Announcing the giveaway Winners

So sorry for the audio being a bit off. Couldn’t fix it, but found a solution for whenever we do the next video. The important thing is knowing who the winners are! lol.

To the 3 winners, please shoot us an email at DomAndHyo@gmail.com with your address, and we will send out your prizes as soon as we get it.

Congrats again!

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Meeting the Each Other’s Families

So I was sitting here after work thinking about how we both met each other’s families. One thing that stood out to me were the differences between Western culture and Korean culture when it comes to meeting the parents.

In the West, it is pretty common to bring home a girlfriend/boyfriend to the house even if you are casually dating. Now, I was raised a bit differently so I didn’t fit this mold, but many of my friends did. I pretty much knew that any girl I brought back home to meet my mom meant that I was pretty serious so it was pretty strange to see some of my friends do it differently.

In Korea it’s pretty much the same as I was raised so it wasn’t really a surprise when I didn’t meet Hyo’s mom until after about 6 months of dating (it was before I had to go back to the states for 3 months).

Meeting Hyo’s Fam

As I said above, we had been dating for about 6 months before I met her mom. It was a pretty low key meeting. It was a cold December day, but we ended up eating some Samgyeopsal (yes!) and then going to a park in Incheon. I met her mom, sister, and her sister’s boyfriend. I was totally nervous especially when I was left with her mom at the table all alone for several minutes.

But I mustered what little Korean I knew and was able to have a broken conversation haha. But she was very cool and accepting of our relationship from the start. I often hang out with Hyo’s mom and sister and her mom is always looking out for me by sending me food and always asking Hyo if I’m lonely because I live alone. In Korea, you usually wait a little longer to meet the dad, so that will probably happen this year.

Now I’ve said this in another post, but meeting Hyo’s mom also showed me where she got a lot of the things in personality that I admire. Hyo is short and cute (looks harmless haha :p), but definitely not a pushover and is strong, diligent, and independent.

Out with Hyo's fam at the beach last year.

Out with Hyo’s fam at the beach last year.

Meeting My Fam

Earlier this year, we took a trip back to my hometown of Detroit so she could finally meet my fam. We had been dating about a year and half by that point so it was about time she got to see some of my culture and where I get some of my personality quirks from.

It was a pretty interesting trip for her (maybe she can write about it later :p). We had already visited Hawaii, but this was her first trip to the continental states. Detroit was quite a culture shock as you can imagine. Detroit being one of the more dangerous cities and going through some hard times right now. But she enjoyed it as I was happy to show her where I went to school, my favorite places, restaurants etc.

My mom was very accepting and turned my room into a mini hotel for Hyo to make her feel completely comfortable. I think they both have some similarities in their personalities and despite the slight language barrier, they get along great. Hyo cooked ์ „ (Jeon), a type of Korean pancake, and my mom was raving about it for days. Hyo also met my dad which was hilarious because my dad is taller than me and Hyo seemed like she needed a ladder when she met him.

 

Hyo with my mom

Hyo with my mom

 

Hyo with my dad.

Hyo with my dad.

We also took a trip to west Virginia to see my grandma, aunt, and cousins. They all loved her and it was a great time. They really made her feel at home. To finish our trip, we took a visit to NYC and met up with some friends there as well.

So as you can see, any relationship will have its challenges, and maybe more so with different cultures (language barrier sometimes), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I mean, if you were to go back in time and tell 18 year old Dom that he would be living in Korea, bringing his Korean girlfriend to meet his family in Detroit, I would’ve laughed in your face and said you were high. But that’s life…and it brings many surprises along the way. Cheers.

 

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Episode #25: Pushups

She is too cute when this happens. It happened more often when we started dating, but I still try to make her do it for fun. Our goal for her is 5 pushups in a row haha.

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Episode #24: Nicknames and Bad Words

When learning a language, swearing words are an interesting thing. It’s different because you didn’t grow up with the stigma of the word being bad, so it doesn’t sound “bad” to you. My students demonstrate this daily. They think all English swearing words are just like regular words and really don’t know the impact of what they are saying sometimes. I usually have to correct them and tell them exactly why they can’t just drop f-bombs all over the place if they lose a game in class.

Of the Korean swear words I’ve learned, I’ve learned most of them from hearing my students say them (they think I can’t understand), but occasionally I’ll ask Hyo what a word is, but she won’t tell me at first haha. I just would like to know just in case my students think they can still get away with bad language even in Korean (and just for fun admittedly haha).

With the nicknames, I already made a comic about that, and she has infinite names for me, but I guess i’m just not as creative in this area.

Anyways, until next time! Remember there are 6 days left for the giveaway…check yesterday’s post ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dom and Hyo Cool Giveaway

So as promised, we will host a little giveaway this week just to say thanks for the support from everyone so far, to have some fun, and to celebrate 200 likes on Facebook. We would also just like to interact with everyone a bit more.

So what are we giving away?

We found these cool little blackboards (with pen included) that you can write memos for yourself on.

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I’m horrible at picking out gifts, so you can thank Hyo for finding these. So what do you need to do to enter? Pretty simple:

– Leave a comment below answering this question:

“What are 5 things you cannot live without?”

– You get (1) extra entry if you share the contest on Facebook or Twitter

Rules:

– We (Dom and Hyo) can only ship the prize to the US and South Korea

– We will choose 3 winners randomly (pick from a bag) and will record it!

