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What does 선율적인 exactly mean?

I want to add the word melodious or melody to a phrase which altogether means 'Melodies from ladies' if that's right edit: By 'Melodies from ladies' I mean "Melodious Songs by females" (if ...
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Usage of 가족상황 vs. 혼인관계

In my textbook, both 가족상황 and 혼인관계 are translated as "marital status". Now, I'm not sure how to use them. 혼인관계 is listed under personal information, so I guess it is used in a context of a ...
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있어 in the middle of a sentence

I found this sentence in my textbook: 마음에 드는 지갑이 있어 사려고 했는데 가격이 너무 비쌌다. and its translation should be roughly: I intended to buy my favorite wallet, but the price was to high. My question is: what ...
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What does 쫌 mean?

I saw the following sticker in one of the shops: I tried looking it up on Naver Dict but there were no results (just 2 example sentences). So what does 쫌 mean? If possible, example sentences in which ...
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The usage of 될 is not a word in my dictionary

I'm studying Korean language by a book about korean radio news. I ran into this sentence: 공영개발방식으로 짓게 될 신도시의 ...of the new city **is a promising ** being built followed by public development policy ....
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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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In Kakaotalk, what is the meaning of 꼰대 as a notification sound?

I was scrolling the notification sounds in Kakaotalk (English user interface) and saw one listed as: kkondae. I think it should be written as 꼰대, which translates as 'braid'. But what is meant by this?...
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How many words does 지겹다 require?

It seems 지겹다 is a 두 자리 서술어: 나는 여캐가 지겹다. I'm bored of female characters. If 지겹다 is a 두 자리 서술어 in this context, it will mean 여캐가 is the 보어. But I've once been taught that the only words that require a ...
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How do you say 'unity in variety' in Korean?

Is there a exact translation for this term?
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What is the difference between 가장 and 제일?

They both mean "most" (I think?) so what's the difference between them? Are they interchangeable?
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The function of 만 in 바라만보다 and difference from 바라보다

After coming by the expression 바라만 보다, I spent more than two hours trying to find something on it, and just before posting that very question here, I got the bright idea of putting the whole term ...
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what the difference “백화점” and “편의점” from market in english?

안녕 하세요!! I have the problem about this. I often hear these two words. I'm still confused to distinguish the two. Like: 백화점 갈래? (Do you want to go to market?) or 편의점 갈래? what the difference ...
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Difference between 쓰다 and 적다

안녕하세요! I am a bit curious about the difference between 쓰다 and 적다. For example which one is a better translation for "The woman writes a book": 여자는 책을 씁니다; 여자는 책을 적습이다; ??
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When to use 되다?

I learned from a Talk to Me in Korean lesson that the verb 되다 means "to be done" or "to be possible," and is often used in the format (verb)+ 야 + 되다 to describe what one must or should do. However, I ...
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Grammar: -러 가다 with 가러 가다?

I have a question about -러 가다 grammar. I wanted to write a small text and one sentence sounds 사람들은 바다에 가러 여행을 자주 가요. Is this possible? or do I need to change the form of 가러 to 가려 and 가요 to 해요? Thank ...
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What is the difference between “귀엽다” and “깜찍하다”?

A lot of people that I met have been calling me like this and I want to know the difference between them. (I mean, I actually do look quite cute.)
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정말이 가족과 각정하요 사랑합니다 does this make sense?

I am trying to say 'I really do care and love this family' I have also tried: 나는 정말로이 가족을 돌보고 사랑합니다 Tandem and google translate and naver all seem to have different ideas on how it should be spelt.
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What does 시원치 않다 mean?

In the following sentence: 그런데 그렇게 주인공으로 세워 놓고도 팬들의 대접은 시원치 않은 경우가 많다. 각자 자기의 노래를 찾느라 부산하기 때문이다. 여기서는 오로지 노래 실력만이 중요하다. (Source: 대학 강의 수강을 위한 한국어 읽기 중급2 P.66) There is no entry in any of my ...
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What is the difference between 끊기다 and 끊어지다?

There are two similar words - 끊어지다 and 끊기다 in Korean. Both seem to be intransitive verbs and are different from 끊다. But except that, is there any difference between them? I could not detect anything ...
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What is the difference between 빠져들다 and 빠지다?

I found out there are two similar words that mean "fall into" or "drowned". Both 빠져들다 and 빠지다 mean it, although in my dictionary there is no entry for 빠져들다 and I only saw it online. But I don't ...
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Is there a word “호젖하다” in Korean?

I'm now using the following Memrise course and found the following word: 호젖하다 quiet/lonesome (고적하다/한적하다/적적하다) But when I search on the web, the first and second results are the aforementioned ...
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Synonymous hanjas list (most frequent ones)

We know that there are at least 2500 hanjas that are used in modern Korean. I want to know synonymous hanjas like 불 and 무 (무료 and 불합격). These two hanjas are kind of negation prefixes. There might be ...
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Why do we use 겠 and not 갰, any rational explanation?

