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is there difference between 소게 and 속에

I recently started to read short stories to enhance my vocabulary and and to understand the spelling. These two words 소게 and 속에 I know have different meanings but if someone says write "soge"...
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Syllable structure rules

Recently, I've started learning Korean, so please don't get mad if my question sounds stupid. My problem is that I don't know whether a consonant is a part of a three-letter syllable or a separate ...
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How to say "Goodbye forever"

How do you say , "goodbye forever" to someone? In sort of TV playful dramatic tone? Example: You're boyfriend/girlfriend is leaving the country, or someone you won't see ever again. Is it ...
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Use of 주시다 and 드리다

So far I have encountered examples of using 주시다 and 드리다. And I know sometimes 주시다 used instead of 드리다 and vice versa. Like: 전해 주시겠습니까? 전해 드리겠습니까? -> wrong 알려 주셔서 감사드립니다 알려 주셔서 감사주십니다 -> wrong ...
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How to make this sentence sound like a native?

I was writing a diary about the things which happened today, and suddenly faced this problem. Is it natural to write: "문제의 정답을 쓰는 방법을 아는데 수자를 쓰기 잘못했어요" to represent the meaning? Or are there ...
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How to say "Which city are you from?"

How do you say "Which city are you from?" Which one below is correct? Are there any other new sentences I can use? 어느 도시에 사세요? 어디 도시에 사세요? 어디에 도시 사세요?
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How to call the products which do tedious tasks quickly and easily?

If the products or apps that automatically do tedious tasks quickly and easily, are these usually expressed as "인스턴트 XX" or "원터치 XX," in Korean? E.g. "인스턴트" 음성 녹음 앱, &...
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How can 이상하다 be used with 네요 grammar?

I'm a little confused about how 이상하다 can be used with 네요 grammar. For example consider you want to talk about an strange child. Is "이상한 아이네요!" a correct form? Is "아이가 이상하네요!" correct?
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The use of Pure Korean words like 가람 [river]?

Are pure Korean words like 가람 still used in speech or writing instead of Chinese borrowings like 강 ?
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Difference between 구경하다 and 구하다 : Look Around

What is the word difference between these two words: 구경하다 and 구하다 ? Do they both mean look around?
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What is Difference between 못 vs 수 없어요?

What is Difference between 못 vs 수 없어요 ? I am reading both mean Cannot do something.
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What is the difference between 강사 and 선생님

What is the difference between 강사 and 선생님 ? They both mean teacher, trying to understand difference.
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Difference between 반 and 수업?

What is the difference between 반 and 수업 ? Do they both mean class?
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Terminology confusion: Basic vowels, complex vowels, etc

I've been taught that this is true about Korean: 10 basic vowels (기본모음): ㅏ, ㅑ, ㅓ, ㅕ, ㅗ, ㅛ, ㅜ, ㅠ, ㅡ, ㅣ 11 complex vowels (복합모음): ㅐ, ㅔ, ㅒ, ㅖ, ㅘ, ㅙ, ㅚ, ㅝ, ㅞ, ㅟ, ㅢ 14 basic consonants (기본자음) : ㄱ, ㄴ, ㄷ, ...
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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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Korean Sports: More commonly used Synonyms

In researching commonly used sports terms. What is more commonly used for "Boxing" in Korea? 권투 or 복싱? My teacher says 복싱 is used more these days. 권투 is more traditional. How about ...
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You의 여러가지 주격대명사 무엇인가요?

은행 서신을 읽으면서 모른 단어가 봤어요. 그 서신이 여러번 그 단어를 되뇌지고 있으니까 가 간어의 뜻은 아마 you 되지 생각했어요. 하지만, '구'저름 사작하는 그런 주격 대명사가 있으면 저는 모르겠습나다. 선생님은 저를 좀 얼려주실 수 있어요, 부턱드립나다. I asked Quora and Reddit if there was a 2nd person ...
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Is 다른 곳에서 본 a natural translation of "Seen Elsewhere"?

Is 다른 곳에서 본 natural when I just want to say simply "Seen Elsewhere" only? This is the translation in most translating apps (like google translate & Papago)
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How to say Welcome in Korean?

The context is to welcome new members at an institution. Found many ways of saying "welcome": 천만에요, 어서 오세요, 환영합니다, 환영하다.
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Meaning 열심히 and where does it come from?

"열심히 공부하다" is a common phrase which means "study hard". What does 열심히 come from: 열심하다 ? What 열심히 conjugation and formality is this? Present informal?
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Difference between 때 and 시간

What is the the difference between 때 and 시간 ? I read they both mean time, trying to understand.
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What does 경 mean for sight seeing and scenery?

What does 경 mean? Is there a root meaning? 경치 - scenery, view 구경하다 - to go sightseeing Also, is there a meaning for 구 in verb (to go sightseeing) ?
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Expressing "from A to B" in a more concise way

In Korean, the simplest way to express 'from A to B' is no doubt 'A부터 B까지', or '부터' could be replaced by '에서' as in "A에서 B까지'. However, this requires adding a particle to both nouns. Is there a ...
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What's the extra meaning of ‘삽질하다’, literally meaning ‘to shovel’?

