21 Korean American Actresses in Hollywood Who’ve Got it Going on

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Lingua Asia_Korean American Actresses in Hollywood

Want to know which Korean American actresses are big in Hollywood?

These ladies are just as comfortable throwing high kicks as they are strutting on the catwalk.

On top of acting, you can add Broadway musicals, rapping, standup comedy, directing and activism to their list of talents. (´▽`ʃ♡ƪ)

Here are some actresses you might not know were Korean!

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11 Painless Weight Loss Tips From the Korean Diet

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You may have noticed that Koreans do things differently. Not all of it works, but they’re ahead of the game when it comes to diet and nutrition.

Today I’m going to talk about why Koreans are skinny and the healthy habits they have.

Most importantly, I’ll share fun ways for you to add these habits to your daily life wherever you live.

Lingua Asia_11 Painless Weight Loss Tips From the Korean Diet You Can Use Today

I’ll also go over:

  • delicious zero-calorie drinks
  • flavorful stews chock full of nutrients
  • veggie wraps that add layers of flavor
  • tasty guilt-free desserts
  • and more!

The best part of the Korean diet is that you don’t have to suffer to lose weight.

Let’s get started!

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19 Korean American Actors Who Are Killing it in Hollywood

Lingua Asia_Korean American Actors Who Are Killing it in Hollywood

Lingua Asia_Korean American Actors Who Are Killing it in Hollywood
Photo courtesy of Thomas Wolf

From zombie slayers to intergalactic explorers, Korean American actors are finding more roles in major motion pictures and TV shows.

Not only are they easy to look at, many of these actors come from wealthy families and attended the top schools in the states. (✿◡‿◡)

Here are the most popular Korean American actors!

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How to Have a Blast at Noraebang (노래방) the Korean Way [2022]

Lingua Asia_Complete Guide to Noraebang (노래방)

Lingua Asia_Complete Guide to Noraebang (노래방)

After you’ve hit the bars and clubs, there’s only one thing to make the night complete. Noraebang of course!

It’s a must-do activity on a trip to South Korea or K-town.

Whether you’re hanging out with your friends, on a date, climbing the ladder at company gatherings (회식) or simply enjoying singing by yourself, Noraebang is a deeply-rooted part of Korean culture.

Here’s everything you need to know about it!

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Why Koreans Celebrate Teachers’ Day (스승의 날) and How It Has Changed [2022]

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Teachers are kind of a big deal in Korea. On top of being respected and well-paid, they also get a special day just for them. (✿◡‿◡)

Teachers’ Day is a time to show appreciation for how they shape young minds, the future of society.

But, it’s changing every year. Find out why it’s important and how it’s different now.

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Everything You Need to Know About Korean Parents’ Day (어버이날) [2022]

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Parents’ Day is the “two birds with one stone” of Korean holidays.

If you want to score points with Korean parents or in-laws, you’re going to love it!

Sure, they might say you can skip it, but you should never take their word for it. never. ever. (⊙ˍ⊙)

It’s pretty convenient to have one combined Parents’ Day, so you can go all out.

Let’s get started!

Lingua Asia_Korean Celebrations_Parents' Day (어버이날)

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Why Children’s Day (어린이날) is a Thing in Korea [2022]


Need another reason to give your kids gifts? You’re in luck, there’s a Children’s Day in Korea!

You can enjoy it with your kids or even celebrate by yourself (spoiler alert: you can until you turn 28)!

Children’s Day is like another Christmas in South Korea.

Let’s find out more!

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핌슬러(Pimsleur) 후기: 외국어 학습/독학 어플 추천 [2022]

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영어, 스페인어, 프랑스어, 일본어… 외국어 공부를 결심하셨나요?

학원, 과외, 유튜브, 어플 등 다양한 학습방법이 있지만, 제일 중요한 회화, “스피킹“을 위해서는 제 경험상 어플이 제일 유용하더라구요.

