When I was teaching in Korea, most of my students had English “names” in addition to their actual Korean names. Some were real English names like James, Julie or Kevin and some weren’t normal – like Unicorn, Computer Game (yep, I taught a kid named Computer Game in my first year) and my personal favourite, Eejit (I changed his name because there was no way I was calling a kid Eejit, it’s just wrong so he became Liam).
And not to be left out, my Korean co-workers in my first year (actually in my first month) gave me a Korean name – Ga Eun (가은) or more formally, Shin Ga Eun (신가은). Which was great because the hangul character (으) was the one I had the hardest time learning to pronounce properly so this forced me to practice it. Plus I’m told it’s a beautiful name. 🙂
Why am I talking about Korean names? A little while ago I found this fabulous new application on Facebook from Advanced Technology and Design Korea where you can design your own Korean name. It takes a bit of time to load at the beginning but it’s worth it.
What can you expect? Check out the pictures below for a walk through the process of getting your own Korean name! All the pictures are screenshots from Advanced Technology and Design Korea’s Facebook app.
I chose to create an authentic Korean name 🙂
I chose “happy” because being happy is more important to me than being wealthy or famous. Good thing I didn’t have to choose between happy and wisdom – that would have been hard!
But that’s not all!
And you can have your own “business card” with your new Korean name and your current Facebook picture. Here’s mine!
What do you think? Do you like my new Korean name? I love the meaning behind it but am too comfortable with my original Korean name to switch. But I love the application! It was easy and fun to use so if you don’t already have a Korean name, click here to create your very own!