Japan Editions are stories my brother tells me about living in Japan. He goes to a music school in Tokyo and lives in a dormitory. He meets some interesting people.
hahaha, Brilliant xD
lol how could that person not realize eh? anyhow.. can u by any chance explain about the age thing in Korea? cause it’s rather confusing.. when they say, they were born in 1984 which in other parts of the world would assume that this year, they will be 28.. but in Korean years, they’ll be 29? lol why plus a year? if your husband can help you explain that is.. lol
From my understanding, Koreans believe that when you are born, you are already 1 years old (I’m guessing this is because they’ve spent almost a year in the mother’s womb and all). Then every new year, they add a year.Hence why sometimes people’s Korean ages are +2 years, but Koreans have the whole “early”/”late” birthday thing which cancels it out I think.
rather “interesting” to how they see the age/age/lunar year/year in womb i’d say.. but.. seriously.. getting old by default is rather erm.. less interesting?
I heard from my mum that with Vietnamese people, we also do the whole “lunar new year” being adding a year thing, but I’m not too sure because since I live in Australia, they don’t really emphasise that and honestly, whenever my parents refer to my relatives ages, they basically go by the international way anyways. So I think maybe other Asian cultures do that too (but maybe not the born = 1 yr old thing)
Yeah.. I really don’t know how it works with all the laws then. Like when they say 19+… do they mean Korean age by birthyear or by lunar new year added age? If so, then it’s basically the same as Australia then since we go by 18. I’ve always been curious, if I was to go to a bar in Korea would they check my ID and what would happen if I was 18 internationally but 19 by Korean age? … Things seem so complicated lol.
That is hard… I’m going to ask my husband about that and I’ll get back to you!
Haha please do, I’m planning to take my sister to Korea when she finishes high school so I’m wondering how things will work with her being only 18 when she’s done.
This involved more discussion than I thought- he and another Korean friend seemed to be a bit confused about it but seem to have come to the conclusion that 18 international age (20 korean age) is the legal age. So she shouldn’t have a problem. They also said that IDs aren’t checked that much anyway.
Hahaha that’s interesting! And thanks! I kind of had an idea that IDs wouldn’t be checked too thoroughly for some reason.
lol. I’m from Asia too.. South East Asia to be more specific.. we too have 2 calendars to follow but we still use the international age when we talk to others.. but never adding up to 2 years.. (cause that’s too much.. lol) just depends on the calendar and the year we were born.
Ah, well since I grew up in Australia, I never use any other age, just my international age. I hardly even use my zodiac (I know quite a lot of older Asians or Asians who just say their zodiac when asked for their age). Which is better, since I can still be young that way hahaha
hehe I can explain it I think. Basically they count you as 1 year old when you are born. Then when the new lunar year rolls around everyone’s age goes up one year (regardless of when your actual birth date is). So this means your Korean age is always 1 or 2 years more than your actual age. AND if a baby is born just before the end of the year and then the year changes- it can technically be 2 years old even if only a few days old. Weird huh?
Koreans will use Korean age even when speaking to non-Koreans sometimes. When talking about age I usually ask if they mean Korean age or ‘International age’ or what birth year just to get a better understanding of how old they actually are.
So my international age is 28 (I turn 29 this month) but my Korean age is 30.
The thing that kind of irks me about that is Koreans have a thing about “older ladies” yet, the reason why they seem older is because of the Korean age system. I mean, I read all these comments on forums dissing celebrities in their 30s for being “way too old”/ahjumma whereas in Australia, 30s is still pretty young/not that old.
Once I got married a few friends who are Korean called me “ahjumma” and I was like “DON’T YOU CALL ME THAT!!!” They were deliberately doing it to get a reaction and I sure gave them one. No one is allowed to call me that! I’m not old *sobs*
I used to think that 30s were old when I was in high school. But now that I’m in uni, and ‘getting older’ so to speak aka more mature, I realise it’s not. And from watching too many dramas, I think of ahjummas as those old ladies with permed hair and no fashion sense.
But you are definitely not my ‘vision’ of an ahjumma!
haha yeah, technically though ahjumma means a married woman, people are usually only using it for those older women with the terrible terrible permed hair and horrible fluro clothes… I will be making a blog post about that one day….
woa.. now it’s plus 2years? whaaaat. i suddenly feel old too! that is soo not right. lmao. thanks for explaining.. i will insist on being my “international” age.. no matter what. hahahaha..
Yeah it can be 2 years. For me it’s 2 years difference now, but once my international age is 29 it will just be one year difference…..until the new year and then another year added! nooooo
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