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Money and English

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대박, 쪽박

‘대박 나다’는 ‘Make a killing on’ 입니다.

‘쪽박 차다’, ‘무일푼이 되다’는 ‘Lose one’s shirt on’입니다.


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June 1, 2018 at 2:07 am

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Time and English

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  • 시침: Hour hand / Short hand
  • 분침: Minute hand / Long hand
  • 초침: Second hand

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April 29, 2018 at 11:18 pm

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I’m so into you, I can barely breathe

“Into You”, Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande


[Video 1. ‘Into You’ 출처: ArianaGrandeVevo]

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April 16, 2018 at 12:04 am

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Repeal, Scrap

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법안이나 규칙을 폐기/폐지하는 것은 ‘Repeal’ 혹은 ‘Scrap’입니다.


The FCC has voted to repeal Obama-era Net Neutrality rules that regulate equal access to the internet in a 3-2 vote.

CBS This Morning Facebook


The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content.

‘F.C.C Repeals Net Neutrality Rules’, Cecilia Kang, The New York Times, December 14, 2017

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December 16, 2017 at 12:51 am

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Volcano and English

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‘Volcano’. 중학교 시절 언젠가 외웠을 영어 단어. 지금까지 영어로 대화하며 써 본 적 없었을 단어 중 하나다. 어느 날, 아이가 유치원에서 이 단어를 배워 왔다. 덕분에 아빠도 오랜만에 영어 공부를 하게 되었다.

Pixar의 단편 중 “Lava”라는 작품이 있다. 무슨 뜻인지 찾아볼 생각도 하지 못했다. 이번에 화산 관련 단어들을 살펴 보다가 ‘Lava’가 ‘용암’을 의미한다는 것을 알게 되었다. 아이 덕에 배운다! (내 설렁설렁 영어 공부 때문이기도 하다.)


[Link 1. ‘섬들의 사랑]


[Video 1. “Disney Pixar’s Lava – Clip 1” 출처: Disney-Pixar YouTube Channel]


활화산, 휴화산, 사화산

‘활화산’은 ‘Active volcano’, ‘휴화산’은 ‘Inactive volcano’ 또는 ‘Dormant volcano’다. ‘사화산’은 ‘Extinct volcano’ 또는 ‘Dead volcano’다.


관련 Vocabulary

  • Crater
  • Emit tremors
  • Eruption
  • Explosion
  • Extinguish
  • Evacuation
  • Magma
  • Raise volcano alert to the highest level
  • Relocate
  • Volcanologist

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December 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm

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Traffic and English

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  • Bumper to bumper
  • Congestion
    • Congestion charge
  • Lane
    • Carpool lane
  • Traffic
  • Traffic death
    • Reduce traffic deaths
  • Traffic jam


Traffic Light

  • Traffic light
    • Green light
    • Yellow light
    • Red light


The lights are at red / yellow / green.

The light turns red / yellow / green.


‘Green light’와 ‘Red light’는 허용과 금지를 의미하기도 한다.


We can meet our security imperatives without giving a green light to dictators who abuse universal human rights.

‘Joe Biden: Reclaiming America’s Values’, Joe Biden, The New York Times, September 14th, 2017



  • Driving
  • Drunken driving



  • Curb
  • Drive above 40 m.p.h
  • Speed bump
  • Speed camera
  • Speed limit
    • Exceed speed limits
    • Violate speed limits



  • Flats
    • Have flats
  • Parking
    • Parking lot
  • Spare
  • Vehicle

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November 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

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도움이 많이 되는 영어, EiK.



It did not let viewers down. 실망시키지 않았다.

Terrestrial TV 지상파 TV

It kicked off the renaissance in modern Television.



getting back on track

keeping an open mind

to avoid the conflict of interests

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October 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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