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Why does the indirect quotation (ㄴ/는)다고 mean "just because" in the following cases?

I have studied grammar (ㄴ/는)다고 before and know that this grammar is indirect quotation in Korean, which means "to say that/to ask that....". However, today I learned again that this grammar ...
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What does 삽질 하네 and 놀구 있네 mean?

I've been trying to learn slangs and came across these phrases. What does 삽질 하네 and 놀구 있네 mean? Are they different or do they have the same sentiment/meaning? And do they carry negative connotations?
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How did 이르다 get transformed to 이르러서는 in this sentence?

i have a sentence as follows: 얼굴에 탈을 쓰고 추는 춤인 탈춤은 가면무용이라고도 한다. 신라시대에 유행한 처용무 등이 궁중무용으로 전해지더니, 이것이 고려· 조선 시대에 이르러서는 민속무용으로 크게 계승, 발전하 였다. As I think in this passage, 이르러서는 = 이르다 + 아/어서 + 는. However, ...
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Is (으)ㄴ/는단 a shortened form of (으)ㄴ/는다는?

i have a sentece as follows: 요즘 살을 빼기 때문에 밥을 안 먹고 과일만 먹어요. 정말 과일만 먹는단 말이에요? Can i replace the 는단 in the sentence above with 는다는 to become like this? 정말 과일만 먹는다는 말이에요?
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What is the difference between 아/어 노력하다 and (으)려고 노력하다?

In a Korean book, I read a sentence like this: 최선을 다해 노력하는 사람이 성공하는 법이에요 In the phrase "다해 노력하는", I think the author used the grammar 아/어서 (다하다 + 아/어서 + 노력하다). Can I replace this with &...
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What does "맞춰 발전시킨" mean in the following sentence?

i have a sentence as follow: 중국에서 들어온 유교를 한국의 상황에 맞춰 발전시킨 이이 선생이나 이황 선 생이 대표적인 예이다. When I use Google to transte it into English, the result are as follow: Lee Yi and Yi Hwang, who developed ...
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What does the sentence below mean?

I'm reading a review of a book called "20대에 읽어야 할 인물 50인". In this review there is a passage: 처음에 50인이라고 해서 과거 역사 속의 위인이나 세계의 유명한 인사 등을 소개하는 책 인 줄 알았다. 그렇지만 읽으면서 보니 우리 주변에서 흔히 볼 수 있는 인물들이 ...
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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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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 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 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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