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
Byeong Hun An - US Amateur Champion
Last year, it was Korean Kiwi Danny Lee who broke Tiger Wood’s 14 year record of being the youngest golfer to win the United States Amateur Golf Championship. This year, An Byung-Hun (also spelled Byeong-Hun An) decided 18 years and one month was too old for the prestigious event which has bred professionals Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and recent PGA winner Ryan Moore (from my hometown of Puyallup). High Schooler An was 17 years when beating Clemson University Senior Ben Martin 7 to 5. Continue reading
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My roomate Devin Nowroski gave some of the best advice to me the other day about working out, your food intake and not being misled about the misconception that running for example equals more energy or that you lose weight via traditional methods. I’ve been running about 5-6 kilometers 2-3 times a week, but still feel my gut getting bigger or less “thinner.” I do have to admit I’ve been reducing my stomach and back exercises a bit recently, but Devin’s advice still is some great stuff I don’t ever want to forget.
I pointed him to an article here on Time magazine which points out that exercise doesn’t necessarily mean that you lose weight. The writer actually argues the contrary.
“Thanks for sending the article. It was an interesting read. The author was not entirely inspiring though. I feel like the average person who reads it could be less inclined to exercise all together, which is not really ideal. The point they are trying to make is fine, and correct in my opinion, but not giving enough info to the reader. Stuff like that makes me angry. Continue reading
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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“Korean teenager Park In-bee holds the U.S. Women’s Open championship trophy after finishing at 9-under for a four shot victory. At 19, she is the youngest ever champion of the U.S. Women’s Open.”
I watched this Gyopo girl when she was in her teens dominating the Jr. circuit. She now has achieved greatness already at 19 years of age. Korean Americans and Koreans have been dominating the professional womens’ tour for quite some time and In-Bee Park adds to the list of winners. Continue reading
My golf season is over … along with Tiger Wood’s 2008 season
Actually, I never had a season. I haven’t even lifted a club for 2+ years, but I feel like my golfing season is over…
Seriously, I just wrote a post about how I watch golf periodically & when I do, it’s rarely interesting unless Tiger Woods is in contention. However, I just read an article today identifying the legend will miss the rest of 2008 to knee surgery hopefully fixing a torn ligament in his leg. In the recent U.S. Open golf tournament on his way to winning it in 91 holes, he was seen grimacing and in pain for many parts of the tournament. It’s now apparent why he was in so much agony during the win. Continue reading
I don’t play much at all these days — especially since it’s too expensive here in Korea. However, I used to play more golf than I would spend time doing most things during the day.
The world of professional golf is an interesting one to say the least — at least to people like me. The most familiar name in and outside of golf is Tiger Woods. He’s dominated the sport unlike any other. He is literally the epitome of what the ultimate athlete could be for any sport. Continue reading
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The Korea Times, the nation’s first English daily, turned 57 on Nov. 1, 2007. The TOP 10 Series will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these moments of the past. Current and former staff members of the oldest English daily selected the Top 10s through internal meetings, online surveys and advice from outside experts. If you have differing opinions, let us know by email (email@example.com).
Korean War (1950-53)
The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops invaded South Korea, crossing the 38th parallel, the line dividing the two Koreas. Continue reading
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