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Any good online alternative for “Handbook of Korean Vocabulary”

I am referring to this book titled "Handbook of Korean Vocabulary: A Resource for Word Recognition and Comprehension": https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Korean-Vocabulary-Recognition-Comprehension/dp/...
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What is the difference between 싸우다 and 싸움하다?

Both are translated as fight, struggle. Can both be used to mean "quarrel"?
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Question about this Korean slang term

Can someone help? A friend of mine came across this term. 하나 만들지 His girlfriend from Korea texted it to a friend when she was visiting the US. He thinks it might be very derogatory and even racist. ...
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Do Korean share more vocabulary with Chinese or Japanese?

I wonder which of Chinese and Japanese Korean share more vocabulary with. I investigated it but it seems that the estimated percentage of shared vocabulary varies so much. For example according to the ...
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Is there a list of the number of required vocabulary for each TOPIK level?

I wonder if there is any research on how many vocabulary is required for each TOPIK level. It should be something like the following: TOPIK 1: 1000 words TOPIK 2: 2500 words TOPIK 3... ... ...
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What does 제까짓 게 means?

I found this sentence '제까짓 게 어쩌껬어', I know what 어쩌겠어 is but i can't figure out what it possibly means because there's not much example for '제까짓 게' and i couldn't find the meaning of that word
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Somebody else's relatives

Is there any site where I can see how somebody else's relatives are called? Do all relatives' name vary if they are my relatives or somebody else's relatives? I mean, for example, it's not the same ...
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Formal and informal words for sexual body parts

Which are the formal and the informal words for these parts? (My dictionary gives me lots of words but I don't know which are the most frequently used ones and if they are polite or not) Penis = 페니스 /...
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What does 복사본 mean?

What does 복사본 mean? According to Wordreference it means a carbon copy. Does that mean a literal copy made with carbon paper or just an exact copy? Also, according to google translate both 복사 and 사본 ...
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Family-in-law terms

Are these terms OK? Father-in-law (my wife's father) = 장인 어른 Father-in-law (my husband's father) = 아버님 Mother-in-law (my wife's mother) = 장모님 Mother-in-law (my husband's mother) = 어머님 Brother-in-...
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Social media related vocabulary

How can we say the verb 'post,' as in 'I posted this on Instagram?' Similarly, what is the noun used for 'post,' as in 'I saw your Facebook post?'
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What is "top (women's type of clothing) called in Korean?

I would like to know how is "top" (see photo: women's type of clothing for upper part of the body) called in Korean. I've searched in the dictionary, but the results don't match with what I want. ...
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What is the difference between 태자빈 and 황태자비?

So this is what i get from naver dict: 태자빈 太子嬪 [태자빈] - 황태자의 아내. 황태자비 皇太子妃 - 황태자의 아내. Both mean the same but from the book where I found these words, it seemed they had different meanings. Even ...
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What is the meaning of 의전서열?

I know the meaning of each word is 서열 序列 rank, grade 의전 儀典 ceremony, formality, protocol, etiquette as practiced on diplomatic occasions But i couldn't find the best term in english
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How precisely can one define what “trot/ 트로트 / 트롯” music is?

Music genres can be defined in all sorts of ways. Some genre names refer to something quite precise; some genres are harder to pin down. How precisely can one define what "trot/ 트로트 / 트롯" music is? I ...
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What are these Bath Bomb ingredients called in Korean?

I think they're the following translations but I am not sure if it's the common way of saying it at like a 시장(market). 중조/Baking Soda 구연산/Citric Acid 옥수수 전분/Cornstarch 엡섬 소금/엡솜솔트/엡솜염/Epsom Salt ...
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What is the difference between 서고 and 도서관?

I know 도서관 is commonly used, but it's my first time hearing 서고 and the meaning is also library. Is there any differences between them?
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what do these words mean? 들어군요, 찬다는, 하다가제, 어케, 몰아가기,정, 천리마띠로,묶는, 이내, 정조 글씨

들어군요, 찬다는, 하다가제, 어케, 몰아가기,정, 천리마띠로,묶는, 이내, 정조 글씨 동기 언니가 CCTV 확인해 보자고 확인하러 가려는 찰나에 갑자기 동기 오빠가 손을 [[슥]] 들어군요. 그래서 제가 자리에 멈춰서 쳐다만 보고 있으니까 기가 [[찬다는]] 표정으로 그래서 아 저는 진짜 진짜 괜찮다고 이런 실랑이를 계속 [[하다가제]] 등을 ...
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What's a natural way to say that someone works somewhere (for a job)?

Normally I would use 일 하다 to express that I (or someone else) works somewhere - e.g. 나는 출판사에서 일한다. But I wonder if this is a bit 'childish', or if it focuses on the action of working rather than the ...
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What does 사자 in this picture mean?

I didn't find any translation that matches the context, like "lion, envoy or emissary" since that sentence was used for an oath in front of the emperor. Or was it a lion as a symbol for the emperor? ...
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What does “짐” mean?

Not as a burden, luggage, etc. I noticed it as a way of a king/emperor to refer someone, does it mean to refer it as himself or the other person he talk to?
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What is the meaning of 겉껍데기?

I look it up on korean dict that 겉껍데기 stands for 겉으로 드러난 껍데기, but is it some kind of idiom or something? I'm not sure if it's literally mean shell. Or is it just a word that used to tease someone?
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What is the difference between 기왕이면 and 이왕이면?

What is the difference between 기왕이면 and 이왕이면? And can you give the examples?
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How do you use 그보다?

