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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 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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For the phrase 무궁화 꽃이 피었습니다 in Squid Game, why is the word flower repeated?

I thought the words 무궁화 means Hibiscus flower (or Infinite Flower in Korean), or Big Red Flower (大紅花) in Chinese. The word 꽃이 also means flower. How come the word flower is mentioned again if 무궁화 ...
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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 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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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 참코 애발매일 mean?

So I’m trying to join a silent chat room and it requires a passcode. The passcode hint is ‘참코 애발매일 YYMMDD’. What does it mean?
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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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내다 놓다 change of 내다?

I have recently learned the vocabulary 쓰레기를 내다 놓다 as to take out the trash. However in the book the following sentence occurs: 다림질이나 쓰레기도 분리해서 내어 놓아야 한다. My question would be: why did they change the ...
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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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ㄴ지 as unsure reason?

"너무 피곤한지 옷을 입은 채 자고 있는데 깨울까요? " is translated as He fell a sleep wearing his clothes on maybe because he is too tired. Should we wake him up? Can the ㄴ지 form can also be used as an unsure ...
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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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What does 아끼면서 살자 mean?

I have a question about a Korean phrase. I am wondering what 아끼면서 살자 means? I have been getting conflicting results. I have heard that it can possibly mean, "Let's be frugal", or, "...
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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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-라고 with (으)면 되다?

In my textbook I got the following phrase: "뭐라고?"라는 말을 대산하려면 "어?"라고 끝을 올리면 됩니다. I understand what the sentence wants to tell me, but can somebody explain it in more details to me, ...
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Is this a saying?

Sentence: 비나 와라. 비나 와 버려라. Papago translates it as "Come rain. Come rain" which sounds like a saying to me. Does it mean something specific? The paragraph is just about a guy needing to ...
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떠들고 다니다 meaning

The sentence is: 벌써 2학년 1학기가 지나 버렸고 더 이상은 기다릴 수 없다고 마음먹자, 갑자기 웬 농구부 주장이 오늘 혜현에게 고백을 하겠다고 공공연히 떠들고 다녔다. And like, I get what it's saying, but does 떠들고 다니다 mean something specific as a phrase? I get ...
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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 '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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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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Is this a correct sentence in Korean: "김치를 누가 먹습니까?" ? Or should it be only "누가 김치를 먹습니까?"?

I am not sure if the first sentence is acceptable at all, but I was meaning for it to be used in a situation of this kind: "What about kimchi? Who ate that?" Is OSV sentence structure a ...
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What is the feeling behind "나 하나쯤이야"

I have come across this sentence in a sermon: 우리는 보통 ‘나 하나쯤이야’하면서 적당히 범죄하고, 적당히 말씀을 거역하며 살아갑니다 It seems like this is a coined phrase...but I've never heard it. When is it used, what is the ...
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What does 누명을 씌워서 mean?

I mostly understand this sentence: 이 경우는 사람들이 우리에게 억울하게 "누명을 씌워서" 법정으로까지 끌고 가는 것 이다 To loosely translate my understanding: In this situation, people are unfairly "framing" us and dragging us ...
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Meaning of 걸래는 빨아도 걸래다

Does 걸래는 빨아도 걸래다 have two meanings? Since 빨다 can be used both for "wash" and for "suck", does this also mean something about soaking up water as well as the more obvious meaning to wash in water?
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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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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... ...
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Help me translate this

I need someone that can help me translate this, I understand the basic means, but need some clarify on it. 🙏🙏 여기까지가 세자르와 밀러의 첫 만남에 관한 소설의 내용이다. 그 뒤로 여러 가지 사건을 겪으며 세자르의 주인공다운 면모를 지켜본 밀러는, 세자르의 첫 번째 ...
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I read some comic books and I dunno what the meaning of some dialogues, please help me understand it

자르는 이렇게 고통스럽게 이겨냈던 거야. 양판소 주인공이라 독에 강하긴 무슨.원작소설에서 세자르는 몇 번이고 독에 당했지만, 먼치킨이라 다 이겨냈다는 설명뿐이었다. 너는 대외적으로 황후의 사람이니까 저들이 너를 공격하지는 않을 거야, 이대로 도망간 신관을 따라가서 계획을 전부 알고 있었다고 해.
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What are the mistakes in this paragraph?

