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Fun Facts Quiz of Squid Game (Part 2) Posted by on Nov 4, 2021 in Culture, Film & Theater, Idioms, Korean Language, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

As far as I remember, of the many Korean tv shows I had watched in the past, most were dramas. There are, however, many different types of television shows in the Korean market. A recent Korean TV show, 오징어 게임 (oh-jing-uh-game: Squid Game), is one of them. Set in a dystopian future, this series has become very popular.


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As I promised in the previous post, I have more quizzes inspired by the TV show, 오징어 게임 for you. If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous post, please take the time to read them. I promise you that you won’t regret it. (https://blogs.transparent.com/korean/fun-facts-quiz-of-squid-game-part-1/). 


Let’s cut to the chase. Here are the rest of the quizzes for you today.

Quiz 4. What kind of food was 쌍문동( Ssang-moon-dong: Seong Gi-Hun, Player # 456) eating when he met 영감님 (young-gahm-nim: the old man, Player #001) again at a convenience store?

->Player #456 was eating 술안주 (sool-ahn-joo: a snack eaten with drinks) with a can of beer. It was basically dry instant Ramen noodles with Ramen soup powder sprinkled on top. It is not the healthiest food for you, but it is cheap. After watching the show, you will find out a reason why player #456 was eating that kind of food.


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Quiz 5. What is a telecommuting app that a police officer, who snuck into the Game as a guard, used to communicate to his superior? 

->카카오톡 (KakaoTalk) is the most used message app in Korea. Koreans even use this app to pay bills.

Quiz 6. What is the name of the university that Player #218 graduated from? What major did he study? And, what does that mean in Korean society?

->Player #218 falls into the category of the so-called ‘elite’ in Korea. 서울대학교 (Seoul University) is the most prestigious university in South Korea. 경영학과 (kyung-young-hawk-kwah: Business Administration) is considered to be a promising major offering a bright future. On top of that, Player #218 was 수석입학 (soo-suk-ip-hak: to be admitted to a school at the top of the class). This is why Player #456 calls him a smart guy in the show. Although you can decide if he’s a real smart man in life or not.  


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Quiz 7. What do you call a lunch box in Korean that everyone received a cold meal after one of the games? 

->It is called a 양은 도시락 (yang-eun-doh-si-rak: nickel-silver lunch box). I believe this lunch box is a symbol of hard-working Koreans in the 60s before the economic success of more recent times.  

Quiz 8. Arrange the rank of the guards from the highest level to the lowest level in the show using the shapes on their face masks. 

->네모 (ne-moh: a square) is supposed to be managerial staff. 세모 (se-moh: a triangle) is supposed to be soldiers. 동그라미 (dong-gue-ra-mi: a circle) is supposed to be workers.

Quiz 9. The main characters in the show often say this term 콜 (cohl: call). What does it mean? 

->It means “deal”. It is broken English, but it is commonly used in Korean colloquial conversation.

Quiz 10. What is a school foodservice system that most Korean children would have during their school years?

->It is 우유 (woo-you: milk) 급식 (geup-sik: foodservice). I had daily 우유급식 for 6 years in an elementary school. They were mostly white whole milk, but we often had a couple of strawberry or chocolate-flavored milk cartons among them. I remember I preferred chocolate milk over strawberry-flavored one. 


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Quiz 11. What is the total prize of the game?

->If I remember correctly, it was 456억 원 (sah-baek-oh-sip-yuk-uk-won: 38 billion US dollars). That is a lot of money. Do you think it is a coincidence that the show installed one player who was numbered as #456 in the game? 

Quiz 12. Why did Player #212 (Han Mi-nyeo) get mad at Player #101 (장덕수: Jang Deok-su) when he called her 아줌마 (ah-zoom-mah: Mrs. or Ms.)?

->아줌마 can literally mean ma’am, madam or a middle-aged woman. This word can be used in an offensive way depending on circumstances or with a particular voice tone of the speaker. Thus, watch your body language when you call someone 아줌마.

Quiz 13. What are the emergency numbers that the police officer dialed when he found a telephone in a room?

->112 (il-il-ee: one-one-two) is the number to police in Korea. 119 (il-il-goo: one-one-nine) is the number to call for help in Korea.


I am not sure if there are more episodes coming out in the future. I hope this post gives you a little time to have fun as well as an opportunity to take a deeper dive into Korean culture.

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About the Author: Flying Oyster

Hi, I was born and raised in Seoul, S. Korea. I have lived in Seattle for a while and I am traveling the world with my husband since 2016. It is my honor to share Korean culture with you all. Don't be shy to share your thoughts and comments! :) Talk to you soon. H.J.


  1. Joel D:

    Thanks for your enjoyable posts. While my Korean is less than basic I have to disagree with your #9 콜 (cohl: call) explanation in your Squid Games Fun Facts 2 – it almost certainly comes from the Poker term doesn’t it? (I’ve wondered if there’s some connection between the popular Korean drama “All In” – also an expression Koreans use – and 콜)

    • Flying Oyster:

      @Joel D Hi Joel,

      I am glad you enjoyed reading the post. It means a lot to me. I have never thought that the term was derived from the poker game. I think you are correct. Thanks for correcting.

      Happy learning Korean!