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Why is it Koreans say 괜찮아요 so much

During the course of a day in Korea you will probably hear the phase 괜찮아요 many times. Whether you are asking about the weather or someone’s mood, the typical response will probably be 괜찮아요. Korean culture associates strong negatives with bad manners. Rather that speaking clearly and frankly about thoughts and feeling, etiquette requires responses like 괜찮아요 (ok) or 별로예요 (not particularly good).

Why is it Koreans say 괜찮아요 so much?

Korean culture

The expression 괜찮아요 thus occurs in many kinds of situations, with many different meanings. Not only a polite substitute for when one’s mood is bad, 괜찮아요 is also used to accept thanks and apologies. When someone is pressing you to eat more, use 괜찮아요 as a polite refusal like “No, thanks”. Koreans ask 괜찮아요? to find out if a sick friend is getting better, reassure someone who has made a mistake with 괜찮아요and ask a sad friend 괜찮아요? The many varied uses of 괜찮아요 can cause confusion for someone just learning to speak Korean. When trying to understand this phrase, pay careful attention to the speaker’s expression, voice, and body language to understand his meaning. If you find yourself getting frustrated, tip your head back and shout, 괜찮아요 and give this phrase a try.

Korean Seaweed Soup

Korean seaweed soup ( 미역국 ) is a definitely healthy and delicious way to incorporate seaweed into your diet. Traditionally, Koreans would serve this on birthdays and after giving birth. They say that the seaweed helps the new mother to heal. You may wonder what foods Koreans eat on special days?

Korean Seaweed Soup

Korean seaweed soup
Korean Seaweed Soup

Seaweed soup has about 40 kinds of minerals, DHA, vitamins, iodine and other nutrients. It has 200 times more calcium than rice, 25 times more than spinach and 13 times more than milk. Seaweed soup is known to be specially good for new mothers who are recovering from the loss of blood during childbirth by providing healthy doses of all the nutrients.

It is a long tradition in Korea that new mothers eat Seaweed soup for certain period of time after childbirth since this soup would bring them strength. It’s also a traditional birthday dish originating from the Garyeo Dynasty. This custom implies that you should not forget how grateful you should be to your mother for her giving birth to you, by eating Seaweed soup on the morning of your birthday. Today, Emagasia will teach you how to make Korean seaweed soup. So, what are you waiting for? Go and prepare the ingredients and there are just few simple steps to make this healthy and delicious Korean seaweed soup.

Korean Seaweed Soup Ingredients :

  • 1 ounce wakame seaweed ( dried, called mi yeok in Korean )
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy souce
  • 4 ounces beef
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • water, salt, pepper

Korean Seaweed Soup Making Direction :

  • 1. Place the dried seaweed in a large bowl with water in it.
  • 2. Allow the seaweed to rehydrate for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • 3. Cut the seaweed into 2-3 inch pieces.
  • 4. Heat a pot to medium heat.
  • 5. Cut the beef into bite-sized pieces.
  • 6. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, and beef to the preheated pot.
  • 7. Saute the beef until done.
  • 8. Add the seaweed and enough water to cover everything.
  • 9. Peel and smash the garlic cloves.
  • 10. Add to the pot.
  • 11. Bring the soup up to a boil.
  • 12. Reduce the heat to medium-low to medium.
  • 13. Allow the soup to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • 14. Fish out the garlic cloves and discard.
  • 15. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 16. Serve over rice.

If you would like to know how to make other Korean foods such as Kimchi or Japchae.

Korean Culture: Do you know how to indicate respect using your hands?

You may have noticed that body language differs according to culture. In Korea, people bow a lot – for instance, when greeting someone with “안녕하세요?” Korean people bow their heads a bit to indicate respect, this is one of the Korean culture. But did you know there are also ways in which you may indicate respect using your hands?

Do you know how to indicate respect using your hands?

Korean culture
Do you know how to indicate respect using your hands?

