How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life


This post explains the Japanese and Korean concept of shoukakkou/sohwakhaeng.

It includes:

  • what they mean
  • how they differ
  • examples
  • and more!

Sohwakhaeng is something that you can use every day to make life a little sweeter.

Let’s get started!

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou  (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

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Understanding the Korean Concept of Jeong (정) and How to Build it

Understanding Jeong (정) and How to Build it

Understanding the Korean Concept of Jeong (정) and How to Build it


To understand jeong is to better understand Korea.

This post explains this unique and somewhat vague concept using examples.

So if you want to:

  • understand what jeong means
  • know when it comes in handy
  • find out how to build jeong
  • learn some useful phrases

Then we’ve got you covered.

Jeong is one of my favorite parts of Korean culture.

Let’s get started!

Understanding Jeong (정) and How to Build it

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What’s the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea?

What's the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea

What’s the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea?


Not sure why you keep getting free stuff at Korean restaurants?

This post is all about the wonderful concept of subeesu.

It includes:

  • how to get it
  • what to do after
  • and more!

Subeesu blew my mind when I first found out about it.

Let’s get started!

What's the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea

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How to Switch to MVNO (알뜰폰) Plan [2021]

How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) Plan [2021]

How to Switch to MVNO (알뜰폰) Plan [2021]


How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) Plan [2021]

Want to save money while living in Korea?

This guide walks you through the MVNO (알뜰폰) registration process. It can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your phone plan.

We’ll go over how it works, why you should switch and where to find a plan.

I registered for 알뜰폰 and it’s working out great.

Let’s check it out!

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Everything You Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea [2021]

Everything you Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea

Everything You Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea [2021]


Everything you Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea
Botanical Garden on Oedo Island

This guide shows you how to teach English in Korea like a seasoned vet.

You’ll find out:

  • How to find the right job for you
  • What to do before signing a contract
  • How to get better teaching jobs
  • Essential teaching tips
  • How to pick up private lessons

I got my first job in South Korea in 2006 and worked at private academies, public schools, universities and education companies. Here’s what I learned from my experiences.

Let’s get started!

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Korean Work Culture: Getting Along with Your Boss and Coworkers [2021]

Korean Work Culture: Getting Along with Your Boss and Coworkers [2021]


This guide will help you understand Korean work culture and get along with your coworkers and bosses.

It includes:

  • Building relationships
  • What’s expected of you
  • What you can get away with
  • What to avoid
  • And more!

I worked at Korean companies for 5 years.

Here’s what I learned!

Korean Work Culture Getting Along with your Boss and Coworkers

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Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea [2021]

Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea

Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea [2021]


Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea

This post will help find the perfect place for you to live in South Korea.

It includes the best areas for:

  • Recent college grads
  • Families
  • Career-oriented workaholics
  • and more!

I’ve lived in six neighborhoods in Korea over 10 years.

Here’s what I’ve learned!

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How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat [2021]

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat [2021]


This step-by-step guide shows you how to get severance pay (퇴직금) in South Korea as an expat.

You’ll learn how to speed up the process as well as:

  • What to do if your employer doesn’t want to pay
  • Where to file a claim
  • What information you need to present

Let’s dive right it in!

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

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17 Korean Online Shopping Sites You Have to Try [2021]

17 Korean Online Shopping Sites You Have to Try [2021]


Korean Online Shopping Sites You Must Try [2021]

This post will show you the most useful websites for your Korean online shopping fix.

I recently moved back to South Korea after five years of slow travel and had to furnish an entire house, buy groceries and become a functioning member of society again.

I’ve categorized the websites by:

  • Groceries
  • Discount Retailers
  • Classifieds
  • Pharmacy and Cosmetics
  • And more!

Let’s dive right in!

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How to Negotiate Anything in South Korea [2021]

How to Negotiate Anything in South Korea

How to Negotiate Anything in South Korea [2021]


This step-by-step guide shows you how to negotiate salary and business terms in Korea.

It includes:

  • Getting a higher salary
  • Asking for a raise
  • Maximizing business meetings
  • What to avoid
  • And more!

I’ve been running a business in Korea since 2013. Here’s what I learned.

Let’s dive right it in!

How to Negotiate Anything in South Korea

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The Ultimate Guide to Doing Business in South Korea [2021]

modern Korean business etiquette

The Ultimate Guide to Doing Business in South Korea [2021]


This post covers everything you need to know about Korean Business Etiquette.

It explains how to have a successful business meeting including:

  • What to wear
  • What to say
  • What to bring
  • How to act
  • and more!

I worked at a Korean company for 5 years and started a business I’ve been running since 2013.

Here’s what I’ve learned!

modern Korean business etiquette

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3 Hassle-free Ways to Get a Korean Credit Card as an Expat [2021]

3 Hassle-free Ways to Get a Korean Credit Card

3 Hassle-free Ways to Get a Korean Credit Card as an Expat [2021]


This post will walk you through the Korean credit card application process step-by-step.

