I listened to Real Life Korean, a 5-minute Korean lesson on Koreascape yesterday.
0217 Real Life Korean : 손발이 잘 맞다 https://player.fm/series/tbs-efm-koreascape-1271022/0217-real-life-korean
I noticed that the radio host pronounced the word 성격 (personality) wrongly but the Korean native speaker never corrected him. I guess even if you talk to a Korean, he or she usually doesn’t correct your pronunciation mistake as long as it’s ‘understandable’.
I’ve never met any Korean.
One of my neighbors is a Korean-Indonesian couple. I’ve never seen the Korean husband. I don’t know what his name is and I don’t know how he looks like. The Indonesian wife is not interested in learning Korean because her husband speaks Indonesian and I can’t stand chatting for hours so we just stay away from each other’s lives like good neighbors (?).
From Korean-English Learners’ Dictionary: 성격 http://me2.do/FFoB4crU
Pronunciation of 성격 is [성ː껵]/[seong-kkyeok]. For this word, ㄱ becomes ㄲ and this is called ‘fortis phenomenon’, according to the King Sejong online course I blogged about before.
Anyway, here is the Korean conversation script from Koreascape:
멜라니랑 같이 일하는 거 어때요?
How is working together with Melanie?
It’s OK so far.
서로의 성격이 반대라 힘들지 않아요?
Isn’t it hard since you have opposite personalities?
의외로 손발이 잘 맞던데요.
Unexpectedly, we cooperate together very well.
That’s really surprising.
그러게요. 저도 예상밖이었어요.
I agree. It was unexpected for me, too.
Key expression: 손발(이) 맞다. Literally means ‘to have a perfect coordination of hands and feet’. It’s used to describe when people have a good teamwork, can understand each other and work together well, in sync, or on the same wavelength. In Japanese, 息がピッタリ合う.
More examples from Korean Learners Dictionary: 손발 http://me2.do/IM3Iuutu
지수와 승규는 서로 손발이 잘 맞아 항상 같이 다니곤 했다.
Jisu and Seunggyu had good chemistry so they always went everywhere together.
가: 너랑은 손발이 안 맞아서 같이 일을 못 하겠어.
We won’t be able to work together because we don’t really get along well.
나: 나도 너랑 일하면 답답한 건 마찬가지라고.
I feel the same way, it’s really annoying to work with you.