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Ok, so hopefully we won’t get any comments about us overgeneralizing, or painting Koreans in a bad light, or painting Westerners in a bad light, or us doing something that gets some hypersensitive person butthurt. This was a difficult question for us to answer, and we tried to do so with trepidation.

If you’re new to this segment of ours, every Thursday we answer the top rated question from our Google Moderator page. Last week we were asked about our funniest stories in South Korea. This week Pinkpancakes18 asked the top-rated question which was “What are some of the weirdest things your students think about america/canada?”

Now, this wasn’t an easy question to answer. We wish there was something like “oh they think all Canadians/Americans like chicken and watermelon” or something clearly inaccurately stereotyping. But it wasn’t that straightforward. There were just some cultural differences that lead to some misperceptions. Again, allow us to say that not all of our students think this way. The three points that we go over are just the common reactions we got from our students. And so, on with our list!

1) North Americans have lots of guns:
This is an easy one for us to dispel. Martina’s never even seen a gun before in her life. Simon, for all his gangstaisms, has only seen one before, but never actually held one. In fact, it was his father’s hunting rifle. Anyhow, we don’t know anyone else who has guns, either. We see guns all the time on TV, though, and in video games, but never in real life, and we think this is the case for a lot of people. Moving on…

2) North Americans are rich:
This is an easy for one as well. We sure ain’t rich! We’re not poor, either, but we’re not wealthy. We would get this reaction from our students whenever we showed them pictures of our homes back in Canada, which are by no means large. Martina’s parents live in a nice bungalow, but it’s…just a nice bungalow. You’d probably drive by it and be like “oh, that’s a nice bungalow.” The reactions we’d get from students, though, would be far more extreme. Like “WOW TEACHER YOU ARE SO RICH!” and lots of oohs and aahhs. We’re assuming their reactions are so strong not because Korean people love bungalows, but just because houses aren’t really common in the Seoul and surrounding area. People mostly live in apartments and officetels. We haven’t seen anyone with a house in Bucheon or in Seoul. Korea doesn’t really have a lot of land mass, and since the population density is so high here, there isn’t a lot of room to build houses everywhere, while in Canada there’s oodles and oodles of land, and a smaller population than South Korea.

3) North Americans are…floozier?
This one’s a bit more difficult to explain. Students have asked us if we kiss or hold hands on a first date, and, well, yeah, we sometimes do. And that’s amazing to our students. Then they watch stuff like Gossip Girl and think that we’re skanks. Oh boy.

Anyhow, what’s interesting about this is the difference in propriety. Hugging between sexes isn’t common in Korean culture, while we – as Canadians – don’t really have much wrong with hugging someone goodbye. But that’s a big deal here! On the other hand, Korean people of the same gender can hold hands when they walk together and it not mean anything, while to us, it would mean that they’re dating. Hmmm.

So that’s it for this week. Woohoo! We almost answered the Love Story question that keeps on making it almost to the top of the question list. We’re glad that we didn’t answer it yet. Three Thursdays from now, though, will be our 4 Year Wedding Anniversary, so maybe then it’ll be appropriate? :D On a side note, this was the first video we ever shot in our new apartment! Yay! What you saw is a bit of our kitchen, which is what we did for our last TL;DR, so we thought we’d keep it kinda consistent :D

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  1. Sharon

    Alabama woman here…Haha I’ve never owned a gun, my level of innocence is the object of many jokes among my friends & family, and I currently live with family though I have lived off on my own before just going through a rougher spell. I also watch Korean dramas too and I think those hug scenes are adorable.

    • Sharon

      Admittedly, I am a bit of an oddball in my family. Though, only my uncle is well-to-do but a good portion of my relatives do own guns. Also a good deal of them live in Texas. lol

  2. My question is that, do south Koreans find brown, white and black people attractive like normal people not celebrities?

  3. I was talking to a Japanese guy on Skype and he was under the impression that all American girls sleep with a guy before they date them. ….. When I told him this wasn’t true he was really shocked and I think he thought I was lying lol.