When giving or taking something from a stranger, someone older, someone higher status, or someone with whom you have a formal relationship ( such as co-worker ) use not one hand but two. If it is difficult to use both hands, you can take the object with your right hand as your left hand holds your right forearm. Watch closely next time you see two Koreans meet, as they bow their heads slightly and shake hands this way.

Drinking is a common cultural activity ( especially among men ) with its own rich body language. When pouring for someone, or having a drink poured for you, you should always hold the glass or bottle with two hands, arms extended.

In the old days, the sleeves of traditional men’s Korean clothing were very long so one had to extend one’s arm out to receive a glass. Also when drinking in front of a superior, turn your head a bit so that you are not facing him when you take a sip. This is another way of showing respect.

Koreans have become accustomed to this culture of paying respect to others through these various actions and postures, how do you feel about acquainting yourself with these?

Korean Vocabulary – Food and Drinks

Korean Vocabulary - Food and DrinksWe have learned Korean Vocabulary – Sports. Let’s learn Korean vocabulary for food and drinks. Use Korean Requests, Suggestions, or Commands to make requests, suggestions, or commands in a polite manner. Learning this will make your future experiences (perhaps in Korea) more enjoyable! Such as ordering food or drinks in a Korean restaurant! Here is just a partial list of Korean vocabulary for food and drinks. For those not here, consult with a Korean speaker and/or an English-Korean dictionary.

It is very important for you to know and memories it. Without knowing the Korean vocabulary, it’s very hard for you to form a Korean sentence. Please try to memories as much as you can. It may helps you in learning Korean Language.

Korean Vocabulary – Food and Drinks

Menu – 메뉴 [ me-nyu ]

English Korean Pronunciation
Beer 맥주 [ maek-ju ]
Black tea 홍차 [ hong-cha ]
Cola 콜라 [ kol-la ]
Chocolate 초콜릿 음료 [ cho-kol-lit-eum-ryo ]
Green tea 녹차 [ nok-cha ]
Coffee 커피 [ keo-pi ]
Milk 우유 [ u-yu ]
Juice 주스 [ ju-seu ]
Tea [ cha ]
Water [ mul ]
Bean [ kong ]
Bibimbap 비빔밥 [ bi-bim-bap ]
Bread [ bbang ]
Bulgogi (marinated meat) 불고기 [ bul-go-gi ]
Butter 버터 [ beo-teo ]
Cake 케이크 [ ke-i-keu ]
Cheese 치즈 [ chi-jeu ]
Chicken 닭고기 [ dalk-go-gi ]
Chicken broth 삼계탕 [ sam-gye-tang ]
Chili paste 고추장 [ go-chu-jang ]
Cold noodles 냉면 [ naeng-myeon ]
Fermented soybean broth 된장 [ doen-jang ]
Gimbap 김밥 [ gim-bap ]
Ham [ haem ]
Hamburger 햄버거 [ haem-beo-geo ]
Ice cream 아이스크림 [ a-i-seu-keu-rim ]
Kalbi (Korean BBQ pork) 갈비 [ gal-bi ]
Kimchi 김치 [ kim-chi ]
Korean cookies 한과 [ han-gwa ]
Korean pancake 빈대떡 [ bin-dae-ddeok ]
Meat 고기 [ go-gi ]
Noodles 국수 [ guk-su ]
Porridge [ juk ]
Ramen 라면 [ ra-myeon ]
Rice cake [ ddeok ]
Rice (cooked) [ bap ]
Rice (uncooked) [ ssal ]
Salad 샐러드 [ sael-leo-deu ]
Salt 소금 [ so-geum ]
Sandwich 샌드위치 [ saen-deu-wi-chi ]
Sauce 소스 [ so-seu ]
Side dishes 반찬 [ ban-chan ]
Soup 국/수프 [ guk/su-peu ]
Sugar 설탕 [ seol-tang ]
Vegetable paste 나물 [ na-mul ]

Useful Korean Phrases and Expressions: At the Restaurant

Useful Korean Phrases and Expressions At the RestaurantWe have learned Korean Basic Conversation and now let’s learn some useful Korean phrases and expressions: At the Restaurant. We speak and talk everyday, so it is important for us to memories some normal and easy phrases or expression in order to communicate while you are learning Korean. Hence, the summarize of some Korean formula and expressions may help to improve your Korean language skills. You should try to memories the sentences and use them in your speech and writing as often as you can.

