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How to Say ‘Excuse Me’ in Korean

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Saying ‘excuse me’ in Korean is more of an adventure than you might expect!

The phrase used depends on the situation, the speaker, and the listener. Once you consider these three factors, you will know how to say ‘excuse me’ in Korean naturally. Therefore, it is important that you listen and observe Korean life to get a feeling of how different words are used.

Here are the ways to say ‘excuse me’ in Korean.

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Formal ‘Excuse Me’ in Korean

1. 실례합니다 (shil-le-ham-ni-da)

This word is used when trying to get somebody’s attention and is very polite and formal. If in doubt, use 실례합니다 because even if you are wrong, at least you aren’t being rude. You can use this word if you want to approach a stranger on the street, for example if you need to ask for directions.

E.g. 실례합니다, 혹시 화장실 어딘지 아세요?

(shil-le-ham-ni-da, hok-shi hwa-jang-shil eo-din-jee a-seh-yo?)

Excuse me, do you happen to know where the bathroom is?

Standard ‘Excuse Me’ in Korean

1. 잠깐만요 (jam-kkan-man-yo)

2. 잠시만요 (jam-kkan-man-yo)

These two words literally mean ‘wait a moment’ but are sometimes used to mean ‘excuse me’. They should be used if you need somebody to move out of your way. For example, you might use them if you are on a subway and need people to step aside so you can get through.

As a cultural note, you will probably notice that people often push past others without saying anything. Saying ‘excuse me’ is far less common in Korea than it is in other countries.

Nevertheless, if you want to show good manners then use one of these two words when pushing past somebody.

3. 여기요 (yeo-gi-yo)

4. 저기요 (cheo-gi-yo)

You can shout one of these two words when trying to get somebody’s attention. An example of when to use this would be with the waiter in a restaurant.

5. Titles: 아저씨 (ajosshi) / 아줌마 (ajumma) / 이모 (ee-mo) / 누나 (noona) / 언니 (eon-ni) / 사장님 (sa-jang-nim) etc.

Rather than shouting out 여기요, you might hear somebody using one of these words in order to call somebody over.

The word you use depends on the other person’s gender and age compared to you. It might feel a bit strange at first shouting ‘이모’ (literally meaning ‘aunt’) across the room, but if you feel confident then give it a go.

When addressing females, guess low when judging their age as to not cause offense. These words are useful when you need to get the attention of somebody who isn’t in a restaurant, for example a bus driver.

Example: 아저씨, 문 열려 주세요

(a-josshi, moon yeol-lyeo joo-seh-yo)

Bus driver, can you open the door please?


If you want to use these kinds of words, follow the usage guide below:

이모 = older woman who you are close to

누나 = slightly older woman (used by males)

언니 = slightly older woman (used by females)

아줌마 = older woman

아저씨 = older man

사장님 = boss / shop owner

Informal ‘Excuse Me’ in Korean

1. 잠깐만 (jam-kkan-man)

2. 잠시만 (jam-kkan-man)

These are the same as the ‘Standard’ versions, except without the ‘요’ at the end. Make sure you’re using this with people you are close to and who are lower in the social hierarchy than you are. Otherwise, you might need to practice How to Say ‘I’m Sorry’ in Korean. 

Other situations

In situations where you could potentially replace excuse me with ‘sorry’, then you can say ‘죄송합니다.’

Sorry can be used in situations when you need to ask for a favor (such as asking for a picture to be taken) and would most likely be translated as ‘excuse me’ in these situations. Read our guide to How to Say ‘I’m Sorry’ in Korean for more details.

There are many different ways of saying ‘excuse me’. The best way to learn how to say ‘excuse me’ in Korean correctly is to listen and observe how Koreans use these words. Then try to copy them.

Now’s a great time to ‘excuse’ yourself and practice this expression!

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Eulalia Festival 2015

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Seoul, South Korea — Danny and I visited Haneul Park 2 weeks later after its annual eulalia (silver grass) festival last October 10 to 17, 2015. Haneul or Sky Park (하늘공원) is one of the 5 theme parks in Nanjido, where it has been known to be the city’s dump site around 1978 to 1993.


