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Is there a korean proverb/idiom "호박씨(를) 까다"
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1) 그는 뒤로 호박씨 깐다 He does something in people's back When we do together something, then we must share our feeling. But when someone do something behind which is bad for us or for a fixed man, for ...

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Passive voice with -게 되다
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In sample, 기록됐습니다. 열려졌습니다. are more correct. After 1950, Koreans are in a contact to English so that we are accustomed to Korean translation of English passive sentence. For instance, 지루하게 됐다(He is ...

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Can I use the term 형제 to describe both male and female siblings?
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형제 is brothers. And it has an another usage : All children (=형제자매=brothers and sisters) 1) 자넨 형제가 어떻게 돼 ? What is your brothers and sisters ? 저는 다섯 형제 중의 장남입니다. I am oldest among five children. 2)...

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1) I heard that if I am a single (i.e., not having a girl friend), I had to eat black noodles today. 2) 저는 그 국수를 제주도에서 먹었고 이제는 공지전 1번지로 가요. 아 이제 ... I ate it on Jeju Island. And now I will go to 공지전 ...

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Why would you ever use -에서?
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Usually 에 means 'state' : The money is in my pocket. 그 돈은 내 지갑에 있다. And 에서 means 'activity' : I used to eat a meal at home. 나는 집에서 밥을 먹곤 했다. I live in Seoul city. 나는 서울에서 살고 있다. Lastly, 에서는 means '...

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What does 사자 in this picture mean?
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사자 : an errand boy or a messenger Here we can view a king as God's messenger. That is, king speaks God's opinion.

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Can you help me fix my translation of 조금 걸리기는 했지만?
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1) 나는 가끔은 그의 두려워하는 눈빛이 조금 걸리기는 했지만 Even though sometimes his scared eye weighed on my mind a little, 2) 그 용의자 한테서 이상한 거라도 발견 했어 ? = 걸리는 것 있어 ? Did you find a strange point on the suspect ?

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What is the meaning of 겉껍데기?
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껍데기 : strong material enclosing inner material 굴 껍데기 oyster shell 학교는 선생님이 떠나자 빈(empty) 껍데기가 되었다 Our school becomes a shell when he leaves. 껍질 : material enclosing inner material 사과 껍질 apple ...

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Translation for "...걸려 나올 미끼..."
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Let's make a bait, which makes it possible that all 에시페르 hiding at several places would be taken (under a trap) and be came out. Consider this sentence : When we do not translate bold, then 미끼를 만들자, ...

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Help me to translate this: "살림 만렙 안뜰살뜰 깔끔쟁이 우렁이와 바쁜 일상 속에..."
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살림 housekeeping 만렙 best level 안뜰살뜰 is a mimetic word representing 'extremely frugal' 깔끔쟁이 a neat and tidy man 우렁이 a pond snail @There is a Korean traditional story telling 'a pond snail-wife ...

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Silencing 는 of 만나는 in rap to 만난? When is it okay to silence parts of a word without changing meaning?
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To me, it sounds like 만나는 날, when I have a high concentration. I believe that I want to hear as 만난날, because 만난날 does not stimulus a lot of my pronunciation-muscles In CreativiTimothy's comment, a ...

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What is the meaning of 헛짚기?
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헛 false 짚기 picking up 헛짚기 = 헛 다리(leg) 짚기 Usually, when there are a sequence of events, a success rate of our choice is close to a half. But unfortunately, someone picks wrong choice in almost ...

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Help to translate "No matter how difficult and hard something is, I will always be positive and smile like an idiot."
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Google translation is good : 아무리 어렵고 힘든 일이라도 나는 언제나 바보처럼 긍정적이고 웃을 것입니다. No matter how difficult and hard something is (그것이) 아무리 어렵고 힘든 것임에도 불구하고 I will always be 나는 언제나 ~ 일 것이다 positive and ...

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What is being said in this audio clip?
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뭐 하는 거야 도대체? 특별 보도 지침 내려 What do the medias (or the press) do ? Send a special broadcasting-guideline to them. The government controlled the content of broadcasting so that each press fulfilled but ...

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Why does ㄴ sometimes sound like ㄷ (first position), such as in 너의?
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This question is frequently asked by many beginners of Korean language. In short, Korean consonants contain a lot of sounds : 네 [ne] = yes. Native English speaker may say 네 when his tongue is in the ...

