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Welcome to the first edition of Eatyourkimchi’s TL;DR Thursdays, where we answer your top rated questions in video format. The #1 question at the time of our recording was courtesy of dahiladreams, from Georgia,USA, who asked: “Funniest moment ever while you were in S.Korea?”

We’ve had tons of reasons to laugh here in Korea, but much of the time it’s because of a failure in communication. Sure, the language barrier is frustrating when we’re trying to get something from someone (FYI, house hunting sucks if you can’t speak Korean or don’t have a realtor who speaks your language), but sometimes it can provide great laughs.

Anyhow, the pepper spray explanation is by far our favorite mistranslation story, but there’s another one that we cut out of the video: bonus story for our readers yay! So here’s the deal: Simon was teaching a Christmas lesson and his students were doing a puzzle. One of the questions was very difficult and stumped the majority of them. When it was time to go over the answers, he prefaced that question with “time for the easy one!” He thought it was clever. The whole class starts laughing. Even the co-teacher is laughing, slapping her thighs laughing. They all then point to one girl in the class. Now, she isn’t the best student in the class. She’s the only one with makeup on, and she’s got circle lenses and a perm as well. All of the students point to her and say “she is the easy one!” Even the co-teacher called her the easy one. WTF?!?! Now, back when we were in school, we knew that there were some girls that were more floozy than others and got around a lot more, but never would a teacher laugh and call her the easy one. So, when asked for a bit more clarification, the co-teacher said “that is her name. Ee Ji-Wuan.”

Simon burst out into laughter then, a lot louder than everyone else. Oh, poor girl. We don’t know what her name means in Korean, but let’s hope she goes by a different name in English. Hilarious! In a similar vein, we know someone who is a gym teacher, and his name is Chun Ki-Beum. Sounds like Chunky Bum. How inappropriate…for a gym teacher! Anyhow, if you’ve got any funny stories we’d love to hear them. Please do share! We could use a good laugh :D

So that’s it for this week. If there’s a topic you’d like us to talk about, please ask away over on our bonus page, linked here. Also try voting some of the questions up and down, so we can get a better sense of what you all would like us to talk about. Also, this is probably the last video you’ll ever see from our kitchen, since we’re moving into our new place on Wednesday. Huzzah! We’ll be staying in Bucheon, and we’ll for sure make a video of our new place once we’ve got everything in order :D

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  1. Hi there S&M. Thanks as always for sharing your world.
    I hear that glasses in Korea are cheap and you guys are always sporting funky ones. Can you share how you go about buying them? Do you need a prescription? Do you have advice for a good place to go? Any lingo that would be useful would be appreciated too! Till next time:)

  2. 정 미성

    Hi. :) Thanks for making light of culture. My friends and me really like videos. keke. lot of people ignorant about korea and you make them see what really like.. Thankyou again. :) -미성

  3. i think you should just let him have one stuffed animal girlfriend. my yorkie does, and he loves her so much (and he love her long time too!).   i think it’s better for his mental well-being that he at least has that to release his instinctual urges!! (otherwise, how barren would his life be?, right?) lol

  4. Oh Spudgy, bless your heart <3

  5. Oh Spudgy, bless your heart <3

  6. Byeonguk Yook

    Gochu?? Kochu. I know it’s late. I’d be very embarrassed by spudgy and claim that this dog is somebody else’s dog and you were walking for him/her.

  7. I know you didn’t really ask for any funny stories back, but: A friend was in the hospital in Nowon with mono for a few weeks.  The first day he was there, they were doing all these tests to figure out what he had.  So he’s lying in bed between tests, and I’m hanging out until we know what’s going on, and this nun walks in.  Goes up to him, holding out a cup, and says “Stool.”  We both look a little confused, so she just starts repeating “Stool.  Number two!” with hand gestures and everything.

  8. Used one when I was in Japan and I won’t do it again…It is uncomfortable and just plain weird.

  9. lmao this def made me laugh, specially the Ee Ji-Wuan story

  10. lol easy one, and chunky bum. lol

  11. I knew a Korean person named Yoo-suk and he didn’t change his name when he came to the US. XD

  12. Being canadians, do you miss anything you used to enjoy in Canada? eg) Tim Hortons, hockey games or endless rainy days, etc?

  13. I am still laughing on th chunky bummmmmmm

  14. puhaahahahahahahahahahah so funnnnnnnnyyyy

  15. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋthe background music makes me crazy 
     

  16. Lolenenalinda

    “humping mode” jajaja

  17. Hahahaha I laughed so hard at the twilight one xD It’s a good thing Martina didn’t teach that to the high school people ^_^

  18. phoenixfire8

    LOL Spudgy! XD SMH FUNNY

  19. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋthe background music make me crazy 
     

  20. Anonymous

    Funny stories! I love the intro to TL;DR Thursdays! :)

  21. Weirdo_monko

    MFGLFAOROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!! Thank you… just thank you.

  22. hahah if only you guys had that on camera! i would’ve loved to see Simon’s face when the teacher was laughing!! hahaha 

  23. HAHA . HILARIOUS . 
    maybe spud wants to mate ? considered getting him a girlfriend ? 

  24. with french subs!! thx!! that’s soo funny!

  25.  I lost it when Martina did her “Oh yeah, I’m the Spudgy!!!” 

  26. Starlights86

    I love that simon stick figure. I can’t wait for your next TL DL episode.  

  27.  Omo….Spudgy makes me not want to have a dog…But he is too cute!!!

  28.  Omo….Spudgy makes me not want to have a dog…But he is too cute!!!

  29. Anonymous

    If you ever need to explain pepper spray again, you can always use ‘huchu’ (후추) or ‘huchu karu’ (후추 가루 for ground pepper) which more accurately describes the pepper that you use with salt whereas ‘kochu’ (고추) is more like a chili pepper.

  30. tl;dr – Approved! So far, so good and very fun to listen/watch. Don’t stop…..believing.
     

  31. jazzyfish

     The Spudgy cartoon is like…vibrating! ^_^
    And I <3 the new intro! Where do you guys get this stuff?!

  32. Hyunjin Na08

    I know an english teacher named Brian, and he told me a story. So it goes like this… So he said to his class, ” Do you all know about Dracula?” and everyone was like “Yes!” And then Brian said “Do you know what he drinks?” And his students replied ” Pee!”
     As you know, ‘pee’ is the pronouncation for blood. So it must’ve sounded reeeally wierd…AWKWARD!
     

  33. I had a cute korean friend. Once we were talking in the park, and she was going to leave and I said “don’t goo!” she looked surprised for a moment and proceeded to tell me that it meant something in korea… she explained by pointing at her “backside”. XD

  34. Just wondering…but did you guys ever announce the winner for the circle lense contest? I never saw it <_< 

  35.  Can i ask questions here?, c´uz…i dont hae a youtube chanel T.T…

  36.  LIKE THIS FAIL ATTEMPT … pleease do a video on a fail attempt you guys came across when u were in KOREA :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fql7le1aX3M      WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE SO WE CAN GET MORE VIEWS, & PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS! :)

  37.  WOOOOWWWW YEAAAAA SAPNISH SUUBBBBSS!!!!  lol realy this make me so happy TwT, hehe….Poor Spudgy…you guys separated from his Juliete lol….love your animation guys!!!!! 

  38. The anmation for this segment is like awesome!!! And oh god was I laughing so much for these stories… XD Oh Spudgy, you naughty dog!

    BTW, I love the way you “imitate” Spundgy’s voice :D NOMS

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