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Can you understand this sentence?

 
 
fansy
 
Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 07:04 pm
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Koreans begin to realize more and more that heritage, culture and knowledge of East Asia is formed on the basis of Hanja, and it is only when one understands the root Chinese characters can the subjectivity of Korean culture be fostered upon it; and for that matter, can one enjoy a more rich culture than it is possible in any other countries and cultivate the ability to think independently.
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spendius
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 07:12 pm
@fansy,
Yeah. I understand it.
aidan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 01:49 am
@fansy,
Quote:
Koreans begin to realize more and more that heritage, culture and knowledge of East Asia is formed on the basis of Hanja, and it is only when one understands the root Chinese characters
can the subjectivity of Korean culture be fostered upon it; and for that matter, can one enjoy a more rich culture than it is possible in any other countries and cultivate the ability to think independently.


the second part of the sentence is very awkwardly worded and if I am understanding what it is attemtpting to convey, I don't believe it's necessarily true.
fresco
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 02:43 am
@aidan,
An understanding of the sentence requires a knowledge of the historical and philosophical traditions associated with "Hanja" e.g.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanja

The semantics of the sentence involves the analogy that the appreciation of "Culture" like that of "Art" is enhanced by knowledge of its traditions and historical origins of its contributors."

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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 04:33 am
@spendius,
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Yeah. I understand it.


You're a better man than I am, Spendi. (In this instance, at any rate.)
McTag
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 04:50 am

No. It's a poor sentence. It's meaning is not clear, and it is ungrammatical.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:56 am
It's also bullshit . . . the invention of an alphabet for Korea by a 15th century Korean King made wide-spread literacy possible, and greatly improved the lives of the people on the Korean peninsula. Many Chinese have never forgiven them for abandoning Chinese characters, and they continue to peddle an idiotic line that Chinese characters "enriched" Korean life. Having an alphabet for expressing their own language in a rational manner enriched their lives.
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spendius
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:56 am
@Merry Andrew,
I understood it in terms of Parkinson's Law. It's bullshit written to fill up a space and intended to be read by people who while away their time perusing the written word without taking the risk of moving their minds forward. International travellers for example who might give the impression reading it in a deck chair on a cruise ship that they are doing something worthwhile and thus have a life.

Let's face it--"beginning to realise more and more" is what new born babies do.
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sullyfish6
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2009 03:55 pm
I belive that Fansy is a foreign student and trying to understand the sentence structure. Once she does that, then she can decide the merits of the sentence.

When one understands / characters
then one can understand the subjectivity
and
one can enjoy
and one can culitivate

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