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Title: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: SPQR on December 30, 2020, 01:19:43 pm
I think way back in March I read and translated one of those messages.

Since then I haven't read any.  If they are too stupid to put them in
Korean AND the international language, then %#^% them. I think the
same people that send those messages are the same ones that
are responsible for ordering vaccine.  A total pigheaded cluster ^%$@.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: OnNut81 on December 30, 2020, 01:27:54 pm
I only read the ones that come from my school.  Since I can't copy and past the emergency alerts I just deactivated them.  I would read the city and place of location of confirmed cases in the beginning but have had it switched off since last April. 
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: D.L.Orean on December 30, 2020, 01:28:54 pm
I think way back in March I read and translated one of those messages.

Since then I haven't read any.  If they are too stupid to put them in
Korean AND the international language, then %#^% them. I think the
same people that send those messages are the same ones that
are responsible for ordering vaccine.  A total pigheaded cluster ^%$@.

It's really not difficult to pick out the key points from the Korean even with little language ability. Or you can choose to receive them in English through the emergency notice app.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Chinguetti on December 30, 2020, 01:45:02 pm
Did I inspire this post, lol?

I read them up until they stopped being helpful and started being super repetitive. Kept them turned on, though, just in case, but finally realized that I wasn't skimming through them often enough to matter. Also realized that my Emergency app messages weren't coming through like they used to, and that turning off the safety notifications on my phone fixed the issue.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Kayos on December 30, 2020, 01:56:26 pm
I can't read or easily translate the emergency ones.
And my co-teacher is really good at quickly letting me know important things, especially in regards to the corona virus in Korea.
I should really turn mine off haha.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on December 30, 2020, 02:14:56 pm
I think way back in March I read and translated one of those messages.

Since then I haven't read any.  If they are too stupid to put them in
Korean AND the international language, then %#^% them. I think the
same people that send those messages are the same ones that
are responsible for ordering vaccine.  A total pigheaded cluster ^%$@.
Yeah, that's the attitude that will improve things during a pandemic: Stamping your feet like a child and shouting "F*ck them!"

Not having a shred of agency over things and being barely literate in Korean or taking 10 seconds and using google translate...No that's for morons!
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: SPQR on December 30, 2020, 02:36:25 pm
Did I inspire this post, lol?

I read them up until they stopped being helpful and started being super repetitive. Kept them turned on, though, just in case, but finally realized that I wasn't skimming through them often enough to matter. Also realized that my Emergency app messages weren't coming through like they used to, and that turning off the safety notifications on my phone fixed the issue.

Hey thanks.  I didn't know I could turn them off.  I just did that.
Funny thing is I will still get the same amount of info.....zero. Haha
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Kayos on December 30, 2020, 02:45:32 pm
Yeah, that's the attitude that will improve things during a pandemic: Stamping your feet like a child and shouting "F*ck them!"

Not having a shred of agency over things and being barely literate in Korean or taking 10 seconds and using google translate...No that's for morons!

Those messages can't be copied though. There are probably a few of us here with the Korean skills to understand the message, but I'd assume most wouldn't be able to understand the original Korean message.
And I'm sure most of us are already following the government guidelines. I personally only to work and back home, and I go grocery shopping once a week too. I'm rarely going out.
I'd assume most of us are like that, and taking precautions when need to go out for whatever reason.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: fka on December 30, 2020, 02:51:01 pm
Those messages can't be copied though. There are probably a few of us here with the Korean skills to understand the message, but I'd assume most wouldn't be able to understand the original Korean message.

Forward the message to someone (but don't hit send), and your phone will set it up as copiable text, which can then paste into Papago or Google Translate.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: 745sticky on December 30, 2020, 02:52:36 pm
Alternatively you could also screenshot it and use google translate's picture function
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: CO2 on December 30, 2020, 03:00:28 pm
All of my translations from the Emergency App would say 3earthquake. 4earthquake.

There was no earthquake. CLEARLY. And certainly not multiple earthquakes per day.

F'in useless.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: SPQR on December 30, 2020, 03:01:48 pm
Or, they could make the messages bilingual to make the two million plus
foreigners who live in this country feel like the government gives a shit
about them.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: D.L.Orean on December 30, 2020, 03:03:19 pm
Or, they could make the messages bilingual to make the two million plus
foreigners who live in this country feel like the government gives a shit
about them.

They do offer them in English. The translations aren't always the best but they make the effort. You need to download the Emergency Ready app.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: oglop on December 30, 2020, 03:10:48 pm
well, i coincidentally finally turned them off today (after chinguetti mentioned she did it)
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: CO2 on December 30, 2020, 03:20:50 pm
They do offer them in English. The translations aren't always the best but they make the effort. You need to download the Emergency Ready app.

That's the app I was using and getting warnings about multiple earthquakes a day. USELESS
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on December 30, 2020, 04:12:06 pm
Or, they could make the messages bilingual to make the two million plus
foreigners who live in this country feel like the government gives a shit
about them.
All foreigners speak English!
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: SPQR on December 30, 2020, 04:31:13 pm
All foreigners speak English!

Sorry Laddie. It's the INTERNATIONAL language.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: KoreaBoo on December 30, 2020, 08:46:57 pm
I was vaccinated, so no.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: JNM on December 31, 2020, 01:43:21 am
I read every message I get on my phone unless it is clearly an advert. Google translate does a decent job, and I would rather know stuff then not.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: CypherSoul on December 31, 2020, 07:37:26 am
Those messages can't be copied though.
You can copy them now! I usually just translate the text itself on the messages app! Takes about 30 seconds if anything!
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Kayos on December 31, 2020, 07:51:04 am
You can copy them now! I usually just translate the text itself on the messages app! Takes about 30 seconds if anything!

