Foreign pronunciation woes

July 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In Korea, I would try to be my polite Canadian self and hold doors open for people. Koreans, who have a tendency to all rush at doors at the same time, seemed to find this holding a door open for a person thing, at best, confusing and at worst it alarmed them. “Why is that big nosed foreigner letting me go before him? Is he going to stab me with an HIV infected needle when I turn my back?”

Mostly, however, they just didn’t even know what you were doing or understand the subtle body language of “oh, that person is slowing and and positioning himself to hold the door open for me, so I’ll move my body in a slighting different way to get through a door that’s about to be held open for me.”

Anyway, I learned to say “Please, after you” or “please go first” which was something like “munja ga seh yo”. Great. So for a couple years I’d say “munja ga seh yo” as I held the door open for a person. I still got curious looks.

One day my Korean GF heard me say “munja ga seh yo”.

“What are you trying to say?”

“Please, go first.”

“Your pronunciation is so bad you sound like you’re saying ‘Please, let me touch you.'”

That explained the funny looks.




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