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Addressing someone on the street you have never met and who is of ambiguous age

I was visiting Korea (강원도 춘천시) recently and needed to ask directions to a building on a college campus. (강원대학교 for those who are interested). I was on foot and I did not immediately see a campus map ...
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Peace of parents vs Gaming

When I watch youtube videos related to games, I encounter several comments where people relate the peace of parents to the reason that Koreans are good at gaming. " 한국에서는 게임 못하면 부모님 안부를 물어 보거든 (1) "...
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When learning Korean, is it better to learn formal only?

I am starting to learn Korean (A course on Coursera, I have purchased a course on Udemy, and am also listening to podcasts from "Talk to me in Korean". In the podcasts, they suggest learning the ...
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Korean child was not accepted to college, what's next for her?

My native Korean brother-in-law living in Seoul has what I would call a "star" child/pupil. She won piano competitions, she is always studying, and she graduated #1 in her high school class (not an ...
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What is the hashtag #다들_첫뮤_뭐보셨나요?

다들_첫뮤_뭐보셨나요 is trending on twitter...but why? what does it mean?
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What does “가가가가가.” (the sentence) mean?

I heard tale of a sentence which is odd but grammatically correct where every word is 가, but each 가 is a different part of speech. I'm also not sure if it's five or six 가s, but I would love to ...
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How do you say “None of your business” in Korean?

Is there a Korean equivalent phrase if there is no exact translation?
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Manners: chopsticks and spoon simultaneously

At 연세어학당, I learned a sentence with an implied subject, an object, a conjunction in the object, an adverb, and a verb. I will never forget it, because it was the first "big sentence" that I had ...
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Does ~ 스럽다 mean “worthy of ~”?

Does ~ 스럽다 mean "worthy of ~"? I'm familiar with and use with some frequency the verb ending 스럽다. I'm trying to contend with and understand the English sentence "I am proud of you" which most will ...
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The way to respond to 안녕하세요?

In South Korea, when you eat at a cheap eating establishment (in "cheap" I mean such establishments where one menu costs about 5,000 KRW to 12,000 KRW and usually in a bit old establishment) and ...
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Types/classes of meat 고기 종류

In English, there is a pretty well understood division between "white meat" and "red meat". Likewise, people will talk about "light/dark meat" when eating certain meats. What sorts of meaningful ...
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한국어로 “Koreaboos”

Are there any well-known Korean terms or phrases to talk about (foreign) fans of Korea/Korean things? The great 한류 "Korean Wave" of this age has certainly stirred up attitudes of both admiration ("...
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How 선배 and 후배 are classified in Korean (age, position or both)?

could anyone especially Korean native speakers have a look at this excerpt and tell me whether it is correct or not? As the book said 선배 and 후배 are classified based on two criteria, age and position. ...
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Dating and Valentine practice, do only “friends” get valentines too?

This question has to do with non-verbal cultural communication. My understanding is that in Korea dating is conducted by girls selecting boys and that the interest is indicated by a gift on Valentine'...
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Easy Korean Poems for Beginners

I just wonder if anyone could help me find few poems in Korean that are not too hard for a beginner like me. I believe it could help me improving my vocabulary and grammar usage. (I've been learning ...
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Apart from 새배 (new year's bow), when is it appropriate to do a '절' (deep bow)?

As it was (Western) new year, I suggested that my wife and I did the deep bow or '절' to our Korean parents (Though it's not us in the picture!). I think this was seen as appropriate and well-received! ...
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What is the appropriate way to ask for a spot while weightlifting?

Let's say this is for benchpressing. How would I ask someone at the gym if they wouldn't mind spotting me for a set? Also, is this common and/or appropriate?
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Why is the Korean name 이 often Romanised as 'Lee'?

This was a question from the definition stage of this proposal Why is the Korean name 이 written as Lee in English?
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What is the natural way to refer to in-laws of an unexpected gender?

If my father's sister has a husband, I call him 고모부. If my father's younger brother has a wife, I call her 숙모. If my father's sister has a wife, what do I call her? If my father's younger brother ...
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How do you count Korean age

Koreans count their age in a different way from Western people. What are the exact rules to count your Korean age? Is it just Western age + 2? A person born on Feb. 10, 1986 is 30 years old in ...