Common mistakes in English for Korean speakers pairwork

Typical Korean errors pairwork

Student A

1. My cousin is going to married.

2. Almost people died because they were trapped in the storm

3. This is the first time I have visited London.

4. Do you have a plan to travel this summer?

5. How about eating at that cafe?

6. I think it might snow tonight.

7. My family moved from Busan to Seoul when I was in the second year at high school.

8. Thank you for your coming.

9. Hurry up and put on your clothes or we’ll be late for the party

10. Food doesn’t taste very good when I catch a cold.

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Instructions

1. Read out your sentences to your partner and decide together which of the two versions is right each time (without showing your sheet to your partner)

2. Check your answers with the teacher or the answer key

3. Join another group and explain the game to them. Get them to play the game in pairs, correcting their errors each time.

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Typical Korean errors pairwork

Student B

1. My cousin is going to get married.

2. Almost all the people died because they were trapped in the storm

3. This is my first time to visit London.

4. Are you planning to travel this summer?

5. How about we eat at that cafe?

6. Maybe I think it will snow tonight.

7. My family moved from Busan to Seoul when I was high school second year.

8. Thank you for coming.

9. Hurry up and wear your clothes or we’ll be late for the party

10. Food doesn’t taste very good when I have a cold.

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Instructions

1. Read out your sentences to your partner and decide together which of the two versions is right each time (without showing your sheet to your partner)

2. Check your answers with the teacher or the answer key

3. Join another group and explain the game to them. Get them to play the game in pairs, correcting their errors each time.

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Answer key

1. My cousin is going to get married.

“My cousin is going to marry” is very old fashioned and hardly ever used (although “My cousin is going to marry George Clooney” is correct). To + ed is never used.

2. Almost all the people died because they were trapped in the storm

Almost + adjective, e.g. “almost finished”. Almost all + noun.

3. This is the first time I have visited London.

or “This is my first time in London”

4. Are you planning to travel this summer?

“Do you have a plan to” solve a problem, e.g. “Do you have a plan to rescue your company?”

5. How about eating at that cafe?

Preposition plus -ing

6. I think it might snow tonight.

We never say “maybe I think”, as “maybe” and “I think” have the same meaning of not being sure

7. My family moved from Busan to Seoul when I was in the second year of high school..

8. Thank you for coming.

“Coming” is a verb here. “Your” with a noun like “suggestion”.

9. Hurry up and put on your clothes or we’ll be late for the party

“Wear” is having clothes on, “put on” is changing what you are wearing.

10. Food doesn’t taste very good when I have a cold.

“Catch a cold” is only the moment when the cold starts.

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PDF version for easy printing: Typical Korean gram error pairwork

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2 Responses to Common mistakes in English for Korean speakers pairwork

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  2. OysterCafe says:

    Very nice instruction. You could also have one student read out both example sentences and have the other student(s) try to figure out the correct answer.
    If you are trying to learn English then you can also check out http://www.oystercafe.com for some great lessons to help Korean students master English.
    Great blog, keep up the good work.

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