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How does vowel length work?

So I know that vowel length isn't important to learn, and that most people don't need it. I'm just curious about the rules that dictate when they can appear. Take 사람 for instance, the 사 is long when ...
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What are these 4 characters sounding like "doh goo tei aw"?

What 4 words did Kim Chae-won (김채원) blurt, at https://youtu.be/NmIxul_EqSk?si=eLgBRLNtJ3MwPuRD&t=8
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Translation: Do you speak English or Japanese?

I'm going to Seoul for the first time and I have a phrase book but 'or' is a little beyond the six words of Korean I now know. If anyone could let me know how to say "do you speak English or ...
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Correction and explanation of "Sing like a singer"

What is the difference between the two following sentences? 가수처럼 노래해요 가수와 같이 노래해요 (Please correct the sentences if they're grammatically wrong). According to Korean - A comprehensive Guide section 3....
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what does 차 meam (e.g. 11년 차)

i chanced upon a phrase 나는 11 년 차 공황장애 환자다 (i've been suffering from panic disorder for 11 years) i take it 차 can be translated as "lasting for... " so, did i get it right that the whole ...
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What is the -가 in -지가 in this translation?

The English sentence What that person likes is not convenient. was given a translation of 그 사람이 좋아하는 건 편리하지가 않아요. I understand all the other grammar components and vocabulary in that translation; ...
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Asking a store clerk to refill my T-Money card with 10,000 won

If I want to ask to a clerk in a convenience store to top up my T-Money card can I ask with the following: 사장님. 카드에 만원을 충전해 주세요/주겠어요? Is it grammatically correct? Does it sound natural to say?
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Korean verb to express "think/find/believe"

I wonder what are the closest Korean verbs I can use to express the equivalent of the following english verbs: think - an opinion that you are NOT sure of. find - an opinion that you are sure of ...
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Translate "How do I ask my girlfriend how cook pasta?"

I want to translate in korean the question: How do I ask my girlfriend how to cook pasta? I made an attempt: 제 여자친구한테 어떻게 파스타를 요리하다고 어떻게 칠문해요? The rationale behind it is How do I ask? -> 어떻게 ...
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What is the Korean word for Orach (an edible leafy green similair to Spinach)?

What is the Korean word for Orach (an edible leafy green similar to Spinach also known as Atriplex Hortensis)? "Orach"에 대한 한국어는 무엇입니까? 시금치와 비슷한 식용 잎이 많은 녹색입니다.
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What is the Korean word for the type of melon (Cucumis melo) that has hair on the rind or hair on the peel?

What is the Korean word for the cultivar of (오이 Cucumis melo) that has hair on the rind or hair on the peel? 오이의 피부에 머리카락이 달린 오이의 이름은 무엇입니까?
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If a Chinese person had the last name ”金“, how would that name be pronounced in Korean?

So Kim, or “金” might be the most common last name in Korea. However, some Chinese people also have the last name Jin/金. To my knowledge, however, they don't seem to be related, as they have different ...
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Novel translation help

I am translating a light novel from Korean and having trouble understanding the reference in the following exchange. This is between two people who are fighting. The setting is inside of a video game, ...
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Why is it 가져다가 instead of 가지다가?

The suffix -다(가) is normally attached to the verb stem, not the present stem (-어/아-). But I find that in the case of 가지다 they say e.g. 가져다 놓다 (instead of 가지다 놓다), while the contracted form is regular (...
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Happiness, Love, and Death

I have to translate this sentence. 사람은 죽을 만큼 사랑하는 사람을 만나거나 죽을 만큼 사랑하는 일을 만날 때 행복합니다. Note that the translation is preparatory for a live translation; and as such, leading with the same word as the ...
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Perception of a Chinese to Korean name

I've seen stuff about Chinese to Korean names and so happened to find my personal name as part of a legal list of hanja for names. I was wondering what the personal name 지항 would sound like to a ...
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Would a Korean person be able to get the gist of written Chinese

Would a Korean person be able to more-or-less understand written modern Chinese (i.e. not traditional Chinese)? I know very little about either language, other than that written Korean started with ...
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Could you help me translate the sentence?

