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GLOBAL SMALL-TALK: LET’S TALK NAMES

The Education and Publicity Team recently launched a Global Small-Talk series, during which time we discuss lighthearted issues with our international volunteers. Our first guest was François Saikaly Jr., from Canada, who is enrolled in his third year at the KF Korean Language Class. Education and Publicity Team

(ET): You have a great name! And you said your wife is Korean. So, do you have a Korean name, too?
François Saikaly (FS): The name François is based on my Lebanese father’s name. They speak French in Lebanon, too. My mother-in-law and wife gave me a Korean name, Song-jun, but I don’t use it much, since I’m more familiar with my original name.

ET: Song-jun suits you well, too! So, you and your father share the same name. Koreans believe that children should be distinct from their parents by name, so parents intentionally give their children dissimilar names.
FS: So I heard! I think Western parents want to pass on their names. I can’t think of the word in English.

ET: It seems that you’ve been studying Korean too hard!
Sometime later, François thought of the word he couldn’t remember: legacy. All in all, it was an enjoyable first session for the Global Small-Talk program.

KFVN Reporter
Kim Hyemi

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