Different culture in korea from USA

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Different culture in korea from USA

Postby Choyeonguk » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:45 pm

Koreans use "We, Our" a lot.
Ex) When koreans introduce his/her baby to someone.
Koreans sometimes say " He/She is our baby"
I just translated literally, But in korea that means "He/She is my baby"

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Re: Different culture in korea from USA

Postby 201020612 Jinseon Hong » Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:08 pm

We are using 'WE', 'OUR' many time.
I think that diffrence show which is more important between group or indivisual.
Korean think group more important than USA people.
but I think that's very ralative.
Maybe, If one Korean say "He is my father", many Korean will feel that he say "his father is his own".;
Where is the focus about indivisualism and groupism?

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Re: Different culture in korea from USA

Postby James Trotta » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:41 pm

Here's a related example. Try to translate "I prefer to do yoga in the privacy of my own home" into Korean. I'm told that in Korean it's hard to express that being alone is better / preferable - would you agree?

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Re: Different culture in korea from USA

Postby 200920610 OhMiRae » Sun May 15, 2011 9:53 am

I agree your opinion. Koreans frequently use 'we', 'our'.
I don't know how long we used this word, but I think It is old habit that Koreans usually tell 'we', 'our'.
So we are not feel strange that.
For example, "He is our(my) father." When speak in korean, It is not strange but when speak in English, It is very strange... :?

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Re: Different culture in korea from USA

Postby jieunjang » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:04 pm

yes ! Korean use "we,our" a lot !
So when I speak in English , I always make mistake !
Especially when I try to say 'my school' I always say 'our school' Just like most of Korean says.
I don't know why Korean people use " we, our" a lot exactly
but in my opinion, Korean people emphasis group things much more than American.

I pop up one experience during I think about this subject.
When I was in America, my english teacher asked me
why Korean people say "FIGHTING" when they want to cheer someone.
I also didn't know why
I had never thought about that before.

Is there someone know whay Korean say "Fighting" when they want to cheer someone?

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Re: Different culture in korea from USA

Postby (starbucks)Han Hye Kyung » Tue May 22, 2012 4:03 pm

I think the reason why Koreans often use 'our' or 'we' is because they think thier group as one. Koreans are usually taught to take care of other people and think their group as one. Koreans care not only themselves but other people than Americans do. This can be often seen in Korean culture such as people sharing soup in one bowl. This can be shown strange to Americans but Koreans do not feel strange about sharing one bowl of soup together with family members or friends.

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