저는 여행 가기 전이나 직업상 필요할 때마다 핌슬러를 사용하고 있는데, 영어뿐만 아니라 제2외국어를 공부하기에 최고의 앱입니다.

한국에서보다 외국에서 더 유명한 핌슬러!

핌슬러 어플 리뷰 갑니다.

Lingua Asia_핌슬러(Pimsleur) 후기 외국어 학습독학 어플 추천

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8 Korean Social Media (SNS) Apps You Haven’t Heard of [2022]

Lingua Asia_Top 8 Korean Social Media (SNS) Apps

Looking for new friends in Korea? (☞゚ヮ゚)☞

Get some, with Korean social media apps!

Apps are like friends, you can never have too many!

Here are the top 8 social media apps/platforms that every Korean knows and loves.

I may not have been born using apps, but I have way more of them than friends these days. (totally blaming the pandemic here)

Let’s check them out!

Lingua Asia_Top 8 Korean Social Media (SNS) Apps

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16 Must-Try Korean Fruits and Why They Make a Great Gift

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Lingua Asia_Korean Fruits You Need To Try

Fruit is a big part of daily life in Korea.

You might notice families eating neatly sliced giant pears after meals on K-dramas. The traditional reward for giving up your seat on a bus to an older lady is a tangerine.

The reasons for this are many. Most of all, they’re a great source of vitamins, making a yummy natural dessert after meals.

Put some nature’s candy in a basket and you’ve got the perfect gift guaranteed to please Koreans over 40.

Here are Korean fruits you must try, categorized by each season and region!

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7 Tips for Celebrating a Korean Birthday to Remember [2022]

Lingua Asia_How to Celebrate Korean Birthday

Seaweed soup, all-nighters and some playful violence (or theatrical romance), Koreans celebrate their birthdays with a twist.

This post covers:

  • how to celebrate with friends, family and significant others
  • how to sing the happy birthday song in Korean
  • Korean birthday cake and gift ideas
  • how to write a birthday card in Korean
  • how to set up a Korean birthday
  • and more!

Birthday parties are loads of fun in Korea. Here’s how we celebrate them.

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5 Reasons Why Seollal (설날) is the Best and Biggest Holiday in Korea [2022]

Korean Celebrations Happy Seollal (설날) 2022

Are you excited about Seollal and want to know more about the holiday?

You’re in luck! 😘

I wrote a post to cover everything that makes Seollal great!

Seollal covers a lot in Korea. It’s like Christmas and New Year’s all rolled into one with a sprinkle of Halloween (instead of candy you get money).

Let’s get started!

Korean Celebrations Happy Seollal (설날) 2022

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How to Understand Your Korean Husband: the Secret to a Happy Marriage

Happy Married Life With Your Korean Husband

Happy Married Life With Your Korean Husband
Photo of Beenzino and Stefanie Michova
(They’re engaged!)

Want to know more about your Korean husband?

Being married takes a lot of work, even with someone from the same culture.

This post will share ways to get along with your Korean husband. 🙂

Let’s find out

  • what to call your husband in Korean
  • pros and cons of Korean husbands
  • their expectations and fears
  • how to communicate better
  • what they celebrate
  • gift ideas

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How to Maintain a Happy Marriage With Your Korean Wife

How to Live a Happy Married Life With Your Korean Wife

How to Live a Happy Married Life With Your Korean Wife

Want to have a good relationship with your Korean wife?

Living a happy married life can be challenging, even with someone from the same culture.

I’m writing this post to help you get along with your Korean spouse. 🙂

Let’s find out

  • what to call your wife in Korean
  • pros and cons of Korean wives
  • their expectations and fears
  • how to communicate better
  • what they celebrate
  • gift ideas

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31 Things You Need to Know about Korean Dating Culture

Korean Dating 101 Everything you Need to Know from a Local’s and Expat’s Perspective

Korean Dating 101 Everything you Need to Know from a Local’s and Expat’s Perspective

Thinking about dating someone from Korea? Go for it!

