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By now you might already know how to say ‘I don’t know’ in Korean, but wouldn’t it be great to also know how to say ‘I know’ in Korean? After all, there will be many situations where this expression could be very handy for you to know.
The infinite form of the expression is the verb ‘to know’ which in Korean is 알다 (alda). To turn it into an ‘I know’, you need to drop the 다 (da) and attach the proper conjugation depending on which level of formality the expression will be used in. Below is a guide on how to say ‘I know’ in Korean, with examples of each level.
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Formal ‘I Know’ in Korean
1. 압니다 (amnida)
2. 알고 있습니다 (algo isseumnida)
3. 알겠습니다 (algesseumnida)
The first one is the formal conjugation –ㅂ니다 simply attached to the base of the verb ‘know’, 알 (al). As part of the group of verbs with them stem ending in ㄹ, the ㄹ disappears when the ㅂ gets attached as part of the conjugation. However, as the ㅂ is followed by ㄴ, it will be pronounced with an ㅁ-sound instead. You won’t hear 압니다 being spoken much outside of presentations and equivalent situations, though.
알고 있습니다 has a very similar meaning, however with this type of conjugation you are trying to convey that you know of the topic you are currently discussing in a deeply manner. It sounds more natural to use in speech, however, than 압니다 does.
알겠습니다 can also be used as an ‘I know’ response in some situations, but oftentimes its meaning is closer in align with that of ‘I got it’ rather than ‘I know’, so keep that in mind before using it.
A: 이 사람을 압니까? (i sarameul amnikka?)– Do you know this person?
B: 네, 압니다 (ne, amnida) – Yes, I do (know this person).
A: 이 사람을 알고 있습니까? (i sarameul algo issseumnikka?)– Do you know this person?
B: 네, 알고 있습니다 (ne, algo issseumnida) – Yes, I do know this person.
Standard ‘I Know’ in Korean
1. 알아요 (arayo)
2. 알고 있어요 (algo isseoyo)
If you attach the word 잘 (jal) in front of the verb, you can really demonstrate that you know of the topic well. For example, if you want to say that you speak Korean well, just add 잘 in front of 알아요, and you’re good to go!
Also notice that when the consonant ㄹ is followed by a vowel, in this case ㅏ, the pronunciation of the letter is closer to an ‘r’ as opposed to ‘l’, whereas if it’s followed by another consonant, it will be pronounced as ‘l’.
A: 이 책을 알아요? (i chaek alayo?) – Do you know this book?
B: 네, 알아요. (ne, alayo) – Yes, I do know this book.
Informal ‘I Know’ in Korean
1. 알아 (ara)
Once you’ve become close with the person you are talking to, you can drop the 요 and speak informally like this. If you speak to a stranger or a much older person (without getting their permission) using informal words, you’ll likely offend them, but to a close friend or equivalent, they’ll be very delighted to have you use the informal version.
A: 이 영화 알아? (i yeonghwa ala?) – You know this movie?
B: 응, 알아. (eung, ala) – Yeah. I know.
And now you know how to say ‘I know’ in Korean! To further your knowledge on the verb 알다, here are some other similar usages of the word that might come in use soon.
Alternate Uses of ‘I Know’ in Korean
1. 알겠어요 (algesseoyo)/알겠어 (algesseo)
By using this word, you are conveying that you understood, aka you ‘got it’, what the other person was saying.
A: 선생님 말 이해했어요? (seonsaengnim mal ihaehaesseoyo?) – Did you understand what the teacher said?
B: 네, 이제 알겠어요 (ne, ije algesseoyo) – Yes, I got it now.
2. 알았습니다 (arasseumnida)/알았어요 (arasseoyo)/알았어 (arasseo)
Like the word above, 알았어요 also has a meaning close to saying that you understood what you just heard. In addition to that, it can also simply be used to mean ‘Okay’.
A: 나한테 나중에 전화해 (nahante najunge jeonhwahae) – Call me later
B: 알았어 (alasseo) – Okay
Now that you know how to say ‘I Know’ in Korean, go out and tell people about the things that you know!
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I’ve been stuck for a couple of weeks on how to address the things that have been going on back home. I’m from a small town outside of Dallas and, as I’m sure you can imagine, my Facebook feed has been lit up with commentary on the police shooting there. The faction that began posting on Facebook like it was their job once the police were shot were of course silent up until that point, whereas an onslaught of news about black men being shot in cold blood had been coming in for days from my friends in other places around the world.