  4. What is your favorite Korean song and why? Also i love your eat your Kimchi youtube channel and i hope you come up with lots of F.A.P.F.A.P S,  WANKS, K-POP MUSIC MONDAYs, and lastly TL;DRs

  5. Wow. I’m like browsing through all your TLDR vids and this vids is so funny and so informative. You guys really know how to make it clean cut and not stereotypes ;) *thumbs up*

    I do not know about other United States’s states, but in North Carolina (near Washintong D.C.), we do not even see guns, not even kidding, very boring or the old people call it peaceful place here, so if you lucky to see a real gun then wow, big shocker. We do however see a lot of pepper spray lol So, watch out guys ;) Dont mess with the woman/ladies/girls now :P

    I’m a Thai-Viet-Chinese-Cambodia girl and can says stereotypes is so funny to me since I’m always laughing when they ask me if I can says something in Mandarin (Chinese) or start to speak Thai with me and I would put this face on like wth are you saying. *I only speak English and Vietnamese and a bit of Mandarin btw*

    Side Notes: For all Foreigners, please understand that when we speak and it may sound like fighting or fast but most of the time it’s really not it. So don’t think we are always fighting. Lots of people ask me that and I would goes um… no..? And not all Asian are smart >_<

  6. lol a lot of people in Washington and Oregon own guns because there’s forests to hunt in! :D 

  7. XDD lol you used the music from You’re beautiful XDDD But I get what they mean.. XD Just like on your other vid. how people think the Korean boys are girl.. It is kinda similar.. sorta XD

  8. My grandmother is Korean and she’s huge on the skinship thing. I think she believes you’ll be forever labeled as a slut if you come in contact with the opposite sex…I find it quite hilarious at times. Especially when she gives people the stink-eye for holding hands in walmart.

  9. About #3, a lot of people from Asia believe North Americans and Americans do act the same way as the characters do in the media. Went I went on vacation in Asia, the couples from some countries displayed a lot of public affection for each other.. a bit too much (to the point where you just want to scream, “get a room!”). When I asked some of my relatives about it (the ones living there), they said that the younger couples do whatever they do in public because they want to be “Americanized”, or they will say, “This is how people do it in America, so what is wrong with us doing it, too?” If only they knew that there is a limit to public affection and how annoying (and perhaps disturbing) it can be when you go a bit too far!

    • Its not just Asia either. One of Spanish teachers was talking about how she lived in Mexico (I think) for a year, and when she first got down there she had people asking her if life in the US was really like it is in ‘American Pie’ haha.

    • I do think that’s true; when you see complaints about an idol being too sexy or something, a lot of times, America gets pulled into it, about the idols becoming “too American”.

      The truth is that…people in France (or just Paris, from my experience), are like this a lot more…in the subways, on the streets, in restaurants, stores, whatever–couples just make-out. Like PASSIONATE I AM EATING YOUR FACE make-out. But people are just like eh, whatever, when they seem these couples, while it makes foreigners somewhat uncomfortable. Like honestly, I have never see so much public make-out sessions EVER.

  10. I live 45 minutes from El Paso ,TX and I have seen a lot of people with guns…My best friend and I always joked about her father taking his gun to kill the guys she used to date.  We even convinced our best friend Jesus that if her father saw him with us he was going to be a dead man jajajajajaja now he knows we were joking but he almost pee himself when one time we went to pick Noe up from her parents house and her dad was there looking at him with a “who is this punk” face jajajajajjajaja.

  11. LOL, Nice! I’m a Texan but I’ve never seen a gun in real-life before xD I’m from the city tho :O
    But yeah, the skinship thing is hilarious. I showed my sister Boys Over Flowers and there was one scene where Jun Pyo hugs Jan Di in slow motion from behind and there was sad/violin music playing in the background as if it were a big romantic scene or whatever. I turn to look at my sister and she was like, “Uh…I don’t get it.” xD

  12. goooooooooooooooooooooooooooood information!!! actually when I met one girl at first, we were just normal friend but when we leave after having a meal. she hugged me I was embarrased however I was happy and I’m gonna followe the rule of western!! haha

  13. Easy on the Texan stereotypes :P But I suppose they do permeate the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXJ-oAq2XZg

  14. My dad used to actually take out his gun when my sister brought home a new boyfriend and he’d be all, “See this nice bullet,” and he would let the boyfriend hold it and that boyfriend would always look like he was going to pee his pants. haha

    • Haha… My dad says he’s going to bring out his gun if I try to bring anyone home w/me… except… he doesn’t have bullets in. That’s a good thing, right?

  15. I spent a year and a half in Tokyo, back in 2003, and it’s interesting to me that all of the stereotypes you guys mentioned are things I was told by my Japanese friends/students about Americans. (We keep our guns in our bedside drawers, apparently.) I also had a very, very awkward hugging experience with one of my Japanese friends, who decided she wanted to give me a hug after I talked about how much I missed the casual hugs I was used to doing with my American friend. So awkward!! 
    That’s interesting to hear about Koreans and hand-holding, because the only person in Japan that I ever held hands with was a Korean girl who lived in my dorm. Now I know why! 

  16. There’s barely any one who owns guns where I live but maybe I never cared to know? o_o

  17. hmmm. . your house seems to be cool!!!

