[Also, for example in Dutch, it would be really weird to call someone big sis or bro, I don't even think you call your big bro / sis that, just their name (I mean, it's also very common for children to call their parents by name instead of mom and dad - which personally I could never do).]
I'm so glad you mentioned this bc in my country family is sacred, and you need to follow the ''code of respect'' which means you don't call everybody ''sister''bc your sister, is your sister, and no one can be called sister but your REAL sister. When it comes to parents in my country No One dares to call their parents by their name since it would be an unforgivable offense.
They word sister is so commonly used in SK it makes no sense to me why they do that. In Spain, they call every girl young or older 'Tia'' (translated form spanish it means aunt) Is like saying friend to the girl they are talking to, but instead of ''friend'' they use ''Tia''.
When I translated a drama from Spain that would annoy me so much I REFUSED to translate ''Tia'' into Aunt and I would put instead ''friend'' ***This created a lot of friction between the person in charge and I, always causing me to leave the drama.
We need to use common sense when translating from different countries since we don't have enough space to be explaining why they call this girl tia if she's not her aunt but a friend, and so on...Use the correct word in English for the general population since your sister is YOUR sister. A friend is a Friend, not a Unni (sister) to everybody.
I mean, you are watching the drama and know the girls calling each other tia are really teenage friends, Why would you translate That into TIA (aunt) when you know is incorrect translation?
I like that NETFLIX puts the name now, instead of Sunbae/Unni/etc...I feel more comfortable with that. The people translating on NETflix are just using common sense and I love them for that. The translation has improved 100%
I was watching yesterday ''A Hymn of Death'' with that great young actor from the drama "W" and ''I can hear your voice.'' The main girl has always played 2nd. roles, and she did an amazing job as a main character. It was such a amazing 3 episodes drama that touched every fiber of my body. It's touching, full of so much LOVE and History (this was based on a true story back in 1926). Do yourself the honor and if you find it, watch this REAL MASTERPIECE! A tragic love story that deserves an award.