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Pepero Day: Fun Facts About Pepero Day in South Korea

Happy Pepero Day! By the way, what’s Pepero Day? For those who aren’t familiar with what Pepero Day is, it’s an unofficial day in South Korea that’s celebrated by exchanging boxes of Peperos.

Have you ever heard of Pepero? It’s a chocolate covered cookie stick that is long and slim. It looks similar to the letter “I” or the number 1. That’s why November 11th (11/11) is Pepero Day in South Korea. On this day, friends and couples give each other Pepero.

The Pepero is one of the most famous Korean snacks that you can buy at any supermarket or even online in South Korea. The price for one Pepero box ranges from 1,000 to 1,500 KRW. But be aware that this is a habit you can really get hooked on, as they release Pepero special editions from time to time, meaning you can’t miss out on new Peperos!

1. Origins: What is Pepero Day?

빼빼로데이 (ppaeppaerodei): Pepero Day

빼빼로 데이 (ppaeppaero dei) or “Pepero Day” originated back in the 1980s among school girls in Busan. The company that sells Pepero in South Korea—Lotte Confectionery—noticed that their sales increased significantly every November 11 in this area. Therefore, the company started investigating, and they learned that students from this region exchanged a box of Peperos as a wish to stay thin while teasing each other to 살 좀 빼자 (sal jom ppaeja), meaning, “Let’s lose some weight” in English.

The marketing team took this idea and started promoting Pepero day, and it became extremely well-known after 1996. However, no one really knows whether this is a true story or not, as there are many stories about the origin of Pepero Day.

Nevertheless, Pepero Day has become one of the most important days in South Korea, and it’s celebrated on November 11 every year. This is probably because Pepero is such a well-loved Korean snack (how could it not be?).

▶ Let’s Practice Korean about Pepero:
※ Click on a word to practice your pronunciation.

11월 11일은 ‘빼빼로데이입니다.
(sibirwolwol sibirileun ‘ppyaeppaerodei’ imnida.)
“11th of November is ‘Pepero Day’.”

이 날은 사람들이 빼빼로삽니다.
(i nareun saramdeuri ppaeppaeroreul saseo.)
“People buy Pepero on this day.”

빼빼로데이는 감사를 전하고 싶은 사람들에게 나눠주는 날입니다.
(gamsareul jeonhago sipeun saramdeurege nanwojuneun narimnida.)
Pepero day is a day to show your appreciation to the people.”

빼빼로 데이에 사람들은 빼빼로를 선물로 줍니다.
(ppaeppaero deie saramdeureun ppaeppaeroreul seonmullo jumnida.)
“On Pepero Day, people give Pepero as a present to the other people and eat it.”

빼빼로 데이에는 상점 밖에서 빼빼로를 파는 곳이 많이 있습니다.
(ppaeppaero deieneun sangjeom bakkeseo ppaeppaeroreul paneun gosi mani itsseumnida.)
“There are lot of places selling Pepero outside the shop on Pepero Day.”

2. Modern Pepero Day: What to do on Pepero Day

Pepero Day is supposed to be fun and is a great opportunity to show your appreciation to people you care about. It can be your friends, family, boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse, or even your colleagues and your boss. It’s literally just a day to share your appreciation with those around you, while having a good time in sharing a box of Pepero with those around you.

Pepero Day is practiced a few different ways, depending on age groups.

Children (elementary school) give and receive Pepero to their friends, teachers, and family members. Just as children do on Valentines Day, children give and receive Pepero just for the sake of exchanging sweets.

However, for those a little older (and for those with a bit more courage), Pepero Day is a day in which Pepero is given to girlfriends and boyfriends. It is also a day in which many people (typically teenagers) tend to confess their love to someone. The similarities between Pepero Day and Valentine’s Day are quite numerous. But the difference between the two is that instead of exchanging chocolates, people exchange Pepero. Also, Valentine’s Day is observed by people of all ages, whereas Pepero Day is mostly observed by younger people.

Because this is a highly commercialized day in Korea, many stores sell Pepero and other cheaper brands of the same type of cookie in bulk. There are large displays of Pepero and similar snacks at supermarkets on the days leading up to Pepero Day. Other venues try to cash in on this day as well. As an example: bakeries will sell long loaves of bread covered in chocolate (something that resembles a stick of Pepero). Other places will make elaborate packages filled with various types of Pepero, which can get quite expensive.

All you need to do is go to a supermarket in your area and buy boxes of Peperos. Then you can simply give it to a friend or write a short message to show your appreciation. Don’t have paper you can use? Don’t worry; there’s a small space (normally an image of a letter is printed on top of the box) for you to write a short message in.

Also, on this special day, you can’t miss out on Lotte’s special promotion. There will be a variety of Pepero flavors and packaging, which will be discussed in detail in the “Trend: Variety of Pepero Flavors in South Korea” section below. On this special day, don’t miss out on getting a variety of Pepero. It’s the only day that you’ll get to see so many different kinds of Pepero.

Keep in mind that you can purchase Pepero in-store from several supermarkets, or even buy Pepero online!

▶ Let’s Practice Korean about Pepero:
※ Click on a word to practice your pronunciation.

빼빼로는 친구, 가족, 남자친구 아니면 여자친구, 부부, 그리고 직장동료매니저에게도 줄 수 있습니다.
(ppaeppaeroneun chingu, gajok, namjachingu animyeon yeojachingu, bubu, geurigo jikjangdongnyowa maenijeoegedo jul su itseumnida.)
“You can give a Pepero to your friends, family, boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse, and even to your colleagues and your boss.”

빼빼로 상자 감사편지쓸 수 있습니다.
(ppaeppaero sangja wie gamsaui pyeonjireul sseul su itseumnida.)
“You can write a ‘Thank you’ letter on top of a Pepero box.”

사랑을 고백하고 싶으면 빼빼로를 주세요.
(sarangeul gobaekago sipeumyeon ppaeppaeroreul juseyo.)
“If you want to confess your love, give Pepero.”

빼빼로 데이에는 많은 사람들이 빼빼로를 주고 받습니다.
(ppaeppaero deieneun maneun saramdeuri ppaeppaeroreul jugo batsseumnida.)
“A lot of people exchange Pepero on Pepero Day.”

3. Trend: Different Flavors of Pepero in South Korea

Now, let’s have a look at different Peperos flavors—you’ll be amazed how many different kinds of Pepero flavors are available in South Korea. They usually come in two sizes: thin Pepero or big Pepero. If you’re not familiar with any of these Pepero flavors, click on the link to check out pictures of that Pepero.

Chocolate Pepero

1 - 초코 빼빼로 (choko ppaeppaero) — Original Chocolate Pepero

This is the classic Pepero which was introduced in the April of 1983 and this is the symbol of Pepero as we know it today.

2 - 아몬드 빼빼로 (amondeu ppaeppaero) — Almond Pepero

This was released on of March 26, 1984. People who love almond buy this. However, one downside about this Pepero is that there are only nine sticks inside the package (talk about a bummer!). Nevertheless, this Almond Pepero is loved by many almond and chocolate lovers.

3 - 코코넛 빼빼로 (kokoneot ppaeppaero) — Chocolate Coconut Pepero

Similar to the Almond Pepero, this Pepero is covered in coconut chips. It’s loved by many coconut lovers in South Korea.

4 - 땅콩 빼빼로 (ttangkong ppaeppaero) — Peanut Pepero

This is the Pepero that’s known for, of course, being covered in peanuts. Although this was released in 1996, Lotte does not produce Peanut Pepero anymore.

5 - 누드 빼빼로 (nudeu ppaeppaero) — Nude Pepero

The classical Pepero is a cookie stick dipped in chocolate—the Nude Pepero is the reverse version, where the chocolate is inside and the cookie outside.

6 - 더블딥 초코 화이트 빼빼로 (deobeuldip choko hwaiteu ppaeppaero) — Double Dip Choco White Pepero

This one’s a Pepero that’s dipped in a mix of Kakao cream and whipped cream; it was introduced in 2000. Fun fact: Unlike other rectangular Pepero boxes, this Pepero is in a square box.

7 - 다크 빼빼로 (dakeu ppaeppaero) — Dark Pepero

For dark chocolate lovers. The cookie stick on this Pepero flavor is even darker than it is on others.

8 - 바닐라 블랙 쿠키 빼빼로 (banilla beullaek kuki ppaeppaero) — Vanilla Black Cookie Pepero

This flavor is composed of Pepero sticks dipped in white chocolate and covered with cookie pieces.

9 - 스키니 빼빼로 (seukini ppaeppaero) — Skinny Pepero

This is a “skinny” version of the classic chocolate Pepero. This was introduced in 2013.

10 - 더블딥 딸기 빼빼로 (deobeuldip ttalgi ppaeppaero) — Double Dip Strawberry Pepero

The length of this Pepero is shorter and wider than the original Pepero, and it’s dipped in strawberry-flavored cream.

11 - 초코쿠키 빼빼로 (chokokuki ppaeppaero) — Choco Cookie Pepero

This was introduced in 2015. The Pepero stick is covered with cookie.

12 - 블루베리 요거트 빼빼로 (beulluberi yogeoteu ppaeppaero) — Blueberry Yogurt Pepero

This was introduced in 2015 as well. Unfortunately, beginning in 2017, Lotte doesn’t produce this flavor anymore.

13 - 누드 녹차 빼빼로 (nudeu nokcha ppaeppaero) — Nude Green Tea Pepero

Favored by women in general, this Nude Green Tea Pepero was introduced to the market in 2016.

14 - 더블딥 카페라떼 빼빼로 (deobeuldip kaperatte ppaeppaero) — Double Dip Cafe Latte Pepero

The length is shorter and wider than the original Pepero. It goes well with a cup of coffee.

15 - 더블딥 요거트 빼빼로 (deobeuldip yogeoteu ppaeppaero) — Double Dip Yogurt Pepero

The length is shorter and wider than the original Pepero. It tastes like you’re eating some sweet white yogurt with cookies.

16 - 스키니 카카오 빼빼로 (seukini kakao ppaeppaero) — Skinny Cacao Pepero

This is a “skinny” Pepero version of Skinny Cacao Pepero mentioned above.

17 - 누드 치즈 빼빼로 (nudeu chijeu ppaeppaero) — Nude Cheese Pepero

18 - 카카오닙스 빼빼로 (kakaonipseu ppaeppaero) — Cacao Nibs Pepero

Strawberry Pepero

19 - 딸기 빼빼로 (ttalgi ppaeppaero) — Strawberry Pepero

20 - 불고기 빼빼로 (bulgogi ppaeppaero) — Bulgogi Pepero

We’re sure you want to buy this one out of curiosity, but unfortunately South Korea stopped selling this flavor in 1997.

21 - 티라미스 치즈 빼빼로 (tiramiseu chijeu ppaeppaero) — Tiramisu Cheese Pepero

22 - 화이트 쿠키 빼빼로 (hwaiteu kuki ppaeppaero) — Pepero White Cookie

This flavor is basically a mixture of cookies and cream.

