Thursday, August 28, 2008

Three Suggestions for Korea

Recently, I've come up with three suggestions for things that I believe Korea needs. These improvements would make Korea an even better place (and for the record, I think it's a pretty terrific place already):

1. Parking lots. It would be just lovely if cars did not have to drive and park on the sidewalks.
2. Street names. Just think how much easier it would be to find things or to give people directions.
3. Standardized spelling. Korea is apparently still in the experimental stage with letters, since many words and place names can be spelled two or more different ways. Most writing is still in Hangeul. That's fine; after all, Hangeul is a very logical system for writing that really isn't too hard to learn, but it would sure be nice if they could stick to just one spelling for place names and words when they take the trouble to use letters.

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