over the last month and a half, i've learned that adapting to the korean cutlure includes adapting to some (english) conversational phrases. for example:
- "HELP YOURSELF" = this actually means sit down and eat all of the food right in front of me so i can see your reaction
- IT'S DELICIOUS = this actually means why aren't you eating whatever the "delicious" food item is? when koreans say, "it's delicious," it kinda forces you--as a foreigner--to try the food dish being served
- CAN YOU HELP ME? = this question actually means can you do it for me? maybe not in all cases, but in the case of some of my co-teachers asking for help, this is what i've found the question to mean
- I LOVE YOU = this phrase is casually used in south korea. i hear it from my students all of the time and it simply means i like you or i think you're cool in some way
- HEY = i need your attention...hello...look at this! if you want to read more konglish (korean + english) or about my experience in south korea, check out my first book, SoKoDiaries: An American Teacher Living In South Korea by clicking here.