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What is being said in this short audio clip? (4 seconds)
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1) 정신 좀 차려, 좀. ……한테도 짤릴 뻔해 놓고 @In clip, 좀 sounds like 쫌. Please, snap out of it. You almost was fired. 2) As far as I know, "resilient" is a positive point. Here 잘났어, 정말 is "you are something else"...

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Does Korean pronunciation sometimes differ in singing / rapping compared to spoken language?
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I believe that this question may be on music : After skill man recorded singer's song, I suspect strongly that he may give an influence on the recording. (1) To me, 치게 is chige. When I listen "잘할게" (=...

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In 걱정하지, why does the first ㅈ sound like ㅊ?
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Roughly, almost rule on pronunciation is to find "easy pronunciation way" When we pronounce 걱정 [걱정], 김밥 [김밥] (gimbap; making a rice roll in dried laver), it is stressful. Hence we have 걱정[걱쩡], 김밥[김빱]...

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Why is the Korean name 이 often Romanised as 'Lee'?
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1) Note that there are Ye, Yi, Lee, Rhee etc for family name 이. But 98 percent use Lee (cf. user17915's answer) China : 리, Korean-writing : 리 and English : Lee is changed into China : 리 and Korean-...

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Present progressive
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For a present progressive, in my thought, 고 있다 is one of typical ways. I am asking 나는 질문하고 있다 @ exception : I know 나는 알고 있다. Hence honorific form is : Others are asking 다른 분들은 질문을 하시고 계신다.

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In the pronunciation of 잘할게, the 할 sounds likeㄱ+ㅏ+ㄹ, and 게 sounds like ㄲ + ㅔ, and I'm confused
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Consider a word of the form (consonant + vowel + consonant-a)(consonant-b + vowel + ...) 1) Here we have difficulty in pronouncing consonant-a so that we mix a,b or strength b For instance, 국밥(...

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How do say and spell "Epiphany" in Korean
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Epiphany is said as 에피파니. In general, people do not use this word, except in a religious context. 1) It is a birthday or appearance (생일 또는 출현) : My epiphany is 19th Dec. 내 생일은 12월 19일이다. Sometimes ...

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What does "어정쩡" and "어버버" in EXO Tempo Lyrics
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어버버하다 : When someone speaks falteringly (더듬거리다), then we have a difficulty in understanding. In my thought, 어버버 is more serious state. 1) 그의 말은 어버버 하게 들린다. His talking sounds like 어버버. 2) 나는 ...

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Korean words for "damp"
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축축하다 adjective damp weather 축축한(=습한) 날씨 My back is damp with sweat 등에 땀이 축축하다 @습하다 : be a state containing small water. It is commonly used in describing things like weather. Air is humid so that ...

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how I can say I am dizzy in korean : 자꾸 어지러워?
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Recently, he is bothering me for money frequently. 요즘 자주 용돈을 달라고 한다. Today, he is bothering me for money repeatedly. 오늘따라, 자꾸 용돈을 달라고 한다. @자주 is used to describe the character and 자꾸 is used to ...

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How come 네 and 아니다 are different "parts of speech?"
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1) 아니요, 네 are exclamations in opposite position 2) 아니다 is adjective. 철수는 학생이다. Chulsoo is a student. 철수는 학생이 아니다. chulsoo is not a student. @ 이다 has a variation like a 아니다 : 학생이지만 공부를 안한다. He ...

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Is there an opposite expression for 괜히?
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1) When someone participates the party, then he can say : 잘못 왔네 (I have wrong level) : For instance, the party is only for women, or one blames him. That is, he can not find his goal 괜히 왔어 (I have ...

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How can I use 신스틸 하다?
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1) 신스틸하다 = 간지 폭풍 = 미친 존재감 = To dominate a performance through charisma, humour or powerful acting 2) 신스틸 = noun 3) I do not know whether Koreans use this in normal life. But if I try : 오늘 미팅 어땠냐 ? ...

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Is it true that Koreans might sometimes be cautious about actually saying the verb in a sentence?
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I will add some to previous answers and comments : 1) Not host in given situation : Sometimes, one dislikes a duty in a present situation. If there is a group of going to eat, then one of clarifying ...

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Addressing someone on the street you have never met and who is of ambiguous age
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The problem is difficult for me, too. I add more on Michaelyus's answer (When I was twenties, I use 저기요 but nowadays I use avoiding personal pronouns) As I observe Koreans (who knows Korean culture ...

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