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Any fluent Korean speakers here?

WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
Camino(s) past & future
2015 & 2016 (partial)
#1
We call the person who checks you in at an albergue "hospitalero" or "hospitalera." As far as I know, there is no good English single-word equivalent. Is there a one- or two-word equivalent in Korean? Not looking for an explanatory phrase; I can do that myself. If there isn't one, no problem just sticking hospitalero into a sentence like I do in English. (I've noticed that many of the Korean pilgrims speak neither Spanish nor English.)

For what it's worth, the DRAE doesn't even have it. And the closest thing it does have is marked "unused."

Also, anyone know of a CF guide in Korean? I've seen them in Japanese and Chinese, but I don't remember any Koreans having them (except electronic ones).
 

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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#2
Hi, Wgroleau. I think perhaps the word host/ess is the nearest to a one word interpretation. It is better than receptionist. However for those who do not know English, actions speak louder than words! It depends a lot on the context. I understand that a Korean pilgrim wrote a book some years ago which led to a surge in pilgrims from there. Perhaps the author would have the answer to your question about a CF guide, if you could track her/him down. All the best.
 

tominrm

Hiking to Celebrate the End of Working Life.
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2014)
del Norte ( 2015)
Portuguese ( 2016)
Primitivo ( 2017)
VdlP (2018)
#3
The word host/ess is a good one. Also perhaps (albergue) "greeter" or "volunteer"? But I think for those who plan to walk the camino would understand and use the word ""hospitalero" or "hospitalera" as we do in English. In other word, no translation would be necessary.

There is a Korean guide book if you can read Korean (all in Korean):
http://www.kyobobook.co.kr/product/detailViewKor.laf?mallGb=KOR&barcode=9791195562916

As for your observation," (I've noticed that many of the Korean pilgrims speak neither Spanish nor English.)", most younger people who travel internationally would speak at least some English. Those who don't speak English or Spanish usually travel in a group led by someone who speaks at least one of two languages.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#4
well done, tominrm, for tracing the guidebook. I have also sent out a message to a Korean friend, so it will be interesting to see what comes back from her. And yes, it is really obvious that hospitalera/o is everywhere on all the caminos!
 

WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
Camino(s) past & future
2015 & 2016 (partial)
#5
Apologies for silence. I didn’t realize till now that my reply did not save.

The word host/ess is a good one. Also perhaps (albergue) "greeter" or "volunteer"? But I think for those who plan to walk the camino would understand and use the word ""hospitalero" or "hospitalera" as we do in English. In other word, no translation would be necessary.
“Host” is indeed the closest I can think of in English. But it’s still not exact. I realize English speakers will understand it, and probably Koreans. But if their language happens to have a word for it, I should use it. If I can find out what it is. Hence looking for the guidebook (along with other Camino related terminology).
I went into a HUGE bookstore called 영풍 but they didn’t have it. Went to another one, equally huge that turned out to be the same name. They didn’t have it either and told me that none of their stores can order any books. So I guess I have some hunting to do.
As for your observation," (I've noticed that many of the Korean pilgrims speak neither Spanish nor English.)", most younger people who travel internationally would speak at least some English. Those who don't speak English or Spanish usually travel in a group led by someone who speaks at least one of two languages.
My observation is based on several months as hospitalero and checking in people from eighty countries. Yes, many groups have one member who can speak English, but almost every group has some with neither English nor Spanish, and I remember for sure the group of four and the group of three who had only their electronic translators (which any half-asked linguist knows are falsely advertised). That’s why I am now in Korea trying to learn a little. Not really making much progress, but trying to get around and find food is certainly letting me know how they must feel in Spain!
 

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WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
Camino(s) past & future
2015 & 2016 (partial)
#6
… looking for the guidebook (along with other Camino related terminology).
I went into a HUGE bookstore called 영풍 but they didn’t have it. Went to another one, equally huge that turned out to be the same name. They didn’t have it either and told me that none of their stores can order any books. So I guess I have some hunting to do.
Went to the link again, figured out the name of the bookstore, hunted it down and found they have four branches and one is two minutes by subway. Went there, found the guide, and bought it. Thanks for the link!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
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#7
Delighted to see you have tracked down what you were looking for. Sorry, my Korean friend didn’t reply.
 

WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
Camino(s) past & future
2015 & 2016 (partial)
#8
Google is usually good for a laugh. It translates hospitalero to 친절한 which it says in English is “kind”
 

grayland

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#11
I received a very quick reply from my friend.
He advises that they commonly use "Hospitalaro" or the Korean word for host: "Ju-in"

His reply:
We call them 'hospitalaro' or 'host'. The korean word is '주인'(ju-in). This mean 'host'.
 
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