Korea: A land of culture, beautiful landscapes, and worldwide handsomes.
I’ve gotten some really positive feedback hitting on men in Korean. Expressions like: “So cute,” “Good job,” and “I’m not Korean.”
Unfortunately for native English speakers, Korean is not a language that can just be absorbed. It takes persistence, dedication, and motivation to study. What motivates me is skin like porcelain and tinted lips. They are untouchable. They are also scared of my English.
I probably should mention that I have been wildly unsuccessful with dating Koreans. I’ve been rejected with translator apps. A few guys have literally run in the opposite direction.
I am quite comfortable living on the fringe of society. But I want to challenge myself to learn a new language and to further indulge in Korean culture (wink). Dating is an all-encompassing way to do that. I know I’m not the only one swiping on Tinder with a textbook in my lap, so here are some go-to expressions.
Meaning: Hello. Duh
Meaning: charming. I have no idea how to conjugate anything.
Meaning: poop. This is irrelevant, obviously.
Meaning: handsomeness. It lets them know that I am serious about learning Korean.
Meaning: father. I think girlfriends use it like “honey.” I really don’t know any Korean at all. I am underqualified to be even writing this blog. The more I study, the more I am like wtf.
Meaning: Choke me.
So. Things are going well. You hooked up with the person (high five). Is it safe to assume you can drop the ‘요’ and speak informally using 반말? No! Always ask. Some people get offended by the informal language even if you’ve gone all the way. As a foreigner, I’m sure you could get away with it, but it is always better to be polite.