EDITED: Korea is the only country I believe that uses their age system. People's age advances on New Year's and they are considered one on the day they are born.
Jin was on December 4th, 1992 and he was considered one.
He turned two on New Year's day, 1993.
He is Yoongi's hyung because on March 9th, 1993 Yoongi was born and one year old but Jin was already two years old.
- Kim Seokjin Dec 4, 1992
- Min Yoongi March 9, 1993
- Kim Namjoon September 12, 1994
- Jung Hoseok February 18, 1994
- Park Jimin October 13, 1995
- Kim Taehyung December 30, 1995
- Jeon Jungkook September 1, 1997
- BTS June 13, 2013
Hyung vs. Chingu/Friend
Chingu 친구 - 'friend' who is the same age
Hyung 형 - 'brother' who is older, as said by a male
Dongsaeng 동생 - younger male or female
Jimin is NOT Taehyung's hyung. They are the same age, i.e. born in the same year. They are 'friends', not hyung and dongsaeng. Also, Hoseok is not Namjoon's hyung.
Age is really important in Korean society. I've seen a few things that said it's one of the first questions Koreans will ask each other when meeting because how formally you should speak to the other person will depend on whether someone is older/younger or the same age. It's a bit hard for us English speakers because we don't really have formal vs. informal speech. I mean besides 'sir' and 'maam' but few people use those, right?
Namjoon calling people 'sir' and 'maam' in English has got to be the cutest thing ever. I'm guessing it's his translation for showing respect for people that are older than him in a language that has no word for that. It's so damn adorable.
But yeah, this is a much bigger concept than I will be covering. Please find a resource written by a Korean for actual information. For the purpose of fics, here's the hyung/dongsaeng/chingu breakdown:
- Jin '92 - everyone's hyung
- Yoongi '93- Jin's dongsaeng, no one's chingu, everyone else's hyung
- Hoseok '94 - Jin and Yoongi's donsaeng, Namjoon's chingu, Jimin, Taehyung and Jungkook's hyung
- Namjoon '94 - Jin and Yoongi's donsaeng, Hoseok's chingu, Jimin, Taehyung and Jungkook's hyung
- Jimin '95 - Jin, Yoongi, Hoseok, and Namjoon's dongsaeng, Taehyung's chingu and Jungkook's hyung
- Taehyung '95 - Jin, Yoongi, Hoseok, and Namjoon's dongsaeng, Jimin's chingu and Jungkook's hyung
- Jungkook '97 - everyone's dongsaeng
Ugh! Why America? Why do you force us to learn our stupid system when the rest of the world uses metric! And now because I've grown up in the US, the metric system is strange and unintuitive. So annoying. Anyways, like most places (all places except the US?) Korea uses the metric system:
Distance is in Kilometers NOT Miles
Seoul is 325 km from Busan, about a 3-hour train ride, unless there's zombies.
Height is in Centimeters NOT Feet/Inches
Namjoon is 181 cm not 5'11"
Weight is in Kg NOT Lb
Yoongi weighs 59 kg which is 130 lbs! Damn, kitty.
Temperature is in Celsius NOT Fahrenheit
Freezing is at 0°, like the first day of snow. Hot summer day at 30°. Body temp is 37°. Fahrenheit is even spelled stupid.
Food and Eating
Korean's use chopsticks! Like all the time.
~ insert pic of Jin eating a goddamn hotdog with chopsticks ~
I'm just saying if they're eating in a fic, chopsticks before forks.
I learned to cook Japanese food almost exclusively with chopsticks. I'm pretty sure I've seen the boys cook with chopsticks too. Cooking chopsticks are bigger btw, almost twice the size of regular chopsticks.
Also, Western food and Korean food staples are really different. Breakfast is not pancakes, eggs, and bacon in Korea. But...having said that, I don't know much about Korean food, especially the stuff I haven't tried. I tend to pick really boring things in my fic like ramen, kimchi fried rice, omurice, black bean noodles, and tofu soup.
* will add more later, bc damn I'm ignorant about this. Not eating meat is also a barrier to my learning :/
I'm guilty! I need to correct my fics for this one. Oopsie. If you're using won, then remember:
$1 = ₩1000
Which I think means that in won, I'm a millionaire. Fuck yeah! Moving to Korea...
Haha, actually it just means inflation was a bitch for Korea.
* want to add stuff about luxury prices of stuff that might come up *ahem glaring issues in my Suga Babies fic
Man, this one is hard to keep track of, right? I felt like a stalker trying to look this up and really it's fic so it doesn't matter who you put in a room with who. It's all imagination land, anyways! But for those (guilty!) who want to a little accurate about silly things like these, here are the roommates over the years. This is probably inaccurate, but also too creepy to research well.
pre-debut to 2015
Everyone in one room (and sometimes including a manager?) on four bunk beds.
Room: Jimin, Hoseok, and Taehyung. Jimin and Tae on one bunk bed, Hoseok on his own bed.
Room: Jin and Yoongi
Room: Namjoon and Jungkook
Room: Jimin and Hoseok
Room: Jin and Yoongi (and Odeng and Eomuk - RIP)
Room: Namjoon and Taehyung
Golden Closest: Jungkook
Everyone has their own room except Hoseok and Jimin who share the 'master' bedroom. Master, teehee.
I made a thing!
I made this site on github, the code is open source and very basic, but these are just some fun randomizers I use to come up with fic ideas and drinking games, etc. If you have any suggestions hit me up on twitter at alittleharder39. It's just a little fun. Please don't repost too widely, I didn't put any SEO on it because I don't want fic-related stuff to get widely spread (my twitter is BTS blocked), but for ao3 and 18+ twitter, it's just a little tool you might find useful.
You have to try the pairing of fate! It's so fun. :)
Another tip for ppl who want to use the Korean '-ah on the ends of names (nickname used by friends) e.g. Jimin-ah, is -ah is added if the name ends in a consonant and -yah is used if the name ends in a vowel. So Jin would call Yoongi "Yoongi-yah".
This applies to all stem words added to the end of other words - care has to be taken with vowels and consonants.
-씨 (pronounced shi) is used on the end of a name as a sign of respect for new ppl or if they are a "higher" position than you but they aren't a teacher, doctor, CEO etc (which all have their own special word e.g. 선생님 (seonsangnim) = teacher) (from Amberger_with_fries)
*Need help with this one, and I will add more as I go. Please suggest.
- Yoongi-yah (not -ah, man I have so much to correct 😭)
- Chim Chim - Tony called him this on American Hustle Life
- Mochi or Mang gae ddeok
- Diminie - baby talk version TOO CUTE
- Tae Tae
Common Korean Names
Found this super useful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_most_popular_given_names_in_South_Korea
Interjections/Human speech sounds
As I write I want to capture those little speech interjections, like 'hmm' or 'oh', and I still get conflicted about how they should be spelled and which ones to avoid.
I found this list, but I think it's pretty out-dated.
I kind of want to create a list of my own.
Like what is the one for surprise that sounds like 'ewww' but looks like 'oooo'? example: 'Oooo, Jimin's in trouble!'
Romanized Korean Words
Kai bai bo - rock paper scissors (but literally 'scissors, a rock, a hand' acc. to the internet bc I don't know any Korean :/ )