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Ok guys, don’t lie. You didn’t read our FAQ. We know it. We can see the amount of pageviews that go there. Some of you read it, yes, it’s true, but considering the vast amount of emails we get containing questions we’ve already answered in the FAQ, we know that the majority of you don’t read it.

We don’t blame you though. It’s long. We tried to make it thorough, kinda. And as a result it’s just a looooong uninviting page. And so, instead of reading the FAQ, many people just email us questions that we’ve already answered in the FAQ. We’ve spent a lot of time answering those emails. In fact, we’ve answered over 15,000 emails since we started the site in 2008. Oh boy! Seriously, that’s serious shock, because we just looked at the number now. Didn’t know it was that much. We store all of our emails, in fact. Not sure why. We just keep backups of everything. Aaaanyhow, answering all those emails takes a long time, really long, when we could be spending that time making videos. And so, instead of answering the same questions over and over again, we’re going to answer them once and for all in video format.

So, here’s how it’s gonna work. We have two YouTube channels. Our main one is where we post most of our videos. We’ve been posting our other videos on our YouTube bonus channel, but we don’t have any dedicated segments for that page, apart from the occasional blooper reel and random Box Making video. So we’re going to put up our first regular segment there called TL;DR Thursdays. Words are too long to read, but videos aren’t! There’s no reading in videos! Unless there are subtitles. Then it could really be too long to read. Yeah. Err, what were we saying again?

Yeah! If you’ve got a question you’d like us to answer in these videos, or just want us to talk about something you’re interested in, or you want us to finally answer the question we’ve been asked a bagillion times (how did you two meet?) feel free to ask it there! If it gets enough votes, then we’ll make a video for it. Woohoo!

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  1. Renting a house or apt. I know there are monthly rental and yearly rental in korea. How much is it for both? If planning for a long stay, how much should I perpare for the trip? What is the average spending monthly?

  2. I think you did a TL;DR on Sexuality in Korea, but what about like..the amount of [open] LGBT people in Korea? and if they hold events for it like they do in the west~

  3. dear martina and simon,
    first i just want to say i love what u guise do! anyway my question is how do u learn a new/different language? I’m living in the U.S. right now and everyone around me speaks the same language as me but i want to travel around the world one day starting in Korea so therefore i would need to know at least the basics of certain languages. i find that learning all these things is a bit overwhelming and as i asked before do u have any good tricks for learning a new or different language?

  4. As Koreans are Asians from other countries, such as China, Japan, Thailand, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia? (in Russia, for example, there are Asians as the Buryats live near Lake Baikal)

  5. Kay so I am a heavy swearer and I want to know wtf is up with Korea and Asia in general with swearing. They make it seem so bad like when I was watching 2NE1 TV and when Bom sees the bee with Dara and CL and they all have this major freakout and Bom says “I almost swore!” And Dara replied saying “that would be really bad!” I really don’t see why its that bad. And in a couple kpop songs like after school red’s “in the night sky” they say “I want to swear but that would only hurt my mouth” I really don’t see what’s bad about it. When I go to Hong Kong and swear its not much of a big deal its just whatever but in Korea its the opposite.

  6. Is gay marriage in korea legalized? Do people discriminate against gay, bi, trans, lesbian people? Are their any famous gay celebrities in Korea? If so are what do korean people think of them? Thank you!

  7. Can you talk about celebrity recruits when celebrites go to enlist and the recent controversey that happend with Se7en and other celebrity recruits that is also involved?

  8. Other than K-Pop, what artists/groups/bands do you listen to? I remember Martina had a goth phase; are there any metal/goth/industrial/etc artists that you used to/still listen to?

  9. NIMRA 11G2 _ crush on simon <3

    Q – HOW ARE THE PEOPLE IN KOREA? ARE THEY RUDE,NICE,SWEET, ETC? <3

  10. NIMRA 11G2 _ crush on simon <3

    If someone wanted to become a foreign exchange student in Korea, what would that be like? is it common in Korea? how would they be treated by the other students? have you ever had a exchange student?

  11. NIMRA 11G2 _ crush on simon <3

    IMPORTANT QUESTION : HOW ARE THE PEOPLE IN KOREA ? ARE THEY NICE, RUDE, SWEET, POLITE ETC … AND HOW DO THEY BEHAVE WITH FOREIGNERS? PLEASE ANSWER!