And the list goes on… It seems that Lotte introduces new Peperos flavors every year, so keep an eye out for them on November 11! But what’s the best Pepero flavor? Well, that’s for you to decide, so try as many as you’d like.

▶ Let’s Practice Korean about Pepero:
※ Click on a word to practice your pronunciation.

빼빼로데이에는 여러 종류빼빼로맛 볼 수 있습니다.
(ppaeppaero deieneun yeoreo jongnyuui ppaeppaeroreul mat bol su itseumnida.)
“You can taste different kinds of Peperos on Pepero day.”

상대좋아하는 빼빼로사서 선물해 보세요.
(sangdaega joahaneun ppaeppaeroreul saseo seonmulhaeboseyo.)
“Try to buy Pepero flavor that your partner likes and give it to him/her.”

빼빼로 데이에 가장 인기있는 빼빼로는 초콜릿 맛 빼빼로입니다.
(ppaeppaero deie gajang ingiinneun ppaeppaeroneun chokollit mat ppaeppaeroimnida.)
“The most popular Pepero on Pepero Day is the chocolate flavored Pepero.”

4. Pepero Day Ideas: Different Ways to Celebrate the Day

On Pepero Day, you don’t have to buy Pepero; you can create your own tradition or even make your own Pepero for the special people in your life. Let’s have a look at a few different ways that Koreans celebrate Pepero Day.

1- Are You in a Relationship? Make DIY Pepero

DIY (Do It Yourself) Pepero is very popular among women, especially those who are in a relationship. If you’re not much of a cook, it may seem time-consuming and challenging. But fortunately, you can easily purchase DIY Pepero kits online and get them delivered to your house; there are also many shops where you can purchase the tools and Pepero ingredients you need to make Pepero.

Be creative and make your own Pepero to impress your boyfriend and your father while showing them your appreciation. Here’s an article to give you an idea of how Koreans make Peperos. It even comes with a Pepero recipe inside.

If you’re not a fan of cooking on a special day, there are many gift packages that you can choose from as well, such as the Pepero big box (Peperos packed in an over-sized Pepero box).

▶ Let’s Practice Korean about DIY Pepero:
※ Click on a word to practice your pronunciation.

많은 여성 들이 빼빼로직접 만들어 선물합니다.
(maneun yeoseong bundeuri ppaeppaeroreul jikjeop mandeureo seonmulhamnida.)
“Many women make their own Pepero and give it out as gifts.”

빼빼로데이사랑을 고백하는 입니다.
(ppaeppaero deineun sarangeul gobaekaneun narimnida.)
“Pepero Day is the day that you confess your love.”

2- Not a Fan of Pepero? Pepero with Rolled Up Cash

Korean Money Pepero

Not everyone is a fan of Pepero. For example, if you know someone who’s very health-conscious, then it could be a challenge for you determining what to give as a gift to them on Pepero Day.

Recently, a new Pepero Day gift idea developed a few years ago, and has become extremely popular. Instead of Pepero, you roll up cash to resemble a stick, and put these rolls in a rectangular box. It’s called 돈 빼빼로 (donppaeppaero), literal translation being “Money Pepero.”

This may be an expensive gift, but the person who receives it will absolutely love it (we promise!). Popular cash Pepero receivers are parents or other family members. Do you want to know how to make it? Click here for a DIY blog post.

▶ Let’s Practice Korean about paper with rolled up cash:
※ Click on a word to practice your pronunciation.

빼빼로 대신 주는 사람있습니다.
(ppaeppaero daesin doneul juneun saramdo itseumnida.)
“There are people who give money instead of Pepero.”

부모님좋아할 선물일 수도 있겠습니다.
(bumonimi joahal seonmuril sudo itgetseumnida.)
“It may be a great gift for the parents.”

3- Appreciate the Tradition? Let’s Celebrate “Garaetteok Day”

On November 11, we celebrate 가래떡 데이 (garaetteok dei), literal translation being “Korean Rice Cake Day.” Instead of Pepero, you pass out long cylindrical rice cakes to people. 가래떡 데이 (garaetteok dei) is 농업인의 날 (nongeobinui nal), literal translation being “Farmer’s Day” in South Korea. 가래떡 is made of steamed rice flour and it’s seen in many dishes, such as 떡꼬치 (Tteokkkochi) or “Spicy Fried Korean Rice Cake Sticks,” 떡국 (tteokguk) or “sliced rice cake soup,” 떡볶이 (Tteok-bokki) or “stir-fried rice cakes,” and so on. It’s a great way to appreciate the tradition and celebrate Farmer’s Day on November 11.

▶ Let’s Practice Korean about Garaetteok Day:

11월 11일은 농업인의 날입니다.
(sibirwolwol sibirileun nongeobinui narimnida.)
“It is ‘Farmer’s Day’ on November 11.”

이날은 가래떡을 사람들에게 나눠주는 날입니다.
(inareun garaetteogeul saramdeurege nanwojuneun narimnida.)
“On this day, people give out Korean rice cakes.”

4- Love Playing Games? Try Pepero Games

You can play a Pepero game with Pepero sticks in South Korea. Do you want to know how to play this? It’s very simple.

Think of the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. The Pepero game is very similar to this. It’s called the “Pepero kiss game” where two people need to eat a Pepero together to make the shortest possible leftover in the middle. To win, you need to make sure to have the shortest Pepero stick possible, compare to other groups. Still not sure how to play this game? Watch this EXO Pepero kiss game.

Speaking of EXO, there used to be Pepero EXO Limited Edition in South Korea, and fans could collect the EXO Pepero box set along with a photocard of each member.

5. How to Say “Happy Pepero Day” in Korean

Here are a number of Pepero Day quotes in Korean. You can write these messages and give a box of Pepero to your acquaintances.

빼빼로데이 축하해요!
(ppaeppaerodei chukahaeyo!)
“Happy Pepero Day!”

맛있는 빼빼로 먹고 행복 가득한 하루보내세요.
(masinneun ppaeppaero meokgo haengbok gadeukan harubonaeseyo.)
“Please eat these delicious Pepero and have a day full of happiness.”

빼빼로 처럼 길~게 사랑하자!
(ppaeppaero cheoreom gil~ge saranghaja!)
“Let’s be together for a long time like these Pepero sticks.”

6. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You

Pepero Day is one of the most popular days in South Korea, so we’re glad to introduce Pepero Day in detail in this blog post. We hope you found this article interesting, and if you want to learn essential vocabulary about Pepero, KoreanClass101 has the “Korean Vocabulary List - Pepero Day” available for free. We also have a number of Korean lessons based on Pepero Day, so feel free to check them out on our website as well.

Lastly, what’s your favorite Pepero flavor? Leave a comment below!

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Korean Cosmetics Guide: Best Shopping Tips & Beauty Secrets

When you go shopping in Myeongdong, Dongdaemoon, or other areas, you will be overwhelmed by the many Korean cosmetic brands that offer unique products that you don’t often see in other countries. One of the benefits of purchasing Korean cosmetics in South Korea is that people are able to find many alternatives to high-demand cosmetics, products that function similarly but also cost a lot less, therefore you can easily stock up your makeup box!

This blog will include Korean makeup trends and famous Korean beauty YouTubers that will teach you some tips about Korean makeup styles, tips on how to know when the shops have sales, and useful Korean vocabulary and phrases that you can instantly use when you go shopping in Korea.

Cosmetics

1. Korean Cosmetic Brands and Trends in South Korea

Korean cosmetics were not popular a decade ago, however when BB cream was introduced worldwide, people started to be interested in Korean beauty products and they became popular. In 2018, the French cosmetic brand L`Oreal acquired one of the most popular Korean cosmetic brands called, 3CE (Stylenanda).

Korean cosmetics are loved by many because they offer unique colors that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. These pigments, preferred in Korea, are suitable for everyday looks. Also, if you have tried some Korean cosmetics before, you have noticed that Korean beauty products such as lipsticks and eyeshadows are a lot more subtle and less pigmented than cosmetics from Western countries.

Makeup

1- Korean Makeup Trends

There are many YouTube videos that compare makeup styles between Korea and America, or Korea and other countries. If you have watched them before, you probably know that Koreans prefer to have clean and flawless skin and go for natural looks.

  • Skin: In order to achieve a natural look, they apply foundation one or two tones lighter than their natural skin color.
  • Eyebrows: They prefer to have straight and thick eyebrows, in order to achieve a youthful look.
  • Eyeshadow: Very subtle and light pigmented eyeshadows are usually used.
  • Lips: Many Korean women wear vibrant red glossy lipstick and you will be amazed at how many different shades of red lipsticks there are in Korea! You can visit popular cosmetic stores such as Etude House, Missha, Skinfood and so on to have a look at different shades of red lipsticks!

That being said, not all Koreans wear the same makeup style; celebrities with tanned skin and vivid makeup appear more often than before (eg. Jessie, Nada, Hwasa, Hyorin and so on).

2- Popular Korean Beauty YouTubers

If you want to learn more about Korean makeup, there are many famous YouTubers who offer free makeup tutorials so you will be able to learn about Korean beauty brands, cosmetic products and many beauty techniques that Koreans use daily. Famous Korean Youtubers include:

3- Popular Korean Cosmetic Brands

Here are a number of Korean cosmetic brands:

4- Useful Korean Vocabulary for Cosmetics

  • BB 크림 (BB keurim) = “BB cream”
  • 파운데이션 (paundeisyeon) = “foundation”
  • 눈 화장 (nun hwajang) = “eyeshadow”
  • 워터 프루프 (Woteo peurupeu) = “waterproof”
  • 블러셔 (Beulleosyeo) = “blush”
  • 아이라이너 (airaineo) = “eyeliner”
  • 아이브로우 펜슬 (aibeurou penseul) = “eyebrow pencil”
  • 립스틱 (ripseutik) = “lipstick”
  • 아이섀도 (aisyaedo) = “eyeshadow”
  • 컨투어 (keontueo) = “contour”

Planning to go shopping in Myeongdong?
Click here to learn useful Korean phrases

Skin Products

2. How Koreans Use Their Skin Products

In Korea, applying skin lotion after washing isn’t enough. In fact, if you tell Koreans that you only apply lotion, they will be shocked. Usually a skin care routine starts from applying toners, eye cream, essences, serums or ampoules, then day or night cream. And it’s important to do facial masks at least 2-3 times a week in order to keep your skin flawless.

When you go shopping in Korea, you can easily get the products as a set and the staff will be more than happy to explain to you what they are for and the steps you need to follow.

