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I’ve been living in Korea for a little over 7 years now and I often get asked by friends and family to bring them back Korean gifts when I visit home during the vacations. My mom loves the green tea and although I’m not really into Kpop or dramas hardcore, some of my friends are and I’ll bring them back a poster or trinket of some sort. I also have several friends who love the variety of snacks and instant noodles.
However, some of you may not have friends or family in Korea or you may not be going anytime soon, so I’ve made a list of some of my favorite things that you can find online or at your local Korean mart to satisfy that need.
Most of these can be found on Amazon and some on other great sites. So without further ado, let’s get started!
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Korean Clothing/Wall Art/Stationery
So as you can see, there is lots of variety to cater to all tastes. If you find something unique that you don’t see here, just shoot us an email and we will add it asap.
When I first started using Korean, I had watched a few dramas and I was always confused which thank you I should use. I heard the formal version most often, but also heard the impolite form.
It wasn’t until I studied Korean more that I found out about politeness levels and then it made sense of course.
For saying thank you, there are several ways like most basic phrases in Korean. You have the formal, polite, and informal forms to work with.
Let’s start with the formal version. There are two ways (romanization included):
I remember when I first came to Korea that this was one of the first words I learned. I had my little Korean to English dictionary on the 14 hour plan ride over, and I wanted to learn all the very basic words like yes, no, thank you, hello, beer (haha), etc.
Likewise for you, adding this to your vocabulary won’t make you a pro, but you can at least use this when being asked a question.
So let’s get started with the first one…
We are in the dead heat of summer here in Korea. In fact, it’s been the hottest summer on record in decades and definitely been the hottest summer in my 9 years of living here. I can’t even walk outside 2 minutes without being drenched in sweat.
Usually the rainy season lasts for half the summer and we only have to deal with super hot temps from the beginning of August, but the heat has been blazing since early July as the rainy season lasted only 7 days.
So I’ve been in Korea for over 8 years now. Time really flies. One of the things I had to really get used to after getting married, was the smell of kimchi all throughout our refrigerator. Before I married Hyo and lived alone, there was zero kimchi in my refrigerator. Now, it is full of kimchi which Hyo’s mom brings to our house every month. Hyo loves that I’m not particularly fond of kimchi because it means she can eat it all.
We would love to have a kimchi fridge in our house, however we just don’t have the space right now as we recently moved into a slightly smaller place to be closer to her dad. Hyo really wants one though as most Koreans find them necessary and useful.
When Hyo and I met, we did tons of traveling around Korea and to some places around the states. We’ve been a bit busier lately and trying to save money so we haven’t been able to go as many places as we had been able to in the past.
I learned quite a bit of travel vocabulary from her and it was a quick way to learn some useful terms.
If you’re going be be traveling in Korea, these are some useful terms you can use and recognize on signs or when trying to communicate with someone. This is only part one, so look forward to another post soon.
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If you love milk, why not learn how to say it in Korean so you can ask a friend for some? The word for milk is 우유 (u-yu). Really easy to remember right? If you need a bit of help, just remember that the first syllable sounds a lot like “moo”.
Korea has lots of flavors of milk that you can find at the supermarkets (like most places across the world). For example: