Of course, the difference between reading the characters and understanding the language is the difference between humming the tune and singing the lyrics.
Today at lunch, I wanted some napkins (hu-gee). In Korea, the table napkins are these single ply jobbies about 2" X 5". It takes three or four to actually do anything. They come in a box (tung) which can be passed around.
I waited until Miss Cho was talking to Mr Oh, leaned across to her and said, "Hu-gee tung, chuh-say-yo." Wordlessly, she reached for the box and passed it to me.
Then she did a double-take. I smiled with satisfaction.
--from the cart ramp/escalator at Home Plus, opposite sides of the same sign.