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The meaning(s) of 차돌?

I heard this sentence today '따님을 차돌같이 잘 키우셨어요'. I've only ever know 차돌 being a type of meat, but looking around on the internet I've found several more meaning of this word including 'quartz', 'marble'...
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How is “닳고 닳다” used and what does it mean exactly?

I've found the following meanings for it in the Naver dictionay: become oversophisticated be too much a man of the world In what situations would you use it it? How is it different from the meaning ...
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How do you know if 웃다 means 'to laugh' or 'to smile'?

(to) smile can be translated as 웃다 or 미소 짓다 (to) laugh can be translated as 웃다 So if I read/heard a sentence like 소피가 웃어요., how do I know if Sophie (소피) is laughing (out loud) or smiling? Do I have ...
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What does the '개' as in 개웃기네, 개못생겼네 signify?

Is it something to be used in certain situations? If so, what are those?
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Difference between 박해 and 핍박?

I came across the word '핍박' a few days ago while reading an article. In the dictionary this translates to 'persecution', but I've only ever known the word '박해' having this meaning. Could anybody ...
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Meaning of '수반'

I was watching one of 탐사보도 세븐's episodes today and it was about the China-North Korea border. I don't know if I can post this here but here goes. On one of the buildings was a red banner that read '...
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what does 그래서 누구냐고 무러본곤데 mean?

what does “ 그래서 누구냐고 무러본곤데” exactly mean in english? i tried translating it but it said “ Replying to @Fresh_Fresh“ in english which doesn’t make sense. please help me out!
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Meaning(s) of 덮치다?

I'm wondering if somebody could give me a comprehensive definition of the word 덮치다? I figured it's to do with attacking / invading, but if someone could give me a concise definition that would be ...
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Is the sentence 오늘(은) 제 생일입니다 right?

Is the sentence 오늘(은) 제 생일입니다 right? And if it is, what is the meaning of 제 in this sentence?
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사무치다 뼈저리다 meaning

I'm trying to determine a suitable meaning for 사무치다 and 뼈저리다 in English. I understand that they have the meaning that some emotion is really strong/intense but can't find a translation in English. ...
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Composing sentences

How do I compose a sentences using -아/어요, -ㅂ니다, -고 싶어요, -지 마세요 and -러 가요. Can someone please explain and show me examples? I’m really desperate
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How to translate a Chinese name 泽 to Korean?

I would like to convert my name to korean, but I am having trouble with "泽" which can be 석 or 택. I would assume the name would be 하석민 or 하택민 after conversion. Does it matter which one I use?
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Words similar to 대여섯?

I know that 대여섯 means five or six, but I'm wondering why the '대' takes the meaning of 'five' here? Are there other words similar to this that mean 'A and A+1'. Thanks a lot.
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Meaning of 머슴살이 and origin?

I've come across the word 머슴살이 and read in the dictionary that it means doing farm work. But looking around on the internet I'm not sure if there's some sort of historical meaning associated with the ...
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Meaning of 마지노선?

I'd like to know about the meaning and usage of 마지노선. Of course, I know that this literally means Maginot Line, but I also know it must have another meaning for everyday conversation. I saw this in a ...
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Meaning of 열악하다?

Just a simple question this time! :D What is the meaning of 열악하다? From what I figured it means poor (quality) or to be deteriorated, but I'd like to check what it means. Thanks in advance!
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Is “열심히 일할 것을 약속 드리겠습니다” correct?

I have a sentence as follow: 연세 여행사에서 저에게 기회를 주시면 열심히 일할 것을 약속 드리겠습니다. I think "열심히 일할 것을 약속 드리겠습니다" is not correct, because as i know, following 을/를 must be a verb, not a noun like 약속, so the ...
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What is the difference in nuance between 지루한 건 and 지루한 걸?

What is the difference in nuance between 지루한 건 and 지루한 걸 in this case? Why is 지루한 건 better in this case? 부탁이 하나 있는데요. 제가 한국어로 한 얘기에 좀 대답해 주실 수 있어요? 고쳐주시는 건 감사한데 저한테는 제 문자의 내용이 더 중요하거든요. 대부분 (...
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When to use 되다?

