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Which Korean words or sounds have been used as a shibboleth?

People from Gyeongsangdo can easily distinguish '2'(이) and 'e'(이), while people from other places cannot. Actually it was a big issue on the internet a few years ago! So, for example, Gyeongsangdo ...
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How to translate 'a fun little distraction'?

I'm Korean and I am not good at English! Sorry for that. 이것은 재미있는 작은 오락거리다. 저는 인터넷은 일하러 사용하지 않는데, 그것은 그냥 재미있는 작은 오락거리예요. Yes, both sentences sound natural to me. It's little awkward, but there is ...
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What is the meaning and etymology of 본 적 (없다/있다)?

This can almost be literally translated: 본 is the past tense adjective for (literally) have seen. It is the verb 보다 (to see) with the past tense post-fix -ㄴ. The verb 보다 is commonly used in ...
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Does the suffix 다 identify verbs and adjectives?

First, the choice of -다 as "base dictionary form" is, in a sense, an arbitrary convention. Unlike English, Korean verbs always require a suffix. You will never see someone just saying "...
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떠들고 다니다 meaning

Basically it means that he went around saying he would confess. 다니다 is one of a few verbs that often gets paired up with another, to link the actions together. It emphasizes that the person is going ...
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Meaning of Korean phrases structure suffixes

"곤 하다" doesn't have any meaning alone as an expression. For example, at least it must be used with "하". ("하곤 한다" / "하고는 한다") "곤" stands for "고는&...
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What's the difference between 할 수 있다 and 할 수 있어?

-다 and -어 have lots of cases. -다 is formal one -어 is informal one. When u talking with people, it is more natural to speak '나는 할 수 있어'. However, When u write for letters or books, it would be more ...
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How do I say “Please do not add too much oil” in Korean?

You may politely say "기름 많이 넣지 말아 주세요." (Don't add oil much.) or a bit differently, "기름기 많지 않게 해 주세요." (Don't make it oily.) Nevertheless, I doubt whether they will respond to your request ...
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What is the meaning and etymology of 본 적 (없다/있다)?

적 means a time, or an occasion. 보다 means to see, so 본 적 means an occasion on which something was seen. 해보다 is to try, so 해본 적 is an occasion of having tried or experienced something. 에픽 하이 - ...
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Which Korean words or sounds have been used as a shibboleth?

In answering this question on the difference between 에 and 애, I began to realize that the pronunciation of these two vowels is sometimes a shibboleth. While I (and some Koreans even) cannot tell the ...
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