Were 4Minute‘s songwriters Korean teachers in a past life? In this 2014 hit, Whatcha Doin’ Today?, they set up the chorus so nicely they could make a textbook from it.

Objective: Ask ‘What are you doing today?’
Bonus vocabulary: a little later, the weekend; we; to meet

It’s all about the chorus this week, which begins at 0:19 in the MV.
오늘 뭐 해? onul mo hey = What are you doing today?
이따 뭐 해? itta mo hey = What are you doing a little later?
주말에 뭐 해? chumaley mo hey What are you doing this weekend?
오늘 뭐 해? onul mo hey
이따 뭐 해? itta mo hey
주말에 뭐 해? chumaley mo hey
우리, 만날래? uri mannaley = Shall we meet up?

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The first line:
Today = 오늘 onul
What = 뭐 mo
to do = 하다 hada appears as 해 which means the verb+’ing’ so = doing = 해 hey

Second and third lines:
a little later = 이따 itta
the weekend = 주말 chumal

Last line:

we, us = 우리 uri
to meet = 만나다 manada appears as 만날래? mannaley? which means do you wannna/shall we?


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