Topic Particle

16 August 2014 by kim

Level: A1

Korean has a special particle called the topic (thematic) particle. It is used to emphasize on what is being talked about.

You have to attach -nun or -un (if the preceding letter is a vowel):

soju-nun 소주는 (as for soju)
seonsaengnim-un 선생님은 (as for the teacher)

저는 한국 사람이에요. As for me, I am Korean.
김정은은 독재자예요. As for Kim Jong-un, he is a dictator.

The topic particle is best used in order to compare two things:

As for me (na-nun), I love shopping. As for mom (eom-ma-nun), she hates it.

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