In this way you will help yourself to improve your Korean quickly. Hope you will like it. Have a nice day. Related learn Korean language lessons: Korean Adverbs of Place – Here/There, Korean Requests, Suggestions, or Commands, Korean Counting Units, Korean Adjectives, Korean Numbers. (Related post: In Store and On The Street)

Useful Korean Phrases and Expressions

At the Restaurant – Korean Vocabulary – Food and Drinks

English Korean Pronunciation
Please give me a menu. 메뉴 좀 갖다주세요. Menyu jom gatdajuseyo.
I’d like one order of… …일 인분 부탁 합니다. …il inbun butak hamnida.
Don’t make it hot (spicy) 맵지 않게 해주세요. Maepji anke haejuseyo.
Please bring me some water. 물 좀 주세요. Mul jom juseyo.
Please bring me the check. 여기 계산서 좀 가져오세요. Yeogi gyesanseo jom gajyeooseyo.
Please give me a receipt. 영수증을 주세요. Yeongsujeungeul juseyo.

When eating with a Korean, how do you decide who pays?

If you have ever been out to eat with a Korean, you know that Koreans are not accustomed to splitting the bill after a meal. Today, Emagasia will teach you another Korean culture. If you want to know how Koreans celebrate their birthday, you may go to Korean birthday party.

When eating with a Korean, how do you decide who pays?

Korean culture
Who pays?

Koreans look upon the practice of each paying separately for one’s share as burdensome. Koreans know if they pay the bill this time, the other person will get it next time. It’s not that the next time has been planned in advance, but that if the opportunity present itself, the other person will return the favor.

However there are times when this unwritten rule does not hold true. When two people of unequal status ( an older student and a younger student, a senior and junior co-worker, friends of different ages, for example ) dine together, the older one usually pays for the younger one. Because people think that older people should treat younger people, the older one will not expect the favor to be returned the next time the pair dines together.

The elder will have received the same good treatment from his own elders, and is now returning the favor to the younger generation. So the younger or less senior person gets a free meal for the time being, but knows he will treat someone younger or less senior than himself somewhere down the line.

In this culture, when good things happen you are also expected to treat. On your birthday, upon getting a job or promotion, after getting married or having a baby, one is expected to share one’s happiness and good fortune with those around them.

This is Korea’s give-and-take culture, how do you feel about taking part?

The Coolest Korean Slang Of All-time

Korean Slang
Jeong-hyeon Bak: “Hi guys~ I wanna let you know Korean Slang. If you use this in Korea, you will be famous and easy to make friends! lol”

The Coolest Korean Slang Of All-time

1. 됐거든. [ dwaett-geo-deun ]
Words mean : Stop it.
Slang mean : Please don’t say anything more. (Used to show that you are tired of hearing someone’s excuses.)

2. 낚였어. [ na-ggyeo-sseo ]
Words mean : I fish up something.
Slang mean : You got me. You had me going there.

3. 낚았지? [ na-ggat-ji ]
Words mean : You fish up something?
Slang mean : I got you, didn’t I? I had you going, didn’t I?

4. 당근이지. [ dang-geun-i-ji ]
Words mean : It is carrot.
Slang mean : You bet./ Absolutely.

5. 썰렁하군. [ sseol-leong-ha-gun ]
Words mean : It’s cold/empty.
Slang mean : That’s a lame joke.

