This week’s TL;DR is a question we thought would be asked much earlier. Ah yes, aegyo, an unavoidable behaviour in Korea. For those of you that are unfamiliar with aegyo, it’s a type of style or behaviour of acting innocent and cute like a child, even when you’re well beyond your childhood years. But describing it as “acting” is a bit unfair, and needs a bit more description than that.

We don’t like to say “style” or “acting” because real aegyo should be a natural response, and not something done at the right time to impress another person. For example, we have a friend who hates being told to sing on cue. If we say to her, “oh how does that song go again?” she blushes furiously and mumbles a bit to herself while trying to get the tune right, and with embarrassed downcast eyes, eventually admits defeat and claims that she can’t sing on cue in front of people. She is not Korean or Asian in anyway; she is from England and totally unaware of the cuteness of her actions, but she is indeed being aegyo.

She was being cute and sweet, not with the intent of impressing a guy or evoking a reaction from other people. It wasn’t feigned at all, and as a result her aegyo is genuine, and since it’s genuine, it’s not vomit inducing. Aegyo done naturally is endearing. On the other hand, aegyo done forcefully is revolting. This is the clear distinction we want to make between natural aegyo – a cuteness that reveals itself because of one’s natural innocence – and feigned aegyo – an act of cuteness, an imitation, brought about in hopes of getting a reaction out of people. Natural aegyo is an end itself, while feigned aegyo is a means to an end.

fake aegyo

Don't be fake, yo

The cutesy aegyo voice can be really adorable when it pops up to express genuine disappointment over a dropped ice cream cone, but when it never turns off, and remains high pitch and whiney like a 5 year old learning to talk while others try to eat dinner, it’s really reeeeeally annoying. Girls will baby talk – often in third person – to guys in order to try to win them over, like “Martina wants pizza” or “Sarah wants that Gucci purse!” and sometimes it works. From an outsider’s perspective, though, uhhh. It sends shivers up your spine.

Aegyo body language can be as simple as a small pouty lip, a hand fluttering to cover the mouth when shy, or as complex as multiple foot stops in union with shoulder gyrations. We prefer the former, a natural bashfulness or shyness from people who are consistently innocent and sweet looking. When you see that bashfulness from a girl who was just swearing at the taxi driver a few moments earlier, then, well…you see our point.

Clothing is a complicated issue, as the cutey style is fashionable for both those who are aegyo and those who are not. However, seeing modest and whimsical clothing in combination with aegyo seems appropriate; however, a mini-skirt, stiletto heels, gold bangley shirt, and a Gucci bag feels somehow like a mixed message when an aegyo voice pops up. We think it’s because a cute flowing dress suggests an innocence, while mini-skirts and stilettos suggest a confidence with one’s sexuality, and thus doesn’t really seem fit for aegyo. But, hell, they’ll still try anyways, and a lot of times it will work.

Aegyo Superhero

What powers would aegyo superheroes have?

Not all hope in humanity is lost, though. Even though there are a lot of guys in Korea who love aegyo style, there are just as many guys (and girls) that can’t stand it. We have a Korean friend who met a Korean girl. She claimed to LOVE badminton, so they made a date to play together. Once on the court, however, the girl acted terrified of the birdie, and pouted and childishly screamed to avoid it from hitting her. The guy was disgusted, walked off the court, and ended the relationship with the girl altogether. That’s a great example of a BAD time to be aegyo. She thought that she was being cute, and that the guy would like her being terrified of a badminton birdie, but he was of a stronger constitution than that, and walked away.

Also, we raised the point in the video that people in Korea aren’t as aegyo as they seem in Korean dramas. Korean dramas (the romantic comedies, at least) tend to be very slapstick and over-the-top a lot of the times, and aren’t really that accurate at depicting life in Korea. Yes, we do see aegyo in the streets sometimes, but not all the time, and not as fiercely as we see in dramas.

Now, we know a lot of people might say that Martina is aegyo, and that’s she’s putting on a show, to which we want to draw a very important distinction. There’s a difference between love-language/cutesy talk and aegyo. While aegyo is prevalent from the beginning of the relationship, love-language is something that grows and evolves with the relationship. When we first started dating each other, we did not cutesy talk each other. But it started to grow after a while. We’d come up with nicknames for each other (some of which you’ve heard in our videos) and just speak with each other more affectionately. That affectionate speaking, though, is not a means of manipulating each other, though. See the difference? It’s an important one we think.