  18. I love the little Spudgy character.  So cute keke.  Lol at all North Americans owning guns. Yes, I think that’s only in Texas lol.  I have a high school mate who now lives there. I’ll have to ask him sometime if he now owns a gun lol.  I’d hate to know what they think of us southern people lmao.  Texas can be pretty scary though I do agree haha. 

  19. I’m a Texan and I agree that we almost all own guns haha. It’s ridiculous. I’ve never touched one myself, but my family has one in the living room in case of an emergency. It may be dependent on where you live in Texas, though, because some places aren’t as scary as others.

  20. Hahaha! Ya no, not all of us in Texas own guns. Sure, we love our 2nd amendment but not all of us own them. However i’m sure that everyone knows at least one person who owns a gun :) just like how we dont all wear cow boy hats and ride horses to school.

  21. Hahaha! Ya no, not all of us in Texas own guns. Sure, we love our 2nd amendment but not all of us own them. However i’m sure that everyone knows at least one person who owns a gun :) just like how we dont all wear cow boy hats and ride horses to school.

  22. Wow i can relate to Korea, where i live, it’s the same thing!!

  23. If all I knew about the US was American TV/Movies*, I’d think everyone was pretty much “SKANKee”! (to use your terminology) FYI- Owner of 2 old shotguns, neither in working order…not exactly “Deliverance-worthy” stuff.
    Tennessee, US

    *Does this mean I shouldn’t judge all of S.Korea by the K-Dramas I watch?

  24. If all I knew about the US was American TV/Movies*, I’d think everyone was pretty much “SKANKee”! (to use your terminology) FYI- Owner of 2 old shotguns, neither in working order…not exactly “Deliverance-worthy” stuff.
    Tennessee, US

    *Does this mean I shouldn’t judge all of S.Korea by the K-Dramas I watch?

  25. I think you haven’t seen guns because you lived in Canada. I’m in the United States and it’s guns galore here. Even in California, which is misconceived to be more on the democratic side of gun control debate, many people have them for fun. As a lawyer, I can also vouch that there is a ridiculously excessive amount gun-related accidents, injuries, and deaths here as well.

  26. I HAVE A QUESTION?

    If I laughed when you mentioned about Joey, Pacey & Dawson’s Creek, does that make me old? LOL!

    I friggin’ watched that and I ALMOST forgot I did! Damn…watched this cause I was curious & I always watch your VLOGS but this just made me nostalgic about those days I watched Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Edgemont, Popular, Wasteland, 7th Heaven and all those other ancient TV series haha!

    Anyway, LOL! BTW…Is that your cupboard beside Martina? Really cute! Love your new place :) 

    BTW…belated happy anniversary guys :)

  27. Love that you mentioned Dawson’s Creek… yes I watched it!

  28.  Well not everybody owns a gun but you got to be careful because maybe the crazy neighbor  does ,as well as my mom …LOL.. And about the houses in Korea  can of a shock at first and more if you are claustrophobic I always used to nag about our house having 2.5 bath  but when  I came back I was so grateful …

  29. happy 3rd anniversary and 4th anniversary of ur wedding. plz tell us ur love story cuz u guys were just made 4 each other.

  30. I do live in Texas and sadly do not own a gun….but I have had the opportunity to use them…to shoot targets of course. Interesting note..if I’m correct In Texas you can apply for a license to carry a gun around like say while your out running errands or to the mall. What can I say, it is Texas. 

    • True story! Thats a CHL. :)

    • ive been there before, it is sortof scary, cuz a crazy guy can have one then suddenly pull it at you! at first it seemed safe. but idk, at the malls i see some gangstaz walking around and idk what to think if they have a gun or not

      • That depends on what side of Texas you’re in. If you’re in the city like Houston or Dallas, its not very common (unless you’re part of a city gang), but in the rural areas, yeah, you might need to watch out.

  31. I live in Texas…my Dad owns like 6 guns haha. But we are all very friendly!

  32. Not all Americans are rich..do Koreans know about trailer parks and The Projects? Take them on a tour of some of those hollars in the West Virginia hills. Then they might think a little different.

  33. umm.. PinkPancakes18 is my bestest friend ever(: just so you know. 

  34. I watch both American TV shows and Kdrama. and to be honest I feel nothing when i watch the love scenes on American TV shows but somehow  with  kdrama a hug can flip me up i get million DOKIS  !! 

  35. i would like you guys to show us your new apartment :D i am curious about it :) thank you

  36. So…my Watermelon Chicken Smoothies kiosk is NOT gonna become the next national franchise chain? Dammit. Ok, where’s my Glock? I’ve gotta find me some new, ah, revenue streams.  

  37. did you guys move and get a new apartment if so could you make a video on it?

