Category Archives: Korean language and culture series

Korean language and culture series: Korean names, part 4

And so here we are with the fourth and the final installment of the Korean names subseries. The original title for Part 4 was “Sam Soon and other names Koreans find funny.” However, I decided to broaden the scope of … Continue reading

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Korean language and culture series: Loanwords

Many years ago, I first introduced Korean dramas to my Taiwanese-American friend, “C.” Of course, not knowing any Korean, she had to rely on English subtitles to watch and understand the shows. After completing two or three drama series, she … Continue reading

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Korean language and culture series: Aunty, are you there?

While burning some subtitles and Korean dramas for a non-Korean speaking friend, Bella noticed that the subtlety was completely lost with a rather simple reference of the relationship between two characters. Especially since her ever keen friend picked up on … Continue reading

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Korean language and culture series: Korean names, part 3

So this is the post that started it all. Back during my Sungkyunkwan Scandal craze, someone posed a question about Korean family names on the SKKS Soompi thread. Specifically, she wondered whether certain family names belonged exclusively to the nobility (yangban) … Continue reading

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Korean language and culture series: Korean names, part 2

We finally got the Korean names subseries going, starting with an explanation of romanization of names. To give you a tentative roadmap, part 2 will cover the basic structure of Korean names, part 3 will cover family names and origins, and part … Continue reading

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Korean language and culture series: Korean names, part 1

A reader asks: “Would you ladies consider doing a post on romanization of Korean names? For example, Im Soo Jung can also be romanized as Lim Soo Jung or Im Su Jeong. The surname 주 is both ‘Joo’ and ‘Ju’. … Continue reading

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Korean language and culture series: Hyungsu-nim vs. Jesu-ssi

In the introduction to the blog’s Korean Language and Cultures series, I posed the question, “Why do male characters in Korean dramas argue over whether to call their friend’s wife ‘hyungsu-nim’ or ‘jesu-ssi,’ when in English, they both translate to … Continue reading

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