Ah. This topic of Aegyo is a difficult one to fully delve into. Hopefully we weren’t too harsh about this, but we do feel strongly about it. Let us know what you think, or if we’re totally off on this Aegyo thing. Our experience with Aegyo girls is limited, of course, because we never dated them, and so we only witnessed the aegyo from an outsider’s perspective…

TL;DR – Aegyo is when a girl acts cute. When it’s natural it’s great. When it’s faked it’s gross. Not everyone does it. Some guys love it. Some guys hate it.

  1. In North America, most people find confidence and a “go-getter” attitude attractive rather than cuteness and innocence. I think since being cute and innocent is associated with little kids, teens or adults in North America associate being Aegyo with being immature or childish. Not all North Americans think this, obviously, and I personally am okay with being Aegyo. But like y’all said, there’s a point where Aegyo gets out of control.

  2. I have a question what does Korean guys think of extremely shy girls?.

  3. I feel like aegyo can be compared to the dumb blond stereotype in America.

  4. I was once in korea and saw the aegyo thing, i think its a childish behaviour that could be natural but when a whole society recognizes it with a name even if not everybody has it or use it i find it very unnatural, i started to think that maybe koreans work so hard at such young age that they´ve lost their childhood, like the peter pan syndome, its not only the aegyo, i found some people with the maturity of a 3 year old and other kind of childish behaviour plus some lie a lot to save their face, i guess all societies have troubles and maybe it was a coincidence i found many of them in korea

  5. I love kpop and Korean culture, but aegyo is one of the things I can’t stand. When most guys do it, it just doesn’t do anything for me and I think it doesn’t suit them. When girls do it, it makes my skin crawl. I find it very repulsive and wrong. I’m not sure on what levels, maybe because it seems so childish to me as an Eastern European. But mainly? Because it’s so fake. You mentioned in this post that it’s about manipulating someone and pretending to be afraid or affectionate or sad. That makes me both annoyed and disgusted. Genuine cuteness is a great thing and it makes my heart melt. But forced aegyo – the high pitched tone, the big eyes, the immature facial expressions.. No. Just no. 

  6. Last year me and my friend were in Hongdae, Korea. We were strolling by the street that had all the stores and we were in this kind of gadget-store looking around. We saw a girl and her boyfriend talking when suddenly the girl picks up two items and turns to him saying ‘Oppa!! Ottokhae??!’ in super aegyo mode! Then the guy smiled and pinched both her cheeks. 

    Me and my friend were pretty horrified because it was so over the top xD 

  7. Wait. So I live in America. How exactly would you describe it in America & in Korea? I think that it partially fits me but I’m not sure.

  8. In the early episodes of Three Brothers the guys discuss being cute and making Aegyo moves.  It’s so funny (but disturbing)  to see Lee Joon Hyuk doing this cutesy stuff.

  9. Waaaah :D i’ve been so desperate to know the meaning of aegyo!! :) My friends always call me aegyo, and i feel so bad because i dont know what is it :D Now i know.

  10. im 13 and apperantly my friend always talks about my aegyo…. i dont mean to be aegyo and then this chick came up to me and started yelling at me for trying to be adorable….. is there like a way to shut off ones natural aegyo

    • Kaitlyn Rae Avery Hematyar

      That question by itself was too adorable for me to pass up. :) If you’re naturally adorable, i.e. aegyo, then why not just go with it? The key word here is Naturally. If you’re not faking it, then most people are going to just think you’re cute, not annoying. And the ones that do find it annoying, probably find other things annoying. Can’t please everyone. That’s just a fact of life. :)

  11. by the way i found you guys today! i typed in aegyo in google and found this website with the aegyo video omg im coming here all the time now!

  12. u guys crack me up I love you guys i get so much info!

