3 Things I Like About Busan

I’ve been staying in  South Korea for 9 months now. My family and I moved here last April 2015, and we stayed at my in-laws’ place in Uiryeong (a province near Busan) for 3 months. We moved to Munhyeon-dong, Busan last July 2015, and I am so happy to be here. Today let me share with you the things that I like about living in Busan.

The first thing that I like about Busan is my job. Believe it or not, I am an English teacher. I know my English is not that good enough for some people because I am a Filipino, but hey I got a job! And I’m loving it! I have had my share of ups and downs when it comes to job hunting, but I’m glad that I survived. Teaching English in Busan is an awesome experience. I have kind and generous employers (yes, I’ve got a couple of employers since I work as a part-time teacher), nice students (well, some can be a bit unruly at times), and a great pay! Woohoo!!!

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Second, I like Busan because of the nice and cozy coffee shops. My day isn’t complete without a cup of coffee. There are many coffee shops around Busan, and I fell in love with them. Most of them have beautiful interior that adds to the relaxing atmosphere of the place. The staff are also nice and accommodating. But prices can be a little expensive especially those well-known coffee shops such as Starbucks, Angel-in-Us, etc.

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Third, Busan is a great place to live in because it has a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul. We all know that Seoul is the capital city of South Korea, and we also know that it’s too crowded over there. Moreover, the cost of living in Busan is much cheaper than Seoul. I personally don’t like a crowded place where everyone just bump into each other on the streets. There are also many beautiful scenic views in Busan. We have the Gwangan Bridge, Haeundae beach, etc.

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So, those are the top 3 things that I like about living in Busan. If I would be given another chance to choose where to stay, I would still choose Busan over other cities in South Korea. So, what are you waiting for? Come and explore the beautiful city of Busan, South Korea. I’m sure you won’t regret it. 🙂

15 Korean Expressions That I’ve Learned

Having been married to a Korean for 4 years gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding about the Korean culture. Learning how to speak Korean fluently can be challenging and frustrating at the same time. I don’t know why I find it difficult to master the Korean language. When I decided to move to Korea with my husband and our 2-year-old son, I have accepted the fact that whether I like it or not, I have to learn the language in order for me to communicate well with other Koreans especially with my in-laws who couldn’t speak and understand English. When we arrived in South Korea on April 2, 2015, we stayed at my parents-in-law’s residence in Uiryeong County, Gyeongsangnamdo for 3 months. I’ve learned some Korean phrases/expressions just by listening to their daily conversation.

Here are the Top 15 Korean Daily Expressions that I’ve learned so far…

1.) Annyeonghaseyo!

This is their way of saying “Hello!” or “Hi!”. I know some of you are very much familiar with this expression. Koreans are known to be very polite and respectful especially to elderly people. If you don’t greet people who are older than you, they would often label you as “rude”.

You can also say “Annyeong!” when you want to say “Goodbye!” or “Bye!” to someone you speak casually with. Don’t ever use this word when talking to older people if you don’t want to be scolded. LOL

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2.) Kamsahamnida or Gomapsumnida

This expression means “Thank you” in Korean.

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3.) Gwenchana

You can use this expression when you want to say “That’s okay” or “That’s fine.”

Please take note that in Korea, it’s very important to use formal words when talking to someone older than you as a sign of respect. In this case, you have to add “-yo” at the end of the word. So it becomes “Gwenchanayo” instead of “Gwenchana”.

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4.) Geurae

This expression means “Alright”. I personally like this expression and I use it too often. LOL

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5.) Jinjja?!

This expression means “Really?!” or “Seriously?!”

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6.) Daebak!

This expression means “Awesome!” or “Amazing!”

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7.) Ottoke?!

This expression means “What should I do now?!” This is usually used when you’re in a difficult situation.

For example:

I forgot where I put my Alien Registration Card. Ottoke?! (What should I do now?!)

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8.) Aigoo!

This expression means “Oh my gosh!” or “Oh my goodness!”. I often hear this expression from my mother-in-law. LOL

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9.) Wae?

A very simple word which is commonly used by Koreans. It means “Why?”

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10.) Jamkkanmanyo

This expression means “Just a moment” or “Excuse me for a second”.

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11.) Eobseo

This word has different meanings and I find it hard to explain everything in detail. One thing I know is that it means “I don’t have it.”

Example:
Do you have some extra money?
Eobseo. (No, I don’t have.)

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12.) Gaja!

This expression means “Let’s go!”.

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13.) Mworago?

This expression means “What did you say?”

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14.) Pali! Pali!

This expression means “Hurry up!” or “Faster!”. Koreans are known for their “pali-pali system”. It seems that they are always in a rush.

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15.) Hajima!

This expression means “Stop doing that!”.

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Alright, there you have it folks! Those are the expressions that I’ve learned since the day I arrived in South Korea. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. Catch ya next time! Bye!