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Meaning of '몇' in this example

Below is an extract from some blog I was reading today: '십몇 년 살면서' I'm curious about the usage of 몇 here. Does this literally mean 'whilst living for over ten years'? In which case can 몇 be used ...
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Is “열심히 일할 것을 약속 드리겠습니다” correct?

I have a sentence as follow: 연세 여행사에서 저에게 기회를 주시면 열심히 일할 것을 약속 드리겠습니다. I think "열심히 일할 것을 약속 드리겠습니다" is not correct, because as i know, following 을/를 must be a verb, not a noun like 약속, so the ...
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Hey… how would you say “Be true, be you” in korean

Sooo a friend of mine wants a tattoo and wants to tattoo something in korean... I would translate it myself but I don’t really trust myself and my knowledge in Korean... Still a starter
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what the difference “백화점” and “편의점” from market in english?

안녕 하세요!! I have the problem about this. I often hear these two words. I'm still confused to distinguish the two. Like: 백화점 갈래? (Do you want to go to market?) or 편의점 갈래? what the difference ...
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Difference between -지/죠 and -(으)ㄴ가(요)?

The title summerises my dilemma... What is the difference between -지/죠 and -(으)ㄴ가(요)? I know 지/죠 but I've read that 은가 is more like I'm reflecting on something and asking for people's opinion ...
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Is Hongik Ingan Eumdok 음독 or Hundok 훈독?

Hongik Ingan is the unofficial motto of Korea. I think it must be Eumdok 음독 (phonetic) rather than Hundok 훈독 (semantic), because it is so short (4 characters just like the Hanja "弘益人間"), and because ...
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Meaning/usage of 확실치/확실친

I've recently seen sentences that include 확실치, which I could roughly translate as "certainty" . For example 확실치 않다. (It is not certain). Where does the ending 치 come from? I tried to search in ...
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What is the difference in nuance between 지루한 건 and 지루한 걸?

What is the difference in nuance between 지루한 건 and 지루한 걸 in this case? Why is 지루한 건 better in this case? 부탁이 하나 있는데요. 제가 한국어로 한 얘기에 좀 대답해 주실 수 있어요? 고쳐주시는 건 감사한데 저한테는 제 문자의 내용이 더 중요하거든요. 대부분 (...
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Best textbook to prepare for TOPIK 1?

I've been studying Korean for the past few years and I want to finally take TOPIK I this year. I'm looking for the most helpful book I can buy to help me prepare. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Difference between 쓰다 and 적다

안녕하세요! I am a bit curious about the difference between 쓰다 and 적다. For example which one is a better translation for "The woman writes a book": 여자는 책을 씁니다; 여자는 책을 적습이다; ??
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usage of 은/는 and 이/가 [duplicate]

In one of my lessons, in response to asking if they had an umbrella they responded "우산 없어요." They asked "그럼 이것은요?" I don't understand why they used 은 instead of 이 or an object particle.
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Did Korean ever not use spaces between words?

Historically, was there ever a time when Korean didn't use spaces between words? If so, what time period? When were spaces first introduced? Because spaces didn't exist until the 9th+ century in the ...
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Is it really impossible to speak [쳐]?

Phonetically, the IPA transcription of [처] and [치어] is [ʨʰʌ] and [ʨʰi.ʌ]. Their phonetical difference is the number of syllables and the presence of [i]. But what is the phonological difference? ...
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When to use 되다?

I learned from a Talk to Me in Korean lesson that the verb 되다 means "to be done" or "to be possible," and is often used in the format (verb)+ 야 + 되다 to describe what one must or should do. However, I ...
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Do any books exist in Korean Hangul online for free?

Do there exist any Korean etexts online, such as Samguk Yusa, in plain text format (i.e. not in PDF)? I saw this but I can't tell what is the actual underlying text, it's all intermingled with Chinese....
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Why 방금(方今) means just now in Korean while “方今” means nowadays in Chinese?