I feel like it’s disrespectful not to address events like this, when you have an online presence. I’m operating under no illusions that I can somehow acknowledge every major issue in world news, but when something hits close to home, either back in the US or here in Korea, I do feel like continuing to post without comment is inappropriate.
But there are a couple of problems with this. The first is that the news just continues to roll in. Now we have this situation with Charles Kinsey in Miami, and I’m even more at a loss for words. The only way to properly address this stuff would be to dedicate an entire blog to it.
On the other hand, I find myself at a place I haven’t been in for a long time, which is that I am no longer interested in “reasoning” with people who are not on board with a full effort to dismantle and reevaluate the presence of the police force in the US. I am no longer willing to make calm, logical arguments about gun control, systemic racism and white supremacy. I don’t want to play nice. I don’t care who agrees. I don’t feel inclined to “be respectful of other people’s opinions”. I find it ludicrous, at this point, to try to have a conversation with people who are posting about how blue lives matter.
So I question how useful any contribution I could make to the greater discourse could be. I am, at this point, only cut out to preach to the choir. What I have decided to stop doing (and what I hope other white people will also stop doing) is not calling racism by its rightful name, no matter how offensive that is to white sensibilities. I don’t care if you’re my grandmother, an old high school friend or a neighbor from back home. I don’t feel inclined to avoid the discomfort of calling racist comments, thinking and behavior racist. That word is like a hand grenade in white society, and at this point, I’m determined to just go ahead and launch it.
I encountered a comment, about a week ago, that really set me off. My response to it was not nice, nor was it intended to be, and it caused a lot of inter-family drama. My mother was told she needs to “get control” of her daughter. I was drowning in white tears for several days. I was told shame on me, for “making things personal”. I was told my behavior was ‘beneath me’. But when I saw a white woman telling a mother of two black sons that she was “not here to be educated,” I lost the plot a little bit. Education is not the enemy, and if you see it as such, maybe just shut your mouth. I’m tired of pretending everyone has the same right to an opinion, when white Americans are raised to believe that no opinion can be wrong, so long as it is yours. Hell, you don’t even need to have an education on the subject, and god forbid it’s personal for you — firsthand experience only ever counts against you.
Other voices are important right now, because the black community is tired. They are battered and bruised, and they need white people to step up to the plate and start claiming responsibility for cleaning up the mess their own kind have made. I just don’t know how to go about doing that. In the meantime, for those who are even halfway there, I think seeking out as many black voices as possible, listening to them and holding a microphone in front of them, is a good solution. I’ve ordered two books, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson and Assata: An Autobiography, to begin with, in order to give myself a more historical framework to operate within. For many white people, this shit is current events, a lot of hoopla being stirred up by overly sensitive people cherry-picking news stories. For the black community, it is a story as old as American history, and you can’t comprehend the full scope of the thing without tracing it back through time. It didn’t start with Trayvon Martin or Eric Garner. And it sure as hell hasn’t ended there.
Once, when I was visiting a friend in Vienna, a Serbian acquaintance said to me, “You know what I love about you Americans? You have an opinion about everything, whether you know about it or not.” I laughed bitterly and acknowledged that she was right, but she said she meant it as a compliment — her country’s recent history, she said, encouraged keeping your head down and your mouth shut. Now we are 10 years further down the line, and I fear that part of our culture may be our downfall. For the love of god, embrace education. Read as much as you can. When you don’t know what to say, as I currently don’t, then listen instead. The internet exists, and the world is your oyster. Download a podcast, find a Youtube video, read a blog. You don’t need to be a member of the “liberal elite” with a degree from Yale to be curious about and invested in the experiences of your fellow Americans. You also don’t need to be the loudest voice on every subject, whether you understand it or not.
I guess that’s what I have to say for now. The sheer horror of it all keeps me from going any further.
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Freelance writer and editor. American in Seoul. I write about Korean food. I blog about all food. Last year I wrote a monthly column about traveling to different places around the country to explore Korean ingredients and cuisine. This ignited my interest in local foods and cooking, which I blog about regularly now. I also blog restaurant and cafe recommendations, recipes and some background and history about Korean food.