  38. It’s hard to imagine the whole generalizations about guns and stuff. I live in the Bay Area of California and the only guns I’ve ever seen are locked up in a case my uncle has for hunting and stuff (like a man). I was casually reading up on some misconceptions that British people have about Americans and the same thing came up, startlingly often actually. It seems like a lot of the misconceptions or stereotypes derived about Americans, in particular, are taken from stereotypes of the Southern lifestyle. The second most common one was that everyone is obese which is glaringly untrue (though many of us should probably change our habits).

    • I know that gun ownership is pretty common in the south eastern United States where I live. People still use them in this part of the country because they can’t afford to eat otherwise. Gun ownership in America started way back in the 17 hundreds when the British kept confiscating peoples firearms. Guess Americans have long memories.

  39. i thought all north americans are rich to when i was in korea. now i am living in canada and realized NOT ALL of them are rich but they are living in house :p

  40. PS loving the Texas answer~ as a Texan I approve |D

    ALSO LOL THE SUBTITLES THAT REFER TO BEAUTIFUL BY B2ST~

  41. These are too short T-T I want more fancy answers to silly questions >:( 

    The only gun I’ve seen in my immediate family is a super old rifle owned by like my great or even greater grandfather so I would never try using that…

    I do see a lot of guns in my state though because I’m from Minnesota and I think hunting and outdoorsy things are big here. I was once on a drive that took two hours round-trip and I counted almost 500 deer not including the dead ones on the road… yeah, I stared out the window that long… my neck got sore. I live in the Twin Cities and so far I’ve seen foxes, raccoons, skunks, possums, otters, turkeys, groundhogs, there’s a family of bald eagles down the street, and I’ve seen multiple coyotes, one of which was standing about 15 feet away staring at me…  These have all been eerily close to me like “turn the car around I think I saw a snapping turtle in the road!” or “holy crap the skunk’s coming this way start the car!!” But I consider myself lucky because my friend from northern Minnesota wakes up to bears on her deck watching her make coffee… I’ve yet to see a wild moose though. They are very elusive…

  42. I live in America, and yes, most of us do own guns (although it’s rarer in the younger generation).

  43. One question!
    “Huzzah”  <- what's this?

  44. I (unfortunately) live in Texas. I’d say maybe half of Texans own guns. Most people in the country own guns and I’d say probabaly most of the people in Ft. Worth own guns. I’d watch out for the stereotypical Texans. The ones with ridiculous tight pants and huge belt buckles and cowboy hats. 

  45. Wisconsin has a lot of guns too, especially up north.  We have lots of yummy wildlife :) 
    I love how clean Korean Dramas are..it means i can watch them while my 3 yo is around.

  46. This is quite funny because I live in the south in the US (Georgia–ATL represent…^^) and yes lots of us do own guns….my dad owns about 4 that i know and probably many more that I don’t know of…I also find this ironic because I will be going to a shooting range on Saturday to learn how to shoot my dad’s said guns…so instead of saying just texans own guns y’all should have said that a lot southerners in the US own guns and wear them around….

    Simon and martina y’all rock…..i wish more people knew about y’all because y’all are too freak’n hysterical….^^

  47. This is quite funny because I live in the south in the US (Georgia–ATL represent…^^) and yes lots of us do own guns….my dad owns about 4 that i know and probably many more that I don’t know of…I also find this ironic because I will be going to a shooting range on Saturday to learn how to shoot my dad’s said guns…so instead of saying just texans own guns y’all should have said that a lot southerners in the US own guns and wear them around….

    Simon and martina y’all rock…..i wish more people knew about y’all because y’all are too freak’n hysterical….^^

  48. my question is…how many of your students or of the Korean people you know have actually seen a k pop star in the flesh……what i mean is what is the possibility or actually seeing a k pop star if you live in Korea?

    • On my way to Bangkok via Seoul, Super Junior was on the same flight with me. Unfortunately I had no idea who they were even though I could tell they were famous from a mile away with their ridiculous disguises. No body on the plane seemed to care that they were there though. Only one Korean girl did a double take but that was it. 

    • On my way to Bangkok via Seoul, Super Junior was on the same flight with me. Unfortunately I had no idea who they were even though I could tell they were famous from a mile away with their ridiculous disguises. No body on the plane seemed to care that they were there though. Only one Korean girl did a double take but that was it. 

