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CHAT: Hyundai (was: Re: CHAT: F.L.O.E.S.)

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Monday, March 1, 2004, 22:01
Trebor writes:

> >But Hyundai isn't Japanese. At least, the company isn't; it's Korean. >>Is the name nevertheless of Japanese origin? > >I don't see why. Why wouldn't the company just use a Korean name? I mean, >Koreans and Japanese don't get along(?), so wouldn't the company want to >make it known that it is Korean and *not* Japanese? > >"Ah. The name looked Japanese to me, so I assumed that it was." > >I don't see how that would seem to be Japanese. I've never seen <hy> in >romaji, and I've looked at a few TY Japanese sites.
"hyu" occurs in katakana words I found online, like "hyumanisto" (humanist) and other "humany" words. Hyundai is Korean for "the modern age" (Chinese "xian4dai4"; Japanese "gendai") I would imagine since this is a kanji based thing, the Chinese and Japanese would use their indignenous pronunciations for the Korean company. Kou