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Title: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Cyanea on June 12, 2018, 08:07:51 PM
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Do you like Korea?


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How old are you?


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Do you like Korean women?


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When are you going back to your home country?



What do they really expect you to say?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 12, 2018, 08:12:47 PM
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Do you like Korea?

perfectly OK


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How old are you?

Cultural difference.


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Do you like Korean women?

Typical after a few pints question. A bit weird in another context.


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When are you going back to your home country?

Sounds too direct. Mainly due to language problems. 

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: some waygug-in on June 13, 2018, 12:09:17 AM
Why you here?

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 13, 2018, 07:28:07 AM
Oh, youíre teaching in Korea. North or South?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: alexisalex on June 13, 2018, 07:35:35 AM
I've had this one asked many times and never quite understood what they meant:

"How did you come to Korea?"

Is it a mistranslation from Korean to English of "How did you end up in Korea?" or something like that?

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 13, 2018, 07:48:50 AM
Oh, youíre teaching in Korea. North or South?

Perfectly valid.

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Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 13, 2018, 09:07:53 AM
It might sound funny coming from a Korean in South Korea, or in North Korea if thatís where you happen to be. I thought it was funny to think about, anyway~
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: oglop on June 13, 2018, 09:37:19 AM
I've had this one asked many times and never quite understood what they meant:

"How did you come to Korea?"

Is it a mistranslation from Korean to English of "How did you end up in Korea?" or something like that?
i would say koreans translate it from "어떻게 왔어요?" which literally translated means "how did you come?" but means "what brings you here?"
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Franz on June 13, 2018, 11:10:33 AM
I have a korean friend and every time we drink we mixed up our conversation from one topic to another.  :police:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Savant on June 13, 2018, 09:39:10 PM
Isn't it [insert Korean food] spicy?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on June 14, 2018, 09:44:45 AM
Are you hot? *As it's 32įC and 99% humidity and you have sweat dripping out of your eye balls.

Aren't you cold? *As it's 32įC and 99% humidity and you have sweat dripping out of your eye balls and you have the AC on 22įC.

How heavy are you?

What size shoe do you wear?

What do they do with this information?

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: JNM on June 14, 2018, 09:59:51 AM
Q: When did you learn to use chopsticks?

A: When did YOU learn to use chopsticks?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: annataleen on June 14, 2018, 10:04:02 AM
Which is harder to learn, Korean or English?

I had to explain that it depends on what the person's native language is, and the language tree, etc. Like, if they speak Spanish or French, they might find learning English rather easy, but not Korean. While a person who speaks Japanese might find learning Korean easy, but English much harder.

I don't know why they asked me this.  :-[
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: alexisalex on June 14, 2018, 10:06:44 AM
Q: When did you learn to use chopsticks?

A: When did YOU learn to use chopsticks?

I don't think this is as stupid/offensive as most people make out.

I'd never used chopsticks before coming to Korea so I had to learn.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: JNM on June 14, 2018, 10:17:57 AM
Q: When did you learn to use chopsticks?

A: When did YOU learn to use chopsticks?

I don't think this is as stupid/offensive as most people make out.

I'd never used chopsticks before coming to Korea so I had to learn.

It is (mildly) offensive because it is a prejudiced question. Itís assuming my abilities based on my skin colour and/or nationality.

It is (mildly) stupid because most people who come to Asia to work have some affinity for the food and culture.

I think (wild ass guess, no data to support) that you might be in the minority on this one, but you are assumed to be the majority by Koreans.

Every small town in Canada has a Chinese (or generic Asian) restaurant.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 14, 2018, 10:21:23 AM
The only person I've seen to struggle hopelessly trying to use chopsticks beyond their first couple meals is my mother.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Aristocrat on June 14, 2018, 10:28:46 AM
How do I make English friends?
(translation)
How do I use people for free English practice?



Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: CO2 on June 14, 2018, 10:30:12 AM
Yeah, growing up I used chopsticks quite regularly and I grew up in towns of 130 000 - 175 000 people, which is a fair size by Canadian standards, they're usually the hub of a much larger region.

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 14, 2018, 11:28:32 AM
How do I use people for free English practice?

I get this, though not often posed as a question.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: oglop on June 14, 2018, 11:31:00 AM
the most common one i get is "you look tired. are you sick?"

****. OFF

also, i used to get "korean...very good! for saying a single word in korean (which used to irk me) but since the advent of those tv shows with foreigners speaking very good korean, i get "why isn't your korean better?". think i preferred being patronised than being told i suck
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: MoonChild on June 14, 2018, 11:38:48 AM
Isn't it [insert Korean food] spicy?

God damn you beat me to it! This question really does get old quickly!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 14, 2018, 11:43:36 AM
the most common one i get is "you look tired. are you sick?"

****. OFF

Maybe they don't mean 'tired' but they're struggling to find the right word to describe the look on your face (https://www.treatcurefast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Cheek-twitching-meaning-and-superstition.gif).  :blank:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: JVPrice on June 14, 2018, 12:10:08 PM
"Teacher, is that you?"

