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Don't lean (on the railing)! The word for "to lean" in Korean is "기대다." When it's dangerous to lean on a railing, banister or door, you will often see a sign like the one above. In English, the object, i.e, that which should not be leaned upon (ㅋㅋ), would have to be stated for the sentence to sound natural. In Korean, however, just saying, "Don't lean" is common and accepted. Just as in English, the Korean verb for "lean" can be used metaphorically. In K-pop lyrics, it's common to hear something like "기댈 곳/사람 없다" (I have nowhere/no one to lean on). When you need a shoulder to cry on or a person you can depend on, you can say, "기댈 사람이 있었으면 좋겠어요" (lit. I wish I had someone I could lean on.) #studykorean #korean #hangul #seoultrip #한글 #learnhangul

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