  12. Are you guys superstitious? Can you please tell us about some Korean superstitions and the logic behind them? Are there any superstitions that make you think twice even if you don’t believe in them?

  13. One of the comments both you guys make is that Korean driving is absolutely terrible. How is the Korean DMV compared to the Canadian/North American DMV? Are the waits in line just as bad? And what is the driving test like?

  14. In korea, if you have friends that can’t cook but they made you food…. is it consider rude to tell them that you didn’t like it and is there a nicer way in telling them that you didn’t like their cooking??

  15. What are some things you wish you knew when you first moved to Korea?

  16. how is plastic surgery viewed in korea? not just celebrities but also the average person

  17. I’m a new fan of eatyourkimchi.I haven’t seen this question in FAQs.So it’s kinda personal but I’m wondering if why didn’t you prefer to have a child? So that Spudgy and Dr.Meemersworth can have a playmate xD

  18. What do Koreans think about foreigners liking Kpop? Do they like it or do they think that international fans are wannabes?

  19. Hi guise! I’ve got something i’m curious about… Q: How do u feel about raising a family in Korea and what would be the positive & negative aspects for the child growing up there?

  20. One of the first things I did when I found this site was read the FAQ…I just had a lot of time to kill…

  21. Heh! I actually read the ENTIRE FAQ! Like a boss! B)
    …Like a woman! :D Yeah! Literacy for life! ^_^v

  22. QUESTION!
    How is it to date a younger/older guy/girl in Korea? Let’s say, more than 4 years older?

  23. Can you tour Simon’s T-shirt collection? I LOVE his shirts in the vids ^.^

  24. Hey, so the other day I was playing a game that talked about Japanese superstitions so i was wondering if there where any Korean superstitions ??

  25. When you were teaching were their any students who wanted to be a kpop idol????

  26. You’ve probably gotton this question a lot, but what’s the difference between your korean age and your western age ? How do you work out your age ??

  27. how did u guise get into kpop ?

  28. You’ve probably gotten this question a lot, but what are the traditions in Korea? Are there a lot of them or just a handful of extremely important ones?

  29. Hello Simon and Martina… I have four questions (that aren’t in your FAQ… :D) These questions are really important for me because I’d like to teach in korea in the future… ^^
    Question 1#: I’d really love to teach in korea, but I heard there was a non-payment of salary and harassment of the foreign teaching staff! Is it true?
    Question 2#: If I want to teach in korea for 1 or 2 years, is it going to be hard and complicated to return to Canada, even if I finish my contract?
    Question 3#: My parents don’t want me to teach in korea, how can I convince them that I’m not only doing that because I love Kpop?
    Question 4#: I’m living in Canada but since I am French, would it be easier for me to study in order to be an English teacher? And then teach in korea? (sorry! that’s two question! O.o)
    Thank you!!!!

  30. Hello Simon and Martina… I have four questions (that aren’t in your FAQ… :D) These questions are really important for me because I’d like to teach in korea in the future… ^^
    Question 1#: I’d really love to teach in korea, but I heard there was a non-payment of salary and harassment of the foreign teaching staff! Is it true?
    Question 2#: If I want to teach in korea for 1 or 2 years, is it going to be hard and complicated to return to Canada, even if I finish my contract? 
    Question 3#: My parents don’t want me to teach in korea, how can I convince them that I’m not only doing that  because I love Kpop?
    Question 4#: I’m living in Canada but since I am French, would it be easier for me to study in order to be an English teacher? And then teach in korea? (sorry! that’s two question! O.o)
    Thank you!!!!

  31. I don’t think you guys have talked about this subject yet. If you have, then…my bad. lol. Anyways, I have heard that Itaewon is not a safe place and that there are a lot of…”creepers” there ,for lack of a better word, that like to creep on foreign women and Korean women….pretty much all women. I was wondering what do you guys think of Itaewon? Have you heard any bad stories about Itaewon or had any bad experiences there? Or maybe I am wrong and this place isn’t that bad. :D

  32. am just wondering if you guys are planing to come back to canada to visite soon… :D

  33. Okay, am wondering if you guys are gonna come back and visite Canada soon…. :D 

  34. What do you guys think of “having a bias and ultimate bias” and do you have one?

  35. Hi Simon and Martina! I know that you two have been teachers in the past but I would like to know have you two change carriers or is it still the same?

