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  • Cyanea
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • Las Vegas
Stupid questions Koreans ask
« 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:
Catch my drift?


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #1 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. 

« Last Edit: June 12, 2018, 08:14:18 pm by eggieguffer »


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 12:09:17 am »
Why you here?



Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 07:28:07 am »
Oh, youre teaching in Korea. North or South?


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #4 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?





Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:07:53 am »
It might sound funny coming from a Korean in South Korea, or in North Korea if thats where you happen to be. I thought it was funny to think about, anyway~


  • oglop
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    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #7 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?"


  • Franz
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    • June 11, 2018, 12:44:54 pm
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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #8 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:


  • Savant
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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 09:39:10 pm »
Isn't it [insert Korean food] spicy?


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 09:44:45 am »
Are you hot? *As it's 32C and 99% humidity and you have sweat dripping out of your eye balls.

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

How heavy are you?

What size shoe do you wear?

What do they do with this information?

Who is here in 2019?


  • JNM
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    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 09:59:51 am »
Q: When did you learn to use chopsticks?

A: When did YOU learn to use chopsticks?


  • annataleen
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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #12 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.  :-[


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #13 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.


  • JNM
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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #14 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. Its 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.


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #15 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.


  • Aristocrat
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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 10:28:46 am »
How do I make English friends?
(translation)
How do I use people for free English practice?





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Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #17 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.

The joys of fauxtherhood


Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #18 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.


  • oglop
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    • Seoul
Re: Stupid questions Koreans ask
« Reply #19 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
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 11:36:48 am by oglop »