Dating a Korean is a fun, eye-opening and sometimes frustrating experience for westerners. The rules for Korean guys and girls are super different from what you’re used to. It helps to know how to play it cool and spot red flags in Korean dating culture.

This post will give you Korean and expat perspectives on dating dos and don’ts in Korea and abroad!

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Basic Korean Words and Phrases You Need to Know

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Lingua Asia_Basic Korean Words and Phrases You Need to Know

Need to learn basic Korean quickly?

Here are answers to the most common questions English speakers have about Korean. They’ll help you communicate in any situation.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Say hello and goodbye
  • Ask for things politely
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Make friends easily
  • Flirt in a non-creepy way
  • Express feelings and emotions naturally
  • Argue like a local
  • and so much more!

I’ve worked for 10 years as a translator, and can help you express yourself as an English speaker with Korean words you need to know.

Let’s get started!

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How to Win Over Your Korean In-laws on Every Occasion

How to Win Over Your Korean In-laws on Every Occasion

How to Win Over Your Korean In-laws on Every Occasion

Need help with your Korean in-laws?

Korean in-laws can be stressful at times, but they’re full of jeong and will help you when you need it.

Meeting them can be nerve-racking, so I want to walk you through what to expect in each situation.

I’ll cover:

  • what to call your Korean in-laws
  • how to dress
  • what they’ll most likely say
  • what to say
  • what to bring as a gift
  • and more!

Let’s get into it!

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16 Unmissable Webtoons Recommended and Reviewed by a Korean

14 Webtoons Recommended by a Korean

Have some time on your hands?

This post covers the best Korean webtoons you can enjoy from the comfort of your phone.

I’ve been reading webtoons on the reg since they were first created, and I’m tired of pretending I don’t^^

Here are the top Korean webtoons categorized by genre and platform.

Let’s check them out, spoiler free!

14 Webtoons Recommended by a Korean

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The Longest List of Korean Gift Ideas for each Holiday and Occasion [2022]

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

Need some cultural Korean gift ideas that are sure to please (or maybe something yourself ^^)?

This post will help you find the right gift for Koreans and anyone interested in their culture.

I grew up in South Korea and have been known to give a gift or two.

I’ll cover what to give in each situation by age group and gender.

Let’s get started!

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

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How to Throw a Doljanchi (돌잔치) to Remember and What to Do as a Guest

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained

Getting ready for your first doljanchi?

In a culture with fun celebrations for babies, doljanchi is the big one.

Whether in the US, UK, Canada or Korea, make the most out of the special day with tips from a doljanchi veteran!

This post includes:

  • what a doljanchi is
  • reason for doljanchi ceremonies
  • doljabi
  • dolsang
  • what to wear and bring as a gift
  • and more!
Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained
Image: Studio Nabit

I’m a Korean female in my 30s so I’ve been going to my share of doljanchi lately.

Find out how to do it right!

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What Hoobae (후배) Means in Korean and How to Use it

Essential Korean Titles Hoobae (후배) Explained by a Korean

Essential Korean Titles Hoobae (후배) Explained by a Korean

Want to know what it’s like to be someone’s hoobae in South Korea? Not sure how to treat hoobae at work and school?

You’re in luck, I’ve been in both situations!

I’ll go over its meaning and give you cultural context here.

Find out how to use hoobae and the pros and cons of having one.

Let’s get started!

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Hahm (함), the Most Fun Korean Tradition You’ve Never Heard of

Lingua Asia_Korean Wedding Traditions Hahm (함) Explained

Want to get double the Christmas and Birthday gifts this year?

Hahm is the quirky party that makes it happen with just a box!

I’ll explain:

  • definition of hahm
  • reason for hahm ceremonies
  • how it goes
  • and what’s inside a hahm box!

Hahm is more of nostalgia for Koreans, but some are keeping it alive and well.

