PSY's <강남 스타일 (Gangnam style)>. It's kind of famous, you know. This is what its lyrics say:

지금부터 갈 데까지 가 볼까?

Shall we go all the way through from now on?

But is it really here? Isn't it ? It sounds more like somehow.

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It's an idiomatic expression and the correct one is ‘갈 데까지 가다’. The other one does not make any sense. Their pronunciation is similar, though.

Their meanings

  • 갈 데까지 가다 [갈까지가다] ((one goes) (where) -까지(up to) 가다(to go)) literally means ‘to go far as one goes (one may go)’.

    1. 도달할 수 있는 가장 극단의 상태나 상황이 되다. To fall into the most extreme state or situation possible.

      • Eg. 어디 누가 이기는지 갈 데까지 가 보자. Let's go to extremes (keep doing this) to see who'll be the final winner.
    2. 성관계를 맺다. To go all the way; to have sex.

      • Eg. 그녀와 나는 갈 데까지 간 사이다. I went all the way with her.
  • 갈 때까지 가다 [갈까지가다] ((one goes) (when) -까지(up to) 가다(to go)) literally means ‘to go (to keep going) until one goes’. I have never used this phrase even once.

Why does the sound [떼] here?

You know, I just got this naturally, following others' Korean; if you're not a native, here's the standard for you.

표준어 규정 제2부(표준 발음법) 제6장(경음화) 제27항

Korean Language Standard chapter #2 (Standard pronunciation), section §6 (Tensification), clause #27:

관형사형 ‘-(으)ㄹ’ 뒤에 연결되는 ‘, , , , ’은 된소리로 발음한다.

’, ‘’, ‘’, ‘’, and ‘’ following endings ‘-ㄹ’ or ‘-을’ that make things 관형사 (Korean pre-nouns; similar to determiners.), are tensified (become 된소리).

  • 할 것을 [할꺼슬] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 갈 데가 [갈떼가] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 할 바를 [할빠를] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 할 수는 [할쑤는] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 먹을 수는 [머글쑤는] ( following -을)
  • 할 적에 [할쩌게] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 갈 곳 [갈꼳] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 할 도리 [할또리] ( following -ㄹ)
  • 만날 사람 [만날싸람] ( following -ㄹ)

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