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당신의 이면에 관한 이야기입니다

What does this sentence mean? I am stuck with 당신의 이면 part. If it is translated as "if it is a story about you" then why don't we why it as "당신에 관한 이야기입니다"? 당신의 이면에 관한 이야기입니다. This sentence is from ...
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저는 만지지 마십시오 meaning with context

I would like to ask you one question. What does the sentence mean? You can provide any context if possible. 저는 만지지 마십시오. A. Do not touch me B. I do not touch (something) C. Both A and B are ...
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How to address Korean parents as a teacher?

I always Kakao text my students parents by starting off with "안녕하세요", is it better to say "어머니 안녕하세요~" or with student's name in front like "민지 어머니 안녕하세요~"? Which way is better if I text the ...
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How to say “could you help me print this please?” in a polite way but not too formal?

I'm a home tutor to Korean kids and every week I need to ask the parents to print out study materials at home. I always text the parents through kakao by saying "한녕하세요~오늘 수업 재료를 프린트 좀 부탁드려요." I'm not ...
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비빔밥 - Examples of 비비다 outside of “Bi-bim-bap”

I love 비빔밥 - Bi-bim-bap. It's a traditional Korean dish where the items in a bowl are served to the customer, and the customer then takes a Korean spoon and mixes it all together. The verb 비비다 (to ...
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How to address the listener when you do not know his or her name or title?

How do you address the listener when you do not know his or her name or title? There are the 2nd person pronouns 너 and 당신, but those are generally either rude or awkward in most situations. I know ...
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How do you ask someone's “international age” in Korean?

How do you ask someone's "international age" (starting from zero, incrementing on their birthday; as opposed to Korean age) in Korean?
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Answer to “아저씨,이 공책 세 권 주세요”

A 아저씨,이 공책 세 권 주세요. B -------------------------- a) 네,여기 있습니다. b) 네,세 권 있습니다. I am doing some exercises to understand more about grammars and vocabulary. For the dialogue above, the answer is ...
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Correct translation for “smoke” that also means “cigarette”

In English, we can use the term "smoke" as a noun to refer to a cigarette. For example: I'd like to have a smoke. (meaning, "I'd like to smoke a cigarette.") Google Translate gives me 담배 as ...
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I started studying Korean at 32. I'm 34 and still terrible. Is it possible to learn in your 30s?

Despite studying for 2 years and being in a relationship with a native speaker for all that time (she's fluent in English too) I still can't effectively communicate in the language. Basic stuff like 뭐 ...
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Grammar/meaning of 나 봐 / 보나 봐

I sometimes hear this phrase but I don't understand what the grammar/meaning is. It's a construction with 보다, right? I didn't find anything for A/V + 나보다 or 보나보다 or anything like that. Where does it ...
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How can you show that you are correcting yourself? (Equivalent of “I mean..” in English)

In English you could say Can you give this to your mother? Sorry, I mean your sister? The listener can then understand that they are to give the item to their mother, not their sister. In Korean, ...
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Are there any particular 'small talk' topics in Korean culture that a learner should be prepared for?

In the UK (where I am based), it's quite common for people who bump into each other in the street to start off a conversation by mentioning the weather. This can then lead into talk about what effects ...
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different ways of saying goodbye / farewell

In Korean I learned 2 ways of saying goodbye: 안녕히 계세요. When I'm leaving and other people are staying. or 안녕히 가세요. When I'm staying and other people are leaving. So what should I say when I'm ...
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How is 들어가다 used as a farewell greeting?

From what I understand 들어가다 means "to go inside" (with 들어오다 meaning come inside) But I have seen conversations like this is basic Korean books: 가: 먼저 들어가겠습니다. 안녕히 계세요. 나: 안녕히 가세요. 조심히 들어가세요....
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How can I ask someone to repeat a statement in Korean?

I have a hard time grasping the meaning of certain Korean phrases the first time I hear them, especially when they are quickly. How can I politely ask someone to repeat something they just said?
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What filler words can be used in Korean to buy time in the conversation/show you are thinking?

This was one of our definition questions. Words like English 'er...', 'well...', 'hmm...', 'like...', examples of some of the words with their definition and use will suffice.