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For questions on how to translate particular phrases, words, sentences, or idioms, in cases where the information cannot be found in a general reference such as a dictionary.

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how do I make my Korean name from my Chinese name?

I want to make my Korean name from my Chinese name but I can't seem to find it anywhere. my Chinese name is 施芸榛.
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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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What is the meaning of the phrase 남자가려서 먹기 그런데 아직 못먹었다는 것?

I was watching a Korean comedy movie, and for each of the main characters there was a freeze frame with "vital statistics" (Name, Title, Hobbies, etc.) For one of the women, there was an ...
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humbly requesting feedback on poem translation!

I'm learning Korean and had to translate a poem for a translation class. the poem is 옛날의 노래 by Kim Myeongsoon. I would love to get some feedback from a Korean speaker on my translation! Here's the ...
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How can I translate my Chinese name to a Korean name?

My name is 高安音 but I can't seem to find an appropriate translation into Korean.
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Tribunal and Court: Meaning of 법정 and 법원

I work at a government tribunal in Australia. I explained to my Korean-born wife that it's like a lower court, but there's a distinction in Australian law, even though I can't quite explain it even in ...
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Could some one Interpret this for me please? TY

Could some one interpret this for me? Please and thank you!
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Any subtleties I should be aware of before getting 강철의지 as a tattoo?

I had some natural Korean speakers help me pick this phrase (강철의지), but seeing as how it be will permanently marked on my body I'm coming here to double check. Thanks for any extra insight! I ...
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What does 머가여~ mean?

I told a friend of mine that he looks good and he answered: 머가여~ What does this mean?
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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 홀홀 웃으며 mean in English?

나 지금 친구에게 문자하고있어. "홀홀 웃으며" I don't understand what it means. If anyone can translate for me, I would really appreciate it, thank you.
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Silver Mark Translation Help

I have several silver cups that I recently purchased. The seller said they were brought back to the US during the Korean war, most likely in the mid 20th century. I was told that the mark is most ...
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Appropriate ways to convey "that's what friends are for"

Example: > A: Thanks a lot for helping me! > B: Sure thing – that's what friends are for. What are ways to convey "that's what friends are for"? I wonder if there are different ways ...
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What is 운소 in english?

I just started taking phonology class and have trouble translating some term used in the material. one of those term is 운소. What is it in english?
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Is My Chinese Name Compatible With Korean?

I heard that many Korean names are derived from Chinese and many Koreans have a Chinese reading of their name, but can it be done vice versa? My name is 沈丕謙, i am guessing if it translated directly, ...
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Does Korean render Japanese names according to how they are read in Hanja?

I observed once how the Japanese name “咲良” was rendered into Hangul as “사쿠라,” instead of its equivalent pronunciation in Hanja (which according to Google Translate is something like “소량”). Is this ...
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How do you write "love , without you I'm just a person"

I need this in korean for a poem I'm writing
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Is there any mobile app that can pronounce the Hangul

I've been learning the Hangul for a while now (since July) and so far I've been able to recognize the chatacthers and interpret a few words. Now my problem is when a see a word, that I know the ...
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Need help translating a Korean word

There's this word that keeps coming up in a K-Drama - pantashe or pantachi something like that. What does it mean? The subtitles keep translating it differently. When entering subtitles into Google ...
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Can someone translate this "요즘 모하고지내요!" please

Can someone translate this in english "요즘 모하고지내요!"
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How do you express betrayal

when should you use 배신 and 배반 ?
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words about korean mythological creatures

I would like to know whats the word for "korean mythological creatures" in general and what groups are they divided into (such as ghosts, yokai, deities) and the korean words for that. Thank ...
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Don't Spicy Finger Me!

I slapped a Korean friend on the back, and he said, "때리지 마" and something about spicy. I thought i heard him say 손 or maybe it was 손가락...and the verb 매워. I asked him about it, and he laughed ...
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쓰다 + ㄴ 채 in use?

Can somebody help me with the translation of this sentence: 그런데 좀 급하게 보내느라고 모임 장소도 안 쓴 채 보냈어요. I further do not quite understand the use of ㄴ채 with 쓰다 in this case.
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Why does Samsung company name means "Three stars" and not "Three castle"?

From Wikipedia: "The Samsung Group (Korean: 삼성)" I went to Google Translate and pasted the two words: 삼 = three 성 = castle (and other options, none of them being star) If I paste them together, 삼성,...
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한하운's "벌" English Translation (Han Ha-un's "The Punishment")

TLDR; This Korean poem translation into English is offered for anyone that may need it, and also in hopes that i may learn something from feedback from my peers at this site. THE LONG EXPLANATION: I ...
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Could you correct this translation from English To Korean?

Could you correct this translation from English To Korean? -Speaking English 15 Hours to 30 Hours a week with Native Speakers -Very Affordable -An Alternative to International Kindergarten -Call 09... ...
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How to I translate this sentence in english?