      • I’m very angry and jealous U_U

        • If I had known who they were I probably would have bothered them, but probably not. 
          Before that trip, I was joking with my friends about how I was going to run into a boy band at the airport, even though I was only there for 1 hour. Little did I know, I was right.
          If you want to see a boy band, hang out at the Airports. lol

        • SpressLoves WonderGirls

          LOL, yeah from the fancams on YouTube it seems both girls’ and boys’ bands have fans waiting at the airports, when departing and arriving! It’s probably flattering when you first debut, but I’m sure it gets a bit tiresome after the first couple of years. By the way, any idea which flight Wonder Girls will be on? :P

      • O________O Ohgosh. I feel some jealousy. O_O

      • omg i wish i was you!!!! i love super junior! i wouldnt have screamed but i would have texted everyone pics and put it on facebook and been like the happiest girl in the world omg lol

  49. I love you guy’s video. I am Korean and ESL student. Your stuff are very helpful to improve my English. The contents are so interesting and funny!! THANK YOU and KEEP WORK UP THE WONDERFUL WORK ;D

  50. okay, so I know I’m spamming the comments section….but……
    My dad heard a hilarious gun story from one of his patients, it goes as follows: The dude was a taxi driver and one day a “home boy” (my dad’s words, not mine), got into his taxi and pointed a gun at his head, the driver pulled out a bigger gun from between his legs and told the “home boy” to hand over his gun and get out of the taxi…….Long story short, the taxi driver now has an extra gun :)
    -true story, no joke (i love the South) <3

    • Ha ha! Awesome! I live in South Africa, but in a small town. Anyway, my friend’s Grandma was sitting at home when an armed burglar broke in and tried to beat her up and rob her. She had him disarmed and restrained (and unconscious) on the floor in seconds. He didn’t know she used to be a karate champion… 

      :D

  51. What no bloopers??? That has the funniest parts. :) Enjoying the laughing. Keep up the great work.

  52. Okay, looks like I fall into the sterotype of a Texan, I do own guns (not saying how many). I do own boots, and and a cowboy hat. Also someone has oil rigs and horses in my family. HOWEVER, my music choice is a little TOP & GD!!! Did I mention I am a female, so yes I am sorta the sterotype Texan.

  53. ……. I live in Texas… and my family owns no guns. ZERO. Nada. Zilch. But I will admit: A LOT of Texans own guns, and they’re usually the people who should not be owning them. BUT I thought I should represent the small sliver of Texans who are gunless. :P 

  54. I lived in the South (Kentucky/Tennessee) for about 5 years, and all I can say is….pretty much everyone I know has at least one gun :) my dad has about 5, and i even know a few people who make their own rifles, they even give high school students extra days off during the fall (i.e. when hunting season starts) because they know kids will skip school to go hunting anyway. So maybe that stereotype is true for Southerners :) 
    -and yes I have shot a few guns before :) even though I now live in Utah, where guns are once again, an uncommon sight (at least in SLC/Provo)

  55. I’m missing the videos you do about food in korea…I wanna see nom noms please :D

  56. it’s too bad 미녀들의 수다 doesn’t come on anymore especially with kbs subbing a lot more shows now.

  57. it’s too bad 미녀들의 수다 doesn’t come on anymore especially with kbs subbing a lot more shows now.

  58. ps.LOVE the spudgy animation!! BWAHAHahahaHA

  59. HI Simon and Martina,

    Your new apartment looks so cute from what I can see. I was just curious as to where you guys got those cute decals in the background. Thanks!

  60. I’m form the US (Washington state) and i have to say that as i watched Korean dramas I always wondered why the characters hardly ever kissed,but hugged instead . I always thought hugs were just hugs and hugging my guy friends was normal. Now i understand how misinterpretations can occur.

  61. Do your Korean students realize that Canada and the US are different places?? I’ve had friends in Australia (very intelligent friends) who didn’t realize that there are two separate countries in the same CONTINENT of North America. They thought that “America” was one huge country. Too cute.

  62. Do your Korean students realize that Canada and the US are different places?? I’ve had friends in Australia (very intelligent friends) who didn’t realize that there are two separate countries in the same CONTINENT of North America. They thought that “America” was one huge country. Too cute.

  63. Do your Korean students realize that Canada and the US are different places?? I’ve had friends in Australia (very intelligent friends) who didn’t realize that there are two separate countries in the same CONTINENT of North America. They thought that “America” was one huge country. Too cute.

  64. BTW, a reenactment my unit does is in Jefferson, Texas.  They shut most of the streets down for what starts out as a parade then turns into a town fight.  And we can carry our guns on us for the entire weekend. In the city, in shops, everywhere.  Nobody cares.  lol

  65. I REALLY LIKE THE BACKGROUND PLEASE DO A HOUSE TOURRR~~~

  66. I couldn’t help but laugh at the gun part.  I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I can say that Oklahoma, Texas, and most of the South is pretty gun crazy.  I’m a Civil War reenactor, so my interest lies in historic firearms.  The guns I own are all reproductions.  An 1853 58 caliber smoothbore Enfield Carbine, an 1851 36 caliber Army Colt revolver, and a single shot percussion 45 caliber horse pistol.  I do not have much interest in modern firearms.  But the majority of people I know and talk to from this part of the country, are gun crazy and “right dang proud of it.”  In their defense, if you have spent any time on a farm in rural OK, you understand the need for a gun.  My friends have spotted several Mountain Lions on their farm over the years and have lost several of their animals to those and to the wild dogs out there.  A lot of us our country folk and have to know how to use a gun for those situations.  That all said, I find that stereotype rather funny, as it fits this part of the country perfectly.  