I learned from a Talk to Me in Korean lesson that the verb 되다 means "to be done" or "to be possible," and is often used in the format (verb)+ 야 + 되다 to describe what one must or should do. However, I ...
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What is this 이 in the sentence?: 한두 시간이면 끝나니까 기다려 주세요

한두 시간이면 끝나니까 기다려 주세요. Is it 이다 in 이면 in this sentence? If not what is that 이? I know what the sentence means just curious about this 이 that I couldn't find in Naver dictionary. I also found some ...
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What does 되다 mean exactly in this sentence?

I'm looking for the exact definition of 되다 in this sentence. Can anyone tell me which definition of 되다 here from this krdict dictionary? 그곳은 우리 집에서 조금만 걸으면 됩니다
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What is written in that big bracket?

I was looking up the Korean word for “together”, when I came across its entry in the pure Korean dictionary on my iPhone. There’s this big bracket which seems to provide the etymology of the word. I ...
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목표를 이루려면 /달성하고자, why is 달성하고자 wrong?

2 is correct but can anyone explain why 3 is wrong in this case?
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what does 이런거 자주올려주세요 mean?

이런거 means 'this', right? I may be completely wrong though... but what on earth does 자주올려주세요 mean? 올려다 means upload right? 자주 means often, right? 주세요 is please.. so are they asking me to do upload ...
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그렇지만 공부하는 걸/건/ 싫어해요/싫어요

글을 쓰는 건 좋아해요. 그렇지만 공부하는 건 싫어해요. What's the difference in meaning and nuance among the original sentence 1 and sentences 2,3? 글을 쓰는 건 좋아해요. 그렇지만 공부하는 걸 싫어해요. 글을 쓰는 건 좋아해요. 그렇지만 공부하는 건 싫어요.
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What is the reason to use 결합한 instead of 결합하는 in this case?

敎자는 爻(효 효)자와 子(아들 자)자, 攵(칠 복)자가 결합한 모습이다. What is the reason to use 결합한 instead of 결합하는 in this case? The sentence is like a definition so I thought that 결합하는 would be fit with that general thing ...
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Translation check - exam question

I need to make sure I have translated this passage correctly. 잘 부탁드립니다! How does this text explore the issue of discrimination? 이 텍스트는 차별 문제를 어떻게 탐구합니까? Evaluate/explain the content of the article....
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Why is it `있잖아요` not `이잖아요`?

This is a sentence from a video on VLIVE with the English translation. Why is it 있잖아요 not 이잖아요? The translation "that IS" so it makes more sense to me to use 이다 there instead. VLIVE 하면 하는 거 있잖아요. ...
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Why is 숙제를 할 수 없어요 weird?

Why is #1 weird while #2 natural? 비록 그 수업을 이해했지만 숙제를 할 수 없어요. 비록 그 수업을 이해했지만 숙제를 하지 못 할것 같아요.
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What does 시원치 않다 mean?

In the following sentence: 그런데 그렇게 주인공으로 세워 놓고도 팬들의 대접은 시원치 않은 경우가 많다. 각자 자기의 노래를 찾느라 부산하기 때문이다. 여기서는 오로지 노래 실력만이 중요하다. (Source: 대학 강의 수강을 위한 한국어 읽기 중급2 P.66) There is no entry in any of my ...
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Why is it 쓰는, 읊은 in #1 and #2 not 쓴 , 읊는 respectively?

Here are the definitions of two words from Naver dictionary. 표제: 서책의 겉에 쓰는 그 책의 이름 정가: 사랑을 읊은 노래 Why is it 쓰는, 읊은 in #1 and #2 not 쓴 , 읊는 respectively? Another example about 가진, 가지는: ...
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What does 면서 있다 mean in this case?

What does 면서 있다 mean in this case? Why not just TV를 봐 or TV를 보고 있어? 가 : 뭐하고있냐? 나 : 그냥 TV를 보면서 있지
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How can the phrase “그런가 하면” is translated as “furthermore”?