  36. Is living in Korea expensive? And how’s Korea’s standard of living? Thanks!

  37. What kind of experiences do you have with skinship, did it take  a while to get used to, and is skinship also common in japan?

  38. How do people take divorce in South Korea? Is it normal or is it considered completely out of the normal?

  39. Could you guys tell us more about marriage in South Korea? How much does it differ from or resemble North American culture? Thanks!

  40. If you haven’t already, i think you guys should consider doing a segment on Saeseng fans, or more so, how the law works in Korea, i know a lot of us are curious as to how anti-fans/saeseng fans get away with what they do, and we don’t know much about how police & the law system works in Korea compared to say America or Canada. It’s a touchy subject of course, but something to consider even if it’s very brief.

  41. In many dramas I have seen people get a sudden stomach ache and have diarrhoea. I want to know if in Korea people are more open to that type of subject, because i know here in America we are very shy about that type of thing and we rarely ever see subjects of this in a drama or regular tv show.  

  42. So in all the dramas I’ve seen the “thugs” are just really, ridiculously, good looking men dressed in black.  What are thugs like in Korea?  Do you actually see them?  Do they actually exist?

  43. What do korean people thing of muslims and is islam accepted in korea, is it seen as normal or ok in korean society. Me and my friends are muslim and love korean pop and culture so what do they think of islam as a whole?

  44. I love watching your kpop music mondays. And I was wondering since you guys are well assimilated with kpop. Do you think it’s possible for a non-asian to become an idol in korea, and if so would they be completely accepted by korea?

  45. I’m really curious about those trendy korean uniforms we see a lot in dramas and movies. Idols also endorse school uniform brands like Infinite and IU with the brand Elite. so do schools order their own designs specifically produced by these companies? can students actually choose? i’ve seen pictures of yellow blazers even.do they have any standard regulations for uniforms for korean students? how fancy can they get? thanks!

  46. What is your opinion on the shipping that goes on in the Kpop fandom?  

  47. You guys are really well assimilated in Korea – ie. you’re Korean-speaking, you’re so into K-pop and K-dramas and hang out with Korean friends rather than stick to the white English speaking community. I travel a lot around Asia and all too often, I see white expats who have this siege mentality and make no effort to integrate or even learn the local language – I don’t think that is right. What about other expats in Korea? Do they also make an effort to assimilate like you guys did or are you really in the minority? (Love your vids guys!!) Kumsahamnida :) 

  48. What is school like in Korea? Aren’t teachers more strict? 

  49. Why is the blood typ in korea so important? And which are “good” blood typs??

  50. This is a very serious question and the answer lies with my fate. Ha ha xP
    So I’ve been dating different types of Asians now (Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese you name it) and my question is, are all Korean men controlling and get jealous easily? I feel like this is a common trait among all of them and it’s why the relationship NEVER lasts. The second question is, just like in America, do dramas only portray the ideal man? Meaning super non realistic?

  51. If you had one girl hanging out with a bunch of guys in korea wut dat b weird?
    is it looked down opon?
    is it often? =O

  52. If someone wanted to become a foreign exchange student in Korea, what would that be like? is it common in Korea? how would they be treated by the other students? have you ever had a exchange student?

  53. I know this may be a little bit of a sensitive topic, but do you ever see interracial couples in Korea. I know some countries are a lot more protective about interracial dating and marriages in their families or for their children, but it’s totally common in the U.S. (ex: In a drama I was watching, within the first few minutes of the first episode, one of the female leads says “I hear African American people are scary”.) (not that everyone thinks that way)To the best of your knowledge, do the Koreans around you (friends, co-workers, etc.)  have certain stereotypes about certain races that may prevent them from seeking courtship outside of their culture? Do you have friends who’ve ever considered it?I’m not trying to instigate anything bad via a controversial topic, I’m just curious.

  54. I know this may be a little bit of a sensitive topic, but do you ever see interracial couples in Korea. I know some countries are a lot more protective about interracial dating and marriages in their families or for their children, but it’s totally common in the U.S. 
    (ex: In a drama I was watching, within the first few minutes of the first episode, one of the female leads says “I hear African American people are scary”.)
    To the best of your knowledge, do the Koreans around you (friends, co-workers, etc.)  have certain stereotypes about certain races that may prevent them from seeking courtship outside of their culture? Do you have friends who’ve ever considered it?
    I’m not trying to instigate anything bad via a controversial topic, I’m just curious.