I belong to several KakaoTalk group chats and groups on Facebook for Expats and specifically Expat Women in Korea. Recently the topic of some gentlemen within the foreigner community being less than faithful to their counterparts has left me feeling a whole bunch of emotions. As someone who has recently dated a big ol’ phoney-bologne, I feel a sad sense of kinship with these women. I usually feel like ignorance is bliss. I would rather be ignorant to the truth and happy that someone wants to parade me around and ask me about my passions, my interests, and quite simply my day. When reading about others who are experiencing things like pregnancy and STI scares, it hit me that if I were in those shoes I wouldn’t just want to know, I would need to know.
When I was growing up in Canada we had regular sexual education classes. It always struck me as strange when the teacher would rhyme off how often you needed a Pap Smear and how often to be checked for Sexually Transmitted Infections. They’d always add “more often if you engage in risky sexual behaviour”. Isn’t all sexual behaviour “risky”? I mean, even if you are in a committed relationship now, nearly everyone has baggage. It’s important to look out for your physical (and mental) health as well as that of your partner’s.
Last Sunday I went to the KHAP – the Korea Federation for HIV/ AIDS Prevention for their Free and Anonymous HIV/AIDS & STI screening. This is available to all foreigners living and working in Korea regardless of visa status. They offer a variety of languages as well. The website is available in English, Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Indonesian, and Korean, and it states that services are available in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Korean. While they offer screenings without a reservation from time to time in Itaewon, I went ahead and booked my appointment here. I loved that it was available online (who has time for potentially uncomfortable phone calls, really?) and within a few days I had a confirmation e-mail. I booked nearly 2 weeks ahead of time, so if you’re worried and on a time crunch I would suggest you call to ensure you get an appointment.
My confirmation e-mail:
Greetings from Korea Federation for HIV/AIDS Prevention(KHAP).
This is a KHAP Seoul center.
Thanks for your reservation. It is available HIV rapid or STD testing or both.
Your appointment is at 11:40am (It is Free and Anonymous; your number is *******-06) /Please don’t be late.
(STD test available : HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Urethritis)
The test result of HIV rapid is within 20minutes, and STDs takes 3~4days later.When you need to cancel your appointment, please call or email us.
When you arrive at KHAP, please tell us your number and/or nickname. Other forms and identificationa are not necessary.
The test requires about for 30 minutes. Appointments are rigid, so please be on time.
If you have trouble finding us at the test day, call us at 02-927-4322.
Thank you for your cooperation.
You may have noticed that there’s no mention of infections such as chlamydia,herpes, hepatitis, or the other slew of potential things one might contract. There is a clinic in Itaewon which offers a variety of different packages (some inclusive of pap smears and blood drawing). The cost is high in comparison to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), but isn’t your health and your peace of mind worth it?
I found the KHAP incredibly easy to find. I walked out of Gireum Station (Exit 7) and walked straight. I crossed a bridge, passed a gas station, and was there. I had hoped to buy some water along the way as it’s typically tough to find a big enough vein with me. I donated blood regularly in Canada and always came out black and blue on both sides. Drink water before you go! Upon arrival, you’ll be presented with a paper cup and a plastic sample vial. I immediately started guzzling cup after cup of water (they’ve got a cute little corner with information, free condoms, and some candy surrounding the water cooler) and almost thought I’d be faced with performance anxiety. My veins, on the other hand, played their regular hide-and-seek game.
After the urine sample I was directed to a small room with a doctor and someone whom I believe to be a nurse or a technician (sorry guys – I have no medical background and totally let a stranger in a lab coat draw my blood). The rapid-HIV test was administered by pricking my finger and drawing blood. The results were provided within 15 minutes. Less than one full vial of blood was taken for the remaining tests. I was shown and talked through the new gloves and new syringes which were being opened in front of me. We had a rough start finding a vein, but after a couple of tries it was pretty quick and easy. After I was told that I tested negative for HIV, I was given a small piece of paper with my sample number, my alias (you use an alias when booking your appointment to remain anonymous), and that I would be able to call and receive my results over the phone after July 20th. You’ll be pleased to hear that when I called yesterday I was informed that I tested negative for everything that was tested and that “everything’s good”.
If you visit the KHAP and can afford to donate I would really encourage you to do so. This is an invaluable service for all foreigners in Korea, and I’m sure not everyone can afford this type of medical care. Let’s look out for one-another and keep services like these alive in a country where sex is both taboo and in your face (more on that as this “Sexual Healing” series continues).