6. 어제 필름이 끊겼어. [ eo-je-pil-leum-i-ggeun-gyeo-sseo ]
Words mean : I cut film in my head.
Slang mean : I blacked out (from drinking) last night.

7. 니 똥 굵다. [ ni-ddong-gul-da ]
Words mean : You are shit is biggest in the world.
Slang mean : Okay, You are the boss!

8. 거기 물 좋다. [ geo-gi-mul-jo-ta ]
Words mean : Pure water.
Slang mean : That place rocks! That place kicks!

9. 배째. [ bae-jjae ]
Words mean : Cut my stomach.
Slang mean : Sue me!

10. 넌 밥이야. [ neon-bab-i-ya ]
Words mean : You’re my meal.
Slang mean : You’re mine now! I’ve got you just where I want you.

11. 넌 너무 짜. [ neon-neo-mu-jja ]
Words mean : You’re too salty.
Slang mean : You’re so cheap. How can you not buy lunch even once?

12. 뚜껑 열리네. [ ddu-ggeong -yeol-li-ne ]
Words mean : open a lid
Slang mean : My head is about to split.

13. 튕기네. [ twing-gi-ne ]
Words mean : Something is bounced.
Slang mean : You are playing hard to get.

14. 넌 코가 높다. [ neon-ko-ga-nop-da ]
Words mean : You have a prominent/long nose.
Slang mean : You are snobby.

15. 찔리냐? [ Jjil-li-nya ]
Words mean : You feel picked by something.
Slang mean : Do you feel guilty about something?

16. 화장 떴어! [ hwa-jang-ddeo-sseo ]
Words mean : Your makeup is flied!
Slang mean : Your makeup doesn’t look good!

Written by Guest Writer – Jeong-hyeon Bak

Korean Soju Is Favorite Drink for Drowning Sorrows

Korean Soju Is Favorite Drink for Drowning SorrowsKorean Soju is favorite drink for drowning sorrows! Soju (Hangul 소주; Hanja 燒酒) is a distilled beverage native to Korea. Most brands of modern Soju are made in South Korea. Though traditionally made from rice, most major brands supplement or even replace the rice with other starches such as potato, wheat, barley, sweet potato, or tapioca (called dangmil in Korean).

Soju is clear in colour and typically varies in alcohol content from about 20% to about 45% alcohol by volume (ABV), with 20% ABV being most common. Its taste is comparable to vodka, though often slightly sweeter because of the sugars added in the manufacturing process.

Korean Soju Is Favorite Drink for Drowning Sorrows

Koreans drink different kinds of alcohol according to how they feel at the moment, a survey suggests. In the survey by the Korea Alcohol Research Center late last year of 2,200 people aged 19 to 59, some 85.2 percent of respondents said they drink Soju when they are distressed by personal problems, and 63.5 percent said they prefer beer when they are tired. Whiskey was the preferred drink for business occasions among 63.5 percent of respondents, and 70.8 percent chose wine as the best drink for creating a friendly or romantic mood.

Location also affected people’s choice of drink. In Japanese restaurants, Soju was the most popular with 67.2 percent, followed by clear rice wine with 53.7 percent. Soju also ranked first in Chinese restaurants with 49.6 percent, with hard liquors at second place with 27.1 percent. In sushi restaurants and Korean restaurants, Soju was the undisputed leader with 81.1 percent and 88.9 percent respectively.

When drinking at home 75.1 percent of respondents said they chose beer over any other alcohol. Some 74.4 percent considered beer the best drink for workplace events, and 79.6 percent reached for beer when drinking outdoors. Drinking habits also varied according to gender. Men usually consume alcohol just because they like drinking or to relive stress, while women drink because they see it as a way to express their personality.

The average adult consumed seven 350 ml bottles of Soju or eight 500 ml bottles of beer per month. By gender, men drank 10.5 bottles of Soju on average, while the average for women was 4.1 bottles. As for beer, men consumed 10.6 bottles, and women 5 bottles.

