Category : Fun Korean

Episode #65: More Konglish Problems

 

This happens often when some English words are translated into Korean by pronunciation (things like brand names or popular foods like chicken/pizza). This is called Konglish. Most of the time, the pronunciation turns into something completely different and unless you say it the Korean way, people won’t understand you.

This is one such example. If you say it kind of fast, the Korean pronunciation of the brand name Halls will sound like horse. Anyways, I’m sure i do the same thing in Korean. Don’t ask Hyo though.

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What I Hate Most About Speaking Korean

What I hate about speaking Korean

 

I’ve gotten better with saying these letters as I study more, but they are still the most difficult and annoying to pronounce for me. Especially when coupled with other letters. Sometimes I say them too strongly or not strong enough which results in confused stares from my listeners.

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Episode #46: Cuss Words Pt. 2…How Many 새끼 Words Are There?

So I don’t usually set out to learn curse words, but there are types of Korean curse words that are easy to pick up on because of the use of “새끼” (sae-kki). This is usually added onto the end of some word which turns the meaning into something bad. Alone and in good context, “새끼” can just mean a young animal.

But added to other words, it has meanings like b*stard, SOB, MFer and a wide range of others. Needless to say, I hear my students (in my all boys middle school so you can imagine how common it is to hear words…I was young once too!) say these words all the time, and there always seems to be a new one I didn’t hear before. Hyo usually refuses to tell me any new ones, but she seemed very surprised that I knew quite a few lol.

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Episode #45: 가슴도치? (Breast Something?)

I really thought I was being funny with this. I’m still learning Korean, and sometimes I’ll switch up letters for some reason. 가슴 just looked really similar to 고슴 haha. Anyways, I know the correct word now and Hyo hears it daily. Why hedgehog? She’s cute and small, yet can “stick” you if bothered. :p

 

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