Korean Netiquette Graded FThats the headline of a Dong-A piece today. Most Koreans give there fellows in Cyber space a failing grade regarding politeness on line. More:
In particular, the respondents of the survey selected “insults, including abusive language” (57.4 percent), “personal information leakage” (47.9 percent), and “defamation, including the circulation of false information” (35.6 percent) as typical anti-netiquette acts. Those surveyed picked the “sex trade in cyber space” (19.4 percent) and “cyber sexual harassment” (15.3 percent) as the first things that should be eradicated as well.
I comment on because of something that happened me me recently. I have lived in Korea for six years now, and have not learned Korean fluently despite various attempts. Further I am now stymied since I have learned enough day-to-day Korean that most learning tools are overly formal and incongruous with my daily life.
One language tape taught me a phrase first off I have NEVER heard in Korea. Considering its import, you would think you would hear it a lot. That phrase "ChiLaeHamNiDa" (my romanization is likely wrong) means "Excuse Me", again a phrase I have never heard in six years in the country. I also got a good laugh when they discussed how to say "no" in Korean. Anybody here long enough can tell you there are two basic ways to say "No" in Korean. One way is to loudly suck air through your teeth making a "sssssh" sound, that means "No, but maybe". Second is to loudly sound out "Ah-ssssssh" which means "definitely no".