How can the phrase 그런가 하면 is translated as furthermore? Does it relate to "은/는가 하면" grammar? 시골 장터에는 물건을 파는 사람들이 많았다. 그런가 하면 물건을 사지 않고 그저 구경하는 사람도 적지 않았다.
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Do we have to add (으)시 in 반말체?

I know I can add (으)시 in the honorific structure to someone whose age or status is higher than me. Example: 아빠, 밥을 드셨어요?: Dad, have you eaten yet? 누나, 저한테 이거 가르쳐 주세요: Sister, please teach this ...
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How to write the shortened form of (느)ㄴ다고 했다 in this sentence: “윤정 씨는 매운 음식을 안 먹는다고 했어요”?

I'm learning Indirect Quoting in Korean. On a website called funkorean4u.com, the following is written: 해요‘ is used for when you hear a sentence indirectly such as from news, rumors, a lot of ...
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Why is it `하던 일` not `하고 있는 일` in this case?

This is the definition of 휴식 from Naver dictionary. Why is it 하던 일 not 하고 있는 일 in this case?
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What is the usage of 고 있다 in this example?

What's the usage of 고 있다 in this case? The normal usage is to state that the act mentioned in the preceding statement is continued but it doesn't seem fit this example.
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Why is 3시가 안 돼요 unnatural in this case?

What is the reason making 3시가 안 돼요 unnatural here? However someone said that 3시가 안 될 것 같아요 is natural in that case. 미영 씨, 우리 내일 3시에 백화점 앞에서 만나기로 했찮아요. 그런데 (3시가 안 돼요). 내일 아르바이트가 3시에 끝나거든요.
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How come 말이야 is translated as “especially”?

Someone said that 말이야 is translated as "especially" in the sentence. However, how can it be translated like that? 말 literally means "words, speech".
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Why 라고 전해 주세요 can be used in this sentence?

I'm learning Indirect quotations in the book Korean Grammar in Use, and I know that in the indirect Imperative clauses, we use the structure S + O + (으)라고 하다 as in the following example: 제가 흐엉 씨한테 ...
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있다던데 vs 있다기에: why is 있다던데 wrong in this case?

The answer is 4 (있다기에) but why is 3 (있다던데) wrong here? EDIT: why can't -다던데 be used like this?
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기는 하다 grammar used in a question

This 살긴 살아요 is from grammar structure 기는 하다 (acknowledging something in the first clause before contrasting it in the second) but I've ever seen it used in a question like that, so I can't quite get ...
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why is it weird to use 도록 in this case?

Why is it weird with 도록 in this case? 도록: (목적) so that, in order that, that, (so as) to, in order to 이 꽃을 잘 키우도록 하루에 한 번 물을 줘야 한다.
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what do 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning “situation”?

The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?
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What is the difference between 빠져들다 and 빠지다?

I found out there are two similar words that mean "fall into" or "drowned". Both 빠져들다 and 빠지다 mean it, although in my dictionary there is no entry for 빠져들다 and I only saw it online. But I don't ...
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What does 년대 mean?

I found an anki deck with 1000 most common words (I have to translate them to english on my own) but I couldn't find much information about the meaning of this one. One resource mentioned it means "...
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What is the meaning of 캐러들 and 물차고 in this famous children's song?

The song I am referring to is 봄 by 윤석중, a well-known writer of Korean children's poetry. This poem was later composed into a song in 1990. 니나니 나니나 니나니나 버들피리 소리가 들려온다 니나니 나니나 니나니나 버들피리 소리가 들려온다 ...
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What does “당연한 말씀이네요” means?

There's this dialogue that happen before it "이제부터 어머니께 칭찬받을 때는 나처럼 하도록 해.", and then he said "당연한 말씀이네요" I think its like a sarcasm or so.
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Does this sentence imply that anthocyanin contains iron?

I am watching an SBS TV program about food and cooking and it shows this: As I understand it, it seems to say that the red color of the strawberry is from anthocyanin which contains large quantities ...
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Help me with this “왜”

If after "왜" there is a comma, is the meaning still "why?", because I found some sentences that makes me confused. For example, I found this sentence : 남서부에서 산사태도 발생했다던데. 왜, 그 무슨 백작 부인도 거기 휘말려서... ...