Sacrificing Speed for Quality in Subtitles

재수없어 literally means having no luck but you can translate it as being annoying/irritating (because he is so rude/full of himself). So basically she is having a bad day/bad luck for having to deal with such an arrogant or self-righteous person. I’d sub it as “So annoying!”

BTW, I can’t even think of a c word that was used for that translation.


Today’s gems from the ubiquitous “viki” .
Ggeut Seon told me you’d be staying here. (A 30 year old is referring to a woman old enough to be her grandmother by her first name)
Gosh! I had to meditate my whole life living with you. (I have no idea what “having to meditate” means in this context.)
You always go recluse whenever something goes wrong.
Why are you the only one defected? (The story is not about defecting from one country to another-- should have been defective)
I’m fool’s gold. (Wrong idiom to use — fool’s gold — means the owner thinks she has gold but it’s not gold)
What are you doing after causing another trouble?
The pretty old lady and Ggeut Sun are fighting. ( said by a child -referring to woman old enough to be her grandmother as “Ggeut Sun” – I would characterize this as culturally insensitive but I can’t think of any culture in which it is all right for a young child to refer to an elderly person by first name only. In any case, this is definitely not done in Korea.)
Stay off of this. (Should be “out”, not “off”).
Mother is berating forty-something old son with “b … d”. All she called him was 놈 which could have been subbed with “idiot” or something less demeaning of herself.

Seen on N … x last week in a current K-drama. Poster should have said “Private tutoring”, instead, poster is subbed “Private tuition”.


“I can’t think of any culture in which it is all right for a young child to refer to an elderly person by first name only” In Swedish culture we don’t use any kind of formality when we speak to eachother (everyone goes by first name), the only once we have to adress formal are the royals (but I have never met them).


I do agree with you. In Spanish although we have formal and informal speech, in some cultures this is not seen that much. I’m Cuban, and Cubans are very fond of using informal language to address people, even elderly people. I’m not sure if I understood correctly the other part, but we also address them by first name. For example, my boyfriend’s mom is named Ivone, and I address her as Ivone.


She would be aunt(ie) Ivone in Croatia. Although that form of addressing is gradually getting lost with the new generations.

I live in Norway, where addressing people is equally formal/informal, as Maria described. Honestly, that freaked me out the first few years living here. Now I’m sort of used to it.

But the real question we should be asking is would a young Korean ever address an older person (more than 5 years older, to be precise) by their first name. And the answer is no.

If you leave the first name in that sub, you remove the Korean cultural layer in that drama.


Yes. The simpliest of solutions. :blush:


Latest “gem” today by “viki” “I’d like to ask Mr. Hwang to fill me in.” Yes, it’s grammatical but “fill me in” means to provide information but the speaker wants Mr. Hwang, a co-worker, to take her shift so it should be “I’d like to ask Mr. Hwang to fill in for me.” “Fill in for me” means to act as a substitute, in your stead.