TTMIK Talk – Long-distance Relationship

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Have you ever experienced a long-distance relationship? Many of the TalkToMeInKorean Staff either have been or are currently in a long-distance relationship, with one person in one country and the other person in another. Since this is a very common conversational topic, 석진 and 효진 decided to sit down to talk a little bit about their own experiences of dating someone who is living far away.

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TTMIK Talk – Long-distance Relationship
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  • Kevin Han

    From the bits and pieces that I can understand, it was pretty interesting.

    I’m curious, how do you people in general start up these long distance relationships? For example were your relationships long distance from the very beginning or did you meet that person first and then it became long distance due to one person having to move?


    • Well, the circumstances must be different from the people.
      In my case, after starting dating, my wife had to go abroad for studying.

    • Kim

      And in mine, my boyfriend’s father was a diplomat and he needed to retire to they moved back to their country.

  • 아틸라

    소영이가노… 좋아, 종아, 좋아… 🙂
    Interesting discussion there!

    Be strong and 파이팅!!! 🙂

    • Ah.. that’s the song from Catch The Wave. 🙂

  • 엘리

    아아 잘 이해할수있네..
    나도 지금 미국인데 우리 남자친구 지금 한국이야.우리 내년 꼭 만나려고하지만 아직도 아직도 힘든일이지..매일 보고싶단말이나 꼭 만나고싶단말 자꾸 해서 하루종일 얘기하는거야 (우리 얘기할때 여기 밤이야) 가끔도 서로 소포 보내주는것도 할때 제일 좋아하는 사탕이나 영화DVD하고 사랑스러운 편지도 주면 좋은거야. 아아 그리고 될 수 있으면 다른 나라 있는 커플들이 커플링 사고 끼면…진짜 남친이 니 곁에 있는 느낌이야 ^^;; LDR해보고싶으며 꼭 만난 계획 있어야 하는 것 같아. 처음 만날 날이 찾고 남친이나 여친이 만나러 여행해야지.카카오톡에서 무료 통화도 할 수 있겠네. 매일 통화하기도…엄청 중요한것이네 ^^

    • 맞아요. 서로 좋아하는 것들을 담아서 선물로 보내 주는 것도 참 좋은 방법인 것 같아요.

  • Kane Hughes

    My wife and I spent two years in a long distance relationship while we were dating. We spent a lot of time talking on the phone, txting and on skype. We tried to talk everyday and it was fun getting to travel to Korea to spend time with her and her family (her family were not very happy though kk). I guess we made a decision to accept our situation (we met while she was studying in New Zealand and then had to go back to Korea) and do everything that we could to make the most of the time we had it.

    oh, and you have to be able to trust each other 🙂

    • Yes, you’re right. It is very important to trust each other. 🙂

  • 자유

    아~~~~ 장거리연애 날하는군요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
    이 이야기 들어보기 전에 우리의 연애가 어떻게 부른지 생각해보지도 않고.
    전 스위스 여자하고 우리 남친이 서울에서 대학교에 다니는 한국남자예요. 우린 사귀기시작한지 아직 오래 안됬지만 (약 4개월) 처움으로 만나고 마지막으로 본지, 유룝으로 여행 하러오고 스위스에서 오빠 펜팔겸 내 친구집에서 일주일동안 있었을땐, 벌써 거의 한년 됬어요 ㅠㅠ.
    그다움에 페이스북에서 얘기하고 일딴 친구되서 나중에 더 가깝고 서로 관심됬어요 ㅋㅋㅋ ^^
    그래서 우리의 연애가 처움부토 장거리 연애였어요. 그리고 인터넷이 없었으면 절때 안되었었어요. 지금도 스카이프하고 카톡하고 페북독분에 매일매일 얘기할수있고 그리움을 좀 건딜수 있어요. 다행으로 내가 제빵사겸 파티셰라서 일을 일찍 시작하고 태근하니까 우리 거의 똑같은 시간에 일어나고 잠들어갈수 있어요…
    저 원래 내년에 한국어를 공부하려고 가만나고 했는데 너무 보고싶어서 이렇게 오래 기다릴수 없을것 같았어요. 그래서 비행기 티겟을 사벌이고 다움월에 드디어 남차친구로 볼꺼예요. 아주 기대된다용!!! ㅋㅋㅋ ^^
    근데 재 생각엔 장거리연애에서 이렇게 못봐서 자연수럽게 얘기더 많이 해서 잘 된것 같아요.