I'm learning Sagang Textbook, and in the book has a homework like that: "Read the following summary, find the mistakes and correct them (3 things) 지훈 씨는 서울 식당에 가 봤어요. 서울 식당은 일식집이에요. 특히 비빔밥이 아주 맛있어요....
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Usage of 한국어 도서

In English the phrase Korean books can colloquially mean either of: Books published in Korean (or otherwise pertaining to Korea), and not translated Books originally published in Korean but now ...
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how I can say I am dizzy in korean : 자꾸 어지러워?

I am a beginner in Korean and I just started learning one week ago. I am still in A1 and I want to say this in korean: I am dizzy I found this way: 자꾸 어지러워 and its pronunciation is : jakku ...
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How to say "to" as a linking word between verbs in Korean?

I've been learning both English and Korean, and as I know, we can use "to" to link two verbs in English. Ex: Alex is lost. We must go to find her. I would like to invite Kim professor to ...
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What is the meaning of 만 in 빠져들고만 싶은?

I'm still new to learning Korean so my apologies if I'm misunderstanding something here but, I was curious about how the grammar worked for the phrase "빠져들고만 싶은". If I understand it correctly, you ...
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사람의 모든 말 interpretation

Does 사람의 모든 말 mean the language of each person (모든 clarifies 사람) all the languages of people (모든 clarifies 말) both, i.e., ambiguous I realize that the two sets are identical, but I'm just trying ...
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What do "졌다고" and "없기다" mean in this paragraph?

남자 : 누나, 뭐 해? 심심한데 나가서 배드민턴 치자 여자 : 좋아. 그런데 지난번처럼 졌다고 화내기 없기다. The sentence is difficult for me to understand because of "졌다고" and "없기다". i think 졌다고 = 졌다고해서, but as i know, "...
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"더러" grammar in 알더러 새가 되라는 말처럼 어려울 수 있다 (translation)

I get that "~라는 말처럼 어려울 수 있다" is "it's as hard as saying ~", but 더러 is something I've never encountered before. I'm not even sure what part of speech it is. I do well know that 알 is egg and 섀 is ...
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Why should we use "라고" in these situation?

i am learning Korean from Talktomeinkorean, and i met 2 situation about "라고" usage: There was a friend telling me that I just got a phone call, and I asked "누구라고 해요? " Why should not I ask "누구예요?". ...
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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 is ~없어서는, how is it used?

This sentence seemes to say the opposite of what it "should" mean. 찬양과 예배의 삶은 신앙인들에게 없어서는 하나님과의 관계이자 생명 그 자체이다 Just to clarify, I'm not confused (hopefully) on these items: 찬양과 예배의 삶은 = a life of ...
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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 ...
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Money Drinking Hippo? What is a 돈먹는하마?

On Twitter, #돈먹는하마 is trending. I know they are talking about post-olympic stadiums costing a lot of money. What is this use of "hippo/하마" in this phrase? What is this use of "hippo/하마" in this ...
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Explain meaning and usages of 썰렁 - 썰렁해 and/or 썰렁썰렁

Explain meaning and usages of 썰렁 - 썰렁해 and/or 썰렁썰렁 To be clear, I have heard it used in each of these ways. I do not need an explanation of Noun, Noun+하다 (Noun+해), but if any usage carries a ...
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Why "날 좋아하는 거 알아" means "I know you like me"

i know that (알아 = to know...) and (좋아하는 = "favorite/like"), but can someone explain to me all these words in that phrase context? I can't undestand the meaning of 날 and 거...
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아이들하고 노는 것이 재미있어요 = It is fun to play with kids or playing with kids is fun

아이들하고 노는 것이 재미있어요. It is fun to play with kids Is it also OK to translate it as "playing with kids is fun"? Actually what I am confused is whether to translate 노는 것 as "to play" or "playing". ...