  67. I’m from the United States and I have never seen a gun either nor do I not anyone who owns one. The reason I fell in love with South Korea and the dramas though is because they are conservative. You can’t however think though that all of North America is that way though because TV is very misleading. To be honest, I didnt even have my first kiss until I was 21! I’m engaged now to that same person. I think in reality it depends on the persons personal morals and beliefs. Also, Something I always wonder is why Korean dramas always have the people going to America and it being such a big deal? I never did get that? Oh Oppa, you studied in NY?? Tee hee….

    • To answer your question about why Korean drama’s make such a big deal about people studying abroad to America is because it’s very expensive to study abroad in Korea– the tuition is wayyy more expensive for foreigners, it’s harder to get accepted into American universities from foreign countries, room rent, etc~~– so it’s more of being impressed with how smart they are/ their wealth… i think. haha that’s what my Korean friend told me.

  68. Congrats on your new apartment.

  69. awww..!! Your new kitchen is so pretty.!! Well at least the part that is show in the video.. XD

  70. When are we going to get a tour of your new apartment??!!

  71. True, ture about the houses. All my kroean friend are really impressed when they see my parents house (which is so small and in the countryside) but like matina said. and also i think a house in seoul would be really really expansive, so they compare there price of a house to others.
    Canada and the USA have the same amonud of guns but it happen more with guns in the US…. maybe Canadians are the nicer people ;))

    And new kitchen looks gooooooood, i want this stickers!! Where did you get them???

  72. ahaha~ your students should see the houses on Bridle Path.

  73. Hey…how’d y’all find out >.>
    And yeah I’ve never seen a gun either :) I guess I’m a bad Texan :(

  74. what?!? how did you find out??
    signed, Texas

  75. what?!? how did you find out??
    signed, Texas

  76. haha i live in Texas and my dad owns a gun haha. My dad (especially when we go to my grandpa’s house a.k.a. hickville) my dad will keep a fully loaded gun by his bed. It freaks me out….

  77. haha i live in Texas and my dad owns a gun haha. My dad (especially when we go to my grandpa’s house a.k.a. hickville) my dad will keep a fully loaded gun by his bed. It freaks me out….

  78. Texas-Georgia-actually most of the South  is VERY gun friendly but yeah me and most of my afircan-american family have never seen or owned guns and we live all over america.  (the one exclusion is clearly those fam members who were in or are in the military)

  79. Yeah, I’m also from Southern Ontario and I have never seen a real gun either!

  80. We in Norway got a lot of guns too, I think my family got like 9? I got one myself I’m like…soon 16 and have had it for like, 3 years now? My dad owns a lot of guns and pistoles,  and my mom owns one too so yeah ._.’

    • ooh i read from scandinavia and the world comics that there are a lot of wild animals in northern norway and thats why you have guns?

  81. You’re bound to hear from all the Texas now :D  That part of the video had me rolling.  I’m in the Dallas/FtWorth area .. and yeah .. he has one (points to the other half).  My weapon of choice is chocolate chip banana muffins .. slays em every time.

  82. Hahah the hugging scene reminds me of Jaejoongs movie Postman to Heaven. Lol at the end when they finally meet again, the hug. I was like…that’s it? I wanted a passionate kiss damn it!!

  83. Hmmm, I think Koreans are pretty close as far as assuming Americans are a bit “easy”… it’s not always true but one of things I dislike about the U.S. is that the morals are getting waaaay too relaxed. I’m not even conservative but I work with a lot of younger girls… they brag about hooking up with guys that already have girlfriends or are even married :-/ Then they wonder why it doesn’t turn into something more serious *facepalm*. I know some countries are even more liberal but I think there’s a difference between owning your sexuality and throwing it all over the place and particularly with the worst people. 

  84. It’s funny cause I live in Oshawa (about 30-45mins from Toronto) and in the south end. Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY. Is scared to come down to my house because I live in the ‘ghetto’ People think that they’ll be just walking down the street and get shot up because apparently everybody has a gun or does drugs :

    • I live in the Eastern part of Toronto and when I tell people I come from so-and-so, they automatically recoil and say “Oh…” It’s like dude, do I LOOK like I’m going to shoot you?! Mind you, I’m skinny and my sense of style does not comprise of guns and chains, idek.