  13. i found your site by accident…but please let me tell you that i not only find it infoming, i also find it entertaining and memorable. THANK YOU BIG TIME FROM AUSTRALIA. <3

  14. Oh…man
    you made me spray water in my mouth…..

  15. You guys know Korea better than me!

  16. AGH, remember the time there was this over-aegyo girl. She pretended to be tomboy, put on an airy accent, pretended to be tomboy, had girly pencil cases, complimented everyone in her cutesy voice, and read A-List secretly. :) Great times…

  17. I was a real tomboy in high school, and now that I am in college I wanna get more cutie…its hard though. Hard to be cutsy with a Beiber hair cut BL   (I had it before him)  Im trying to grow it..but its slow going. Look like a boy in cute dress outfits lol

  18. When I talk to adults or am on the phone my voice gets more childish and I have a baby face too >.> It’s not my choice either.
    Sunny has aegyo and some men think it’s really cute, and some women do too. But some people just want to punch her for doing it (her members :P)

  19. Come to think of it, I just realized that Puss in Boots in the Shrek movies does aegyo. Shrek totally falls for it.

  20. Come to think of it, I just realized that Puss in Boots in the Shrek movies does aegyo. Shrek totally falls for it.

  21. i don’t believe others when they say i have aegyo… i really don’t mean to do it (whatever “it” is) but i do know that i get mistaken for a teen/pre-teen. the common age range people guess is 12-17. 

    i thought getting carded for buying a cd was bad enough (since there was >:( bad language!! in it), i got carded for pumping gas into my own car (the legal age is 15 here). the attendant asked if my dad was outside while i paid… being oblivious i just asked him “oh, you know my dad?” -_-’

  22. Apparently I’m very aegyo. =.= It suuuuuucks. I asked one of my Indonesian guy friends once why everyone loves introducing me to new people, embarrassing me or getting me to talk on the phone (this one happens WAY too much. One time my friend called me long distance from SK while he was at a party just so his friends could talk to me.=.=” ), he said “You’re like a tomboy, but when you’re embarrassed or around new people, it’s very adorable. The way you speak and act, it’s innocent and shy, and your voice is very pure and sweet too, like a child’s voice.” Thankfully this only happens when I become shy/embarrassed/polite or while on the phone (I hate talking on the phone), otherwise I would go crazy. XD

    No one believes I’m an adult when I talk on the phone though. TT I try to conduct business or handle something over the phone, and the person either thinks it’s a prank and laughs at me or asks “may I speak to your mommy or daddy, sweetie?” =.= It’s like I’m an adult, not a 12 year old! gosughsdgwrgnwrljgeoguhfs

  23. Okay, I’m actually a Korean, so I can say this with confidence that aegyo is normally not as blatant as it is in K-Drama or K-pop. You’ve got it right that natural aegyo is super-cute and it sort of reveals the inner innocence of a person, but there are few girls who actually use aegyo to get their way. Guys fluctuate between thinking aegyo is the cutest thing since Spudgey and thinking that it’s as horrible as girl!Simon, but fake aegyo is normally used over-the-top in imitation of K-Drama and K-pop as a joke between friends or as a way to tease the other person (sort of like how in America you get people having blatanty fake over-the-top reactions to make other people laugh). Aegyo is really, in the end, just another nuance of Korean culture that you’ll never really understand in America, but will easily fit into (unless you’re some gangster claiming the backstreets of Chicago or something)

  24. Martina and Simon,   Your affectionate playfulness towards each other is DEFINITELY a form of true Aegyo Koreans seek.   Aegyo not only means an endearing bashful style but also means endearing playfulness.  And you two are endearingly playfull ( coming from your nature ) and that’s why I’m attracted to you two.    The sad thing is young people not knowing what true Aegyo is, try to make it happen and in the process confuse others and themselves too.  In my definition, you guys are loaded with Aegyo and most Koreans would say ” Of course!!   If Simon and Martina don’t have Aegyo , who would???”     LOVE your aegyo!!  :)

  25. Ahhh Aegyo. :)  I think mostly Asians find it cute, like I sometimes do it by accident, when I get annoyed with someone, I make this face and Asian guys at my school give this ‘smile’ and say “You’re so cute!” Combine that when we’re out and I dress cutesy (It’s how I dress #shrug) so then I look all aegyo. And I have chubby cheeks and dimples. hahaha. love your articles!!!

  26. that’s naesung, or affectation. aegyo means affection.

  27. Are products in Korea expensive compared to Canada or any other country? Products imported from Asian countries seem to be really expensive, is it just to cover shipping?

  28. this is really well explained!