  55. Could you please talk about the differences between living in Canada and living in Korea and the different things you had to adjust to? I think this would make an awesome video because I’m sure a lot of people would be interested in the difference between a western country and South Korea :D

  56. i have been searching for a long time about this but I couldn’t find a proper answer ..
    are there any Arabs in Korea, is there like an area where Arabs live..and could you take pictures or go down there to record ? thank you xxxxx

  57. Please talk about your proposal next week!

  58. Why did you choose to move to South Korea (rather than japan, or something)? Was there anything thing (or things) that you just fell in love with?

  59. did you guys just recently move?  Show us a video of your new place please!

  60. hey guys i have a question ……i really love sur korea and some day i want to live there…my question is ..is to difficult to learn and speak korean?

  61. Q : you should make a video about GMARKET. A lot of people order things from GMARKET. I’m from Malaysia. So, I do order things from GMARKET but the shipping is quiet expensive. 
    Q : is there any other online market beside GMARKET ?

  62. Do you know what universities i can apply to in Korea if I am not fluent in Korean?

    • Lots of Universities in Seoul have some sort of “Korean as Second Language.” Like Yonsei University, Ewha Women’s university, Korea University, etc.  I just happen to be familar of KLI at Yonsei (since I graduated there). http://www.yskli.com/

  63.  how about life in Korea.?

  64. Question: How long are you guy planning on spending in Korea? Are you going to live there until you’re little old people? ^^ If you have a kid, are they going to go to school in Korea? Like, is Korea where you want to stay permanently? 

  65. Q: How did you two meet?
    Q: Why did you both choose to teach and why Korea?
    Q: Is there any K-Artist you wish to meet? 
    Q: What would you (Martina) say to TOP if you meet him?

    Thank You! You Two are Great!  

  66. My Question is not relevant and will never ever be part of your FAQ (but still, hope it’s ok).
    So here it goes…I’ve been very curious since you just recently met U-Kiss in person, so what I wanted to ask you is that. Have you discovered the story behind the (r2Ï€) in the lyrics of U-Kiss? LOL! That you just “MIGHT” happen to asked them about it but unfortunately didn’t caught in on cam. =) Did they gave you any solution to their mathematical love problem? ^_^
    Cause I became very puzzled about it after your review.
    I’m just hoping that you “MIGHT”….HEHEHEHE!!!
    You’re doing a really awesome job guys!Love you!GOD BLESS and TAKE CARE!SALAMAT! (thanks!)-fan of U-Kiss(KissMe) from the Philippinesand also now fan of Simon and Martina JUDIE ^3^

  67. My Question is not relevant and will never ever be part of your FAQ (but still, hope it’s ok).
    So here it goes…I’ve been very curious since you just recently met U-Kiss in person, so what I wanted to ask you is that. Have you discovered the story behind the (r2Ï€) in the lyrics of U-Kiss? LOL! That you just “MIGHT” happen to asked them about it but unfortunately didn’t caught in on cam. =) Did they gave you any solution to their mathematical love problem? ^_^
    Cause I became very puzzled about it after your review.
    I’m just hoping that you “MIGHT”….HEHEHEHE!!!
    You’re doing a really awesome job guys!Love you!GOD BLESS and TAKE CARE!SALAMAT! (thanks!)-fan of U-Kiss(KissMe) from the Philippinesand also now fan of Simon and Martina JUDIE ^3^

  68. Prolly heard this a lot of times but you guys are awesome. I haven’t even started the video but I read the reason why you guys decided to do this TL;DR and it’s really sweet! I read the FAQ but I still think it’s so nice of you to bother answering repetitive questions again in stead of asking people to just go straight to the FAQ, which of course, these lazy bums should. =P

  69. So this is completely random but it popped into my head today and when google didn’t yield any satisfactory results I figured I’d ask y’all!  Is stand-up comedy a thing in Korea?  I know there are “comedians” that appear on variety shows and what not, but are there such places as comedy clubs?  Do comedians do stand-up shows or tours or anything like that?  I know you guys aren’t so fluent in Korean so even if this was an activity you probably wouldn’t want to participate, but ever since this thought entered my brain I’ve been insanely curious!!  Thanks a bunch and, as always, you guys are great and make me happy!

  70. hi, gamsahabnida!!! the videos are always great!!!

    is teaching the only job a foreigner can get in korea??

