This is a companion post to [last week’s Foreign Friday]. “Unnie” and “noona” are used very similarly to “oppa” and “hyung.” A girl will call her older sister “unnie,” while a guy will call his older sister “noona.” However, a girl can also call an older friend or an older girl she knows “unnie” without being blood-related to her. A guy can use “noona” the same way, but he can also call an older girlfriend or lover “noona.”
Basically, “unnie” and “noona” are the genderswapped version of “oppa” and “hyung!”
Foreign Friday is an introduction to Indian and Korean culture in honor of my YA contemporary novel (tentatively titled) Shadows Fall Behind.