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The Mating Call of the Yoja Bird

December 13, 2013

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Yes, this is a very random video, but we just had to do it. It’s the first thing we notice every winter in Korea. We don’t notice the snow. We don’t notice the change into big jackets. We don’t notice how cold it is. The clearest sign that Winter is Coming is going outside and hearing Korean girls say “Choopta” or “Chuwah!” in a very cute voice, which just means “it’s cold” and/or implying “I’m cold”.

WINTERRRR

If you’re a foreigner here, you noticed it as well! Don’t lie! Or, at least, all of our friends say the same thing. It’s funny, because Soo Zee didn’t notice what we were talking about until we explained it to her, and she laughed hysterically. She admitted that yes, she too used it a lot as soon as it got cold and that it was almost more of a reaction then a word. Kindof like going “BRRRRR” and shivering when you’re cold. And then we asked our part time staffer here, DW, what he thought, and he laughed at it as well. So we figured, what the hell, let’s make this short random video! It’s DW’s first appearance on camera as well! He’s a natural. Though he had only two lines to say, over and over and over again…but he had to deal with all the looks coming at him from the people passing by. Not an easy thing to do.

Anyhow, we find this interesting because in English, we can say so many things when it’s cold. Like “It’s cold!” “It’s freezing!” “It’s frigid!” “My balls have run back up into my stomach!” “I could cut glass with my nipples” “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU” stuff like that, but in Korean there seems to be just two things people say. It’s the same thing with describing food as delicious in Korean. It’s never “yummy” “scrumptious” “mouth watering” “mind blowing” beautiful” “amazing” it’s just variations on the word delicious 맛있는 (ma-sheet-da) with the additional “very” 아주 (ajew) tacked on if it’s really good. Martina enjoys messing with the Korean language by describing things inappropriately, such as calling delicious grilling meat “pretty”, using the word “ice” to describe her jewellery, and calling herself “fire” when she’s angry. Note to self: don’t let Martina teach you any Korean.

Errm…yep. So, that’s it for this year’s totally random, completely out of the effing blue video. Subscribe for more random tech-song driven videos about the cold! Haha! That’s a selling point right there. *shifty eyes*

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  1. As much as I watch your videos for the information, humor, and insight… I think I need more DW

    3 years ago
  2. i demand a proper introduction to DW!

    3 years ago
  3. thats amazing. I feel like randomly doing that outside lol

    3 years ago
  4. 맛있다 is the right spelling for yummy~~:D

    3 years ago
  5. LOL, I love it. Wouldn’t it be awesome if S&M did a Canadian location spotting…kinda like the Traveling Gnome from awhile back. That would be priceless just for the surrounding reactions. Please…please…please…

    3 years ago
  6. I just read Dongwan (as in Shinhwa) when I saw ‘DW’ so I had to reread and realized it was ‘just’ DW. Anyways.. Kudos for you to crossdress.. and.. now I have it in my head.. nonstop.. x’D Thanks. A lot. ._.

    3 years ago
  7. I DIED watching this. I replayed and replayed and replayed this video. I died EVERY TIME I watched it. ROFL!!

    3 years ago
  8. Although I’m thinking “Yay, korean male”, when I read DW all I can think of is Arthur yelling at his sister.

    3 years ago
  9. Hey there Nasty! Us other Nasties have quite a discussion on EYK’s TL;DR on Mental Health (http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/mental-health-korea/#.UqwagPQW2So). We’ve brought up physical disabilities, homelessness and other topics there so check it out. ^^

    3 years ago
  10. Hilarious guys! It’s wonderful when ya’ll run free with the crazies and bring along someone to it with you. Hi DW! Simon, you must be enjoying having some extra testosterone in the office (WTH office?) studio now that there’s another guy there. And I agree with everyone formal introductions are required to the newest EYK crew member. ^^

    3 years ago
  11. I couldn’t stop hysterically laughing at this. It’s way more hilarious since I can relate and know what you are talking about since I live in Korea and hear that all the time! There are so many Yoja birds in my area. Lol.

