The word for tiger in Korean is very similar to the word for cat, 고양이 (go-yang-i).
The animal itself has a lot of cultural importance and history in the country. If you watched the Olympics in Pyeongchang this, year, you saw that the mascot was a white tiger.
White tiger in Korean = 백호 (baek-ho)
The tiger in Korean folklore is said to be the country’s protection. Some even think that the country (North and South together) resembles that of a tiger. The tiger has long been admired for its fierceness and bravery.
Long ago, tigers could be found all over the Korean peninsula. However, there are nonexistent except for some rumors that a few still exist in the DMZ.
Also in the Korean zodiac, if you were born in the years 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, or 2010, then your zodiac animal is the tiger.
The sound a tiger makes in Korean is 어흥 (eo-heung).Remember that romanization is only a tool! Try not to depend on it too much and try learning the Korean alphabet and how to pronounce the letters properly and you will have a much easier time learning.
Some great books to get your started are Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language and Become a Hangeul Master: Learn to Read and Write Korean Characters
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