Every time I put a picture of a fair/dark-skinned person in my PPT
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: #basedcowboyshirt on June 14, 2018, 12:14:01 PM
Preface: I don't think this is a stupid question.

One thing I often get asked is what are some common brands of car / TV / various consumer goods in North America?

And actually it's kind of an interesting question. I'm always curious to see the different types of stuff in other countries.

Most of the time this question is driven by real curiousity.

But sometimes it's just fishing for someone to say LG or Samsung.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: JNM on June 14, 2018, 12:31:59 PM
Preface: I don't think this is a stupid question.

One thing I often get asked is what are some common brands of car / TV / various consumer goods in North America?

And actually it's kind of an interesting question. I'm always curious to see the different types of stuff in other countries.

Most of the time this question is driven by real curiousity.

But sometimes it's just fishing for someone to say LG or Samsung.

That works the other way too.

I get a bit excited when I see a Chrysler 300 or a Dodge Grand Caravan here (both were primarily made in Canada, but elsewhere as well).
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Pennypie on June 14, 2018, 12:42:06 PM
Q: When did you learn to use chopsticks?

A: When did YOU learn to use chopsticks?

I don't think this is as stupid/offensive as most people make out.

I'd never used chopsticks before coming to Korea so I had to learn.

It is (mildly) offensive because it is a prejudiced question. Itís assuming my abilities based on my skin colour and/or nationality.

It is (mildly) stupid because most people who come to Asia to work have some affinity for the food and culture.

I think (wild ass guess, no data to support) that you might be in the minority on this one, but you are assumed to be the majority by Koreans.

Every small town in Canada has a Chinese (or generic Asian) restaurant.

I hadn't either.

I had tried in the past but found it too difficult for my clumsy self to master. It took me twice as long to eat and there was no real reason to practice because I didn't need to use them that often.

I got it pretty quickly though once someone at orientation showed me that i'd being holding them wrong anyway  :laugh:

Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Dave Stepz on June 14, 2018, 12:46:01 PM
Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:

PP, this is the real test..

(https://t1.daumcdn.net/cfile/tistory/112487304C7408D402)

Doh-two-rhee-muck
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 14, 2018, 12:54:40 PM
PP, this is the real test..

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/24/95201439_2f91165ecf_z.jpg?zz=1)

Doh-two-rhee-muck

Is the 'muck' part transliteration or translation? :azn:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 14, 2018, 01:00:23 PM
 :-*"Do you want to join the hweshik next week?"
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: debbiem89 on June 14, 2018, 01:04:51 PM
Isn't it [insert Korean food] spicy?

The look of horror "Oh can YOU eat it?" Me- "Yep. I love spicy food." "Wow but you are a foreigner"

Yeah because Korean is the only spicy food. 0_0

I hate being asked  "omg are you ok??" after I've had like one beer. I'm treated like an absolute child and it annoys me so much. My co teacher is literally 3 years older than me and babies me so much in this respect. It gets to 8pm and she starts patronisingly gesturing to her watch telling me it's getting late and asking if I'm ok...

Everyone else gets wasted but the foreigner clearly can't handle being out past 9pm. 
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: #basedcowboyshirt on June 14, 2018, 01:12:17 PM
Preface: I don't think this is a stupid question.

One thing I often get asked is what are some common brands of car / TV / various consumer goods in North America?

And actually it's kind of an interesting question. I'm always curious to see the different types of stuff in other countries.

Most of the time this question is driven by real curiousity.

But sometimes it's just fishing for someone to say LG or Samsung.

That works the other way too.

I get a bit excited when I see a Chrysler 300 or a Dodge Grand Caravan here (both were primarily made in Canada, but elsewhere as well).

Haha yeah. It's a pretty valid question.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: belo horizonte on June 14, 2018, 01:25:28 PM
"Why you no marry?"

Anyone single and in their mid thirties or older will get this a lot.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: ESLTurtle on June 14, 2018, 01:30:19 PM
 :-* : Why is your package so big, Professor Turtle?!  :huh:
 8) : See here, Minji, I got it shipped straight from 'Merica!  :wink:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: SeoulAlone on June 14, 2018, 01:32:06 PM
"Why you no marry?"

Anyone single and in their mid thirties or older will get this a lot.

I used to get this question often, but now.... not so much. 

I just tell the kids that I'm old, fat, and ugly so no man wants me.  Makes the CT laugh. 
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Mezoti97 on June 14, 2018, 03:06:27 PM
Not really stupid questions per se, but I'd say I find these questions somewhat annoying whenever I get asked them:

- "Can you cook?"
- "Do you miss your mother's homecooking?"
- "Did you vote?"
- "Oh, you don't like [insert food name here]?" (whenever I'm eating with a Korean and they see that I'm not eating a certain food.)
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Cyanea on June 14, 2018, 11:49:49 PM

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How long have you been in Korea?


Sigh..





Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: grey on June 15, 2018, 01:47:59 AM
:-*"Do you want to join the hweshik next week?"

