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1.3: C. Warm-up Activities

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  • 1. Symbolism

    1-1. Terms & Association

    The terms in blue below are often associated with or symbolize specific qualities and attributes in traditional Korean culture. If you are not familiar with them, search for some images on the Internet first. Then follow the links for each to learn more about it. They will help enhance your appreciation of the story you are about to read, as well as the other three in this book!

    1) 초가집 A house roofed with thatch
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    n traditional Korean culture, this is associated with the state of being poor.

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    2) 기와집 A house roofed with traditional Korean tiles

    In traditional Korean culture, this symbolizes wealth.

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    3) 제비 Swallows (And about other animals)

    In traditonal Korean culture, they symbolize good news.

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    4) 비단옷 C lothes made with silk
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    n traditional Korean culture, this symbolizes success or wealth.

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    5) 도깨비 Goblins
    These are mythical figures that punish the bad and the wrong; and reward the good.

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    1-2. Proverbs & Idioms

    Below are a few proverbs or idioms that are imbued with the symbolism and the associations presented in 1-1. Select the choice that is most relevant to the underlying meaning of the given proverb or the idiom.

    1) “가난할수록 기와집 짓는다. The poorer you are, the more you (want to) build a
    house roofed with tiles
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    a. This refers to the behavior of people overspending their means to disguise their lack of
    money in vanity.

    b. This means poor people work hard to become rich.

    c. This means you have to lay a solid foundation when building a house.

    2) “비단옷 입고 고항 간다.Returning home in silk clothes

    a. This refers to the advertising of expensive goods for purchase in one’s hometown.

    b. This refers to the custom of going to his/her hometown on a traditional holiday.

    c. This refers to the showing off of one’s success to people s/he knows.

    3) “비단옷 입고 밤길 가기Walking on the street at night in silk clothes

    a. This refers to a person who steals to become wealthy.

    b. This refers to a significant deed nobody recognizes; or a situation where
    one’s efforts or successes go unnoticed.

    c. This refers to a night with festivity.

    ? 4) “제비 은혜를 갚는다.” Even a swallow returns a favor.

    a. This refers to a gracious act of a stranger.

    b. This refers to the wisdom of the bird.

    c. This refers to the importance of repaying a favor one has received.

    2. Key Words & Plot

    After watching at least two videos under Section B, provide a summary of the story using the given Key Vocabulary on Quizlet (Click). Regardless of your level though, make sure to use all of the essential words below:

    흥부

    놀부

    (마음씨가) 착하다 to be good-natured; to be kind-hearted

    마음씨가 나쁘다to be ill-natured; to be mean-spirited

    동생 younger sibling

    older brother

    부자이다 to be rich

    가난하다to be poor

    제비swallow (bird)

    도와주다 to help

    gourd

    박씨gourd seed

    blessing; fortune

    갖다주다 to bring and give

    기와집 a house roofed with Korean traditional tiles

    보물 treasure

    도깨비 goblin

    재앙 disaster; calamity

    미안하다 to be sorry

    잘못 wrongdoing; mistake

    뉘우치다 to regret; to repent

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