    Welcome DW to the EYK crew! I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone else thought of Arthur’s younger sister (that PBS cartoon) when they read the name DW. Anyways, welcome!

    P.S. I really wish I could work for EYK. Someday, someday I will.

    3 years ago
  12. Pffft.. This video made my day.

    3 years ago
  13. This made my day XD

    3 years ago
  14. I heart this video soooo freaking much. I needed this today!

    3 years ago
  15. HEEEEEY RYAAAAAAN! *waves

    3 years ago
  16. The red haired Yoja bird would make a fine mate for Mordney Present. >.<

    But anywho…DW? I wanna see more of him! Can we get to know him too!?

    3 years ago
  17. Hahahaa! I love you! And welcome DW! Good job being in one of the most random videos of eat your kimchi :D I hope to see more of you, and how your normal self will slooowly melt away from all the naaaaasty craziness <3 Good luck.

    3 years ago
  18. Good work DW. Good luck fending off the fan-girls :p

    3 years ago
  19. HAHAHAH THIS IS TOO FUNNY I CAN’T HANDLE THIS
    but omggg dw should be on camera more :DDDD

    3 years ago
  20. DARKWING DUCK! I didn’t think anyone remembered that show!

    3 years ago
  21. When the beat drops and its cold…

    3 years ago
  22. “My balls have run back up into my stomach!” “I could cut glass with my nipples” LMAO
    I’m Korean so I’ve never noticed this as something different before, now I notice it haha
    Different languages have different ways to describe things. Honestly I feel like it’s the other way around, that there are more ways to say things in Korean than English. For example the word white, there are so many ways to describe something white but here it’s just white or snow white or bright white. Bleh.

    3 years ago
  23. I could have peed my pants from how hard I was laughing xD
    Poor DW he looks so embarrassed but still having a blast, when are we learning more about him? :D

    3 years ago
  24. New member of the EYK Crew!

    3 years ago
  25. Introduce your part time staffer! :D :D

    3 years ago
  26. What did I just watch! LMAO!!!! I’m seriously sitting here waiting for my day at work to end and I decided to watch this real quick and now I have this dumbfounded expression on my face!

    *pats your part-timer* It’s ok… this isn’t even nearly the most crazy thing they will have you do. Now that you are known to us, expect more and more crazy things…

    WE WANT A PROPER INTRODUCTION TO DW!!!!! OR WE WILL CUT YOU [SAID IN FANGURILLA’S VOICE]

    3 years ago
  27. I randomly started reading DW out as DongWoo. It’s the only Korean male name with those initials that I know and I don’t like pronouncing acronyms so it’s probably going to stick in my brain forever.

    And I concur with everyone else: Please make an introductory video for him!

    3 years ago
  28. LOL Awwww this made my day

    3 years ago
  29. I’m not sure what I find funnier: the fact that most people walked by just plain ignored y’all, or if they would have stopped and stared at you like you were crazy…

    3 years ago
  30. What…what the hell did I just watch? Ahahahahahahaa!!!!

    3 years ago
  31. ARL

    DW needs a formal introduction. Also, is DW short for DongWoo by any chance?

    3 years ago
    • I can only think of Dong-woo, Dong-wook, or Dong-wan. Maybe he has an English name in those initials but that’s a long shot.

      3 years ago
  32. Whhhhattt!!!??? 0.0 That was hilarious lol, it reminded me of those scenes in Family guy that go on and on lol. Also yes to Simon for now finally having a male friend at the office to bond with! First order of business let’s dress up like women and Choopta it up on the streets. Haha gotta love EYK :)

    3 years ago
  33. Ha ha, very funny. ;)

    3 years ago
  34. Best thing I’ve seen all day.

    3 years ago
  35. There’s another man in the eyk crew and you’ve been hiding him from us?! oh the horror!

