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Just downloaded the 28th Advanced TOPIK and tried out the 어휘 및 문법 (vocabulary & grammar) section.

Qn 1 – 10: 1 wrong (5 mins)

Qn 11 – 20: 2 wrong (5 mins)

Qn 21 – 30: 3 wrong (6 mins)

mmm so that makes 16 mins spent on the section, and a score of 80 / 100.

As expected, Qn 21 – 30 is the more difficult section. ><; Cos it’s based on passages and not standalone questions.

Okay I shall go review the section!


For my own records. Not trying to explain any grammar points here.

New Grammar Points 

~기에 망정이지: lucky that something in the first clause happened, if not something bad (the 2nd clause) will have happened

~ㄹ 턱이 있다/없다: 있다 for question form. (emphasis). 없다 in sentence. No reason for (something to happen)

~ㄹ세라: for fear of (something happening)

예: 행여 남편이 눈치챌세라 아내는 조용히 방문을 열었다 (Naver Dic)

~ㄹ지니: “should be done this way/마땅히 그렇게 할 것이니”

예: 학생은 학업에 진념해야 할지니 다시 부업 이야기를 꺼내지 마라 (Naver Dic)

~랴마는: explanation here (in Chinese) Another good article here. Or do you prefer to read about it in Japanese?

~(으)려니 하다/생각하다: 마음 속으로 추측하는 뜻


 Grammar Points that I still can’t remember properly


~기로서니: 아무리~~ 기로서니

OMG this concludes one day of Korean study. My eyes now hurt like shit and so does my back.

But not bad, I learnt a lot today! And FYI the above grammar points are just from reviewing the first 9 questions -__-


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  • Reply
    8 January, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Wow, this is really cool that you’re doing this. Most of these I don’t know or am not comfortable with so I’m going to find some sentences with these grammar points and put them in my anki to study as well!

    I think a lot of these endings are really rarely used though. I learned ~ㄹ세라 (it was in a song I think) a while ago, and I have never seen it either in speech or writing since.

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      9 January, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I haven’t seen most of these ><;; I always wanted to try anki, is it helpful?

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    8 January, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Is -ㄹ지니라 the same as -ㄹ지니. It seems so from the dictionary.

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      9 January, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      yep i think they are almost the same. ><;;

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    9 January, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    I asked my mom about these grammar points since she’s fluent in korean and she says they’re all useful grammar used in speech. so in that sense don’t feel down bc it isn’t useless. I personally am not familiar with most of them though lol… my english is tons better.

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      9 January, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      ahhh!! hehe thanks for letting me know! I’ll try to keep a ear out for them in dramas 😛

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