1- The Secrets of Korean Skin Care

Here are some secrets of how Koreans keep their skin always beautiful:

  1. Try to use an ice-cube to massage your face when you watch TV, this is one of the popular beauty tricks that Koreans do.
  2. Rubbing ice cubes on your face helps you to achieve that beautiful radiant glow. If you have time in the morning, try to use an ice cube to reduce swelling.
  3. A cream 황토마스크 (hwangtomaseukeu) “red clay mask” is a very popular facial mask in Korea. Unfortunately, this is difficult to find in stores, so you might need some help from local friends to find decent 황토마스크.

2- Popular Ingredients for Skin Care Products

Other popular ingredients for skin care products in Korea are:

  • 피그 콜라겐 (pigeu kollagen) = “pig collagen”
  • 치즈 크림 (chijeukeurim) = “cheese cream”
  • 연어 크림 (yeoneokeurim) = “salmon cream”
  • 달팽이 크림 (dalpaengikeurim) = “snail cream”
  • 홍삼 화장품 (hongsam hwajangpum) = “red ginseng cosmetic”
  • 젤리 크림 (jelli keurim) = “jelly cream”

There are products that even use gold. Each product with unique active ingredients in Korean beauty products has a different smell and texture, so have fun trying them and don’t be scared to give it a try!

3- Useful Korean Vocabulary for Skin Care Products

  • 마스크팩 (maseukeupaek) = “facial mask”
  • 스킨 (seukin) = “skin product”
  • 로션 (rosyeon) = “lotion”
  • 아이크림 (aikeurim) = eye cream
  • 립밤 (ripbam) = “lip balm”
  • 나이트 크림 (naiteu keurim) = “night cream”
  • 데이크림 (deikeurim) = “day cream”
  • 선크림 (seonkeurim) = “sunscreen”

Want to master Korean pronunciation? Learn the sounds that don’t exist in English!
Click here to access the ‘Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide”!

Korean Beauty Products

3. How to Purchase Korean Beauty Products for Cheap

As mentioned above, if you cannot afford to buy high-end cosmetics, why not replace them with Korean cosmetic products? There are so many decent Korean beauty products that provide the similar effects and cost less than half the price of expensive beauty products. There are many ways that you can purchase Korean cosmetics at a cheap price and here are some tips to remember:

1- Check Brand Websites for Upcoming Events

Do you want to buy a cosmetic? Before purchasing it right away, try to visit the website of the brand to see if you can get more discounts or receive freebies. The website often provides upcoming sale events such as 1+1 event, 50% discount coupon, freebies and so on. Also, often Korean cosmetic brands release limited edition items that you can only purchase online. So check out their websites occasionally!

2- Request Free Samples

When you buy a number of beauty products in Korea, you will also receive many free samples to try at home. If you are at a Korean cosmetic store and want to try some products before purchasing them, simply request free samples from the staff. If you do not request them specifically, they will give you samples randomly. So if there are any particular products that you want, request them! Most of the time you will be able to get many different samples for different products. The good news is, they will give you more than enough for you to use them for a few weeks! You will be surprised how many free things you receive after purchasing cosmetics or skin products in Korea. Most likely you will receive a cosmetic pouch or shopping bag depending on the promotion that the company is doing.

3- Register for a Membership Card (Only Korean Residents Can Do This)

This may not apply to tourists, but if you are currently living in Korea, try to sign up for a membership at your favorite Korean cosmetic stores. You can sign up as you purchase the products at the counter and most of the time, you will receive instant 5 to 10% discounts. You’ll also get points which can be used just like money.

Depending on the store, the registration process differs, as some stores may require you to give personal information such as your address and birthday, but most of the time the process is very easy, as you just need to give them your mobile number.

4- Useful Korean Vocabularies and Phrases

  • 세일 기간 (seil gigan) = “sale period”
  • 할인 상품 (Harin sangpum) = “discount products”
  • 교환/반품불가(Gyohwan/banpumbulga) = “exchange/refund not allowed”
  • 샘플 많이 주세요. (Saempeul mani juseyo) = “Please give me many samples.”
  • 세일 중인 상품은 어디에 있나요? (Seil jungin sangpumeun eodie innayo?) = “Where are the products that are on sale?”
  • ~ 있어요? ( ~ isseoyo?) = “Do you have ~?”
  • ~ 주세요. (~ juseyo) = “Please give me ~.”
  • ~을(를) 찾고 있어요. (~eul(reul) chatgo isseoyo) = “I am looking for ~.”
  • 이것은 어떻게 사용하나요? (Igeoseun eotteoke sayonghanayo?) = “How do I use this?”
  • 어디에 바르는 화장품인가요? ( Eodie bareuneun hwajangpumingayo?) = “Where do I apply this cosmetic?”
  • 텍스프리 가맹점 (Tekseupeuri gamaengjeom) = “tax free affiliated store”
  • 택스 리펀드 (taekseu ripeondeu) = “tax refund”

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4. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn more Korean

To sum up, we had a look at popular makeup trends, interesting facts about skin care products in Korea, and we also introduced tips on how to purchase your favorite Korean beauty products for a cheap price. Now, you are ready to go shopping in Korea!

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Things to Do in South Korea in October

October is the autumn season in South Korea. The leaves on the mountains start to change, becoming red and yellow in hue, and viewing autumn leaves is one of the most popular activities in South Korea. There are also many October festivals and events held during this time that you won’t want to miss out on.

In this blog post, KoreanClass101 will explain to you about what to expect when you travel to South Korea, such as the weather, important public holidays, what to wear in October, and even where to see fall colors in South Korea. In addition, we’re going to introduce a number of October activities and events held in South Korea so that you can add these to your travel itinerary to maximize your trip.

Visiting South Korea in autumn will be fun and easy once you take this info to heart and put it to practice!

October

1. Everything You Need to Know about October in Korea

Weather is just one of those things that travelers check before visiting a country, and for good reason. This way, they know exactly what to expect when they arrive and what clothing to bring with them. In Korea, there are four seasons each year and each season has its own distinctive weather conditions. Below is the weather information, important public holidays, and autumn clothing ideas for South Korea in October.

Weather in South Korea

1- October Weather in South Korea

Here’s some information about fall weather in South Korea in the main cities: Seoul, Daegu, Cheongju, Busan, and Jeju.

City Highest Temp. Lowest Temp. Average Temp. Rainfall
Seoul [서울] 19.5°C/67.1°F 8.2°C/46.8°F 13.8°C/56.8°F 52mm/2in
Daegu [대구] 21.3°C/70.3°F 9°C/48.2°F 15.1°C/59.2°F 45mm/1.8in
Cheongju [청주] 20.4°C/66.7°F 6.8°C/44.2°F 13.6°C/56.5°F 45mm/1.8in
Busan [부산] 21.2°C/70.2°F 12°C/53.6°F 16.6°C/61.9°F 68mm/2.7in
Jeju [제주] 21.2°C/70.2°F 13.8°C/56.8°F 17.5°C/72.7°F 64mm/2.5in

※ Reference: climate-data.org

Autumn usually starts in October in South Korea. The weather is warm during the day and becomes cold in the evening. Therefore, it’s important to understand that day-to-night temperature fluctuates significantly; for that reason, many Koreans catch a cold during this time. Make sure to wear many layers to avoid this fate yourself!

Autumn, especially in October, is the best season to travel to South Korea because of the autumn leaves and the autumn flowers covering entire mountains, making South Korea one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia—and one of the most beautiful.

Korean Holiday

2- October Public Holidays in South Korea

Here are two main public holidays in October:

October 3: 개천절 (gaecheonjeol) — “National Foundation Day”

October 9: 한글날 (hangeullal) — “Hangul Proclamation Day”

Because there are two public holidays in October in South Korea, there will be festivals and events held on these two days. On Hangul Day—which is the day that the Korean alphabet was created under 세종대왕 (“Sejong the Great”) during the Chosun Dynasty (1393 to 1910)—there will be a celebration ceremony around the statue of King Sejong, which is located near Gyeongbokgung (경복궁). You won’t want to miss out on this!

Autumn Fashion

3- Autumn Fashion in South Korea

Since the day-to-night temperature fluctuates a lot in October, you need to pay more attention to your clothing. Layering your clothes is the key, and people carry a coat or a warm cardigan in their bag at all times. Wearing a pair of long boots or sandals isn’t recommended because of the temperature difference during the day and the night, so it’s recommended to wear an appropriate pair of shoes—one that can be worn comfortably regardless of the weather conditions you find yourself in.
Also, it occasionally rains, which results in sudden temperature drops; be sure to have an umbrella with you while traveling. If you don’t have one, just about all convenience stores sell transparent umbrellas, prices ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 KRW.

2. Activities to do in Korea

Autumn Festival

1- Autumn Festivals

As mentioned previously, autumn is the best season in South Korea. During this time, many festivals are held at night, and you’ll be able to enjoy spending your time celebrating in the evening without feeling too hot or cold. Here are some of the best places to visit in South Korea during autumn:

  • 서울밤도깨비야시장 (“Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market”)

This night market is definitely a must-visit market in South Korea because of the unique experience it offers. Bamdokkaebi Night Market is open from March 30 to October 28, 2018. The night market opens at night and disappears by morning, allowing many tourists to enjoy the true local lifestyle in a friendly atmosphere.

They sell traditional items, handmade products, and traditional Korean food, as well as organize many night events. Also, Bamdokkaebi Night Market is held at a number of locations in Seoul such as Yeouido (여의도), Banpo (반포), Cheonggyecheon (청계천), and so on. So check out their website, which is available in English, Chinese, and Japanese, to decide which market to explore.

  • 부산불꽃축제 (“Busan Fireworks Festival”)

Busan Fireworks Festival is one of the biggest events held in Busan, and attracts many tourists from Korea and other countries. It’s a one-day event, on the 27th of October in 2018. The fireworks are done by the famous beach called Gwangalli Beach (광안리해수욕장; map) in addition to many street performances and food stalls. To give you a clearer idea of what to expect, here’s an article from 2015 with beautiful pictures of the fireworks.

For more information about this festival, visit this website, which is also available in different languages including Japanese, French, Chinese, English, Spanish, German, and Thai.

  • 하동북천 코스모스 메밀꽃 축제 (“Hadong Bukcheon Cosmos and Buckwheat Festival”)

While in Korea, you’ll be able to see a number of fields of cosmos flowers, colorfully decorating the area. Here in Bukcheon, there’s a famous Cosmos and Buckwheat festival held every year, attracting many people all around the world. This year, the festival is going to be held from the 21st of September to the 7th of October. You can check out this website for more information about this festival, and even check out some pictures from this festival so you’ll know what to expect.

  • 민둥산억새꽃축제 (“Mindung Mountain Eulalia Festival”)

When you see a field of Chinese silver grass, Koreans know that it means the autumn is officially started in Korea. Can you imagine a place where an entire mountain is covered with Chinese silver grass? At Mindungsan Mountain (민둥산), you’ll be able to experience this. This festival starts on September 21 and ends on November 4. There are many activities that you can enjoy, such as climbing, photo competitions, and much more.

  • Want to Know More Festivals and Events in October?

