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답답해 – Frustrating

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[junkie-tabs] [junkie-tab title=”Video Information”] This video will talk about the common Korean expression 답답해 and how to express it in English.  답답해 is similar to the English word ‘frustrating’. [/junkie-tab][junkie-tab title=”한글”] 이 동영상에서는 흔한 한국어 표현인 ‘답답해’에 관하여 이야기하고 또 이를 어떻게 영어로 표현하는지 알려줍니다. ‘답답해’는 영어 단어의 ‘frustrating’과 유사합니다. [/junkie-tab][junkie-tab title=”Script”] [Part 1]

Hi, everybody.

My name is Esther and in this video, we’re going to talk about a Korean expression that’s used a lot here in Korea.

That expression is “KOREAN!!”


When do we use this?

Well, for example, uhh…I have some Korean friends that don’t speak English..and my Korean
isn’t perfect.

So, when I try to talk to them, especially about some harder things like feelings..and, you know, emotions, it’s hard for me to say it in Korean.

It’s hard for them to understand me at the same time.

So, in that situation I feel KOREAN!!!

But the thing is, in English, there’s no one word that really means the same thing as KOREAN!!!

But the…most similar word you might see is ‘frustrating’.

You say…if someting is KOREAN!!!, you say, “It is frustrating.”

Or if you feel KOREAN!!!, you would say, “You feel frustrated.”

So here’s some example sentences.

Simple ones.

“I’m frustrated.”


That just means…yeah..I’m feeling frustrated.

“I feel KOREAN!!”

Something’s happening and I can’t do anything about it.

Right, “I’m frustrated.”

And here’s the second example.

“You are frustrating me.”


Something you are doing is making me feel KOREAN!!!.

In that case, again, “You are frustrating me.”

Ok, let’s look at a couple more example sentences together.

1:40 [Part 2 – Example Sentences]

Here’s the first one.

“There’s too much traffic. I feel frustrated.”

“This line is too long. I’m frustrated.”

“She never answers my text messages. I’m getting frustrated.”

1:59 [Part 3]

Ok, so in this video, we learned that the Korean expression KOREAN!!! can be said as “This is frustrating,” or “I’m frustrated.”


Now, I know tha learning English can be frustrating at times, but don’t give up.

I know you guys can do well and you guys will improve with time and practice.

So, good luck and see you guys next time.


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