- Choosing proper subjects when talking with other people.

I’m accustomed to Korean language when I think about something.
We, Korean people, don’t so often use “subjects” when talking with others.
Furthermore, We so often use “something” as subjects even though we’re asked for ours like our family, our company, our society, our history and so on.

1. But when talking with you by English, I so often find that you usually use somebody as subjects in your talks.

2. For example, when you ask me what my job is. (What do you do for your living?),
Japanese and Korean people would answer, “My job is an employee in the textile field”. They try to make English sentences by thinking way of their mother tongue but I know, if you got such question, you would simple answer to me like “I’m working at a textile company”. In fact, choosing something as a subject,and speaking in passive voice, it is really difficult for me and also so hard for listeners to understand what I say.

3. I still feel that this is not a small problem for me. When deeply talking with others for something, I couldn’t choose proper subjects. If I choose improper subjects in my issue, it is so difficult to speak out fluently.

I think that you understand what I’m saying if you have experiences to talk with Japanese or Korean by English.

Could you give me some tips to overcome this problem? I know that I can’t ask you to solve this problem at once. You might say that it depends on type of issue I try to say. I mean, give me some tips or directions. Do I have to find it by myself? Just some tips will be enough.

Thank you in advance for your advices.
It's simple. If someone asks you a question like "What do you do for a living?" or "Where did you go to school?", use the word you in the question as a reminder to answer with a sentence using I, like "I work in the textile industry" or "I went to Columbia University for undergrad".

You are talking about differences in culture. This is a deep and interesting subject. There is quite a lot of interesting discussion to be found.

As a Korean, do you agree with all these points. Or do some of them surprise you?

Some of the people here on the Forum have actual experience of life in Korea and Japan. I don't.

Can you eg try to listen for 'you', and try to reply with 'I'?


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Well, I agree with the author’s opinions that Korean people think that a refusal could ruin atmosphere of a community and also the first goal of Korean communication can be sometimes to maintain harmony.
Yes! And also it looks to the Western that the number of Korean people who could be emotional, and easily embarrassed is much bigger.

But for some points, I couldn’t agree with him. There are some Korean people who can speak and think logically and definitely some people don’t that. There are very various kinds of people in South Korea like those in other countries. I doubt that he has met only Korean people who couldn’t exactly express for Korean society and culture. I believe that some Korean people focused at making him understand what they said, not explaining what it is real and what they really want to talk to him.

In fact, Many Korean people easily try to explain everything to foreigners in the direction of protecting their economical profit and social position in Korean society. Such things make some foreigners misunderstand for Korean society and culture. I want to say this to you, South Korean people have been very strongly influenced by school education that can easily bring about a strong nationalism on their own country.

This school education, I mean, which forces the students to get such strong nationalism are connected to 2 times military coups in the modern history of South Korea. It has been from 1972 to 1988. Government always tired to hide true and logic the public to keep their powers. It is one part of our sorrow history. So I think that the reason why he thought like that for South Korean is due to the remnants of such educations that the dictatorial governments made. So even now, some Korean people don’t know true and even not try to know the true. Yes! it is a true that South Korean people so rapidly developed their economy thanks to such education system of nationalism.

That’s why I think that some Korean people don’t look logical to the Western. I think so. I hope that you could understand his opinions as that there are some people like this, and some people like that in South Korea.
Thank you for your answer,Clive Emotion: embarrassed. I couldn't understand what you mean by "Can you eg try to listen for 'you', and try to reply with 'I'" ? Could you explain it to me by easier expression?
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When someone asks me about myself, it is not difficult to remind me of using the subject "I". But when someone asks me for my country, school or something, it is not easy job. Anyway, you've given me a big hint. Thanks to you, I feel that choosing proper subjects depends on the questions which are given to me. Let me practice it more at first.
Thank you for giving me a big hint, CSynder Emotion: embarrassed