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Negative Experiences in Korea – TTMIK Culture Ramblings

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Although some travel guides describe South Korea as a place that is just perfect and beautiful in every way, we all know that it’s not really always the case. When there are good things about a place, there are also some bad things about it, too. In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie and Hyunwoo sat down to talk about some negative experiences in Korea!

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Korean Blogosphere – TTMIK Culture Ramblings

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Do you have a blog? If so, where do you host your blog and how do you get found by people? And just as importantly, where do you go if you want to find some good blogs? In Korea, there are a couple of websites that are by the majority of people who want to find information or good blogs, and they are usually called “portal websites”. Does your country have something like this too? In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Hyunwoo and Stephanie talk about the Korean blogosphere.

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Hiking Gear – TTMIK Culture Ramblings

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Have you ever wondered why so many Korean middle-aged men and women wear the same hiking gear in the subway? Have you also noticed that the hiking fashion that they were is usually very expensive? In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie and Hyunwoo talk about what seems to have become a part of the modern-day Korean culture now among middle-aged people – hiking gear.

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Ajumma – TTMIK Culture Ramblings

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In your opinion, how old should someone be to be safely considered an “ajumma”? Or does someone’s age NOT matter as much as the way in which someone behaves in making them an ajumma? Most women in their 30s or 40s will not want to be called an ajumma. That’s for sure. In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie and Hyunwoo talked about the term ajumma and what they think are some characteristics of ajummas. This is not a Korean language lesson, so just sit back and relax, join us in the conversation through comments!

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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Working Out

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Do you work out regularly? If so, what kind of exercise do you do? Or if not, what keeps you from working out? Other than the obvious fact that you can stay healthy, what can be possible benefits you can get from working out regularly? In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie, Hyojin and Hyunwoo are joined by Alex (Alex’s YouTube) to share their thoughts and experiences about working out.

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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Speaking Korean in Korea as a Foreigner

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You don’t necessarily need to speak the local language when you visit a foreign country, but even if you can speak just a little, your experience may be much better. In Korea, many Korean people will be pleasantly surprised and nicer to you even if you only know how to say “hello” or “thank you” in Korean. In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie and Hyojin are joined by Alex (Alex’s YouTube) to talk about what it’s like to speak Korean in Korea as a foreigner.

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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Buying Clothes

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Where do you usually shop for clothes? Have you ever purchased clothes in a foreign country? Was it difficult to find the right size? Korea can be a shopping paradise for some, as there are cheap markets all over the place. However, for others it can be a nightmare, as finding the right size can be very difficult.  In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Charly (charlycheer), Stephanie and Hyojin talk about buying clothes. Enjoy!

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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Public Display of Affection

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Although it is not as uncommon as it once was, PDA (Public Display of Affection) in Korea is still not seen as much as it is other places in the world. PDA can also have a different meaning in Korea since hand-holding and linking arms with friends is seen more often than a couple holding hands or cuddling in public. Listen in as Hyojin, Kerri (expatkerri), and Stephanie chat about their experiences and thoughts on PDA in Korea.

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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Food

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When you travel to a foreign country, one of the first things you might do is eat! Food is one of the best ways to learn about a culture, even if you don’t know the language all that well. No matter where you go, there will be foods that are strange but super delicious, and some things that look great, but aren’t so tasty. Korea has so many different and interesting food choices that the learning experience is nearly never-ending no matter how long you have lived in Korea. Listen to Kerri (expatkerri), Hyojin, and Stephanie talk about some great and interesting food experiences they’ve had in Korea!

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