March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day: The Many Faces of Pi in Korean

Yes, it’s true, 3.1415 (etc.) has its very own day. What does a person with an interest in the Korean language do to celebrate the day of pi? Glad you asked!

English:
symbol for pi

 

 

Pronounced the same as:
slice of a pie

But in Korean pronounced:

 

 

 

 

And meaning:
A red-colored drop

 

 

피 (blood)

 

Or:
A blue-colored drop

 

 

비 (rain, sometimes Romanized as bi, but sounding a whole lot like 피).

April 15, 2012

Why I Don't Like Korean Romanization

Korean Romanization is the spelling out of Korean words using the English alphabet. Here are three reasons why I don’t like Korean Romanization:

1). There are too many Korean Romanization systems.

tall stack of booksWikipedia lists six widely used Korean Romanization systems! I recently purchased a Korean/English dictionary which was not satisfied with any of them, and made up yet another system of its own. They are all different, and you can’t always tell which one you are looking at when you view a Romanized word. This is a real problem in online searches, and MORE…