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Are there any clear differences in how women and men speak Korean?

Apart from the normal differences in pitch and tone between male and female voices, are there any different words, different intonations, or other linguistic habits that tend to be used more by men or ...
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Basic steps to take when learning Korean

Can anyone list basic steps needed to start efficiently learning Korean independently? I do live in a hole geographically, and I highly doubt that I could find a Korean person in a 100 miles radius (...
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How is 시 pronounced?

Is '시' pronounced as 'shi' or 'si'? With 'ㅅ,' I thought it depended on the following character as I've seen it written as 'sh' or 's' For example, 시간 (time) is pronounced as 'shigan' or 'sigan'? I'...
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How do you say “None of your business” in Korean?

Is there a Korean equivalent phrase if there is no exact translation?
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What is the difference in speaking between the question endings 나, (으/느)냐, and (는/ㄴ)가?

I've read and been told divergent and confusing information regarding these three question ending styles. Note that I'm not asking about their neutral use in academic and other written contexts, just ...
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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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Is there any rule for the pronunciation of 닫히다 as tachida not tathida?

Is there any rule for the pronunciation of 닫히다 as tachida not tathida as in the picture below? Thanks.
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제가 김밥을 준비할까요? 그럼 부탁해요 or 준비합시다

This question below is from my Korean textbook. A 제가 김밥을 준비할까요? B 네,_________________ a) 그럼 부탁해요. b) 준비합시다. The answer is the option a. However, I am wondering why b doesn't work here? Thanks.
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How 선배 and 후배 are classified in Korean (age, position or both)?

could anyone especially Korean native speakers have a look at this excerpt and tell me whether it is correct or not? As the book said 선배 and 후배 are classified based on two criteria, age and position. ...
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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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Is it grammatically correct to add 요 to everything?

I thought 요 was only a verb ending, and my textbook did not introduce adding it to all sorts of parts of speech, which I hear regularly in Korea. From the well-known 저도요 to 이렇게요, noun + 요 etc. Is that ...
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Is it true that Koreans might sometimes be cautious about actually saying the verb in a sentence?

Richard Harris, in his book Roadmap to Korean, makes an observation (under the heading 'Cautious to Conjugate') that Koreans in some situations try to avoid clearly saying a verb and its ending, ...
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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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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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Korean hangul with voiced, unvoiced and aspirated or not aspirated

Does anyone know where can I find Korean alphabet which tells if a vowel or consonant is voiced or unvoiced, aspirated or not? Thanks.
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Why is the Korean language sometimes called Hangul?

Sometimes I see Korean people referring to their whole language as 한글, as in "한글학당". But as far as I know, 한글 is just the name of the writing system used in Korean, an the language itself is generally ...
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How can I find listening practice at my Korean level?

My listening skills in Korean are extremely bad; I seek to improve them. Sadly, I'm having trouble finding any material online that I can actually understand because I have not studied with the goal ...
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What's the meaning and appropriate usage of 잘 부탁드립니다?

I sometimes hear the phrase "잘 부탁드립니다" used in certain formal settings, for instance during introductions. It seems to mean, literally, just "I request (something)"; that doesn't really make sense to ...
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Difference between -난 and -나는 on action verbs

Recently I'd been watching a korean tv soap and I saw this line: "끝날때까지 끝난 게 아니다." Is this a mistake? Since 끝나다 is a verb, I'd expected to see something like: 끝날때까지 끝나는 게 아니다. Am I wrong?
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How to pronounce “나, 너” etc. correctly

When watching Korean dramas, I've often heard 나, 너 pronounced as either "na, no" or "da, do". Isn't it associated with the "n" sound? Have I misheard or is it OK to pronounce in both ways?
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Pronunciation of 옷이 with linking sound

I am wondering if is there any pronunciation rule for 받침 when linking sound is involved. For example, the word 옷이 in the sentence below. 시장에 옷이 많았습니다 When we read the word 옷이 slowly (so not using ...
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지 in 제안하는지를 공부할 거예요

이렇게 오늘은 다른 사람에게 어떻게 제안하는지를 공부할 거예요 = Just like this, today will study proposing activities with other people What is the meaning and grammar of 지를 here? Link: https://youtu.be/zpsg4rV_uzU?t=53 ...
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교수님 성함께서는 vs 교수님 성함은

우리 교수님 성함은 심만찰이십니다. 우리 교수님 성함께서는 심만찰이십니다. I saw the first sentence in my Korean textbook. I am wondering why don't we use 께서는 after 성함 as in the sentence #2.
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Linking sound in 11월 and 12월

I am wondering whether Korean people using linking sound when reading the two months as below. With linking sound, I mean the pronunciation is something like those ones inside square brackets. For me, ...
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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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Answer to “아저씨,이 공책 세 권 주세요”

A 아저씨,이 공책 세 권 주세요. B -------------------------- a) 네,여기 있습니다. b) 네,세 권 있습니다. I am doing some exercises to understand more about grammars and vocabulary. For the dialogue above, the answer is ...
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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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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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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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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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한국대학교 전화번호 부탁드립니다.

한국대학교 전화번호 부탁드립니다. I am not sure about the meaning of this sentence. 부탁 = a request 드리다 is the honorific form of 주다. So, does this mean "please give me the phone number of Korea University"? ...
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Pronunciation of patchim in 맛있다 and 맛없다

I am wondering how Korean pronounce the patchim ㅅ in 맛 of the adjectives below. 맛있다 맛없다 When read words (맛, 있, 다) separately the ㅅ in 맛 sounds like ㄷ. However, because the word after 맛 (...
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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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Can `걸까요` be put under every kind of sentence to make it a question?

Can 걸까요 be put under every kind of sentence to make it a question? Is it like the rising intonation that we use at the end of the sentence to denote that it's a question? For e.g. in 여기에 걸까요, we ...
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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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What does 자차 mean in terms of driving?

자차 - Does this mean driving a car alone? Does it mean solo driving or perhaps solo driver?
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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 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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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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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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질문와 의문 차이점 difference

Could you please explain the difference between these two words? Sometimes I see 의문, an this confuses me a bit, cause in most cases 질문/물음 are used. 안녕하세요! 질문이라는 말 더 자주 들었지만 가끔 인터뷰를 보면 의문라는 말을 들어요. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 ...