방금 has its hanja "方今", which doesn't means "just now" but nowadays in neither ancient Chinese nor modern Chinese.
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Saying years in Korean

I was having trouble the other day with discussing life events in Korean. I was trying to say things like "In 2010, my daughter was born" "In 1976, I was born" I understand that for the first one I ...
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Meaning/usage of 찰떡같이?

I was watching a drama today and heard the idiom '찰떡같이 말했는데 개떡같이 알아듣는다' being used. What is the meaning of this idiom and when can it be used? Also, what is the general meaning of 찰떡같이? Thanks :) ...
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Has [ʕ] ever been present in Korean?

I noticed that whenever I say 낳아, whose standard pronunciation is [나아], ㅎ assimilates to [ʕ] rather than vanishing. The exact same phenomenon occurs whenever I say 쌓아 or 닿아. I presume I add [ʕ] to ...
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When to use 은/는 or 이/가 after subject

I keep missing questions bc I don't know when to use 은/는 or 이/가 after the subject. Ex. 엄마가 냉면을 좋아합니다. 저도 컴퓨터가 있습니다. 이 컴퓨터는 얼마 입니까? 할아버지는 선생님 입니다. Can you help?
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What is this 이 in the sentence?: 한두 시간이면 끝나니까 기다려 주세요

한두 시간이면 끝나니까 기다려 주세요. Is it 이다 in 이면 in this sentence? If not what is that 이? I know what the sentence means just curious about this 이 that I couldn't find in Naver dictionary. I also found some ...
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Pronunciation of 옥류관(玉流館)

玉流館 is a famous North Korean restaurant with many overseas branches. The name of the restaurant is written in hangul as 옥류관, and transliterated as “Okryu-gwan”. If that is so, why is it pronounced ...
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What does 엄칭히 mean?

I am watching the film 용순 (Yongsoon), set in 충청도. I have come across a believed adverb 엄칭히 twice in the film. Caveat: my listening comprehension is beginner's level, so I am using the native korean ...
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Why are Korean females so strict about pronunciation, grammar and language is general?

Example #1: https://youtu.be/9BNN4tlBy-g?t=209 A group of people are sitting around a table in a North Korean pizzeria. An American white female says: "Picante". The (very charming and beautiful) ...
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How to say “If you were to go to Korea, where would you like to visit?”

It's a weird question, but how would you go about asking someone "If you were to go to korea, where would you visit first?" I mean it in a context of, if you were talking to someone who has never been ...
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What is the dictionary form of 깁니다?

I'm learning on Duolingo, and the sentence is 영화가 깁니다. I also use a Memrise deck to help me remember the words, but I always put verbs in their dictionary form. To make sure I'm using the right ...
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What is the standard pronunciation of 닫린집합?

I asked this on 온라인가나다, but 국립국어원 said this word is not on the standard dictionary and thus it cannot be answered: here. 닫린집합 is a term in Topology, and is a translation of 'clopen set'. Just like '...
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Grammar: -러 가다 with 가러 가다?

I have a question about -러 가다 grammar. I wanted to write a small text and one sentence sounds 사람들은 바다에 가러 여행을 자주 가요. Is this possible? or do I need to change the form of 가러 to 가려 and 가요 to 해요? Thank ...
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봉인해제 meaning/usage

Today, I heard somebody talking about their diet and body transformation. After describing how they've dieted, they proceeded to say '이제 봉인해제'. Literally, I translate this as 'now the seal is the ...
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Meaning of 코딱지만하다

I'm was watching a drama and came across '코딱지만하다'. I've found out that this means 'tiny' but what is the origin of this word? From what I know, 코딱지 = booger and 만하다 = to be worthy of, but how would ...
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Is there a name for the 시옷 in words like 오랫동안 and 어젯밤?

I´ve noticed that there are compound words like 오랫동안 and 어젯밤 that have a 시옷 between the original words (maybe also the case in 소릿값). Is there a proper name for this grammatical feature? And are ...
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What does 되다 mean exactly in this sentence?

I'm looking for the exact definition of 되다 in this sentence. Can anyone tell me which definition of 되다 here from this krdict dictionary? 그곳은 우리 집에서 조금만 걸으면 됩니다
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Which one of these sentences is correct?

