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For a thorough discussion about Konglish and a downloadable shareware dictionary, visit David Kent's Discourse of Konglish. For a new page providing categorized examples of Konglish, visit Leon's Konglish Page. This page is a celebration of all the mistranslations, mispronunciations,and just plain wackiness resulting from collisions of Korean and English. This certainly includes English speakers' strange uses of Hangukmal.
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Hey All.. wow memories of Konglish..
I taught English in Taejon back in 1995 and I have many memories. I certainly remember the Pocari Sweat, and the Donkey Chicken fast food joints, but here are some of my favourite Konglish moments.
From a postcard I bought to send to my sister reads:
My favourite candies you could by at the neighborhoud shikpum, were Black Cookies and the best...."Crunky" chocolate bars.
In Taejon, don't know if it is still there, but there's "Pizza LLOYT"
which is "This Pizza Looks Like
High Supreme component Pizza
I saved the add, phone 253-5335 or 256-5335 when in Taejon. :)
Some statioinary, that has Konglish written on it send from a Korean friend reads:
"If there is a confusion in the friendship between a man a woman, it's because of multi-language from the scent of the opposite sex...."
I could write the whole thing but here are some highlights:
"Tears in each frustration space in consensus" - now that's DEEP!!
"Let's stop having the whole field to myself. Before nostalgia which will come back later Even though I may go through the painful lapse of memory"
and on and on...
Hope all those crazy waeguks are having fun. You guys take. I will be back to Korea for a vacation in January can't wait to see you again
Winnipeg, MB, Canada (Decemeber 2000)
My female friend was talking to a male classmate in her ESL class. While talking, he kept putting his hand on her arm and she felt a bit uncomfortable so she asked him politely to stop. He asked her, "How come?" She answered back, "By airplane." He gave her a puzzled expression and tried again. "How come?" Once again, she replied, "By airplane." At that, he dropped the conversation. She later on found out what it meant and laughed at herself and the situation. =0)
H E Pyun
Oh, the pencil cases! Poetry in motion sickness if you ask me. Here are two poems that were printed on two of my students' pencil cases: "Get Wind"
Spirit of her I love. Whiz to me stores of sweet visions as I rove;
here stop, and crop with me, flowers that in the still hour grew.
Strange, but I almost feel the sentiment in that one.
Untitled (or I forgot)
When you are alone think of me.
I'll always there for you
because you make me fun.
Ah, as sweet as soju.
We live in Koje and we were amused by this shop name after becoming aware just how important the brides' virginity is in Korea weddings: Hyman Weddings (bridal gown shop!)
Mike & Tash
meaning alluring often illusionary charm
In Konglish: voloptuous
On my way to Koje city, i saw the following sign at a highway rest
stop, "Terminal Bakery." Needless to say I didn't indulge.
Mr. C. H.
Seen beautifully stitched in ten centimeter high letters on the back of a jacket " You will bethe gay with the most good looks amoung your friends"
When I was mountain climbing up Mt. Soyo (1 hr by car north of Seoul) I found the following printed on a sign:
"Fairy section of a bath house"
The sign was meant to direct people to different places on the mountain. I forget the Korean original but it turned out to be just a natural "bowl" of water where legend has it fairies went down to bathe. But I joked with my Korean friend that it sounded like a bath house for homosexual people.
I hope it's funny enough!!
- David Berry, Seoul
Not Konglish, and not
meant to offend, but these are my favourite
1) Oh You-bum
One of my students came
to class very excited. She told us she had
- Phil Schroeder, Seoul
Labia (coffee shop)
Hair Virus (hair salon)
- Phil Schroeder, Seoul