If you or someone you know has been tested at another facility while living abroad, please be sure to mention it in the comments section! I can’t stress how easy it was to have this screening done and how professional my experience was getting tested for HIV & STIs in Korea.
The Coming Post-Trump Fight for the Republican Party: Out-of-Touch Reaganites vs Trumpist Insurgents
It’s the summer of Trump, so my July monthly essay for Newsweek Japan (available here) is about him. I figure if everyone else can get on the Trump gravy-train, then I can too. For my specific thoughts on Trump and Asia, go here.
My interest is because I used to work in Republican politics in Ohio in the 1990s. I interned for John Boehner and later worked for a congressman. I’ve never really thought of myself as a Democrat, but the Republicans have gotten progressively more paranoid, anti-intellectual, and belligerent in the last 15-20 years. So now I am a ticket-splitting centrist, I guess – or at least I was until Trump came along. This is the first year I skipped a Republican primary, and I think the health of the republic requires a resounding Trump defeat this fall.
Anyway, this piece for Newsweek lays out what I think is the real impact of Trumpism. Given that Trump himself will likely lose and then disappear, his real impact will be that he opened new, white nationalist pathway to the GOP nomination, while demonstrating that GOP voters don’t actually care for the dated Reaganite agenda of the party’s Washington elite. So Ryan, McConnell, Laffer, and the rest now stand revealed as the emperor with no clothes as the nativists take over. Hence the next 4 years will be civil war between entrenched but unrepresentative Reaganites, and rising, insurgent Trumper nationalists. It is not clear who will win.
From July 18 to 21, the American Republican Party will meet in Cleveland, Ohio for its presidential year convention. Donald Trump, of course, has won the Republican primary election, but he is so toxic, that he faces a possible ‘convention coup’ to displace him as the Republican candidate in the general election. This would be unprecedented. The United States has not seen a contested convention in decades.
The Post-Trump Ideological Divide
A convention fight would be remarkable, but it would only reflect the reality of a now-deeply divided Republican party. Indeed, Trump’s primary candidacy has already ignited an intra-party civil war, and that division will outlast Trump’s likely defeat in November. Trump’s nationalist message – populism tinged with racism, trade mercantilism, hostility to immigration and Islam, border control – has resonated deeply with the lower income white electorate that now makes up the majority of the Republican party voter base. Indeed, as Brexit and the rise of the National Front in France have shown, these issues reach across the West. There is a pan-Western backlash brewing against globalization and immigration, of which Trump is just a small part.
The real fight over the Republican party will begin after November’s probable defeat. Trump himself will fade. He is too old to realistically run again and too erratic to maintain a long-term presence in the party. But he has shown a new way to win the Republican primary. He has run as a white cultural nationalist, emphasizing racial, sovereign, and nationalist themes that have not traditionally been a part of polite American political discourse. The United States has never had anything like a European-style, nationalist-rightist party, and fascism never gained a foothold. But Trump has shown that a fair number of white Americans are attracted by overt racial appeals, and this path will almost certainly tempt future conservative candidates.
The Aging Reagan Agenda
Evolving into an overt nationalist party would be a major shift for the Republican party. The current Republican issue coalition dates back to Ronald Reagan’s rise in the late 1970s. The basic ‘Reaganite’ package includes three pillars: libertarian economics, a muscular foreign policy, and social conservatism. The first means supply side economics, with a centerpiece of large tax cuts to ‘supercharge’ the economy. The second is basically what we call ‘neoconservatism’ today. The third meant hostility to the sexual changes unleased by the 1960s, most obviously rejection of abortion and homosexuality, often couched in Christian language.
For 40 years, Republicans have broadly run on this agenda. But racial and cultural anxiety lurked in the background, driving far more conservative votes that Republican elites were willing to admit. When the civil rights movement released blacks from a century of segregation, a white backlash set-in, particularly in the old Confederate South. The Republican party deployed its so-called ‘Southern strategy’ to attract those disgruntled whites. For decades Republican candidates emphasized issues like black crime and racial quotas to attract votes. For similar reasons, the Republican party has attracted evangelical Christian voters hostile to Islam in years since 9/11.
Capitalizing on white nationalist cultural grievances helped win elections, but it could not be overt. The moral success of the civil rights movement delegitimized openly racist politicking. Race politics is politically explosive in a multicultural country like this US, and the Republican party increasingly needs to appeal to non-whites, who are now nearly one-third of the US population. Even Asian-American voters, whose high incomes suggest they might consider voting Republican, are put off by the right’s legacy of racism. The Republicans had to walk a fine line of attracting the resentment vote, without actually indulging its worst instincts.