Ha, ha, ha.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kea.kate on June 15, 2018, 02:34:26 AM
"Why you no marry?"

Anyone single and in their mid thirties or older will get this a lot.

I used to get this question often, but now.... not so much. 

I just tell the kids that I'm old, fat, and ugly so no man wants me.  Makes the CT laugh.

When they ask me I say "Ew, boys are stupid". They love it lol
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kea.kate on June 15, 2018, 02:36:46 AM
Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 15, 2018, 05:35:19 AM
:-*"Do you want to join the hweshik next week?"

Ha, ha, ha.

 :-[

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Is that supposed to be funny?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on June 15, 2018, 07:39:57 AM
Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-

In this case it might be phrased more as an invitation than a question...
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 07:47:29 AM
"Why you no marry?"

Anyone single and in their mid thirties or older will get this a lot.

I used to get this question often, but now.... not so much. 

I just tell the kids that I'm old, fat, and ugly so no man wants me.  Makes the CT laugh.

When they ask me I say "Ew, boys are stupid". They love it lol

I always say that husbands and boyfriends are too much trouble, and that I'll be single for life. Never fails to get the girls and maybe half of the boys laughing, while the other half of the boys just kind of have that, "Yeah, right, EVERYONE wants to be dating someone" look.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: CO2 on June 15, 2018, 07:49:13 AM
Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This drives me nuts. We've already established that I've been here 5 years.

 :afro: Do....... Do you know ddeokbokki?

 :police: Honestly, what are the sheer odds that I don't know what a top 5 most popular Korean food is, having been here that long?

(I need to learn how to sat EXACTLY that in Korean.)
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on June 15, 2018, 07:58:42 AM
:-* : Why is your package so big, Professor Turtle?!  :huh:
 8) : See here, Minji, I got it shipped straight from 'Merica!  :wink:

Been ordering clothes online again?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 08:12:38 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.

Q: Do you know soju???

I never get asked if I know soju, they always ask me if I drink it. xD

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 09:27:46 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.



What's wrong with 'where do you live'?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: zola on June 15, 2018, 09:33:09 AM
All the usuals. Do you know....? Are you married? Do you have children?

But I've always thought that if you ask Koreans similar semi-personal questions they get really cagey.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 09:45:53 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.



What's wrong with 'where do you live'?

I find it incredibly invasive, and it's usually the wrong kinds of people asking me this. I don't mind the question being asked generally with only a general answer being expected, but half the time I'm getting pushed for specifics by people I don't know at all or very well, and, if I don't shut it down quickly or definitively enough, it can lead into, "Do you live alone?"

So it's become a red flag for me, depending on who asks me.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: CO2 on June 15, 2018, 10:25:27 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.



What's wrong with 'where do you live'?

I find it incredibly invasive, and it's usually the wrong kinds of people asking me this. I don't mind the question being asked generally with only a general answer being expected, but half the time I'm getting pushed for specifics by people I don't know at all or very well, and, if I don't shut it down quickly or definitively enough, it can lead into, "Do you live alone?"

So it's become a red flag for me, depending on who asks me.
Yeah, asking which danji I live in is too much. What's next, which specific building?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: JVPrice on June 15, 2018, 10:38:25 AM
*Sees I'm studying Korean*

Korean: Oh, do you know Korean?

Me: A little bit.

Korean: Do you know this? *Points to a word I've already studied*

Me: Yes.

Korean: And this? *Points again*

Me: Yes.

Korean: And this?? *Points yet again*

 :undecided:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 10:40:34 AM
Yeah, asking which danji I live in is too much. What's next, which specific building?

I have literally been asked this.  :cry:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 10:48:44 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.



What's wrong with 'where do you live'?

I find it incredibly invasive, and it's usually the wrong kinds of people asking me this. I don't mind the question being asked generally with only a general answer being expected, but half the time I'm getting pushed for specifics by people I don't know at all or very well, and, if I don't shut it down quickly or definitively enough, it can lead into, "Do you live alone?"

So it's become a red flag for me, depending on who asks me.
Yeah, asking which danji I live in is too much. What's next, which specific building?

Someone should tell Cambridge, as that's one of the questions in the first section of the IELTS speaking test. Female candidates might be being triggered on a weekly basis
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: slycordinator on June 15, 2018, 10:50:21 AM
What size shoe do you wear?
Students asked me that yesterday and were upset that I wasn't sure the Korean size, since I haven't needed to buy new shoes in the past few months since moving back.

Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-
In summer when I was here before, the school gave out leftover bags of kimchi from a snack thing we had. Most of the teachers didn't want theirs because they already had too much at home. In a 3 minute timeframe I had:

1) A guy who I knew for months hand me his and say "Do you know kimchi?"
2) My coteacher offer me hers, say I should cook it with ramen with my wife, and asked "Do you know ramen?" and she knew I'd lived here the year before. I felt like acting incredulous and ask for an explanation of ramen.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 15, 2018, 11:22:38 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.



