I’m visiting my parents right now while he stays in Sydney for work.
I did an interview with Ahn Junghyun for the radio program 1013 Main Street yesterday which will be on the show today at 11:30am. You can listen on the website or on the smart phone app.
I was a bit worried I sounded very incoherent because I had an echo on the phone meaning I could hear myself 1 second after I spoke, which was distracting. I was also doing it in 40 C heat (that’s 104 F for you Americans ^_^) so please forgive me if I sound rambling. Yes, Australia is very hot at the moment. Especially where my parents live.
So my husband was annoyed that I said his name in the interview at first, but very quickly got over it. His Korean name is Sunhong which should actually be spelled “Soonhong”, but when he first made his passport years ago he wrote it with a ‘u’ because it fit onto one line on the passport form. He has forever condemned himself to having his name read out as “SUN hong? SUN hong?” in Australia.
Koreans tell me his name is very countryside sounding, but of course not being a native Korean speaker, I can not tell that at all. His family often call him “Honga” or “Hongie” but of course when calling out to him drag the sound out. Many times at his parents’ house I heard them saying “Hongaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” Hehe.