I don't have the app, and the ones that get directly sent to my phone still can't be copied.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: CypherSoul on December 31, 2020, 08:33:51 am
I don't have the app, and the ones that get directly sent to my phone still can't be copied.


really? I was not able to copy from the direct message either before but I can now, and so can my friend! :/
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Kayos on December 31, 2020, 08:45:03 am


really? I was not able to copy from the direct message either before but I can now, and so can my friend! :/

I checked again right before making that post, and there is no updates available to my phone.
when I press and hold down the message I get: Delete; more info. More info doesn't give extra options, as I pressed that.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: CypherSoul on December 31, 2020, 09:47:38 am
Here's what I have. Maybe it's dependant on the phone model. I did install updates on it recently, maybe that's why!
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on December 31, 2020, 10:15:12 am
Sorry Laddie. It's the INTERNATIONAL language.
Go make a law then. Or you know, try to learn 2010 level tech or basic ability in the language if the country you live in.

But why should you make any effort? Just keep on screaming on an internet forum.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: stoat on December 31, 2020, 10:27:50 am
Go make a law then. Or you know, try to learn 2010 level tech or basic ability in the language if the country you live in.

But why should you make any effort? Just keep on screaming on an internet forum.

Whether SQPR should learn Korean and whether government emergency messages should be in the local and international language are two separate arguments. You are intelligent enough to see that aren't you?
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on December 31, 2020, 10:48:54 am
Whether SQPR should learn Korean and whether government emergency messages should be in the local and international language are two separate arguments. You are intelligent enough to see that aren't you?
Sure. I think in the case of EXTREME disasters they should do it in both. For the run of the mill alerts? Nah.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: oglop on December 31, 2020, 10:53:28 am
is there anything Mr.DeMartino WON'T argue about?
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: CO2 on December 31, 2020, 11:13:51 am
I'll admit that I'm fortunate to be fluent in the international language, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it is indeed the lingua franca of our planet.

You wanna argue there should be Chinese ones? Fine. Japanese ones? Hmmmmm, you can argue.

But no one is going to do Portugese or Farsi. Or Italian. It's NOT happening.

When you go to immigration (or your cell provider) there should be a box that just says Chinese or English.

SKT is a massive company. MASSIVE. They have Eng support on the phone and I'll bet they have Chinese, too.

Chinese and Eng support should be normal for large scale things like wireless companies and THE GOVERNMENT.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: leaponover on December 31, 2020, 03:32:53 pm
Funny this thread is here.  I sent a scathing message to SKT back in March about how irate I was that I couldn't copy and paste important notifications from the service into Papago.  I actually got a response, a very calm and helpful one, that advised me that the messages don't actually come from the cell phone carrier and they can't control them.  He pointed me to an app that automatically translates the messages (poorly, sometimes hilariously poorly) but that is better than nothing.  So now I can use that app and I no longer get angered about not being able to cut and paste.  So I can definitely empathize.

Who wants to take a screenshot and sit there and type all the Korean...not me that's for sure.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on December 31, 2020, 03:59:49 pm
I'll admit that I'm fortunate to be fluent in the international language, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it is indeed the lingua franca of our planet.

You wanna argue there should be Chinese ones? Fine. Japanese ones? Hmmmmm, you can argue.

But no one is going to do Portugese or Farsi. Or Italian. It's NOT happening.

When you go to immigration (or your cell provider) there should be a box that just says Chinese or English.

SKT is a massive company. MASSIVE. They have Eng support on the phone and I'll bet they have Chinese, too.

Chinese and Eng support should be normal for large scale things like wireless companies and THE GOVERNMENT.
Like I said, for the big ones sure like "Tsunami Warning: Tidal Wave Inbound. Evacuate Now"

But for "It's going to be dusty today, please wear a mask"?  Ehhhh Whatever.

Also, if someone hasn't figured out how to identify Corona-19 in Korea or what "19" means by now and has zero interest in translating, then they obviously aren't that bothered by things. Are they really upset by this or just bothered that it's not easy? It's like this cat I had that would complain and howl whenever the glass door to our living room was closed and we were in it. As soon as you open the door, the cat walks away and doesn't go in. Just upset that there was a barrier.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: JNM on December 31, 2020, 04:26:30 pm
Screenshots can be fed to google translate.
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: chimp on January 01, 2021, 03:49:08 pm
They aren't difficult to read. The Korean in them is quite easy to understand.

Glancing over the replies I think even Chingetti said she can understand them, and she doesn't usually seem all that bright.

A bit of effort is all you people need
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: leaponover on January 06, 2021, 03:30:50 pm
They aren't difficult to read. The Korean in them is quite easy to understand.

Glancing over the replies I think even Chingetti said she can understand them, and she doesn't usually seem all that bright.

A bit of effort is all you people need

This is nonsense.  They often use technical words that Westerners living here don't often encounter.  Get out with your omniscience. 
Title: Re: Have you read ANY of the Covid-19 cellphone messages?
Post by: Kyndo on January 07, 2021, 07:43:58 am
All of my translations from the Emergency App would say 3earthquake. 4earthquake.

There was no earthquake. CLEARLY. And certainly not multiple earthquakes per day.

F'in useless.

The numbers refer to richter scale, I think. Anything less than a 4.5 is essentially unnoticeable (without technology) unless you're right at the epicentre.