성격: 기가 세다 (expression)
As promised, today’s @WotD will be the expression for “strong personality,” kinda: 기가 세다.
세다 is the non-Hanja word for 강하다. We’ll skip the differences between two (세다 vs 강하다) today. Just know that both point to physical/mental strength.
기 (氣) is another cultural term to just take in. It’s the same “qi” that you use in other Asian literature (“charka,” “qi,” etc). If it feels very foreign, just think of it as the same thing as the force - a form of power within you. It’s used in many different forms of speech in Korean.
기가 세다 could be either a compliment or a complaint. On one hand, you are very confident and dominant - the floor is always yours; you can make decisions when others can’t. On the other hand, you may be stubborn, and difficult to deal with. I think this all points to a ‘strong personality!’
Think of an anime or tv show character who is strong-willed and has a very strong personality. Again, they will be confident, dominant, stubborn, bossy, strong…. Any of these ideas.
- Beginners, for this exercise, try to conjugate the expression 기가 세다 with different formality levels!
- Int+ , look through the previous personality WotDs and see if any of them also apply to this character.