오늘의 속담

공자 앞에서 문자 쓴다.

Literal meaning: Writing Chinese characters in front of Confucius.

What it is really trying to say: Don’t try to best the expert in the field. 

3 Responses

  1. Could you please explain what is the difference between 속담 and 관용어?

    • 속담 refers to proverb(s), which are sayings / sentences that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience, and are often metaphorical.

      관용어 is an idiom, which is a phrase made up of a combination of words that alters its literal meaning, e.g. “pulling your leg” can mean pulling someone’s leg (literal), or can mean joking around with someone (figurative).

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