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Translation:First birthday

October 24, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SvedishPlumber

The hint says first birthday and this is a unit about days/calendar and yet it says the translation is rock?

I think something is amiss here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CF00l

돌(乭) is rock for sure. Not sure if this helps, but the 돌 in this case, is from 돌다 (to spin around). Because time and seasons are circular, after a year you come back around to that day. Back in the days, it used to be written as 돐, which is how they still spell it up north.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Birte198348

Some words can mean multible things. They usually have a diffrent character in hanja.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avanade

Sadly it seems one has to deal with hanja if one wants to become an advanced level in the Korean language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiKomprenasVin

People really don't use hanja, so you can get really far by just differentiating them based on context. Unless you want to go into an academic study of Korean, you really shouldn't need to learn it.

However, if you're also considering learning Japanese or Chinese, it may be worthwhile since there's a lot of overlap.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgeWang64

Agree, you can get away with knowing zero Hanja. Ironically, 돌 meaning either stone or first birthday are both native Korean words but with different etymological histories.

Many people who reach the intermediate level or above find learning a bit of Hanja helpful. Even though one has to memorize how to recognize some new characters, many say it becomes a payoff (saving time overall), due to roots/connections. I guess it depends on the person whether or not this ends up being helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbunPang

돌 can mean either "first birthday" or "rock, stone", it's just two words of different origin that happen to look the same in modern language (like English "sea" and "see" happen to have the same sound). It was probably the "first birthday" meaning that caused it to be included in this lesson and then somebody rightly complained that the translation "rock" is also correct. I don't know why you got corrected though; "first birthday" was accepted for me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JennyAntho2

Honestly im reallt confused


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avanade

For words as this, you just need to memorize rather than trying to figure out why. lol

돌 = stone or 1st birthday

for 1st birthday, people usually say 돌잔치(돌+잔치, 1st birthday + celebration/party) rather than 돌


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MinniMoose

Dont over think it. This app gives additional meanings and synonyms under each word. The meaning changes with context. That's all


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gshsiyang

이 돌이 그 돌이 아니잖아!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prathmesh640285

I write "stone" that was correct


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaak869302

Some words can mean multiple things and you can figure out what it means by context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/journeyond

It should be corrected to 'first' as 'rock' isn't even on the list of words to choose from.

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