Korean is a ‘macro-to-micro’ language. Korean people think the universe is represented in the order of a set (macro) and then its members (micro). In identifying a person, place, and time, the most specific point appears last.
① Names in Korean
The order of a personal name follows the general Korean word order, which puts the broadest category first, and the most specific last. Korean names usually consist of three syllables, one syllable representing the family and two for the given name. Family names come first followed by the given name.
김 지수 [gim jisu]
This probably reflects the emphasis Korean society places on family above the individual, which is the opposite from the western world.
② Address in Korean
In the same manner, an address typically starts with the name of the city, then the next largest administrative unit, then the street or avenue, and finally the building number.
서울시 영등포구 여의나루로 42 [seoul-shi yeongdeungpo-gu yeouinaru-ro saship-i]
③ Date and Time in Korean
2015년 9월 21일 월요일 오후 3시 10분 22초 [icheonship-onyeon gu-wol iship-il-il wolyo-il ohu se-si sip-bun iship-i-cho]
As you guys noticed, the word order clearly reflects the thought patterns of Korean people which are different from those of Western people.
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