아까워요 Meaning in Korean

Hello guys, it’s your Korean teacher Jun. Have you ever heard native Koreans say ‘아깝다’ while you are watching Korean dramas or movies? I’m pretty sure you have because native Koreans use it really really often. But, you might notice 아깝다 is translated differently every time. It’s one of evil Korean vocabularies that confuse many students. But don’t worry! CONFUSION WILL BE EXTERMINATED NOW! Today, we are going to learn 아깝다 meaning in Korean and how to use it perfectly!

 

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아까워요 Meaning in Korean

아까워요

[akkawoyo]
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Basic form : 아깝다
반말(informal non-honorific) form : 아까워
Negative form with 해요 speech style : 안아까워요

 

아깝다 is also a unique Korean expression that hardly can be translated to other languages. So, maybe it confuses many students. It looks similar to 아쉽다 and sounds similar and sometimes the meaning seems similar. However, the meaning of 아깝다 isn’t exactly same to 아쉽다.

 

아깝다 means 3 things generally. It’s mostly related to something you value or think is worthy
1st, it describes a feeling of sadness about something you valued but lost
2nd. it describes that you don’t want to give or throw away something you value
3nd. It describes a feeling of sadness about something worthy isn’t used well or goes wasteful.
(to be honest, 1st and 2nd ones seem same to me but Korean dictionary defines them separately)

아깝다 As Exclamation

When native Koreans use 아깝다 alone as a basic form, it’s mostly used as an exclamation. In this case, you can use 아깝다 when you success something almost but didn’t make it or when you have to not take or use it because of some reason. It’s similar to English phrases, ‘It was so close’ or ‘what a waste’.

 

거의 다 됐는데 아깝네요
You succeed it almost, what a shame.

How To Use

A: 이거 샀는데 좀 돈 아깝네요
I bought this but I think it wasn’t worth its cost
B: 환불해요
Refund it

 

A: 아 아깝네요. 거의 다 됐는데!
Too bad. It was so close!
B: 다음에 다시 해보죠 뭐
Well, I can try it later again

 

A: 아깝네요. 돈이 살짝 모자라서 람보르기니를 못사요
Too bad. My money isn’t slightly enough to buy Lamborghini
B: 얼마 있는데요?
How much do you have?
A: 1만원이요
10,000 won (around $10)
B: 살짝…? 아까워…?
Slightly…? Almost…?

 

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