    3 years ago
  36. I have a question! I just recently learned to read hangul and you wrote 맛있는 as too read it like this -> (ma-sheet-da) but I read as ma-shee-ss-neun xD
    SOOOOZEEEE what am I doing wrong here!? xD

    3 years ago
    • Don’t worry, you’ve got the right of it. S&M made a typo. (Don’t forget about the sound change with the ㅆ in front of 는, though.)

      3 years ago
  37. Ok I watched it without my glasses, I thought they were true korean girls…

    3 years ago
  38. Welcome, DW~~~ He definitely needs a official intro to the Nasties!!!!

    3 years ago
  39. And I die of laughter >.<

    3 years ago
  40. I favor teh FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU reaction to the cold…

    3 years ago
  41. I use phrases like “mind numbingly cold”, “balls shriveling cold”, or “who turned the weather down to arctic blast?!?!?”. Winter started early hear in NYC and it is too cold too soon.

    Welcome DW! Now get ready to have your own group of fangirls. I’m sure there will be comments asking for you to have more screen time.

    3 years ago
    • If I’m out with my friends or sister (people I know really well), I’ll use “It’s colder than a witch’s tit” ^^

      It’s currently 30°F/-2°C where I live and yup…it’s pretty cold! LOL

      3 years ago
  42. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…I have to admit, I have been known to use the call of the Yoja bird. You guise just made my day with this video, I have the biggest smile on my face right now! :D

    3 years ago
  43. You wrote 맛있는 and romanised it as 맛있다. I’m sure I’m not the first to point that out.

    3 years ago
  44. Now im going to have this stuck in my head all day. “Ahh Choopta” over and over and over again!

    3 years ago
  45. looool what did I just see??
    Anyways, I loved it haha
    Now the words are stuck in my mind….

    3 years ago
  46. MG

    LOL, So cute even coming from 2 manly men. And thinking of Ned Starks saying a AH Choopta over and over again made me laugh hysterically. Great Poster! Can’t wait til the new season of Game of Thrones.

    3 years ago
  47. Haha! I’ve been walking around on campus the last couple of days and noticed this coming from so many people who I walk past! I have not realised what they have actually been saying before know, though. I can not use the word because that would be lying. I have no issues with the cold. The good thing about being a Norwegian I suppose.

    3 years ago
  48. Welcome to the EYK crew DW!!!!!! Now i’m expecting an introduction video for the people!!!! :D

    3 years ago
  49. I would say that you all had too much time on your hands…buuuuut I know that it not true. :) I love it!

    3 years ago
  50. My initial reaction based on the title and the cold look was maybe this is something girls do to be all cute and not so subtly tell a hot guy “come warm me up!” After reading the blog post, I am now wondering if that is not too far off track?
    Oh, and DW needs an intro video! You guys did that quiz show segment for Leigh and SooZee when they were first introduced to us. Can you put something together for DW?

    3 years ago
  51. Winter is coming !!!!!

    3 years ago
  52. “Pretty” for grilling meat, “ice” for her jewellery, and “fire” when she’s angry? I’m sorry, but I beg to differ. I’d love for Martina to teach me Korean because that’s hilarious.

    3 years ago
  53. haha that was soo hilarious!!!! Now it keeps repeating in my head “CHOOPTAAA”! THanks for making my day :)

    3 years ago
  54. This is HILARIOUS. You guys should do more stuff like this

    3 years ago
  55. How Come he didn’t get a intro video hosted by fangurilla :P I kid but Seriously this video was hilarious. Poor guy first time on film and he’s dressed like a girl. ^^

    3 years ago
    • lol i thought that it was a real girl lol

      3 years ago
    • lol My first reaction to that was: Oh geez, did they just sucker a friend into dressing up like a girl? Then, I read the post and was like: Ooo! It’s a new staffer! Welcome!

      3 years ago
  56. Haha DW? Reminds me of D.W from Arthur :)

    3 years ago
  57. My instinct is to screech “CHOOWUH!” when I leave the house. My mom always laughs at me.

    3 years ago
  58. I was playing this video but my husband is in the other room and he yelled out, “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT??? IT’S SO ANNOYING!!!”