  29. I’m one of those in denial lol. Seriously though, I don’t think I act that way. I’m just an interesting spectacle sometimes and my co-teacher points it out like that. 

  30. Wow! I was wondering the same thing:) Thanks for sharing~ you guys are so funny and cute! *^-^*

  31. wow…just not into it…sort of creeps me out. 

  32. wow….just not into it…sort of creepy

  33. A Korean person told me that girls dominate more than the guys when it comes to sports in Korea. Is it because of their attitudes? like korean girls are more aggressive or focused than the guys? What is your opinion about that?

  34. Simon & Martina, do you guys know how Koreans get their flawless skin? Would it be makeup or something else?

  35. Okay, definitely my favorite TL;DR yet. Mostly because of the “You’re Beautiful” reference, but also because of all the X-Men references! :D This was a great one guys! Thanks! :D And i totally loved the little Taekyung at the bottom of the screen. :D

  36. I think im kinda aegyo…wat i mean by that is that im naturally really shy and quiet especially when im not around my family which is when im usually more outgoing but even my family still describes me as being quiet and shy so i guess i fit the aegyo description? Although i live in America and for some people, especially people who dont know me well sort of think im weird because i can be pretty quiet and get embarrassed easily sometimes. =/

  37. i like acting aegyo. ideky.

    i purposely act aegyo subtly when im embarrassed so idk whether you would count that as fake or real.(it’s fake. lmao)

  38. I’ll do it with my boyfriend !!! :)

  39. I’m going to be aegyo from this point on…
    Just have that fear of it ending up like this:
    To my dad ” OPPA!!! Can I have some …candy?” *puppy eyes* + *hugs* + *whining voice*Dad – “No”…. I already act pretty aegyo already so it’ll probably be fine. Thanks for the video!

  40. I think Bigbang is like the only boy group tht doesnt act all cutesy,.. wait… uh… yep im pretty sure.

    • HA are you kidding? Have you SEEN GD? Or Seungri for that matter? Crazytalk.

      • I think what she means is purposely “act” aegyo. GD is naturally a shy kind of guy– I would say he’s a “natural aegyo”, but he rarely (if ever) portrays that image when performing in music videos. 

      • I agree with Jei H. They have a natural sort of cuteness because GD is quite shy really. But in their MV’s they never really portray themselves as overly ‘cutesie’. Consider ‘Bad Boy’ or Seungri’s ‘Strong Baby’. They aren’t exactly cutesie MV’s.

  41. I actual have personal experience ‘being’ aegyo, per se. Or rather, what the American equivalent would be, although I’m so influenced by Asian culture in my life (i.e. k-pop, exposure to my best friend’s native korean grandmother from basically the time I was born, first generation asian-american friends all through elementary; note that I mean the Asian kids whose parents were immigrants, forgive for not knowing the right word exactly) that I think I’ve got it down by accident. Which makes living in the US a pain in the ass, because everyone thinks you’re stupid and shallow and just plain weird when really you’re just shy or different and just trying to find some way to compensate.

    Simon & Martina have it completely right. It can’t be forced or people will literally just hate you or worse, ignore you. And by forced, I don’t mean that you can’t do it without being ‘born’ with this natural ‘ability’. You just kind of have to fake it ’till you make it in a very subtle way. For example:

    I was a ridiculously not-cute, not-endearing child. I was socially inept and nobody wanted to be around me because I had no humor and basically no quirks. I was like a silent blank slate, literally. I had no friends. I was the baby that got put in the corner and left to her own devices to ruin things… and I never got away with it because I had no charm.

    But over the years I somehow developed charm, whether it was by watching what other people found socially acceptable or by trying things out until a persona clicked within me.

    Now, I get ‘awwwww’s all the time without even meaning or wanting to do it.

    I’ll be in the middle of a sentence and maybe I’ll stutter a word by accident or look away a little (because deep down I’m STILL socially inept) and my best friend or her boyfriend will grin and go ‘AWWWWWW’ and tell me how adorable I am. The number one scenario: I meet my friends, we all awkwardly say ‘hi’, and then I sit there smiling and looking around to avoid the awkwardness. Then they see what I’m doing, use it as an icebreaker excuse and launch into ‘AWWWWW’. That is my number one ‘compliment’ or social feedback. ‘You’re so cute!’

