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Translation:Class trip

November 16, 2017



Isn't 수학 specifically mathematics?


Different hanja. This one means to study or pursue knowledge..


그는 Yonsei University에서 수학했다 = He studied at Yonsei University.

수학하다 = to attend for study, to study at = 동문수학 하다 http://krdic.naver.com/seo.nhn?id=10253201

verb 수학 = to study, to attend (for study)

우리는 동문수학한 사이다 = We studied together = We went to the same school



Nice! But how does 수학하다 differ from 공부하다?


If I got it right, 수학하다 is attending a school and 공부하다 is the act of studying.


It's a different 수. That one means number study, this one means something like "becoming acquainted".


How about "field trip?"


The field trip should also be accepted.
field trip = 수학여행


Why does the audio seem to pronounce it as '수항녀행'?


That is the standard "correct" pronunciation. Many compound words where a middle syllable starts with /jV/ (so ㅛㅕㅑㅠㅖㅒ) will have ㄴ insertion for the standard accepted pronunciation. Then that may affect the pronunciation of neighboring sounds as usual for nasals.


I do not claim that what you wrote is not true. Nonetheless I believe that this word is pronunced atypically because historically the word '여행' used to be '려행'. Therefore '수학려행', according to rules of Korean phonology, would be pronunced just as '수항녀행'. Nowadays, word '여행' lost its initial 'ㄹ', but it still kinda exists in some compound words.
Similarily, '십육' sounds like '심뉵' because the historical form was '십륙'.
You shouldn't be too surprised if I told you, that the North Korean standard spelling preserves these old forms: 려행, 수학려행, 륙, 십륙 etc.


I'm curious if knowing the roots historically is enough to keep track of which ones get the non-orthographic ㄴ. Similar rules in other languages are affected by hypercorrection and have historically false irregularities justified by pendants on grounds of "historical knowledge." (British usage of fetus as "foetus," virus having the plural "virii," octopuses plural "octopi.")


I don't know either, but knowing these historical roots is very, very helpful when learning Korean

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