Lessons

Weather in Korea – TTMIK Culture Ramblings

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We often get questions from people about when is the best and worst season to visit Korea. While there is no “bad” time to visit Korea, we do recommend that you visit Korea either during Spring or Autumn, because you have the mildest weather during those seasons. But these days Spring and Autumn seem to be becoming shorter and shorter, leaving us with longer Summer and Winter year after year. What is the weather like in general where you live? In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie and Hyunwoo talk about how Koreans react to and cope with various seasons.

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Hospitality in Korea – TTMIK Culture Ramblings

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How hospitable are people in your country in general? Are there certain tendencies you can see? If you have been to Korea before, what were some interesting things you have witnessed in Korea related to hospitality? In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie and Hyunwoo discuss how hospitable people in Korea are and if not, what could be some reasons. What we say in these recordings are very personal opinions, but we hope our thoughts and experiences can give you something to think about and discuss. Please let us know what kind of experiences you have had in Korea before!

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How Do You Say “Please don’t put in any spring onion” In Korean?

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파 (green onion) is a very common ingredient in Korean dishes. Many types of soups have slices of green onions in them and small slices of green onions can be added to various types of fries to add some more spiciness. But what if you don’t want any green onions in your food? Learn how to say that in natural Korean with 경화 선생님 through this video.

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How 반말 Works – Casual/Informal Language in Korean

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As you may already be familiar with it, there are mainly two politeness levels in Korean: 반말 [ban-mal] and 존댓말 [jon-daet-mal]. There are various types and levels within 반말 and 존댓말, but very broadly, 반말 refers to casual and informal language, whereas 존댓말 refers to formal and polite language. At first, when you are strangers, you start off with 존댓말, but depending on how well you know the other person and how old you are in comparison with the other person, you might start using 반말. But due to exposure to many K-pop songs, Korean dramas and movies, where you can see a lot of 반말 sentences without much contextual clues, We find that many Korean learners seem to overuse 반말.

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