What's wrong with 'where do you live'?

I find it incredibly invasive, and it's usually the wrong kinds of people asking me this. I don't mind the question being asked generally with only a general answer being expected, but half the time I'm getting pushed for specifics by people I don't know at all or very well, and, if I don't shut it down quickly or definitively enough, it can lead into, "Do you live alone?"

So it's become a red flag for me, depending on who asks me.
Yeah, asking which danji I live in is too much. What's next, which specific building?

Someone shoul tell Cambridge, as that's one of the questions in the first section of the speaking test. Female candidates might be being triggered on a weekly basis

I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

My wife just got a whole bunch of stupid questions at her job interview. How long does it take you to get to work, how long have you been married, what does your husband do... (none of which were asked to the male candidates sitting right next to her)
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 11:32:14 AM
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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 15, 2018, 11:39:14 AM
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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.

If that's how you hit on a woman who doesn't seem interested, it's a very stupid question. If you've heard it asked by Koreans often enough and are not used to hearing it from anyone else, it belongs in this thread. CO2 has apparently been asked similar questions. I don't assume he was being hit on, but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kyndo on June 15, 2018, 11:44:29 AM
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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.
Every thread you comment on is a 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.
(https://media2.giphy.com/media/CV61LRKyQf6P6/200.gif)
Nah, just kidding. That would be ESLTurtle (https://i.pinimg.com/736x/9a/ec/02/9aec02c0cd98a2bb382504a250251169--turtle-facts-weird-facts.jpg).  :smiley:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Pennypie on June 15, 2018, 11:45:52 AM
Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:

PP, this is the real test..

(https://t1.daumcdn.net/cfile/tistory/112487304C7408D402)

Doh-two-rhee-muck

Ooooh yeah you have to get the pressure just right.

Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: #basedcowboyshirt on June 15, 2018, 11:46:33 AM
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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.

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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.

Waygook.org user eggieguffer, sometimes I feel like you're being deliberately obtuse or or playing up your 'I'm old and don't believe in all that PC baloney! Aw shucks!' schtick.

But sometimes I think it might actually be sincere.

That's not a personal attack, since you're entitled to whatever opinion you hold - just an observation.



Following up with really irritating questions, "Which do you like better, your home country or Korea?"

How do you respond to that? "Oh, yes. I like Korea more than my literal home country of which I am a citizen." Wow. Then you're basically just selling out your country to avoid some uncomfortable situation. Or "Um, actually, my home country is way better and I can't wait to go back, but, you know. I work here." And then you get someone upset. It's a lose-lose situation.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 11:48:54 AM
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If that's how you hit on a woman who doesn't seem interested, it's a very stupid question.

Asking someone where they live when you're standing in their house is also a stupid question. Context is everything.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Dave Stepz on June 15, 2018, 11:50:09 AM
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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.

If that's how you hit on a woman who doesn't seem interested, it's a very stupid question. If you've heard it asked by Koreans often enough and are not used to hearing it from anyone else, it belongs in this thread. CO2 has apparently been asked similar questions. I don't assume he was being hit on, but I could be wrong.

Every question CO2 gets is a loaded entendre.  In GS25, when he went to the checkout with a 'jamchi-samgark-keembab' and the clerk mentioned a '1+1' offer.  His head exploded.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 11:56:17 AM
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Waygook.org user eggieguffer, sometimes I feel like you're being deliberately obtuse or or playing up your 'I'm old and don't believe in all that PC baloney! Aw shucks!' schtick.

But sometimes I think it might actually be sincere. 

You really need to get out of your bubble. Nothing I've ever said on these boards is half as anti-PC as the average normal person sitting in a Western pub. Or the majority of Koreans for that matter
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 15, 2018, 11:57:13 AM
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I'm sure you can imagine a situation in which that question would come off as creepy or, at the very least, inappropriate.

Sorry, I didn't realise it was another 'things creepy guys say to me when they're hitting on me' type thread.

If that's how you hit on a woman who doesn't seem interested, it's a very stupid question. If you've heard it asked by Koreans often enough and are not used to hearing it from anyone else, it belongs in this thread. CO2 has apparently been asked similar questions. I don't assume he was being hit on, but I could be wrong.

Every question CO2 gets is a loaded entendre.  In GS25, when he went to the checkout with a 'jamchi-samgark-keembab' and the clerk mentioned a '1+1' offer.  His head exploded.

But in that case they really did go to the motel together!
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Dave Stepz on June 15, 2018, 11:58:07 AM
Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:

PP, this is the real test..

(https://t1.daumcdn.net/cfile/tistory/112487304C7408D402)

Doh-two-rhee-muck

Ooooh yeah you have to get the pressure just right.

 :smiley: Do you want a spoon for that?

 >:( No thaannnnks, I can do this!
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: CO2 on June 15, 2018, 11:59:47 AM
The hell are you guys talking about? hahaha

Ajeossis, when they bring up small talk, always ask me where I live.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: #basedcowboyshirt on June 15, 2018, 12:04:38 PM
Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:

PP, this is the real test..

