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K-Talk Tuesdays: What’s Your Name?

Hey guys!

Hope you haven’t missed me too much! Hell month (aka exam/assessment month) is drawing to a close meaning that in two weeks from now, I will no longer be a full time student! Woo! This means only one thing – I can dedicate more time to this blog! Yay!

I have decided that K-Talk Tuesdays will now only happen every second week – otherwise I’m going to run out of material real quick!

So by now you’d know your Hangul and some popular Korean expressions (Pt. I & Pt. II), but let’s go back to the basics now because you’re going to need to know this phrase if you’re going to want to make any friends in Korea.

What's Yo Name?

Your other option is to be a socially awkward turtle (like me) and pretend to know someone’s name for weeks on end and just hope someone says it in front of you or you find it over Facebook. (True Story)

So in order to avoid awkward situations such as the above, this is how you say:

What’s Your Name?

Just some quick info on Korean culture – Korean’s usually ask for names using formal language. Otherwise, informal language is more than acceptable in everyday conversation. When asking for names, it is okay to use the informal form when speaking to someone younger than you.

Before you even ask for someone’s name you want to get their attention and you’ll do this by either saying Joesonghamnida (Jwae-song-ham-ni-da – ‘I’m sorry’) or Sillyehamnida (Shill-ye-ham-ni-da – ‘Excuse me’).

Excuse me miss girl. 😉

You’ll then go on by asking for their name by saying:

Seonghami eotteoke doeseyo? (Formal Polite form)
(Song-ha-mi ot-taw-kae dwae-sae-yo)
성하미 엍터게 되세요

or, alternatively

Ireumi mwoeyo? (Informal Polite form)
(Ee-rum-ee mo-ae-yo)
이름이 뭐에요

And that’s pretty much it. Once again I will reiterate that the formal polite form is used most often when asking for names, otherwise you can use the informal polite way when asking someone younger than you, or if you’re asking your friend’s friend.

To make your sentence sound even smoother, you can add the word “but” in between your ice breaker and your inquiry into their name. “But” in korean is “man” so if you wanted to say “Excuse me but what is your name?” You’d say “Sillyehamnidaman seonhami eotteoke doeseyo?”

Anyway, that’s all for this week. I’m pretty sure that’s right. Haha! If there are any mistakes, please feel free to correct me. 🙂

안녕~!

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K-Talk Tuesdays: 내가 제일 잘 나가

Welcome to the first edition of K-Talk Tuesdays!

This week’s phrase is:

내가 제일 잘 나가   –   Naega Jeil Jal Naga   –   I am the Best

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since about July last year, you’d know where I got this phrase from. If not, check out the video below:

BamRaTaTaTaTaTaTaTaBeat

At the time I’m writing this post, 2NE1‘s “I am the Best” video has had over 34 million views on Youtube.

So why did I choose this phrase? Because why not??!! I was going to start off with something boring like “Annyeong” which means “Hello” but I’m sure if you’re reading this blog or have access to the internet you already knew that.

Anyway, it’s just such a catchy song and I’ve heard (K-Pop influenced) people using the phrase in colloquial conversation. I mean, I’ve slipped it into conversation with my friends here and there. It’s such an easy phrase to use! For example:

*Gets 100% on an exam*
“Naega Jeil Jal Naga!” 

*Scores some tickets to a sold out concert*
“Naega Jeil Jal Naga!”

*Wins at life*
“Naega Jeil Jal Naga!!!” 

Obviously, the phrase was made popular by 2NE1 when the song and video clip came out on June 27, 2011, and even more so when the second mini album came out in July 2011.

I'm a massive fan, can't you tell?

Anyway, I hope you’ve liked your first taste of K-Talk. If there are any particular words or phrases you’d like me to check out and write about next week, let me know in the comments below!

Annyeong~!

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K-talk Tuesdays

As I was tossing around in bed ten minutes ago pondering slumber, I decided that my blog needs more pizzazz. More shine, vitality and vivacity!  (I totally looked up pizzazz on thesaurus.com)… So besides just boring you with my new saving methods in each post I think I’ll start writing about more Korea related things (which I’ll figure out in the coming weeks/days/whenever).

But for now, without further a due, I present to you….
*drum roll *
“K-Talk Tuesdays” !! (*Taaadah!!)

Each Tuesday I will write about new Korean words/phrases/jargon/whatever (in turn helping me learn Korean in time for February 2013)!

Starting next week, the 28th of February 2012! Set your alarms and pencil it in your diaries!

Annyeong~!

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