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[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 6,052 views]
Korean Culture: Have you heard of the phrase, modesty is a virtue?

Have you heard of the phrase, modesty is a virtue? One of the most important Korean culture is modesty. Ask a Korean if he can speak English, and even if he can speak well, he will reply politely that he cannot. And if he really can’t speak well? Of course, if he really can’t speak well he will say the same thing.
But in Korea, for the most case, there is only one way to demonstrate modesty in such a situation, and that is with the phrase, 잘 못 해요 ( …

Korean cuisine »

[27 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 19,534 views]
Korean rice cakes

Korean rice cakes is one of Korean traditional food. Like many other countries, Korea has various kinds of traditional food. Among them, one that is always on the table is rice cakes ( tteok ). Korean rice cakes is made from rice or cereal flour and either steamed or boiled. It is prepared for all occasions whether happy or sad, for Korean birthdays, festive days, or funerals.
Korean rice cakes
Korean birthday cake ( Baekseolgi )
Starting with baegil ( a feast for a baby’s 100th day ) followed bu dol ( the …

Korean culture, arts and heritage, Korean social and lifestyle »

[25 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 4,406 views]
Korean Social and Lifestyle: It’s good to be single

In Korea, being unmarried and living alone, one may be called bachelor or maiden, singles, one-person home. These no longer sound unfamiliar even in family-oriented Korean society which had considered marriage essential to establish a family.
It’s good to be single
A statistical report by the Korean National Statistical Office shows that as of May 2005, the number of couples getting married has decreased drastically since 1996. The average age of first marriege has become higher continually-30.6 for men and 27.5 for women at present. In these findings, the increasing labor force …

Korean vocabulary »

[24 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 9,660 views]
Korean Vocabulary – Things

Last time we learn Korean vocabulary for Occupations. Today we will learn the Korean Vocabulary for things, such as watch, money, key etc etc in Korean. If you don’t know what is the name of something, you can request the name of it by asking 이게 뭐예요? ( What is this? ), you may go Learn Korean Lesson 10 for the Korean Dialogue. Please try to memories all the name of the things as much as possible. It helps you in learning Korean Language.

Korean culture, arts and heritage »

[22 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 4,971 views]
What kind of presents do Koreans give on different occasions?

Gift giving is guided as much by culture as personality. How about Korean culture? What kinds of gifts do Koreans give? Today, Emagasia will clarify you doubts and some examples about gift to Koreans. Let’s read on!
What kind of presents do Koreans give on different occasions?
When Koreans visit their friends’ houses, they always bring fruit. On the other hand, when visiting a friend at work, Koreans often bring bottled juice.
For a housewarming, Koreans usually give soap or tissue. Soap has a particular meaning – it is hoped that fortune will …

Korean culture, arts and heritage »

[19 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 3,954 views]
The Korean wave

The Korean Wave is the name given to a Korean cultural boom, which began in the latter part of the 1990s and has been steadily gathering strength, spreading to Japan, China, and Southest Asia around the time of 2002 World cup. The Korean wave is also rapidly expanding beyond Asia and has a substantial presence in North, Central and South America, particularly in Mexico and Argentina, and is increasingly becoming popular in the United States.
The Korean wave
The Korean wave is also referred to as Hallyu (Hangul-한류/Hanja-韓流), from the Korean pronunciation. …

Korean culture, arts and heritage »

[14 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 4,823 views]
Best way to greet a Korean

You may wonder when meeting a Korean, what’s the best way to greet him or her? Today, Emagasia going to teach the best way to greet a Korean. We have seen Korean Basic Conversation in Learn Korean Lesson 2 – Korean Basic Conversation. You may go through that lesson to learn some normal greetings.
Best way to greet a Korean
안녕하세요 is the most common greeting used when meeting someone. When you meet someone, greet him with 안녕하세요? no matter the time of day. There is no equivalent to good morning, good …

Travel to Korea »

[13 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 4,900 views]
Travel to Korea: Seoul’s public transportation

Almost all foreigners living in Seoul agree that Seoul’s public transportation system is inexpensive. For Koreans who living in the West part of Seoul, say near Gimpo airport, and want to go to North Seoul’s Mt. Bukhan, it will only cost about 1000 won ( about 1 dollar ). You may want to know what is there to see in Seoul?
Seoul’s public transportation
It is because the area of Seoul is small? On the contrary, the reason Seoul’s transportation system is so cheap and well-developed is because of its population – …

Korean culture, arts and heritage »

[12 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 7,995 views]
Korean birthday party

Have you ever been to a typical Korean birthday party? Today Emagasia going to bring you to a Korean birthday party. Different societies and cultures have different birthday traditions as well as different ideas about which birthdays are particularly meaningful.
Korean birthday party
The Jewish have special Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations at 13, some Americans consider “Sweet 16” or 21 a special birthday, and Koreans have special birthday at 1 year old and 60 years old.
The first birthday in Korea ( not counting the day a child was born ) is called 돌잔치, …

Korean culture, arts and heritage »

[6 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 6,934 views]
Korean men are changing

In Korea, who does housework such as cleaning, cooking and laundry, men or women? It may sound ridiculous to ask such a question in these modern times. However, it was only 10 years ago in Korea that you could hardly see a Korean man who did housework.
Korean men are changing

As the number of working housewives has increased in recent times, you can easily see that husbands help their wives with the housework. Not only that, you can even find some who choose to be full-time house husbands when their wives …