Anonymous
Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificKorea · 2 months ago

Should I get a Korean name?

I’m a 15 year old girl and my family and I are moving to South Korea in a years time. I’ve been told that it would be a good idea to get a Korean name (only first, I would keep my last name) as the “ph” sound that my name starts with does not exist in Korean, however I don’t want to be seen as a Koreaboo or someone who mocks Korean culture as I’m white. What should I do?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Don't actually legally change your name.  If your real first name turns out to be hard to pronounce for Koreans then choose a nickname that is easy for them to pronounce. For example, introduce yourself using your real name but then say something like "... but you can call me _________". 

    These videos may help:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poJu2NYVmOo

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      (good advice)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8uJU0DlK3M

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9y0705Nfk

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    I went to high school with two brothers from Hong Kong. Their "first" names were both meaningless in English and hard to pronounce. They took Charlie and Larry as western nicknames. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No. You should not get a Korean name. Keep your own name.

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