  85. Wah guysss, your kitchen looks so nice! 8D I can’t wait to see your whole apartment.

    Thanks for your answers! I think you managed to be perfectly politically correct while still being truthful and sincere. It’s not always easy so, thumbs up!

  86. There just one think I really need to say about this how north american’s being really open about touching and kissing, etc. For a while I was dating a Korean guy and it was always driving me nuts when he would saying goodbye to me from a distance and just do a little wave to say goodbye. I’m cuban raised in the US and where I’m from is considered very rude to not greet or say goodbye to someone without at least giving them a hug and a kiss, so you can imagine I’d be pissed at him when he’d leave the way he would.

    If Koreans think that north american’s are really open then they have not seen anything until they seen spanish television!!!! Openly touching, hugging, kissing, AND MUCH MORE IS EXTREMELY COMMON IN SPANISH DRAMA! And to top that on spanish talk shows it very normal to see woman dancing with less clothes on than a swimsuit model. North America is not as open as they think when you start to compare. If you check out a very popular talk show in Miami called “el show de Fernando Hidalgo” you’ll see what I mean.

    • Hell yes! In fact, korean dramas have probably screwed me forever now than I’m more used to them than to my own TV series. Although, to be fair, Mexican soap operas tend to be way over the top (Mexican soaps seem to be the most known ones in the States, so…)

      • True, most of them are Mexican and they are probably the most over the top ones, but I have seen others and overall they are all much more over the top than anything Korean.

    • SPANISH TELEVISION IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING ELSE! 
      i watch novelas with my mother, and there is major skinship there! intense bed scenes are so common that you ultimately end up seeing it as nothing else, especially if you’ve grown up watching that stuff, like in my case. 

      also like you said, talk shows are really something else. i know this one show that focuses on a guest’s chest while the host is talking and is completely out of frame. it’s something else. 

      but i guess it’s like they say, “sex sells”

      Novelas are still wicked awesome though! :D

    • SPANISH TELEVISION IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING ELSE! 
      i watch novelas with my mother, and there is major skinship there! intense bed scenes are so common that you ultimately end up seeing it as nothing else, especially if you’ve grown up watching that stuff, like in my case. 

      also like you said, talk shows are really something else. i know this one show that focuses on a guest’s chest while the host is talking and is completely out of frame. it’s something else. 

      but i guess it’s like they say, “sex sells”

      Novelas are still wicked awesome though! :D

  87. I’m from Canada and even I think Americans are scary and have a lot of guns lol.

    Which is funny, because there are actually a lot of guns where I grew up – in northern Alberta – and I never think anything of them. My grandpa has tons of guns for hunting, some of my friends go hunting, my mom has been hunting, my other grandparents go hunting. It’s a popular pastime. It’s weird how that works isn’t it?

    I think it’s mostly the movies where you see gang shootings and people carrying handguns in the big cities to blame for the misconception lol.

    • I think this is so funny because as an American I always had this assumption that canadians were very lazy! I really dont know why but I agree that TV gives us this impression. I use to see a canadian based show on tv and it had so much drug use in it that I got this phobia about canadians lol.. I know of course thats not true but it really is the media that does this to us.

    • No no….not ALL american are scary….as an US citizen who lives in Atlanta I will attest to the fact that on 71% of us freak people out on a regular basis…don’t worry the other 29% will welcome you with open arms….then whip out their guns and demand for you to give them all your money…^^….(most of us are really normal….i think…^^)

  88. lol I think the answer to the first question would be VERY different if you guys lived in the States. Most families in the US have at least one gun and it’s not unusual for people to have gun cases full of them. My dad for example has three (or four?) and we dont’ even hunt. :x

  89. lol I think the answer to the first question would be VERY different if you guys lived in the States. Most families in the US have at least one gun and it’s not unusual for people to have gun cases full of them. My dad for example has three (or four?) and we dont’ even hunt. :x

    • I don’t think your experience with gun ownership is typical of everyone in the US.

      • It’s fairly typical for Michigan though… there are tons of hunters everywhere here. I went through hunter’s safety as soon as I was able… it’s been awhile I think i was… 13-14? You can shoot a bow around that age and I totally forget when it’s legal to shoot gun because i’m pretty sure I started practicing before I was supposed to (supervised of course.) 

        It didn’t last long though, I wanted to do it just because a ton of people in my family do including my mom, her boyfriend, etc. But I turned out to be a girly girl… my first big hunting trip where I could shoot and we didn’t see one buck, I just sat in the snow reading a book trying to be quiet with my mom. Kinda boring. 