    I am studying architecture, and I dont know if I could find a job there. I also have the option to do a combined bachelor (architecture and english) but I was born in a spanish speaker country, but I am USA citizen, do you think I can find a job there in these conditions??

    do you recomend me to go to a korean university as an interchange student ( maybe an inmersion program in the summer) ?

    and, if I study in an university there, do you think that it will be easier to find a job as an architect?

    sorry, too many questions, but I am really interested in korea

    :P

     

  71.  this might be a dumb question but when and where did simon start/get the “like a man” quote lol i love it it makes me laugh every time lol(if some one from here can answer thatd help too(:)

  72.  okay-this is a cultural question. What is the fascination with blood types??? Is there some kind of cultural significance to it?????

  73.  I’m planning to take my master’s degree in Korea. What’s the best university you can suggest?   What are the qualifications? 

  74. HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET >W<
    i Don't mind sacrificing music mondays for one segment about how you guys met haha :3

  75.  Best guesthouse to stay in Seoul?  :)

  76. Whether in Korea has products from European countries (for example, Croatian :D) 

  77.  What university in Canada did you guys go to?

  78.  Is it expensive to live in S.Korea?

  79.  DEAR SIMON&MARTINA

    :O videoos about Koreaaa!
    HOW AMAZING CAN YOU GUYS GET!!!!
    Wow kamsahmida truely!!

    Love from Canada <3

  80.  do you know nigahiga?

  81.  cool i like it when you guys talk about korea, im 22 going to be starting uni soon ( kinda late i know but the money from my job was so appeling) and i wanna head to korea after to teach even though ill be old and what not lol. I do like see how things work and how to inter act with ppl and how its like just living there.

  82.  OK….so….
    Can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do another SHINee video? Please?
    ……
    please?
    ….
    ……
    *that wasn’t me…*
    Anyways! Do you guys just do the most voted video? (yes, right?)
    And will you do an older MV if its voted a lot?

  83. So my question was sorta answered in the FAQ section.
    I’m going to Korea this summer as I do almost every summer. But I usually use my friend’s little brother’s phone ans well he’s hit puberty (so as his friends), so they like to make mischievous phone calls to the migook nuna. He too uses a chungjun system, and once the 10,000w is up for that month, I’ve got to wait until his father authorizes another 10,000w.

    I was wondering what “used/new cell phones” meant for the chungjun-ing. 
    Do I use my US cell phone? (Which is an LG lollipop, by the way), and they’ll give me a new SIM card? Or do I have to purchase/rent a cell phone from the shop?

    OR

    Is it possible to contract only for about 2.5 months? It is the cheapest method…
    But, usually I would think the minimum would be at least 6 months – 1~2 years…

    Thanks so much for all the fun on Mondays, Wednesdays, and now Thursdays!

  84. Hi, I want to go to South korea and I am filipino. I’m just wondering if there are any filipinos there and if there is are they treated nicely by koreans because a lot of people have sain thatt koreans look down on filipinos. I also want to know if there are churches there.  

  85.  i guess this is a mix of a question and comment… i am currently 23 years old, one year out of college and was hoping to head over to Korea to teach English; although i feel old and late doing so. i was there for a month during the summer of 2008, and i felt so comfortable there. i made lots of friends (who are expecting me to go back) and just felt so good there. However, i am really scared/nervous because i am not exactly a teacher, but i have dealt with kids through summer camps. Also, what worries me the most is finances. I am not exactly financially stable here in the states, enough to get by, so going to another country seems dangerous. Is there any advice or help you can give me? Maybe like yourself or other’s experiences you may know of? btw… you guys are truly awesome. you deserve lots of love and success!

  86.  How long did it take you to learn the Korean language?

  87. Do you have to haggle in Korea? I know that most of the time you have to in China, and that’s okay since I know enough Chinese to do that, but I would probably die if I had ot do it in Korea….

  88. I read Martina likes Kdramas… Could you please talk about your favourite ones?

  89. Just a simple question.. haha..
    How tall is Martina? I know Simon is like 6″3 right? (:

  90.  Hey, I just figured out that I am now actually in eatyourkimchee. Obviously, I got here from your Thursday YouTube video. (Not sure how!) Why Google would not work before, I dunno. I “bookmarked” it, so hopefully it won’t get lost. I figured out where the tabs are (and will explore them), but the bonus thing is still beyond me! I swear, Spudgy is better at this stuff than me! You need a sort of quick index thing. Anyhow, I hope you can make a good living there, but don’t forget us back here in Ontari-ario! 