Beer Marks 4 Decades as Drink of Choice for Koreans

Koreans rank beer as their no. 1 tipple of choice, according to the National Tax Service. Beer consumption went up 45-fold over the past four decades.

Koreans drank more than 43,000 kiloliters of beer in 1966 and kept on chugging, with consumption reaching a whopping 1.9 million kl in 2007. Soju came second with consumption increasing nine times over the same period, while traditional drinks like rice wine fell in popularity.

When it comes to alcohol tax, beer also ranked first, accounting for over 43 percent of the total tax on alcohol last year.

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Korean Vocabulary – Means of Transportation

Korean Vocabulary - Means of TransportationWe have learned Korean Vocabulary – Food and Drinks. Let’s learn Korean vocabulary for transportation. Learning this will make your future experiences (perhaps in Korea) more enjoyable! Such as  when someone ask you 뭐로가요? [ mwo-ro-ga-yo ] means “Go by what?” (Korean Question Word – What). You may use the list below to answer this question. Here is just a partial list of Korean vocabulary for transportation. For those not here, consult with a Korean speaker and/or an English-Korean dictionary.

It is very important for you to know and memories it. Without knowing the Korean vocabulary, it’s very hard for you to form a Korean sentence. Please try to memories as much as you can. It may helps you in learning Korean Language.

Korean Vocabulary – Means of Transportation

Means of Transportation – 교통 기관 [ gyo-tong-gi-gwan ]

English Korean Pronunciation
Airliner 정기여객기 [ jeong-gi-yeo-gaek-gi ]
Airplane 비행기 [ bi-haeng-gi ]
Airship 비행선 [ bi-haeng-seon ]
Bicycle 자전거 [ ja-jeon-geo ]
Bus 버스 [ beo-seu ]
Canoe 카누 [ ka-nu ]
Car 자동차 [ ja-dong-cha ]
Dog Sled 개 썰매 [ gae-sseol-mae ]
Estate Car/Station Wagon 스테이션 왜건 [ seu-te-i-syeon-wae-geon ]
Express Bus 고속버스 [ go-sok-beo-seu ]
Ferry 나룻배 [ na-rut-bae ]
Glider 글라이더/활공기 [ geul-la-i-deo/hwal-gong-gi ]
Helicopter 헬리기 [ hel-li-gi ]
Hovercraft 호버크래프트 [ ho-beo-keu-rae-peu-teu ]
Jeep 지프차 [ ji-peu-cha ]
Jet Liner 제트 여객기 [ je-teu-yeo-gaek-gi ]
Jet Plane 제트기 [ je-teu-gi ]
Jet Ski 제트스키 [ je-teu-seu-ki ]
Limousine 리모진 [ ri-mo-jin ]
Motor Boat 모터보트 [ mo-teo-bo-teu ]
Motor Scooter 모터 스쿠터 [ mo-teo-seu-ku-teo ]
Ocean Liner 원양 정기선 [ won-yang-jeong-gi-seon ]
On foot 걸어서 [ geol-eo-seo ]
Passenger Car 승객 자동차 [ seung-gaek-ja-dong-cha ]
Passenger Plane 여객기 [ yeo-gaek-gi ]
Row Boat 노젓는 배 [ no-jeot-neun-bae ]
Sailboat 돛단배 [ dot-dan-bae ]
Scooter 스쿠터 [ seu-ku-teo ]
Ship, boat [ bae ]
Sleigh 썰매 [ sseol-mae ]
Snowmobile 설상차 [ seol-sang-cha ]
Street Car 전차 [ jeon-cha ]
Subway 지하철 [ ji-ha-cheol ]
Taxi 택시 [ taek-si ]
Train 기차 [ gi-cha ]
Truck 픽업 [ pik-eop ]
Van 봉고차 [ bong-go-cha ]