Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Answer to the Question and Korean Names

What are the three most common family names in Korea?

The results are as follows:
  • Kim, Park, Chow 0 (0%)
  • Park, Honda, Lee 0 (0%)
  • Kim, Lee, Park 3 (60%)
  • Lee, Park, Chen 0 (0%)
  • Kim, Park, Cho 2 (40%)
  • Shin, Lee, Kim 0 (0%)

The correct answer is Kim, Lee, Park. Chow and Chen are Chinese and Honda is Japanese. This information comes from Tongku Lee in his book Yes, You Can Learn Korean Language Structure in 40 Minutes! Kim is the most common family name in Korea. In fact, in one of my classes, there are 12 students and six of them are Kim. In Korean, the family name comes first. A person's name can be two, three, or four syllables, but most are three. The first syllable is the family name and the last two are the given name. It is impolite to call a person by just his/her given name unless that person is younger than you or is a child. You call a person by his/her full name or by his/her title and family name. Women do not change their names when they get married. The children have their father's family name.

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