# The English you can speak, 18 March 2010

Korean names most typically consist of three syllables. First comes the family name, which is almost always one syllable. There are people who have a two-syllable surname as in 남궁 or 황보. The given name always goes after the family name, and usually consists of two syllables. For example, if a person's name is 임보경, 임 is her family name, and 보경 is her given name. Each letter, in most Korean names, is based on a Chinese character. Same names can have different meanings, depending on which Chinese characters are used. Koreans place great importance on their names. Parents will often consult with a fortune teller at a name-making place called a "작명소." There are even cases of adults changing their names for better luck in their lives.

# My opinion
My name is LEE Cheong-Yeop, literally meaning 'blue shine'. The letter, '청' means 'blue' and '엽' means 'shine' in Chinese characters. I love to say the meaning of my name. I think the color of the sky and sea is blue, so I hope to shine in the future as high as the sky and as deep as sea. So the blue color in the origin of my name has a special meaning for me. In many Korean families, one generation shares a common syllable for siblings and cousins. For my generation, we share the same last syllable, but for my children, they will share the some second syllable. For example, the last letter '엽' of my name is the common syllable for my family: such as '상엽', '성엽', '은엽', '주엽', and so on. Therefore, two syllables of my children's name are already decided. The '이' of my family name and the second character, '연' will be the common syllable for my children and my nieces and nephews. I can change only one syllable of my children's names. This tradition of using the same syllable, for siblings is called '돌림자'. My family places great importance on following this tradition. However, if my future wife doesn't want to create our children's names that way, I keep an open mind and be flexible, possibly bending or changing this tradition.

# A syllable is a part of a word that contains a single vowel sound and that is pronounced as a unit. So, for example, 'book' has one syllable, and 'reading' has two syllables.
# Your siblings are your brothers and sisters.
# He's my oldest uncle, and he's considered the head of our whole family.

# Extra topics for study groups
1. How did you get your name?
2. Describe the meaning of your name.
3. Talk about some funny names you heard.
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