I tried to look for it's meaning but mostly they explain it as a comparative word. Before that i found this sentence "그보다 오늘 있잖아~." But it doesn't seems like comparative sentence, then again i don't ...
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Reference request: Chinese root of Korean

I have been a user of StackExchange for more than a year, but am a new user of Korean Language SE. If my post does not meet the requirements of this site, please kindly offer me an opportunity to edit ...
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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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In the expression '탈코르셋', what is the meaning of '탈'?

As I understand it, '탈코르셋' is a name given to a current wave of feeling in Korea against objectification of women, unattainable standards of beauty, etc. I assume '코르셋' is the English word 'Corset', ...
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Difference between 당신이 잠든 사이 and 당신이 잠든 사이에

There are two Korean TV shows with titles that were translated as "While You Were Sleeping" in English. What's the difference between them? 당신이 잠든 사이 당신이 잠든 사이에
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How can I use 신스틸 하다?

I came across the verb '신스틸 하다', which seems to be derived from the English 'scene-stealing'. Is this something that can be used in a metaphorical way about everyday life, or does it only apply to ...
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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 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 teach ...
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Are there any patterns or useful tricks for memorizing family relationships?

I have been trying to memorize the words one at a time and it isn't sticking.
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How do we use “면에서”?

Can '면에서' be used as a direct translation and be used in all contexts? 'In terms of..' is quite flexible and can be used in a lot of different contexts. But is it the same for '면에서'? When and how do ...
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Translation of “nobody wants to fight (with) him”

I have relatively simple question. I got introduced to the verb "싸우다" and I was curious for its usage in "wanting to fight". The phrase I want to say: nobody wants to fight (with) him. I came up ...
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Confusion over ㅅ pronounced as stop

From what I have learned, it is my understanding of these condition ensuring that ㅅ is pronounced as "t": When are ㅅ and ㅆ pronounced as stops? Does that mean "hot" (매운맛) is pronounced "maeunmas" or ...
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당신의 이면에 관한 이야기입니다

What does this sentence mean? I am stuck with 당신의 이면 part. If it is translated as "if it is a story about you" then why don't we why it as "당신에 관한 이야기입니다"? 당신의 이면에 관한 이야기입니다. This sentence is from ...
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Can I use the term 형제 to describe both male and female siblings?

I'm talking to someone and they told me that because I'm a girl, it's wrong to use 형제 to describe my siblings. I know that 남매 means siblings (both male and female), but I was sure that 형제 could be ...
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please transcribe what the person said in the audio clip

https://clyp.it/inu52byq 1등 재가 너무 ___ I transcribed what I could catch.
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How do you address someone slightly older than you and whom you don’t know very well?

I’m wondering how someone in their say twenties would address a male acquaintance who is only a few years older than them. Like say I was in my early twenties and I had met someone that I’d only seen ...
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what does 찢겼을 거란 말이죠 mean?? what is the original verb form here?

what does 찢겼을 거란 말이죠 mean?? what is the original verb form here?
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what does so-meul mean??? 참 진영이는 봐도 봐도 얼굴이 소멸 직전이네

BoA: 참 진영이는 봐도 봐도 얼굴이 소멸 직전이네 she said it to a good-looking idol trainee. Is it just the literal meaning or is there something more??
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what does 있을라카지 mean?

What does the word 있을라카지 mean in the sentence 자신은 언제나 있을라카지 ?
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what does 무리수을 뛌어 and 무리수를 너가 이제 제대로 두는구나 mean?

what does 무리수을 뛌어 mean? What is the meaning of the sentence 무리수를 너가 이제 제대로 두는구나 ?
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what does 런이고 나발이고 mean?

확실히 엄청난 비주얼. 런이고 나발이고 그런걸로 싸울게 아니라 일단 예쁨.
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what does 또한 mean here?

윤해솔과 함께 곡을 전반적으로 잘 끌고 가면서 자신의 역량 또한 숨김없이 드러냄. link
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what does 한 몫 한거 같기도 mean?

순위대로 노래를 픽하는 이전 시즌의 시스템을 그대로 차용했다면, 마지막까지 남았던 곡이기에 꽤 기피되었던 곡이라 볼 수 있는데(일본어 버전이었던게 한연생들 입장에선 한 몫 한거 같기도?) link
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What's the difference between 종류 and 유형?

They both translate to "kind, type, category". They share one Hanja (유/류). It seems that 종류 is used more with real objects and 유형 with abstract concepts. Is that right?
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What does 기대를 갖은 채 자신들을 참고삼아 만든 것이 분명한 한국 프로그램에 참여하는 재미있는 상황이 벌어지고 있는 것이다. mean?

기대를 갖은 채 자신들을 참고삼아 만든 것이 분명한 한국 프로그램에 참여하는 재미있는 상황이 벌어지고 있는 것이다. This sentence is so long I can't follow it. does 자신 mean confidence or self here?? 이에 일본을 대표하는 아이돌 그룹이 자신들의 떨어진 인기를 회복하기 위해, 한국 아이돌처럼 ...
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및 is and or or?

Especially, we can see the word 및 in an office document or an advertisement. For instance, 10년 경력자 및 토잌 800이상 우대 (We like a person of 10 year's experience and toeic of 800 scores). Here 및 is always ...
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what does “덕을 볼 수 있지않을까” mean

here is the context Center에 섰을 때 그런 덕을 더 볼 수 있지않을까 This is from the idol survival program Produce 48. I read the definition for 덕을 보다 and it doesn't make sense to me. if it's easier to explain in ...