03-19-2012, 12:44 AM
I see. Right, there is no v, f, th sound in Korean. So, we use b-sound which we think the closest to v.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
03-19-2012, 08:09 AM
The story of how the Korean alphabet, the hangul, was developed is inspiring. The prevailing story is that King Sejong the Great wanted his scholars to develop a simpler writing system so that more people could learn to read and to write. The existing system, based on Chinese, had thousands of symbols and could be learned only by people who had a lot of leisure time (in other words, mostly the nobility and professional scholars) and, of course, access to tutors. With the hangul, literacy could become more widespread. I think that earlier in this century, there was actually a national holiday to celebrate the founding of the hangul. Any country that celebrates its alphabet is impressive to me!
Originally Posted by cosmos
YuNa's show sounds wonderful! I'm deeply jealous of Korean skating fans.
03-19-2012, 12:42 PM
I heard almost the same version but about the Japanese writing system. When they imported Chinese characters, very soon they understood how uncomfortable and unnatural the system was for the Japanese language, that is not similar to Chinese at all (grammar, pronounciation, etc.). They could change the system, adopt it. But they didn't. Precisely because they wanted to keep the education with the status of something previliged, for VIP only. If it's true, that sounds awful. The later created kana was used mainly for grammar purposes, while the main vocabs of the language were in kanji. Well, the current reality is that 12yo graduaters of elementary schools can't read newspapers. Basically, they are still illiterate. I am happy (and envious) that foreigners in Korea don't have to waste so much time to become literate as we have to do in Japan . Btw, in Russia we too celebrate the alphabet, like in Korea: Slavonic Literture and Culture Day in May. It's not a public holiday, banks are open, but the celebration events are huge and colorful. Used to be in a new city every year. From 2010- always in Moscow.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Last edited by let`s talk; 03-19-2012 at 12:45 PM.
03-19-2012, 02:14 PM
That's interesting about the Russian alphabet holiday. Of course the Russian Cyrillic alphabet was also an invented alphabet, so there's a point in history that can be marked as its beginning. Who knows exactly when the Greek, Phoenician, Hebrew, or Arabic alphabets were codified. An alphabet-based writing system is a huge advantage for a language, because its small number of symbols makes literacy more universally accessible--to foreigners as well as native speakers, as you point out. Another advantage is the way alphabet letters fit on a keyboard.
I also hear that in Russia and other nearby countries, the first day of school is a huge celebration, with everyone wearing his/her best clothes, people bringing flowers to the teacher, and speeches. (My Bulgarian friends say that this it true in Bulgaria as well.) We Americans could learn a thing or two from that custom.
03-20-2012, 05:43 AM
Long live the Queen!
03-23-2012, 02:24 AM
She will perform two new exhibition programs to All of Me (Michael Buble version) and Someone Like You by Adele.
Yu-Na and David Wilson at press conference
New TV commercial for ProSpecs (sportswear)
04-04-2012, 01:16 AM
04-05-2012, 10:10 PM
Yuna is so pretty- and is the face of ? how many Korean products?? Yuna drinks beer? I am kind of surprised, as I didn't think alcohol sales fit with her image. HMM. It would be so great to see her show. She has a great lineup of skaters as usual.
04-06-2012, 04:51 AM
04-06-2012, 07:34 AM
She is endorsing 8 companies right now.
Originally Posted by skateluvr
Beer is considered for thr young in Korea and that is why the company hired her.
04-06-2012, 08:08 AM
Thanks for photos and links. Yuna is a busy young woman. She is looking fabulous as usual.
I am looking forward to seeing her new programs!
04-06-2012, 09:13 AM
leave no stone unturned
Yuna looks awesome in the ad, every year she grows she looks better and better and you didnt think it would be possible to look even prettier than before, I ve lost count of her advertisment she has done, I remember her young one with lolipops and her being in the nature, is there somewhere that all are gathered together?
04-06-2012, 10:28 AM
Thanks for the links! YuNa looks splendid. I especially like the jewelry ads. One of them (I think it's the fourth one down in the jewelry section) used a very different pose and dramatic lighting to make her look especially glamorous.
Last edited by Olympia; 04-06-2012 at 10:31 AM.
04-11-2012, 09:11 PM
New video pieces:
Hite 'Ice Point' (beer) 15s commercial #2
Making film for J. Estina photo shoot
Samsung Smart AirCon "Q" 15s commercial #4(?)
All That Skate Spring 2012 TV spot for the MBC broadcast of the last show (6 May)
04-11-2012, 09:23 PM