Monday, October 27, 2014

Turtle dick


A co-worker and I were talking about what kind of animals we had as pets when we were young. He said he had a sort of turtle, but that he felt "turtle" must not be the right name in English. It's not a 거북이, he insisted: this one is called 자라. So, naturally, we turned to Naver Dictionary for help

Here are the results:





Fascinating. Learned a useful new phrase today: 자라자지. "Turtle dick". The more you know.

(I sure hope he was referring to the terrapin...)
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kim Jong Pig in the Palace of the Sun


If there's one thing I love, it's cultural understanding and harmony. That's why I was so pleased to read the Google reviews for Kumsusan, the "Palace of the Sun" in North Korea were Kim Jong-un lives.

Here is a screenshot of reviews in English.




Now, let's compare those to the Korean reviews:



Some of these gems I've tried to translate below:
으이구,멋지면 뭐하냐 야 이 김정돼지야
Oooh boy, it's beautiful, and so what? You fucking pig, Kim Jong Pig.

백성들은 굶어죽는데... ㅉㅉ
Your people are starving to death, tisk tisk.

궁전은개뿔 돼지우리자나 김돼지를위한 돼지우리
Who said this is a palace, this is a fucking pig pen, Kim Jong Pig.

세계에서 제일넓은 돼지울
The biggest pig pen in the world.

동무동무~ 린민을 먹이시지요
Comrade! Feed your own people!

여기에 정은이란 돼지가 산다
Here lives a pig called Jong-un.

김돼지 ㅋㅋㅋ
Kim Jong Pig LOL

똥돼지박제실
Shit-eating pig taxidermy office
꿀꿀꿀꿀~~~ 김정은 돼지가 사는 돼지우리 ㅋㅋㅋ
Oink oink oink, pig pen for Kim Jong Pig LOL
김정일 잘죽었다 Olleh!!!
Kim Jong-Il is dead! Olleh

My heart is warmed, reading these comments. It's nice to know that in this crazy, mixed-up world, some things never change. Some things still bring us all together. Foreigner or Korean, we can all stand keyboard-to-keyboard and together, with one, strong, unified voice, attack a man not just for his crimes against humanity, but for his resemblance to pork as well. God bless us, everyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I suddenly have an appetite for 삼겹살...

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Spartan Brass Band at Bupyeong Pungmul Festival


I visited some friends last weekend and we walked through the Bupyeong Pungmul Festival (부평풍물축제). "Pungmul" is a style of traditional percussion music enjoyed by farmers in old times. It's a bit too clangy for me.

My favorite part was actually these guys:


Say hello to the Spartan Brass Band, a group from the 8th Army Band out of Yongsan Garrison, Seoul. The crowd seemed to really enjoy their fun and energetic performance. Well done, gentlemen.

Also, here's a video of the performance:

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