    3 years ago
  59. “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU” Yes, that was me yesterday waiting for all my buses when the wind picked up. “Oh hey it’s not that bad SWEET JESUS THE WIND JUST BLEW THROUGH ALL MY LAYERS SHIT SHIT SHIT”. All internally of course, don’t want to offend everyone around me. XD

    3 years ago
  60. Best video!ahahaha loved it!Welcome DW!

    3 years ago
  61. omg somehow this game me a Monty Python vibe, especially the beginning with Martina intro. No? Anyone?? …. I’m pretty sure they have a skit similar to this one. This was really funny guys!

    3 years ago
  62. oh no… you have a new member to the EYK crew… who seems to be a relatively attractive-looking young man… bring on the fangurillas!!! *dies laughing*

    funny vid though ^_-

    3 years ago
  63. I think this is DW’s initiation.

    3 years ago
  64. Cute! I like

    3 years ago
  65. Hilarious! I have a feeling DW will be very popular with the ladies. ;)

    3 years ago
  66. Looks like the new guy’s initiation ceremony went well:)

    3 years ago
  67. haha i thought Simon was actually a girl at first!!! and whoa, new dude!!!

    ahahahahaha i noticed Koreans using that word a lot too!!!

    bwahahahahahahhahaha that remix at the end!!!! ahahahaha!!! it needs to be officially released and longer!!

    3 years ago
  68. Wow, I laughed through the entire video, the entire time. I need to remember this video so whenever I’m sad I can use it to cheer me up.
    And Hello DW! I didn’t know you guys had a new employee. I’m curious as to what he does.

    3 years ago
  69. Bahahaha I laughed so hard! Welcome DW!!

    3 years ago
  70. So…..when do we get introed to DW officially? =)

    3 years ago
  71. You DID NOT just do this…. BAHAHAAAAAAA!!! You’re crazy……. <3

    3 years ago
  72. OMG!! so true, i totaly do it now since i came to korean…^^

    3 years ago
  73. ooh, are you gonna introduce DW officially some day? :3

    3 years ago
  74. I want to make this my ringtone. Can you put up the mp3? :p

    3 years ago
  75. Just about died laughing at this. Oh my, so freaking funny. I love random videos! Also hi DW! The EYK crew has another boy! Simon must be so happy ;)

    3 years ago
  76. Funny how the thumbnail is labelled ‘open the happy’ but you guys posted this video on your main channel… A mistake or your intention? LOL

    3 years ago
  77. This is some serious underground rave potential in that. REEEEEEMIX.

    3 years ago
  78. I think it’s obligatory to say now that I definitely want to see more of DW.

    3 years ago
  79. HAHAHA that was so random! I would like to see more of these please

    3 years ago
  80. Brilliant!

    3 years ago
  81. Guys……….. i love you for this!!! hahahhahaa this is just so true!!

    3 years ago
  82. One of the first things I noticed when I started watching dramas was how limited the Korean language is in terms portraying shades of meaning. I think this is why they so often resort to metaphor and simile when discussing anything complex, deep, or philosophical.

    3 years ago
  83. …….what did i just watch

    3 years ago
  84. Was he the guy in your Gentleman parody video? :) x x x

    3 years ago
  85. You’ve been hiding a male Korean part timer!?! Another! *breaks mug*

    3 years ago
    • Another?! They were hiding one before?! Where on earth have I been???

      3 years ago
      • I’m fairly certain that’s a Thor reference xD

        3 years ago
        • Ohhhh okay! Haha I thought I had missed some serious business here :o
          Thank you for clearing that up! :D

          3 years ago
        • Hahaha, I thought the same thing before catching the Thor reference. XD So they were basically “demanding” another make Korean part timer.

          3 years ago
  86. Hahaha awesome!!!

