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Romanized Korean in Kpop Fanfics

I get it. Sometimes when you’re writing a Kpop fanfic, you want to make the experience as authentic for the reader as possible. And what better way to do that than to throw the occasional Korean in here and there?

Romanized Korean is great; there are certain colloquial things in Korean that you just can’t translate into English. So yes, all the power to you writers out there using romanized Korean - kudos to you for trying to incorporate another language into your writing in a way that makes your story flow more naturally in a certain cultural setting. But are you doing it correctly?

I can’t tell you how much I cringe when I find a well-written fic and am enjoying it… when the author drops some misused romanized Korean smack in the middle. For those of you scrunching their noses at this post and thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a fic. Just ignore it.” I’d like to point out that yes it is slightly insulting when someone misuses your language, acts like it’s not a big deal, and continues to misuse your language even if they may or may not know that they are misusing it.

So to spread awareness on using proper romanized Korean, I am uploading this post to share several common mistakes that fanfic writers tend to make.

Hope you find this helpful!

[-AH/-YAH]

- “Jongin-yah”x “Hwasa-ah”×
- Can you tell me why these are wrong?
- If these sound right to you, you are probably not using these suffixes correctly.
- RULE: -ah is used with names that end in a consonant sound while -yah is used with names that end in a vowel sound.
- RULE: you should only use -ah/-yah when directly addressing someone.
- “Jungkook-ah, we really need to hang out sometime!“
- “Hani-yah, let’s go study at the library later today.” 
- NEVER use these suffixes in the object form/to refer to someone.
- “Did our Sungmin-ah sleep well last night?”x 
- "I was with Sunny-yah at the club yesterday.“x

[JAGI]

- Personally, I dislike seeing ‘jagi’ in fanfics because it does translate into ‘Honey’ or ‘Sweetheart’ and other similar terms of endearment. But if you must use it for whatever reason, make sure you’re using it correctly!
- “Our jagi-yah looks so cute today!”x
- “Is our jagi-yah sick?”x
- This is such a common mistake.
- As in the previous lesson, ‘jagi’ ends with a vowel sound, therefore the appropriate ending is? Yup. -Yah.
- So why is the above example wrong?
- As in the previous lesson, you should ONLY use -yah after ‘jagi’ when you are directly addressing someone and not commenting on their appearance/condition/etc.
- “Jagi-yah, let’s go eat something yummy today~”
- “I bought a pretty necklace for our jagi.”

[-IE]

- “I went on a date with Suhoie-ah yesterday.”x
- That actually killed me to type.
- RULE: Unlike -ah/-yah, you can use -ie in the object form/to refer to someone and to comment on someone’s appearance/condition/etc.
- RULE: Only use -ie if the name ends with a consonant sound.
- “Have I ever introduced you to Sebomie?”
- “Jiminie performed so well on stage today.”
- “Did you get Youngjaeie’s number?”x
- NEVER use -ie and -ah/-yah together
- “Kim Soohyunie-yah is my kdrama crush!”x
- Just. No.
- NEVER use the suffixes -ah/-yah outside of Kpop fanfics.  -ie is okay.
- For example, when commenting on a music video:
- “Sehunie is so good looking” is perfectly fine.
- “Kihyun-ah sings so well!” is not since you’re commenting on a quality of his and not directly addressing him.

[ANNYEONG/UMMA/ETC.]

- “Annyeong! Jeoneun Irene ibnida!”x
- Lit. Translated: “Hello! I am Irene!”
- Bottom line is, if you can translate directly into English, I implore you to stay away from romanized Korean.
- You might as well just type your whole story in Korean if you’re going to use romanized Korean so heavily.
- “Umma, how have you been?“x
- Lit. Translated: “Mom, how have you been?”
- PLEASE DON’T USE SARANGHAEYO IN YOUR FIC OR I WILL FIND YOU AND-
- ahem
- Sorry.  It needed to be said.
- Honestly speaking, using romanized Korean in your fics isn’t completely necessary.  If your story setting is in Korea and the majority of your characters are Korean, then it’s assumed that they are speaking Korean even though you’re writing in English.  You don’t see professional Dramafever subtitles using -ah/-yah or oppa in their subs do you?


Anywaaaaaays happy fanfic writing and I hope this wasn’t too confusing :)

Note: I am Korean

every 2010 2min fic

taemin: m-minho oppa oh i mean hyung *flips lucifer era hair behind his shoulder* saranghaeyo..i know you’re the coolest guy in school and i’m a nerd but you make my heart go dugeun dugeun..do you want me to tutor you in science?

minho, dribbling a basketball: what the hell is science

Something I found around my Facebook time line.
Seriously, anything can happen in the next 24 hours and I’m not prepared to let go. Thank you guys for being an inspiration, that you can achieve your dreams as long as you worked hard and did your best.

