Newbie here. I try to decypher a simple proverb, 가는 말이 고와야 오는 말이 곱다. The global meaning is clear but I don't understand some details.
Vocabulary's ok to me (see infra) but I have three questions about (1) spelling (2) grammar and (3) meaning.
(1) Is 고와야 pronouced goaya or gowaya ?
(2) What's exactly 고와야 ? Is it 곱다 + suffix 아/어 + 야 ? But what's the meaning of this suffix here ?
(3) Litterary, this is what I understand:
If(?) the words [that] go [to you] are right, the words [that] come [to you] are right [too].
Any help would be appreciated !
이 [i] : subject marker
가다 [gada] : to go
말 [mal] : word(s), speech(es)
오다 [oda] : to come
곱다 [gopda] : ~to be beautifull, to be pure