There were still quite a large number of visitors although a couple weeks had passed the festival. Upon arrival, there was no entrance fee but, we purchased a round-trip ticket ride for both of us. Hiking is another option and it could take at least 40 minutes to do that while the ride is only for 10 minutes.

When we reached the top, this view welcomed us:


It was a hazy and breezy day. Nonetheless, we took lots of photos and just enjoyed our time.

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Thank you for reading! ‘Til next time~

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Directions: World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1. About 30-minute walking distance.


Halloween 2015 Photo Gallery

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Kyungsung Pub Crawl Costume Contest
W2,000,000+ in  Prizes
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Eva's Ticket, Eva's Bar, Almost Famous, HQ, and Drunkenmaster teamed up again to give us a night to remember! Prizes are valued at over 2,000,000 won with 1st prize in the costume contest getting 1,000,000 won!!!! You need to buy a pub crawl ticket to be entered into the costume contest! Have your picture taken at any of the bars and give the staff your costume contest entry ticket to win! There will be many runner up prizes and raffle prizes this year as well. The Photo Contest will be hosted on 

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An Interview with Stephen Mayeux–English Teacher turned JavaScript Developer

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For those interested in web development, you can join Stephen this Sunday....
Free Code Camp Busan  is hosting a Web Development Meetup in Centum City on Sunday, November 8th from 1-5pm. Bring your laptop and go to the Korea Content Lab's Media Room on the 4th floor.
More info at:

Stephen Mayeux

What do People do When they Go Back Home?

Ever since I moved to Korea to teach English 10 years ago, I’ve been curious about what people end up doing once they return to their home countries. These days with Facebook, it’s easier than ever to do a little casual stalking to sate my curiosity. Now that I myself have decided to return to Canada in a few short months, I’ve leveled up my game and it’s turned from curiosity to more of an obsession as I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly it takes to make the transition home with the least amount of stress possible.

It’s a Big City!

Stephen, a fellow Busanite and I ran across each other on Facebook a few months back and have kept up a bit of a running conversation ever since even though we’ve never met in person. Busan is a big city! I often see his events on Facebook where he organizes a meetup group for people who want to learn how to code.

Who is this guy, I thought to myself. He seems rad.

He’s going to make the transition from English teacher abroad to a person back home with an awesome, in-demand job and I think he’s someone we can all be a little bit inspired by. Like I always say, Use your time in Korea to make some great things happen for your future, post-Korea. He’s making it happen for himself and I really admire that.

I asked Stephen a few questions and he was kind enough to give some very detailed answers to help out my readers. I hope you enjoy the interview!

Who is Stephen?

Stephen Mayeux is an ESL teacher turned JavaScript developer. He’s currently wrapping up his final teaching contract in Busan, and he really likes hip-hop. Want to know his stage name? Shoot him a message on Twitter: @ESLhiphop

You are changing careers after teaching English for 7 years by learning computer programming. Why did you choose this particular field? Were there any other ones that you considered before making this choice?

I chose software engineering for a number of reasons. Job growth and security is a very important factor for me, and software development has always been a growing field. Technology changes at a rapid rate and consumers are constantly demanding smaller, faster, and more intelligent products. So it only follows that consumers’ demands correlate with the demand for software and web developers, and there are more jobs than available coders right now. That alone spells job security to me, and I think individuals who are comfortable with change and eager to learn will always have a high-paying job in the tech industry.

It’s also very fun and interesting! I created a number of blogs and websites that were related to ESL and teaching English, and setting up the technical stuff was always more fun than the content creation, marketing, and customer acquisition side of things.

Believe it or not, I was actually considering becoming a Registered Nurse. That’s another very secure job because there will always be hospitals with sick and dying people in them! And my father is an RN, so I figured “Like father, like son.” I would very much like becoming a nurse, but it doesn’t really work out for me because that career path requires going back to school and becoming a full time student for a year or two. I really can’t afford to take on more student loan debt.

