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Korean Like a Pro 3: Restaurant Talk

April 22, 2011

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BAM! Welcome back, Korean Like a Pro. We never forgot about this segment. Never! We just got sidetracked for a bit with other projects. But this segment has a special place in our hearts, and we plan on doing more in the future, maybe not as a regular weekly segment, but we’ll do it every so often. Or should we do it as a weekly segment? What do you think?

Anyhow, I think the Russian part of this video needs a bit of an explanation. This might be a sensitive topic, but it needs to be discussed. KOREAN MEN: if you are reading this, please, please stop asking foreigner women if they are Russian. We know what you mean when you are asking. You’re not kindly asking if we’re from Russia. You’re not curious about our background or trying to start a conversation. You’re asking if we’re prostitutes, and it’s exceptionally offensive.

#1 Not all Russian women are prostitutes, and just the insinuation is unbelievably racist.

#2 Not all pretty foreigners are prostitutes. Just you asking is exceptionally insulting as well. Imagine if foreigners started asking random Korean women if they’re prostitutes. I don’t even know where to begin with this.

#3 And this is important, just in case people try claiming the opposite – not all Korean men are dirty perverts, either. Not all of them ask if you’re Russian. In fact, not many of them do, but it happens regularly enough to get you angry about it. Notice how we don’t go up to old Korean guys and ask them if they’re dirty Johns, either. Just because a few of them are, it’s far from reasonable to ask a random Ajosshi if he like prostitutes.

Ah well. I doubt scuzzy Korean men will be reading this anyways. They’re not really our target demographic. But we got that off our chests! And so, if you’re a woman coming to Korea, and you find yourself being asked if you’re Russian…well, now you know why!

Back to the movie: this time we finally go to a restaurant! As you might have remembered from our last Korean Like a Pro, we left our two characters just after they decided where they should eat. It’s been many months since then, and now they’re back in the Spring time ready to eat again, and their decision is the same as before! Woohoo! Dwegi Galbi 4 lyfe!

At the end of the video the guy says something along the lines of “very well. We won’t eat ice cream then.” It was really difficult to pronounce, because it’s supposed to sound like “Ice Cream Anmotgettneh,” but the transition from the T to the N sound is really difficult, especially since Simon had a cold, and he can barely pronounce his Ns with a stuffed nose. Note: we never claimed to be fluent in Korean to begin with!

If there are other scenarios or situations you’d like to see our Aegyo girl and her Oppa go through, so that we can try enacting some basic Korean that you’re interested in learning, let us know. We can’t promise that we’ll know how to talk about it in Korean, but we can at least give it a shot!

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  1. Hilarious !!!!

    5 years ago
  2. Hey, Martina finally won rock paper scissors! Go martina!!!

    And um… HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love these videos…

    5 years ago
  3. GPE

    Korean people don’t be offended by this! Most foreigners know Korean people don’t all assume we’re from America (although that’s usually the first guess made) or that we’re Russian prostitutes! However, in the course of nearly 2 years here, I’ve been asked, as have many of my friends on more than one occasion, by older gentlemen if we’re “Russia?”, pervy inuendos totally intended. We’re neither Russian nor prostitutes and it’s super sad that that’s the comparison made. ã…  So for anyone who isn’t a foreign girl living here…. you wouldn’t have experienced it and it’s a valid point!
    Anywaysssss, funny and cute vid! I agree–다음시간에 노래방에가요! ^^

    5 years ago
  4. LOL I love how you guys do that thumbs up thing at the end of each Korean Like a Pro vid.

    And, huh, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the whole Russian person thing. I’m Korean, but our family doesn’t live in Korea. It’s been quite a while since any of us has visited Korea, and my parents’ knowledge of Korea is a bit… back in the days (lol)… so it’s cool watching all your vids and learning what contemporary Korea is like, especially from a foreigner’s point of view. :D

    Thanks for making all these videos!

    -First time commenter

    5 years ago
  5. lg

    i LOVE this segment!!!! please please pleeeease make them more often they’re amazing! im trying to learn korean and its so fun to watch you guys and figure out what you’re saying! and i always LOL at all your videos- tahnks for making them so awesome!! the whole oppa thing was really funny! haha it can honestly be used to mean about 20 different things. lollercoaster

    5 years ago
  6. bahahahah this is so true! when i went to the DMZ I got a taxi to the start of the tour it was like… 5 am and the taxi driver was insistant that I was Russian!

    5 years ago
  7. 그 오빠와 애교있는 여자는 노래방에 가야 합니다!
    I mean, isn’t noraebang the natural progression here…? Food, then singing Big Bang!

