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How to end conversation due to my own limitations?

I am learning Korean and I have just about enough knowledge to say greetings and order my food in a restaurant (spoken and written). But sometimes my server will assume I know more and I wont be able ...
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How would a younger Korean person (child/teen/minor/younger generation) address his/her parents' close friends?

Say the parents are close friends with other Korean parents. They all have their own kids. The kids hang out together and are close friends as well. Now, how would a Korean kid address his/her own ...
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Difference in tones between 이러면 안돼요 and 그러지 마세요

So, the latter (그러지 마세요 = Don't do this please) is more like an order since it's direct. But would the former (이러면 안돼요 = shouldn't do this) sound less like an order and more like a suggestion? How ...
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The use of Pure Korean words like 가람 [river]?

Are pure Korean words like 가람 still used in speech or writing instead of Chinese borrowings like 강 ?
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그러지 마세요 Is this polite or annoyed?

I am confused because of the addition of 세요 to the end. Since this means "please" I thought this could mean a polite request. However 그러지 마 sounds a strong,assertive way to tell someone to ...
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알았으니까 What does this mean?

I understand this means "okay. I got it". But is this phrase actually an impolite way of saying so? Like when if you are annoyed or frustration with someone telling you the same thing over ...
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When used between spouses is 당신 seen as polite or endearing?

I understand 당신 is a very intimate form of "you" when used between spouses. But is it only used as a term to convey romantic feelings? Could it also be used as a kind or polite personal ...
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What's the best way to learn Korean for someone who grew up understanding it?

My parents are Korean and growing up they spoke to me in Korean and in English, and I mainly responded in English (which I highly regret now). Some of the 'beginner' tutorials and tutors are not great ...
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열 짱라고요? (열 + 장 = 열 짱?)

I was watching a drama and the character who was buying lottery tickets said: 열 장이요 but it sounded to my ears like /열 짱이요/. I have never seen fortis (i.e. tensing) happen this way and would like ...
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What do these korean workplace titles mean?

I'm here to ask a question, what do 실장 and 팀장 mean in a company scale like celebrity agency? Thanks in advance
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So, I found this word (한 ) / HAN / HANN. I first encountered it on a KPOP song ((G)-IDLE). Can I use it?

I wanted to use the (한 ) / HAN / HANN word as the title of my story. But, when I searched the meaning of that word I got the results that it is rooted in Korean culture, I wanted to ask if it's okay ...
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Is syllabic L present in Korean?

I'm a native Korean speaker. I noticed that, whenever I say "너를 나를", my tongue directly releases from the onset ㄹ to the coda ㄹ, eliminating the ㅡ in-between. To transcribe in IPA, /ɾɯl/ ...
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는 at the end of a sentence?

I'm watching a video on 부산사투리 (https://youtu.be/jtlodca6UN4) and a couple of people have used 는 at the end of a sentence. Here are the exact phrases: 주변에 시선이 좀 느껴지는? 산맥이나 큰 강같이 교통과 교류의 장애가 되는. 그런 ...
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Does this sentence sound natural? how can it be further improved?

남동생을하고 같이 공원에서 운동했어요. I mean to say that my younger brother and I went to a park and exercised together. Thanks sm!
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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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What is the difference between 줄다 and 줄어들다?

I understand that 들다 can be added to some verbs to give emphasis of the direction of the verbs (ex: 날아들다 = fly into), but I got confused with the word 'decrease' (도시의 인구가 계속 줄어들고 있다) What exactly 들다 ...
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What is earliest known usage of 불교의 만자 in Korea?

There are many Buddhist temples with the usage of 불교의 만자, but I can't find any informaiton about where the oldest symbol is. The book by Thomas Wilson addresses the history (pre-history) but does not ...
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Pronunciation of ㄷ(ㅅ, ㅈ, ㅌ, ㅊ, ㅆ, ㅉ) before ㄱ

I can't find information about right pronunciation of patchim ㄷ(ㅅ, ㅆ, ㅈ, ㅉ, ㅌ, ㅊ) before ㄱ. From what I can hear ㄷ should be silent. But I am not sure about it. For example in words like 웃겨 I hear 우껴 ...
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How do you convert chinese name to korean name

I would like to convert my chinese name into korean name ,how do i do it? My chinese name is 梁博勋
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which picture book translation is better?

I'm having a children's picture book translated into Korean. I have a couple questions about the translations for i) the title and ii) the first two sentences. I would appreciate any advice possible....
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How would a North Korean say 고생 끝에 낙이 온다?

How would a Korean speaker from the North say 고생 끝에 낙이 온다 in his native dialect?
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Great Korean Learning Textbooks: i.e TTMIK

So I'm looking for a good textbook that will have auditory and comprehensive applications. I tried the Integrated Korean, but I did not feel like it helped me with speaking Korean proficiently as well ...
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What is the difference between ~ 수 있다 and 순 있다?

I was watching a show and it seem like there is a slight difference between them. So the conversation was A:3번 파트 할 수 있어? B:저요? 할 순 있어요. I get it that 순 is a short form of 수는 but why would you word it ...
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How to use the grammar 을/ㄹ 게 아니라?

It looks like the future form of 는 게 아니라, I just want to know how different are its nuances compared to 는 게 아니라. It's difficult to find examples, so that's something that has kept me from fully ...
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Negative Sentences [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between 지 않다 and the short form 안 to negate a sentence. • Why 안 can only be used to selected verb/adjective? And what are those verbs/adjectives in general? • Between the ...
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Difference between Patchim swallowing & consonant shift

I didn't quite understand what the difference between Patchim swallowing & consonant shift is. Please explain with simple English and examples
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Is it really impossible to speak [쳐]?

