|Touring the world!
||[Jul. 31st, 2009|12:56 am]
Today's word of the day is "tour[ism]/sightseeing".|
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I had to think about the pronunciation for this word. When you ask someone to enunciate this word, they will say gwan gwang (pronounce all of the components of the word) but in rapid everyday speech it sounds more like ghang ghang. Since neither 관강 nor 강강 are words used in everyday speech (if they are words at all!) I guess it is assumed that the speaker is trying to say 관광.
Another word that is used often in place of 관광 is 여행 (journey, travel), but they have different connotations: I guess the difference isn't very different from the word "tourist" versus "traveller" of the English language.
Here are some phrases that are good to know:
관광객 -- Tourist
관광 버스 -- Tourism Bus (Think: Leprechaun Lines in the US. Big groups of people (schools, churches, elderly homes) like to rent these to tour places.)
관광을 하다 -- To tour
관광을 하러 가다 -- To go to somewhere with the intention of touring
관광안내소 -- Tourism Information Center
관광하며 휴가를 보내다 -- Spend the time of sightseeing
관광 사업 -- Tourism Industry, Tourism business
여행사 -- Travel Agency
and while we're touching on the word 여행:
여행을 떠나다 -- To go on a journey