Topic Reading-Vol.2085-12/26/2017

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Topic Reading-Vol.2085-12/26/2017

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2017/12/26 Topic Reading-Vol.2085-12/26/2017

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Why South Koreans rarely use the word “me”

Learning language isn’t an easy task. You need to learn at least basic grammar, common expressions, and vocabulary of the language. But that’s not enough. If you really want to learn a different language, you may want to think differently from your own culture because language reflects the culture and vice versa.

In Korea, they often say ‘our’ or ‘we’ instead of ‘my’ or ‘I’.” For example, someone may say, “our wife,” for “my wife.” This is confusing because it sounds like as if the wife is also married to someone else. Why is that?

It is because of their traditional attitudes of togetherness. While the English language is individualistic, Korean relationships are very much tied to collective idea.

More confused?

Enjoy reading and learning what’s important to learn another language.


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