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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Are Korean food names too hard for foreigners?



Article: 'Tteokbokki, Sundae'... can foreigners be expected to read the menu?

Source: Joongang Ilbo via Naver

Article debates whether Korean food names should be kept romanized or given a different English name ('samgyupsal' vs 'pork belly') to make it more accommodating for visiting foreigners in time for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

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1. [+4,001, -101] Can't it just be written how it's sounded? And add a short explanation of what the dish is at the bottom. 'Tteokbokki' is 'tteokbokki', I'm not sure what else we could call it?

2. [+3,031, -47] You're dumb if you think foreigners tour countries to eat foods based on how easy it is to say it. 'Tom yum kung' is not considered one of the top three soups of the world or a must have for tourists in Thailand just because it's easy to say.

3. [+2,676, -54] Don't give our food weird English names and promote them as is with their Korean names

4. [+2,528, -38] What's wrong with selling the food as they sound? Isn't it weirder to change the names?

5. [+2,233, -92] Well it's not like foreign countries have any menus in Hangeul. At least Korean menus provide pictures. I'm sure whoever's hungry enough will figure it out for themselves.

6. [+305, -11] Why can't we just keep it Korean? Why should we have to all 'kimbap' 'Korean sushi'?

7. [+239, -1] We don't call pizza 'Italian dough cakes', we call pasta by its original name like 'linguine'.. It's better that we just keep the Korean names and provide an explanation for the dish. We should not be renaming Korean foods to English names. Look at Japan.. nobody calls ramen 'ra noodles', and everyone calls 'sushi' as 'sushi'.. why should we give up?

8. [+215, -3] We all live in an age with smartphones, I'm sure foreigners can bring a translator and figure it out. Other foreign countries aren't as accommodating. We live in a global world, you should be expected to educate yourself before visiting another country.

9. [+179, -5] You think you're given an English menu in Italy? Or France? Or anywhere in Europe? If you're going to a foreign country, you should be expected to at least know the basic food culture and the popular restaurants beforehand

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