Friday, December 19, 2008

Seasons Greeting: Christmas Holiday Korean Language Mini-lesson

Seasons Greetings

As the holidays approach, you may wish to greet your Korean colleagues with:

Sae hae bok man i ba deu say yo! (Seasons Greetings)

(I will modify the Romanization for easier pronunciation). Hint: Break the greeting into: sae hae bok mahne bah deu say yo

In South Korea , the government recognizes Christmas as a public holiday. Christians, who make up about 30% of the population, celebrate the occasion as a religious holiday. Like in the West, both Christians and non-Christians may engage in some holiday customs such as gift-giving, sending Christmas cards, and setting up decorated trees. Children have embraced Santa Claus, whom they call Santa Grandfather.

Sae hae bok man i ba deu say yo! works well both in person, in a card, or an email. It is a common
seasonal greeting into the new year.

For those wanting to send someone Merry Christmas use: Sung tan jul chuk ha. In person, "Happy Christmas" is

On behalf of myself and Bridging Culture Worldwide have a happy holiday season!

Sae hae bok man i ba deu say yo!


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