As I always make mistake with ㅔ and ㅐ, I always wondered why we use 겠 and not 갰, like in 알겠습니다. Also, if there is any heuristic for ㅔ and ㅐ, please let me know.
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What is the proper explanation for the -려나/으려나 (-ㄹ/을라나 )grammar?

In case I missed it, please suggest the correct grammar form since I am asking based on what I get across in the oral conversations. So what is the proper grammar for -려나/으려나 (-ㄹ/을라나 )? An example ...
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The difference between '납부할 금액' vs '납부해야 할 금액'?

So what is the difference between '납부할 금액' vs '납부해야 할 금액' in the following sentence and in general: '10월 납부하실 금액 안내드립니다' The sentence can be translated as '(we are) informing the amount to be paid ...
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How to know if the sentence asks for an action?

In a sentence like the one below: '10월 납부하실 금액 안내드립니다' How the payment will be made, how do I know? Sure the payment is to be made by the person who received the message, but then will the ...
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To say “I like something” in Korean, should I use 내가 or 나는?

Hello everyone I am new in this amazing language while I came from youtube I was watched a video from of Kpop a singer girl say this word: 내가 that if you looking for its meaning is: I, me, my I ...
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What is the difference between 삶다 and 끓다?

I think both mean "to boil" but what is the difference between them? Both seem to be used in the context of cooking.
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What is the difference between 섭섭하다 and 슬프다?

I found there are two verbs to mean "sad" in Korean - 섭섭하다 and 슬프다. But I don't understand the difference between the two. What is the difference and how can I use them apart properly?
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What is the meaning of 칼고하다?

I'm playing online game with other korean people, there's 1 word which is 칼고합니다 that they use a lot and I don't understand the meaning of it. I couldn't find any translation on the internet. Example :...
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When to use 별로 vs 그리?

In the following sentences (from duolingo): 그것은 그리 안 좋아요. I used 별로 instead of 그리 and got wrong. But I'm not sure what is the difference between them and when I should use one over the other. ...
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The difference between 너무 and 너무 많이?

In the following sentences: 손님, 너무 걱정하지 마십시오. 너무 많이 운동하지 마십시오. These sentences mean: Sir, don't worry too much. Don't exercise too much. But I don't understand then what is the difference between ...
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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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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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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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Is there an opposite expression for 괜히?

I feel like I learned a word that’s somewhat an opposite for 괜히 but I cannot remember what it was. The specific situation is... For 괜히... after being invited by a friend to a party and realizing it ...
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Differences between 외, 바깥, 밭 and difference between 안 and 내

I've been trying to make sense out of some Korean names for Judo techniques with a friend. Our main source is a Wikipedia page: https://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/유도 along with https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Vocabularies often appear on textbook but seldom used in real life

천만에요 is a well-known Korean expression which almost always appear on Korean language textbooks. But that expression is rarely used in real life. (To be more precise, I think the frequency of that ...
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What is the difference between 응용하다 and 운용하다?

I understand them both as "to apply", although the dictionary says 응용 is "practical application." Are they more or less interchangeable? I would be particularly interested to hear cases where one can ...
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What is the difference between 사업 and 기업?

I understand them both as enterprise or business, but I am wondering about the difference and nuance and usage. One question might be why are the big corporations called 대기업 and not 대사업?
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What is the meaning of 만 in 빠져들고만 싶은?

I'm still new to learning Korean so my apologies if I'm misunderstanding something here but, I was curious about how the grammar worked for the phrase "빠져들고만 싶은". If I understand it correctly, you ...
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What's the difference between 최저시급 versus 최저임금?

I've recently been talking with people about the rising minimum wage in Korea and colloquially heard them refer to it as 최저시급. I looked this phrase up in the dictionary, however, and couldn't find ...
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A Word A Day for Korean

Does anyone know of any Korean service that sends or publishes a regular A Word A Day for native Korean speakers to expand their own vocabulary? I'm having trouble finding one, even though these are ...
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모두 versus 다 as an adverb. What is the difference in this practical example?

Is there any difference in nuance between 모두 and 다? Are there times when it is more appropriate to use one over the other? Here is a practical example I have been looking at: 재료는 모두 준비되어 있습니다. ...
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How can one use the post position -(이)라든지?

Most uses of -(이)라든지 that I have seen are used in the context of "either this or that" 치킨이라든지 피자라든지 미국 음식을 먹고 싶다. (I want to eat American food, whether it be chicken or pizza). However, it ...
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What is the difference between 스스로 and 자기?

What is the difference between 스스로 and 자기? I recently wrote the following sentence: 그냥 자기의 도전이라고 생각하고 있다. I am thinking of it as just a challenge for myself. A helpful soul helped me correct it ...
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One word sentence without space

While watching some drama, I encounter this sentence: Korean: 결과나왔습니다화장품뚜껑에찍힌지문은뭉개졌는데 Subtitle: The result is out. The fingerprints on the outside of the cosmetic container were smeared and could not ...
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how to use 하네요?

What is the usage of 하네요? Does the english equivalent of I'm just saying similar to 하네요? For example, 하네요 여기가 아파. loosely translates to I'm just saying, it hurts here. Another example: 정말 날 ...
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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"...