– Giveaway will end on Saturday, May 4th at 6 P.M.

– Winners will be announced on Sunday in a post after the giveaway ends

That’s it! We look forward to the comments and answers. Good luck.

Korean:

์ด๋ฏธ ๊ณต์ง€ํ•ด๋“œ๋ ธ๋‹ค์‹œํ”ผ Dom & Hyo์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์˜ ๊ด€์‹ฌ์— ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•˜๋Š” ์˜๋ฏธ๋กœ ์ž‘์€ ์ƒํ’ˆ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ๋ฅผ ํ•˜๋ ค๊ณ  ํ•ด์š”.
์ด๋ฒˆ ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„ ๋ชจ๋‘์™€ ์กฐ๊ธˆ ๋” ๋งŽ์€ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ณต์œ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”.

์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋ญ˜ ์ค€๋น„ํ–ˆ๋Š”์ง€ ๊ถ๊ธˆํ•˜์‹œ์ฃ ?

์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋ฉ”๋ชจ๋ฅผ ์ ์–ด ๋†“์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์ž‘์ง€๋งŒ ์œ ์šฉํ•œ ์น ํŒ๊ณผ ํŽœ์„ ์ค€๋น„ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”.ย ์ „(Dom) ์„ ๋ฌผ ์ž˜ ๋ชป ๊ณ ๋ฅด๋Š” ํŽธ์ด๋ผ ์ด๋ฒˆ์—” Hyo๊ฐ€ ๊ณจ๋ž์–ด์š”.ย (Hyo: ๋งˆ์Œ์— ๋“œ์‹œ๊ธธ ๋ฐ”๋ž˜์š” XD)

๊ทธ๋Ÿผ ๊ทœ์น™์„ ์•Œ์•„๋ณผ๊นŒ์š”? ๊ฐ„๋‹จํ•ด์š”.:

– ์•„๋ž˜์˜ ์งˆ๋ฌธ์— ๋‹ต๋ณ€์„ ๋‹ฌ์•„์ฃผ์„ธ์š”.:

“๋‚˜๋Š” ์ด ๋‹ค์„ฏ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ฐ€ ์—†์œผ๋ฉด ์‚ด ์ˆ˜ ์—†๋‹ค.” ๊ทธ ๋‹ค์„ฏ๊ฐ€์ง€์˜ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์ด ๋ฌด์—‡์ธ์ง€ ์จ์ฃผ์„ธ์š”.

– ํŽ˜์ด์Šค๋ถ์ด๋‚˜ ํŠธ์œ„ํ„ฐ์— Dom & Hyo ์›นํˆฐ์„ ๊ณต์œ ํ•ด์ฃผ์‹œ๋ฉด ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ์— ๋‹น์ฒจ๋  ํ™•๋ฅ ์ด 2๋ฐฐ ๋†’์•„์ง‘๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

๊ทœ์น™:

– ์•ˆํƒ€๊น๊ฒŒ๋„ ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋ฏธ๊ตญ๊ณผ ํ•œ๊ตญ์œผ๋กœ๋งŒ ์ƒํ’ˆ์„ ๋ณด๋‚ด๋“œ๋ฆด ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด์š”.

–ย ๋ฌด์ž‘์œ„๋กœ(์ œ๋น„๋ฝ‘๊ธฐ์˜ ํ˜•์‹) ์„ธ ๋ช…์˜ ์šฐ์Šน์ž๊ฐ€ ๊ฒฐ์ •๋˜๊ณ  ๊ทธ ๊ณผ์ •์„ ๋…นํ™”ํ•ด์„œ ๋ณด์—ฌ๋“œ๋ฆด๊ฒŒ์š”.

–ย ์ด ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ๋Š” 5์›” 5์ผ ์ผ์š”์ผ ์˜คํ›„ 6์‹œ ์ข…๋ฃŒ๋œ๋‹ต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

–ย ์„ธ๋ช…์˜ ์šฐ์Šน์ž๋Š” ์ด๋ฒคํŠธ ์ข…๋ฃŒ ํ›„(์ผ์š”์ผ) Dom & Hyo ํ™ˆํŽ˜์ด์ง€์— ๋ฐœํ‘œ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๋“ค์˜ ์žฌ์น˜์žˆ๋Š” ๋Œ“๊ธ€๊ณผ ๋‹ต๋ณ€์ด ๊ธฐ๋Œ€๋˜๋„ค์š”. ํ–‰์šด์„ ๋นŒ์–ด์š”.

 

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Episode #23: Practicing Korean

So we are both trying to practice our languages more now. Her with English and me with Korean. My Korean is much worse than her English so we try to practice a lot…and yes i hate using full sentences with her because she knows what i’m talking about already! haha. But it is good practice.

I also like to laugh and not use full sentences on purpose just to see the above reaction. Too cute haha. She also likes to mix Korean and English sometimes…like above it says “full sentence ํ•ด์•ผ์ง€” where the last part is “should do” in Korean. This has rubbed off on me and I even did it back home when I talked to my mom and she was confused as ever.

My Korean would be much better if I used my free time better. I do have a lot of side projects I like to work on, but I have a lot of extra time at school, so there is really no excuse for not studying more. Getting better though. I’m finally about to have some basic conversations with my coworkers at school now. Let’s see where i am by the end of the year. I have a good teacher on my side :p

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