Starcraft Korean: Basic Grammar

In the previous chapter you got the first encounter with the Korean alphabet. In this chapter, we will briefly talk over the grammar structure. And end with a couple of unit names and a few easy sentences.

Grammar

Okay, to be honest, grammar is such an extensive subject of a language that it simply cannot be summarized or made easy. Especially a language such as Korean which has a very alien looking structure for westeners. So this blog will refference grammar from various other sources, and there will be lots of resources posted below.

Having that said, I can't just sit here and say 'look that way' now can I? So we'll briefly go over the structure of korean sentences.

English sentences are formed using the structure called Subject-Verb-Object. What this means is when someone, let's say Cella ( SlayersCella ) is eating a hamburger,

In English, you would say.
-Cella eats a hamburger.

In Korean, the structure would be
-Cella a hamburger eats.

Thats because in Korean, the verb comes last. The structure it uses is Subject-Object-Verb. This looks weird when you aren't used to it, but it actually is really logical in its own way. Seeing as you have to combine a verb with the appropriate honourific, you will often know when a sentence has ended.

The example below shows how a korean sentence would look.

Cella hamburger eats
샐라는 햄버거를 먹습니다.

And another,

Here hamburger is
여기 햄버거는 있습니다.

As you see, you can easily see the end of the sentence, marked with the honorific 습니다. On top of that, you always know where the verb is. So its quite easy to translate it to make the sentence easier to understand. In the further examples we will use 습니다, as that is the most polite.

Verbs in the dictionairy ( and in google translate for example ) use a simpler form. Simply take the ?? off of the verb and you have the dictionairy one. 있습니다 = 있다

There is and is.

Now that you' ve seen how a basic korean sentence is built, I' ll make you familiar with a pair of common verbs. The korean language doesn't just use one form of to be for locations and comparing things. You've already seen the location one, 있다. The comparing one is 이다.

For example:

-What' s that?
햄버거입니다.

-Are there hamburgers?
네, 햄버거 있습니다.

Coincidently, 있다 is used to say if you have something. You can even omit the subject ( I or You ) because it is simply implied. Both of the below examples are right.

-Do you have hamburgers?

네, 저는 햄버거 있습니다.
Yes, I have hamburgers.
네, 햄버거 있습니다.
Yes, I have hamburgers.

A couple of common terran and zerg units

해병
Marine
저글링
Zergling
맹독충
Baneling
Simple comic

That concludes this short article about the basic grammar. Next time we'll focus on some core starcraft uses for the language, starting out with the bases and locations.

Comments

Anon

23 oktober 2011

I'm loving these articles on Korean, thanks so much :)

Oreste

15 mei 2012

Hi,I'm actually a 3rd year majoring student in Korean and definetly interested in starcraft. I'd be glad to help if you need informations, believe me or not but I did really thought of making tutos about Korean language based on sc2 content. Anyway great stuff already ^^

Kevin te Raa is quoting Oreste

21 mei 2012

That would be fun ^^ Although right now I'm sitting on quite a few articles that I just need to add graphical content to.

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