Do you have any regrets about not getting started on this path earlier?

No regrets, none whatsoever! Teaching English has allowed me to travel all over the world and meet a lot of incredible people. I don’t regret any of that. That being said, the tech industry is very young, and a lot of the senior engineers and developers who are my age started learning when they were in high school. They have spent a long time acquiring and practicing new skills, and now it’s a game of playing catch up! It’s so daunting to transition to a new career in your 30s and start from scratch, but when you consider that the average starting salary for a JavaScript developer in the US is more than double what an experienced ESL teacher makes at an American university, any remnants of regret fades away.

Teaching is an active job that is all about people. Don’t you think you’ll be kind of lonely sitting at a desk all the time doing computer stuff?

Teaching also has its lonely moments: the lesson planning, grading of assignments, responding to student emails, submitting reports, drinking alone at the bar (just kidding!)

I’d say coding is akin to teaching. Yes, there are a lot of solitary moments, but software developers who work in an agile environment usually meet and debrief at the start of each day (known as a ‘scrum’), collaborate online and in real life with other coders to design systems and products, and work very closely with testers to find and eliminate any bugs.

Learning programming and even finding a programming job is an especially social endeavor. Pair coding is a common practice where learners of similar ability to work together to solve problems. Finding a job usually means attending hackathons and networking events, meeting people, and getting your name out there. It’s really not as lonely as people make it out to be.

Someone says to you, “I have no idea about computer programming, but I want to learn how to code.” What advice do you give them?

Why do you want to learn coding? Do you want to pick up a new hobby or add a new skill to your CV? Are you looking for an intellectually stimulating hobby? Once you have figured out the purpose, then you can plan accordingly and follow a learning path. For hobbyists or those who want to stay in their current field, I think a good start is learning HTML and CSS. You can build beautiful, modern websites and blogs with just these two technologies, and it’ll certainly give you a competitive edge among your peers. Now technically, these are not “programming languages” but rather “markup languages”, but they are the building blocks of all website you see.

For those who want something more challenging, try learning the basics of JavaScript, Phython, PHP, and Ruby. These are very popular languages with tons of educational content. Pick one of these (I’ve chosen the JavaScript path) and learn the basics. If you really like it, then learn more!

Do you want to change jobs? If this is the case, then you need to make a long-term plan so that you learn efficiently and pick up the skills you’ll actually use in the job that you want. For example, if you want to make applications for the iPhone, then you’ll need to learn C, Objective C, and Swift. If you want to be a WordPress developer, then PHP and its associate libraries are a must. There are lots of categories and subcategories of jobs out there, and the best way to discover the path you need is by looking around job sites and taking note of the required and optional skills recruiters and companies are looking for.

No matter what your reason for learning is, there is a lot of great content (free and paid) for learning programming. Code Academy (free), Free Code Camp (free), The Odin Project (free), Code School (paid), Team Treehouse (paid), and so on are all great places to start.

Do you think that anyone can learn to code, even those who aren’t very tech-savvy?

I think anyone can learn syntax, which are the actual rules for writing the code. That’s essentially like learning grammar, except that there are no exceptions to the rules as there are in English and other human languages. Now applying the syntax in order to solve specific problems is an entirely different thing. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to do this, but you need to be a natural troubleshooter and have a voracious appetite for learning.

If someone is dedicated and willing to spend 20 hours a week learning these skills, how many months would it take for them to be employable?

I’ve been averaging about 20 hours of week for the last four months, and although my portfolio is a little lacking and I could certainly add more to it, I have enough skills to be hired as a freelance front end web developer or perhaps as a full-time webmaster for a business or organization.

All of my skills are “front end” right now, which means I can create static websites, but I can’t do too much with servers and databases. Making interactive websites with functionality such as creating a login/logout for members, ability to upload and share files, ability to scrape the web for specific information, etc, is known as “back end” development. A coder who knows both front and back end technologies is known as Full Stack developer, and this is what I would like to do.