Phonetically, the IPA transcription of [처] and [치어] is [ʨʰʌ] and [ʨʰi.ʌ]. Their phonetical difference is the number of syllables and the presence of [i]. But what is the phonological difference? ...
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Saying years in Korean

I was having trouble the other day with discussing life events in Korean. I was trying to say things like "In 2010, my daughter was born" "In 1976, I was born" I understand that for the first one I ...
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When to use 은/는 or 이/가 after subject

I keep missing questions bc I don't know when to use 은/는 or 이/가 after the subject. Ex. 엄마가 냉면을 좋아합니다. 저도 컴퓨터가 있습니다. 이 컴퓨터는 얼마 입니까? 할아버지는 선생님 입니다. Can you help?
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Why are Korean females so strict about pronunciation, grammar and language is general? [closed]

Example #1: https://youtu.be/9BNN4tlBy-g?t=209 A group of people are sitting around a table in a North Korean pizzeria. An American white female says: "Picante". The (very charming and beautiful) ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct?

For 'I forgot how to swim',will it be: 자는 수영하기 잊었어요. 저는 수영하는 (것을) 잊었어요. 저는 수영하를 잊었어요.
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What's the use of ~기 in sentences?

So I learnt that we add 기 to verbs to make them nouns. I know that some structures require verbs to be changed to nouns like ~때문에 but what is/are the actual use(s) and need of this addition? Please ...
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How say in Korean 'I learnt to ride a bike'?

Also 법 is a related word to its translation,how is it used?
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Difference between (으)ㄹ 거예요 and ~겠

From what I know they both are used for future tense, what's the difference and can they be used interchangeably?
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How to say 'Is this you in this photo'?

Is it '이 사진을 너는 예요?'or '이 너의 사진 예요'? I also read somewhere that's it's '사진에 넌 예요?' If yes why 에?
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What is the use of (으)로 here?

'오늘 그사람을 만나면 낯선 사람으로 대할 거예요' The only confusion I have here is 으로 which has the meaning of with, by or towards(a place).This sentence means 'If I meet that person today I am going to treat him like a ...
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Please explain this sentence '요즘 뭐하고 지내세요?'

'요즘 뭐하고 지내세요?'..I know that it means how are doing but if this sentence is 뭐(what) + 하고 (and/with)+지내다(spend time)..it should mean what do you do to spend your time? Then why is 하고 added? And is this ...
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Why is 있는 added here?

I understood that 있는 + noun means 'having the noun mentioned' ,however this sentence is not making sense which I saw in a video: 또한 프랑스에 있는 한국 회사에서 일을 하고 있습니다.
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Are both these sentences correct?

'벌써 추운 겨울이 가고 따뜻한 봄이 왔습니다' and '벌써 추운 겨울이 갔고 따뜻한 봄이 벌써 추운 겨울이 가고 따뜻한 봄이 왔습니다' In an example the first sentence was givem.. However when 오다 is in past form shouldn't we be using the past form of 가다?
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'서울에는 인사동 있어요 ' can this also be the correct sentence for Insadong in in Seoul or I should just say ' 인사동은 서울에 있어요'?

Are both the sentences correct and can be used? I did the translation on several apps and '서울에는 인사동 있어요 ' was translated as There is Insadong in Korea.
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Use of the word 한걸요

When and why do we use '한걸요'? Like I have seen sentences like 그대의 꿈이 너무 소중한걸요 (Your dream is so precious) and 그대의 꿈이 너무 달콤한걸요 (Your dream is so sweet). I looked up the meaning of 한걸요 and ...
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Subtle semantic differences related to the position of the 들 plural marker

I was reading a dissertation on the syntax and semantics of the plural marker in Korean and I wanted to confirm whether I understood the differences in meaning between sentences (1) and (2) exactly ...
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Can homophones confuse Koreans?

When we use the homophones in sentence, usually the meaning is clear. But anyway, do Koreans face situations, when the meaning of any word can remain unclear? Being a beginner, I heard 석탄의 삼분의 이를 ...
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Why does the North Korean guide in this video not seem to understand written Korean letters?

Ever since I first saw this seven-and-a-half-minute video five years ago, I've been puzzled over a certain moment, at 2:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BNN4tlBy-g&t=150 The guide appears to ...
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How can I recognize a romanized word after learning the Korean Alphabet? [closed]

I know how to write and pronounce the Korean Alphabet (Hangul). However, whenever I want to type/say something, I have to be aware that some words are romanized or changed into something else. For ...
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The difference between 려고 and 싶다?

A lot of times I have wondered which one would be correct to use. Can anyone explain their difference? For example, 보고 싶다 means I miss you, and clearly we cannot use 려고 here. But there must be some ...
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What are some language exchange phrases?

What are some good resources for learning phrases for a language exchange? Where should I start?
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떠나서 vs 불구하고 - Differences?

These two expressions or endings, whatever it is properly called, seem to convey similar things. Are these interchangeable? When would you use one over another? My understanding: 떠나서 - ...
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그는 절대 행복하지 않아요. Please help translate

I just learned this sentence, however it translates to ‘he’s never happy’. Is this translation accurate? Because I thought this sentence meant ‘he’s never unhappy’. Thank you
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What does the expression 동병상련 mean?

I heard this expression on a variety show, 동병상련. The subtitles translated it as Misery loves company. Would this be an accurate translation? And even if it isn't, would this expression be along ...
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