Use a Korean Holiday Greeting; Don’t Just Translate Your English One

Korean holiday greeting

Today I want to help you get ready for the holidays with a Korean holiday greeting that communicates naturally…

You know how those Chinese fortune cookie messages can sound a bit quaint translated into English? Don’t you think a Korean fortune cookie (if such existed) translated into English might sound funny, too?

We are often asked to provide Korean translation of culture-laden English messages.

For example, English greeting cards…

Toward the end of the year, Koreans are a whole lot more focused on the New Year than they are on Christmas (though modern greetings — especially involving non-Koreans — often do work a Christmas message in). And Koreans express their holiday wishes on greeting cards differently than we do in English.

Best-Practice Tip If you are looking for a good Korean holiday greeting for your Korean clients or other contacts and are willing to depart from the text of your English card, then use or adapt a greeting from one of these two posts:


A Whole Slew of Korean Holiday Greetings for Christmas and New Year, and for the Lunar New Year Holiday

More New Year’s Greetings in Korean

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Steven Bammel

Steven S. Bammel is president and chief translator/consultant at Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.B.A. Economics) and Hanyang University (M.S. Management Strategy), Steven has worked for over twenty years in Korean business and translation. | more about Steven

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