Korea’s incredibly proud of it’s figure skating champion which many forms of media have spelled her name “Kim Yu-Na” or “Kim Yu Na.” However, as it would be phonetically pronounced when reading the name from the west, people are calling her “Yoo-Na” which I think she’s probably gotten used to by now.
Her name in Hangul is “김연아” which if you want to be more accurate in pronouncing her name correctly, her name is pronounced “Kim Yeon-Ah” as the characters are spelled out.
However, this has been an age old problem with Korean people pronouncing words in English and for English speakers to pronounce Korean names spelled in English, but are Korean. For example, the surname “Cheh” or “Chae” is spelled “Choi” instead because the Korean characters which make up the last name actually are combined to sound like “Choi” if you separate the characteres “ㅗ” and “ㅣ” which represent the sounds “Oh” and “Ee.” Continue reading
I was about to complement my mom recently in how perseverant she was with our family over the years. It’s one of the reasons why our family is successful. Without her perseverance, I definitely wouldn’t have many of the opportunities I have now along with my Dad’s hard work — have never seen someone work harder in my life. These two are a testament at what two people who were never a match from the beginning and even up until now can do in an English speaking country without strong English skills.
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Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days. For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading
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originally published here: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2007/12/123_16197.html on 12-26-2007 17:08
Spoken English Becomes Important for Jobseekers
By Ryu Jin
“No more TOEIC scores! Show your skills with your tongue!’’
It will be of little use to gain high scores in such noted English proficiency tests as TOEIC, TOEFL and TEPS for jobseekers seeking a position at the country’s large business groups from next year, unless they have a good command of spoken English. Continue reading