좌충우돌(左衝右突) – Korean 4 Character Idioms #22

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With Explanation

When we start to work for our new job, we make a lot of mistakes. Furthermore, it is sometimes recommended. They say it is better to make mistakes earlier than later because it can cause more problem if your company becomes bigger or you are in a higher place. 좌충우돌 is the word for this endless mistakes made by novices.

좌, 우 in 좌충우돌 means left and right as we learned in 좌지우지. Some of you might have heard of the word 충돌, meaning collision or crash. Both 충 and 돌 in this word mean collision. The basic meaning of 좌충우돌 is continuously hitting this after hitting that. It is used figuratively to describe people making a lot of mistakes or troubles.

Examples

귀여운 아이들의 좌충우돌 모험을 담은 애니메이션이 내일 개봉한다.
The animation about the troublesome adventures of cute kids will be released tomorrow.

작년에 이곳 농촌에 처음 내려왔을 때는 아는 것이 없어서 완전 좌충우돌이었는데, 지금은 꽤 어엿한 농부가 되었다.
When I came to this farmland, I didn't know anything, so I made a lot of troubles, but now I became a real farmer.

네가 별 것도 아닌 것을 가지고 좌충우돌 하는 것을 보니 작년 내 모습이 생각이 나서 도와주고 싶었어.
When I see your struggle with something easy, that reminded me of myself last year, so I wanted to help you.