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

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The Easy Way to Save Money in Korea with an MVNO (알뜰폰) Plan [2022]

How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) 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 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Everything You Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea [2022]

Everything you Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea

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.

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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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Working in Korea: How to Get Severance Pay as an Expat [2022]

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

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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How to Quit your Job in Korea with a Letter of Resignation [2022]

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This step-by-step guide shows you how to quit your job in South Korea as an expat. It also has tips on writing a letter of resignation and an example of a letter of release in Korean and English.

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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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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Korean Job Titles and Corporate Hierarchy Explained by a Local

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Need help navigating the Korean corporate world?

This post covers the most common Korean job titles, their duties and where they stand in the pecking order.

It will show you how to find out:

  • who is important
  • how to address them
  • how long it takes to get promoted

I learned about Korean corporate titles at my first job.

Let’s get to it!

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Understanding Korean job titles can make or break your first impression

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17 Korean Online Shopping Sites You Have to Try [2022]

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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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Getting What You Want With South Korean Negotiation Style [2022]

How to Negotiate Anything in South Korea

This step-by-step guide shows you how to negotiate salary and business terms in Korea. By understanding Korean negotiation style, you can avoid awkwardness and build good relationships.

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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6 of the Best Korean Shopping Apps You Haven’t Heard of [2022]

The Top 6 Korean Shopping Apps

Need to get something from Korea yesterday?

This post covers the best ways to shop online in the land of the morning calm.

The apps and websites are categorized by which age group uses them.

Here are the 6 most popular ones and things to keep in mind while shopping online in Korea.

Let’s dive right in!

The Top 6 Korean Shopping Apps

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33 Popular Korean Apps you Need to Try [2022]

The Top 29 Korean Apps

Just when you thought you had enough apps, here’s 33 more from Korea to add to your collection!

These popular apps and websites are used the most in South Korea to do all kinds of cool things.

They’re great for discovering cute cafes, getting deals on hotels and finding discounts on Airpods in Korea. Once you’ve tried these apps, you won’t know how you lived without them.

I’ve categorized them by travel, living, health and entertainment.

Let’s check them out!

The Top 29 Korean Apps

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Korean Email Etiquette to Wow Your Reader

Guide-to-Korean-Email-Etiquette

Writing an email in Korean the first time feels like taking the training wheels off.

You have to get the grammar right, while understanding Korean cultural norms.

No need to worry! This guide will show you exactly how to write an email in Korean.

It covers both formal and casual levels of speech with a handy template at the end.

I learned email etiquette at my first job like most Koreans.

Let’s dive right in!

Guide-to-Korean-Email-Etiquette

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The Complete Guide to Korean Business Fashion and Stylish Office Outfits [2022]

Guide-to-Korean-Business-Fashion

Koreans take that “clothes make the man” saying to the next level. The style of outfits you wear at work can actually shape your destiny.

This post covers everything you need to know about Korean office fashion and dress codes.

I’ll explain which outfits are appropriate for men and women and what to avoid.

I learned about dress codes during my first corporate gig in South Korea.

Let’s dive right in!

The Complete Guide to Korean Business Fashion

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The Ultimate Guide to Doing Business in South Korea [2022]

modern Korean business etiquette

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!

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The Best Gifts to Wow Koreans Visiting on a Business Trip [2022]

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Need to make a good impression on a Korean business visitor?

This guide will help you find the perfect gift for them.

I’ve used these tips to build relationships with dozens of companies in Korea.

The gifts are categorized by gender and title of the recipient.

Let’s get to it!

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