I've seen many Koreans (especially developers) use the word ‘삽질하다’. What's the meaning it implies? It doesn't seem to mean ‘to shovel’, which is its original meaning (‘삽’ (shovel) + ‘-질’ (-ing) + ‘-...
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Korean He/She pronouns used

Does Korea have third person pronouns for he/she? I read them in the dictionary, but someone mentioned they aren't really used. He/she pronouns are mostly used in books, but not conversations. Is this ...
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What are the different ways to say "why, what, where, who " in Korean?

I want to learn the different ways to say what, where, why, and who. I know that for settings, formality, subjects, and other topics, These words can change a little bit, so I want to know more words ...
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Thank you for your Patience to a Teacher

I have a Korean teacher that is very nice and Patient with me especially, as I'm trying to learn. How do I say, "Thank you for your Patience" I read this, but this seems more like a ...
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What is the difference, if any, between 필업 and 졸업?

I learned a word 필업식 but I'm not sure what is the difference between 필업 and 졸업. So far I have only heard the word 졸업. Is there any difference, even just a subtle nuance, between these two words?
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How do you say “because” in Korean? Moreover, what are the differences and usages?

I understand that this is not an easy question to answer, so I am going to list the ones I've found. ~어서, ~아서, ~어 and ~아 ~때문에, ~기 때문에 and ~기 때문이다 ~으니까, ~니까, ~으니 and ~니 ~ㄹ까 봐서, ~ㄹ까 봐, ~을까 봐서 and ~을까 봐 ...
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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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Can I used 위해 with "event" type nouns?

I was wondering if it's appropriate to use 위해 in this context: Study FOR an exam -- 시험을 위해 공부해요 Is this an accurate translation? Perhaps it might be more natural to say 준비하다?
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What does 겸 mean and how is it used in a sentence?

겸 I read 겸 in my teacher's autobiography but I do not understand its meaning or how it is used. Here is the sentence: >사실 이번 달 초 약 2주간 시간을 내어 휴가 겸 한국을 다녀왔다. I searched Google translate, Collins ...
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What does `포스근히` mean? Is this word used now?

In my textbook, a word , '포스근히' is written. This meaning seems to be tender, soft, and so on, according to the textbook. This is a kind of adverb. I searched this word on the web, but there was no ...
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How to say "I work for" without implying "I work at"

My language buddy asked me what I did for a living, and I told her I was a company employee. Then she asked which company and I didn't know how to answer. For context, I work for a large hospital ...
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What is "고답적" mean?

When I'm surfing on the Internet, I saw the word "고답적". What it means in English? I think it is very difficult word
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What is shorted for 뭔?

I searched 뭔 on this site, but I have no result at all. 뭐=무엇 뭔=무엇은? Is it right?
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How often is “서바나” used to refer to Spain?

Naver lists “서바나” as a translation of Spain. Is this used at all in modern Korean? Is it archaic or frowned upon compared to “스페인”?
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How is ...등 used in a sentence?

I've seen 등 inputted after listing something, and I think I understand what it means, but I can't find sentences showing what to write after that. How do I continue on the sentence after writing 등? It ...
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What’s the difference between 뵙다, 뵈다, and 보다?

I’m pretty sure they all mean to see but is the difference just in formality? I’ve seen people say that 뵙다 is the most honorific and 보다 is the least, but I’ve seen those same people say that 뵙다 can ...
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Use of 우리 for "my"

From what I've understood, when I talk about things that are not entirely mine I have to use the term 우리. In formal situations in which I'd have to use the ㅂ니다/습니다 form do I have to use 저희 instead?
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Should I use ㅂ니다 in the sentence "this is an apple"?

Is it correct to say "이거는 사괍니다?
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Difference between 결림 vs 쑤심

Im confused with meaning of 결림. Is it "stabbing pain" (like a needle) or "stiff part of body" (like when every slow move is hard and painful)? Or does it mean both? Same with 쑤씸. ...
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불안(不安) 부(不), 안(安) why is this liul inserted?

I know hangul was originally written as Kanji. 불안 should be written as 부안, because 부 is "不", 안 is "安". Why is 부안 written as 불안?
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Difference between 진실 and 성실?

진실 sincerity (towards person) 성실 sincerity, devotion (towards work\hobby\mission, etc) Am I correct? If not, can u please explain the difference in nuances?
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What does 수면풍 and 자연풍 mean on my Korean fan settings?

Living in Korea, I’ve never really changed my standing fan setting other than the fan speed but I keep accidentally pressing the 바람모드 button and turning on “수면풍”, “자연풍” or “off”. I couldn’t really ...
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Is it common for Koreans to say '내일 모레' to mean 'the day after tomorrow'?

I thought '모레' meant 'the day after tomorrow', but today I heard some Koreans saying '내일 모레'. I confirmed with them that they meant 'the day after tomorrow'. Is this common? Why add the '내일' ?
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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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Difference between 타다 and 타고 가다

I have learnt that 타다 means "to take" and "타고 가다" means "to take and go". But sometimes I see that these two are used interchangeably. e.g. Is the following translation ...
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공시가격 열람 - reviewing of official price?

공시가격 열람 - what is the meaning of 열람? In the dictionary, its translated like "reading". I assume in this context it means "review" of official price, right? Deciding whether the ...
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What does the word 지방근무 mean?

What does 지방근무 가능 mean? I found it in research-related job requirement. Is it similar to 잡무? Is there any negative meaning in this word? Dictionary suggests "fat" and "area" for 지방,...