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:
There are two ways to say sun in Korean.
The first way is the most common and simple way:
Hey! That’s what it sounds like. You will hear this version in daily conversation so if you want to refer to the sun, use this word. It is also the pure Korean version of the word sun.
The word for tiger in Korean is very similar to the word for cat, 고양이 (go-yang-i).
The animal itself has a lot of cultural importance and history in the country. If you watched the Olympics in Pyeongchang this, year, you saw that the mascot was a white tiger.
White tiger in Korean = 백호 (baek-ho)