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Meaning of proverb 어물전 망신은 꼴뚜기가 시킨다

What is this 속담 (어물전 망신은 꼴뚜기가 시킨다) supposed to mean? What is its literal meaning? From what I understand, it is sort of an equivalent of the English proverb "one bad apple spoils the bunch", ...
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Words similar to 대여섯?

I know that 대여섯 means five or six, but I'm wondering why the '대' takes the meaning of 'five' here? Are there other words similar to this that mean 'A and A+1'. Thanks a lot.
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Meaning of 머슴살이 and origin?

I've come across the word 머슴살이 and read in the dictionary that it means doing farm work. But looking around on the internet I'm not sure if there's some sort of historical meaning associated with the ...
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Meaning of 마지노선?

I'd like to know about the meaning and usage of 마지노선. Of course, I know that this literally means Maginot Line, but I also know it must have another meaning for everyday conversation. I saw this in a ...
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Meaning of 열악하다?

Just a simple question this time! :D What is the meaning of 열악하다? From what I figured it means poor (quality) or to be deteriorated, but I'd like to check what it means. Thanks in advance!
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Meaning of 농담이 심하다

This expression appeared on my vocabulary textbook as a collocation of the word "joke" 농담(弄談). What I could not understand is the exact meaning of 심하다(甚하다) in this collocation. Does is it ...
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What app do you prefer for flashcard use, pre-made?

There are plenty of Topik and flashcard apps but I'm being picky. I want decks of smaller sizes that cover most of the TOPIK books. I specifically want an app that keeps track of the flashcards I don'...
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Meaning and grammar of 매달리다 and hand gestures

In this song lyrics there is the phrase "이제와 울고불고 매달리지마". What I can get from the sentence is something on the lines of "quit crying around", but I am not sure. Also, what role does the particle 와 ...
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Meaning/usage of 찰떡같이?

I was watching a drama today and heard the idiom '찰떡같이 말했는데 개떡같이 알아듣는다' being used. What is the meaning of this idiom and when can it be used? Also, what is the general meaning of 찰떡같이? Thanks :) ...
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봉인해제 meaning/usage

Today, I heard somebody talking about their diet and body transformation. After describing how they've dieted, they proceeded to say '이제 봉인해제'. Literally, I translate this as 'now the seal is the ...
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Meaning of 코딱지만하다

I'm was watching a drama and came across '코딱지만하다'. I've found out that this means 'tiny' but what is the origin of this word? From what I know, 코딱지 = booger and 만하다 = to be worthy of, but how would ...
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Please Help Me Break Down This Sentence “엄마가 다그치는 바람에 어쩔 수 없이 사실을 털어놓았다”

i already know: 엄마 - mother 어쩔 수 없다 - inevitable/ can't be helped 사실 - the truth what are: 다그치? 바람에 (the wind?) 털어놓았다?
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What term or terms are used for “at home worker”?

What term or terms are used for "at home worker" or "remote position"? Some examples of desired usage include: I work out of my home. These days, it's hard to find a seat at the ...
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Difference between 복종 and 순종?

I see both 복종 and 순종 defined as obey, but surely there is a difference. Is the difference in formality; like, it's situational somehow where 순종 is with parents and 복종 is with law?
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What's the diference between 물어보다 and 물어봐요

What's the diference between 물어보다 and 물어봐요, would you like to give me examples too?
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What does 누명을 씌워서 mean?

I mostly understand this sentence: 이 경우는 사람들이 우리에게 억울하게 "누명을 씌워서" 법정으로까지 끌고 가는 것 이다 To loosely translate my understanding: In this situation, people are unfairly "framing" us and dragging us ...
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What does 년대 mean?

I found an anki deck with 1000 most common words (I have to translate them to english on my own) but I couldn't find much information about the meaning of this one. One resource mentioned it means "...
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What does 폭탄마냥 means?

To be exact 폭탄마냥 as in 폭탄마냥 보고 있다. But 폭탄 means bomb, so i assume it is probably some kind of idiom and not literally means bomb in that context? Edit: i attached 2 example of '...폭탄마냥 보고 있다.' (https:...
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Where can I find original constituents of compound words?

English compound words are clear in the sense that one can understand their constituents: notebook dinner table long-term As you can see, there are at least three types of compound words in ...
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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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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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