I would like to ask for help in translating this sentence into English. 또 백지 수표를 쓸 수는 없지。 The situation is as follows. Two people, a girl and a guy, make a bet. The guy asks the girl to make the ...
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Question about a section of a novel

I have come across this section of a light novel, and am having trouble translating it to English. I think there are a few references that don't translate well, and I cannot find an explanation for ...
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Does Korean have native words corresponding to 형 and 동생?

Korean sibling terms are quite interesting but also a little odd. While terms like eonni, nuna and oppa seem to be native, hyeong and and dongsaeng are Sino-Korean. What would be the reason for this? ...
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Romanization of ㅚ in Duolingo

Sometimes Duolingo romanizes ㅚ as oe, and sometimes as we, I wonder what the difference come from? For example 최소 is romanized as choeso and 왼 is romanized as wen. I guess it might be because it's ...
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How to end conversation due to my own limitations?

I am learning Korean and I have just about enough knowledge to say greetings and order my food in a restaurant (spoken and written). But sometimes my server will assume I know more and I wont be able ...
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Confusing changing of verbs to present and past tense form in Korean

I was studying from TTMIK level 1 textbook and workbook present and past tense and I noticed that when a verb is changed to present or past tense, the syllable was changed to a slightly different form....
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X wants to know when we'll receive Y

I am trying to translate the following sentence. Tom wants to know when will receive the package My attempt is 톰님이 언제 특히를 받다고 알고 싶어요 My thought on why this might be correct is because what Tom ...
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Why do some verbs whose stems end with ㄷ(듣다 , 묻다) change to ㄹ when they are conjugated?

I was looking at the conjugations for the verbs that have a ㄷ right before 다. For example, 걷다, 믿다, 닫다, 싣다, 묻다, and 듣다. When most of these conjugate, it makes sense to me. 걷다 becomes 걷아, 믿다 becomes 믿어, ...
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What does this 알라 mean as in "거기서 내가 울고 있는 줄 알라"

I was reading a poem in Korean but could never understand this sentence. 거기서 내가 울고 있는 줄 알라 I am confused about the verb in the end 알라. Judging from its form, I think it might be either the ...
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What is the word after '여러분' in this audio recording?

I would like some help to understand what is the very first word said in this audio: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3doXEJA6gSj8sAd3fduGHb?si=sAJAOzqWSUOZTRNmYoVqzA The word is followed by 여러분, so ...
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How to say "Which city are you from?"

How do you say "Which city are you from?" Which one below is correct? Are there any other new sentences I can use? 어느 도시에 사세요? 어디 도시에 사세요? 어디에 도시 사세요?
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"개사"는 漢字로 쓰면 "改寫"이나 "改詞"입니까?

Translating the lyrics of one song into another language and then singing it is called "개사". It's clear that this is a 漢字語 (한자어), but which one of them is correct?
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What is the etymology of the informal (vulgar) prefix 처~?

I was listening to a rap song with Korean lyrics where one of the lines uses the prefix 처 in a way I hadn't seen before: 돈 자랑, 몸 자랑, 인맥 자랑, 네 자랑, 잠이나 처자라 From my understanding, 처 can be affixed to ...
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Particles to use with 뭐 / 무엇 and 이름

On a learning site, one of the exercise questions was to translate English "What is the name of the owl?" into Korean. The answer I gave was: 부엉이의 이름이 무엇이에요? but the correct answer shown to ...
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Construct object-phrases in korean

I was trying to construct a sentence like the following. Would you show me where I can throw this away? I am not a grammar expert but if I have to translate just Would you show me this I would ...
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Were 치두음 and 정치음 ever written iotated?

Sejong the Great created 치두음 (ᄼ, ᄽ, ᅎ, ᅏ, ᅔ) and 정치음 (ᄾ, ᄿ, ᅐ, ᅑ, ᅕ) to distinguish sibilants. 치두음 were alveolar, and 정치음 were alveolo-palatal. These letters were not used in Korean orthography ...
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Is there the korean version of 'As' for when cause or reasonings

I was browsing ths Google to see if theres this exact word for nuance and meaning 'As' for reasons or effects rather than comparisons, but I found none, example: 'As the sun slowly sets, Shin-Hye is ...
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Do I always have to use honorific nouns with superiors?