(https://t1.daumcdn.net/cfile/tistory/112487304C7408D402)

Doh-two-rhee-muck

Ooooh yeah you have to get the pressure just right.

 :smiley: Do you want a spoon for that?

 >:( No thaannnnks, I can do this!

Isn't it too spicy?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: #basedcowboyshirt on June 15, 2018, 12:05:16 PM
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Waygook.org user eggieguffer, sometimes I feel like you're being deliberately obtuse or or playing up your 'I'm old and don't believe in all that PC baloney! Aw shucks!' schtick.

But sometimes I think it might actually be sincere. 

You really need to get out of your bubble. Nothing I've ever said on these boards is half as anti-PC as the average normal person sitting in a Western pub. Or the majority of Koreans for that matter

You seem to make a habit of unintentionally rubbing people up the wrong way. Just a bit of friendly advice but have you considered that the fault might lie with the way you express
yourself rather than how people interpret you?
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: sligo on June 15, 2018, 12:12:21 PM
Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:

PP, this is the real test..

(https://t1.daumcdn.net/cfile/tistory/112487304C7408D402)

Doh-two-rhee-muck

Ooooh yeah you have to get the pressure just right.

Or use a spoon as most Koreans do...
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 12:51:43 PM
Someone should tell Cambridge, as that's one of the questions in the first section of the IELTS speaking test. Female candidates might be being triggered on a weekly basis

Yeah, next time I'll specify that this isn't during a speaking exam and that the answers I'm getting pushed to provide aren't appropriate to the "context" behind the question. It's not like every other adult wouldn't already assume that or anything, or that I hadn't provided you with enough info for you to get that whatever you're trying to imply isn't the case of my complaint.

A city or general dong answer should be enough in most cases... but what if over 50% of the time you're asked the question you get pushed for the specific name of your street? Why dafuq would a stranger need to know that? Follow that up with "Do you live alone?" getting asked a good chunk of those times as well, and a person tends to get their guard up. I don't care if it's just "harmless" curiosity that's driving it, it's still inappropriate and annoying as hell to deal with.

But sure, you can try to convince everyone here that this is a perfectly acceptable social norm and nothing bad has ever happened to anyone naive enough to answer it.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 01:09:31 PM
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But sure, you can try to convince everyone here that this is a perfectly acceptable social norm

Asking someone where they live is a perfectly acceptable social norm. You added the context and extra questions later.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 15, 2018, 01:24:06 PM
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But sure, you can try to convince everyone here that this is a perfectly acceptable social norm

Asking someone where they live is a perfectly acceptable social norm. You added the context and extra questions later.
아아아아이구~! (https://media0.giphy.com/media/3oKIPrryHvVjm5gFFu/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 01:29:02 PM
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But sure, you can try to convince everyone here that this is a perfectly acceptable social norm

Asking someone where they live is a perfectly acceptable social norm. You added the context and extra questions later.
아아아아이구~! (https://media0.giphy.com/media/3oKIPrryHvVjm5gFFu/giphy.gif)

..-. .. -. .     -... -.--     -- .
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 01:49:48 PM
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But sure, you can try to convince everyone here that this is a perfectly acceptable social norm

Asking someone where they live is a perfectly acceptable social norm. You added the context and extra questions later.

Okay, thanks for misrepresenting my argument again, totally establishes you as an authority and everything. Asking someone what street they live on is NOT a perfectly acceptable social norm. And I provided you with enough info prior to your statement that I had to respond to with that wonderful piece of common sense for you to have enough reason not to make those comments in the first place.

The point of the thread was to list questions that you find stupid or annoying. I did that.

You zeroed in on one because it triggered you. I humored you and provided you with extra info for why I myself specifically find it a stupid question even though it's a fairly well-known gripe that many expats here in Korea share for various reasons. You followed up with a not-so-subtle implication that this was another case of hysterical and irrational female fear (premeditated, you were just looking for an excuse to shit it out), despite being provided with enough info to put 2-and-2 together and also being a fellow expat who has lived in Korea long enough to know the many reasons why someone might find the question annoying. But you only cared about the one, which you approached with a loaded question of your own, and you were so quick to try to plug your agenda and invalidate MY reasons for finding the question annoying that you completely ignored the details I provided before.

No one else had a problem with the question. No one else had a problem with understanding why an expat would find that question annoying or problematic. No one else is trying to pick a fight over it. No one else has been acting like a condescending dick about it. You didn't approach this like a person who was honestly just trying to understand. You approached it like a straw man.

The problem really is just you.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kyndo on June 15, 2018, 01:50:24 PM

아아아아이구~! (https://media0.giphy.com/media/3oKIPrryHvVjm5gFFu/giphy.gif)

..-. .. -. .     -... -.--     -- .
At first, I thought it was supposed to be a snake slithering away, then a bunch of censored invective. Then I thought of Morse code. Got it on the third try, which is fine by me.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: yirj17 on June 15, 2018, 01:58:37 PM
Now I'm a pro! Need a fish deboned? No problem. The slipperiest noodles? I got em  :wink:

PP, this is the real test..

