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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?
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Are there any Korean '요괴', or does that word refer only to Japanese folklore?

Yōkai (妖怪) are apparently a are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. Naver Dictionary translates this term as '요괴', but I am wondering if the word 요괴 refers to ...
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Grammar/vocab to introduce a better alternative (sounds like 차다리 or 자다리)

There is a grammar/word in Korean to introduce (and emphasize) a better alternative. It sounds like "차다리" or "자다리." What am I thinking of? I hear it often in conversation, but am having trouble ...
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How to translate 눈빛은 elegantly?

눈빛은 roughly translates to "the look of the eye"; partially, 눈빛 means look/glance (noun) It's used when saying "sharp eye glances", e.g. 그댈 보는 나의 눈빛은 Literally, it means "you looking my nunbich-eun"...
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How to say "Do you know me"?

Hello everyone I new here in the language korean I would like know if this way is correct say "Do you know me " in korean I alway say this way "no na ara" 너, 나 알아? someone that speak korean or a ...
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"더러" grammar in 알더러 새가 되라는 말처럼 어려울 수 있다 (translation)

I get that "~라는 말처럼 어려울 수 있다" is "it's as hard as saying ~", but 더러 is something I've never encountered before. I'm not even sure what part of speech it is. I do well know that 알 is egg and 섀 is ...
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Translation for "wedding night" - what are the differences between 신혼 여행 밤, 결혼 첫날 밤, and 신혼 첫날밤, and are there any alternatives to these?

I assume that 신혼 여행 밤 is more like "honeymoon night", but I'm wondering if there is any difference between 결혼 첫날 밤 and 신혼 첫날밤? Also, are there any other terms for "Wedding night" that I've missed?
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Korean child was not accepted to college, what's next for her?

My native Korean brother-in-law living in Seoul has what I would call a "star" child/pupil. She won piano competitions, she is always studying, and she graduated #1 in her high school class (not an ...
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What are the differences in usage and meaning between 천천하다 and 느리다 meaning 'slow'?

I was in the supermarket just now and the till was responding very slowly (i.e. there was a long wait for the prices to come up after the item was scanned). I remarked, "천천하지", but that felt wrong to ...
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Why is “puppy” a cuss word in korean?

I know that a translation of the word “puppy” can be an insult/cuss word, but does anyone know why exactly?
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식식하게 or 씩씩하게 목소리 높여? Which did I hear in a song?

I was streaming Korean music, and unfortunately, the stream doesn't have a good way to identify songs, singers, nor lyrics. To answer my question, it might be necessary to hear the song, but in lieu ...
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Online Resources for Korean Spelling and Grammar Check

What are your recommendations for tools that can help save time and headache when checking your Korean spelling, vocabulary, grammar, etc? I believe a well made utility can be productive in getting ...
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Ways to say "circle" - curious about "원" in this sentence

인생은 원이 아니라 무한한 직선이다 That translates to Life isn’t a circle, it’s an infinite, straight line. Is there a contextual requirement for when to say 원 and when to say 동그라미? Are there other ways to say ...
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Translations for 척하면 척이다

An intimate friend and native Korean speaker explained that I should have added a word in what I said to her, but she summarized with 척하면 척이다 I think I get what she meant, but I began wondering ...
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Parts of the foot

I'm looking for the parts of the foot in Korean. I know a few of them: Foot 발 Toe 발가락 Big Toe 엄지 발가락 Ankle 발목 added from solutions Heel 발꿈치 Ball 발볼 Bridge 발등 Sole 발바닥 Updated Parts of Foot
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Difference between 지르기 and 때리기

Here's another question from my study of "The Art of Kyuki-Do". The book refers to some techniques as "chirugi" (which I assume to be "지르기"), and others as "darigi" (which, from context, I assume to ...
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Deciphering romanized Korean: "kama/kamuh toe olgami"

In my martial arts book, "The Art of Kyuki-Do", it describes a particular maneuver (called in English, "middle section corkscrew trap, in to out") as variously "kama toe olgami" and "kamuh toe olgami"....
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What are some Korean 'Words of the Year' for 2017?

English-language institutions often like to collect candidates for 'Word of the year', listing (usually newly-made) words that refer to new events and ideas. For example, Collins dictionary came up ...
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Why are people who collect cardboard called '폐지 줍는 노인'?

I learned that the term for a 'refuse picker' or person who looks for recyclables is '폐지 줍는 노인' or '폐지 줍는 사람'. But when I look for translations of that term, '폐지' seems to mean abolition, and '폐지 줍는 ...
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Translation(s) of '지지직' meaning a sound?

I saw '지지직' in a movie subtitle, and inferred its meaning as something like a 'crackle'. However, another example I found online was 지지직거리나요? Do you hear that? And other examples suggest it ...
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Korean unit words for text chunks

What are Korean unit words for counting various sizes of text chunks? For example, section, paragraph, and etc. are the English ones.
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What is '컴퓨터 세탁'?

컴퓨터 세탁 shops are a common sight - but what is '컴퓨터 세탁'? I haven't seen an equivalent English term 'Computer Dry Cleaning'.
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Is there any rule relating to ㅣ+ㅓ = ㅔ notㅐ?

Is there any rule relating to ㅣ+ㅓ = ㅔ notㅐ? If we change the order of the combination then it makes sense to have ㅓ+ㅣ= ㅔ. I have just come across a list as below. I'd like to know if there is any ...
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How to say "neutral flavor" in Korean

I was eating this bread, and the thought that came to my mind was "wow, this bread doesn't taste like anything; there's no particular flavor." It had a very light, neutral taste. I want to say "bland,"...
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Games with hands, talking/chanting, rhythm, etc

I've played or observed a handful of games involving some sort of hand/rhythm/chanting component. Crucially they all have no equipment/items needed to play. Examples: 가위바위보 "rock, paper, scissors"...
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Why are fuseboxes called '두꺼비집' - 'toad houses'?

I am having some electrical work done on the house, and learned that a fusebox in Korean is called a '두꺼비집' or 'toad house'. Why is this? It seems like like it should be something to do with the ...
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-럽다 vs -롭다 Suffix Spelling

Many adjectives end in -럽다 and -롭다, but is there any rhyme or reason when which spelling is used? Is there a difference in meaning or some phonetic pattern? I always seem to spell these wrong, so ...
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Is 노트북 only used for the computer notebook?

Is 노트북 only used for the computer form of notebook, or do some use it for paper based notebooks? If so, is it considered Konglish?
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Martial arts vocabulary confusion

I'm trying to convert the romanized vocabulary in "The Art of Kyuki-Do" to 한글, and I can make sense of most of it. However, there are a couple of words that I haven't been able to find in my ...