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Why is "outside" used for the maternal side?
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1) Have you ever been to 외가 (=외갓댁=house of father of mother) ? 외가에 가 봤었니 ? @외 = outside, 가 = house 2) 외가 has contrary word 친가. So father of father is 친 할아버지 or 할아버지. Older brother of father of ...

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"To give someone space"
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A : 주가가 내려가고 있어. 팔까 ? Stock price is lowering. How about selling ? B : 생각좀 하께. I need some time of thinking about it. Alternatives for B : 가만히 있어봐 Stay without any move 잠깐만 Just a moment 기다려 봐 ...

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What does 뜨겁게 mean?
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뜨겁게 = passionately There are another examples of same usage : 뜨겁게 기도하라 (pray) 뜨겁게 사랑하라 (love) 뜨겁게 contains meanings of enough(충분히) or wholeheartedly (정성스럽게)

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When does 시 become 세?
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1) 우리 아빠는 학생이시다 My father is a student 2) 이시다 + 어요 (politeness suffix) -> 이시어요 -> 이셔요 -> 이세요 https://www.italki.com/question/438903

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Translation of 야. 너 인생 그렇게 살지마
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When we use 너 인생 그렇게 살지마 : Usually, we were used to talk to the criminal or someone receiving people's pointing 너 인생 그렇게 살지마. If two person are not very intimate, and if one uses this sentence, then ...

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Strange use of (으)로
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(1) 으로 = 로 : direction or way 대전으로 가자 Go to Daejeon 돈으로 해결되지 않는다 We can not solve a problem with money (1) 백50 이하는 56으로 공격하다. We will attack with 56, and white 52 and 54 are supporting it. (2) ...

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What is the background of the expression "쩐다!"?
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1) 절이다 : preserve fish in salt 생선을 소금에 절이다. Clothes with a lot of sweat has a terrible smell. 땀에 절은 옷은 냄새가 안좋다. 2) 찌들다 : be worn with domestic cares. 살림에 찌들다 3) a regional dialect : Why do you have ...

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analysis of 도 in 아/어도 되다
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되다 : We are in a suitable or permitted state 도 : 보조사 auxiliary. Except the previous, it tells that there is another similar thing. Someone A breaks the traffic rule so that policeman ask ...

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당신의 이면에 관한 이야기입니다
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이면 : a) 드러나지 않는 내부의 속사정 not well-known thing. 이 소설은 권력의 이면을 그리고 있다. This novel describes dark side of a power. 성공의 이면에는 고뇌가 있다. Different side of success contains pains. b) 물체의 속이나 안 inside of a ...

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Can you translate these sentences in english please? Is it correct to say it? Which one is better (polite and natural)?
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플랫폼 끝까지 걸어 다니다 He ambulates on the whole platform, except a fixed spot. @ 걸어 = walk 다니다 = move by replacing a body. 어니 다녀 오세요 ? = 어디 갔다 오세요 ? = Where did you go before here ? 어디 다니니 ? = where do ...

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what does "덕을 볼 수 있지않을까" mean
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1) 덕 = forgivingness, tolerance 2) 후덕한 인상 = tolerant face 3) 덕을 쌓다. helping other, having mercy or doing a person a kindness. (That is, if we help other without receiving money, then he receive a ...

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은 in 할 줄은 몰랐죠 structure
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1) 줄=depending noun (Its usage is similar to 것) : 줄 means way, fact and situation. 그녀는 밥을 지을 줄 (=짓는 것을) 모른다. She can not prepare dinner. 2) Here 은 is emphasis : 나는 법은 모른다. I do not know law (But I ...

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What does the phrase 발음이 새다 mean?
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새다 leak Gas is leaking from the pipe. 파이프에서 가스가 새고 있다. I had my wisdom tooth pulled out today, so I can't pronounce words properly now 내가 사랑니를 빼서 발음이 새는거 같아요.

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What does 나근나근 말하다 mean?
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나근 나근 : representing the moving of a long and flexible thing 나뭇 가지가 바람에 나근 거린다. Branches of the tree is flexible by a wind. 나근 나근한 목소리 flexible voice : It is a voice which is tender, not speedy, ...

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Is there a difference between 평일 and 주중?
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In most cases: Business days = 평일 = 주중 = Monday to Friday. 평일 or 주중 indicate working days, in general. 나는 평일에만 (주중에만) 일해 I work only from Monday to Friday (Surely, this implies that I do not work ...

