Tagged: language

Jeju, Korea: Kalguksu, Korean Soup 2

Conversations With Koreans: Have You Eaten?

Recently in a conversation with four Korean women, the topic of etiquette and manners came up. We were discussing differences from the west compared to Korea. I brought up how endearing, although strange at first, that Koreans consistently ask if I’ve eaten and if I respond that I haven’t, inevitably food shows up.

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Yes, I Have a Mixed Baby. Thank You For Noticing.

I wasn’t one of those women that had a love-at-first-sight moment with my infant when she was born. Afterward, I wondered if that was one of those things that women that have babies tell women that don’t have babies in order to make them get excited or look forward to what will inevitably be the most painful moment in their lives.

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Conversations with Koreans: Where are you from?

It doesn’t matter how much Korean I speak, or what I’m even doing, this question is bound to come up in every conversation I am having with a Korean. I guess it makes sense; I’m clearly not from here. However, sometimes I just wonder why it’s so common. Yesterday, I was just picking up some milk tea in my local convenience store and as I was checking out, the cashier asked…

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What To Expect When You’re In Labor in Korea

Having a baby abroad can be stressful. With emotions that are already running rampant because of pregnancy hormones, adding a new stressor isn’t ideal. There had been no Lamaze classes or lessons on what to expect prior to labor and there we were. Five hours of contractions in the hospital in a room with just my husband and me and some nurses that would come and go every thirty minutes or so was the set up. Here’s a general guideline of what to expect that might be different when giving birth in Korea.