Korean Traditions: How to Host Doljanchi (돌잔치) and What to Do as a Guest

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained

Korean Traditions: How to Host Doljanchi (돌잔치) and What to Do as a Guest


Getting ready for your first doljanchi?

Make the most out of that special day with some tips from a doljanchi veteran!

This post includes:

  • what doljanchi is
  • reason for doljanchi ceremonies
  • doljabi
  • what to wear and bring as a gift
  • and more!

Doljanchi is a fun part of celebrating Korean heritage.

Find out why it’s so important!

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained
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Korean Shopping Tips: 19 Stylish Korean Outfits and Modern Hanbok on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips: 19 Stylish Korean Outfits and Modern 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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Korean Traditions: Hahm (함) Explained

Lingua Asia_Korean Wedding Traditions Hahm (함) Explained

Korean Traditions: Hahm (함) Explained


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

Hahm is the quirky party that makes it happen!

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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Korean Shopping Tips: 25 One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy

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

Korean Shopping Tips: 25 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
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Easy Korean Culture: Ssam (쌈) and the Art of Eating Healthy

Easy Korean Culture Ssam (쌈)

Easy Korean Culture: Ssam (쌈) and the Art of Eating Healthy


Want to get rid of that salad bag that’s been sitting in your fridge?

This post covers everything about ssam (Korean lettuce wrap) including:

  • Different types of ssam
  • How to eat them
  • Where to find them

Ssam is a tasty way to get your veggies.

Let’s dive right in!

Easy Korean Culture Ssam (쌈)

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Essential Korean Titles: What’s the Deal with Ajeossi (아저씨)?

Why Ajeossi Exist

Essential Korean Titles: What’s the Deal with Ajeossi (아저씨)?


Why Ajeossi Exist
Spoiler Alert: This hot ajeossi only exists in the movie, “Ajeossi”

Want to know what’s going on with ajeossi?

Find out what it means and how to spot one!

We also cover:

  • how to get along with them
  • Korean movies and K-dramas featuring ajeossi
  • and more

Let’s get started!

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Easy Korean Culture: Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Easy Korean Culture: Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea


Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Want to know how the Korean concept of gibun is different from mood in English?

We’ve got you covered!

It includes:

  • what it means
  • how to read it
  • how to improve it
  • and more!

Gibun is a less talked about part of Korean culture that’s just as important as the others.

Let’s dive right in!

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

Understanding Jeong (정) and How to Build it

Easy Korean Culture: Understanding the 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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Easy Korean Culture: What’s the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea?

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

Easy Korean Culture: 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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Insider Tips: How to Switch to MVNO (알뜰폰) Plan [2021]

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

Insider Tips: 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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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 in Your Life


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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Essential Korean Titles: What Dongsaeng (동생) Really Means in Korean

Dongsaeng Explained by a Korean

Essential Korean Titles: What Dongsaeng (동생) Really Means in Korean


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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21 Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Lingua Asia_Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

21 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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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
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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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All You Need to Know about Gender Conflict in South Korea [2021]

All You Need to Know about Gender Conflict in South Korea

All You Need to Know about Gender Conflict in South Korea [2021]


All You Need to Know about Gender Conflict in South Korea

This post covers recent changes in gender conflict in Korea.

It also includes:

  • whether South Korea has gender equality (성평등)
  • what gender roles (성역할) are
  • why gender conflict is intensifying
  • which incidents sparked gender conflicts
  • and more

Let’s get started!

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Working in Korea: Getting Along with Your Boss and Coworkers [2021]

Working in Korea: 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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Insider Tips: Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea [2021]

Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea

Insider Tips: 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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Insider Tips: How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local [2021]

How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local

Insider Tips: How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local [2021]


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

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

Working in Korea: How to Get Severance Pay 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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Korean Business Essentials: The Pros and Cons of Doing Business in South Korea

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Korean Business Essentials: The Pros and Cons of Doing Business in South Korea


This guide will show why you should or shouldn’t do business in Korea.

I researched the pros and cons before starting a business I’ve been running since 2013.

We’ll also go over successful and unsuccessful cases.

Let’s dive right in!

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Working in Korea: How to Quit your Job Right [2021]

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Working in Korea: How to Quit your Job Right [2021]


This step-by-step guide shows you how to quit your job in South Korea as an expat.

You’ll learn how to resign legally as well as:

  • How much notice to give
  • What’s expected of you
  • Where to get help if you need it
  • How to avoid getting penalized
  • And more!

Let’s dive right it in!

Quitting your Job Right in South Korea

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Language Hacks: The Funniest Animal Sounds and More in Korean Onomatopoeia

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Language Hacks: The Funniest Animal Sounds and More in Korean Onomatopoeia


Today I want to about how different animals sound in Korean vs English.

I love comparing onomatopoeia (의성어) because they’re so funny in other languages.

This post also covers objects and people sounds that don’t exist in English.

Let’s check them out!

Funniest Animal Sounds and More in Korean Onomatopoeia

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Korean Shopping Tips: Perfect Gift Ideas for Korean Culture Fans and In-laws

korean gift culture

Korean Shopping Tips: Perfect Gift Ideas for Korean Culture Fans and In-laws


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

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

This guide covers what to give in each situation by age group and gender.

Let’s check it out!

Korean Gift Culture

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Working in Korea: Job Titles Explained by a Korean

korean job titles

Working in Korea: Job Titles Explained by a Korean


This post covers the most common Korean job titles and their duties.

It will show you how to find out:

  • who is important
  • how to address them
  • where they rank in the chain of command

We also explain how long it takes to get promoted to each role.

Let’s get to it!

korean job titles
Understanding Korean job titles can make or break your first impression

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

Insider Tips: 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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