(https://t1.daumcdn.net/cfile/tistory/112487304C7408D402)

Doh-two-rhee-muck

Ooooh yeah you have to get the pressure just right.

Or use a spoon as most Koreans do...

I just stab it. 
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 02:07:56 PM
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But sure, you can try to convince everyone here that this is a perfectly acceptable social norm

Asking someone where they live is a perfectly acceptable social norm. You added the context and extra questions later.

Okay, thanks for misrepresenting my argument again, totally establishes you as an authority and everything. Asking someone what street they live on is NOT a perfectly acceptable social norm. And I provided you with enough info prior to your statement that I had to respond to with that wonderful piece of common sense for you to have enough reason not to make those comments in the first place.

The point of the thread was to list questions that you find stupid or annoying. I did that.

You zeroed in on one because it triggered you. I humored you and provided you with extra info for why I myself specifically find it a stupid question even though it's a fairly well-known gripe that many expats here in Korea share for various reasons. You followed up with a not-so-subtle implication that this was another case of hysterical and irrational female fear (premeditated, you were just looking for an excuse to shit it out), despite being provided with enough info to put 2-and-2 together and also being a fellow expat who has lived in Korea long enough to know the many reasons why someone might find the question annoying. But you only cared about the one, which you approached with a loaded question of your own, and you were so quick to try to plug your agenda and invalidate MY reasons for finding the question annoying that you completely ignored the details I provided before.

No one else had a problem with the question. No one else had a problem with understanding why an expat would find that question annoying or problematic. No one else is trying to pick a fight over it. No one else has been acting like a condescending dick about it. You didn't approach this like a person who was honestly just trying to understand. You approached it like a straw man.

The problem really is just you.

Tch, tch always with the profanities, personal attacks and amateur psychology.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 15, 2018, 03:12:25 PM
Tch, tch always with the profanities, personal attacks and amateur psychology.

Don't kid yourself, this was always about you.

Don't dish out what you can't take. When you approach people with fighting words, it doesn't matter how you dress them up: they're still going to get treated like fighting words. You're not the only one who's allowed to call people out on their bullshit. You're just really bad at it.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on June 15, 2018, 03:39:44 PM
My opinion on most of these questions- If this is all it takes to get you bent out of shape, you need sterner stuff.

I get that being asked "Can/Have/Do you...?" for the 100th time can be wearying, but it's the kind of weary that's in and out of my mind after about 2 seconds.

And this will of course be followed by the inevitable "How come Koreans don't talk to me?!?!?!" thread or "How come no one smiles?" or some other inane complaint relating to a lack of attention.

I mean, considering our average level of Korean, I'm not sure many of us would be asking deep or unique questions if our colleagues only spoke Korean and we tried to make conversation.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: eggieguffer on June 15, 2018, 04:26:15 PM
My opinion on most of these questions- If this is all it takes to get you bent out of shape, you need sterner stuff.

I get that being asked "Can/Have/Do you...?" for the 100th time can be wearying, but it's the kind of weary that's in and out of my mind after about 2 seconds.

And this will of course be followed by the inevitable "How come Koreans don't talk to me?!?!?!" thread or "How come no one smiles?" or some other inane complaint relating to a lack of attention.

I mean, considering our average level of Korean, I'm not sure many of us would be asking deep or unique questions if our colleagues only spoke Korean and we tried to make conversation.

Most of these things are exactly like the things minorities back home call micro aggressions. E.g. asking a dark skinned person where they're from or an Asian person if they're good at maths. If you find them mildly irritating, fair enough, if you want to ban them or go online and make youtube videos/whinge about them exhaustively, people will lose patience pretty quickly.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Cyanea on June 15, 2018, 07:02:51 PM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.


Or: What's your phone number?


At which point I usually explain that I don't give out my number to anybody unless I've known them for a while. Which basically ends the conversation.

Its a pity because some of the times they are genuinely being friendly, its just that you don't know what they'll do with the information.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Cyanea on June 15, 2018, 07:04:05 PM
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Where do you live? What street?


This one goes out to Eggieguffer.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Cyanea on June 15, 2018, 07:57:51 PM
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Where do you live? What street?


This one goes out to Eggieguffer.

Where you live? Generally fine.


What kind of answer is that?

I asked where you live.

Tell us your street and danji as well.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Cyanea on June 16, 2018, 12:04:16 AM
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Where do you live? What street?


This one goes out to Eggieguffer.

Where you live? Generally fine.


What kind of answer is that?

I asked where you live.

Tell us your street and danji as well.

Where you live? Generally fine. unless preceded by, 'I come your house tomorrow'/asked by some weirdo on the internet.

Is that the best you can do, repeat yourself like a parrot?

Trolls on here used to actually have wit, lol.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kea.kate on June 16, 2018, 02:16:20 AM
Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-

In this case it might be phrased more as an invitation than a question...