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What does the guy say after the girl said 알려줘
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A : 말해도 되나 ? Is is fine that I tell something ? B : 아이 하지마 No. Do not tell. C : 뭔데 알려줘 What ? Let me know A : 야나두 공부하고 있거든 I study 야나두. C : 아 진짜 Really ? A : 미안해 미안해 얘기하면 안되는데 Sorry sorry. It is ...

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지 in 제안하는지를 공부할 거예요
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지 depending noun : usage in time 그를 만난지도 오래 되었다. Many time is passed after I met him 지 ending : intimate conversation (1) 밥은 회사에서 먹고 오겠지 He may return after he eat at company. (2) In intimate ...

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what does 다다다다 mean??? I found it in a short story
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다다다다 : onomatopoeic word representing sound of totally automatic gun (=기관단총=submachine gun; It is also called 따발총) 생각나는 대로 다다다다 따발총처럼 (=다다다다) 내뱉다. I spit words like a submachine gun, following to ...

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Can 저 be used for abstract things?
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이 : thing in small distance 저 : 1) lowering myself 2) thing in long distance 3) lowering a indicted person. 그 : indicated thing 2) 저 사람 우리 오빠야. He is my brother. (불난 집을 바라보면서) 저를 ...

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How can one use the post position -(이)라든지?
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A이라든지, B이라든지 C : C is representative word for A, B A이라든지 B : B is representative word for A Chulsoo is more outstanding in exercise than Younghee, for instance, soccer. 철수는 축구라든지, 운동 면에서 영희를 앞 지른다. ...

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Does the prefix '단' generally mean something like 'awaited' or 'desired'?
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단 = 달다 = taste of sugar 1) 단비 : 가뭄에 내리는 비는 적절하다. 참 달게 느껴진다. During drought, rain is suitable. The rain is felt to us like a sugar. 2) 단꿈 : 난 백만 장자에 대한 단꿈을 꾼다. I imagine millionaire but it is just ...

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Is there any difference in '악마' and '마귀', meaning 'devil'?
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마귀 = devil 1) 인간에게 해를 끼치는 귀신 = ghost that do a harm to human 2) 악마 @ 백설공주에서 사과를 판 할머니를 마귀할멈이라고 번역했다. In story "snow white", grandmother delivering an apple is called 마귀할멈. 악마 = devil (In ...

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About adding -주 to the verb stem
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동사 + 보조동사 (verb + helping verb) : For instance, 봐 주다 (봐=see, 주다=give, meaning=give an irregular benefit), 도와 주다 (help=give a help) 보조 동사의 효과 (effect) : 맡다 = undertake Handle the enemy of east (order ...

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Imperative forms ending in -ᄉ/것
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It is a traffic sign plate. 섯 means that after stopping, if there is no dangerous thing, then you would go. In south Korea, 정지 STOP is written in a road sign plate. North Korea does not use China ...

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How to understand the -하다고 suffix?
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고 means indirect quotation 요즘, 행복하다고 느끼나요 ? This sentence can be used in the following situation : A : C earn a big money so that C is happy B : Oh. B : I heard that you are happy 요즘 행복하다고 하던데. ...

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expiry or manufactured date?
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Yes In credit card, the expiration date is 만료일. (Before expiration date, we must reissue) In food, the expiration date is 유통기한 (유통 = distribution, 기한 = deadline). Here 유통기한 means "Do not eat this ...

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What's the meaning of 패(牌) in the word 깡패 (gangster)?
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Consider the following site : link I will summarize it i) 굳셀(=strong)강 무리(=group)패 : That is, 강패 is changed into 깡패. Further, there is an another origin : Gang in the word gangster is pronounced ...

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센스 vs 눈치 - Notable differences?
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눈치 is a major factor to be a usual person 센스 is one factor to be a superior better than a usual person 1) When we meet for a photo, then we should wear a neat style. But if someone wear a gym suit (i....

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What is the English equivalent to 눈치?
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눈치 없다 is can not read other's intension or misread and act some weird thing. 1) A : I am thirsty 나 목말라. B : Because we ate salty food at lunch 점심을 짜게 먹어서 그래 (Here suitable answer may be "let's go ...

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What is "top (women's type of clothing) called in Korean?
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There may be no exact definition (It depends on site) 민소매 = sleeveness : We cut the cloth at arm hole 브라 탑런닝 : 민소매 hides shoulder but this use thin strings so that it shows shoulders 브라탑 = 스포츠 브라 : ...

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