo

      Error reports : 읽어 ig-eo (x) il-geo (o), 읽고 ig-go (x) il-ggo (o), 읽을 ig-eul (x) il-geul (o). Spoken that way, it means “must ripe” or “must get burned”, and so on (익다 : ripe, get a sun burn).
      ㄺ sound [lg] before a vowel and otherwise [g], but when it is at the end of the verb stem and meets ㄱ, it becomes [l]. (ex : 읽어 [iL-Geo] 읽자 [iG-jja] 읽고 [iL-ggo] 흙과 [heuG-ggwa; soil]) Yeah right korean grammer is real hard. Hangul is one nice and kind trial of a game that has only hell mode Have a good day!

      • 90 Day Korean

        Hi Verdo, thanks for informing us about these! I’ve forwarded your corrections to our content team. Have a great day!

    • Saba Idris

      Thank you. I like how you associate Korean words with similar sounding english ones. Like “mug” in this case. I still play “juice juseoyo” in my mind when I try to remember the command. I don’t have actual interaction with Koreans, it’s just a hobby.

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