Bernon? Oh right, Vernon…

I’m reading Harry Potter in Korean and kept coming across the word 버논. I tried looking it up, but no matter how I typed it and tried to reverse engineer a useful verb stem out of it, I failed to find it in my dictionary. It kept reoccuring so it began to annoy me. Eventually I asked for reinforcement from a friend over Kakaotalk. The answer: it’s his name.

Doh! Of course. Uncle Vernon! B versus V-confusion for the win.

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6 thoughts on “Bernon? Oh right, Vernon…

  1. sweetangel

    Because the Korean alphabet does not have the sound “V” so they change it into the sound “B”. This mistake is very common. I see many Koreans pronouncing like that.

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    1. koreanlearner Post author

      It took me five pages and some help before I made that connection although B/V is a common thing so I couldn’t help but thinking “oh no 볼쌍해요!” hahaha

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  2. sweetangel

    By the way, your entry reminds me to continue reading the Korean version of Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter so much, so I try to learn Korean through Harry Potter long time ago, but then I’m busy with my thesis and forget about it.

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    1. koreanlearner Post author

      I wonder how many people improve a foreign language by reading Harry Potter 😀 thesis writing does that to you. I remember by the time I handed in mine, I just wanted it to be over. I was so worn out. I hope the next one will be a bit smoother.

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