The Trump ‘Revolution’
Trump’s revolution is that he dropped the hints, implications, and signaling, and ran instead as an overt white nationalist candidate. And he won! He proved that much of the Reaganite agenda has little appeal to the actual median voter of the Republican party, and that what really motivates is the (correct) perception that America is becoming less white and more pluralistic regrading women, homosexuals, non-Christians, and so on.
The Republican party appears, in its elites, to be a party of wealthy, but in fact, its voters are now primarily downscale, working and lower-middle class whites. Over the years, the Reaganite agenda meant less and less to them. They are not anti-statist libertarians. In fact, they rely on the welfare state and believe that the wealthy should pay more taxes. They are not neoconservatives either; they would like to see a more cautious use of American force. And they are not especially devout church-goers; most Americans, including Republicans, have come to accept a great deal more sexual and gender freedom, such as divorce and gay marriage.
These changes have returned the strange outcome that Republican elites today are divorced from their own electorate. They speak a fossilized Reaganite idiom with little real appeal. This explains how Trump came out of nowhere to beat twenty of other establishment Republicans in just eight months. The future of the Republican party then, will be clash between these aged Reaganites and rising post-Trump insurgents. It is not clear who will win.
Filed under: Conservatism, Republican Party, Trump, United States
If you are in a bar in Korea and everybody raises their glass, do you know what to say? Whether it is with co-workers, friends, or if you are on a date, knowing how to say cheers in Korean will help you make friends quickly and will help you enjoy your time in Korea. So raise your glasses and say…
Cheers in Korean
The word 건배 (geonbae) literally means ’empty glass’, so is similar to the expression ‘bottom’s up’.
Japanese and Chinese speakers will notice the similarities between this word and the word for ‘cheers’ in those languages (‘ganbei’ in Chinese and ‘kanpai’ in Japanese). This is because the word is based on Chinese characters. Remembering the meaning of these characters can help you learn words quickly when your Korean reaches an intermediate level.
To use this word, raise your glass in the air, say 건배 (geonbae), and clink your glass with your friend’s glass.
The word implies that you should then drink the whole of your drink, but this is not actually necessary.
The word 건배 (geonbae) is usually said by itself, rather than as part of a phrase or sentence.
If somebody says 건배 (geonbae) to you, then the correct response is simply to say 건배 (geonbae) back to them.
Cheers in Korean: Limits on Use
In British English, ‘cheers’ can also mean ‘thanks’. However, 건배 can only be used as a way to say ‘cheers’ as in ‘bottom’s up’.
Be Careful When Using Romanization
Learning how to read Korean will improve your Korean dramatically. While Romanization can have some benefits when you are just starting to learn Korean, you should try and make the transition to Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) as soon as you can. Hangeul is incredibly simple to learn, and will allow you to read signs in Korean, not to mention improve your pronunciation and word learning abilities. It only takes a couple of hours so why not learn it today?
‘Cheers’ in Korean: Similar Korean Words
This word literally means ‘for the sake of’. You may come across the 위해서 (wihaeseo) version of this word in your grammar lessons. 위하여 is used in the same way as 건배 but it is much less common, and is mainly used by businessmen, often after they have made a long speech while drinking. Students and alumni of Korea University often replace the 여 at the end of this word with 고 to make 위하고 (wihago).
This word, derived from the English words ‘one shot’, means that you have to drink your whole drink in one go. Be careful when using this word as it has been known to cause headaches the next day!
May I propose a toast?
우리의 건강을 위하여 건배 (urideulue geongangeul wihayeo geonbae)
To our health, bottoms up!
Now that you know how to say ‘cheers’ in Korean, you can fully enjoy Korea’s many bars and restaurants. Just remember, soju can be strong so don’t celebrate too much!
For Pokémon fans in South Korea, the success of the new Pokémon Go app has been bittersweet as the game has not yet been officially released in the ROK. However, people from across the country are already traveling to Sokcho, the first area where the game works due to a mapping oddity, to play the game & prepare for a time when it will be available across the country. Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with ‘Pokémon Go Korea‘ Facebook group creator & Gangnam Gamers player Wilfred Lee & EXBC live streamer Esco to hear how they & others have traveled hours to play Pokémon Go & what the experience has shown them about the game & dedication of South Korean fans.
