Expression of the Week

Woo-hyun: 웃지 마. 다쳐 놓고 뭐 좋다고 웃어.
Don’t laugh. Why are you laughing when you’re hurt.
Sol-bi: 니가 나보고 말하니까, 이제 좀 살 것 같다.
Now that you’re talking to me, I feel like I can breathe again.

살 것 같다 (I feel like I can breathe again)

살다 – to live
~ 것 같다 – I think, it seems like, it looks like… etc.

Casual – 살 것 같다
Semi-formal – 살 것 같아요
Formal – 살 것 같습니다

>> [-ㄴ/은/는 것 같다] is a verb ending that expresses one’s opinions in a moderate way
Ex) 도착하다(to arrive) + -ㄴ 것 같다 = 도착한 것 같다 “I think (someone) has arrived”

>> [살 것 같다] literally means “I think I can live.” In the dialogue, Sol-bi is expressing extreme relief at seeing Woo-hyun and hearing him talk.