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" 실수가 부끄러워요."

Translation:I feel ashamed of my mistake.

December 3, 2017



More literal translation: "My mistake is embarrassing" or "My mistake is shameful".


내 失手가 부끄러워요.


Shame is a big part of Korean (and Japanese) culture. The suicide rate in South Korea is one of the highest in the world, especially for a developed country. Korean bosses also use shame by criticizing their employees loudly and/or in the presence of others.


embarrassed and ashamed are not the same...


Personal view.

부끄려요 - (present tense of the verb 부끄리다) feel ashamed of, be embarrassed by

부끄러워요- (from the adjective 부끄럽다) shameful, embarrassing etc. /that makes one feel ashamed or embarrassed.


내 실수가 부끄러워요 should really be translated as:

My mistake is embarrassing.

despite the interpretation being:

I feel embarrassed by my mistake.


Point of earlier discussion verb should be 부끄릅다. I can’t find the verb 부쓰리다 in the Naver dictionary.


You meant the verb 부끄리다?

Try to search for its synonym 부끄러워하다. The two verbs may be listed together.


Agree with @BobPancakes ... isn't 'my mistake' the subject here? I remember in another sentence this exercise they used the particle 에 to indicate what they were being ashamed/disgusted by. Wouldn't 'I feel ashamed of my mistake' be more like '내 실수에 부끄러워요'?


Wouldn't this be, I am embarrased of my mistake?


same thing really


Think it depends on what the mistake was.


Why do we use -러워요 ending?


Another form of adjectivization (changing a word into adjective/adjectival verb).

N -러운요 = be N- (-ing/-ful/-some)

Here, N is 부끄, shame/embarrassment

부끄러운요 = be shame-ful/be embarrass-ing


The Naver Dictionary defines the Korean word for ashamed, shy, abashed, etc. as 부끄럽다 . Korean predicate (verbs and adjectives) are either regular or irregular verbs. Predicate that do not undergo a change of their respective stem based on the sound of the added suffix are irregular verbs. However, those predicates that undergo a change in their respective stem based on the added suffix are irregular verbs. ㅂ irregular verbs are subject to the following conjugation. When the suffix begins with a vowel ㅂis deleted and either 우 or 오 is added. Adding either 우 or오 follows standard rules. The verb in this sentence is 부꾸릅다. ㅂ is deleted and 우 is added changing the predicate to 부끄러우. After this the suffix that began with a vowel is added resulting in 부끄러워요.
부끄럽다 부끄럽스니다 부끄러워요. Source: Basic Korean, A Grammar and Workbook by Andrew Sangpil Byon, Published by Routlege 2009 (pages 151 – 157. The procedure is also detailed Korean a Comprehensive Grammar bu Jaehoon Yeon and Lucien Brown, published by Routlege 2011.

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