Check out “visitkorea” for more attractions. Simply click on a month and a date, and they’ll show you the list of 2018 festivals and events.

Mountain Climbing

2- Hiking and Mountain Climbing

You’ll be mesmerized by the fall colors emblazoning Korea in rich red, yellow, and orange hues. You can’t miss out on hiking in South Korea for some unforgettable scenery!
The 10 Best Mountains for Autumn Foliage in Korea

1 - 설악산 (“Seoraksan National Park”) — location

  • Autumn foliage period: Beginning of October to mid-November
  • Autumn foliage images from Seoraksan National Park
  • 2 - 내장산 (“Naejangsan National Park”) — location

    3 - 대둔산 (Daedunsan) — location

    4 - 백양사 (Baegyangsa) — location

    • Autumn foliage period: Mid-October to mid-November
    • The temple is located in the middle of 내장산 (“Naejang Mountain” — location)
    • Autumn foliage images from Baegyangsa

    5 - 용문사 (“Yongmunsa Temple”) — location

    • Autumn foliage period: Mid-October to mid-November
    • The temple is located in the middle of 용문산 (“Yongmunsan Mountain” — location)
    • Autumn foliage images from Yongmunsa Temple

    6 - 오대산 (“Odaesan National Park”) — location

    7 - 설악산 (“Seoraksan National Park”) — location

    • Autumn foliage period: Mid-October to early November
    • Autumn foliage images from Seoraksan National Park

    8 - 한라산 (Hallasan) — location

    • Autumn foliage period: Late October to mid-November
    • Autumn foliage images from Hallasan

    9 북한산 (Bukhansan) — location

    10 팔공산 (Palgongsan) — location

    3- Beaches

    Visiting beaches in South Korea may not be the most popular activity to do around this time of year, but you’ll still be able to enjoy spending time there since the summer holiday season is over and locals are now visiting mountains to enjoy the fall leaves. You can enjoy sunbathing during the day, as well as food by any of the outdoor restaurants around these beaches in South Korea. Check out “Famous Beaches in Korea” if you want to have a list of places to visit.

    Hanbok

    3. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

    In summary, we’ve looked at autumn temperatures and what to wear in South Korea. We also introduced a number of festivals and events that you can enjoy participating in, along with the famous mountain destinations for autumn foliage in South Korea. Beaches aren’t popular destinations in October, but you can definitely enjoy the quietness of the ocean in October, since October is the time when locals visit the colorful mountains instead.

    Here are some vocabularies related to autumn and traveling. We also have many other lessons related to traveling to Korea, so you might want to check them out on our website as well.

    Autumn Korean Vocabulary

    • 코스모스 (koseumoseu) — “cosmos”
    • 다람쥐 (daramjwi) — “squirrel”
    • 도토리 (dotori) — “acorn”
    • 억새 (eoksae) — “Chinese silver grass”
    • 솔방울 (solbangul) — “conifer cone”
    • 밤 (bam) — “chestnut”
    • 감 (gam) — “persimmon”
    • 은행나무 (eunhaengnamu) — “Maidenhair tree”
    • 단풍잎 (danpungip) — “maple leaf”
    • 가을 (gaeul) — “autumn”
    • 고추잠자리 (gochujamjari) — “dragonfly”
    • 허수아비 (heosuabi) — “scarecrow”
    • 하늘 (haneul) — “sky”

    Here’s another list of Must-know Autumn Vocabularies for you to improve your Korean vocabulary skills. Also, here are lists of phrases to memorize before traveling to South Korea. If they’re difficult to memorize, try to write some of the key phrases down in your notebook and show them to locals when you’re in South Korea.

    We hope you enjoy your trip to South Korea in October and that you’ll share your experience in the comment section.

    Essential Tips for a Korea Trip in August

    Are you planning a trip in Korea during August and want to gather information about things to do in South Korea? We have great news for you! Korea has many summer festivals and events held in summer, especially in August! Also, each region holds different festivals that offer unique experiences for foreigners—try to determine what kind of festival you want to participate in.

    For example, are you a big fan of listening to classical music in an open area? Are you looking for a good spot to get tanned while traveling in Korea? Or do you want to go wild and enjoy music while splashing water at other participants?

    August is a vacation month in Korea, so there will be many festivals and events held in each region—so it’s definitely worth a visit to check out local events. You don’t need to worry about what to do in August. We have the answers for you.

    Traveling

    1. Weather in South Korea in August

    Korean weather has four seasons throughout the year. The weather is extremely cold during the winter and extremely humid and hot in summer. The summer season starts from late June to August, and there will be heavy rainy days as well. The rainy season usually starts during the second or third week of June, but not to worry, because it doesn’t last long and most of the time it ends before late June. However, typhoons in Japan can bring heavy rain and wind in Korea; therefore, there will be occasional heavy rain after the rainy season. It’s recommended to check the weather forecast to make sure that you’re prepared for unexpected rain.

    Also, the summer temperature can go up to 38°C (104°F) during the summer, especially in August—so do expect to sweat a lot! Just to give you some idea of 평균 기온 (pyeonggyun gion) or “the average temperature” for some of the most popular cities in South Korea, we’ve created the list below:

    Weather—Average Temperature in South Korea (August)

    • 서울 (Seoul): 25.9°C (78.6°F)
    • 대구 (Daegu): 26.5°C (79.7°F)
    • 청주 (Cheongju) : 25.7°C (78.3°F)
    • 부산 (Busan): 25.9°C (78.6°F)
    • 제주 (Jeju): 26.3°C (79.3°F)

    In addition, due to global warming, the temperature continues rising. Therefore, it’s recommended to research more on your own (e.g. current temperature) to understand the weather in August in South Korea. The good news is that air conditioning is on at every store in South Korea (if not, at least a number of electronic fans). So when you feel like you can’t walk anymore because of the heat, just enter any store and you should feel better soon!

    Learn the Korean words you need to talk about summer from KoreanClass101.

    Sunny

    2. Interesting Facts About Summer in Korea

    You will notice that when you visit Korea in summer, Koreans carry an electronic handheld fan with them all the time. They’re not expensive at all and are easy to carry around.

    Also, Koreans prefer to have pale skin during the summer, so they’ll wear sunscreen and sun-blocking clothing, and carry an umbrella. Many foreigners are bewildered when they see that Koreans use umbrellas and wear extra layers to block out the UV.

    There’s another reason for this besides avoiding a tan—there are a lot of people who are allergic to the sun, resulting in skin rashes. Thus, it makes sense to cover themselves in order to avoid allergic reactions.

    Clothes

    3. What to Wear in August

    August is the hottest time of the year in South Korea and due to global warming, the temperature is rising significantly every year. If you’re not so sure what you need to wear during August in South Korea, here’s some advice for you.

    1- Cover Yourself Up with Long Sleeves or Wear UV-Protection Clothes

    In Korea, it’s easy to find UV-protection clothes since many Koreans value their skin and want to avoid getting tanned. You’ll see people wearing long slacks and long sleeves to reduce direct exposure as well. So if you sunburn easily, try to cover yourself up with some UV-protection clothes. Older people use umbrellas as well, and using an umbrella in summer is accepted in South Korea so don’t be afraid to try this yourself!

    Hat

    2- Wear Sunglasses and a Cap/Hat

    You’ll definitely need to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes; you may want to wear a cap or a hat too. There are many stores in South Korea where you can purchase a fashionable hat or cap at a reasonable price, since they offer discount events frequently.

    3- Socially Accepted Clothes in South Korea

    Are you still not sure what to wear in South Korea? Typically, we wear flip-flops, shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, and much more! You’re free to wear anything you like. One thing that you need to be careful of in South Korea is that unlike other countries, you shouldn’t reveal too much chest. You’re free to wear anything in August, but if you’re planning to go to luxurious bars or restaurants, make sure to dress a bit more professional.

    4. August Summer Festivals in Korea

    There are many festivals held in August, and each region offers its unique experience— try to search in advance and plan your trip accordingly, including transportation. Be sure to check out a list of events and festivals held in Korea. Here a few summer festivals that you might find interesting.

    Squid

    1- 울릉도 오징어축제 (“Ulleungdo Squid Festival”)

    • Date: August 6th, 2018 to August 8th, 2018
    • Location: 경상북도 울릉군 울릉읍 저동리 48-11 (48-11, Jeodong-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, yeongsangbuk-do)

    The Ulleungdo Squid Festival is held every year in August and it’s a fun event promoting its local produce: squid. The location is on a beautiful island called Ulleungdo, attracting hundreds and thousands of visitors every year. Festival events include catching squids with your bare hands, riding a boat around Ulleungdo island, and cooking delicious squid. Also, there will be a number of events for visitors such as fishing contests, catching mudfish with bare hands. If you don’t want to participate in these events, you can simply purchase the local produce and bring them to a restaurant. People will cook your squids for you and you can enjoy the local foods!

    Since the festival is on Ulleungdo Island, you’ll need to check the ferry schedule. From Pohang Ferry Terminal to Ulleungdo Island is from nine-forty in the morning and from nine o’clock if you depart from Mukho Ferry Terminal. Make sure to check the ferry schedule that departs from Ulleungdo, since the ferry service may close early in the afternoon. For more information about the schedule, you can check the ferry’s company website.

    Music Festival

    2- 제천국제음악영화제 (“Jecheon International Film & Music”)

    • Date: August 9th, 2018 to August 14th, 2018
    • Location: 충청북도 제천시 의병대로18길 1 (1, Uibyeong-daero 18-gil, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do)

    Are you a big fan of famous film music? 제천국제음악영화제 (jecheongukjeeumakyeonghwaje) is held every year in August. The main program shows different music-themed films and documentaries from around the world, featuring various popular musicians from Korea and other countries.

    Here, you can enjoy the music in an open space. The theme of the festival is different every year, so we recommend you visit their official website (English version available) to check who’s playing on that day and to find additional events. Moreover, there’s much local dining, sightseeing, and accommodation available nearby, to enhance your experience of the JIMFF festival! The website is available in English and you can check out their past events, such as the 2017 festival.

    3- 통영한산대첩축제 (“The Great Battle of Hansan Festival”)

    • Date: August 10th, 2018 to August 14th, 2018
    • Location: 경상남도 통영시 통영해안로 328 (328, Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do)

    If you’re into history or simply want to learn Korean history, 통영한산대첩축제 (tongyeonghansandaecheopchukje) is a good festival to go to. You’ll learn more about “The Great Battle of Hansan” which is one of the most famous sea battles in history. Further, you’ll be able to see many historic events during this festival, such as events dedicated to Yi Sun-sin and a reenactment of the Turtle Ship. You can even check out the statue of Yi Sun-sin in 광화문 광장 (“Gwanghwamum Plaza”) in Seoul.

    There are many more festivals in August, so do check them out online!

