How to Pronounce Korean Words… Without Learning Hangul!

How To Pronounce Korea Words Without Learning Hangul |

Even though learning hangul, the Korean alphabet, will make your life in Korea infinitely easier, I know a lot of people can’t be bothered to study a language for a place they’ll only live for a year or so. That’s why I’m going to teach you how to pronounce words in Korean, the easy way! Continue reading

How To Use a Toilet in Korea

How to use a toilet in Korea When traveling abroad, everything you know about how to perform daily activities can suddenly be turned upside down. Even something as simple as how you go to the bathroom can completely change the instant you arrive on foreign soil. To help ease the culture shock, I have put together a list of everything you need to know about how to use a toilet in South Korea. Continue reading

How To Stay Warm in Winter

Dave got an email from KEB, his bank here in Korea, that provided some pretty interesting tips on how to stay warm during the cold Korean winters. We found it really amusing so I knew I had to share it with all of you.

How To Stay Warm in Winter by KEB

  • Scour your friend’s drawers for stray gloves, hats, mufflers, and any other wearable accessories, borrow them for 3 months, and return in April;
  • Knit your own muffler, hat or sweater: it’ll keep you indoors for days at a time and prepare you, well, for next winter;
  • Indulge in winter treats like hotteok, a fried, chewy, doughnut-like rice pastry; bunggeoppang, a piping-hot, fish-shaped pastry filled with red-bean paste; or keun koguma, crispy baked sweet potatoes;
  • Invest in a foot warmer (or two); they come in all shapes and sizes, from huge fuzzy ladybugs to thin heated insoles that slip inside your boots;
  • Spend a few hours at a Korean bathhouse; Jjimjilbang bathing pools range from warm to skin-searing hot (tip: water temperature is posted on the wall). After you’ve turned to a shriveled prune, unwind in the dry sauna;
  • Sign up for KEB’s Internet Banking, and take care of your banking needs from the warm comfort of your own home (okay, we’ll admit this is a bit of cheerleading, but it makes sense, doesn’t it?)