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Tourists behaving badly: Lost in translation in South Korea (video)

by Melanie Renzulli (RSS feed) on Aug 29th 2011 at 2:00PM

This terribly embarrassing video making the rounds shows how learning just a little bit of the local language can help prevent a massive misunderstanding.

Robert J. Koehler of The Marmot’s Hole informs us that the incident occurred between a 24-year-old African-American English teacher and a 61-year-old man on a crowded bus in South Korea. According to Koehler, “The elderly man reportedly said “니가 여기 앉아” (a sign of consideration) but not knowing Korean, the man in question interpreted “니가” [pronounced “nigga” and meaning “you”] as the N-word which led to his violent outburst.”

Of course, the only accounts we have of this incident come from the Korean media. But, insult or not, this ugly American – an English teacher, no less – sets the perfect example of how not to act in a foreign country – or even in your own home town. Really dude, turn it down a notch, will ya?

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  1. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Actually, the ignorant old man told the young man to shut up and stop talking so loudly on his phone. I’m quite proud of him for standing up to the old man’s arrogance and ignorance.

    • Random Dan
      November 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      I’m sure most people on all public transport would be behind the passenger that tells the one who’s talking on the phone loudly to shut up. Anyway, dude was three times his size and 1/3 his age.

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