It has been used as both. If it seems like an invitation I usually say I'm allergic to alcohol. Especially that time it was a 50 year old dude at the bus stop.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kea.kate on June 16, 2018, 02:19:24 AM
"Why you no marry?"

Anyone single and in their mid thirties or older will get this a lot.

I used to get this question often, but now.... not so much. 

I just tell the kids that I'm old, fat, and ugly so no man wants me.  Makes the CT laugh.

When they ask me I say "Ew, boys are stupid". They love it lol

I always say that husbands and boyfriends are too much trouble, and that I'll be single for life. Never fails to get the girls and maybe half of the boys laughing, while the other half of the boys just kind of have that, "Yeah, right, EVERYONE wants to be dating someone" look.

One of my male middle school students (super smart and also super smart ass). Asked where is my boyfriend. "Why don't you have a boyfriend teacher? Oh you got kicked right? I can tell."

"...You know I control your grade?"

"Ah teacher you kicked him!"
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kea.kate on June 16, 2018, 02:20:30 AM
Where do you live?
Do you live alone?
How much money do you make?


These questions never fail to urk me. They aren't the worst I've been asked, but they're the worst of the most common.

Q: Do you know soju???

I never get asked if I know soju, they always ask me if I drink it. xD

People who talk to me don't know the word for "drink" apparently.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Chinguetti on June 16, 2018, 08:48:20 AM
People who talk to me don't know the word for "drink" apparently.

They usually ask me in Korean or make the drinking gesture. Only sometimes they'll ask each other for the proper words in English and ask in English.

Tbf, though, it's mostly KTs or students that ask me.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kea.kate on June 19, 2018, 02:20:33 AM
People who talk to me don't know the word for "drink" apparently.

They usually ask me in Korean or make the drinking gesture. Only sometimes they'll ask each other for the proper words in English and ask in English.

Tbf, though, it's mostly KTs or students that ask me.

Could be living in Seoul too that makes a difference. From what I've seen Koreans here are more willing to use English than in other cities I've visited.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: MayorHaggar on June 19, 2018, 05:39:13 AM
Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This drives me nuts. We've already established that I've been here 5 years.

 :afro: Do....... Do you know ddeokbokki?

 :police: Honestly, what are the sheer odds that I don't know what a top 5 most popular Korean food is, having been here that long?

(I need to learn how to sat EXACTLY that in Korean.)

How to say it in Korean: "Ah, geugo, majisoyo."
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 19, 2018, 07:31:35 AM
Q: Do you know soju???

A: I've lived here  3 years and I've never heard of it even once! Please do tell!  -_____-

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH. This drives me nuts. We've already established that I've been here 5 years.

 :afro: Do....... Do you know ddeokbokki?

 :police: Honestly, what are the sheer odds that I don't know what a top 5 most popular Korean food is, having been here that long?

(I need to learn how to sat EXACTLY that in Korean.)

How to say it in Korean: "Ah, geugo, majisoyo."

I think they'd rather you feign ignorance of it and save the gushing praise (despite the heat!) for after they've introduced you to a hidden gem of Korean cuisine.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: slycordinator on June 19, 2018, 07:42:28 AM
And they'd wonder why you were pronouncing it with a "j" sound.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 19, 2018, 07:55:38 AM
And they'd wonder why you were pronouncing it with a "j" sound.

via Naver Papago:
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맞있어요.

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I'm still standing.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: slycordinator on June 19, 2018, 08:44:46 AM
"Do you know 떡볶이?"
"네, 그거 맞있어요." (Yes, that's still standing.)
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 19, 2018, 08:48:08 AM
"Do you know 떡볶이?"
"네, 그거 맞있어요." (Yes, that's still standing.)
followed by,
'우와! 한국말 잘 하시네!'
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: bannsir2000 on June 19, 2018, 09:27:57 AM
"Do you know 떡볶이?"
"네, 그거 맞있어요." (Yes, that's still standing.)

Am I missing something here? Like a joke? Cause I'm trying hard to follow along but I can't tell if you guys really think that 맞있어요 means delicious or not.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kyndo on June 19, 2018, 10:02:01 AM
I'm waiting for CO2 (http://smartstones.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/co2-wolken.jpg) to jump in with some helpful transliterations before I weigh in.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Kayos on June 19, 2018, 10:04:31 AM
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Where do you live? What street?


This one goes out to Eggieguffer.

Where you live? Generally fine.


What kind of answer is that?

I asked where you live.

Tell us your street and danji as well.

I live. In the moment. Maaaaaan.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: CO2 on June 19, 2018, 10:23:13 AM
I'm waiting for CO2 (http://smartstones.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/co2-wolken.jpg) to jump in with some helpful transliterations before I weigh in.

Dockbowkee masheesaw! Ginger matt eesawyo! Gunyang dock gurrygo gochewjang, hajjeemaan man ee joe waaaaaa!!!!!!
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 19, 2018, 10:24:54 AM
"Do you know 떡볶이?"
"네, 그거 맞있어요." (Yes, that's still standing.)