  91.  I must be old (I am!), and not 2 bright. How do I get to the bonus page and subscribe to it?  Will it wreck my regular subscription? I also went to eatyourkimchee, but Google Chrome would not let me access it. (I never even saw any tabs!)  I feel dumb, but I found your regular videos by accident and subscribed. But, sadly, we are not all computer experts and geniuses like Simon. (Sorry Martina, I know you now have to make him humble again, but sometimes not only Korea is weird. So is YouTube.) When you two are over 50, you’ll understand. Help me, Spudgy! You’re my only hope! Maybe you could do a video about this stuff. Trust me, if the old Spudge is in it, everyone will watch.   

    • Ha!  We’re here to help: see our sidebar here, to the right?  Now, scroll down the page until you see two YouTube buttons.  They’re in white.  One will say Simonandmartinabonus.  Click on the subscribe button to that.  Voilà!  :D 

  92.  Hi, 

    You said that in your FAQ you wrote what breed Spudy was, but I actually have scanned/ read the FAQ (I like exploring every tab) and couldn’t find it. I checked again after seeing this video and couldn’t find it. Maybe I’m just blind (I am bad at looking at things) but I really am curious as to what breed Spudgy is. He looks very similar to my dog so I was wondering it they were the same breed. Also, I’m interested in why you two decided to give up teaching, was it a hard decision to make?

    •  HEI.. i think we both same! i search many times what kind of spudgy is but i never found it.. I really want to have a dog like spudgy… So when they said they want to open new segment called TL;DR thursday and said the actual breed of spudgy.. I almost blind searched it. I thought they forget to renew the FAQ

  93.  I’m bout to graduate highschool in about 3 weeks (WHOOT!) and I’ve been thinking of volunteer work abroad and since I’m a big fan of Korea and from what I can see from your videos, it seems like a really fun place to volunteer at so I’mcurious. Do you guys have any good recommendations for any companies that can help volunteers (possibly for education) to go to korea?

  94. eh ,well I think most foreigner teachers aint have a enough ability to teachin effective english ,
    cuz,The reason that why they come 2 korea is they aint gotta good job in them countries(In my opinion)Nd these guys can make a hella bucks if they can speak only English. you know, they’re sometimes makes a big mistakes like sexual harassment,make fun of korean .what do you think ’bout it ? Do you think korea is such a good place to make money to theses types ppl?
     

    • @6141ad565b003a2f2763a9375fce98c9:disqus Judging a entire collective (foreign teachers) because of two people (and basing you opinion on their comical sketch videos) is just going too far, sorry.

      It’s humour! Geez, people just take it too seriously…

      Which is better foreign or not foreign teachers? That’s a racist question. Because every person is different we shouldn’t judge people based on where they’re from.

      Anyways it’s just my opinion. Don’t want to star a war or something. I’m answering because you asked for it…

      Bye!

    • I’m sorry?  We came to Korea unqualified?  We’ve both got our Bachelor’s of Education to teach Intermediate/Senior classes in Canada with two teachable courses of English and Religion.  That’s actually more qualifications than some of the Korean teachers we’ve been in the classes with, who haven’t graduated from teacher’s college themselves or have any teaching certificates either.

      Sure, some people come to Korea and aren’t highly qualified teachers, but there are also Korean teachers who aren’t qualified either, not even certified.

      •  okay ,thanks for reply

      • btw they should be certified. unless they work in Hakwon, most Korean teachers get a degree in Education, or in the field which they want to teach in. (children’s education for preschool, dayschool teachers) A lot of people teach when they were planning to get PhD in their area of expertise and they could not due to various circumstances. (my uncle teaches part time Physics in high school and he got masters in an area of physics in KAIST) So, they are qualified to do what they do. Most foreign teachers come with a bachelor’s degree in anything, not education, and have limited teaching experience, so I would say you guys are one of the special cases. I really do not get your saying that some Korean teachers are not qualified. Due to the job competition there it’s unlikely that that should happen. and Korean teachers are in the category of “government-employers” so it’s really unusual for them to be “not qualified or certified.” (source: 4 of my uncles and aunts are high school teachers in Korea)

        • Maybe we just had fluke situations.  There have been a couple of Korean teachers who, according to them, this was their first time teaching at a public school, weren’t certified, and had only some experience teaching at a hagwon before.