So my rough calculations are: if an individual puts in 20 hours a week, they will have the skills to be hired as a front end developer after 3-6 months and a full stack developer after 9-12 months.

How’s the demand for programmers looking in Western countries these days?


I can’t speak specifically about other countries, but according to (which is like the ESL Cafe for developers), there are currently 65,000 JavaScript jobs available in the United States right now. That’s only one programming language in one country. The salary ranges are vast, but currently the average STARTING SALARY for a Full Stack JavaScript developer hovers around $93,000 in the US. Salaries for other programming languages are similar and even greater than that, especially if you have experience.

But the demand internationally is unquenchable too. Case in point, a Seoul-based company contacted me via LinkedIn inquiring whether or not I’d be interested in leaving Busan for the possibility of joining their company. I hadn’t even applied to any ads or done anything. They came to me. My fully employed coding friends have told me that they usually receive 2 -3 job offers from recruiters a week via LinkedIn and other sites, all without ever applying to the company.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

If you’re interested in making the change, come to one of the meetups I organize. They’re every second and fourth Sunday (when the big shops are closed) in Centum City. It’ll give you a chance to meet other people interested in code, and you’ll learn a lot from the group. You can find us on Facebook at Free Code Camp Busan.

Where can people find you online to follow along as you make this transition?

Twitter: @ESLhiphop


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Conrad Seoul to Offer Turkey Holiday Meals

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and Conrad Seoul is offering a special service to ensure everyone at your Thanksgiving and Christmas parties are well fed with the most traditional of treats.

Until December 31, 2015, Seoul's best rated hotel is preparing ready-to-serve meals complete with a succulent whole turkey; mashed potatoes; Brussels sprouts and roasted carrots; grilled bell peppers, mushrooms and pumpkin; cranberry compote and gravy.

Each meal serves 10 people and costs ₩240,000.

Availability is limited, so don't wait to place your order. Call 02-6137-7120 (extension 7126).

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Help create "Korean Made Simple 3" on Kickstarter

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Last year, thanks to the support of many of you here, we were able to fund and create my first two books, "Korean Made Simple" and its sequel. Since then I've been hard at work on the third, and final installment in the book series - "Korean Made Simple 3: Continuing your journey of learning the Korean language." You can check out the Kickstarter project by clicking on that link.

Here are just a few of the things that you'll find in this book:

  • Over 1,000 new vocabulary words and phrases
  • Expanded practice sections built into each chapter
  • 20 in-depth, easy to follow chapters
  • Additional appendix on Korean Dialects*
  • Additional appendix on Onomatopoeia

*The appendix on Korean dialects will cover all of the major dialects spoken in South Korea, including 부산, 전라, 제주 (in many ways, this is a separate language), 서울 (서울 is a dialect too), and many more! Each dialect will be discussed with clear explanations, grammar rules, vocabulary, and examples to learn from.

And just like the previous two books, "Korean Made Simple 3" will also include plenty of Advanced Notes for people who've already learned some Korean and who want a more in-depth explanation. And there'll also be Culture Notes sprinkled throughout the book, with info on Korean food, culture, and history.

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The Crazy Korean Cooking Guide to Banchan

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The Crazy Korean Cooking Guide to Banchan

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2015 Jarasum Makgeolli Festival – Wrap up

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Jipyeong with Fifties Girls

As November oh so quickly rolls in, we say goodbye to yet another Makgeolli Festival, and this one was truly something special.  As many may know, the last Thursday of every October is designated as ‘Makgeolli Day’.  NurukEvery year from this day, and following through the whole weekend, you can always expect some kind of celebration in the name of our favorite rice brew.   In previous years we have seen various different festivals in Seoul, but this year marks the first event outside the capital, and sets a precedent for what may be a regular fixture on the ‘must-do’ calendar.