    5. Beaches in South Korea

    The first place that comes to mind when thinking about famous beaches in South Korea is Busan. Busan is located on the Southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula and is the second-most-populated city after Seoul. Many visitors and Koreans go to Busan for their summer vacations.

    Something to keep in mind is that some beaches, especially in Busan, are going to be extremely crowded during the peak season, so try to avoid these areas or find less popular beaches. Alternatively, you can visit during the weekdays when everyone is at work. There are many nice beaches in South Korea besides those in Busan, as well.

    1 - Famous Beaches in Korea

    And many more!

    2 - Things You Need to Consider

    Beach

    Enjoy the Sun

    If you love getting tanned, you can definitely enjoy the sun at any beach in South Korea. (“To get tanned” in Korean is 선탠 하다 [seontaen hada].) Also, there will be many beach umbrellas and a table for you to maximize your fun experience at the beach—and you can use them for free.

    Bikini

    Do Not Take off Bikini

    In some countries, women take off the top part of their bikini at the beach to enjoy sun tanning—but in Korea, it’s considered extremely inappropriate. Therefore, try not to take off your bikini while tanning at a beach. What kind of bikini you wear is completely up to you. August is the hottest part of the year in South Korea, so wearing revealing clothes such as short pants, tank tops, bikinis, and so on is socially accepted.

    Avoid Weekend Trips to Beaches

    Many people go to the beach over the weekend to enjoy their summer vacation. However, if you visit a famous beach area—for example, in Busan—you may not enjoy the experience because of the crowds. If you want to enjoy the quiet time and experience how it truly feels to be at a beach in South Korea, it’s strongly recommended to avoid peak time and to go to less popular beaches. There are a lot of beaches apart from those in Busan, so do your research and try to visit those too.

    Do you know the essential summer vocabulary in Korean? Learn today for free!

    Hiking

    6. Hiking in South Korea

    The best time for hiking is spring and fall in South Korea. In spring, you’ll enjoy the beautiful mountains covered with cherry blossoms and other spring flowers; in fall, you’ll enjoy colorful foliage. Hiking in summer may not be a good idea due to the humidity, the heat, and some occasional unexpected rainy days.

    Jirisan

    If you don’t mind that, you can easily find a mountain nearby and enjoy hiking and looking at beautiful scenes in South Korea. The reason is that South Korea is a relatively small country, but roughly 70% of the land is mountains. This means that you can easily find a mountain to climb even in the busy city of Seoul! Since climbing a mountain in the summer isn’t a popular leisure for many Koreans, you may be able to enjoy the hiking experience more.

    1- Famous Hiking Spots in Korea

    2- Things You Need to Consider

    What to Wear During August in South Korea - Hiking Outfit

    Koreans are serious about hiking attire and the majority of them uses trekking poles, even on trails suitable for beginners. It’s not appropriate for women to wear something too revealing. For example, it’s okay to wear a tanktop or outdoor sports bra and tight leggings when hiking in America, but it’s not appropriate in Korea. So respect Korean culture and dress appropriately. If you’re not sure what to wear in August, try to search on Google Images to get some ideas.

    Cup Noodles

    Enjoy Korean Snacks

    김밥 (Kimbap) is the most popular hiking snack in Korea, therefore you’ll see that many stores are selling pre-made kimbap for hikers near the trail entrance. Also, depending on the mountain, sometimes when you reach a viewpoint, you’ll see a person selling 컵누들 (keomnudeul) or “instant cup noodle,” 김밥 (gimbap), and some other Korean snacks such as 아이스크림 (aiseukeurim) which is “ice-cream.” Add extra fun by buying Korean snacks and enjoy them while looking at beautiful scenery.

    Drones Are Not Allowed

    Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use your drone when hiking in South Korea. Many places prohibit using drones for safety reasons and you’ll be fined if you get caught using one. If you want to know if a place you’re visiting prohibits drone use, look out for signs that say 드론비행금지구역 (deuronbihaenggeumjiguyeok) or “drones prohibited area.” Alternatively, look out for signs with an image of a drone crossed out.

    Trip to Korea

    7. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You

    You probably know a few famous places such as 서울 (Seoul), 부산 (Busan), and 제주 (Jeju); they’re definitely great places for sightseeing. Apart from these famous places, there are other places where you can enjoy blending in with the locals.

    For example, have you heard of 대구 (Daegu) , 울산 (Ulsan), or 포항 (Pohang)? These places have a different vibe than Seoul, Busan, and Jeju. It’s worth the visit.

    There are many great travel spots for you to explore in South Korea, so why not try to learn the top 10 travel destinations in Korea? KoreanClass101 has free study materials to help you learn Korean at your own pace. If you register to KoreanClass101, you’ll get the latest free resources to help you learn the fast and fun way. We have free vocab lessons and free PDF cheat sheets.

    Enjoy your trip to Korea!

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    7 Most Effective Language Apps to Fast-Track Your Learning

    Downloading App

    Learning a new language after childhood is one of the most difficult things we attempt to do. It gets even more difficult learning a foreign language, one that is very unfamiliar in your immediate world. However, for one reason or another, or just for fun, we still find ourselves trying to learn a new language at some point in life. To make the learning fun, simplified and interesting, we often look for various aids. Some of the most useful resources are applications which we use on our mobile devices or personal computers.

    App developers have put too much in app stores, so sometimes it is quite difficult to single out the best apps for our learning needs – those with reliable lessons and affordable tuition rates if any are inclusive. Here are the best apps for an interesting language learning experience.

    1. Innovative Language 101

    This app from Innovative Language Learning and it offers audio and video lessons and study tools for 34 languages including Korean, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, etc. This app is available on Android, from the App Store and on Kindle Fire. It is suitable for both newcomers to Korean and more seasoned speakers, and it is designed to get you speaking and using Korean from the very first lesson. This app gives you access to a multitude of audio and video lessons by trained teachers, as well as a variety of other resources. Best of all, the app is free!

    Many who have tried the app have appreciated the way in which it is based on real language (i.e. the language that real natives speak) rather than rather stilted and unnatural textbook-speak.

    Downloading App

    2. Duolingo

    This is one of the most incredible resources in language learning. It is a popular point of comparison while exploring other apps. Any time you mention another app, someone will ask you, Is it as good as Duolingo?’ The app boasts over a hundred million downloads in app stores. It is free and blends gaming features with your learning experience.

    This app is not popular just for the sake of it. Its courses are developed by native speakers in every language it teaches, hence making it a reliable tutor. Another reason to fall in love with this app is that it does not assume you’re a native English speaker if you’re not. If your first language is not English, you can still comfortably make use of this incredible resource for second language learning. You will also enjoy the app on your device since it maximizes your touchscreen features such as drag and drop. In the app, you will find 81 courses which are well-structured, interesting, friendly to the mind and easy to learn. The lessons offer a good balance between vocabulary and grammar in the languages.

    Memrise

    3. Memrise

    This app can be described in two words, meme game.’ Possibly, that’s where it got its name from. This app focuses on vocabulary learning, and it found a way to make the lessons more fun than formal. It has an extensive collection of popular instructive sources and widely used vocabulary.

    To make learning enjoyable, the app makes witty use of the learned words. The courses are spiced with memes whose primary function is to enhance memory of the learned vocabulary. The fun bit is, these memes are created by users and you too can add yours to the bank! The more active you are, the more you rise in the users’ ladder.

    This app is one of the few in the market which is user-centered. You can get in to learn as much as you want, and you can also participate in enlightening others. However, be careful with it – some fellow users may mislead you. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for interactive language learning, just join the Memrise community.

    Word Power

    4. WordPower Korean

    This app is dedicated to learners of the Korean language. If you’re looking to learn the basics in Korean, then all you need is this app and a little curiosity. It teaches the most basic words and phrases – those that are used on a daily basis in Korea. It has about 2000 phrases and words which are used in various aspects of daily life such as weather, shopping, travel and many other places.

    The app is ideal for a person looking to learn basic Korean language - one who may be visiting or moving to the place, or just curious to learn some Korean. But if you want to learn other Korean aspects such as grammar and proficiency, you will need more resources.

    Learning

    5. Busuu

    This is undisputedly one of the most serious teachers of language you’ll come across out there. It features 12 languages in full courses. For full access to all resources, you should prepare to part with $17 per month. The app is keen on teaching language right from the basics – starting with individual words and short dialogues, it advances all the way to complex bits of a language.

    The lessons are topically organized and are accompanied by audio versions which will teach you the native pronunciation of words and phrases. In addition, this is one app that is considerate of the reason for learning – for people planning to visit places where the target language is spoken, the app has a designated mini “travel course” which teaches the basics of a language. This incredible course also provides a platform where you can engage native speakers for an enhanced learning experience. In the desktop version, you can even live-chat with them. Bottomline, if you are looking for a dedicated language teacher, Busuu is waiting for you.

    Electronic Class

    6. Livemocha

    Well, this is what I’d refer to as an electronic class.’ Livemocha has all the features of a typical learning scenario – it just happens in-app. It features premium membership at a fee. To begin with, the app covers over 35 languages. It has separate learning places for reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. The lessons are structured so that they expose you to new material before assessing your understanding by asking you to apply the learned content. Lesson credits are awarded to learners who are willing to become virtual tutors to fellow learners by reviewing their work. It also allows you to interact with other learners and native speakers.

    For a personalized learning experience, you may join a virtual lesson or book a private tutor for online sessions. This app is an incredible place to interact with native speakers for a great learning experience. If you are generous enough, it’s a place for you to deliver to others as much as you receive. In any case, that’s the best way to learn.

    7. Daily Dose of Language

    This is also from KoreanClass101, and it’s available on Android, from the App Store and on Kindle Fire. This app provides fun and easy lessons for free every day for various languages. As all language learners know, the best strategy for learning anything, and particularly a language, is to do a little every day. That is why ‘Daily Dose’ is so useful. It gives you a mini lesson a day from which you can learn new phrases and words, and it will not overwhelm you, so you will retain much of your daily dose.

    This is another free app, and it will allow you to feel like you are making progress everyday in your language skills. However, if you want, you can have access to the full library of 365 lessons, so you can peruse them at your leisure.

    Conclusion

    Apps are ideal for learning in the modern world. They enable you to learn without having to peruse loads of books or taking down notes. Since they are accessible at any time, you should make it a personal responsibility to learn a new language anywhere, any time. If you are passionate enough, technology will always be a great resource for you. Learn a new language and stand out from the crowd. Don’t be among the multitudes who only know two or three local languages.


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    Korean Etiquette: 7 Do’s and Don’ts in Korea

    Korea has its own customs, traditions, and rules for manners, just like your own country does. Some of these customs are completely fine in your country, but are considered offensive in Korea. These fascinating differences are necessary to learn before your visit to Korea.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Korean Dining Etiquettes
    2. Basic Korean Drinking Etiquette
    3. Asking Someone’s Age in Korea
    4. Place Setting Rules for Dining in Korea
    5. Don’t Write Names in Red in Korea
    6. Never Sit in Priority Seats in Korea
    7. Take Your Shoes Off at Home in Korea
    8. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn More Korean

    Today, KoreanClass101 is going to explain to you seven important Korean etiquettes in detail so that you can avoid making these mistakes while in Korea! Also, keep in mind that Koreans are not afraid of calling you out on behavior they find offensive, which is where our vocabulary learning will come in handy.