    As far as I’ve experienced/learned, anyone who ever gets shy for any reason ever and doesn’t do something just plain gross or nasty as a result can have aegyo.

    However, apparently in Korea it’s actually an asset rather than a handicap.

    Let me explain; if you have ‘aegyo’ in the US, you are never taken seriously. In my case, if I try to say anything intelligent to someone, they seem to automatically filter out my words until they come to something cute, and then they go ‘awwww’ and poke fun at me until I shut up. It doesn’t really make me any more attractive to anyone; it just makes me the dumb side-friend blonde who’s sorta cute but not like hot cute, which I am not (at least not in my head). But in Korea, I guess if you have natural aegyo, they go crazy.

    I suppose different things are charming to different cultures. Cute charm is not particularly attractive in the US while cutesy charm is particularly valued in the ROK? And certainly preference varies between individuals.

    Perhaps that is why I don’t really ‘belong’ or ‘fit’ in the U.S., as the stereotype is far from ‘cutesy’ or ‘shy’.

    LOL that was long. I really am sorry :P

    BTW, the badminton story… HAH that’s what happens when you overdo it. I wonder if she felt ridiculous doing it, because I sure would. Hearing it made me feel kinda gross.

    • Same here. But I grew up being really sociable and then gradually got more shy. And I always sound stupid because I guess I’m really innocent (or look innocent I guess) and if I curse or say something bad everyone looks shocked and suprised. “Where’d sweet, little Emily learn that?” But when other people do the same thing It’s normal so It’s really frustrating, becuase I’m 16. Same age as them. And I get interrupted a lot because people just don’t take me seriously.

    • This has been my experience too. It seems like when I try to say things my friends will just sit there and go “awwww!! she’s so cute!!”, which is a sort of self-esteem booster, but at the same time it can be a bit frustrating when I want to be serious.

      It also gets a little awkward with my bf and me, because we have developed ‘love-language’ as Simon & Martina put it. We’ll unconsciously fall into it every now and again, and most people either comment on how weirdly cute we are, or just look at us like we’re kind of dumb.

      I wish aegyo would become bigger in the U.S. Then I wouldn’t feel so awkward sometimes…

      • Hahahahaha…I recognize myself in that kind of situation. I also have natural aeygo (+ really cute appearance: small, skinny, look younger). When I was working at a Korean company I was considered totally normal. Recently I switched to an American company and in almost no time I have become “the weirdo” :/ Only a Korean guy is being very nice to me. But he is also considered a weirdo.

    • Thank you!!!! I have been feeling that way too……..I have to say I would never flinch from a badminton but a basketball many times lol

    • Fear not, for you arth not alone!! I’m a little aegyo, but it’s not the cutesy boy thing that SM forced Taemin to be for 5023432 years (I’m a guy if you hadn’t figured it out by now); it’s a lot more subtle than that. I’m really shy and socially awkward by nature; I don’t really like talking to people I don’t know or don’t know really well, so I mumble or do the finger taps (that’s more me just fidgeting, though; it helps me concentrate) or use a quieter and/or higher pitched voice than normal (I also do this on the phone) or something of that nature. I’m not trying to be manipulative, I just don’t know how to deal with people. I’m also really easily amused and excitable, so little things make me giggle and smile (something I also like to do a lot of). There’s probably a ton that I don’t see or are forgetting, but the culmination of this stuff gets me called cute by a lot (too many, imo) of people, but the absolute worst offender has to be my best friend. I love the girl to death, I really do, but with all the times she calls me cute, I feel like I’m more of a teddy bear than a person to her >_> Ofc, I have abused this to get my way with her a few times, so… I deserve it Y_Y

      TL;DR – I have the aegyo, but it’s more along the lines of G-Dragon when he isn’t exuding his larger than life stage persona. The dude out aegyos almost every cutesy flower boy group I’ve seen XD

  42. actually putting a hand on mouth when laughing or smiling is not AEGYO. it’s more for being polite…more like etiquette really.

  43. Once on the streets of Hongdae I saw a 20 something year-old make hamster cheeks and go “Oppa!” in a cutsey voice. At first I was like o_o because I didn’t think aegyo (at least to that extent) was used commonly in Korea but only in Kdramas and Kpop. But your video told me a little bit more about it, maybe the girl was kidding but she seemed pretty serious to me.

