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Quick Korean Phrases for the Cafe

If you’ve been to a cafe in Korea, then you probably hear the same phrase over and over. Since the baristas and cafe employees are often being polite, they will be using more formal wording.

For those who are learning Korean and are used to talking in the casual form, it may be more difficult to understand what they’re saying. And if you don’t understand what they’re saying, it’s makes it difficult to respond! This can make for some awkward dialogue using lots of hand gestures and sentence fragments.

We’re going to fix that! We’ll identify some common phrases at the cafe that you’ll hear, and then give you some response options to make you sound like a native. Not only will you be learning Korean to make your interactions smoother, but you’ll also get some great practice studying every time you visit a café!


Korean Name Creation: 5 Killer Ways to Write Your Name in Korean

What’s in a name? Well, in Korea — quite a bit actually!

Many Korean parents will spend a lot of time and money to come up with the perfect name for their child. They believe that a person’s name can determine their destiny. With a child’s future on the line, it’s important to come up with a good name.

Here at 90 Day Korean, we want you to have a Korean name as well. While it can be tough to come up with the perfect name, we’re going to help point you in the right direction so that it becomes much more likely. 

As an expat living or traveling in Korea (or even living in your home country and interacting with Koreans), it’s easy to notice a barrier at times due to cultural differences. 


10 Unusual Korean Foods for the Daring

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10 Unusual Korean Foods for the Daring


Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes When Visiting Korea

Back when we were elementary school students, our teachers always encouraged us to make mistakes. After all, mistakes are how we learn, right? And who is to say that a duck can’t be purple?

Even though we aren’t little kids anymore, it’s still okay to make mistakes. However, now that we’re a little older and wiser, it’s better if we can avoid them. This goes doubly for embarrassing cultural mistakes. Best to know what to do in advance!

Korea has certain customs, traditions, and rules that have developed over the years, and many of them are different than what occurs in most other countries. While Koreans are generally accepting of any cultural faux pas that visitors make, it’s much better to be informed so you can make the best impression possible. Not only will you honor the group, but you’ll also increase your chances of being invited out again.


7 Warning Signs You Need to Learn Korean

There are many reasons you may procrastinate starting a big new project, and learning a new language is no different. When you think too much about learning a foreign language – especially an Asian language like Korean – the task can become a real mental monster. There may also be other reasons to avoid learning it, and one may be that you don’t see it as necessary. But the fact is, even if you’re just travelling to Korea short term, a little bit of basic language knowledge will go a long way.

If you are living in Korea and have still not started learning Korean, here are 7 warning signs you need to start doing so immediately:


The 20 Korean Words That Your Friends Will Love

Often times, people who learn Korean have spurts of motivation, and then lose momentum at one point or another. One of the most critical pieces to successfully learn Korean is to make sure that you make it fun! This is true whether you are just starting to read Hangeul (Korean characters) or you’re approaching fluency.

If you want to spice things up when you learn Korean, impress your Korean friends, and have a lively conversation topic for most occasions, then read on!

Perhaps you are familiar with the term “onomatopoeia” in English. This simply means a word that imitates a sound. For example, “beep-beep” for a car horn, “woof-woof” for a dog, and “bang” for the firing of a gun.


Stop Studying Korean for the TOPIK

If you’re reading this, then you likely:

  1. Studied for the TOPIK
  2. Currently are studying for the TOPIK
  3. Are thinking of studying for the TOPIK

I’m here to ask you to be honest with yourself and write down the top 3 to 5 reasons why you are studying Korean for the TOPIK. Once you do that, ask yourself if the TOPIK will help you achieve those goals that you just wrote.

For those of you who don’t know what the TOPIK is, it’s the Test of Proficiency In Korean. The test is designed and administered by the NIIED (National Institute for International Education) and given 4 times a year. It is used as a gauge of how well you know Korean, and is often required to work at a Korean company or to attend a university in Korea.


Announcing a new e-book: 500 Korean Sayings - let your iPad do the Korean talking for you!

Think of it as 500 Korean phrases if you like - either way, the idea here is a bit different from most other 'learn Korean' books. Take a look at it on iTunes, or keep reading to learn more.


Book review: Wild Korean (야생 한국어) – Sanghyun Ahn

Stop being stuck at the basic level.

Calling itself “A Fieldguide to Real Korean Conversation”, Wild Korean promises to get you conversational by the time you’re finished with the textbook. While my own book, Korean Made Easy, teaches you enough to get started and make your way around, I was delighted to hear about Wild Korean. Kudos to Ahn Sang-hyun for writing it and Jo-Anna Lynch over at The View From Over Here for her role as editor.


First Website Sponsor

At this point in time I'd like to turn your valued attention to a little banner on the right hand side of this blog, underneath the LKB fish pond.
KoreanClass101.com have been nice enough to pay for advertising on this humble little blog site. Not any great windfall mind you, but it will go towards keeping the photos on this blog permanently. Blogger is a great host, but photos are limited to 1 GB per account, after which you have to pay for the extra. I'm currently at 65% of capacity and will be looking to upgrade the account soon.
So please click through to their website and have a browse around. And if you want to learn Korean online with video lessons, www.koreanclass101.com is the place to go.

The only reason this site has attracted advertising in the first place is because you, the readers, keep coming back and maintaining a steady hit count. So I would like to thank both you and KoreanClass101.com for your support.

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