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What is the difference between 높임말 and 존댓말?

When it comes to honorifics in Korean, I see two words: 높임말 and 존댓말. Are these two words different or the same?
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What is the difference between (ㄴ/는)다지요? and (ㄴ/는)다면서요?

i have 2 sentences as follows: 민수 씨는 이번 시험에 1등을 했다지요? and 민수 씨는 이번 시험에 1등을 했다면서요? I wonder how these two structures are different? Can you help me to understand them? Thank you!
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What is the function of commas (쉼표) in the following sentences?

I have the following 2 paragraphs: 요즈음 세계 곳곳에서 서서히 일어나고 있는 ‘슬로푸드(slow food)’ 운동도 생활 습관 병을 고치는 데 도움이 된다. 자기 나라에서 오랫동안 내려온, 자기 민족의 전통 음식을 즐기 는 슬로푸드 운동을 통해 현대인들도 많은 병을 고칠 수 있을 것이다. and 요즘은 기업, 부자 중심의 ‘...
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Any subtleties I should be aware of before getting 강철의지 as a tattoo?

I had some natural Korean speakers help me pick this phrase (강철의지), but seeing as how it be will permanently marked on my body I'm coming here to double check. Thanks for any extra insight! I ...
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Are abbreviations allowed in TOPIK Writting?

I am practicing writing TOPIK. As far as I know, in the TOPIK Writing, abbreviations are not allowed (e.g. 는 것이 can not be abbreviated to 는게, 무엇을 can not be abbreviated to 뭘), so why in the Answer ...
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What is the difference between (으)로 and (으)로서?

I know (으)로 has many meanings, one of which means "as". For example: 그는 신문사 특파원으로 서울에 와 있습니다: He is in Seoul as a correspondent for a newspaper and (으)로서 also means "as". For ...
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What does the sentence in the passage below mean?

I have the following text. 그리워하는데도 한 번 만나고는 못 만나게 되기도 하고, 일생을 못 잊으면서 아니 만나고 살기도 한다. 아사코와 나는 세 번 만났다. 세 번째는 아니 만났어야 좋았을 것이다. 오는 주말에는 아사코가 살았던 춘천에 갔다 오려고 한다.소양강 가을 경치가 아름다울 것이다. In the passage above, ...
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What does 머가여~ mean?

I told a friend of mine that he looks good and he answered: 머가여~ What does this mean?
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What does 티격태격 mean?

It's from a song and I don't really understand every translation I've seen. The whole verse/sentence goes like 막상 티격태격 서로를 향해 겨누지만 고마운 줄 모르고 배부른 거지 뭐. (for context) I'd be glad if someone helped me!
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What does 홀홀 웃으며 mean in English?

나 지금 친구에게 문자하고있어. "홀홀 웃으며" I don't understand what it means. If anyone can translate for me, I would really appreciate it, thank you.
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What does the word "란" mean in TOPIK exam?

I read in the answer section of the TOPIK exam that there are a few words "답란" and "결시 확인란". Why is there the word "란" in these words? What does this word "란" ...
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What is the difference between 가게 됐어요, 가게 돼요 and 게 될 거예요?

i have 3 sentences as follows: 흐엉 씨는 한국으로 가게 됐어요 흐엉 씨는 한국으로 가게 돼요 흐엉 씨는 한국으로 가게 될 거예요. How are the 3 sentences above different? I understand the "게 되다" structure, but still don't ...
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What is the difference between "이곳" and "여기"?

I came across this video, [Basic Korean Grammar] Most frequent Korean word 이, 그, 저 in my early study of Korean language. At around 5:23, Kim mentioned that "이곳" and "여기" are ...
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What does ""바빠도 되도록" mean in this sentence?

i have a sentence as follows: 아무리 바빠도 되도록 저녁 식사는 가족과 함께해야 한다고 생각합니다 I already know about the structure 아/어도 되다 and 도록 in Korean, but I still can't understand the phrase "바빠도 되도록". What ...
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How is 멘탈 잡아 used?

I was watching this show, and the situation starts at 7:06. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gowWjwlm10&t=555s I understand that they're embarassed but I don't get the nuance of this expression... ...
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When can "아/어서" mean "to"?

I've found that "아/어서" can be used to mean "to" in a number of examples, such as: 저는 학교에 가서 공부할 거예요: I go to school to study 나는 친구들을 만나서 이야기했어요: I met my friends to talk Now, I ...
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What does "있어" mean in this sentence?

i have a sentence as follows: 직장인에게 있어 재충전을 위한 여가 활동은 매우 중요하다 What does "있어" mean? I translated 있어 into english using google translate and it says that 있어 means "for (직장인에게)", ...
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what does 게 mean in this sentence - 네가 내 친구란 행운이야?

네가 내 친구란 게 행운이야. I'm happy that you are my friend. I think 란 works as that. What is this "게"?
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Why this sentence are wrong?

I read in a Korean textbook the following sentence: 그는 대학교에 합격해서 정말 기쁘다 The textbook said this is correct. But to the next sentence 그는 대학교에 합격해서 정말 기뻤어? This textbook said that the sentence is ...
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How to change the following sentences into ㄴ/는대요?

I know in Korean, ㄴ/는다고 하다 can be shortened to ㄴ/는대요. However, what about sentences ending in past tense or honorifics? For example, I have the following 2 sentences: 흐어 씨는 어제 도서관에 갔다고 했어요:Huong said ...
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What does "디엠 씨도 멋쟁이가 되어 보라고 드리는 거예요" mean?

