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I'm a complete beginner in Japanese. I was trying to analyze this sentence here, but I'm not sure at all about the correct translation.

韓国たのしみすぎって話!

How would you translate this? "Talk that Korea is too much fun!" ?

話 is the verb, why is it not conjugated?

Should I interpret って as indirect speech particle, or colloquial topic marker?

Why たのし instead of 楽しい?

みすぎ means "too much", should I view this as a noun?

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    Here's a hint: You're parsing it wrong. It is (韓国)(たのしみ(すぎ))(って話). – istrasci Apr 4 '18 at 19:17
  • if you provide a bit of context I may be able to help. Is this a reply to a question or something like that? – Felipe Oliveira Apr 4 '18 at 20:13
  • @istrasci ignoring (って話) for a moment, maybe something like "enjoy Korea too much" ? I need help with って話, maybe って is quotative? – vap Apr 4 '18 at 21:12
  • @FelipeOliveira Sorry this was a one-setence post I saw some time ago on social media, don't have context really. – vap Apr 4 '18 at 21:13
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  • 楽しみ in this sentence means "is going to be fun", "can't wait", etc. 韓国が楽しみです means "I'm looking forward to (visiting) Korea".
  • すぎ literally means "too much", but in this context it's a bit slangy way of saying "soooo", "super", etc.
  • This って is a colloquial equivalent of という. I think you have gotten this right.
  • ~って話だ or ~という話だ in this context is an exclamatory expression used to emphasize your feeling. Semantically it's like "you know (what)". See: Meaning of どんだけお人好しなんですかって話ですよね

So the whole sentence just means "You know what, I'm soooo excited about (visiting) Korea!"

  • Thanks! Looks like I was at least able to get the gist of it in my answer below:) – vap Apr 5 '18 at 1:38
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After some research I am (sort of) confident that たのしみ = 楽しみ should be translated with "looking forward to". Translating すぎ as "too (much)" we get

"too (much) looking forward to" as in "very much looking forward to"

All in all, I am picturing a situation where a group of people is waiting for their flight to Korea and they're talking about how much they're excited for the trip.

Talk(ing) about so looking forward to (visiting) Korea!

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Correct, って is a semi-colloquial connector if you will. In Japanese って is used in place of と nowadays in a colloquial way. と and って are used to refer/accent the action that follows. For example, 勉強しろって言われた - I was told to study. The って in this case refers to the 言われた - was told. Normally the professional way of saying that would be 勉強しろと言われました but among friends or family people usually revert to 勉強しろって言われた.

I don't know if that helps but here's hoping lol

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    I think that って here means という rather than と. Your examples have the verb 言われる, but the OP's example has the noun 話. – snailboat Apr 5 '18 at 0:57
  • My mistake, という would be what it's replacing. But either a verb or noun, the って being a colloquial conjunctive particle (or dependency marker) referring to the action/topic of the sentence would still stand no? – Josh Apr 5 '18 at 1:23
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    the って being a colloquial conjunctive particle... -- The って is a 格助詞(case particle), not a 接続助詞(conjunctive particle). The case particle って has two meanings: ①引用を表す/quotative (≂と), ②同格を表す/appositive (≂という). (sources: 明鏡国語辞典 and デジタル大辞泉) Your post explains #1, but the って in the OP is #2. – Chocolate Apr 5 '18 at 1:54

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