Tuesday, August 2, 2011

남자 "namja" (man)

My first Hangul/Korean word is 남자 (namja) which means man.

I was first introduced to this word through the K-Drama: Boys Over Flowers (according to Wikipedia, the title of BOF in Hangul is "꽃보다 남자" -- notice the characters for the "namja" sound).

I didn't really appreciate the use of the word until I heard this song by one of my favorite K-Pop groups: SHINee. The song is titled "Get it" -- wow...


Credits to: from YouTube & SMTown/SHINee


SHINee's Minho uses the word in the first line of the song and I recognized it right away!

남 nam (the funky L is the n sound -- similar to the sound of n in the word now; the funky t is the a sound -- similar to the sound of the a in the word apple; the rectangular box is the m sound -- similar to the sound of m in the word money)

자 ja (the stool is the j or "ch" sound -- similar to the "ch" sound in church; and the funky t represents the same a sound we hear in the first syllable "nam" -- similar to the sound of the a in the word apple).


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