Favorite Fish Man




      Jarasum (Jara Island) has been made famous by the annual Jazz festival, which brings exceptional artists from around the globe for a weekend of good music and outdoor fun.

This past weekend marked the inaugural Jarasum Makgeolli Festival, which set its sights on bringing together not just all the makgeolli from around the nation, but also bringing food pairings from makgeolli bars and local producers.

We were especially privileged to taste the fish from this master (pictured right), who grills some of the best Godingeo (고딩어) ever tasted.  He took festival friendliness to a new level, bringing our hungry Happy Hour guests some fresh grilled fish.  Look out for this guy next time, he knows what he’s doing :)


As for MMPK, we had a lot of work to do!

We were so excited to have the opportunity to bring all the things that we have learned to a festival, bringing tastings galore.  For anyone who might have attended one of our meetings or tours, they know that we are passionate about supporting the smaller brewers on the market, and this was a chance to bring those hardworking brewers to the fore!  We offered Artisan Tasting Sessions, with a lineup curated to show the best of what is on offer in bars around Seoul.  All brews were aspartame free and had a variety of flavor profiles that appealed to a range of palates.  The best part about the sessions?  Being able to tell the stories behind every brew, and hearing the equally varied feedback on from our eager tasters.   Below is this year’s MMPK Artisan Tasting Lineup:

Artisan Tasting - CheonbihyangArtisan Tasting - Domun Daejak








Artisan Tasting - Gotaek Saengju

Artisan Tasting - Jahuihyang









Artisan Tasting - Mangangae Bichindal

Artisan Tasting - Samyangchoon










Llwy Julz Brewers Tasting

But tasting wasn’t limited to just the Artisans, the expat brewing community also brought their entries for the fourth annual Susubori Academy Expat Makgeolli Brewing Contest.  For the past four years, expats in the makgeolli brewing community have been concocting their own special brews to compete for the title.  Last year Mark Salinas took the number one spot with a brew incorporating water and mugwart brought laboriously from a hike to Bukhansan (Bukhan Mountain).



Tasting Table

This year included a diverse and creative selection, with infusions and recipe experimentation the likes of which we had yet seen.  During the festival, whomever came to the booth could taste from the ten entrants and vote for their favorite.  The winners are yet to be announced, but we will be sure to update as soon as they come through!



Brewing Class MixingIf that wasn’t all, MMPK also teamed up with Makgeolli Makers & Susubori Academy to offer free Introduction to Brewing Makgeolli Classes.  Twice a day, both on Saturday and Sunday, visitors could get their basic grounding in the world of makgeolli brewing and take home their very own brew.

Saturday Morning Class Montage


And then there was the festival itself!

Rock Stage

The main tent in the middle of grounds was continually abuzz with musical performances and food stalls, getting particularly rowdy when it hit after 8pm :)  And as the days dawned with crisp air (albeit cold enough for eyebrow-sicles in the very wee hours), with blue skies and mountains as a backdrop, it was hard not to be in a good mood.  Tents lined up surrounding the main tent, giving out samples of their wares as well as exhibitions of Korea’s finest representations of alcohol.

3 makgeolli bottles I Makgeolli U

As each day came to a close, the MMPK tent went into Happy Hour mode.  With endless brews and endless meat on hand, crew and visitors ate and drank the night away under the clear, star filled sky until their toes were numb.

After all the preparation, anticipation and running of the event, there is just one thing that sticks in our minds as the most memorable.  The people of our community are what make these festivals not just possible, but also joyful and just a rollicking good time.   We are nothing if not the people who support us, and that was more than evident this past weekend.  So we would like to give a heartfelt ~ Thank You ~ to our Brewers, Volunteers, and Supporters (yes, you all get capitals ;) ) because without you, we would would never have been able to have such an awesome event.

Hungover Chat

We can’t wait till next year for the next installment of the Jarasum Makgeolli Festival :)

Until then Mamas & Papas :)



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Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Oct22~Nov4)

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Congratulations to Top 3: Mini E, Taehyun P, Kristine U !! :)


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