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What's the difference between 지금 and 이제?

They both seem to mean now or right now and im struggling to figure out when I would use one or the other. Until now I have always used 지금.
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Meaning of '멀다 하고'?

I've seen '멀다 하고' used in two sentences as '사흘이 멀다 하고' and '하루가 멀다 하고'. Please could somebody explain to me what the '멀다 하고' means? Can you use it with other periods of time e.g. 이틀 or even hours / ...
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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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Is 어려워 sometimes the same as 어려워서?

I am currently learning Korean with a textbook and a certain sentence left me confused: 할머니도 어렵게 살고 계시지만 가정 형면이 어려워(!) 대학교에 다니지 못하는 학생들을 위해서 힘들게 모은 돈을 기부한 것이다. The translation would be roughly: Even ...
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What is the difference between 련만 and 텐데?

Both seem to take the assumption of something before the word, and then take something that the speaker does after the word because the assumption is not met. But I’m not sure if there is any ...
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Why does ㅗ *o* sometimes sound like ㅜ *u*?

When I listen to 오 on Naver Dict (or 오다 or 오늘), it sounds the same as 우. 오 sounds like a [u] sound, not an [o] sound like in Spanish como [komo]. (Click the speech icon with round, not vertical, sound ...
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Pronunciation of syllable 와

In an app I use to learn keorean, I noticed that in the sentence "사과와 바나나", the word '사과' is pronounced like '사가'(saga in the place of sagwa). Another instance where I noticed this was in ...
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How to distinguish between ethnicity and "where you're from"?

From the courses I've been taking, the way to say "I am British" is "저는 영국사람 이에요" which means "As for me, England person I am". But how do you distinguish between that ...
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What's the difference between 아니, 아니요, and 아니에요?

아니, 아니요, and 아니에요 all translates to 'No'. So what's the difference between them?
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What's the difference between 한국어 and 한국말?

From reading different textbooks and online courses, it seems like 한국어 and 한국말 both mean Korean (the language). What's the difference between them (if any) and when should I use one over the other?
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What are the correct translations and pronunciations for "It's a lot, isn't it?"

I came across this sample for the above phrase; when I tried it on google translate, I got 많지 않나요 ... which might be right, I suppose - it looks close, but Google translate seems off. Obviously in the ...
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What is the difference between "저는 친구에게 전화했어요" (don't use 아/어/여 주다) and "저는 친구에게 전화해 줬어요" (use 아/어/여 주다)?

I think they have the same meaning as "I called my friend". A similar example is: "선생님이 학생들에게 한국어를 가르치셨어요" and "선생님이 학생들에게 한국어를 가르쳐 주셨어요". They all mean "the ...
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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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Great Korean Learning Textbooks: i.e TTMIK

So I'm looking for a good textbook that will have auditory and comprehensive applications. I tried the Integrated Korean, but I did not feel like it helped me with speaking Korean proficiently as well ...
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The meaning(s) of 차돌?

I heard this sentence today '따님을 차돌같이 잘 키우셨어요'. I've only ever know 차돌 being a type of meat, but looking around on the internet I've found several more meaning of this word including 'quartz', 'marble'...
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How is "닳고 닳다" used and what does it mean exactly?

I've found the following meanings for it in the Naver dictionay: become oversophisticated be too much a man of the world In what situations would you use it it? How is it different from the meaning ...
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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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What is the difference between ~아/어 가다/오다 and ~아/어지다 and ~게 되다?

Both grammar constructs express a change from at some point of the time. For example, 급속한 경제 성장으로 인해 사람들의 가치관도 변해 왔다. 급속한 경제 성장으로 인해 사람들의 가치관도 변해졌다. Or 이번 정부의 정책 덕분에 침체된 지역 경제가 드디어 발전해 갈 것입니다. 이번 ...
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How is 뵙다 conjugated to 뵐게요?

뵐게요 means (I)'ll see (you), but I am struggling to see how to arrive in this form. Applying the most general verb conjugation rule for 해요체 to 뵙다 (to humbly meet/see), I expect to get 뵙어요. But if we ...
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Korean textbook with a more serious tone

I'm new to language learning, and was wondering whether anyone has recommendations for a textbook for beginner-ish level Korean that is more substantive. Something that isn't just disjointed ...
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What does the '개' as in 개웃기네, 개못생겼네 signify?

Is it something to be used in certain situations? If so, what are those?
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Would native Koreans understand a mistranscribed word?

The word for "came" is 왔어요. But, as a beginner, if I was listening to someone say 왔어요 and trying to transcribe what I am hearing, I would probably have transcribed it as 와서요 or 와써요. Would a ...
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How to pronounce -다 in dictionary form?

From what I've learnt, ㄷ is pronounced /t/ at the start of a word or end of a syllable, and /d/ if it's at the start of a syllable. So I am a bit confused as to why the -다 at the end of some verbs (in ...
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Is there a hand-writing recognition input method on Linux for use with a stylus?

I have a Linux touch-screen laptop, and thought it could be good practice to write Hangul using the touch-screen with a stylus, and have that translated as text. Firstly, that would be a good way for ...
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Difference between 박해 and 핍박?

I came across the word '핍박' a few days ago while reading an article. In the dictionary this translates to 'persecution', but I've only ever known the word '박해' having this meaning. Could anybody ...
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What does the number in superscript next to the Hangeul mean in Naver Dictionary?

