In today’s Word of the Day, we will take a look at how to say “sky” in Korean. For this, we use the word:
(in Hangul: 하늘)
Haneul translates perfectly to English so it’s just a matter of memorizing the sound and spelling and you’re good. On top of just being a word, Ha-neul is a rather popular name in Korea and is directly taken from the word “sky.” The interesting thing about this name is that it is a pure Korean word and not a Sino Korean word like most names. Wikipedia has a well-written article about the name Ha-neul if you wanna know more.
haneul-eul nal-da (하늘을 날다)
= to fly in the sky.
haneul-i mak-da (하늘이 맑다)
= the sky is clear.
haneul-e goo-reum han jeom opsoyo (하늘에 구름 한 점 없어요).
Did you know that the most prestigious universities in Korea are known as the SKY universities? The SKY universities are, as the name sort of implies, the top universities in South Korea. More specifically, Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University. Take the first letter in those name and you have an acronym. But to a Korean, they are so much more than just universities. Generally speaking, from birth until high school graduation, school and education is the single most important thing in a Korean’s life. It is not a myth – Koreans value education higher than anything else. Well, except family of course. Why? Because education is not only the key to a successful future, it’s also necessary to avoid the diametrical opposite. So how do these universities come into the picture? Get accepted and you’ve won the game of life. Needless to say, you need pretty damn good grades to get into one of these.
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By: Kimchi Cloud
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