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January 12, 2009

The top searches on this blog for the day are:

michael j blog korea teaching english
dating americans
korean cultural differences dating
sound of english korean
how to pronounce i want to eat in korean words

I don’t know who Michael J is, but if one of my readers does, and he has a blog, leave a comment and we’ll clue this searcher in.

Gotten a couple searches for “dating Americans” and “korean cultural differences dating.” It would be interesting to write a post for Koreans who were interested in dating Americans, but that would be a long post, as there is a lot to cover. If you really want to see a full-on comparative cultural analysis of Korean and American dating, leave a comment and say so and I’ll do my best.

“sound of english korean” is a bit ambiguous. The person who searched for “how to pronounce i want to eat in korean words” has searched for this term on my blog a couple times now, so I’ll try to help. Dear reader, I’m not sure if you want to see this written phonetically, in Romanized script, or in Hangul, so we’ll do it all.

muh go ship uh yo / meogosipeoyo / 먹고 싶어요  There’s no pronoun necessary, and so I didn’t include it. If you need the pronoun, it is “na noon” (with the “oo” pronounced like “good,” not like “moon.”) / na neun / 나는, and it precedes the rest of the sentence. This is speaking informally. If you need to say it to someone higher in status or a stranger, then say “je noon.”

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff permalink
    January 13, 2009 1:43 am

    As someone who is married to a Korean woman (10 years) perhaps I could help you with the whole “dating an American” (I would say dating a Foreigner or Westerner would be a better title by the way) comparative analysis/essay.

  2. January 13, 2009 8:11 am

    I’m American, and I can’t assume that dating culture is the same from one Western culture to another as I haven’t done the research to confirm that.

  3. Jeff permalink
    January 14, 2009 3:23 am

    There will be differences from one Western country to another of course. That is an excellent point.

    But being Canadian, I think we can find a few comprarables between US and Canadian dating cultures.

    Also, and as a side note, research is not the only tool available to discuss culture and differences/similarities. Experiences of people in said cultures and dating people from other cultures is also a very valid tool no?

  4. January 14, 2009 8:22 am

    Experiences of people just happens in their own heads, until someone notices and writes it down, and at that point, we call it a case study, hence it is still research, just more qualitative in nature. A rookie mistake is to generalize qualitative data (i.e. You read a paper that says out of 100 people in Widgetstan surveyed, none of them eat blueberry muffins for breakfast, and then you say “My wife is from Wigetstan and she eats blueberry muffins for breakfast, ergo, that research is weak or incorrect.”).

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