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    Korean Symbols

    Anyone know the Korean symbols for the following words or where i can find the symbols:

    Strength
    Honor
    Perserverance
    Courage
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    By "symbols" do you mean the Korean phonetic translation (Hangul) or the Chinese characters (Hanja)?

    Or do you not know the difference? I didn't know Korean was phonetic until, like... this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwoww
    By "symbols" do you mean the Korean phonetic translation (Hangul) or the Chinese characters (Hanja)?

    Or do you not know the difference? I didn't know Korean was phonetic until, like... this year.

    the characters is what i meant...like the characters to the right of this post on the bullshido page...i couldn't think of the word....please excuse my ignorance...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwoww
    Or do you not know the difference? I didn't know Korean was phonetic until, like... this year.

    And no, i don't know the difference...

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    Nah it's cool. I don't know them myself...

    Strength: 实力
    Honor: 荣誉
    Perseverance: 毅力
    Courage: 勇气

    that's what Google (English -> Simplified Chinese) gave me, but there's no Chinese -> English so I can't crosscheck it or anything. I guess we'll just have to wait for Errant or someone equally versed in Asian languages. It's probably horribly wrong, anyway.

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    I found an English to Hanja dictionary online (Declan's Korean Dictionary 1.1) and this is what I got:

    Strength: 強大 ("strength"), 力 ("strength, power"), 強力 ("great physical strenght, power, might"), 內剛 ("inner strength"), 人力 ("human strength"), 自力 ("one's own strength"), 體力 ("physical strength/stamina"), 剛氣 ("fortitude, strength of character"), or 剛斷 ("the strength of one's mind").

    Honor: 榮光 ("honor, glory"), 榮譽 ("honor, distinction"), 體面 ("honor, prestige"), 名譽 ("glory, honor, fame, reputation"), or 右 ("right, right side, honor").

    Perseverance: 忍耐 ("patience, perseverance, endurance"), 毅 ("perseverance"), or 忍耐心 ("patience, perseverance").

    Courage: 膽力 ("courage, pluck, nerve"), 勇 ("courage, concentrated effort"), 膽略 ("courage and resourcefulness"), or 勇氣 ("bravery, courage").

    So as you can see, the difference lies mostly in connotation, and as such you should probably either ask someone who knows the language or, slightly less preferable, pick the one with the connotation you like best.

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    I must have a setting on my computer that doesn't let me see the characters....all thats coming out for every character are square blocks....you wouldn't happen to be fluent in computer language also? LOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by new2tkd
    I must have a setting on my computer that doesn't let me see the characters....all thats coming out for every character are square blocks....you wouldn't happen to be fluent in computer language also? LOL...
    What's your operating system?

    If you have WinXP:
    1. Open up the Control Panel
    2. Dig out your Windows XP installation disk.
    3. If you're in Classic mode (white background) open up "Regional and Language Options." If you're in Category mode (grey background) open up "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options" then go to "Regional and Language Options."
    4. Go to the "Languages" tab.
    5. Check "Install Files for East Asian languages." (might as well do complex script for good measure)
    6. Follow the on-screen directions.

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    Thanks....i got it now....

    so how does this work? Korean characters used Chinese characters? Trying to learn something here....thanks for the help

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    Korean uses Chinese for names and such, but things like those they'd actually use Hangul.
    They'll often use Chinese for like names on documents, sometimes martial styles etc, but most things now are in Korean other than those, and simplified Chinese isn't.

    Strength = 힘 (heem)
    Honor = 명예 (yong yoeh)
    Perseverance = 강인성 (kahng eem jong)
    Courage = 용기 (yong gee)

    If it's on certificates, I'd ask a local Korean native on which would be more appropriate, and older one ;p.

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