What kinds of questions should be on-topic here?

(Sometimes this question works well in meta if we have one simple answer per reply, and then people can upvote and downvote each suggestion).

  • I think it would be of help if we have a sample of off-topic questions also.
    – bravokeyl
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 5:34

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Questions about Korean grammar.


Questions related to Korean language and language learning related questions that can be answered with some amount of objectivity, even if there isn't a provable correct answer, and even if the questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience. This is along the lines of sites like parenting stack exchange which is another of the less 'scientific' sites.

Should I learn Hangul when learning Korean? is an example of a question I think could usefully be on-topic for this reason.

This answer is not intended to include questions entirely based on opinions, like "What is the funniest Korean word" or similar.

  • I tend to agree here. While I can understand why my "Should I learn hangul?" question was closed as too opinion-based, I kind of feel like it is a useful question regardless.
    – user12
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 21:20
  • @dotVezz I don't think it's opinion based as per the wording of the close reason - answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions. Clearly some personal experience comes into it but there are valid general points that can be made about language learning in general and hangul in particular. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 21:50

Questions about Korean pronunciation.


Cultural questions that are relevant to learning and communicating with the language.


Questions about the meanings of Korean words.


Cultural questions that are relevant to 'non-verbal communication' - for example how to hold your glass, body language, and so on.

  • I disagree with the down vote that has been given to this post. A language is not restricted to speaking & writing communication. However, I understand that questions should still be focused on the Korean language, and not the culture. (Or this should have been called Korea.)
    – Yuriko
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 11:43
  • It's hard to define criteria for a satisfactorily "on-topic" cultural question. That said, I feel it's important to find some way to do so; the how do you count korean age question is a perfect example of a cultural question that is closely tied to language. When speaking korean and talking about one's age, an exceedingly common topic in Korean, it's important to know how to do so.
    – user12
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 14:52
  • @dotVezz I guess that would be an example of a cultural question that is relevant to verbal communication - maybe that should be a separate answer here? Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 14:56
  • @topomorto oh yeah, you're right. I totally forgot this answer is for "non-verbal".
    – user12
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 14:58

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