Good luck to all 101 trainees in their future endeavors

EXO: Chanyeol fluff/angst

Fluff: 

chiwords: Another Quiet Night | Hula Hoop | Electric Lock | Of Tone & Taste | 

igotfantasiesButterfly Kisses | 

exo-can: I Have A Secret | This Life |

an-exotic-writer: You Light Up My World | “Promise.” | Fire Places and Kisses | This Red Carpet | Safe & Sound | A Day At The Movies | With You | Slow Dancing | Maybe | Definitely | No More | Playing Basketball | No Need | Have To |

exoswriter: Jealous | 

fabdolousSaranghaeyo | 

exoticarmy127Picky

everlasting-scenes: Day Off (ft Luhan) | Best Friend

modestlydreamingInvestment ft. Baek & Chen | Confession | Misbehave |

writewhatyouloveMr. Park Chanyeol | Birthday Boy | Winter Kisses | Your Love Keeps Moving Me | Coach Trip | 

duizhangdeluxe: Happy Virus | Confession | 

dreamsthroughthewindow: Expiration Date | 

universitykpopSpoil | They Don’t Know About Us |

causekpopSleep Puppy | Hello My Morning Sun | Those Moments | No Touchy | You Make It Better | Comfort | That Confidence | A Little Tighter | Get Going | Please, No | In-Between | Tense, Relax | Drip Drops | Like A Show | Mini Replacement | Into Submission | Lost Star | Altruism. | On My Mind | What Are Friends For? ft. Kai | Big Enough | Seaside | Anti-You | Starlight |

chan-chanyeol: Attached | Console | Depleted | Marvel | Oneiric | Reprise | Thermal |

thesammtimesYou’re It (ft. Kris) | Happy Halloween |  Expecting | Daddy Issues | Best Friend’s Brother | Melodic | My Answer is You | Knight in Shining Armor? | I Like You A Latte |  AudaciousTIFU |

exobtsimaginationYou Will Always Look Beautiful | How Can That Scare You? | Best Friends | Wonderful Misplacement | Cloud 9 | Firework |  HeartbeatRained In | Winter | A Starry Night | Today is a Good Day | A Constellation on Earth | Run Away, Run To |

keypea: In the Clear | Accusation | Formal | Perception | Thanks | Sunset | LudicDiamond | Future | Hello Stranger | Lilt | Talk Nerdy to Me | Coarse | iwisRoseate | Inevitable | You’re Mine | Let’s Play | Evermore | First ImpressionsAstir | TFLN | Winnow | Homecoming | The First | Effulgent

x-ratedkpop: Your Idiot | Skype Sessions |

i-write-storiesandsuch: Anything | Ambush | Lucky Day | Assistant |

exobtssmutimagination: Code Red (Fluff/ Suggestive Content) | Distracting Performance (Fluff, little smut) |

kbeatzscenarios: A Scarred Heart (Fluff/Smut/Angst) |

taemins-dolphin: Promenade

myexoticfeels: Mistletoe | You and Me | To Be a Girl | Comfort (Angst/Fluff) | Trick or Treat | Age Doesn’t Matter | Apologies | Resistance

Angst: 

exo-can: This Life | 

an-exotic-writer: I Still Do | And I Love You | What Has He Done (slight angst) |

writewhatyoulove: Remiss | Astrophobia | Remembrance |

palpitate-hyperventilateThe Liability of Love | Lugubria |

causekpop: Both At Fault | Together, Again | On My Mind. |

onlylovekpopWhen He’s Drunk | When You’re at the Club | When You’re Pregnant |

noonatrash: Sing For You

exobtsimagination: Depressing Replacement | Sleeping Happy Virus | Bul/Fire | Last Christmas | Baby Come Home | Lost Friend | Not so Perfect | Kiss Away the Pain |

thesammtimesMove |

keypea:Mortem | Inutile | Somber |

universitykpop: Nobody Else |

exobtssmutimagination: He’s Just a Friend (Angst/Smut) |

kbeatzscenarios: A Scarred Heart (Fluff/Smut/Angst) | 

taemins-dolphin: Blame Game

jjangpanda: When He Cheats on You on Your Anniversary |

myexoticfeels: The First | Comfort (Angst/Fluff) | 

INTERVIEW (JJK)

What is your favorite thing about your girlfriend?”

taehyung: he has to choose one? (raising his eyebrows at kook)

jungkook: (shy laughter) she’s a very nice person

yoongi: i’m sure all of our girlfriends are very nice people

(entire group cackling offscreen)

jungkook: ah uh i’m very comfortable around her and i’m able to tell her if i’m insecure or worried about something and she listens very well 

yoongi: i think she has to listen because what else can she do she has ears

jungkook: (laughing at himself) 

(offscreen) JUNGKOOK IS THAT ALL YOU ARE DATING ME FOR???

jungkook: SARANGHAEYO JAGIYA ahhahaha i’m gonna die when i get home 

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Thanks to @jamlesschogiwawhisperingjyphoe for doing this for me!!! I’m glad you could get it done!