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How often is “서바나” used to refer to Spain?

Naver lists “서바나” as a translation of Spain. Is this used at all in modern Korean? Is it archaic or frowned upon compared to “스페인”?

vocabulary word-usage word-choice word-origin loanwords  
asked by 2021kolpi 2 votes
answered by Aiden Yeomin Nam 2 votes

For the phrase 무궁화 꽃이 피었습니다 in Squid Game, why is the word flower repeated?

I thought the words 무궁화 means Hibiscus flower (or Infinite Flower in Korean), or Big Red Flower (大紅花) in Chinese. The word 꽃이 also means flower. How come the word flower is mentioned again if 무궁화 ...

asked by nonopolarity 1 vote
answered by user591415 1 vote

How is the phrase 무궁화 꽃이 피었습니다 in Squid Game pronounced causally versus formally?

I found the pronunciation of 무궁화 꽃이 피었습니다 written in one article as mugunghwa kkochi piotsseumnida Google Translate showed it as mugunghwa kkoch-i pieossseubnida Is it pronounced like moo goo hwa ...

asked by nonopolarity 1 vote
answered by user591415 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Online Resources for Korean Spelling and Grammar Check

What are your recommendations for tools that can help save time and headache when checking your Korean spelling, vocabulary, grammar, etc? I believe a well made utility can be productive in getting ...

grammar vocabulary resources  
asked by Crosscounter 3 votes
answered by Crosscounter 4 votes

What is the difference between 방금 and 금방?

As far as I know, one of them means "a short while ago", the other "in a short time". Sometimes they are used interchangeably. I'm looking for an explanation of the two words, how they differ, and a ...

asked by 파울울 13 votes
answered by Memming 7 votes

When to use single (ㅅ) or double (ㅆ) consonants?

Is there a rule generally to help remember when we would write double consonants like ㅆ, ㄲ, ㄸ, ㅃ, ㅉ instead of single consonants like ㅅ? For example, remembering to write 땀 for sweat, and not 담. Is ...

grammar vocabulary pronunciation hangul  
asked by chocotella 6 votes
answered by gaeguri 6 votes

What is the difference between 싫다 and 싫어하다?

In What is the difference between 좋다 and 좋아하다? the difference between 좋다/좋아하다 can easily be explained both through "good" vs. "like" and through plentiful examples of both in daily life. However, 싫다 ...

difference verb word-choice  
asked by Teddy Cross 6 votes
answered by Vladhagen 10 votes

What kind of cheese is 눈꽃치즈 (snow cheese)?

눈꽃치즈 is typically translated into English as "snow cheese" on Korean menus (and sometimes "Hangulized" as 스노치즈). In most food pictures it just appears to be a very finely shredded, light-colored ...

vocabulary meaning  
asked by pyobum 5 votes
answered by jungyh0218 6 votes

Pronunciation of 의

Since I've started studying Korean, for me the vowel cluster 의 seems to not have a standard pronunciation. Sometimes I hear it like eu-i, IPA [ɰi] and sometimes as ye, IPA [je] There are some ...

asked by jecarfor 13 votes
answered by MujjinGun 15 votes

What are the differences between 힘들다 and 어렵다?

Both seems to mean 'to be difficult' or 'to be hard'. Is there a difference between them, in meaning or in usage (spoken/written, formal/informal)?

vocabulary difference  
asked by Taladris 10 votes
answered by jungyh0218 9 votes
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