Let’s find out more!

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25 One-of-a-kind Gifts on Korean Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips_One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy

When you want to give a gift that’s sure to make an impression, Etsy is the place to go.

They have authentic items handmade by independent creators to wow any lover of Korean culture.

I checked out the entire Korean gift catalogue on Etsy and found the best ones.

Let the gift giving begin!

Korean Shopping Tips_One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy
Hadong Tea Plantation, South Korea

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19 Stylish Korean Outfits and Modern Hanbok on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

Want to make an impression without breaking the bank?

Korean fashion offers versatile outfits that are sure to turn heads.

For a timeless look, modern Korean hanbok can be worn on every occasion from Sunday brunch to Monday meetings at the office. Best of all, they wrap to fit your body, so anyone can wear one!

Etsy has a surprising amount of handcrafted Korean clothes by independent creators.

I checked out the entire Korean outfit catalog for the hidden gems.

Find out which ones made the cut!

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

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What Coming-of-Age Day (성년의 날) is in Korea and How to Celebrate it

Korean Celebrations Coming of Age Day (성년의 날)

Coming-of-age day is a big event that not many outside Korea know about.

I’m going to explain how to celebrate it right.

Use these tips to fully enjoy your college life and make that once-in-a-lifetime event more special!

I’ll cover:

  • what coming-of-age day is
  • why being 20 years old so important in Korea
  • which gift to give
  • and more!

Let’s find out more!

Korean Celebrations Coming of Age Day (성년의 날)

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How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑): the 60th Birthday to Remember

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

Want to do something special for your parent’s 60th birthday?

Make the most out of that once-in-a-lifetime event with some tips from a hwangap veteran!

I’ll cover:

  • definition of hwangap
  • reason for hwangap party
  • gift ideas
  • what to wear
  • and more!

Hwangap janchi is a fun part of celebrating Korean heritage.

I’ve been through two of them. Here’s how they went!

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

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3 Meanings of Ajumma (아줌마): Why You Should Never Say it to Someone’s Face

The Unstoppable Force Ajumma Explained by a Korean

The Unstoppable Force Ajumma Explained by a Korean

After surviving war, dictators and economic collapse, ajumma are fresh out of hoots to give.

If you’ve been jostled by one at a grocery store, you know what I mean.

Find out the origin of the word and how to spot one here!

We also cover:

  • how to address an ajumma without incurring their wrath
  • what a Yakult ajumma is
  • combat skills of ajumma
  • and more

Let’s get started!

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19 Hot Korean Male Models You Need in Your Life

19 Hot Korean Male Models You Need to Know

19 Hot Korean Male Models You Need to Know

Former Basketball players and rappers, and a superhero group, Korean male models come from all walks of life. Many of them are making moves into acting or fashion design as well, so they’re more than just a pretty face.

Here are the top 19 Korean male models and:

  • their Instagram ID
  • agency
  • and why they’re popular

Let’s get started!

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45 Korean Teas to Soothe Your Soul and Where to Buy Them in the States

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Looking for the perfect Korean tea to start your day or unwind in the afternoon?

There are at least 45 to choose from!

Tea is kind of a big deal in Korea. Locals have been boiling random roots, leaves and berries for centuries and have gotten pretty good at it.

We’ll explore the flavors and benefits of Korean tea and:

  • Why they’re unique
  • History of tea in Korea
  • The best types
  • How to buy them in the states and elsewhere

I grew up drinking Korean tea (it’s considered water here), and recently did a green tea plantation tour all across the country.

Here’s what I’ve learned!

Lingua Asia_Korean Teas to Soothe Your Soul and Where to Buy Them in the States

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4 Meanings of Dongsaeng (동생) and How to Use Them Right

Dongsaeng Explained by a Korean

Dongsaeng are the proverbial “low man on the totem pole”. This can be good or bad depending on who’s above them.

This post explains the word dongsaeng from a Korean perspective.

