Jihyung Kang
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Are there many (or any) sports idioms in Korean?
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There are not any 'idioms' regarding modern sports but there are some idioms regarding Korean traditional sports, such as 택견(also spelled 태껸) and 태권도. Here's an example: 딴죽을(딴지를) 걸다. To object; to ...

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Is there any other verb except 하다 that conjugates with 여?
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No, 하다 is the only verb that conjugates with 여. The reason is a bit grammatical. Think about regular and irregular verbs. Korean, just like English, has those 'irregular verbs' as well. When you ...

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Is there a name for the 시옷 in words like 오랫동안 and 어젯밤?
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It's called 사이시옷, a way to express 사잇소리 phenomenon(which itself is written with 사이시옷, btw). 사잇소리 현상 happens very frequently, with or without 사이시옷. Here are some examples with 사이시옷: 나무 + 잎 = 나뭇잎 제사 +...

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What is the reason to use 결합한 instead of 결합하는 in this case?
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Let's look at the definition of -는 and -ㄴ(boldface added): -는: 앞말이 관형어 구실을 하게 하고 이야기하는 시점에서 볼 때 사건이나 행위가 현재 일어남을 나타내는 어미. -ㄴ: 앞말이 관형어 구실을 하게 하고 사건이나 행위가 과거 또는 말하는 이가 상정한 기준 시점보다 과거에 일어남을 나타내는 어미. As ...

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What does 인 mean in 유명한 관광지인 와이키키?
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In cases like these, -인 is not a 조사, like 의; it actually is a combination of -이다 and -ㄴ. -ㄴ combines with -이 from -이다 and makes -인. ex) 내 아버지는 농구선수이다. My father is a basketball player. 내 아버지는 키가 크다....

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Help me with this "왜"
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It's exactly the same as using "why" with a coma; that is, why used as an interjection. 왜, 그 있잖아, 코 큰 사람. Why, you know, that guy with a big nose.

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Why is the Korean language sometimes called Hangul?
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You made a good point! As you've said, 한글 is only a writing system, not the language(한국어) itself. But unlike many other writing systems, 한글 was "invented" solely for 한국어, and many Koreans feel very ...

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What construction is -데 대한?
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You've asked what -데 대한 means. But it actually is '데 대한'; 데 is not a 접미사, it is a 의존명사. Also, keep in mind that 조사 '에' is omitted behind '데'. The original form should be '데에 대한'. One confusing thing ...

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What does this North Korean woman mean by joking about "ear wax" when they are about to eat?
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Welcome! The food you are referring to seems to be 편육, which really is a ham made from pig's head. It is quite popular in South Korea, and from the video I presume that it also is in the North as ...

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Meaning of 코딱지만하다
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코딱지, used figuratively, can mean something very tiny or worthless. It wouldn't be that hard to think of where this expression came from; booger really is small, and worthless. As @Klmo said above, it ...

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Use of the word 한걸요
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Welcome! The word you are trying to translate, 소중한걸요, is actually composed of three parts: 소중하-(소중하다), -ㄴ걸, and -요. It would be easy for you to check out the meaning of 소중하다, so I'll focus on ...

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Grammar: -러 가다 with 가러 가다?
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-러 conjugates with verb to specify the intent of certain 'movements'. For example, 형은 공부하러 학교에 갔다. My older brother went to school to study. 철수는 돈을 벌러 외국으로 떠났다. Chulsoo went abroad to make money. ...

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