  95. Did either of you listen to Kpop (or just Korean music in general) before moving to Korea? Or is it something you started becoming more familiar with the longer you lived in Korea?

  96. What is the average price for BB cream?  The ones I’ve found in the states is about $50.00 

  97. How do you guys get access to see Korean Idols? xD Also, I’m Hispanic and I would love to go to Korea one day but I was wondering if there are any Hispanic communities over there? Don’t want to feel to lonely you know? >.<

  98.  I’d love a video explaining the difference between Korean age and Western age. I just researched it and found it fascinating. I previously did not know there was another way of calculating age. fascinating. I previously did not know there was another way of calculating age. 

    • well. it’s simple. you’re 1 when you’re born in Korea (the time of gestation counts as a year) and every New Years (technically it should be the time of Lunar New year but nowadays because of Western influences it’s more like Jan 1st) everyone in Korea gains +1 age. so to calculate here are 2 simple equations
      if you birthday has passed since Jan 1st of this year, (Western age + 1 = Korean age)
      if your birthday has not passed since Jan 1st of this year (western age + 2 =Korean age)
      so I’m 21 in the US. My Bday was March. so I add +1. In Korea I’m 22.
      (I’m Korean, been studying abroad for 9 yrs in both Canada and US, and this equation works every single time)

  99. I just finished reading your FAQ! very interesting!…I have a question, how are foreigners treated? is interracial marriage accepted? and would you two consider teaching at another country?  

    • I figured I might give my two cents as a foreigner in Korea as well (hope you don’t mind :P).

      Foreigners are treated generally as they treat Koreans. People of African colouring do tend to be discriminated against slightly more, so I suggest to them that they go a little extra to show how polite and friendly they are (many Koreans only have seen Black gangsters in the movies, and so aren’t accustomed to what they’re really like). Generally they’re uber curious in foreigners, and if you try to speak a little Korean with them, they’ll love you. In my experience they are some of the most welcoming people in the world.

      With interracial marriage it’s a little harder to say. Many Koreans believe in “keeping the bloodline pure” and marrying other Koreans. You have a better chance if you’re of Asian descent, but interracial isn’t wild. There are a lote of cultural differences (Living with a Korean myself, so trust me) and you can easily come off as rude to their family, so it’s very important to understand proper etiquette. Sometimes you’ll get a rude remark out in public together from Grandfathers or Grandmothers, but oherwise it’s okay. Korean spouses preferred, but foreigners can be accepted and eventually very close (though it takes time, effort, and respect)

      ~Been living with a Korean best friend and her family for a year (foreign exchange) 

  100. What ‘s it like for white women in Korea?

  101.  i read the FAQ!! while at work….when i should have been working….the FAQ was far more interesting (but i like facts and information, so….i’m special!)

  102.  are you planning to have any kids?

  103. Is it possible to go to college in Korea if I live in the U.S? If it is possible, how? (Details please :D)

    • You can always do a study abroad program if you are enrolled in a undergrad program in the U.S.  If you want to get a bachelor’s degree than you and both your parents need to foreign citizens and you need to apply, get interviewed before being accepted into the Unversity. 

  104. I READ IT. :D

  105. I wanna know more about gaming in Korea… have you guys tried TERA out yet?? I’ve wanted to play it but it’s not here in the States yet and it’s almost impossible to get into the Korean version if you don’t live there :(

  106. Why did you guys end up living in South Korea? From all the places… Why there? :D

  107. The pro’s and con’s of living in South (i might be blond but i knew that!) Korea? Or what are the 10 most amazing things that have happend while you where in korea? just wondering! xx

  108. out of all of simon’s voices, strong bad is def my favorite :) keep up the awesome work on the videos! great idea for TL; DR thursdays.

  109. Like a man!!! hahahaha missed this sentence! :D

  110. Hello! I wanted to know if you get annoyed when people requests videos that you don’t wanna do or that have nothing going on in them!! I know that most of us requests videos because they are our favorite artists, so we just vote for them and not because of the content! Thank you.

    • There are some videos that we’ll flat out refuse because they’re just too boring for us to review and we wouldn’t have any fun reviewing them.  Otherwise, we’ve been lucky in that people are requesting good videos :D

  111. can you make a video about the basic things people should do when they get to Korea if they plan to live there? That would be helpful.

