I have a question about Korean numbers. I know that sino-Korean numbers come from the Chinese language and the Chinese number for 4 is considered very unlucky in China, so does that also apply to Korea?
We’re actually just writing a lesson on this very subject, are you psychic?!
You’re absolutely right! The sino-Korean for number 4 is 사, which has the same sound as the Chinese word for “death,” and is therefore considered very unlucky.
If you’re in Korea, you might notice that very often, buildings don’t have a level 4, houses aren’t marked with the number 4 and items are not grouped in a number of 4. In fact, in some cases the use of the number can affect building or housing prices!
I guess you can say Asian’s are very superstitious.