반응/대응 – Korean Words vs Words #3

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When something happens around us, we react to it. In Korean, there are two words for the reaction, 반응 and 대응. We will see the difference between them.

반응

반응 is used to show thought, idea after an incident. It's usually emotional.

Examples

웹툰 작가 김 씨는 자신의 신작에 대한 사람들의 뜨거운 반응에 감사를 표했다.
Mr. Kim, a webtoonist, showed his thanks to his fans for the enthusiastic response to his new webtoon.

여배우들은 몸무게에 대한 질문에 민감하게 반응한다.
Actresses are really sensitive to the questions about their weights.

선생님은 아이들을 웃기려 했지만 아이들의 반응은 차가웠다.
The teacher tried to make kids laugh, but their reactions were cold.

대응

대응 is used against some kind of attack. It's usually rational and requires more than one step of action. Because of this, it is usually used like 법적 대응(legal action), 군사적 대응(military response) and so on.

Examples

일부 사람들의 악플에 어떻게 대응하시나요?
How do you respond to malicious comments by some people?

IS의 도발에 정부는 침착하게 대응했다.
Our government calmly responded to the provocation of IS.

경쟁사의 꾸준한 신제품 출시에 어떻게 대응해야 할지 고민 중이다.
I am considering how to act against the continuous release of our competition.