It covers:

  • definition of dongsaeng
  • how to use it in different situations
  • pros and cons of being dongsaeng
  • pros and cons of having dongsaeng
  • and more

I have a lot of experience being dongsaeng since I’m the youngest in my family.

Let’s get started!

Dongsaeng Explained by a Korean

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7 Meanings of Unnie (언니): the Art of Having a Fun Sister in Korea

Unnie Explained by a Korean

Unnie Explained by a Korean
Refund Sisters. The ultimate unnie team.

Not sure when to call someone unnie?

Find out its many meanings and how to use them below!

We also cover:

  • cultural background of unnie
  • how to keep a good unnie
  • and more

Unnie can like or dislike you regardless of what you do. Good ones are fun female friends who have your back in tough times. Some will treat you like their own younger sister.

Let’s get started!

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7 Meanings of Oppa (오빠) That Will Surprise You: Explained by a Korean Girl

Oppa Explained by a Korean

Oppa Explained by a Korean

Oppa is the chameleon of Korean words. You can call the same guy oppa and the meaning changes based on your relationship.

You’ve heard women scream “oppa” in K-dramas and Psy rap it in Gangnam Style.

This guide explains what oppa means in each situation and how to use it.

After reading this post, you’ll be able to use oppa properly, and also have a deeper understanding of Korean culture.

We also cover:

  • what oppa does for you
  • what church oppa style is
  • how to tell if a girl has an “oppa oppa” or just an oppa
  • and more!

I grew up with an actual oppa and met many throughout my life.

Let’s get into it!

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4 Meanings of Noona (누나) and How to Use Them: Explained by a Korean Girl

The Cultural Meaning of Noona Explained by a Korean

The Cultural Meaning of Noona Explained by a Korean

Noona can be a hot older woman or a cool female friend you hang out with.

This post covers the different meanings of noona from a Korean perspective.

It includes:

  • what noona means
  • how to use it in different situations
  • what noona does for you
  • and more

Noona can be tricky to use because of societal norms in Korea.

Let’s get started!

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21 Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Lingua Asia_Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Lingua Asia_Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Glitz, glamour and sometimes tragedy, Korean female models are some of the most popular in Asia.

With appearances in Vogue and ad campaigns with famous brands like D&G, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, they’re making waves all over the place.

Here are the top 21 Korean female models from the past 25 years and:

  • their Instagram ID
  • agency
  • why they’re popular

Let’s get started!

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Top Modeling Agencies in South Korea (and Ones That Hire Foreigners)

Top Modeling Agencies in South Korea

Top Modeling Agencies  in South Korea

Modeling in Korea as a local or foreigner can lead to tons of unique opportunities. You get to try on stylish clothes for a living and meet all sorts of interesting people from around the world. Best of all, modeling agencies are always looking for new talent in Korea.

But with opportunity comes risk. We’ll cover how to avoid pitfalls and:

  • a brief history of the best Korean modeling agencies
  • Korean model agencies for foreigners

Let’s get started!

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How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local and Save Tons of Money [2022]

How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local

How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local

This guide shows how to save hundreds of dollars shopping in South Korea.

It includes:

  • Getting discounts at traditional markets
  • Finding deals at department stores
  • Asking for free samples and gifts while being polite
  • And more!

I grew up haggling in South Korea.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

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The Funniest Animal Sounds and More in Korean Onomatopoeia

Funniest-Animal-Sounds-and-More-in-Korean-Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia are tons of fun. You can find them in children’s stories, comic books and in everyday conversation. As any parent knows, kids really love them.

You just have to be young at heart to enjoy them.

Korean onomatopoeia (의성어) are even more fun for English speakers. It’s hilarious to compare what a cow sounds like in the USA vs Korea.

Here are a list of Korean onomatopoeia and animals sounds that are sure to brighten up your day.

Funniest Animal Sounds and More in Korean Onomatopoeia

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