  44. @nyssa according to my parents i do that too! im chinese american and my parents are from hong kong so i speak cantonese (chinese dialect) to them. they say that i lower my voice when i speak english and i really cant tell. i have to mention that cantonese and english both come naturally to me. however, when i speak mandarin (another chinese dialect) i also lower my voice and this is prob because im not used to the language and have a harder time getting the words out. but this time…i do notice myself speaking in a lower voice. weird…. :/

  45. I just got “You’re Beautiful” on DVD a few weeks back.  I love the soundtrack too.  I was singing along with you two.  

  46. My boyfriend is Korean… he likes Aegyo… but I think it’s dumb so I never do it. I think I should go to Korea and ask how to do it in a not-cheesy or lame way that’s acceptable to North Americans :P

  47. Oh good video, but Aegyo is acting “super cute”. I am interested in knowing how Koreans are Latinos.

  48. The badmington story is quite funny. If I was the guy, I’d simply toss my raquet at her and walk away.

    Simon and Martina, have you received my email yet? It’s getting urgent…

  49. What about guys who act aegyo? There’s quite a few Kpop boys who act aegyo, but do IRL Korean boys do that?

    • ショタボーイズラ☆ Madoka

      that’s a good question, is that only in variety shows or do regular boys act cute from time to time. aegyo makes me think of kawaii. Is it pretty much the same thing besides being words from different languages

  50. sometimes famous Korean guys do it ….I  really love B2ST and they call this person the aegyo king …. His name is Yang YoSeob … he is super duper aegyo….

  51. If you were pregnant with Magneto… I would demand to see baby Magneto in all your future vids :D

  52. Once, as I was leaving the subway a gaggle of teen girls were hanging out on the steps and shooting the shit all regular-like.  Their guy friends came up the stairs after me, and all of a sudden the girls’ voices shot up about six octaves and they all started making these hummingbird fluttery gestures.  Upon being greeted thusly, the teen boys melted into a stumbling puddle of chuckles.  Ah-huyck.  

    Up next on National Geographic..

  53. I see this sort of behavior with a lot of different types of girls in Tokyo. I think in Japanese it would be called “amaenbo”, or liking to be spoiled by someone else. Girls act like this for the same reason, to win over guys and get their way. It personally disgusts me and makes me want to slap these girls back into reality, but there’s nothing you can do about it I suppose.

  54. Part of the whole aegyo fiasco is also that there are a good number of Korean guys who like being the strong one in the relationship, thus, enjoying when a girl acts like she’s afraid of a badminton birdie. It puffs up their man egos and make them feel more masculine. Of course, like you guys said, not every guy likes aegyo or feels that way. Like every dating scene all over the world, tastes differ person to person.

    My mom calls girls who act like little girls and wear little clothing “dumb dumb dumby dumb”. I can’t stand it myself, and so if anyone tries to act cutesy with me it doesn’t change anything (sometimes it makes the situation worse). The only one who can get away with aegyo is my dog.

  55. lol Magneto, Mystique and Hwang Taekyung

  56. well…I think I do aegyo just SOMETIMES but it comes naturally I don’t even notice it.
    I hate when girls do it just to get something ><  it's annoying ~~

  57. I think it’s prevalent on a small scale in Japan: everytime someone says “kawaii!” (cute)

  58. Simon, I LOVE your man bracelets. Very cool :)

  59. I really DO wish I could be as aegyo as Martina. ;;

  60. My former roommate in college was full of aegyo, 24/7 with the 5 year old voice. We were friends to begin with and I didn’t mind when I wasn’t living with her and she was pouting and getting all the guys/girls to feel bad for her and do her homework. BUT, by the end of the semester, I felt like I was living with a manipulative 5 year old and wanted to punch her in the face. Sigh, destroyer of friendships.

  61. my friends all say that when i speak korean to my parents my voice changes in like a baby way and more aegyo, and i honestly cant tell x)

    • This could be true. I think that there are soft and hard languages.
      The same person talking in one language could sound “soft” in other language “hard”.
      This is a difference between Korean (“soft”) and English (“hard”).
      I can see that women speaking my language sound “softly” while women speaking in English sound “hard”.