It covers:

  • What you need
  • Where to apply
  • Which card to get
  • and more!

I’ve applied for many a Korean credit card over the past 10 years (and even been successful a few times).

Let’s dive right in!

3 Hassle-free Ways to Get a Korean Credit Card

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How to Pass your Korean Job Interview [2021]

How to Pass your Korean Job Interview

How to Pass your Korean Job Interview [2021]


This step-by-step guide shows you how to ace your job interview at a Korean company.

It includes:

  • Essential tips for video and in-person interviews
  • How to make a good impression
  • What to avoid
  • And more!

I worked as an overseas recruiter in South Korea for five years. Here’s what I learned.

Let’s dive right it in!

How to Pass your Korean Job Interview

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15 Reasons Why You Should Live in Korea (and 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t)

15 Reasons Why You Should Live in Korea

15 Reasons Why You Should Live in Korea (and 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t)


This guide will show why you should or shouldn’t move to South Korea.

It covers:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Things to do
  • Health and Safety
  • and More!

I lived in South Korea for ten years and even started a business there. Here’s what I’ve learned from the experience.

Let’s dive right in!

15 Reasons Why You Should Live in Korea

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Everything you Need to Know about Korean Banking [2021]

Everything you Need to Know about Korean Banking

Everything you Need to Know about Korean Banking [2021]


Everything you Need to Know about Korean Banking

This post will walk you through the Korean bank account application process step-by-step.

It covers:

  • What the new requirements are
  • Where to apply
  • Which tax forms to file
  • How to set up Corporate Banking
  • and more!

I’ve had Korean bank accounts since 2006 for both personal and business use.

Let’s dive right in!

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How to Start a Business in South Korea [2021]

How to Start a Business in South Korea [2021]

How to Start a Business in South Korea [2021]


This step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about starting a business in South Korea as an expat.

You’ll learn how to increase your chances of success as well as:

  • Which Visa you need
  • What industries to target
  • How to get clients
  • How to be successful

I gained this info while starting a company I’ve been running since 2013.

Let’s dive right in!

How to Start a Business in South Korea [2021]

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Translation, Localization and Transcreation in Plain English

Translation, Localization and Transcreation in Plain English


Not sure what the differences are between Translation, Localization and Transcreation?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

I’ve been working in translation for 10 years and I still get them confused. So, I made a handy guide to help you figure out which one you need.

Translation, Localization and Transcreation in Plain English

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Translation Terms

Translation Terms


The translation industry has been around for a while. At least since 2nd millenium BC when the Sumerian poem, Gilgamesh, was converted into other languages.

There’s so much industry jargon now, it’s hard to keep up with it.

Fortunately, we’re here to help. Here are the most common translation terms in plain English.

Translation Terms

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The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea [2021]

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea [2021]


This post covers all you need to know about jobs in Korea for foreigners.

It includes:

  • How to find your first job
  • The pros and cons of working in Korea
  • When to apply
  • Which Visa to get

I got my first job in South Korea in 2006 and worked at a variety of companies. Here’s what I learned from my experience.

Let’s dive right in!

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

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How to Find the Best Korean Translation Company in 2020

How to Find the Best Korean Translation Company in 2020


Overwhelmed by the number of Korean translation companies?

Translation is estimated to be a 50 billion dollar industry in 2020.

There are thousands of translation companies in the world.

Most tackle every language under the sun.

Like going to a restaurant with a 10 page menu, they do everything, but nothing great.

That’s because they don’t specialize in one language pair and outsource to the lowest bidder. This makes sense given their high fixed costs, including office space, employees, advertising, etc.

Korean translation company

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The Top 15 Translation Blogs to Inspire you

The Top 15 Translation Blogs to Inspire you


Looking for a good translation blog?

Translators are an afterthought to most.

Even though every product you encounter has required translation in some form before it reaches you.

Fortunately, there are translators who provide vital info on the industry.

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Important Changes to Korean Import Law and Tariffs

Important Changes to Korean Import Law and Tariffs


Korean tariff and customs regulations change every few months.

Unfortunately, these updates are not provided in English.

Failure to keep track of these new amendments could result in large amounts of money being wasted.

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How Korean is Becoming Two Languages

north korean south korean government

How Korean is Becoming Two Languages


Want to know the differences between North and South Korean languages?

Koreans used to speak a common tongue, but decades of separation have led to some interesting variations.

Find out how and why the Korean language is changing.

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21 Interesting, Funny and Tragic Translation Errors

21 Interesting, Funny and Tragic Translation Errors


Translation is an after-thought for most businesses.

We get it.

Slick company mousepads and employee trips to Disneyworld are a priority, while communicating with customers takes a backseat.

To be fair, it’s not easy to find a good translation company.

Rather than get preachy about how bad translation will ruin your business, here are some amusing and tragic examples of when it goes wrong.

translation company errors

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