한 수 위 – Korean Idioms #10

3 Speed Only With Explanation When someone is better at something, we can simply say that "he is better at something than her," but we can also say that "he is one step ahead of her." The same expression in Korean is "한 수 위." This expression came from 바둑, go. When you play go,

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가방끈이 길다 – Korean Idioms #9

3 Speed Only With Explanations Everyone has his or her own educational background. Some graduated from graduate schools and has master or doctor's degree, others just graduated from high schools. When you have more education, it is called "가방끈이 길다" in Korean. The opposite of 가방끈이 길다 is 가방끈이 짧다. Let's say 철수 graduated from

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일이 꼬이다 – Korean Idioms #8

3 Speed Only With Explanation It would be really great if everything goes well, but it is our dream, not a reality. We meet a lot of obstacles when we are trying to do something. When the works we are doing don't go well, it is called "일이 꼬이다" in Korean. 꼬이다 means twisted. We

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밑져야 본전 – Korean Idioms #7

3 Speed Only With Explanaitons It seems that you have to do something, but you became hesitant for whatever reason. In this case, many people try it because they think they have nothing to lose or just trying it cannot harm themselves. In this case, Koreans uses the expression, "밑져야 본전." 밑지다 is the synonym

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손발이 잘 맞다 – Korean Idioms #6

3 Speed Only With Explanation If some people get along well with each other, we say that "they have really good chemistry" in English. In Korean, it is called "손발이 잘 맞다." 손 is a hand and 발 is a foot. When we do some work for something, we use our hands and feet. So

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간 떨어지다 – Korean Idioms #5

3 Speed Only Explanations 간 떨어지다: really really startled. Because 간 here means the liver in your body, somebody was curious that the liver really drops(떨어지다) or moves when he or she is startled. It was tested in a TV show and there's no movement at all. So you don't have to worry about your

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시치미를 떼다 – Korean Idioms #4

3 Speeds Only With Explanations Meaning When somebody pretends to be innocent, or not to know something she exactly knows, we use the expression "시치미를 떼다" Origin 이 표현은 고려 시대에 유행했던 길들인 매를 이용해 새를 잡는 매 사냥에서 유래했습니다. 이렇게 길들여진 매는 인기가 많았습니다. 그래서 도둑 맞거나 잃어 버리는 것을 방지하기 위해서 매 깃털에

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손에 땀을 쥐게 하다 – Korean Idioms #3

3 Speeds Only With Explanations When the situation is risky or critical, you can feel the sweat in your palm. To descirbe this situation, Koreans use the phrase "손에 땀을 쥐게 하다." 땀: sweat 쥐다: grab word by word translation of "손에 땀을 쥐게 하다" is grabbing sweat in your palm. This expression can be

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감을 잡다 – Korean Idioms #2

With Explanations 3 Speed Edition If you start or learn how to do, or use something and so on, we say that you got the hang of it.감을 잡다 is to get the hang of it in Korean. 뭐가 이렇게 복잡한 거지? 전혀 감을 못 잡겠네.Why is it really complicated? I cannot get the hang

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토씨 하나 안 틀리고 – Korean Idioms #1

토씨: synonym of 조사, markers or endings examples: 은, 는, 이, 가, 를, etc. 토씨 하나 안 틀리고: there is no difference even in markers. If you copy, remember or speak with "토씨 하나 안 틀리고," then you do those identically, there is no differences at all. Examples 토씨 하나 안 틀리고 다 외웠네?You remembered

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