Modern Korean Short Stories : I got a Cold <감기에 걸렸어요>

Welcome to the Korean Modern Short Story series. You will see the English and the Korean translations. The English is not a literal translation of Korean but you’ll get the meaning of the texts. New Korean words are below. Look out for the questions below and be sure to write them in the comments!

I got a Cold – 감기에 걸렸어요

감기에 걸렸어요.

봄이 왔어요. 하루는 따뜻하고 하루는 추워요. 날씨가 계속 변해요. 주말에 친구를 만나러 나갔어요.  재킷을 입지 않았어요. 오후 동안 밖에 있었어요. 감기에 걸린 것 같아요.

어제 일 마치고 약국에 갔어요. 나는 마스크를 쓰고 약국으로 갔어요.  콧물이 나왔어요. 약사가 약을 처방해 주었어요. 약사가 따뜻한 차를 많이 마시고 푹 쉬라고 했어요.  집에서 쉬었어요. 텔레비전을 보고 을 먹었어요. 빨리 나았으면 좋겠어요.


  1. 어떻게 하면 감기에 안 걸릴 수 있나요?
  2. 감기 걸렸을 때 차를 마시나요?

New Words

재킷 – n. jacket

마스크 – n. mask

콧물 – n. runny nose

처방 – n. prescription

쉬다 – v. rest, take a rest

– n. porridge

I got a Cold

The weather is changing. It is now spring. Some days are mild and some days are cold. On the weekend, I went to meet a friend and I did not take a jacket. We were outside for the afternoon. I think that’s why I got a cold. 

Yesterday, after work, I went to the pharmacy. I wore a face mask and walked to the pharmacy on the high street. I had a runny nose. 

The pharmacist prescribed me some medicine. The pharmacist told me to drink lots of tea and get lots of rest. 

I took the pharmacist’s advice and rested at home.  I watched TV and had some chicken soup. I was a little bored but I wanted to take care of my health. 



How can you avoid getting a cold?

Do you drink tea when you are sick?

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Now it’s your turn! Leave your responses in the comments below!

1.  어떻게 하면 감기에 안 걸릴 수 있나요?

 2. 감기 걸렸을 때 차를 마시나요?

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