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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6000 on: July 19, 2018, 02:45:34 PM »
I don't even think I can think of a Korean product with seven letters.

Companies would be a bit easier, but like, even then you're mostly just going to end up with Hyundai.

Apologies, I meant Companies/Brands. The answer was Hyundai lol

How old were these kids? I've had elementary kids think words like elevator, and escalator, car,ice cream, coffee, and key, were Korean.

They were 2nd grade middle school.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6001 on: July 19, 2018, 02:53:24 PM »
Companies would be a bit easier, but like, even then you're mostly just going to end up with Hyundai.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6002 on: July 19, 2018, 03:03:21 PM »
When I asked my students to name a Korean product with 7 letters, several of them answered Adidas.

English issues aside, it was weird that more than just one of them answered this way. And I do remember reading on here, someone saying that "Koreans think they're the original creators of everything."

I don't think that's the case for these kids, but at the same time I find it strange. :undecided:
How old were these kids? I've had elementary kids think words like elevator, and escalator, car,ice cream, coffee, and key, were Korean.

My son has a Real Madrid jersey with an Adidas logo... and a Huvis Manufacturing tag.

Adidas might do some manufacturing here, (Nike does) so a "made in Korea" tag might have given them that impression.

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« Reply #6003 on: July 19, 2018, 03:05:22 PM »
And I do remember reading on here, someone saying that "Koreans think they're the original creators of everything."

I guess it's a bit difficult for such a nationalistic country to accept that they really haven't invented anything. The 6th grade unit on inventors is hilarious. King Sejong invented... something that was invented hundreds of years before his birth.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6004 on: July 19, 2018, 04:08:31 PM »
I do find it peculiar how Korea always seems to have to prove itself

"hangeul is the most scientific writing system"
"kimchi cures all kind of things"
"look at all these things Korea has invented"
"look at how much these foreigners love Korea"
"the Korean wave is taking over the world"

Do other countries push this kind of nonsense, too? Genuine question

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« Reply #6005 on: July 19, 2018, 04:26:34 PM »
I do find it peculiar how Ontario always seems to have to prove itself

"Ontarian is the most scientific writing system"
"maple syrup cures all kind of things"
"look at all these things Ontario has invented"
"look at how much these foreigners love Ontario"
"the Bieber wave is taking over the world"
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« Reply #6006 on: July 19, 2018, 04:42:17 PM »
I do find it peculiar how Korea always seems to have to prove itself

"hangeul is the most scientific writing system"
"kimchi cures all kind of things"
"look at all these things Korea has invented"
"look at how much these foreigners love Korea"
"the Korean wave is taking over the world"

Do other countries push this kind of nonsense, too? Genuine question

They have a justified inferiority complex. Their country was built by foreign aid.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6007 on: July 19, 2018, 07:51:10 PM »
I do find it peculiar how Korea always seems to have to prove itself

"hangeul is the most scientific writing system"
"kimchi cures all kind of things"
"look at all these things Korea has invented"
"look at how much these foreigners love Korea"
"the Korean wave is taking over the world"

Do other countries push this kind of nonsense, too? Genuine question

During EPIK orientation, they had us watch a video about how Korea rebuilt itself from its impoverished state many years back. At one point they talked about how a group of Koreans visited another country for reasons I can't quite remember at the moment. These Koreans visited a shipyard in that foreign country, and the person talking in the video claimed that they perfectly memorized the structure just by looking at it and brought it back home to build in Korea. There was audible laughter by many in the room at that moment. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6008 on: July 19, 2018, 08:20:59 PM »
I do find it peculiar how Korea always seems to have to prove itself

"hangeul is the most scientific writing system"
"kimchi cures all kind of things"
"look at all these things Korea has invented"
"look at how much these foreigners love Korea"
"the Korean wave is taking over the world"

Do other countries push this kind of nonsense, too? Genuine question

During EPIK orientation, they had us watch a video about how Korea rebuilt itself from its impoverished state many years back. At one point they talked about how a group of Koreans visited another country for reasons I can't quite remember at the moment. These Koreans visited a shipyard in that foreign country, and the person talking in the video claimed that they perfectly memorized the structure just by looking at it and brought it back home to build in Korea. There was audibly laughter by many in the room at that moment. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
yes. i think this was the same video they showed us, back in 2011. everything about that EPIK orientation was the biggest farce

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6009 on: July 20, 2018, 02:52:51 AM »
I do find it peculiar how Korea always seems to have to prove itself

"hangeul is the most scientific writing system"
"kimchi cures all kind of things"
"look at all these things Korea has invented"
"look at how much these foreigners love Korea"
"the Korean wave is taking over the world"

Do other countries push this kind of nonsense, too? Genuine question
The Soviet Union. China claims they invented modern bike sharing.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6010 on: July 20, 2018, 07:07:49 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6011 on: July 20, 2018, 07:25:36 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6012 on: July 20, 2018, 07:42:21 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6013 on: July 20, 2018, 07:44:21 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)
The travel insurance is free of you buy 300 USD or equivalent.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6014 on: July 20, 2018, 07:45:10 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

All good advice, but I would advise against relying on their free travel insurance. If you read their policy, it's absolutely useless and the coverage is so small that it's no good for anything other than like, a quick visit to a doctor for a scraped knee.

