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[20 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 3,730 views]
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?
The expression 괜찮아요 thus occurs in many kinds of situations, with many different meanings. Not only a polite substitute for when …

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[16 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 5,657 views]
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?
When giving or taking something from a stranger, someone older, someone higher status, or someone with whom you have a formal relationship ( …

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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?
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. …

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[18 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 12,036 views]
Korean Wedding Anniversary

Korean Wedding Anniversary? Korean have their own names and celebrations of wedding anniversary too. The names of wedding anniversary provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other or if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration. In Korea, Koreans called this as 결혼기념일 which means wedding anniversary. Lists of wedding anniversary gifts vary by country. See the Korean names of wedding anniversary and gifts below.
Korean Wedding Anniversary
The tradition originated in medieval Germany where if …

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[1 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 8,463 views]
Korean Thanksgiving Day – Chuseok

Although Korean Thanksgiving Day – Chuseok is just one of the big holidays in Korea, it is by far the biggest and most important. Family members from near and far come together to share food, stories and give thanks to their ancestors for the abundant harvest. This year (2009), Korea’s representative traditional holiday of Chuseok falls on October 3rd of the solar calendar. It will last three days, from October 2nd to October 4th and marks a prime opportunity for foreign visitors to tour Korea’s cities and experience Korea’s culture …

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[15 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 6,264 views]
Korean folk medicine

Korean folk medicine is the treatment of illness based on the traditional remedies practiced by common people. Do you know how was folk medicine practiced in old Korea? You may want to know about Korean Oriental Medical Clinic.
Korean folk medicine
In ancient times the sick could not get a doctor’s help, and instead they treated illnesses by using animal parts and medicinal plants which were easily found nearby. While some are merely old wives’ tales, some have withstood the test of time and their effects have been recognized as reliable remedies, …

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[14 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 8,321 views]
Korean movies

Since the late 1990s, Korean film industry has made startling progress, and is now Korean movies enjoying unprecedented popularity. While Hollywood movies dominate over 80% of the world movie market, Korea is one of few countries which is capable of both movie production and distribution.
Korean movies
Up to the mid-1990s, the Korean movies industry had barely maintained a minimum share of audiences under the screen-quota system, which required Korean movies theater to show domestic films for a minimum number of days each year. However, beginning with Swiri in the late 1990s, …

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[11 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 5,486 views]
Korean Oriental Medical Clinic

Korean Oriental Medical Clinic is just like a normal clinic which practice Oriental medicine. You may see a lot of Oriental Medical Clinic in South Korea area. In 4000 years ago, before the Western medicine was introduce, Korean people take Oriental medicine when they are sick. Due to the development of modern medicine, a lot of Oriental medicine has been replaced. However, this Korean culture is continually practice by Koreans until today. You may want to know about Korean folk medicine.
Korean Oriental Medical Clinic
When you are sick, you go to …

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Do you know what foods Koreans eat on special days?

Do you know what foods Koreans eat on special days? Korean cuisines are unique and special. Walking down the street on a humid summer day, you may come upon long lines of Koreans in front of a restaurant. That restaurant is probably 삼계탕 (chicken boiled with ginseng) restaurant.

Ginseng Chicken Soup

When people think of Korean food, mostly they think of very hot food that is red in color. However, not all Korean food is that hot. A typical exception would be Ginseng Chicken Soup (삼계탕). Ginseng Chicken Soup contains ginseng, garlic, …

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[9 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 4,516 views]
Educational System of Korea

Today, Emagasia going to introduce the educational System of Korea. The educational System of Korea is view as an important factor in Korean culture. The educational System of Korea consists of six-year elementary schools, three-year middle schools, three-year high schools, and four-year colleges. Children enter elementary school at the age of 7. Elementary and middle school education is compulsory in Korea and there are two types of schools, namely, private schools and public schools.
Educational System of Korea
Most levels of education, not including elementary school, rely on private institutions. Unlike the …