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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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Are You A Silverspoon? Posted by on Jan 27, 2019

You might think, “What kind of a question is that?” “Silverspoon” is a fairly new term, but it has been widely used in Korean society since 2015. It is a sarcastic metaphor to describe a financial/socioeconomic status of people in Korea. 은수저(eun-soo-jeo:a spoon made of silver) and 흙수저(huk-soo-jeo: a spoon made of mud) are, in…

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