    • 다음 달에 남자친구 보러 가는 군요! 좋겠어요!! 같이 만나서 좋은 시간 보내길 바래요!

  • 제니퍼

    저는 미국에서 대학원을 나니고 있는데 남자친구는 한국사람이에요. 저희는 미국에 있는 대학교에서 만났는데 작년 남자친구는 일하러 서울에 돌아왔어요. 그런데 지금은 방학이기 때문에 남자친구를 찾으러 서울에 왔어요. 여기에서 9원까지 있을 거예요. 한국어도 배우고 구경도 하고 학국요리도 많이 먹고 한국 생활이 재미있어요.

    TTMIK 한국어 배우는 것에 도움이 많이 줘서 감사합니다 ^^

    • 9월이면 이제 한 달정도 남았네요. 남은 기간동안 더 좋은 추억 만들길 바래요! 🙂

  • John W

    I am an American in a long-distance relationship with a Korean. My girlfriend 재은 and I met two and a half years ago. She was studying abroad for a year in California at the same university where I was attending graduate school. We met living at the same dormitory, and we soon fell in love. After dating for one year, she had to return to Seoul. We have seen each other every 5 months since then, two of those meetings in Korea. She plans to move to the States in autumn of 2014 for law school, which feels like too long a time from now. It has also been very difficult because her parents are against the relationship. However, I really want this to work out, since she is the perfect person for me. I appreciate any words of advice. Thank you!

    • Oh.. you seem to be in a hard situation, but if you really love her, then please just think about it. Then everything will be solved in a good way.
      That’s my advice. 🙂

  • Sam

    yeah ~ 🙁 My Love is Living in another country and we used to TALK Just by Sms or Chatting 🙁 it had been 2 years , Very hard

    • 아이고… it must be very hard. When are you going to meet together?

  • Usako

    Ah it is really a good topic for me. Recently, I got into a long-distance relationship, right after we start to dating. I hope it will work somehow 🙂 And if it isn’t too personal, could you please comment me, how long had your relationship continue as a long-distance one? Thank you for this lesson-video.

    감사합니다 ^^

    • In my case, I think we had the long-distance relationship for more than 1 year.

  • Stephanie

    It’s really nice to see comments about a long distance relationship and it’s also good to know that there are people who have gone through a long distance relationship and that relationship was able to last.
    I find the timing of this podcast to come at a great time for me as I just started a long distance relationship. My boyfriend is an international student from Korea. We met during our first year of college, one thing led to another, and we ended up together. I knew before starting this relationship that he would be planning to go into the Korean military at the end of the freshman year.
    I would like to think that we are still going strong even though we don’t get to talk to each other as often as we would like now that he is in the military. I really do hope this relationship will make it past the 2 year test that is to come. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit Korea during one of his breaks to get to spend some time with him. Thanks for the tips and the video!

  • Grace Ann

    I’m currently having a 3 year old long distance relationship with my Korean boyfriend. He works in a national university in Korea while I’m in studying here in the Philippines. He surprisingly visited me last week to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. I was really happy. We always communicate through facebook and kakao talk. It’s really hard to keep a long distance relationship. But we always fill our minds with happy memories and positive thoughts about our future together. In that way, we make our love stronger amidst the hardships of a long distance relationship.

  • Manizheh

    I loooooove you
    ….manizheh from iran♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