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INTRODUCTION
Becky:
Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Korean Superstitions and Beliefs. Lesson 2 Fan Death and Eating Taffy. I'm Becky and I'm joined by Jaehwi.
Jaehwi:
안녕하세요. (annyeonghaseyo) Hi, I'm Jaehwi.
THE TWO SUPERSTITIONS
Becky:
In this lesson we will talk about two common superstitions in South Korea. The first superstition is about bad luck. What’s the superstition called in Korean?
Jaehwi:
선풍기 질식사, (seonpunggi jilsiksa).
Becky:
Which literally means "Fan death." Jaehwi, can you repeat the Korean phrase again?
Jaehwi:
[slow] 선풍기 질식사 [normal] 선풍기 질식사
Becky:
In Korea, it's believed you can die of hypothermia if you sleep with the fan on and the windows closed.
Jaehwi:
This superstition was created by false reports by the media.
Becky:
Some people were said to have died from hypothermia in the summer because they had slept with the fan on.
Jaehwi:
But this isn’t true.
Becky:
Right, even though a lot of Korean people still won’t sleep with the fan on, there’s no danger in sleeping with the fan on.
Jaehwi:
What’s our next superstition, Becky?
Becky:
The second superstition is about good luck. What’s the superstition called in Korean?
Jaehwi:
엿 먹기, (yeot meokki).
Becky:
Which literally means "eating taffy." Let’s hear it in Korean again.
Jaehwi:
[slow] 엿 먹기 [normal] 엿 먹기
Becky:
This is definitely one of our tastiest superstitions.
Jaehwi:
Yup. In Korea, it's believed that eating yeot, or Korean taffy, will help you pass an exam.
Becky:
So where does this superstition come from?
Jaehwi:
It’s because the verb 붙다 has multiple meanings: "pass" and "stick."
Becky:
So Korean people believe eating a sticky taffy will help you pass an exam.
Jaehwi:
That’s right.

Outro

Becky:
There you have it - two Korean superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Jaehwi:
안녕히 계세요. (annyeonghi gyeseyo)

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Have you ever heard about these beliefs?

Thursday at 8:11 am
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Hi Janó,

Thank you for posting!
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Lyn
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Janó
Sunday at 11:47 pm
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Yes, I heard about Fan death already, and that it originates from South Korea.

Tuesday at 2:25 pm
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Hi Maste,

Thanks for the positive feedback! :thumbs:

Best,
Lyn
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