What topics can I ask about here?

  • Word choice and usage, grammar, and pronunciation, including dialect differences
  • Korean linguistics, orthography (spelling, punctuation) or etymology
  • Questions on Korean culture that are relevant to Korean language and communication
  • Specific problems encountered when learning Korean
  • Help with small translations, including:
  • appropriate usage of language in real-life contexts
  • how to express an idea in idiomatic Korean
  • the meanings of Korean words or expressions where not clear from dictionary definitions
  • other small translations (where the context, and any specific difficulties encountered, are made as clear as possible)

Please make your question as clear as possible, with any necessary context, examples and references, and any research already done.

Before you ask, please look around to see if your question has been asked before.

It’s OK to ask and answer your own question!

Is there anything I should not ask?

Please avoid the following types of questions, which are outside the scope of this site:

  • Simple general reference questions and character recognition requests that can be answered by a resource such as a dictionary (although requests for help and clarification after consulting a resource may be acceptable)
  • Requests for translation and proofreading of longer passages that contain no particular question about the Korean language or explanation of a specific difficulty
  • Questions about Korean culture that do not concern the Korean language itself
  • Questions that ignore the advice on the don't ask page

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Should I write in Korean or English?

Both languages are accepted. When answering a question, we encourage you to answer in the language of the question, if you are able. Don't worry about making a few mistakes: other community members can help with corrections if you are not as strong in that language.

All tags should be in English unless there is no English equivalent for a concept; in those cases, Korean is accepted.