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)

These are all good advice.

BUT! I'd just give some advice about the free KEB travel insurance. Make sure you seriously read the policy, because their coverage amounts are so low that it's basically useless unless you're just popping in to the doctor for a scraped knee or something.

If you needed coverage for anything serious, you'd find out that KEB's free travel insurance is basically useless. So, just a reminder to maybe still pay for a good travel insurance policy as well, if you're travelling. I always do, on top of KEB's free insurance.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6015 on: July 20, 2018, 08:38:24 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

They will accept Euros at most places in Switzerland, the issue being whether it will be more favourable to you to pay once (use a big note and get Swiss francs in change) or to pay for each item as you go (you may not be able to spend the change).  Making big payments (hotel etc) on credit card will benefit you too.  the same may apply to Finland.

When the Euro started, all UK shops stated they would accept it as a payment method, the issue was how they would calculate exchange rates, and how to give change.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6016 on: July 20, 2018, 08:46:30 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)

That was one option I was thinking about.  I've been with KEB for yonks so will check it out.  :-*

The travel insurance is free of you buy 300 USD or equivalent.

Interesting!!  I don't usually use travel insurance, so might check it out if it is free.

They will accept Euros at most places in Switzerland, the issue being whether it will be more favourable to you to pay once (use a big note and get Swiss francs in change) or to pay for each item as you go (you may not be able to spend the change).  Making big payments (hotel etc) on credit card will benefit you too.  the same may apply to Finland.

Also interesting.  It makes sense with Switzerland's neighbours using euros that they would accept them too.  All hotels are paid for and the car we rented, so this is more just spending money. 

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« Reply #6017 on: July 20, 2018, 08:52:21 AM »


Interesting!!  I don't usually use travel insurance, so might check it out if it is free.




 :huh:

Yikes. I get travel insurance literally every time I travel. When I was in university, I had a friend who didn't take out travel insurance. He got an infection on his foot while travelling, there were complications, he ended up needing some extensive treatment, and he ended up with an $18,000 hospital bill.

I've probably spent about $1500 on travel insurance over my life, and I've never had to use it except for once when the airline lost my luggage. But I still don't consider that money wasted. I literally won't travel without it.

99 times out of 100 everything is cool. But that one time when it's not, dang.

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« Reply #6018 on: July 20, 2018, 09:10:47 AM »
Interesting!!  I don't usually use travel insurance, so might check it out if it is free.

 :huh:

Yikes. I get travel insurance literally every time I travel. When I was in university, I had a friend who didn't take out travel insurance. He got an infection on his foot while travelling, there were complications, he ended up needing some extensive treatment, and he ended up with an $18,000 hospital bill.

I've probably spent about $1500 on travel insurance over my life, and I've never had to use it except for once when the airline lost my luggage. But I still don't consider that money wasted. I literally won't travel without it.

99 times out of 100 everything is cool. But that one time when it's not, dang.

I've only ever taken out insurance once and that was when I went to Mongolia about seven years ago.  I'd dislocated my shoulder 2 months prior to going and didn't want any complications arising for that.  Apart from that, I don't see it as a necessary thing......  :undecided:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6019 on: July 20, 2018, 09:19:59 AM »
Curious currency changing question.  I'm off to Finland to a few days then Zurich for a couple of days, and then Basel for a day and then a week in France.  I want to change 800 000 won into local currency for both countries but can't work out how is best to do it.  Finland and France both have the Euro and then there is the Swiss Franc.  Is it better to change 600 000 won into Euros and 200 000 won into Swiss Francs here or best to do all 800 000 won into Euros ad change again in Europe?  Sorry, if this seems obvious to some but my brain is a bit slow at the end of the semester.   ;D

Generally you will lose money if you change twice, to Euros then to Francs.  I would either change them both here, or use your card for withdrawals abroad.  In my experience the won doesn't travel well.

check out the exchange rates here https://www.kebhana.com/easyone/foreign/index.do#//HanaBank

the lower the 'spread' the better, both francs and euros are under 2 so personally I would change it here.

I would agree. If you use the KEB online website to order your currency before picking it up, you'll also get an even better value then they list online, but it is only on the Korean site. With all of that and when you go for pick-up, you should also ask about the free travel insurance that you can get (since you're exchanging with them)
The travel insurance is free of you buy 300 USD or equivalent.

Yes, and coverage increases with the amount you spend. The most basic is spending 300 (or equiv.), then it goes to 500,  1000, 3000, 5000, 10000.