두말하면 잔소리 – Korean Idioms #20

3 Speed Only With Explanation Someone asks you something but that was asked before. What you said at that time is absolutely correct, so you don't want to say more about it. You want to make her sure what you told her was true. Then, you can use the expression "두말하면 잔소리" in Korean. 두말하다

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그림의 떡 – Korean Idioms #19

3 Speed Only With Explanation 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

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사람을 만들다 – Korean Idioms #18

3 Speed Only With Explanation We are not alone. We are affected by and affect others. There are many good influences and others are bad. To give someone a good influence and make him or her a better person is called "사람을 만든다" in Korean. 사람 is a person or a human, 만든다 is to

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미역국을 먹다 – Korean Idiom #17

3 Speed Only With Explanation There are many tests in the world, and we have to take them. After we take the tests, the results come out, sometimes we pass, in other times we fail. 미역국을 먹다 is the expression Koreans use to describe the failure in the tests. 미역 is seaweed and 국 is

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뒤통수를 치다 – Korean Idioms #16

3 Speed Only With Explanation In many stories, there is at least one person who betrays the lead character, even though the lead character trusted him. In this situation, what the traitor did is called "뒤통수를 쳤다" in Korean, and the main character is "뒤통수를 맞았다." 쳤다 is the past tense form of 치다, to

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어림없다 – Korean Idioms #15

3 Speed Only With Explanation If someone does something ridiculously hard, then you might say to her "that's impossible." In Korean, "그건 불가능해" is possible in this situation, but if you want to say it with an idiom, you can use "어림도 없다" as well. The expression 어림없다 has been used for more than a

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내로라하다 – Korean Idioms #14

3 Speed Edition With Explanations If you are good at something, you can be proud of that. Today's expression "내로라하다" came out from this pride. 내로라 means "It's me." "내로라" is an old way of saying "나야" or "접니다" in Korean. "하다" here is used for indirect speech. To add them all up, "내로라하다" means

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정곡을 찌르다 – Korean Idioms #13

3 Speed Only With Explanations If you want to drive in a nail with a hammer well, you should hit the top of its head. If you miss it, you cannot drive in your nails. From this situation, the expression "hit the nail on the head" came out. This is used when we want to

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애가 탄다 – Korean Idioms #12

3 Speed Only With Explanation If you want something really much or you want something to happen so much, then you are anxious to do something. In addition, the word, anxiety is used as a synonym of worry. In Korean, there is an idiom for anxiety and worrying, it is called "애가 탄다." It sounds

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둘째 가라면 서러워하다 – Korean Idioms #11

3 Speed Only With Explanations We always want to get the first place, not the second. It is really good if you are at the first place. But there are some sad situation that you were moved to the second from the first for some reasons. Then, you might feel sad or humiliated. Today's expression

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