[info]stopthatgirl7 wrote
on March 2nd, 2009 at 02:08 pm

A now, a Moment of Zen

A Moment of Zen.

So, Silla? One of the three Korean kingdoms that took over the entire Korean peninsula and ruled for close to 1000 years?

In characters, it's 新羅--"Shinra." (신라 in Korean: sin ra, but the "s" is closer to an "sh" sound)

I had noticed it before when a Korean guy I was teaching English to over a year ago was telling me about Korea's history, and when he was trying to romanize everything wrote out "Shinra" and I went "O_o?!" What came out of his mouth was closer to "Shilla" but I had a serious WTF moment and seeing "Shinra" on the page.

I forgot until I was looking something up on the Japanese wiki, and a "WTF" at seeing what I instantly read as 'shinra-jin' in kanji, so I clicked on the page for Silla and came across the hangul and went, "wtf, that jamo [Korean letter] is 'n' not 'r/l', that's...SHINRA?!"

Moment of Zen.

And the characters for the ShinRa we all know and love is 神羅. And 新羅 is normally 'Shiragi,' but the alternative reading is 'Shinra' or "Shirura'

...I'm going back to the nerd table now.

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