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INTRODUCTION
Becky:
Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Korean Superstitions and Beliefs. Lesson 1 The Number 4 and Pig Dreams. I'm Becky and I'm joined by Jaehwi.
Jaehwi:
안녕하세요. (annyeonghaseyo) Hi, I'm Jaehwi.
THE TWO SUPERSTITIONS
Becky:
In this lesson we will talk about two common superstitions in South Korea. The first superstition is about bad luck. What's it called in Korean?
Jaehwi:
숫자 사, (sutja sa).
Becky:
Which literally means "The number 4." Jaehwi, can you repeat the Korean phrase again?
Jaehwi:
[slow] 숫자 사 [normal] 숫자 사
Becky:
In Korea, it's believed that the number 4 is a symbol of bad luck.
Jaehwi:
This is because the Sino-Korean words for "four" and "death" sound the same. We use the word 사 to mean both “four” and “death.”
Becky:
So people tend to associate the number 4 with death or bad luck. In some ways, it’s similar to the American superstition that 13 is unlucky.
Jaehwi:
Right. For example, hospitals and hotels in Korea don’t have a fourth floor.
Becky:
I heard about this. Instead, the floor is marked F. Or, when numbering the floors, they skip four and go straight from the 3rd floor to 5th.
Jaehwi:
I guess you can’t be too careful.
Becky:
The second superstition is about good luck. What's it called in Korean?
Jaehwi:
돼지꿈, (doejikkum).
Becky:
Which literally means "pig dream." Let’s hear it in Korean again.
Jaehwi:
[slow] 돼지꿈 [normal] 돼지꿈
Becky:
In Korea, if a pig appears in your dream, it means you’re going to have good luck.
Jaehwi:
Right. In Korean culture, pigs symbolize wealth and luck.
Becky:
This is because in the past, only rich people could eat pork. So let’s say I have a dream about a pig. What should I do next?
Jaehwi:
Buy a lottery ticket right away!
Becky:
Is that what most Koreans do after having a pig dream?
Jaehwi:
Yes, it’s not uncommon. I did once, although I didn’t win at the time.

Outro

Becky:
There you have it - two Korean superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Jaehwi:
안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo)

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Did you already know about these superstitions?

Thursday at 8:10 pm
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Hello Victor Hugo,

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VICTOR HUGO IBANEZ VALENCIA
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:flushed: :flushed: :flushed: :flushed: :flushed: :flushed: :flushed: :flushed: Somehow it is similar in the Chinese culture!

Tuesday at 5:31 pm
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Hi Denisse,

Thanks for posting. There is no specific order to which lesson you should access, they deal with various different parts of Korean culture and are categorised according to topic.

As for the lessons you need to study, it depends on your level of Korean studies, so you may want to try going to ‘Lesson Paths’ to find out which lessons are available per level.

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Denisse
Tuesday at 8:21 am
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OK, Im kinda confused Why in this Introduction section, do we have three options?
Culture Class: Holidays in South Korea. Culture Class: Korean Superstitions and Beliefs and Korean Culture Class?
I just want to know which one is more ‘new’… Is this one right?
And after finish this? Which one do I have to study? :D
Thanks a lot, I really enjoy all the lessons