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#Drama Lines l 2019-10-14
Expression of the Week
Yeon-du ：넌 농구가 그렇게 좋냐?
Do you like basketball that much?
Dong-jae：어, 농구 완전 좋지.
Yeah. I love basketball.
Yeon-du：아휴, 그래~ 좋은데 어쩌겠냐. 하똥, 나 이 학교에 왜 왔을까?
Yeah. What can you do if you like it so much? Hey, why do you think I came to this school?
Dong-jae ：나 너 따라 왔는데?
I followed you here.
Yeon-du ：나... 이 학교에서 리얼킹 없이 버틸 수 있을까?
아, 숨 막혀. 숨 막혀.
Do you think I’ll survive here without Real King?
Ah, I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.
Dong-jae : 에고.
숨 – breath
막히다 – to be blocked, closed or clogged, chocked or stuffed
Casual – 숨막혀
Semi-polite/polite – 숨막혀요
>>[숨막혀] literally means that one’s breath has been blocked, so they cannot breathe. The expression can be used when someone is facing a really difficult situation and feels a lot of pressure thus, feels like they are suffocating.
e.g. 선생님이 너무 간섭을 많이 해. 숨막혀. à My teacher meddles in our business too much. I feel like I’m suffocating.
>>However, the expression can also be used when you’ve seen something so beautiful or were so surprised that you forgot to breathe.
e.g. 너무 아름다워서 숨이 막혔어 à It was so beautiful I didn’t breath (it was breathtakingly beautiful).