Start Learning Korean in the next 30 Seconds with
a Free Lifetime Account

Or sign up using Facebook

How Old Are You?

Learn more about the community and how they are learning Korean and about Korean. Do a little listener-to-listener chit chat. Keep it civil, and everything else goes.
austinfd
Expert on Something
Posts: 251
Joined: October 9th, 2007 2:36 pm
Location: Portland, OR
Contact:

Postby austinfd » October 30th, 2007 5:04 pm

Good explanation.

I came to Korea being 24 (US age) so I got off of the plane and was 25 (Korean age). Then a few months later, in January I was already 26 (Korean age) before I even really turned 25, since my birthday is in February.

And age is of course a big thing here. You can be certain that when someone is introduced for the first time to a group, or when meeting new friends, people ask what year you were born. If affects your social status.
Image

I'm making some videos!: http://www.youtube.com/user/austinfd

Susisusita
New in Town
Posts: 10
Joined: October 9th, 2007 4:48 am
Location: Spain

Postby Susisusita » October 31st, 2007 5:14 am

Oh, haha, so, then I'm supostly 15, right?? 'cause i was born in January (the 4th) :)

Thank you!!!

Get 55% OFF 24-Month Premium
steved
Expert on Something
Posts: 211
Joined: August 16th, 2007 2:18 am

Postby steved » October 31st, 2007 9:47 am

Congratulations! You just gained a year! At some point adding years becomes less attractive...

Susisusita
New in Town
Posts: 10
Joined: October 9th, 2007 4:48 am
Location: Spain

Postby Susisusita » November 1st, 2007 3:42 am

Hahah, really, why? xD

aznwannabe135
New in Town
Posts: 11
Joined: November 15th, 2007 7:29 am

Postby aznwannabe135 » November 15th, 2007 7:37 am

13

Zolarius
Been Around a Bit
Posts: 21
Joined: August 17th, 2007 10:07 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

Postby Zolarius » December 1st, 2007 2:02 pm

17 years old.

17 still, according to the Korean system.

Ulver_684
Expert on Something
Posts: 128
Joined: August 14th, 2007 7:41 am
Location: 뉴욕
Contact:

Postby Ulver_684 » December 3rd, 2007 12:56 pm

Zolarius wrote:17 years old.

17 still, according to the Korean system.


Zolarious! :wink:

Really? I'm 23 American age, 24 Korean age! 8)

Zolarius
Been Around a Bit
Posts: 21
Joined: August 17th, 2007 10:07 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

Postby Zolarius » December 3rd, 2007 1:22 pm

I think I was right. Having just turned 17 in September, and with the New Year still less than a month off, I think I'm also still 17 in Korea.

The range of ages isn't as widespread as I would have thought. I guess this is a reflection of the generation that knows about podcasts?

JockZon
Expert on Something
Posts: 106
Joined: August 13th, 2007 7:21 pm

Postby JockZon » December 8th, 2007 8:49 pm

This means that I would be 20 next year in korea before I turn 19 in April 8) That's awesome. Everyone wants to be 20 in Sweden haha.

austinfd
Expert on Something
Posts: 251
Joined: October 9th, 2007 2:36 pm
Location: Portland, OR
Contact:

Postby austinfd » December 8th, 2007 10:06 pm

Exactly...

As of today I am 25 in the Western world, 26 in Korea. In just a few weeks, I'll be 27 here And then a few weeks after that, my US age will catch up by a year - I'll be 26.

Crazy, huh? Could make for an interesting brain twister.. how can you age 2 years in the span of a couple weeks?
Image



I'm making some videos!: http://www.youtube.com/user/austinfd

Keith
Expert on Something
Posts: 314
Joined: August 21st, 2007 12:08 am
Location: New York City
Contact:

Postby Keith » December 10th, 2007 10:49 am

just for some quick information about age, apparently, the Japanese also counted one year in the mother's womb as 1 year of your life. But they no longer do that.

I wonder if the Chinese did that as well? Anyone know?

And if you haven't listened to it yet, there was a culture class on age!
http://www.koreanclass101.com/2007/11/2 ... ass-4-age/

Brakenjan
Been Around a Bit
Posts: 16
Joined: October 26th, 2007 7:32 pm

Postby Brakenjan » December 11th, 2007 8:22 am

I'm sure its more about the nth year of your life you are in than how old you are, logically.

holdfast
Expert on Something
Posts: 337
Joined: December 15th, 2007 12:45 pm
Location: NYC

Postby holdfast » December 17th, 2007 3:55 am

i was born in 84. i will leave it at that, it's easier than age (:

Taliana
Established Presence
Posts: 80
Joined: November 14th, 2007 10:45 pm
Location: England
Contact:

Postby Taliana » December 19th, 2007 4:07 am

24 ^^ or 25 in Korean age, 26 soon ...

maxiewawa
Expert on Something
Posts: 114
Joined: August 20th, 2007 9:54 pm

Postby maxiewawa » December 19th, 2007 8:08 am

http://www.benross.net/wordpress/?p=148#comment-9758

An interesting post on this topic! I'm 25, 26 and 27.


Return to “Listener's Lounge (청취자들의 공간)”