How do I translate it to english? “사제만 곁에 있으면 불가능한 일 은 아니야.무리하지 말라는 말 잊 지 말라고.” ‘길을 막지 말라고? 보내지 않으면 길을 막는다는 거야 뭐야?’ 근무지로 복귀하면서 내내 함 대장 의 말이 걸렸다. It appears that the sentences doesn't have anything to ...
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How can I translate the word 지룡전 into English? I am not able to find any translation in google

How do I translate 지룡전? 지룡 is being used a lot and used to a lot of sentences, but I can't find any good translation, google translated it as Earth Dragon. It is sometimes used as a name like 지룡님. I ...
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Historical Text: how to translate domesticated animals 謂牛馬雞犬

Sources of old Korean history tell the story of a monk named Won Gwang Beopsa who was approached by two youth, Gwisan and Chwihang. They ask him for advice, and he gives them five rules. Gwisan is ...
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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 학당 mean? how to you translate it to english?

I want to know what 천룡학당 mean and what's the difference with 천룡무관? I believe 천룡 means Heavenly Dragon but what is 학당 and 무관?
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Translation Help 2

I’m translating a romance comic and there’s a scene that shows an interaction between two characters, let’s call them character A and character B. Character A says to character B the following (B is ...
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Examples with the phrase "웃기는 소리 하고 있네"

I'm translating a short comic and I need to understand the phrase "웃기는 소리 하고 있네". My korean's that of a beginner so it's kinda advanced for me. I understand that 웃기는 소리 means 'funny sounds' ...
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How do you say, “I got swept up by the ocean,” in Korean?

As the title says, how do you say “I got swept up by the ocean” in Korean?
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What does the -기는 하다 grammar signify in this sentence?

My language book has the following conversation (excerpt): 모레까지 꼭 해야 하는데. 친구 중에 번역을 많이 해 본 친구가 있기는 해. 소개해 줄까? I'd assume the somewhat literal translation of the relevant sentence would be: "...
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

The movie Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring is full of symbolism, and I searched for them, and I found many of the answers. There are three writings that I am curious about their meaning. I ...
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The name of the city on a postal cancel

Hi can someone help me with translation of the city (town) name on this postal cancel - on attached photo. Does it start with Chong-? Thank you. Tomaz
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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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transcribe a 7sec clip?

I have a very short clip of three young women giving a holiday greeting in Korean. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3q5d92amtcs3orn/translate.mp4?dl=0 I know they're saying something along the lines of "...
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What does 선율적인 exactly mean?

I want to add the word melodious to a phrase which altogether means 'songs that are melodious' So is it right if i use the word 선율적인 with 노래 or 가곡 I want to know the exact English translation of 선율적인 ...
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Is this a gerund? Relative clause? "오신 것"

기숙사에 오신 것을 환영합니다 = thanks for coming to the dorm. I don't think "오신 것" is a gerund because gerunds are in the present tense: E.g. "오시는 것" = coming I don't thinks it's a relative ...
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What does " 존녜... 아입니꺼..." mean?

A boy commented on my post 존녜... 아입니꺼... But I don't really know what it means. I tried to look it up but every translator says something different.
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What are the correct translations and pronunciations for "It's a lot, isn't it?"

I came across this sample for the above phrase; when I tried it on google translate, I got 많지 않나요 ... which might be right, I suppose - it looks close, but Google translate seems off. Obviously in the ...
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How do you know if 웃다 means 'to laugh' or 'to smile'?

(to) smile can be translated as 웃다 or 미소 짓다 (to) laugh can be translated as 웃다 So if I read/heard a sentence like 소피가 웃어요., how do I know if Sophie (소피) is laughing (out loud) or smiling? Do I have ...
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What does the number in superscript next to the Hangeul mean in Naver Dictionary?

When I search for on the Korean → Korean Naver Dictionary, some words have a number next to it. What do those numbers mean?
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what does 그래서 누구냐고 무러본곤데 mean?

what does “ 그래서 누구냐고 무러본곤데” exactly mean in english? i tried translating it but it said “ Replying to @Fresh_Fresh“ in english which doesn’t make sense. please help me out!
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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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What does 있어서는 안 되는데. mean?

What does 있어서는 안 되는데. mean? For full context the content is: 석진: 그래서, 오늘 경은 누나가 오늘 회사를 안 나왔죠? 현우: 사실은 회사에 오다가 아파서 다시 집으로 돌아갔어요. 이런 안타까운 일이. 있어서는 안 되는데. 지금 아파요. 많이 아파요. 그래서 이 주제를 생각하게 됐어요. 건강이 정말 중요한데,...
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Need help understanding a bad quality audio clip, help please

This is the audio clip I'm talking about. I really appreciate your help, thanks in advance!
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