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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?

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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센스 vs 눈치 - Notable differences?

I asked a question about 눈치 and have a good understanding of what it means. 센스 is another word that I understand as well but what would be a good way to differentiate between the 2? 눈치 없다 - has no ...
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What is the English equivalent to 눈치?

I understand what 눈치 means, but don't know how I would describe it to someone who does not know what this is. The best way I would describe it to someone would be to have an awareness of your ...
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What does 불 나방 mean?

I was watching a variety show and A called B a 불 나방 and this description was used when they were teasing B about being a chicken or scaredy cat because he didn't want to participate in a bet. ...
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How do I say “Please do not add too much oil” in Korean?

I plan to visit a Korean restaurant and would like to avoid eating oily foods. Can someone please tell me how to ask the waiter to not add too much oil to the foods?
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Should I pronounce Korean names with proper pronunciation while speaking English?

I know that there are incorrect or poorly romanized Korean family names like Kim, Lee, Park, Choi, ect., that are pronounced by most people in English the way they are spelt with using Latin letters, ...
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Are some sounds more pleasing to the ear, like ㄴ and ㅁ?

I notice that many honorifics have similar consonant sounds when spoken. For example, the ~ㅂ/습니다 conjugation and the ~님 noun ending (e.g., in 선생님, 사장님, 아버님) have the ㄴ and ㅁ sounds when spoken. Are ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation between 왜 and 웨?

What is the difference in pronunciation and meaning between these syllables?
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How is ㄹ pronounced in 말하다, 일하다 etc?

According to Naver & wiktionary, 말하다 is pronounced like [말:다] Must I say it like 1. [마라다] 2. or with a ㄹㄹ sound [말라다] 3. or with a ㄹㄹ sound [말ㄹ하다]
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Anyone know some sites that have a korean short stories?

I'm hunting for some sites that has korean short stories. I'm trying to find them coz' I want vocabularies and construction I am an intermediate learner but can't find find some sites with such short ...
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Addressing someone on the street you have never met and who is of ambiguous age

I was visiting Korea (강원도 춘천시) recently and needed to ask directions to a building on a college campus. (강원대학교 for those who are interested). I was on foot and I did not immediately see a campus map ...
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이 문은 잘 안 닫혀요: is this sentence natural?

Is the sentence below natural to native speaker? I am confused because it is somewhat strange as 잘 and 안 are used together in the same sentence. 이 문은 잘 안 닫혀요. Translation:This door does not close ...
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How do I use '더라도'?

클라라는 가더라도 저는 안 올 거예요. Please tell me if my use of '더라도' is right. If it's not, then please explain to me how to use it. Thank you.
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How to learn how to make sentence

I'm begginner at Korean, I know some vocabulary, how to introduce myself, and some verb but I feel really hard to make a correct sentence in Korean. All support I find only teach vocabulary, and ...
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What's the meaning of “Eulbba” (얼빠)?

Now I know it's a slang word but what exactly is it's meaning, also is it eulbba or eul-ppa?
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Using 을 / 를 or 이 / 가 with “to have”?

Why does Duolingo write "I have a car" as "저는 자가 있습니다" instead of "저는 자를 있습니다"? Shouldn't "car" be followed by the object marker instead of the subject marker, since "I" is the subject? Sorry for ...
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what does 취할 문형/ 버릴 문형 means ?

I got a homework which I need to analyse verb's sentence structure And there are words 취할 문형, 버릴 문형 in the instruction. Could you please let me know what is it ? I searched already but cannot find. ...
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How do you say you are a nosey person in Korean?

How do you say you are a nosey person in Korean?
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How is 깨끗하다 pronounced?

I can pronounce it both ways below: 깨끋타다 깨끄타다 I think #2 is the correct way but when I listen to this word's pronunciation on Google Translate, which you can slow down, it sounds like #1.
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How did 아프다 conjugate to 아파?

When conjugating the word 아프다, how did we drop the vowel before 다(-da) and add the 아 (-a) to it? Is it a normal conjugation rule for verbs? E.g. in the sentence 하네요 여기가 아파. I'm just saying, it ...
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how to use 하네요?

What is the usage of 하네요? Does the english equivalent of I'm just saying similar to 하네요? For example, 하네요 여기가 아파. loosely translates to I'm just saying, it hurts here. Another example: 정말 날 ...