The South Korean flag is probably one of the more immediately recognizable flags of the world. It has a very simple and easy to notice design. However, there are deeper meaning behind the colors and symbols on the flag.
The first things you might notice on the flag are the blue and red colors that make up the circle in the middle of the flag. Most of you might realize it looks like the commonly known yin/yang symbol and that’s because it is.
Korea is known for it’s animal cafes. There are plenty of dog and cat cafes around so check them out if you’re ever in Seoul.
The word cat in Korean is 고양이 (go-yang-i) and sounds very similar to another word ‘고향’ (go-gyang) which is a running joke among many Koreans. Many Korean kids who are just starting to learn Korean and form sentences often get the two confused.
Meow in Korean
If you want to describe the sound of a cat meowing, you would say 야옹 (ya-ong). It’s actually pretty interesting how Korean and all languages differ in how they describe the sound a certain animal makes.
For instance, woof woof for dogs is 멍멍 (meong-meong) in Korean which to me, sounds nothing like a dog barking. Click here for more on animal sounds in Korean.
We did a post on the solar system awhile back, but never got around to some of the other space vocabulary we intended to do. So today, we’re going to start off with just simple one. The word for ‘star’ in Korean.
The word for star is 별.
It’s a very simple and easy to remember word.
Korean like English is great in a sense that other vocabulary words that are related to one word use the same base. So for example with 별, you could use it to make other words like:
Learning the Korean colors should be one of several things you learn once you start studying Korean. It will help you a lot when you are trying to describe certain things or hear someone else describing something. The basic colors (for instance just the ones on the rainbow) are easy to learn, but there is another level to the colors in which it can get a little confusing (we may cover those laters).
For now, let’s stick to the basics.
Korean differs from English when referring to siblings. For instance with English, someone is brother or sister regardless of the person’s sex.
However with Korean, how you refer to your brother will depend on whether you are a man or a woman and your age. This is one of the very first things you will probably learn when you start learning Korean.
Women referring to their older brother: 오빠 (o-ppa)