#Drama Lines l 2019-09-30
Expression of the Week
Song Hae : 신입사원이야?
Are you a rookie?
Baek Seung-chan：예, 선생님.
Song : 아, 그렇구먼. 그래, 그래. 신입사원이다. 요건 좀 하시나?
Ah, I see. Okay, okay. A newbie. Can you handle this?
Baek：아, 제가 술을 잘 못합니다.
Ah, I’m not much of a drinker.
Song : 됐다, 나도 오늘 좀 많이 안 하려고 마음을 먹었었는데
딱 한 잔만 할 생각인데, 어때?
That’s alright. I don’t think I’ll be drinking too much today.
I’m just going to have one drink. What do you say?
술을 잘 못합니다. (I’m not much of a drinker)
술 – alcohol, alcoholic beverage, drinks, liquor
잘 못하다 – not very good at
Casual – 술을 잘 못해
Semi-polite – 술을 잘 못해요
Polite – 술을 잘 못합니다
>>못하다 means to be incapable of but adding ‘잘’ in front of it lessens the degree, so 잘 못하다 means to be not very good at something rather than not being able to do it at all.
>>In the dialogue, Song Hae asks “can you handle this?” which means “how much can you drink?” and is implying that they grab drinks together. Seung-chan replies with the expression “술을 잘 못합니다” which is a polite way of refusing the request.