그림의 떡 – Korean Idioms #19

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Let's say there is a picture of your favorite dish, but you cannot eat it, because it is a picture.

There are many things in the world like that. You really want it, but you cannot have it or do it for some reasons. This is called "그림의 떡" in Korean. 그림 is a picture or a drawing. 떡 means rice cakes. 그림의 떡 means a rice cake in a picture.

Similar expression in English is "pie in the sky."

Examples

구글 드라이브를 쓰고 싶은데, 회사에서 보안 상의 이유로 못 쓰게 한다. 정말 그림의 떡이다.
I want to use Google Drive, but my company doesn't let me because of the security reasons. It's a pie in the sky.

새 컴퓨터가 갖고 싶은데 돈이 없다. 완전 그림의 떡이다.
I want to get a new computer, but I don't have any money. It's completely a pie in the sky.

그림의 떡이라고만 생각하지 마. 계획을 세우고 이루어 나가면 가능한 일이야.
Do not think that it is just a pie in the sky. Make a plan and accomplish it one by one, and you can make it possible.