Am I missing something here? Like a joke? Cause I'm trying hard to follow along but I can't tell if you guys really think that 맞있어요 means delicious or not.

I wish I could stay that was a stupid question.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: slycordinator on June 19, 2018, 10:52:45 AM
"Do you know 떡볶이?"
"네, 그거 맞있어요." (Yes, that's still standing.)

Am I missing something here? Like a joke? Cause I'm trying hard to follow along but I can't tell if you guys really think that 맞있어요 means delicious or not.
It doesn't. "It tastes good" is "맛있어요" but I was making light of CO2 writing a pronunciation that was wrong.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: bannsir2000 on June 19, 2018, 11:10:03 AM
"Do you know 떡볶이?"
"네, 그거 맞있어요." (Yes, that's still standing.)

Am I missing something here? Like a joke? Cause I'm trying hard to follow along but I can't tell if you guys really think that 맞있어요 means delicious or not.
It doesn't. "It tastes good" is "맛있어요" but I was making light of CO2 writing a pronunciation that was wrong.

GOT IT! Excuse my brain. English is hard.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: donovan on June 19, 2018, 11:22:45 AM
I'm waiting for CO2 (http://smartstones.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/co2-wolken.jpg) to jump in with some helpful transliterations before I weigh in.

I'm waiting for someone (https://stickershop.line-scdn.net/stickershop/v1/product/1019856/LINEStorePC/main@2x.png;compress=true) to break in with morse code.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: slycordinator on June 19, 2018, 11:43:57 AM
I'm waiting for CO2 (http://smartstones.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/co2-wolken.jpg) to jump in with some helpful transliterations before I weigh in.

I'm waiting for someone (https://stickershop.line-scdn.net/stickershop/v1/product/1019856/LINEStorePC/main@2x.png;compress=true) to break in with morse code.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdpMpfp-J_I
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Kolao on June 22, 2018, 04:01:42 PM
Could be construed as stupid but I took it as cute and innocent because of the kids' ages.

I was teaching a lesson on: "He has blues eyes. She has long hair. etc etc

My eyes are multi-coloured. They've got noticeable flecks of green, gold, blue and brown and they actually do change a bit depending on my rate of fury or happiness at any specific moment.

The kids looked at my eyes and after murmuring amongst themselves the chosen one asked me on behalf of the group, "Teacher, do you see the same as Korean people?"

Funny, man......
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: moonylikeluna on June 23, 2018, 12:35:46 AM

My eyes are multi-coloured. They've got noticeable flecks of green, gold, blue and brown and they actually do change a bit depending on my rate of fury or happiness at any specific moment.


You might want to get that checked out at the hospital...I'm pretty sure the pigmentation in your eyes can't change depending on your emotions. It's not like your eyes are a mood ring from the 90s lol
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: JNM on June 25, 2018, 08:39:33 AM

My eyes are multi-coloured. They've got noticeable flecks of green, gold, blue and brown and they actually do change a bit depending on my rate of fury or happiness at any specific moment.


You might want to get that checked out at the hospital...I'm pretty sure the pigmentation in your eyes can't change depending on your emotions. It's not like your eyes are a mood ring from the 90s lol
This is not uncommon.
Also, 1960s.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: kyndo on June 25, 2018, 09:18:04 AM

My eyes are multi-coloured. They've got noticeable flecks of green, gold, blue and brown and they actually do change a bit depending on my rate of fury or happiness at any specific moment.


You might want to get that checked out at the hospital...I'm pretty sure the pigmentation in your eyes can't change depending on your emotions. It's not like your eyes are a mood ring from the 90s lol
This is not uncommon.
Also, 1960s.

Yep. When your pupils dilate, your irises compress, which causes pigments in them to draw closer together. This can noticeably change eye colour.
Strong emotions cause pupil dilation, and can therefor change one's eye colour.

While these changes are usually subtle, certain diseases and mineral deficiencies/surpluses can lead to rapid and drastic changes, and are a sign that you should be heading off to the nearest hospital.
Title: Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
Post by: Kolao on June 25, 2018, 04:01:53 PM

My eyes are multi-coloured. They've got noticeable flecks of green, gold, blue and brown and they actually do change a bit depending on my rate of fury or happiness at any specific moment.


You might want to get that checked out at the hospital...I'm pretty sure the pigmentation in your eyes can't change depending on your emotions. It's not like your eyes are a mood ring from the 90s lol
This is not uncommon.
Also, 1960s.

Yep. When your pupils dilate, your irises compress, which causes pigments in them to draw closer together. This can noticeably change eye colour.
Strong emotions cause pupil dilation, and can therefor change one's eye colour.

While these changes are usually subtle,
certain diseases and mineral deficiencies/surpluses can lead to rapid and drastic changes, and are a sign that you should be heading off to the nearest hospital.

This. The machines at my head to toe inside and outside physical a few months ago told the doctors I'm fine. I'd say probably 90% of the time I'm happy and content. Traffic / idiots on the road...that's what gets me going, man.