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KARA Real meaning of the word and right pronunciation

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Hello!

My name is Flora and I'm a Kara fan.As i was searching the forum i found this

What does Kara mean?

Gyuri came out with the name Kara, which means sweet melody in Greek.

I'm Greek by both Greek parents.I was born and raised up in Greece.I still live here.

The answer is incorrect.But to explain why i have to tell you a few more things

First the word is not even kara,but hara(h as in hello).

Also it's not KAra but haRA

The greek word hara comes from the ancient greek verb χαίρω (hero, he as in hello)

In ancient greek(and in modern greek) the verb means i'm happy,i'm joyful

So the noun hara mean happiness and joy.

The change between h and k happened when Latins translated the letter h in k to make their own alphabet.

I just thought i should inform you

Sorry if my english is incorrect.I'm not a native speaker.

Edited by nalty

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Hi Flora!

Thanks for the explanation. I have a quick question regarding the writing of romanized greek. I saw this on wikipedia.

"Kara comes from the Greek word "chara" (χαρά, lit. "joy"), which the group interpreted to mean "sweet melody".[1]"

So in romanization, is writing "ch" above correct where the "c" is just silent? or is it romanized as "h"? Thanks!

My funny thought (meaning my lame joke...)

To avoid confusion, Goo Hara now has to be Goo Kara and Kara is now Hara.

"Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, Jung Nicole, Goo Hara, Kang Ji Young, HARA jjang! "

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thanks for this quick lesson.

χαίρω (ancient greek) -> haRA (modern greek) -> kaRA (latins) -> sweet melody (goddess)

goddess must be right. :D

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hi Flora, and welcome to Karaholic :D

it was a very good info..

thx a lot for that.. :D

btw,ur English is quite good :)

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thanks for the brief lesson, i didn't know that was the case. very interesting stuff. you learn something new everyday! hahaha

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@lalalalahey

well i'm not aware of the romanization from greek to english

but it's almost the same thing

so if you take the word as "chara" c is silent

Actually when i heard the name Hara i thought it had something to do with the name of the group.Basically her name is a greek word

@everyone

you're welcome

i'm glad i could transfer the meaning correctly

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Hi Flora, nice to meet you! That's a pretty name. Wow, KARA has Greek fans too? (: Thanks a lot of the information. I actually searched this up on the internet once myself. I think that when Gyuri chose the name she just interpreted it to be Sweet Melody.

So in Greek it's Hara and there's our Honey Hara in the group? Lol, confusing.

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Interesting stuff, thanks for the lesson, goo hara should start claiming that the band should be named after her!

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@sunnySKIES

thanks.Yes there are a lot of Kara Greek fangirls.But I may be the one that loves them most.

@ahhjinjja

Haha that's right!

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Thank for this very interresting information and welcome !

I think, our Hara was fated to be in KARA lol.

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@ahhjinjja

hahah, named after her. hara must be surprised too.

@solin

hara destinated to be with kara. :)

good to learn kamilia has spreaded in numbers in greek.

now kara has fans all over the globe.

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thanks for the info.. just learned something today.. >_<

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I wonder if Goo Hara knows thism I'm sure she would be excited as it seems like she is a perfect fit for the group now. The etymology of names are always interesting to me and I didn't even know Kara had a Greek origin. I guess I will think of "Kara" as more of a happy sweet melody now.

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Thanks~ I learned something today^^

SO Hara should know what her name means ^^

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Hello Flora,

Wow. This is really interesting.

Hara WAS fated to be in KARA!

This is such a fun fact in the meaning.

Her name is pretty and it fits her perfectly!

Thank you so much for clearing it out here.

-Joss

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thx for the background info. flora!

whether hara or kara, it seems to make sense given goo hara in the group ahaha.

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Thanks for sharing this! I'm sure many fans didn't know this. I for one totally didn't know this fact.

LOL. I always thought Hara was something special considering her name was one letter away from Kara.

I guess Gyuri made a minor mistake. But it's OK Kara is still a cool name.

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Oooh Thanks for the info..interesting =P

and i think too that Hara was fated to be in KARA

But how Guyri comes to the translation as a

"Sweet Melody" and not "i'm happy, i'm joyful"??

I did not really understand that part .. :huh:

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