    5 years ago
  8. Where did you guys learn this idea at all? That’s sooo not true! I have been a huge fan of this blog from 2009, but these days (mainly with WTF) I feel like you guys just generalize very rare things and situations as a common Korean thing…. I thought you guys really respect Korean culture… Ddung cream? Nose roller? Double-eyelid tape? Those are the things actually very few teen age girls use mainly for jokes… That’s not a general Korean thing…. If you just use those things as a weird funny things that exist in Korea, it’d have been fine…. But you guys make it too much generalized…. And also, you’ve referred that kind of dirty talk (which I swear to God, 99% of Korean male have never used in their lives) as a restaurant talk? I really feel humiliated by your generalization… I wanna ask you how many times you guys actually have experienced that kind of situation…. Why are you making fun of Korea with something that aren’t really true?

    5 years ago
    • Do you LIVE in Korea at all? I dunno where you’ve been but people here use double eyelid tape!! They are the ones that are not old enough to get plastic surgery yet!  

      And what are you talking about dirty talk? If you’re referring the the Russian Saram thing, people here do it more often than you think. I’m not even white and I know about this! OMG >.<

      5 years ago
    • Okay guys… I think I clearly misread the whole point. I admit it and apologize for being kinda aggressive and overreacting. Actually (it might have been hard for you to guess from the name I used for the post), I’m Korean who’s now living in New York. Josh is my English name that I use here, but I have a Korean name which I’ve been using more than 30 yrs of my life in Korea. I didn’t know those horribly shame things have been happening to Caucasian ladies time to time in Korea. I really didn’t. Maybe I felt extremely ashamed and wanted to avoid that fact. Well, anyway, I’m sorry that kind of thing happens…. And as much as I was ashamed, my reaction actually reached to some of the other contents that could have been read as a joke about quirky things happening in Korea. Again, I’m sorry about that. (I guess me being in the US and still checking this blog so often kinda affected my emotion…)
      Please know that I never had any intention to discourage you gut from making those fabulous videos that introduce Korean cultures to people outside Korea. If I remember it right, I once sent Simon the email concerning how I was enjoying this blog and wanted to let them know great restaurants in Bucheon… Basically, I’m a huge fan of this blog, still.. I’m coming back to Korea about a month to attend my sister’s wedding this June, and hopefully, I can guide you guys to 부암갈비 in Bucheon which has the best Korean BBQ in Korea!!! Again, thanks for doing this, and sorry about my reaction. Happy Easter!

      5 years ago
    • I see you been replied to already, but i do think you are missing the point on WTF. Its for fun and its things foreigners find interesting because there new to us, and interesting. I’m sure if people came to Canada there would be things they don’t understand and think are a bit funny if you looked. As for the Russian comment I’m sure they did said that not all men do it, but it dose happen. It just a general warning that if it dose happen say no! lol

      5 years ago
  9. 그냥 재밌으라고 풍자로 만든 듯 합니다. 너무 또 민감하게 받아드리시지 않아도 될 듯해요 ^^

    5 years ago
  10. Eve

    Love this series!! Would really like to see it every week. It would be so helpful to see romanized subtitles on the screen. On your website, a Hangul = romanized = English script for each line would be nice.

    5 years ago
  11. Kat

    you should totally make this a weekly segment!

    5 years ago
  12. Good movie and some good points made!

    5 years ago
  13. Actually OPPA is a brother not a guy! Huge FAN Na nun hangook sah ram ee ah

    5 years ago
    • Erm, it’s also something you can call someone you have a crush on…. I think it’s anyone you have a close relationship with that is a little bit older than you?? But it’s definitely not meant JUST for your brother.

      5 years ago
  14. Russian sah-ram would literally translate to Russian person or when someone says that you to in a questioning way it would be more like, ‘you’re Russian?’/’Are you Russian?’
    Lol, and no wonder… since there are a lot of young Russian prostitutes in Korea. Why? I don’t really know.

    5 years ago
  15. Nice! Very helpful~~I think I’ve had friends get asked that before, too. XP
    Random question: Even though you say (in Korea) I only speak a little, do you get people speaking fluent Korean to you? I always use that phrase and most of the time, I still get long replies. my response is often O_O? …몰라요! >_>

    5 years ago
    • ALL THE TIME! We’ll say that we speak a little Korean, a LIIIIIIIITLE Korean, and even make tiny motions with our hands, and they’ll say “ahhh………..AJSFWIUTAJ ajtwij bkajlkwito biuwoiuwet oiaoiutoiwe” really quickly afterwards. Nobody ever takes it easy on us :(

      5 years ago
      • I was like that with my very pitiful chinese, my korean is pretty bad too. But what they hey, you learn while making a foul of yourself :)

        5 years ago
  16. mya

    LOL !!

    5 years ago
  17. hey! i luv your web page!!! i was thinking that it would be great if you write subtitles in Korean so, viewers can read, watch or pronounce what you’re saying in Korean :-)
    and i also love your segment, kpop music mondays!!!! yay!! <3

    5 years ago
  18. Oh dear…. I’m Dutch and I have been told I look scandinavian… Because I’m tall, blond and pale…
    But it’s good to know that if a girl is asked something like that she can slap teh guy in teh face or beat him with her purse because that is disgusting! I don’t randomly go up to chinese people and ask if they will give me a massage with a happy ending! It’s so racist! Yuk!
    But I like the giggity giggity boom boom XD that just kills me!