I have a short dialogue like this: 와, 스카프네요 올가을에 유행한다고 해요. 디엠 씨도 멋쟁이가 되어 보라고 드리는 거예요. What does "디엠 씨도 멋쟁이가 되어 보라고 드리는 거예요" mean? I can't understand this sentence because it has the ...
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Translation of "Pledge"

I have to write a text in Korean. In this text I must have a "Pledge" section where I must promise that I take full responsibility for what is presented in this text, however I don't know ...
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How do I read a tilde “~” in Korean?

I'm learning Korean and noticed that Korean contains a lot of phrases with the Tilde "~" . For example the sentence: 여행지의 기본 정보를 알아본 후 여행 상품을 2~3개 정도 고릅니다. I see this Tidle "~" ...
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What does 덩그러니 mean in the sentence 또 덩그러니 내게 남겨져있어?

I'm searching for the meaning of 덩그러니 word as I'm not able to find any correct meaning for this word. So can you please help me?
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Why does Samsung company name means "Three stars" and not "Three castle"?

From Wikipedia: "The Samsung Group (Korean: 삼성)" I went to Google Translate and pasted the two words: 삼 = three 성 = castle (and other options, none of them being star) If I paste them together, 삼성,...
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Meaning of 애써 아무렇다

In Sunmi's Who Am I, the first words of the song are 애써 아무렇지 않은 척 / 쿨한 척 센 척은 필요 없어 which is apparently translated as "You don't need to pretend nothing's wrong, you don't need to pretend to be ...
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Translating and comparing the sentences

I need some examples of how to translate the two sentences below: 다음에 연습 좀 해와요. 박서준 씨나 제대로 연습해 오세요. Would you translate the first one as ‘Next time you should come and get more practice’? What else ...
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What does 꿀잠각 mean?

Based on the Google results of 꿀잠각 뜻, there is no relevant page to explain how it is. But the search result shows it is the word that people actually use, with the hashtag #꿀잠각 seen on Instagram. I ...
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What does "오직 운전만 하세요" mean in this paragraph?

I am studying Kyunghee Listening and there is an advertisement in the book that looks like this: 예쁜 딸아이에게 보고 싶다는 말을 하지 마세요. 따뜻한 밥을 차려 준 아내에게 고맙다는 전화도 하지 마세요 [...]아무것도 하지 마세요. 오직, 운전만 하세요. 세상 그 어떤 ...
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What does the -기는 하다 grammar signify in this sentence?

My language book has the following conversation (excerpt): 모레까지 꼭 해야 하는데. 친구 중에 번역을 많이 해 본 친구가 있기는 해. 소개해 줄까? I'd assume the somewhat literal translation of the relevant sentence would be: "...
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What's "못할 수도 있지. 되게 뭐라고 하네"

This is from Youtube automatic subtitle, so I'm not sure it's a correct sentence though.
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Is it a metaphor? 장마철의 보충수업 기간

I'm trying to read 보건교사 안은영 by 정세랑. Aaaand I got stuck on the first sentence. 장마철의 보충수업 기간, 학교에 들어서는 순간 신발장 냄새가 진했다. So the papago translation is: During the rainy season, the smell of shoe rack ...
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What does “계실겁니다” mean?

everyone. I am new here, so I hope that you will not mind if I ask you a question. I am currently reading a Korean comic titled “문신”. If you wish to read the original version, please see the following ...
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Meaning of '같잖아서 원'?

I'm watching a drama and heard somebody say '같잖아서 원' as they were getting angry - '같잖아서 원... 영재 하는 대로 따라하면 무조건 붙는대?' (yes - it's from Sky Castle). I know that 같잖다 means foolish but could anybody clear ...
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Meaning of '젖히다' in this sentence?

I came across '젖히다' in a new context today that I haven't seen before. The two example sentences are '노래 두 곡을 불러 젖혔다' and '왜 이렇게 옷을 벗어 젖혀?'. I've only ever known 젖히다 to mean 'bend back' like '뒤로 젖혀'. ...
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Meaning of '계산이 떨어진다'

I'd like to know the meaning of 계산이 떨어지다 in '여기에 왜 터를 잡으셨는지 계산이 떨어지는데'. To me, it looks like 'the calculation/reasoning has dropped' which I'm interpreting to mean something similar to 'the penny has ...
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What's the difference between 지금 and 이제?

They both seem to mean now or right now and im struggling to figure out when I would use one or the other. Until now I have always used 지금.
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Meaning of '멀다 하고'?

I've seen '멀다 하고' used in two sentences as '사흘이 멀다 하고' and '하루가 멀다 하고'. Please could somebody explain to me what the '멀다 하고' means? Can you use it with other periods of time e.g. 이틀 or even hours / ...
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What does 쫌 mean?

I saw the following sticker in one of the shops: I tried looking it up on Naver Dict but there were no results (just 2 example sentences). So what does 쫌 mean? If possible, example sentences in which ...
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What is the difference between "저는 친구에게 전화했어요" (don't use 아/어/여 주다) and "저는 친구에게 전화해 줬어요" (use 아/어/여 주다)?

I think they have the same meaning as "I called my friend". A similar example is: "선생님이 학생들에게 한국어를 가르치셨어요" and "선생님이 학생들에게 한국어를 가르쳐 주셨어요". They all mean "the ...
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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. ...