    And welcome DW, Simon must be quite glad to have another man in the EYK crew

    3 years ago
  87. hahaha wth :)) im crying lololol

    3 years ago
  88. Oh god, almost died. Choked on my food. Ahahaha…. ack! X3

    3 years ago
    • P.S. What was the reactions like as people passed them? Some of those girls gave them the “WTF” look. I know, they be jealous, and probably territorial. Competition! :’D

      3 years ago
  89. *Stealthily retreats back into cave*

    Humans are.. strange creatures. *shiver*

    3 years ago
    • On another note, I prefer to be ultra classy when describing how cold I am. Something along the lines of blurting out:
      “I’m so cold that even my nipples have nipples” in a very serious tone.

      It makes people feel adequately uncomfortable.

      3 years ago
      • Same. I just casually mention that my balls and/or tits have frozen off / to death. I don’t have balls to freeze off though – they’re made of brass.

        3 years ago
        • Hahaha or better: when they point out that you don’t have balls just look at them really pointedly and then walk off.

          3 years ago
        • Exactly! -high five- You’re my kind of person. xD

          3 years ago
  90. hahahahhaha that was hilarious and so random!! I do normally swear when I’m cold (which it’s all the time now, it’s been a week since I last saw the sun!! there’s fog everywhere everyday) and say things like “mecagonlaputaquefríohace” or “my fingers are going to fall ooooff”

    3 years ago
  91. …. this is why i love you guys ><

    3 years ago
  92. I fear for your future children no, i really don’t. i just hope they can handle embarrassment well

    3 years ago
  93. I have tears in my eyes (⌒▽⌒)

    3 years ago
  94. a lot of free time? hahaha. this should get “post of the year” for the EYKA’s

    3 years ago
  95. HAHAHA THIS IS SO RANDOM, I LOVE IT! I WON’T EVER BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO EPIK HIGH’S
    “IT’S COLD” WITHOUT REMEMBERING THIS.

    3 years ago
    • That song was kinda “ruined” for me even before this, because every time it’s cold my head starts singing “it’s cold as f*ck” to the melody of that song. I have no idea why.

      3 years ago
  96. Nice to meet you, DW! ^_^

    3 years ago
  97. The beat at the end was funny, full version with m/v needed!

    3 years ago
    • I concur. I need a full song download of ‘Chupta-Chuwa’ dubstep song. I want to rock out in the car with this on full blast and the nasty windows rolled down.
      Plskthx S&M&SZ&L&DW
      AH NEEEEEEDS IT!

      3 years ago
  98. SO do you have a new part timer like soo zee???????

    3 years ago
  99. On a cold day I was hanging out with my Korean friend and she kept saying 추워 over and over. She said it so much, now I say it. I hate her. (I kid.)

    3 years ago
  100. Whaaaa??? Instead of trying to figure out what this was, I kept staring at the purple beanie! I see what you did there……shameless promotion. ;D

    3 years ago
  101. That’s some really good camouflage you got there, Mustache Martina :D

    3 years ago
  102. ahahahaa! :D Same in Japan, girls saying “samui~” or “samu!” all the time. Everytime they open the door to go out at the university they say that. lol

    3 years ago
    • And of course, in the summer “atsui” is used as a conversation starter, a complaint or a greeting :)

      3 years ago
    • *lol* I do that too…Only I am European and people look confused if and when they hear me. They have no idea…

      3 years ago
    • except girls here prance around in tiny shorts even when it’s snowing, so i guess the “samui” reaction is normal… lol.

      3 years ago
  103. I should not be laughing so hard. Also hi DW, welcome to the EYK crew! I hope you’ll end up use to the craziness that comes with this place or at least tolerate it. Also will we be getting a video about him like we did with Soo Zee and Leigh?

    And I was thinking what you guys wrote before I even read the whole thing. Though I do say cold a lot when it’s cold along with other words that can’t be said here with kiddies. But you’re right, English tends to have more words to describe something compared to some other languages.

    3 years ago
  104. LOL I feel 2nd hand embarrassment from this video (don’t worry, it’s a good kind of embarrassment). Simon you really fooled me for about 30 seconds. And also, (because I know the girls want to know this anyway) who’s that guy you roped in? Is this the web developer you were seeking out??

    3 years ago
  105. ah wth? so random XD

    3 years ago