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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. ...
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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 ...