For 'I forgot how to swim',will it be: 자는 수영하기 잊었어요. 저는 수영하는 (것을) 잊었어요. 저는 수영하를 잊었어요.
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What's the use of ~기 in sentences?

So I learnt that we add 기 to verbs to make them nouns. I know that some structures require verbs to be changed to nouns like ~때문에 but what is/are the actual use(s) and need of this addition? Please ...
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How say in Korean 'I learnt to ride a bike'?

Also 법 is a related word to its translation,how is it used?
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Difference between (으)ㄹ 거예요 and ~겠

From what I know they both are used for future tense, what's the difference and can they be used interchangeably?
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Is there a name for the vowel change 아+이=애?

I had heard that in Korean, 애 used to be pronounced like 아이. This kind of makes sense as the glyph ㅐ looks like it's made out of ㅏ and ㅣ. In addition, in Japanese, some people pronounce the diphthong ...
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What is written in that big bracket?

I was looking up the Korean word for “together”, when I came across its entry in the pure Korean dictionary on my iPhone. There’s this big bracket which seems to provide the etymology of the word. I ...
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What does this North Korean woman mean by joking about “ear wax” when they are about to eat?

Reference point: https://youtu.be/cAFzX16uGls?t=245 A bunch of North Koreans are sitting around a table with a male guest from Singapore, who is filming in first person. One of the North Korean ...
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Pronunciation of 받침 when speaking slowly

When you are saying a word or sentence deliberately slowly, speaking syllable by syllable in Korean (e.g., when spelling a text to students in a classroom, or talking on the phone), do the 받침 rules ...
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How to say 'Is this you in this photo'?

Is it '이 사진을 너는 예요?'or '이 너의 사진 예요'? I also read somewhere that's it's '사진에 넌 예요?' If yes why 에?
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What is the use of (으)로 here?

'오늘 그사람을 만나면 낯선 사람으로 대할 거예요' The only confusion I have here is 으로 which has the meaning of with, by or towards(a place).This sentence means 'If I meet that person today I am going to treat him like a ...
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목표를 이루려면 /달성하고자, why is 달성하고자 wrong?

2 is correct but can anyone explain why 3 is wrong in this case?
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받침 and following 이응

Until recently, I was under the impression that if a syllable ended in a 받침 (e.g. 작) and the next syllable started with 이응 (e.g. 아), then the 받침 would move to the start of the next syllable (so 작아 is ...
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Is “입교식은 4월 초에 시작됩니다” correct?

i have to write a sentence with each new word ive found, so i want to ask if the sentence "입교식은 4월 초에 시작됩니다" correct? at "시작됩니다" the word "시작" means "start" so im so confused. Because i think it is ...
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What is the difference between “귀엽다” and “깜찍하다”?

A lot of people that I met have been calling me like this and I want to know the difference between them. (I mean, I actually do look quite cute.)
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Please explain this sentence '요즘 뭐하고 지내세요?'

'요즘 뭐하고 지내세요?'..I know that it means how are doing but if this sentence is 뭐(what) + 하고 (and/with)+지내다(spend time)..it should mean what do you do to spend your time? Then why is 하고 added? And is this ...
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Vowel Harmony and Umlaut in Korean

I've been reading up about the Yanbian dialect of Korean, and came across the concept of vowel harmony in this article. https://www.korean.go.kr/nkview/nklife/1998_4/8-8.html e.g. 모두 = 모도, 배우다 = 배오다, ...
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기/지 in Yanbian dialect

I've heard that in Yanbian or North Korea ㅈ is pronounced as "ts" rather than "j". However, in this article about Yanbian Korean it also describes it as "j" . Which is more common in Yanbian? Is there ...
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Vowel for Yanbian Dialect

What are the vowels used in the Yanbian dialect of Korean? I've read in this article (https://www.korean.go.kr/nkview/nklife/1998_4/8-4.html) that Hamgyeong dialect, related to Yanbian dialect, has ...

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