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  • assah
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    • April 19, 2011, 09:48:18 am
    • South Korea
Signs you've been in Korea too long
« on: December 05, 2012, 07:12:16 am »
I got this idea from a travel blogger in Korea, a guy name Chris (Can't remember the blog's name unfortunately). He used to run a series on this topic. What do you guys have?

I woke up this morning with the tune from Radiohead's No Surprises stuck in my head. I then realized it was the Noraebang version of the song, complete with the cheesy trumpeting in of success at the end.


  • septeacher
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    • September 11, 2012, 08:17:52 am
    • Incheon, South Korea
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 07:14:52 am »
I often hear the sounds Changi and words with EU on the end, in my head, all day, even in my dreams.


  • gclancy
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    • March 27, 2012, 12:37:57 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 07:42:35 am »
I read an article on the BBC today in which the headline was "rock star arrested over fan death." The series of confusing images which followed, though hilarious, may relate to the OP's topic.


  • Suz-goose
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    • March 05, 2012, 07:33:45 am
    • Korea
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 07:48:14 am »
I wave with two hands and dress like a girl, it's too late for me  :shocked:


  • Jrong
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 07:50:04 am »
I was walking down the bike path backwards to work today and bumped into a telephone poll.

Too bad that one's not true.

True one: I go "REeeAAlly??!?!? OOooOOAAAaaAA" frequently. Then catch myself doing it and think...I need to drop this habit if I'm going to survive anywhere else in the world.
"When in doubt...ask Troglodyte" ~0mnslnd


  • 한소로
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 07:55:13 am »
wearing makeup


Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 08:00:37 am »
Last week I was checking the weather and saw the high was 48 degrees Fahrenheit one day and thought "oh wow, it's going to be warm".

A high of 48 Fahrenheit back home is coldpocalypse weather. People stay home for fear of death when it drops below 50.


  • confusedsafferinkorea
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 08:03:53 am »
When you stare at Waygookin's like the locals do.   ;D ;D
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 08:12:44 am »
Waving with two hands, eggyo-baby voice. I seemed to have picked up all the girliest, cheesiest K-drama habits.
My friends back home are going to punch me.

I'm going back to the States next month. I feel like I need some detox time in a remote city to lose these habits before I start looking for a job.
I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes-- until I met a man with no feet.


  • jupinkorea
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 08:24:06 am »
I find myself saying 'changey' and then correcting myself haha
"North Korea everything sunny all the time, always good time, beach party" Johnny Mountain


  • KevinA
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    • November 17, 2009, 07:07:09 am
    • Seoul, Korea
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2012, 08:50:37 am »
I have to check myself every time I try to withdraw from an ATM outside of Korea... 200,000 ... wait, no, 200. Darn!

What is the correct term for padding? Winter jacket? Winter coat? Down jumper? I don't know any more!


  • Alcorest
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    • June 15, 2012, 07:26:16 am
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2012, 09:13:03 am »
When I'm having a conversation and listening to someone I do a lot of "Uh" "mmm" "uh". While I'm listening. I actually had a Korean guy tell me "You might have been in Korea too long" because of this :P


  • JeremyC
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2012, 09:22:35 am »
I've started watching the sales pitch on the train and thinking "ooh I could do with one of those."
It's nice to be important but more important to be nice.


  • Jrong
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2012, 09:33:17 am »
Sign you've been in Korea too long:
When you're talking about other non-Koreans and you use the term 'foreigners'.

Sign you've been in Korea waaaay too long:
When you're talking about other non-Koreans and you use the term 'poreigners'.

"When in doubt...ask Troglodyte" ~0mnslnd


  • klin062
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    • March 10, 2011, 02:28:48 pm
    • Seongnam
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2012, 10:28:41 am »
When you think it's weird to pick a piece of cake up to eat it instead of eating it with chopsticks.

Prefering to eat everything with chopsticks.

When saying karaoke sounds strange and you wonder why people back home don't know what noraebang is.

When being naked in the jimjilbang is just 'meh' and you're no longer surprised at the naked ladies blow drying their nether regions in the changing room.


  • KevinA
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    • November 17, 2009, 07:07:09 am
    • Seoul, Korea
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2012, 11:56:02 am »
When being naked in the jimjilbang is just 'meh' and you're no longer surprised at the naked ladies blow drying their nether regions in the changing room.

Hahahaha!

From the guys side of things: when 3 year old kids are playing leap frog in the sauna section completely stark naked doesn't phase you... when you start to itch after not getting a good 'daemille' scrub down in a few months... when you sign up for a 6 month membership since you know will soak more than 3 times a week...

I didn't even consider how bizarre a public sauna would be in my hometown until you posted this.


Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2012, 12:29:22 pm »
When you no longer hold the door open for others behind you.....

When you no longer reply to your students' "hellos" by saying "hello" back, but instead you give them a "hmmm" or you just don't say anything at all, as the Korean teachers do when they are greeted by students.


  • k00108666
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    • September 06, 2012, 10:12:47 am
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Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2012, 12:39:28 pm »
When finishie and bridgey just become another part of your vocabulary!!!!

Also when your co teachers no longer give a **** about where or what the **** u came from!!!!

 ;D ;D
this is wayyyy too gooking for me!! :)


  • SmileySam
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    • March 04, 2011, 08:29:17 am
    • Chungju, Chungbuk, South Korea
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2012, 01:03:55 pm »
When you go back to your own country and look around for a button on restaurant tables, then realize that you actually have to catch the waiter's eye to get service.

Oh, and tipping seem like a huge bummer instead of the norm.


  • toddc06
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    • April 28, 2011, 10:37:54 am
    • Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do
Re: Signs you've been in Korea too long
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2012, 01:33:40 pm »
When you start waking up in the middle of the night to turn off your electric fan even though you tell yourself that you don't believe in fan death! (I really don't!)

And you've given up and now refer to the tomato as a vegetable (even though this goes against scientific classifications simply because "it's not sweet")