Korean Language Notes
Things I notice while studying the Korean language
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
What is a good Korean-Korean dictionary for foreigners studying Korean?
Monday, February 20, 2023
What does the Chinese word 走水 (주수) literally mean?
ANSWER: "running (走) water (水)"
So, when the Chinese use 走水 (주수) to mean "to leak" or "to flow," it makes sense, but when they also use it to mean "to catch fire" or "to be on fire," it does not make sense.
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Friday, February 10, 2023
How do the Chinese say, "I'm not in love"?
Sunday, February 05, 2023
What does 외양간 (喂養間) mean?
ANSWER: a stable
The 喂 (외) in 喂養間 (외양간) means "to feed [animals or babies], 養 means "to raise [animals or children], and 間 (간) means "a room," so 외양간 (喂養間) literally means "a room to feed and raise animals."
Strangely, however, my Korean-English dictionary does not show 외양간 (喂養間) as a Sino-Korean word, though my Korean-Korean dictionary does. And my Chinese character dictionary (옥편) does not even show the character 喂 (외), which causes me to wonder why since 외양간 (喂養間) is a pretty common Korean word.
Also, only Koreans seem to use 喂養間 (외양간) to mean "a stable." The Chinese word for "a stable" is 馬房 (마방), which literally means "a horse (馬) room (房)" or "a horse house."
And, finally," the Chinese also use the character "喂" (외) to mean "hello," at least when they answer the telephone. So, "喂" (외) is the Chinese equivalent of the Korean word 여보시오.
中國人接電話的時候,先說"喂.""When the Chinese answer the phone (中國人接電話的時候), [they] first (先) say (說), 'Wéi (喂).'"
Sunday, December 11, 2022
How do you say "ideal husband" or "Mr. Right" in Chinese?
But in Chinese, 對 (대) can mean "right" or "correct," so for "Mr. Right," I was wondering this morning why the Chinese don't just say "對先生 (대선생)," which literally means "Mr. Right."
Well, after wondering that, I decided to search for 對先生 on YouTube and found the following video. And for "Miss Right"? What about 對小姐 (대소저)?
Thursday, December 08, 2022
What is a good drinking song?
Sunday, November 20, 2022
What does 提筆忘字 (제필망자) literally mean?
Reading Chinese characters and typing them using a computer keyboard are different from writing them by hand. Writing them by hand is harder.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
What color is a good friend?
ANSWER: usually bright red, dark brown, or black
The Chinese word for "good friend" is 好朋友 (호붕우). The character 好 (호) means "good," and 朋友 (붕우) means "friend." But I have read that 好朋友 (호붕우) is also Chinese slang for a woman's "menstrual period."
Friday, July 29, 2022
Where do cows learn how to cross a river or stream?
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Who is Sofia Shkidchenko?
Saturday, June 04, 2022
What does the Chinese phrase 中菜西吃 (중채서흘) literally mean?
ANSWER: "Chinese food (中菜), Western eating (西吃)," which can translate as "to eat Chinese food in the Western way."
Thursday, June 02, 2022
What is the Chinese word for "lunch"?
Monday, May 30, 2022
Besides "teacher," what does the Chinese word 先生 (선생) mean?
她每天給她先生做早飯 (타매천금타선생주조반)"She (她) everyday (每天) for (給) her (她) husband (先生) makes (做) breakfast (早飯)."
And here is me just being silly:
Friday, May 20, 2022
What is the Chinese word for "flattery"?
Because in China 屁 (비) is also used as an abbreviation of 屁股 (비고), which is the Chinese word for "butt," though it literally means "farting (屁) thigh (股)." That suggests that the Chinese consider the "butt" to be part of a person's thighs, the farting part.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
What is the Chinese word for "tiger"?
兩隻老虎 (양척노호), 兩隻老虎 (양척노호)Two old tigers, two old tigers跑得快 (포득쾌), 跑得快 (포득쾌)Running fast, running fast一隻沒有耳朵 (일척몰유이타), 一隻沒有眼睛 (일척몰유안정)One of them with no ears, one of them with no eyes眞奇怪 (진기괴), 眞奇怪 (진기괴)Very strange, very strange
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022
Why would the Russians be mining cemeteries in Ukraine?
Thursday, May 12, 2022
How many Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 76 days?
ANSWER: 26,650 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 76 days. That averages out to about 351 dead Russian soldiers for each day of Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
- Russian soldiers killed: 26,650
- Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 1,195
- Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,873
- Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 534
- Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 191
- Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 87
- Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 199
- Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 161
- Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 2,019
- Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 13
- Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 398
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
How many Russian soldiers have been killed in the first 75 days of Putin's invasion of Ukraine?
ANSWER: 26,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 75 days. That averages out to about 347 dead Russian soldiers for each day of the invasion. If this rate of death continues, there will be 126,533 Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine on the 1-year anniversary of the invasion.
Sunday, May 08, 2022
How many Russian soldiers in Ukraine will see their mothers again?
ANSWER: I don't know, but 25,500 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the 73 days since Putin's army invaded there, so they will definitely not be seeing their mothers again. That averages out to 349 dead Russian soldiers for each day of the invasion.
- Russian soldiers killed: 25,500
- Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 1,130
- Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,741
- Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 509
- Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 179
- Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 89
- Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 199
- Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 156
- Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 1,961
- Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 12
- Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 360