      • Actually, this happens in English, too.  My voice and way of talking change when I’m on the phone to a stranger or talking to parents and grandparents (or anyone older than me).  There’s definitely more of a softness to it. 

        I think it’s also true that sounds that one isn’t familiar with tend to sound more hard or more harsh.  Although now I find Korean to be very beautiful and flowing, when I first started learning it, some Korean syllables sounded so “hard,” so harsh that I couldn’t stand to listen to them.  They literally made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!    Now I’m used to them and I wonder why they bothered me in the first place. :)

    • my turkish friend does the same thing.  When she speaks english her voice is a little lower but when she speaks turkish it goes up a bit but it’s not like 5 octaves though. but english is her second language so she speaks it slower and tries to speak with less of an accent which I think causes the lower voice.

  62. whats korea genral attuide to tatoos and periceings

  63. Whats koreas genral attudiue to tatoos and piercings ?

  64. Hahahaha! That’s a hilarious opening. The first minute or so was funny. Well dramas portray unnecessarily complicated relationships. Keep up the good work.

  65. Ahaha I loved this vid (as always). The JGS drawing  and your singing was amazing haha.

  66. I’ve got some of natural Aegyo but I find it kinda annoying cause people call me cute nicknames(like hamster:/) and nobody takes me seriously. I’m all serious, talking about important stuff and then somebody goes like “you are so cute~ titititi”. GAAH =_= It’d be okay if I was still high school student but I’m a company manager LOL

  67. O.o Jang Geun Suk’s avatar looked ready to kill you…XP

  68. I loved this episode. It truly caught the point that there are subtle aegyo but it is not as flamboyant as the ones in dramas.

  69. Question: Is it common to see those Idols on the street or in stores?
    And you guys are awesome! Informative and funny:)

  70. Question: Is it common to see those Idols on the street or in stores?
    And you guys are awesome! Informative and funny:)

  71. I love watching bloopers because of Martina’s aegyo ^^
    P.S. Love the part with Jang Geun Suk and Spudgy…^^

  72. martina’s aegyo is adorable and i only wish i could get away with that…..uuunnnnnfortunately i’m totally NOT the type to get away with anything. ;_;
    i’m glad it’s not as bad as in the dramas. OI that’s just annoying after a while.  tho i think the girl in “you’re beautiful” naturally does the puffy cheek thing….there would times you could see her catching herself doing it and stopping only to do it again. :D

    also, simon, i have that shirt and i love it!! ^__^

    also also, simon, i see you have a charm bracelet on…..what’s actually on in??

  73. I think aeygo from girls/guys is cute ONLY at the right time. As you said, its very annoying when people do aegyo all the time, and yes, it does sound like a 5 year old when its overdone. Also, as you said if a girl is doing aegyo, she should be dressed modestly or else its obviously FAKE.

  74. LOL @ Simon’s shirt
    …. E.T. is phoning home!!!!

  75. For me… i totally HATE Aegyo!! i find it to child-like and immature IF the girl over does it…

  76. haha my korean guy friends LOVE aegyo and i’m not korean but they say i’m aegyo and i’m never trying to be so the whole “natural thing” makes sense now that or my korean guy friends just find all girls aegyo lol XD

  77. i really liked this one and dating in korea! thank you guys for your hard work!

    I like Martinas aegyo because its more natural than the ones we usually see in kdramas xDD overreacting~~

  78. Can’t guys do aegyo too? Like Taemin when he’s pouting? 

  79. LOL at simon trolling at the end XD

  80. True, the auntie in you’re beautiful was really creepy haha

  81. I just want to make you aware of the fact that I always chuckle at your videos, but I happened to straight up burst out laughing at the 4minute and three second mark where Martina goes “I get the pizza every time.”

    And I happened to be drinking grape juice at the time.  Now my nose burns and my computer is fruity.

  82. I actually heard an older lady on the bus one time talking on the phone in this “Aegyo” tone… and YES, it was creepy! 

  83. Did you make these pictures on paint LOL!

  84. SO basically “Oppa” would probably be the aegyo that’s normal and not the poses or weird stuff. lol Sunny from SNSD would be a perfect example of aegyo!!

  85. Oh, I have the photoshop brush pack that simon is using. LOL aegyo overloaded

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