  112. I am going to Korea for 5 weeks this summer (June-July) and will be living with a home stay family. What do you suggest that I pack for myself and as gifts for the home stay family? And since I will only be there a short time, what is a “must see” thing that I should experience?

  113. How did you go about applying to teach? I’m getting ready for my second year of University and being an asian studies majorette, I want to spend a summer abroad teaching. I don’t know how I’d go about this though. Oh wise Martina and Simon, please help! -Alyxahndrya ,19,Canada

  114. This is pretty cool. I hope you don’t get too bored with your questions though haha.

  115. I heard there was a lot of oppression to women in Korea? I’m wondering if it’s true?

    Also, what are Korean couples like?

  116. plz tell us everything about noraebang in Korea i heard that the places are really really nice ^-^

  117. Can you make a video about noraebang? *__*

  118. Can you guys make a video about Korea karaoke ???
    My friends and I really curious about it! We decide to go karaoke when we visit to Korea!
    But There’s a lots of problem that cinfused me :/
    I really wanted to know about >
    How much is The price for entering karaoke room.
    Is every room also that big just like the room which wooyoung and iu get into when filming dream high*
    The most confusing questions are Why is the tv showing some old mv but not the exactly mv ?
    I hope you this pretty couple can solve my problems. *finger crossed*

  119. Well I think I’m from the few that read FAQ but hey, it’s awsome to know more…my question is soooo basic I’m kinda of shy…I hadn’t eat korean food ever in my life, I know only japanese cousine and what to eat or not. But I’m confuse as what to order for my first time and next how to eat it properly (you know mixing the right ingredients that they bring you). Could you do a video of that….pretty please!!!! o(^ – ^)o

    • @aea35b629797bceea9fcd0156ee9ef06:disqus Ooooh I could tell you what I like… Galbi is freakin’ awesome… haemul paejeon is a seafood pancake and they give you a sauce to dip it in… bibimbap is good but for me it depends on where you get it. If you like spicy stuff, ddukbokki/tteokbokki is really really good (rice cakes/odeng in a spicy chili paste/gochujang sauce. They will give a bunch of little dishes called banchan too. I dunno if there’s much to know about what to mix except Bibimbap… you need to mix everything in the bowl plus some chili paste when you get it. I could use more advice on when you order Samgyupsal though… my boyfriend and I felt kind of stupid while trying to cook it and how to eat it (I think inside a lettuce leaf with some chili paste and sesame oil sauce??).

      I agree there should be a video though on this even though i’ve seen Martina’s Ddukkbokki video… they should make a vid with all the best “beginner” korean food… who wouldn’t enjoy that anyway? :p

  120. I have three questions.
    1. Why can’t you drink the water in Korea? (You mentioned having to use bottled water in your Ramen video bit didn’t explain why.)
    2. How did you adjust to the Cultral difference?
    3. I want to teach in Korea in my gap year with a company but I’m worried about not making friends or the language barrier being to much. How do I over come this and can can people speak English in Korea?

  121. haha, honestly, i think I’ve read and watched pretty much everything you guys have ever posted and my favorite things are the ones on teaching, and life in Korea in general. I love learning about new cultures (which is good considering im studying anthropology for my undergrad) :)

  122. why do i feel that this article was written by martina…LOL

  123. May you do a segment that would provide more information re cosmetic surgery in SK?

    Such as, what the process is for a foreigner, how its done, the cost, & such.

  124. Could you please please please talk about doramas?? :3

  125. Can u just put Itaweon Freedom in TL;DR Thursdays? LOOOOOOOOOOOOL

  126. FAQ was the first thing i read on you website… :) but videos from you is defined win…

  127. HA. i read all FAQs and then stunned people with my knowledge about living in South Korea. even my korean teacher was amazed that i know so much about his home-country. yaeh. FAQs are great thing to read :D

  128. I read TL:DR as TADL at first and thought huh? Jay park? HAHA. I am nuts.

  129. I think after a few months people will send you new emails asking: “in which TL;DR thursday video did you talk about ….? I don’t have time to watch them all (TL;DW, W as watch)” ;-)

  130. I guess people are now rushing to read your FAQs?

  131. oh and also.. i read the FAQ… because one day at work my galaxyS wouldnt play video… so I read all the FAQ posts and the stuff under each video… ahhh that was a very productive day indeed…

  132. nice… winner :D! Like a man

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