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Hangul 눈치
Revised Romanization Nunchi
McCune–Reischauer Nunch'i

Nunchi, sometimes noonchi, is a Korean concept signifying the subtle art and ability to listen and gauge others' moods. In Western culture, nunchi could be described as the concept of emotional intelligence. It is of central importance to the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.[citation needed] Nunchi is literally translated as "eye-measure".[1] It is closely related to the broader concept of paralanguage, however nunchi also relies on an understanding of one's status relative to the person with whom they're interacting. It can be seen as the embodiment of skills necessary to communicate effectively in high context culture.

The concept of nunchi, and one's abundance or lack thereof, forms the basis of many common expressions and idioms. For example, a socially clumsy person can be described as nunchi eoptta (눈치 없다), meaning "absence of nunchi."

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  1. ^ Vegdahl, Sonja; Hur, Ben (15 September 2008). CultureShock! Korea: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. p. 36. ISBN 9789814408943.