Back when I was getting really into linguistics, I was taken by the idea of “untranslatable words” – words that represent an idea in a particular culture that just doesn’t exist in another, so it’s impossible to translate into a single other word. The Korean phrase “지켜줄게” is one such untranslatable phrase. It means something in between “I’ll protect you” and “I got your back” and “I’ll be here for you”, but not quite any one of those.
It promises trust and companionship and love and commitment.
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