    5 years ago
  19. The thumbs up at the end, CLASSIC talk like a pro!

    5 years ago
  20. Thanks! We don’t have a proper keyboard, so we just bash away at the laptop keyboard. LAME! Still fun, though :D

    5 years ago
  21. hahaha too hilarious

    5 years ago
  22. hahaha you ROCK Martina!!
    + What’s up with Russian?
    I know they are recognized as pretty in Korea, but what’s wrong with that?

    5 years ago
  23. A J

    Hahaha, you guys are dorks!

    5 years ago
  24. Kay

    Love the “oppa” translations haha and the typical “Are you American?” “Oh no I’m Canadian”…those are some of the most classic chitchats that exist haha.

    5 years ago
  25. It was so CUTE when you guys speak in Korean (K-drama love it!!) I would not stop laughing.Hey Simon have you ever grown your hair that long before?

    5 years ago
    • haha you do look better with short hair. AND!! As a 한국사람, I must say your Korean pronunciation is really good! There are small parts when Martina spoke in Korean (the aegyo and the regular Canadian Martina) that sounded very very very fluent; I was quite surprised. Good job guys XD if only I can get my parents to speak English (they’ve been in America for 16 years lol and I still have to call about credit card stuff) :D

      5 years ago
  26. May I ask, how often does it happen to Martina? Are all foreigners thought to be from Russia in general, or is it just the dirty old men who are looking for prostitutes thinking that foreigners are from Russia?

    5 years ago
  27. AHJUSSHII SON OF B&*%$#

    OMG that happened to me 3 times when I was in Korean damned ! one year after I discovered the meaning ! I’m not form Russian and I always denied BUT if I was Russian and answer like: “yes !! I’m russian Saran” what would happen ???

    Freaaaaak ~

    5 years ago
  28. Do it as a weekly segment! Give us those bits we cant get from guidebooks, phrasebooks and other ‘official’ sources. Give us the street talk, the ghetto talk! Give us the insider stuff! I know you guys are busy but i think it’s well worth it. And don’t forget to do a write up under the video, just like here – pure gold in terms of value!

    5 years ago
  29. I had that happen when I lived closer to Busan because they have a much bigger Russian population. Also, if I was told correctly, they actually have a Russian district that has a lot of Russian prostitutes. I agree with Jonna, I just ask them “Il-bon Sa-ram?” Or tell them to mind their manners in informal Korean.

    5 years ago
  30. At least the dirty korean men use an euphemism. When i in Honduras, random men would walk up to girls in our group and say, “Sex?” Yeah, ’cause all american girls are sluts…Thanks Hollywood!

    5 years ago
  31. Haha I love this vid!

    5 years ago
  32. who directed this? i think the video was really good! lol and from T to N it becomes N to N – try it is much easier to say :p but i think what you wanted to say was an-moglae? instead of anmotgettneh. anyways, im looking forward to watch the next episode~~~ :)

    5 years ago
  33. Huh..I’m a 20 year old Korean dude living in Seoul and had absolutely no idea this was going on. Me and my mates never even had a talk of Russian prostitutes. I agree that this is disgusting and if I spot ajosshis being all perverty on hot foreign chicks I’m gonna kick some sense into them.

    That being said .. I really liked this video. HILARIOUS! The ending always makes me lol. You guys definitely should do more of these. Like maybe bi-weekly?
    On a side note, not to discourage you guys or anything there were little errors in grammar.. and intonation was a bit off and it was a bit awkward. Still very good Korean. Kudos to you guys.

    5 years ago
    • I didn’t particularly look for errors or anything…but.. “뭐 먹을래?”(What do you want to eat?) was sufficient and you didn’t have to put ‘까’ on the end. Simon’s following”돼지갈비 먹자?”translates into “Let’s eat barbecued pork?”and as you can see is a bit awkward. Would’ve been better if it were just “돼지갈비”.

      5 years ago
  34. you guys are awesome!

    5 years ago
  35. i had a friend in canada have a problem the guys though she was russian for some reason and kept slipping her his hotel key, why do they all think russian is code for prostitutes?

    5 years ago
  36. MB

    LOL – and I actually did Laugh Out Loud. I stayed up till 1 in the morning watching all your videos last night!

    5 years ago
  37. That video was cute! What about a shopping scenario where foreigners deal with customer service? Because in different countries, the way people shop can be different… i.e. In China, it’s normal to haggle prices, but it’s not in Canada. :D

    5 years ago
  38. When skeevy old men ask me if I’m Russian, I ask them if they’re Japanese. Works like a charm.

    5 years ago
  39. LEGIT LAUGHING

    5 years ago
  40. lol dirty johns…

    5 years ago