Everest Mountain and Halla Mountain

I gave a student a list of words to prompt his speaking, one of which was gorgeous. He said that a gorgeous sight is “Everest Mountain”. Because I was testing his overall fluency, I didn’t stop him. Soon after, I asked him about a gorgeous sight in his country, being South Korea, and he said “Halla Mountain“.

In English, Mount (or Mt) Everest is the only choice. In Korean, 한라산 is the only choice. In English, we can say Halla Mountain (reflecting the Korean word order), Mt Halla or Mt Hallasan (which is pleonastic but widespread, according to an online search), but probably not Hallasan Mountain. But search results may be unreliable, because many web pages use more than one form. 

Because I only refer to this mountain when I’m talking to Korean people, I say Hallasan. I can’t decide what I would say if was talking to a non-Korean person.

(Some time ago I wrote about Gyeongbokgung v Gyeongbokgung Palace v Gyeongbok Palace and also mentioned –do for island and –san for mountain.)


3 thoughts on “Everest Mountain and Halla Mountain

  1. It’s a bit like our river here. It is the River Torrens not the Torrens River whereas Melbourne’s river is the Yarra River not the River Yarra


  2. Because it’s so long since I lived in Adelaide and even longer since I lived in Victoria, I’m not sure what I would say. Wikipedia’s pages are Yarra River and River Torrens, but Google has 1.28m results for Yarra River and 80,000 for River Yarra, and 187,000 for River Torrens and 78,900 for Torrens River, so the opposites are definitely out there.
    Here, of course, it’s ‘the Parramatta River’ (but it can’t just be ‘the Parramatta’, like ‘the Yarra’ or ‘the Torrens’). There are results for ‘River Parramatta’, but they are in contexts like ‘Our plan for the River – Parramatta River Masterplan’ or ‘[Restaurant name] by the River, Parramatta’.


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