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Korean Wedding Ducks: Symbol of Fidelity and Love Posted by on Aug 22, 2018

Last Saturday, one of my friends asked me about the significance of the Korean wedding ducks. While I shared the meaning and some of my fond stories relating to the wedding ducks with her, I thought you might be interested in learning the history and symbolism of Korean wedding ducks. Symbol of Fidelity Incorporating a…

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For a Good Hairday: Hairstyle Related Expressions in Korean. Posted by on Aug 15, 2018

Do you have an old picture that is hidden in your drawer due to a bad hair day? Are you expecting a good hairday but worried about how to ask your hairdresser to style your hair in Korean? I hope this post will be helpful for you to have a better hairday when you are…

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Tetraphobia: Fear of the Number 4 in South Korea Posted by on Aug 8, 2018

Do you know what tetraphobia means? It means ‘fear of four’ in Greek: a combination of the Greek words tetra (the number 4) and phobia (fear). You might be shocked to find that tetraphobia is fairly common throughout the many Asian countries such as, China Japan, and Korea. 4자 기피 (Tetraphobia: Fear of the Number Four) During…

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What Does “Kwangbokjeol” Mean in Korean Posted by on Aug 1, 2018

Pretty soon, the streets around the country will be flooded with Korean flags, since one of the important holidays in Korea is around the corner. What is 광복절[kwang-bok-jeol]? 광복절  is a 국경일 (national holiday) that have celebrated on August 15thof every year. Direct translation of 광복절  means “the light restoration day.” It is the day that Koreans have celebrated…

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“Cheer Up” in Korean Posted by on Jul 25, 2018

Everybody is fighting for something! Do you know how to say “cheer up” in Korean to your family members, friends, or co-workers? Do you have a good strategy to de-stress, encourage, or motivate yourself or others? I enjoy starting my day with a hot cup of black coffee and good music. This 15-20 minutes of…

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Beat the Heat with Korean Neangmyeon Posted by on Jul 18, 2018

Is there any special food that you eat to beat the heat in the summer? How about boosting your appetite with refreshing Korean style cold noodle, Neangmyeon? What is 냉면 (Neangmyeon)? 냉면 (nyeangmyeon) is one of the noodle dishes of Korean cuisine: ‘냉 (neang) ’ means cold and ‘면 (myeon)’ means noodle. 냉면  is made…

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Oppa, Unni, Hyung, and Noona: Age isn’t just a number in Korea Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

If you are a big fan of K-pops, K-movies, and K-dramas, you often hear the following nouns by themselves or coming after someone’s name. : 오빠(oppa), 언니(unni), 형(hyung), and 누나(noona). Do you know what they mean? Have you ever found yourself scratching your head because you are being asked this somewhat private question, “몇 살이에요? (How old…

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