I know there are some nouns in Korean that have honorific forms. For example, the honorific form of 밥 is 진지, the honorific form of 집 is 댁... So do I always have to use honorific nouns with superiors? ...
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Why didn't Korean rulers ever use the title 황제 (皇帝) until the Korean Empire in the late 19th century?

Ever since Qin Shi Huangdi ("First Huangdi of the Qin") made up the title 皇帝 (huangdi), Vietnamese and Japanese rulers quite consistently claimed to be "emperors" as well. The ...
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How to call the products which do tedious tasks quickly and easily?

If the products or apps that automatically do tedious tasks quickly and easily, are these usually expressed as "인스턴트 XX" or "원터치 XX," in Korean? E.g. "인스턴트" 음성 녹음 앱, &...
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What´s the function of the particle in this sentence?

everyone. I need some help to understand the function of a particle in the sentence 학생들이 나오는 게 수업이 다 끝난 것 같아요. I understand its overall meaning. In the final part we have a guess (수업이 다 끝난 것 같아요) ...
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Is 아버님 only used in"연인사이"?

I asked a young Korean person: When I talk to a child, I want to ask "What does your father do?". This question should ask "아버님은 무슨 일을 하셔냐?/하셔니?"?. She said that i should ask "...
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I’m practicing “journal style” writing in Korean with a new book. Is this sentence correct?

다다음 주부터 가을방학 시작한다. The examples in my book don’t use a particle next to school vacation. I also wasn’t sure if “다다음“ is week after next? Is there a different informal way to say “in two weeks”? Thanks!...
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Is this a natural way to say “I’m really tired because I’m sick”

제가 아파지 대문에 정말 피곤해고 있어요. Sorry if there are spelling mistakes etc!
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Asking "Can you speak Korean?"

I was chatting to a Korean gentlemen this morning, with whom I was speaking for the first time. Because I texted "안녕하세요" his first thought was I spoke Korean. So he asked me 엇 한국어 가능하세요 ...
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How would a younger Korean person (child/teen/minor/younger generation) address his/her parents' close friends?

Say the parents are close friends with other Korean parents. They all have their own kids. The kids hang out together and are close friends as well. Now, how would a Korean kid address his/her own ...
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Question about this slang/curse word

While translating a novel, I came across the following dialogue: “혹시 제가 아는 그, 시벌좌?” “……인터넷 방송 보셨나 봐요.” 차라리 산서잠룡이 낫겠다. 시벌좌가 뭐야, 시벌좌가. The phrase "시벌좌" from the first line seems to have ...
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Pronoun difference in translation for this sentence

서로 같이 있으면 감정만 더 상할 것 같아 Google translate, translates this to "I think our feelings will only get hurt more if we stay together." Given that pronouns in Korean can be context specific, can ...
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Is 한국어를 해요correct?

I am asking this because I saw someone saying it is correct, but I don't think it is. As someone who speaks japanese I would never say 韓国語をする, but instead I'd say 韓国語ができる which is equivalent to 한국어를 할 ...
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Does 아/어야 have more than one meaning?

As a low intermediate student, I learned that 아/어야 is used to express something as a necessary condition, it can be thought as meaning only if and is commonly used (but not exclusively) in the ...
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What does 1일 1떡 mean?

What does 1일 1떡 mean? Is it something about food or what? I tried reading an article, but I did not understand the context because of this wording.
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When talking to 사장님 about 과장님, do we need to use 존댓말 with 과장님?

In a Korean book there is the following dialogue: enter link description here 남 :네, 총무과뚜안입니다. 아, 사장님. 안녕하십니까? 박 과장님이요? 박 과장님께서는 좀 전에 일 때문에 거래처에 가셨는데요. 네, 그럼 제가 지금 박 과장님께 전화해서 빨리 사장님께 전화하시라 고 말씀드리겠습니다....
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Can you please translate this for me?

미안해. 그동안 잘 못 챙겨줘서. I translated this as "Sorry. For not caring all this time". I know that subject pronouns in Korean can be confusing. But when I cross-checked this with Papago and Google, ...
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