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The most obvious thing to miss is family events. No matter how much you email and check Facebook and Skype, so many things fall through the cracks. My aunt went through a huge medical situation and I had no idea how serious it was until I visited home well after the fact and heard the whole story. That really spooked me.
While I must admit I don't miss my family as much as I feel I should (sorry mom!), my younger sister is the one who really gets to me. She's 5 years younger, at that age when she's changing so fast and learning so much about herself and the world, and I really wish I could be closer, to step back into my role of Cool Older Sister who Already Made All The Mistakes. Not that she won't make mistakes...but I could at least save her a bit of time on some of them.
I guess every decision has two sides. Huh. That sounded much deeper and more revelatory in my head. This has always been an issue for me, for as long as I can remember. I don't regret taking the road less traveled, and neither would I regret taking the road more traveled, but I get really anxious about the road not traveled. The second I choose one, I'm POSITIVE the other would have been better. If I choose to stay home for vacation, a nagging voice tells me I should have traveled. If I choose to travel, the same voice says I should have stayed home and saved my money. I'm the human version of a cat-- the moment I'm let outside, all I want in the world is to be let back in.
This is probably nothing special, but it drives me crazy, as much as I've learned to ignore it. It's a basic problem of not being able to trust myself. I don't know what I want, or maybe I'm too easily satisfied. But is being satisfied enough? Who knows.
I'm 26 now, almost 27, and while I know that that's not old any way you count it, the speed at which time passes is starting to get to me. It doesn't help that so many of my friends and coworkers in Korea who are around the same age as me are getting married and having children, and many of the people I know back home are buying houses and moving up in their careers, while I'm just sitting here...living a life that hasn't changed much in two years. Sure, I'm a better teacher than I was 3 years ago. My apartment is nicer. My Korean has improved. But to go back to a metaphor I use too often, all of this just feels like grinding for XP. I've been leveling up my abilities and now it's time to start a new questline, but I can't seem to find anyone with that telltale exclamation point above their heads.
There are all sorts of new life stages to move into. Getting married is one that a lot of people around me are doing, and while I'm certainly not ready for that, I feel a similar push to start moving toward something bigger. More and more I think that something is grad school, but that means letters of recommendation and a great deal of money and every time I think about it I feel immediately overwhelmed and end up scrolling through tumblr mindlessly for an hour. This, unfortunately, is my main response to hardship and difficulty.
I suppose the real issue here is that I hate uncertainty. Once I have a goal, I'm stubborn enough that I generally pull it off even though I'm a bit of a human tire fire with a tendency to do things wrong in new and creative ways! I guess if you fuck up enough times in a row it makes a positive? So far, that seems to be the way I've worked my way through life, but since it's gotten me this far, I guess it works. Plus I have no idea how to change.
So, that's where I am right now, older than I ever considered myself being. When you're sixteen and dreaming of a better future, 25 seems like a lifetime away. Now that I'm past that, the world is stretching out before me like an overused first snow metaphor, and I'm stuck in place, afraid to leave the wrong footprints.
For foreign travelers to Korea, reading Korean restaurant menus is one of the hardest things to do. Even though most of the Korean restaurant menus do have English names, some of them are translated word-to-word, not word-to-meaning, which ends up being translated in a disaster.
Here are some of the Korean restaurant menus that are translated “seriously wrong” that will crack you up!
If you think there’s a real bear meat in this soup, then you’re absolutely wrong! The soup, “Gom-tang”, is one of the most mistranslated names that creates a chaos among foreigners.
It is a Korean soup that is made with various beef parts such as ribs and bones. The name is supposed to be translated as ‘Beef Bone Soup’ not ‘Bear Soup’. While ‘Tang’ means soup in Korea, the very confusion comes from the word ‘Gom’ in its name, which literally means ‘bear’ in Korean. However! Gom refers to boiling a soup for a long time.
Okay, this one’s a total nonsense. A Korean local dish called “Yukhoe” is mistranslated into ‘Six Times’ when it really should have been ‘Beef Tartare’. How crazy is that?!
Well, because ‘yuk’ and ‘hoe’ are homonyms and they have two meanings at the same time, the automatic translator just literally gave Yukhoe a weird English name, ‘Six Times’.
You better read this before you go to “Gamjatang” restaurants in Korea because it’s another Korean menu that is often misunderstood!
