退屈しない人生 Life is never boring…..

韓国語で「反対」は「반대―パンディ」です。韓国の親が大好きなことです。

延世大学院のお友達が嬉しそうに新しい彼の話をしてくれました。彼は高麗大学院の軍隊済みの非常に優秀な好青年だそうです。但しお年は5歳上と言うことで彼女のご両親が反対しています。韓国の両親は何時でも反対したがると私に愚痴をもらしました。

韓国語の教科書にこの単語が出て来た時に先生も「반대は韓国人の親が大好きなこと、テレビのドラマは結婚反対のテーマでもっているようなものです」と先生が教えて下さいました。私も韓国のドラマを見ても確かに笑いが出るような理由で親は反対していますね。

韓国の離婚率は今世界で3番目だそうです。出生率も危機を迎えています。好きになった若いもの同士に愛をもって見守る必要がありますね・・・

追伸―今朝、書き終わってからテレビをつけました・・・派手にやっていましたね!!

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In Korean the term for objection is반대(pandei). Korean parents just love to do it….

My young friend who is a graduate student at Yonsei has a new boyfriend. She is thrilled as he has finished his army duty, he is a graduate student and working at a prestigious think tank. He will certainly have a bright future but her parents are against the match because he is 5 years older than her. My friend did lament that this is a far too common Korean issue in relationships. When we learnt the word “pandei” in class our teacher too informed us that this a favourite pastime of Korean parents with children of marriage age. TV dramas get their ratings through objecting to their children’s marriages. Korea now has the 3rd highest divorce rate in the world. The birthrate has dropped to a dangerous level. Maybe it might be a good idea to be more tolerant for parents to be tolerant and understanding when it comes to their children’s marriage partners?

P.S. After I finished writing the above I turned on the TV to find a mother opposed to her daughter’s marriage….in true style she wasn’t doing it in halves…..

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