    Table Manner

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #1 : Korean Dining Etiquettes

    1- Do: Wait Until Elders Start Eating Their Food

    In Korea, you cannot start eating until the elders grab the chopsticks and start eating their own meal. The order of eating has to be according to age. For example, if you are sitting with your grandfather, parents, parents’ friends, and your younger sister at a dining table, the order should be :

    Korean Vocabulary List

    1. 할아버지 (harabeoji) - “grandfather”
    2. 부모님 (bumonim) - “your parents”
    3. 부모님의 친구 (bumonimui chingu) - “parents’ friends”
    4. 나 자신 (Na chashin) - “myself”
    5. 여동생 (yeodongsaeng) - “younger sister”

    2- Do: Chew with Your Mouth Closed and Try to Hide the Bones

    Try not to make noise when you chew your food in South Korea. It is considered rude if you do make any noise when chewing, so try to chew with your mouth closed.

    Also keep in mind that Koreans eat grilled fish, marinated chicken, and so on. It is advised that if you have bones, you hide them by wrapping them in some tissue or placing them under the rice bowl.

    Korean Vocabulary List

    1. 생선 가시 (saengseon gasi) - “fish bone”
    2. 생선 가시를 발라내다 (saengseon gasireul ballanaeda) - “debone a fish”
    3. 우리 밥 먹을 때 조용히 먹자. (uri bam meogeul ttae joyonghi meokja.) - “Let’s just eat quietly.”

    3- Do Not: Leave the Table Until You Are Done with the Meal

    If you need to go to the 화장실 (hwajangsil) “bathroom”, try to go before sitting at the dining table; it is considered rude to leave the table while eating. However, if you really need to leave the table for some urgent reason, the best way is to politely explain the situation to the eldest person.

    Also note that it’s considered rude to place your elbow on the table as well, especially if you are dining with the elders or someone who is older than you.

    4- Are You the Youngest Person in a Group? Rules to Remember

    Here are a couple of important rules in the Korean table manner that you need to remember if you are the youngest person in a group:

    When you go to a restaurant or prepare the dinner at home with your Korean homestay family, you are expected to prepare 수저 (sujeo) “spoon and a pair of chopsticks”, as well as other amenities such as water.

    Also, you may need to grill the meats for elders or those of higher status when you go to a restaurant with other colleagues. However, this is not mandatory as the task of grilling the meats for everyone depends on who sits closest to the barbecue grill.

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    Soju

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #2: Basic Drinking Etiquette

    1- Do: Make Sure Everyone’s Glass is Full

    If you are the youngest, check to see if others’ glasses are empty, as it is rude to allow anyone to have an empty glass. Fill up the person’s glass first who is older or of higher status than you, by politely saying 한 잔 더 받으세요 (han jan deo badeuseyo) “Let me refill your glass.”

    There are a couple of South Korean basic drinking etiquettes that will prove helpful when you go drinking with colleagues, friends, or elders in the future. Firstly, you need to hold the bottle and shot glasses with two hands when someone pours 막걸리 (makgeolli) “rice wine” or 소주 (soju) “Korean distilled liquor” for you. Also, it is polite to turn away from elders while you drink.

    2- Do Not: Pour Your Own Drink

    In Korea, it is considered rude to pour your own shot. Therefore, wait until someone offers to pour for you; this will usually be done by the youngest person. Sometimes, however, older or higher-status people may offer to pour for you. This usually means that the person wants to establish a great relationship with you, especially if the person is your boss or someone whom you cannot usually interact with in daily life. So, if he or she offers to pour you an alcoholic drink, accept it. If you refuse firmly, it may greatly harm the atmosphere. If you do not want to drink alcohol, just leave the glass as it is and order a different drink, or politely say 죄송하지만, 저는 술을 한 방울도 못 마십니다 (Joesonghajiman, jeoneun sureul han banguldo mon masimnida), “I am sorry, but I don’t drink even a drop.”

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    Asking Someone's Age

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #3: Asking Someone’s Age

    1- It is Very Normal to Ask Someone’s Age

    It’s absolutely normal to ask someone’s age in South Korea, so don’t get offended if you’re asked. Seeing as it is rude to ask someone’s age in most Western countries, this is a great example of etiquette differences between countries.

    Koreans ask your age in order to determine what kind of language they need to use when talking with you. For example, if you meet someone in class for the first time, you would ask 몇 년생이세요? (myeot nyeonsaengiseyo) “What year were you born?” or 나이가 어떻게 되세요? (nai-ga eotteoke doeseyo) “How old are you?”. Then, if he or she is older than you, you need to start using formal language and show respect to him or her.

    On the other hand, if a person is younger than you, you can speak casually with them, whereas he or she must speak to you in formal language.

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    Korean Food Setting

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #4: Place Setting Rules for Dining

    Did you know that there is a number of place setting rules for dining in Korea? For example, a spoon and a set of chopsticks should be placed next to the rice bowl, on the right-hand side. Also, a spoon stays to the left while chopsticks stay to the right.

    Stew (such as Kimchi stew) is usually placed in the middle so that everyone can share the soup together, surrounded by many different kinds of side dishes such as: 김치 (Kimchi - a Korean dish of spicy pickled cabbage) and 야채 (yachae - vegetables).

    Typically, 고기반찬 (gogibanchan) “meat side dishes” stay on the right-hand side and 야채반찬 (yachaebanchan) “vegetable side dishes” stay on the left-hand side of the dining table.

    In summary:

    • Right-hand side: Warm and hot dishes, watery food, meat dishes, and so on
    • Left-hand side: Cold dishes and dry foods, vegetable dishes, and so on

    Red Pen

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #5: Don’t Write Names in Red!

    Did you know that it is considered extremely offensive to write someone’s name in red ink? Writing a person’s name in red ink means that he or she is deceased, and if he or she is still alive, it means that the person who wrote your name wishes that you were dead. 빨간 잉크 (ppalgan ingkeu) “red ink” was used in the past to write a deceased person’s name. So it should go without saying that you shouldn’t write your friend’s name down in red ink!

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    Priority Seat

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #6: Never Sit in Priority Seats

    When riding on buses or subways, you should avoid sitting in the priority seats; they are for the handicapped, the elderly, and pregnant women. You can easily identify them because there is a label that says 노약자석 (noyakjaseok) “For the handicapped, the elderly, and pregnant women” above the seating area, depicting the profiles of the three groups. It is important not to take these seats even if they are empty.

    This is what you are going to see at priority seats: 장애인, 노약자, 임산부, 영유아 동반자 좌석입니다 (jangaein, noyakja, imsanbu, yeongyua dongbanja jwaseogipnida) “Seats for the handicapped, weak, pregnant women or accompanied with baby.” Also, you will frequently hear announcements such as 노약자석에 앉지 마세요 (noyakjaseoge anjji maseyo) “Please don’t sit on priority seats” to let everyone know that these seats need to remain available at all times.

    Take Your Shoes Off

    Do’s and Don’ts in Korea #7: Take Your Shoes Off at Home

    In Korea, you will always find a 신발장 (sinbaljang) “shoes shelf,” or an area where Koreans keep their shoes. For example, if you are at a 레스토랑 (reseutorang) “restaurant” where you sit on the floor at a low table, you will need to take off your shoes beforehand. Also, when you enter someone’s house, you must take off your shoes and leave them at the entrance.

    Hangul

    How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn More Korean

    In summary, we introduced seven important Korean etiquettes and relevant Korean vocabularies for you to remember! KoreanClass101 has many study materials that you can download for free. Also, have you come across any Korean words that you don’t know? Look them up on KoreanClass101 dictionary with free audio for you to practice pronunciation! We are here to help you improve your Korean, so feel free to use our website anytime. You can learn more Korean etiquettes, along with polite ways to speak Korean, on KoreanClass101. Check out our Culture Classes and Business Korean Series!

    Thank you and have a great day!

    Life in Seoul: What is the Cost of Living in South Korea?

    Due to Korean Dramas and Kpop influences, the number of foreigners traveling to Korea or living in Korea has doubled in the last decade. This means that more and more foreigners come to Korea to learn its culture, language, customs and so on. Traveling to Korea certainly helps you understand Korea and also helps you expand your perspective.

    However, it’s important to understand the difference between traveling and moving abroad. Travelers’ main concerns may be where to stay throughout the trip, or where to shop or to eat in Seoul. But for foreigners who want to live in Korea, one of the main concerns may be the cost of living in Korea. I am sure that you are reading this blog because you have been considering moving to Korea and you want to gather as much information as you can.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Cost of Renting an Apartment or a House in Korea
    2. Cost of Food in Korea
    3. Cost of Entertainment in Korea
    4. Cost of Transportation in Korea
    5. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn more Korean

    Don’t worry, KoreanClass101 will look into the living costs, such as renting an apartment, purchasing food, enjoying entertainment etc, in Korea, focusing on Seoul. Also, KoreanClass101 will share some tips on how you can save some money while living in Korea, like locals do, so that you can apply these tips once you start living in Seoul, Korea. We will share some useful Korean phrases and words for you to learn from this article so please keep reading!

    Apartment

    1. Cost of Renting an Apartment or a House in Korea

    If you are going to be an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Korea, you do not need to worry about accommodations, as the company will cover all the expenses including the utility fees. However if you need to find your own place to stay, there are some important things that you need to understand about renting an apartment in Korea.

    Firstly, depending on where you want to live, your rent will be different. For example, if you want to live in Gangnam, Hongdae or any other main district in Seoul, the rent is going to be extremely expensive in comparison to other areas far from the main districts.

    Secondly, Koreans usually search for an apartment to rent through a real estate agent. Koreans believe that it is the safest way to find an apartment and usually the real estate agent will take care of all the work including negotiating with the landlord and reading through the contract for you. If you want to lower the apartment rent, you may want to increase the default deposit. Usually, if you increase the deposit by 10,000,000 KRW, you may be able to lower the rent by 50,000 KRW. Also, sometimes you will notice that the water utility fee is included in the rent. This is certainly negotiable as well. The real estate agent will negotiate this with the landlord on your behalf, and there is no guarantee as it’s really up to the landlord to decide. Also, if you find a house then you will need to pay approximately 10% of your rent to the real estate agent. Koreans also use a number of apps or websites to save on the agency fee, which are 다방 (dabangapp), 직방 (Zigbang), 피터팬의 좋은방 구하기 (peterpanz) and so on.

    List of Korean words for renting an apartment in South Korea:

    1. 월세 (wolse) - “monthly rent”
    2. 관리비 (gwanribi) - “maintenance fee”
    3. 수도요금 (sudoyogeum) - “water bill”
    4. 전기요금 (jeongiyogeum) - “electricity bill”
    5. 계약서 (gyeyakseo) - “contract”

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    Food in Korea

    2. Cost of Food in Korea

    It is relatively cheap to eat out or do grocery shopping in South Korea. For example, a carton of milk costs around 2,500 KRW and the price of snacks and sweets usually start from 1,000 KRW. Also, the majority of supermarkets offer special discounts such as 1+1 events or coupon events. So look out for these signs when you go to a supermarket. In addition, a good thing about doing grocery shopping at supermarkets such as major wholesale stores like emart, Home plus and some local supermarkets, is that some supermarkets offer free delivery if you purchase over a certain amount.

    Regarding eating out in South Korea, dishes usually cost from 7,000 KRW if you go to an inexpensive restaurant. Just to give you some hints about the cost of food in Korea, a McDonalds meal usually costs from 6,000 KRW and beers cost from 3,000 KRW. Waiters and waitresses often can speak English if you go to the city area, but if you are living outside the main districts, you will need to order food in Korean. If you learn a few phrases and order food at a restaurant, using honorific Korean, Koreans will appreciate you for trying to speak Korean.

    List of Korean words for food:

    1. 닭 가슴살 (dalg gaseumsal) - “chicken breast”
    2. 사과 (sagwa) - “apple”
    3. 바나나 (banana) - “banana”
    4. 감자 (gamja) - “potato”
    5. 소주 (sojoo) - a Korean alcoholic drink typically made from rice or sweet potatoes.

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    Entertainment

    3. Cost of Entertainment in Korea

    The cost of entertainment in South Korea really depends on what you want to do as a hobby or for pleasure. For now, let’s focus on movies. If you purchase movie tickets at the counter, the tickets cost usually around 12,000 KRW, without any snacks or drinks. The price of the ticket becomes more expensive based on the type of movie. For a 3D or IMAX film, expect to pay a lot more.

    But don’t worry, there are many ways to enjoy the entertainment without spending a fortune. Here are some tips on what locals do to receive some discounts on their movie tickets.

    1) Try to purchase a movie ticket online as tickets are usually around 7,500 KRW online. Also, try to sign up to receive more discounts, ranging from 10% to 30%.
    2) If you are an active SNS user, many South Korean companies offer free movie tickets or drinks if you share their contents on your SNS pages.
    3) Look out for special discounts offered by different cinemas, such as 조조할인 (jojohal-in), 심야할인(sim-ya-hal-in), 무비데이 (mubidei) and so on.

    List of Korean words for entertainment:

    1. 영화 (yeonghwa) - “movie”
    2. 티켓 (tikes) - “ticket(s)”
    3. 조조할인 (jojohal-in) - discount tickets offered to customers who come to the cinema early in the morning
    4. 무비데이 (mubidei) - Every Wednesday is called “movie day,” and you will receive some discount on the movie tickets.
    5. 심야할인 (sim-ya-hal-in) - discount tickets offered to customers who come to the cinema late at night

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    Transportation

    4. Cost of Transportation

    Transportation in South Korea is extremely convenient and cheap. You will need to purchase a T-Money card, which is a prepaid rechargeable touch-and-go transportation card. You can purchase this card at the ticket machine inside the subway. If you can apply for a credit card in Korea, you can also apply for a card that offers discounts for people who use transportation often. You can consult your bank if you are interested. When you scan your transportation card at a subway station, usually it costs 1,250 KRW for an adult and 720 KRW for a child (with the transportation card). For buses in South Korea, the price differs, from 1,200 KRW to 2,500 KRW, depending on the company and time of the day. Regarding the cost of taxis in Seoul, 일반 (Ilban - “regular taxis”) start from 3,000 KRW and 모범 (mobeom - “deluxe taxis,” black with a yellow top )cost from 5,000 KRW. If you catch a taxi late at night, there will be a late night surcharge.

    List of Korean words for transportation:

    1. 대중교통 (daejung-gyotong) - “public transport”
    2. 버스 (beoseu) - “bus(es)”
    3. 지하철 (jihacheol) - “subway(s)”
    4. 택시 (taegsi) - “taxi(s)”

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    5. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn more Korean

    In summary, we looked at different areas’ of cost of living in South Korea, focusing only on Seoul. The price range may vary depending on which area you go to, therefore it’s important to compare the prices and do a little bit of research in order to save some money while you are in Korea.

    Regardless of how cheap or expensive it is to live in South Korea, it’s important to study the language before. If you understand Korean language, it will be a lot easier for you to navigate around in South Korea.

    If you have more questions about Korea (apart from cost of living in Korea) why not visit our KoreanClass101 forum? You can get a lot of advice from Koreans or foreigners living in Korea. Also KoreanClass101 has many Korean resources where you can access many study materials for free, so sign up for KoreanClass101 today to receive a free trial!

    Good luck :)

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    Blood Type Personality in Korea: What It Says about You

    If you have ever visited Korea or stayed in Korea for quite some time, you have probably noticed that a lot of Korean people ask “what is your blood type?”. This question is one of the most common questions that Korean people ask, apart from “How old are you?”. In Korea, it is perfectly fine to ask about a person’s blood type, especially if you want to get to know someone very well instantly, in particular, on a blind date. The reason is that Korean people believe that each blood type has its own distinct personality and it is the quickest way to determine a person’s temperament and even compatibility with others. You may feel confused as to why people ask about blood types in Korea, but don’t worry. If you are asked this by a Korean, that means that the person wants to get to know you better.

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    So who developed this concept? The blood type personality theory was developed by a Japanese person named Masahiko Nomi who graduated from the University of Tokyo. He began his first career as a journalist and his first book “Understanding Affinity by Blood Type” became a bestseller in the 1970s. The idea then spread outward and it is popular in some Asian countries, such as South Korea and Taiwan. You are probably wondering, ‘so what’s this all about?’, so let’s have a look at the description of each blood type to see if it matches with your personality. Then let’s look at the compatibility of blood types, followed by the blood types of famous Korean celebrities.

    Blood Type A

    1. Blood Type A

    According to the Korean blood type personality chart, it is said that people with blood type A are known to be diplomatic and friendly, however due to their sensitive natures, they prefer staying alone to being in a group; therefore they may feel uncomfortable in crowded areas or parties. Also, they are fragile-hearted and easily get hurt, therefore it takes time for them to open up to people. Others may take this negatively and view them as snobs, since people with blood type A are good at hiding their feelings and do not express themselves a lot compared to other blood types such as blood type B or O. If you want to be friends with a person with Blood Type A, the best way is to be patient and get to know them slowly. Once you get to know them you will find that they are very friendly and down to earth! Also, they are punctual and always expect the best results in everything they do, therefore others seem them as perfectionists. When people describe blood type A, you will often hear:

    A형은 성실하고 예민한 것 같아요.
    e-i-hyeong-eun seong-sil-ha-go ye-min-han geot ga-ta-yo
    “People with type A blood are earnest and sensitive.”

    Blood Type A Personality in Korean

    • 성실하다 (seong-sil-ha-da) = “to be earnest”
    • 신중하다 (sin-jung-ha-da) = “to be cautious”
    • 고집이 세다 (go-ji-bi se-da) = “to be stubborn”
    • 예민하다 (ye-min-ha-da) = “to be sensitive”

    Blood Type Compatibility for A

    • The best blood type compatibility is O, followed by A.
    • The worst blood type compatibility is B.

    Famous Celebrities with Blood Type A

    • 장나라 (Jang Na-ra)
    • 이효리 (Lee Hyori)
    • 최지우 (Choi Ji-woo)
    • 닉쿤 (Nichkhun)
    • 배용준 (Bae Yong-joon)

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    Blood Type B

    2. Blood Type B

    According to the Korean blood type personality chart, it is said that B types are the most outgoing compared to other blood types. Also they are independent and are passionate about the things that they are interested in. Type Bs always seek stimulation and they are not afraid of speaking their minds. Therefore, they can be seen as self-centered because they express their opinion, regardless of what the other person might feel.

    In Korea, men with blood type B have a negative reputation for being playboys and for not suitable for a stable relationship. The interesting fact is that there was even a song called “Blood Type B Man” by Kim Hyun Jung, and this song became extremely popular when it was released.But don’t worry, although blood type B has a negative reputation for being the blood type of playboys, there are many positive traits too. They are curious, honest and enjoy attention, therefore people with blood type B can make friends easily, like a social butterfly! When people describe blood type B, you will often hear:

    B형은 창의적이고 낙관적인 것 같아요.
    B-hyeong-eun-chang-ui-jeo-gi-go-nak-gwan-jeo-in geot ga-ta-yo
    “People with blood type B are creative and optimistic.”

    Blood Type B Personality in Korean

    • 창의적이다 (chang-ui-jeo-gi-da) = “to be creative”
    • 낙관적이다 (nak-gwan-jeo-gi-da) = “to be optimistic”
    • 이기적이다 (i-gi-jeo-gi-da) = “to be selfish”
    • 무책임하다 (mu-chae-gim-ha-da) = “to be irresponsible”

    Blood Type Compatibility for B

    • The best blood type compatibility is AB, followed by O.
    • The worst blood type compatibility is A.

    Famous Celebrities with Blood Type B

    • 이동욱 (Lee Dong Wook)
    • 이승기 (Lee Seung Gi)
    • 탑 (T.O.P)
    • 제시카 (Jessica Jung)

    Blood Type O

    3. Blood Type O

    They are known to be energetic, practical and friendly. Also blood type O is labeled as a natural leader. They are experts at expressing their opinions in a constructive way, making sure that everyone listens to them, while still being friendly to everyone. They know how to control their emotions very well, giving others a great impression of being stable and under control. Research in Korea indicates that blood type O is the most prefered blood type by CEOs and coworkers because of the traits mentioned above. However, although they might have a reputation of being strong outside, they are very sensitive inside. People with blood type O have some difficulties expressing their feelings due to a fear of rejection and also they tend to burn themselves out trying to get things done perfectly. The best way to describe type Os in Korean is:

    O형은 외향적이고 타고난 리더예요.
    O-hyeong-eun-chang-ui-jeo-gi-go-ta-go-nan ri-deo-ye-yo
    “People with type O are outgoing and natural leaders.”

    Blood Type O Personality in Korean

    • 외향적이다 (chang-ui-jeo-gi-da) = “to be outgoing”
    • 타고난 리더이다 (ta-go-nan ri-deo-i-da) = “to be a natural leader”
    • 거만하다 (geo-man-ha-da) = “to be arrogant”
    • 질투심이 많다 (jul-tu-si-mi man-ta) = “to be jealous”

    Blood Type Compatibility for O

    • The best blood type compatibility is A, followed by B.
    • The worst blood type compatibility is AB.

    Famous celebrities with Blood Type O

    • 원빈 (Won Bin)
    • 박효신 (Park Hyo Shin)
    • 장동건 (Jang Dong-gun)
    • 이민정 (Lee Min-jung)
    • 김유정 (Kim Yoo-jung)

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    Blood Type AB

    4. Blood Type AB

    They are the most interesting type compared to the others because this blood type is labeled as either genius or psycho. They are unpredictable because they often jump around from one activity to the next and their temperament is mixture of blood type A and B, therefore their personalities change quickly depending on their mood and the situation, and sometimes they don’t have control over it. Also type ABs are rational thinkers, therefore they cannot stand it when they find some situations to be irrational. As a result, they may have some difficulties interacting with people, giving others the wrong impression of being moody or two-faced. One of the ways to describe blood type ABs is:

    AB형은 합리적이고 재능이 있어요.
    AB-hyeong-eun-ham-ni-jeo-gi-go jae-neung-i it-eo-yo
    “People with type AB are rational and talented.”

    Blood Type AB Personality in Korean

    • 합리적이다 (ham-ni-jeo-gi-da) = “to be rational”
    • 재능이 있다 (jae-neung-i i-tta) = “to be talented”
    • 비판적이다 (bi-pan-jeo-gi-da) = “to be critical”
    • 별나다 (byeol-na-da) = “to be eccentric”

    Blood Type Compatibility for AB

    • The best blood type compatibility is AB, followed by B.
    • The worst blood type compatibility is O.

    Famous Celebrities with Blood Type AB

    • 박진영 (Park Jin-young)
    • 한가인 (Han Ga-in)
    • 택연 (Ok Taecyeon)
    • 김수현 (Kim Soo-hyun)
    • 박봄 (Park Bom)

    Now, let’s have a look at few useful Korean sentences which you can use right away.

    Talking about Blood Type

    5. Talking about Your Blood Type in Korean

    “What’s your blood type?”

    • Informal: 혈액형이 뭐야? (hyeo-raek-hyeong-i mwo-ya?)
    • Polite: 혈액형이 뭐예요? (hyeo-raek-hyeong-i mwo-ye-ya?)
    • Formal: 혈액형이 어떻게 되세요? (hyeo-raek-hyeong-i eo-tteo-ke doe-se-yo?)

    “My blood type is…”:

    • ___형이야. (___hyeong-i-ya)
    • ___형이에요. (___hyeong-i-e-yo)
    • ___형입니다. (___hyeong-im-ni-da)

    Example:

    A: 방탄소년단 RM의 혈액형은 뭐예요?
    Bang-tan-so-nyeon-dan RM-ui hyeo-raek-hyeong-i mwo-ye-yo?
    A: “What’s the blood type of RM from BTS?”

    B: RM의 혈액형은 O형이에요.
    RM-ui hyeo-raek-hyeong-eun O-hyeong-i-e-yo
    B: “RM’s blood type is O.”

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    6. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn more Korean

    You’ve learned some secret Korean blood type personalities with useful Korean phrases to describe your blood type personality.

    To sum up, we had a look at each blood type and its personality and temperament, and blood type compatibility for each type. Do you think that they are true? Also, do you know how to describe your personality in Korean? KoreanClass101 has prepared a list of useful Korean adjectives to describe your personality for you to study. It is available online, so feel free to download it for free. Also, are you a big fan of Kpop and do you want to know what your favourite celebrities’ blood types are? Download your ultimate K-pop guide to learn Korean and get interesting facts about your favourite celebrities. It is absolutely free!

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    So next time you run into a Korean person and want to understand their personality quickly, why not ask a simple question, like:

    혈액형이 뭐예요?
    hyeo-raek-hyeong-i mwo-ye-yo?
    “What is your blood type?”

    KoreanClass101 has many vocabulary lists available on our website for you to download for free. Why don’t you prepare a self-introduction, including your blood type and your personality in Korean? Click “10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself” to learn practical phrases in Korean.

    Thank you and we hope that you enjoy learning Korean!

    5 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Korean Without Living in the Country

    There’s a saying that trust is hard to earn yet easy to lose. The same can be said for foreign language skills. Being proficient in Korean takes hours of practice and study, but if you stop using the language it will fade from your memory. To put it simply: if you don’t use it, you lose it.

    That’s why it’s so important to incorporate the Korean language into your daily life as much as possible (assuming of course that you’re serious about learning the language).

    In this post we look at five ways you can use Korean on a daily basis and immerse yourself in the language, even if you don’t live anywhere near Seoul.

    Digital Life

    1) Live your digital life in Korean

    As technology increases people are living more of their lives in the connected (aka digital) world. Use this lifestyle of constant connection to your advantage. Most devices be they laptops, phones, tablets, or other connected gadgets; have an option to put their operating system in another language.

    Why not put the devices you use in Korean? Scrolling through your smartphone in Korean certainly won’t make you fluent, but it will force you to interact with the language everyday, albeit in a small way. When it comes to foreign language acquisition every little bit helps.

    Another effective option for making your digital life a Korean one, is to use Google in Korean. Did you know that Google has different versions of its search engine for different countries? You can use the Korean version of Google to search for cat videos, news, and the answers to the random questions you think of throughout the day.

    Relax

    2) Relax in Korean

    Speaking of cat videos, at the end of the day pretty much everybody likes to kick back and entertain themselves in some way. Why not take this part of your day to use even more Korean? South Korea is famous for its huge output of tv shows, pop music, and epic movies. You can use subtitles or follow along to lyric sheets if your level in the language is on the lower side.

    It also helps to if you approach this language learning time as fun and not work. I used to watch films in my target language and thought of it as a regular exercise that I forced myself to do, even if I was tired or didn’t feel like it. Needless to say I watched foreign films for awhile and then quickly stopped.

    After that I picked films I thought I would like and watched them every now and then, not really worrying about if I did it on a regular basis or how much I learned. The odd thing was that using this casual mindset I actually watched more foreign films! Needless to say relaxing in Korean should be just that….relaxing.

    Journal

    3) Journal or keep a diary in Korean

    Not everyone writes out their thoughts or the events of their day in a journal anymore. Even so, if you’re up for it, this is a great language learning habit whether you’re learning Korean or another foreign language. In my case this was best done on a laptop using a foreign language keyboard, that way I didn’t have to worry about my handwriting.

    I found that I as I tried to sit and express my thoughts in a foreign language I inevitably found gaps in my vocabulary. This is a good thing! Filling in these gaps is what will build your skills and increase your ability in the language.

    If you’re not sure how to correct your own journal entries, you might want to try a site like Lang-8, which allows you to upload written entries to be corrected by native speakers (all for free!).

    Exchange Language with Korean

    4) Exchange languages with Korean speakers

    Language exchanges are an idea perhaps as old as language learning itself. During a language exchange two people who speak different native languages help each other practice a foreign a language. Thus is you’re a native English speaker and are learning Korean, you would find a native Korean speaker who is learning English.

    The idea is that each person takes turns speaking their target language while the native speaker helps and corrects them. This is one of the most ideal ways to practice your spoken Korean (it’s also good for making friends too).

    So where exactly can you meet Korean speakers if you don’t live in Korea? Your first option is to check around locally. Are there any language clubs or exchanges around your city? Check sites like Meetup. You can also check around local universities as well. If there’s a language club that meets nearby there’s liable to be some native Korean speakers.

    If you aren’t able to find an exchange where you live, try looking on the web. There are a good number of foreign language exchanges, most of which are completely free to use!

    Work with Someone Learning the Language

    5) Work with someone else learning the language

    Another great way to sharpen your skills in Korean is to work with another person who is also learning the language. If your level is higher than theirs, you will learn a lot by simply trying to teach them or help them understand difficult concepts. If your level is lower, you’ll be able to draw from the other’s advice and experience. Worst case scenario you have a new Korean practice partner!

    You can find other students of Korean at local universities or language clubs. Another good place to connect with other learners is through language learning forums like the forum on KoreanClass101.

    Final thoughts

    It’s easy to forget sometimes that using a foreign language is actually what makes language learning so fulfilling. Sometimes after hitting a plateau or struggling with the language, you can forget why you started learning it in the first place.

    Whether you’re learning Korean in a class or you’re teaching yourself the language, daily immersion will help you enjoy the language for its own sake; in addition to keeping your ability in Korean sharp!

    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Korean

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Korean!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Korean Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can KoreanClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Korean? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Korean words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. funny - 웃기는 - uggineun
    2. joke - 농담하다 - nongdamhada
    3. lie - 거짓말 - gyeojinmal
    4. surprise - 놀라다 - nollada
    5. sneaky - 몰래 - mollae
    6. prankster - 장난꾸러기 - jangnankkureogi
    7. prank - 장난 - jangnan
    8. play a joke - 장난을 치다 - jangnaneul chida
    9. humor - 유머 - yumeo
    10. fool - 바보 - babo
    11. deceptive - 속이는 - sogineun
    12. April 1st - 4월 1일 - sawol iril

    2. Korean Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Korean Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Korean to prank your favorite Korean friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Korean in 1 month.
      • 나는 1 달 만에 한국어를 배웠어.
      • Naneun han dal mane hangugeoreul baewoseo.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • 오늘 모든 수업이 취소됐어.
      • Oneul modeun sueobi chwisodwaeseo.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • 미안한데 나 방금 네가 가장 좋아하는 안경을 부러뜨렸어.
      • Mianhande na banggeum nega gajang joahaneun angyeongeul bureotteuryeoseo.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • 어떤 사람이 방금 네 차를 쳤어.
      • Eotteon sarami banggeum ne chareul chyeoseo.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • 나 결혼해.
      • Na gyeolhonhae.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • 공짜 티켓에 당첨되셨습니다.
      • Gongjja tikese dangcheomdoesyeotseumnida.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • 네 차가 견인되는 걸 봤어.
      • Ne chaga gyeonindoeneun geol bwaseo.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • 사람들이 건물 앞에서 무료 상품권을 나눠주고 있어.
      • Saramdeuri geonmul apeseo muryo sangpumgwoneul nanwojugo iseo.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • 잘 생긴 남자가 밖에서 널 기다리고 있어.
      • Jal saenggin namjaga bakkeseo neol gidarigo iseo.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • 예쁜 여자가 너한테 이 전화 번호를 전해달래.
      • Yeppeun yeojaga neohante i jeonhwa beonhoreul jeonhaedallae.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • 아래층으로 내려 올래? 널 위해 특별히 준비한 게 있어.
      • Araecheungeuro naeryeo ollae? Neol wihae teukbyeolhi junbihan ge iseo.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • 오늘 아침 러브레터 고마워. 나는 절대 네 마음을 알아차리지 못했을 거야.
      • Oneul achim reobeureteo gomawo. Naneun jeoldae ne maeumeul arachariji motaeseul geoya.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Korean, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can KoreanClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Korea, or if you work for any Korean company, knowing the above Korean prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Korean words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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