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23 Cards in this Set

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갈수록 태산

Something becomes worse as time passes (literally becoming a greater and greater mountain)


Obstacle after obstacle (literally mountain after mountain)

티끌 모아 태산

Every little bit makes large amounts


Cheaper it is, you pay the price

우물 개구리

A man of narrow views


A chicken instead of a pheasant

식은 먹기

Easy job (lit. Eating cool porridge)

누워서 먹기

Easy job (literally eating rice cakes while lying down)

짚고 헤엄치기

Easy job (swimming with your hands on the bottom)

하늘의 따기

Impossible job (like picking a star out of the sky)

빠진 독에 붓기

Useless job (like pouring water into a broken jar)

가는 말이 고와야 오는 말이 곱다

If you want to hear nice words, you should say nice words

버릇 여든까지 간다

The bad habits of a three-year-old continue until you’re 80

없는 말이 리를 간다

Bad news travels fast

마기로 갚는다

A soft answer turns away wrath (literally paying debt with a phrase of word)

백지장도 맞들면 낫다

Many hands make light work (it is even better to hold a piece of paper together)

되로 주고 말로 받는다

Careless behavior may bring serious result. Karma. ( give 1 pound for 10 pounds back)

등잔 밑이 어둡다

It is darkest underneath the lamp. That which is nearest you is most difficult to see.

개천에서 난다

A dragon is born in a stream. A great man can come from humble beginnings/a difficult situation.

잃고 외양간 고친다

Fixing the cow house after losing the cow. No use crying over spilt milk.

호랑이도 하면 온다

Talk of a tiger and he’s sure to appear. Speak of the devil and he doth appear.

서당 년이면 풍월을 읊는다

Even a dog can recite poetry after three years at a school.

종로에서 맞고 한강에서 화풀이한다

Get slapped at Jongno and take out your anger at the Han River. Take out your anger on a third person.