The word “Gamja (potato)” from “Gamja-tang” often confuses foreigners because it makes you think of a yellow-colored potato soup when it is actaully a red-colored pork back-bone stew with potatoes.
This one is hilarious and for this part, no other description is needed. “Dak-ttongjip”, which is a stir-fried chicken gizzard, is mistranslated as ‘Chicken Asshole House’.
A “Dynamic stew”?! Somebody’s got to fix those automated translators seriously. “Dongtae-jjigae (Pollack Stew)” is ridiculously translated as a Dynamic Stew because the word “Dongtae” has two meanings, ‘dynamic’ and ‘pollack’. Guess the translator took only ‘dynamic’ into consideration during the process.
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Cheongryeonam Hermitage to the east of Namjijangsa Temple in southern Daegu.
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Cheongryeonam Hermitage is located east of its affiliated Namjijangsa Temple. Both are located in southern Daegu on the south side of Mt. Choijeongsan (905m). Like Namjijangsa Temple, Cheongryeonam Hermitage was first constructed in 684 A.D. by a monk named Yanggae. Both were constructed on the behest of the Silla king, King Sinmun (r. 681-692). Like Namjijangsa Temple, Cheongryeonam Hermitage was completely destroyed by the invading Japanese during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Cheongryeonam Hermitage, during the Imjin War, was used as a training centre for warrior monks. The hermitage was rebuilt several times from 1653 to 1714. Once more, the hermitage was destroyed by fire in 1806. The current hermitage structures date back to 1808.
Cheongryeonam Hermitage is situated just 200 metres to the east of Namjijangsa Temple through a beautiful lush forest. Past a hillside full of picnic benches, and along the dirt trail, you’ll finally come to the outskirts of the hermitage grounds.
The first thing to greet you, as you make your way towards the eastside entry gate, is a tall traditional stone fence. Upon entering the squeaky three door gate, you’ll be welcomed by an “L” shaped main hall, which also acts as the monks’ dorms.
To the right of the main hall is a storage shed, which is joined by a biseok statue. As to the left of the main hall, there is the hermitage’s garden from which the monks draw sustenance. It’s also joined by another storage shed.
To the rear of the main hall, and the real highlight to this temple, is the unpainted Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. The shaman shrine hall is surrounded on all sides by dense shrubs and hydrangeas. On the front side of the Samseong-gak are four fading paintings of guardians. As you step inside the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall, you’ll be welcomed by a collection of paintings dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Chilseong (The Seven Stars), and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint). These paintings are joined on the far right wall by an older, yet beautiful, guardian mural. Also, have a look at the low-lying beams inside this shaman shrine hall. In particular, look for the vibrant murals of the blue dragons.
HOW TO GET THERE: From the Daegu train station, walk about 15 minutes (930 metres), to get to Chilseong market (where the NH Bank is located) bus stop. Take the bus that reads “Gachang2” on it. After 50 stops, or one hour, get off at the “Urokri” (last stop) and walk about 2.7 km, or 41 minutes, to get to the temple. When at Namjijangsa Temple, head right while travelling through the temple parking lot. Head up a dirt road for about 200 metres until you come to Cheongryeonam Hermitage.
You can take a bus or simply take a taxi from the Daegu train station. The ride takes about 50 minutes and costs 23,000 won.
OVERALL RATING: 3/10. Cheongryeonam Hermitage is beautifully located on the southern side of Mt. Choijeongsan. The trail leading up to the hermitage is one of the more beautiful you’ll find in this area. But without a doubt, the real highlight to this temple is the unpainted Samseong-gak; and rather strangely, the tall stone wall that acts as a barrier between the outside world and Cheongryeonam Hermitage is a highlight, as well.
The dirt road that leads up to the hermitage.
The beautiful vista along the way.
The dirt road and forest as you near Cheongryeonam Hermitage.
The entry gate to the diminutive hermitage.
The main hall and monks’ living quarters at Cheongryeonam Hermitage.
The hermitage’s garden and storage shed.
The path that leads up to the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall.
A look up at the camouflaged Samseong-gak shaman shrine.
Rather uniquely, the Samseong-gak is unpainted all but for the four guardians at the entries.
One of the decorative guardians.
As well as another.
The Sanshin mural housed inside the Samseong-gak.
The older guardian mural housed inside the Samseong-gak, as well.
This blue decorative dragon adorns one of the Samseong-gak’s roof beams.
And the view from the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall.