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Hi, everybody! In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases for Christmas in South Korea and some valuable cultural tips.
In Korean, Christmas is called...
[slowly] 크리스마스
In Korea, Christmas is associated with charity and love.
Christians spend it as a religious holiday, while non-Christians celebrate it more commercially. Exchanging Christmas cards and gifts is popular during this time.
On 크리스마스, or "Christmas Day," Korean people greet each other by saying 메리 크리스마스!
(slow) 메리 크리스마스!
It means "Merry Christmas!"
When you meet someone on Christmas day, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
Korean people celebrate the holiday with their own special events and customs. The most popular food to eat on Christmas is...
크리스마스 케이크
(slow) 크리스마스 케이크
It means "cake."
Christmas cake is a very popular food for South Koreans
This is not the traditional Western fruitcake, but a sponge cake decorated with cream or an ice cream cake. Many people visit restaurants for Christmas meals, enjoying Western foods mostly.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me.
* beep
"Merry Christmas"
메리 크리스마스!
* beep
메리 크리스마스!
크리스마스 케이크
* beep
크리스마스 케이크
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact! What is special about Santa Claus in Korea?
In Korea, Santa Claus goes by the name of "Grandfather Santa," or 산타 할아버지 (santa harabeoji). It feels more personal, doesn't it?! These days, Santa Claus is also sometimes a woman, called Grandmother Santa or 산타 할머니 (santa halmeoni).
You just learned about how Korean people celebrate Christmas and some important facts about the holiday.
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See you soon! 안녕히 계세요.