유비무환 – Korean 4 Character Idioms(사자성어) #1

3 Speed Only With Explanation We always meet some problems in our daily lives. Those problems sometimes make us think "I should have prepared it before." The very first 4 letter expression is for this situation. It is called "유비무환," meaning "If you are thoroughly prepared already, then you don't have to worry about it

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한시름 놓다/덜다 – Korean Idioms #29

3 Speed Only With Explanation It would be great if we have nothing to worry, but we all know that it is impossible. It is really hard for us if we are almost dying from some anxiety. However, it feels really awesome, something that makes us worry is gone. This is called "한시름 놓다" or

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하나부터 열까지 – Korean Idioms #28

3 Speed Only With Explanation Everyone makes mistakes and there are always something wrong and right in a work or a project, but sometimes we find things that are entirely or completely wrong or right. In this case, Koreans use "하나부터 열까지" to describe this entirety or completeness. As you all know, 하나 means one

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김칫국을 마시다 – Korean Idioms #27

3 Speed Only With Explanation You assumed that someone will do you a favor or give you a present, but that person didn't even dream about doing that. However, you were sure about your idea and acted like that it is already done. This situation is called "counting chickens before they are hatched" in English,

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티가 나다 – Korean Idioms #26

3 Speed Only With Explanation There are some cases or situations that someone wants to hide something such as from some objects like small jewelry, electronic applianes to her emotions like happiness, fun, sadness, frustration, etc. She tried to hide everything, but sometimes we feel or know that she is trying to hide something, and

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따 놓은 당상 – Korean Idioms #25

3 Speed Only With Explanation If getting something is too easy or apparent for you, it is called "따 놓은 당상" or "떼어 놓은 당상" in Korean. 따다 means pick or pluck, and 당상 is a high level government post in Joseon Dynasty. 놓다 is to take it down. So, "따 놓은 당상" means "The

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맥이 풀리다 – Korean Idioms #24

3 Speed Only With Explanation After you take a test or give a speech or do whatever makes you nervous, you feel suddenly powerless or out of energy because all of the heavy burden you had to carry was gone. "맥이 풀리다" is the expression to describe this situation. 맥 originally means stem or stream.

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만에 하나 – Korean Idioms #23

3 Speed Only With Explanation They say that it is less than 0.01% to win a lottery, but something that hard happens in reality and sometimes there are many winners. To describe that low and tiny probability in Korean when you suppose somthing, the expression "만에 하나" is used. 만 here means 10,000 and 하나

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속이 상하다 – Korean Idioms #22

3 Speed Only With Explanation When you feel sad or upset, it feels like something is burning or troubling you inside. Today's expression "속이 상하다" or "속상하다" came from this symptoms. The basic meaning of 속 means inside so 속 in "속상하다" means your heart or internal organs and 상하다 means "to get some damage,"

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사족을 못 쓰다 – Korean Idioms #21

3 Speed Only With Explanation If you like something so much, and you can admit that you are addicted to it in some level, then you will try to get it whatever it takes or do it even if it is really hard. "사족을 못 쓰다" is the expression used for this situation. 사족 means

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