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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

General questions about word meanings, or finding an appropriate word.

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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. http://mlbpark.donga.com/mp/b.php?p=1&b=bullpen&id=201807170020558900&select=&query=&user=&site=&reply=&source=&sig=...
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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?) http://mlbpark.donga.com/mp/b.php?p=1&b=bullpen&id=201807170020558900&select=&...
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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 ...
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What does 나근나근 말하다 mean?

What does the phrase '나근나근 말하다' mean? From OP comment: it (the phrase) was on a tv show and they did put a (?) next to what the girl said since it clearly was off. here it is! 조사랑: 되게 나근나근(?)하게 ...
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What does the phrase 발음이 새다 mean?

발음이 새다 On the tv show PRoduce 48 Soyu from SISTAR said this to one of the girls after she sang the song. I don't understand what it means exactly since she was saying the words when she was singing......
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Is 수전노 a negative word?

by that I just want to confirm that it would never be used in a positive way
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what does 떡하니 mean?

this is the sentence 그래서 처음으로 나아가 대문 빗장을 따고 떡하니 뒷짐을 지고서는, +++ here is more context if needed 똑 어린애 장난 같은 일이다. 쑥스럽기도 하다. 그러나 이것은 나의 소시민적 행복감을 만족시켜 줄 수 있는 일이다. 나보다도 어머님께서 더욱 그렇게 함으로써 행복을 느끼시는 모양이다. ...
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What does 파리한 mean?

It's from a novel. I know it doesn't mean flies and I have no idea: 파리한 얼굴에, 겁이 많았다. Thanks in advance
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What does 전문 in this case?

눈에서 세인트 엘모의 불꽃이 튄다는 것, 그리고 [[전문이]] 있다는 것 정도가 그에 대한 정보의 전부였다. +++++ Here's more context below. 그제서야 나는 스스로에게 질문을 던졌다. 도대체 여기서 뭘 하고 있는 거야. 다시 벼락을 맞을 것도 아니면서, 어쩌자고 이런 무리에 끼여들어, 뇌전의 전하 현상 따위를 공부하고 있는 ...
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What does 키재기식의 상식 대결 mean?

기실 세번이나 모임에 나오면서도 나는 이들이 어쩌면 통신에 존재하는 허다한 마니아 집단들처럼, 도토리 [[키재기식의]] 상식 대결이나 벌이는, 할 일 없는 속물들은 아닐까 하는 생각을 하고 있었던 것이다. So I get that it literally means acorn height measurement but I don't understand ...
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what does 군청색 대기 mean?? novel sentence

첫 장면에 나타난 건, [[군청색 대기]], 그 가운데를 가로지르는 회색 번개였다. here is the original sentence. I don't understand what the sentence means. thanks in advance
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what does 참 mean in this case?? found in novel

세상에, 사막에, 그 마른 땅에 어떻게 벼락이 치는가에 대해 배웠고, 그걸 되새기고 있던 [[참이었다]]. I looked in the dictionary and none of them make sense to me.
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How do Koreans distinguish 연패(連覇) and 연패(連敗)?

According to the Naver Korean dictionary, 연패(連覇) means “to be the champion in a row” and 연패(連敗) means “to lose in a row”. So they are absolutely identical in appearance but have completely opposite ...
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How important are Korean idioms and phrases for TOPIK exam?

I have been going through Korean idioms and phrases. Are idioms useful for topik exam?
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What does the guy say after the girl said 알려줘

https://clyp.it/iga3axsf What did the guy say after the girl said tell me I think he's saying porn videos but I can't tell what sounds im hearing
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what does 나가거든 mean here?? kim young ha short story

here is the sentence 이렇게 만난 것도 인연인데 [[ 나가거든]] 커피나 한 잔 하지요,라고 말을 건네보았지만 여자 는 묵묵부답이었다. I know what 거든 means when you use it to emphasize what you're saying but in this sentence it seems like a ...
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what does 다다다다 mean??? I found it in a short story

거의 반말조로 [[ 다다다다]] 내뱉은 경비는 인터폰을 끊어버렸다. is it onomatopoeia or is the author referring the verb da. 뚜뚜뚜. 경비는 이미 그런 전화를 수십 번 받았는지, 내가 뜨거운,이라고 말하자마자, 아, 밑에 공고도 안 보고 다녀요? 오늘부터 배관 교체 공사한다고 써붙여져 있잖아요. 내가 ...
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what does 안으로 샐죽하니 튀들어 가지 않느냐. mean?

안으로 샐죽하니 튀들어 가지 않느냐. so I looked up serjjuk and tidrruh so I know what they mean but what does the author mean by 안으로. I know it means "inside" but I don't get the sentence means. 딴은 내가 더 단단히 덤비지 않 ...
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what does 헌납당했고 mean? I came across it in a novel

what does 헌납당했고 mean? I came across this sentence in a novel. here is the context: 우리는 흡혈의 자유와 반역의 재능을 헌납당했고 대신 생존의 굴욕만을 넘겨받았다.
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what does “벌벌 기고” mean in this case?

돈 몇 푼에도 벌벌 기고 쩔쩔매는 본인을 절대 닮지를 말래 rap lyrics from high school rapper https://m.blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=ymr772&logNo=220969098780&proxyReferer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
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도록 vs. 기(를) 위해 …how different?

Lately, this has been coming up quite a bit in my Korean studies. In the case of meaning something like "in order to" are these fundamentally the same? I have been getting mixed (seemingly context-...
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Does the prefix '단' generally mean something like 'awaited' or 'desired'?

I was asking a Korean friend called 단비 what her name meant in Hanja, and she surprised me by explaining that it was a pure Korean name, meaning a rain (비) that has been long-awaited (from naver: 꼭 필요한 ...
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Is there any difference in '악마' and '마귀', meaning 'devil'?

Is there any difference in '악마' and '마귀', meaning 'devil'? Do either of them refer to 'The Devil' in any particular belief system? Are either of them more rooted in Korean traditions?