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Korean Dating Culture Posted by on May 16, 2019

I believe that how people love is certainly affected by culture. 연애(yeon-ae: courtship)  with 한국인(han-kook-inn: Koreans) can be different from dating a person from your own culture. Although I’ve been a 아줌마(ah-joom-mah: a married woman) for a while, I am not familiar with 유행(you-hang: new trends) in dating culture in Korea. However, I can give…

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The Cultural Difference Between Korea and America Posted by on Apr 29, 2019

I have been living in two different worlds, between Korean and American 문화(moon-hwa:culture), since I met my husband. I am a native Korean and my 남편(nam-pyoen: husband) is an American. People say that it is normal for married couples to learn about their partner’s peculiarities in the beginning of 결혼(kyoel-hon: marriage). I started to realize…

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My Favorite Korean Song Posted by on Apr 19, 2019

Did you know that songs you hum in the shower can tell you how old you are? My favorite shower song is ‘어머님께’ (To Mother) by 지오디 (g.o.d.). This male group band has been loved by Koreans since 1999. They have other popular songs, but I love ‘어머님께’. Somehow, the melody of this song…

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Who Makes Your Luck Posted by on Mar 21, 2019

I was talking to my best friend little after Chinese New Year’s Day. She reflected how tough the last three years had been. She was wishing that this coming year would be a lucky year since she is a dog in Chinese zodiac characters. In Korea, we celebrate the New Year’s Day by following the…

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The Culture of Exploiting Status and Position in Korea Posted by on Mar 11, 2019

When I visited Korea last time, I met my childhood friends who I hadn’t seen for a long time. As soon as we settled down on the table, we all became chatty as if we were in a talking competition. One of my dear friends started talking about how tiring and unhappy she had been…

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Most Common Mistakes by Korean Natives – Part 2 Posted by on Feb 26, 2019

Since we talked about common mistakes made by Koreans in January, we are going to look at more frequent mistakes. Pay close attention to each word I am going to use as examples below since they are mistakes made in written Korean rather than in spoke Korean. I did my best to explain, but I…

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The Ways I Enjoy Kimchi Posted by on Feb 12, 2019

Kimchi is one of most common topics of interest that people bring up when I introduce myself as being a native Korean. Most people I have met expressed their love for the spicy cabbage food from Korea.  Although I admit that Kimchi is a kind of food where you either love it, or you hate…

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