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Warm Up Your Brain
Do you remember what’s ‘to be dark’ in Korean? Write it on your mind and say it loud in 5 seconds!
깜깜해요 Meaning in Korean
Basic form : 깜깜하다
반말(informal non-honorific) form : 깜깜해
Negative form with 해요 speech style : 안깜깜해요
깜깜하다 describes ‘something is dark’ because there is no light. 깜깜하다 is from 까맣다 which means ‘to be black’ in Korean. Funny thing is, you can’t use 깜깜하다 to say some color is too dark even though its origin is from a color. It’s perfectly fine only when it’s dark because of no light.
Why Can’t It Describe Dark Color?
For native Koreans, 깜깜하다 often means a complete darkness or almost complete darkness that you can barely see. That’s the most biggest difference between 깜깜하다 and 어둡다.
To be dark because of no light
How To Use
A: 깜깜해서 아무것도 안보여요
I can’t see because it’s too dark
B: 불 켜줄게요
I’ll turn on the light
A: 여기 너무 깜깜해요
It’s too dark here
Do you want to go back?
A: 너무 깜깜해요!!!
It’s too dark!!!
B: 눈 떠요
Open your eyes
Korean Idiom 눈 앞이 깜깜하다
Native Koreans say 눈 앞이 깜깜하다 when they are in panic and don’t know what to do or how to do because of a big trouble. It literally means ‘the front of eyes is dark’ which actually describes the future is dark. Imagine you were in a complete darkness and you couldn’t even see your hands, what would you do? Nothing right? You can’t see anything so you can’t make a further step. That’s exactly what 눈 앞이 깜깜하다 is.
눈 앞이 깜깜해졌다
I didn’t know what to do