When I search for on the Korean → Korean Naver Dictionary, some words have a number next to it. What do those numbers mean?
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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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What is the rule and for how "ㅏ" + "ㄹ" can sound like "ㅐ" in words like 팔각형?

Specifically in the above example, I'm referring to the syllable 팔 sounding as though it has an ㅐ - why is that, or is it just me? I'm sure there is a subtle difference that I don't understand, so I'd ...
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What are the differences in the various words for "or"?

Google translate suggests "또는". Pimsleur has, I believe, "나", or something that sounds like "na" at least. Finally, the Drops app on android uses "혹은" (sounds ...
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Why are 댜 뱌 챠 탸 퍄 햐 됴 툐 not used?

I am learning Hangeul and found this image on the Internet (I cannot locate the original source): It seems like some of the syllable blocks are greyed out, which I think means it's not used. There's ...
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What are the differences between "아세요" and "아십니까" for "do you know?"

In the resources I've used learning Korean (Pimsleur), "아세요" is used frequently, but Google translate uses the latter (아십니까). What are the differences between these words, and which is used ...
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Meaning of 시죠 in 강아지 안 키우시죠

The translation I have for the sentence is "You don't have a dog": 강아지 안 키우시죠. After investigating the ending "시죠", I came to the conclusion that the translation was wrong and it ...
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What Korean reader software aimed at learning pronunciation is available?

What I have in mind is something that highlights Hangul characters, and reads the highlighted characters aloud (possibly at a user-chosen speed, or possibly only when the user clicks on the syllable ...
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Is this a correct sentence in Korean: "김치를 누가 먹습니까?" ? Or should it be only "누가 김치를 먹습니까?"?

I am not sure if the first sentence is acceptable at all, but I was meaning for it to be used in a situation of this kind: "What about kimchi? Who ate that?" Is OSV sentence structure a ...
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아니요, 남자아이는 여자가 아닙니다. Is this sentence gramatically correct with respect to the honorofics used?

아니요, 남자아이는 여자가 아닙니다 : Why would the sentence start with '요 ' (아니요) and end with 'ㅂ니다' (아닙니다)? I thought both were used in different levels of formality. Is it correct for the same sentence to use both ...
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Meaning of '수반'

I was watching one of 탐사보도 세븐's episodes today and it was about the China-North Korea border. I don't know if I can post this here but here goes. On one of the buildings was a red banner that read '...
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what does 그래서 누구냐고 무러본곤데 mean?

what does “ 그래서 누구냐고 무러본곤데” exactly mean in english? i tried translating it but it said “ Replying to @Fresh_Fresh“ in english which doesn’t make sense. please help me out!
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Difference betwen the honorofics 씨 vs 시

What is the difference between the honorifics 씨 vs 시 when used at the end of a name? 씨 as an honorific: https://blogs.transparent.com/korean/honorific-titles/ 시 as an honorific: https://en.wiktionary....
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What is the difference between ~ 수 있다 and 순 있다?

I was watching a show and it seem like there is a slight difference between them. So the conversation was A:3번 파트 할 수 있어? B:저요? 할 순 있어요. I get it that 순 is a short form of 수는 but why would you word it ...
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Meaning(s) of 덮치다?

I'm wondering if somebody could give me a comprehensive definition of the word 덮치다? I figured it's to do with attacking / invading, but if someone could give me a concise definition that would be ...
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What does 있어서는 안 되는데. mean?

What does 있어서는 안 되는데. mean? For full context the content is: 석진: 그래서, 오늘 경은 누나가 오늘 회사를 안 나왔죠? 현우: 사실은 회사에 오다가 아파서 다시 집으로 돌아갔어요. 이런 안타까운 일이. 있어서는 안 되는데. 지금 아파요. 많이 아파요. 그래서 이 주제를 생각하게 됐어요. 건강이 정말 중요한데,...
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Need help understanding a bad quality audio clip, help please

This is the audio clip I'm talking about. I really appreciate your help, thanks in advance!
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Why is ㅂ sometimes pronounced as ㅁ? What are the rules?

I'm brand new to learning Korean -- I have studied a little bit of Hangul to learn the sounds, and I just started Lesson 1 of Elementary Korean, 2nd ed. by King & Yeon. In this lesson there is a ...
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Unusual hangeul syllables in 1920's handwritten Korean?

(This is a question about handwritten Korean, I don't have enough reputation to create a new tag for handwriting.) My Korean grandfather's notebook contains a chronology of the places he went while ...
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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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Nuance of using ~야 되다 in a request

I am watching 사랑의 불시착 aka Crash Landing On You. About five minutes into the first episode, the main character's father is revealed by her brother to be released from jail, to which her brother says: ...
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Where does 나름 come from?

The word 나름, as in ~기 나름이다 or 나름대로, appears to be formed by nominalizing 나르다. Is this the correct etymology or does 나름 come from something else?
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Meaning of ~드랬다

I was watching some program today and somebody said '내 마우스에서 나왔드랬죠'. I'm wondering what the '드랬다'part of this means. Does it just have the same meaning as '다고 했다'? Thanks.
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How to tell syllables apart

I’ve just started to learn Korean, so I might be asking something that’s obvious... but I sometimes struggle how to do syllabication when it comes to writing. For example ‘kakyeok’ I thought would be ...
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Why is 우 often romanized as "woo"?

Especially with names I have often seen this romanization, but also with other words. Here is an example where the word 우리 is transliterated as "woori". Other examples are the Korean bank &...

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