        It should be taken more seriously though, my cousin was playing with his dad’s gun and it went off with me and his sister there. He accidentally shot the window behind us… a little to the left or right and either of us would not be here :-/ 

    • After looking through the comments I wonder if guns being common in the US changes with where you live. I’m in Lower Michigan so hunting is really important, deer hunting especially (the first week of deer season school are usually closed!). And I also live pretty close to some bad neighborhoods so it’s a weird mixture of hunters and gangsters. Maybe that skews my image of how many guns Americans really have?

    • My host family own like three or four guns too (They live in Iowa)

    • This mus depend on where you live because I honestly dont know anyone with a gun and I live in Virginia?

  90. Martina I love all your hairbands.. You should do a video showing your cool and pretty hairbands!

  91. Martina I love all your hairbands.. You should do a video showing your cool and pretty hairbands!

  92. Is the background part of your new house? The sickers are very cute!! You should do a tour of your new place!!!!

  93. LOL….another Texan weighing in here. Personally I’ve never owned a gun…but my grandfather had rifles because he had ranchland, and while I’m a vegetarian, most people aren’t. Now that cattle/pigs are slaughtered with machinery – guns aren’t neccessary for ‘meat farmers’…but the culture of gun ownership runs deep here in (former) Cowboy Land.

    Also, lots of deer hunters in Texas….because um…we have LOTS of deer, and people eat them. So yeah, I’ve known plenty of people who own guns, but not gangsta-guns….hunting rifles.

    As always…you two are the cutest…enjoyed it. (please take us on a tour of your new digs) :)

  94. One thing I’ve noticed from my Korean friends is that they are rather….touchy-feely with each other, mainly between members of the same sex. Some of my male American friends have been shocked by the ‘touching’ or closeness that the Koreans sometimes do. Seeing this, it always makes me laugh when they say touching and such isn’t allowed in Korean culture. Between male and female, sure, but they have noooo problem being close with members of the same sex, even while we as Americans might interpret it as being slightly intimate. Hahaha.

  95. One thing I’ve noticed from my Korean friends is that they are rather….touchy-feely with each other, mainly between members of the same sex. Some of my male American friends have been shocked by the ‘touching’ or closeness that the Koreans sometimes do. Seeing this, it always makes me laugh when they say touching and such isn’t allowed in Korean culture. Between male and female, sure, but they have noooo problem being close with members of the same sex, even while we as Americans might interpret it as being slightly intimate. Hahaha.

  96. Speaking from my point of view:

    I’m from Texas<3, and the gun comment made me laugh so hard! i loved it! i guess mainly because from what i see it's pretty true. it's like it's a staple product in Texas. Shooting ranges and weekly visits to go gun window shopping are pretty common in my home. 

    Don't get us wrong or anything! We're super friendly though. Then again, our motto is "Friendship". :D

  97. I have the urge to play that do do do do dooo do do do song the next time I’m romancing a lady. XD

  98. Totally loooove you kitchen!

  99. Ha, Texas? You should come to Arkansas. Not everyone owns a gun, but it’s pretty close. We have a ton of hunting fanatics here. It’s madness. XD
    I can see how they get confused about skinship. I mean, Hollywood isn’t exactly famous for its chastity. I agree that we are a very huggable society though. ^^ I remember the first time I watched a Korean drama, and the guy finally realized his love for the girl, and there was epic romantic music in the background building up the suspense until they finally came together and…hugged. I was so bummed out. XD

    • Haha, same here!! However, hugging to me isn’t something you do with people you don’t know very well, because it’s awkward. And then, hugging isn’t like, a daily thing, more like, after not seeing someone for awhile or saying goodbye or thanking someone kind of thing. But, at the same time, I know people who hug everyone, all the time!! So I wonder if it just depends on how it is in the area you group up in~

  100. I’m from Asia and I was in North America for a year. During the time I was there, I don’t used to hugs (neither giving or getting one!) at all.

    Giving hugs with mom and dad isn’t common in my house, don’t even talk about friends in opposite gender. I have a guy friend and sometime he’s like “give me a hugggg” I felt really awkward xD

    The reason for those ideas about North Americans clearly came from the movies! I used to misunderstood many things until I actually went and spent some time in there and I finally know that everything I thought was wrong, silly and stupid! hahahahah

    PS. Your tea and cupcake on the kitchen cupboard looks really cute! Can’t wait to see other parts of the house :)

  101. I think people think Texans are cooler than we actually are lol
    I’ve never used a gun…or a horse…or even a cowboy hat :D

    But I had a friend who moved to Texas from Canada and 
    someone seriously asked her if she lived in an igloo and owned a moose…
    so I guess we’re even :D

    Love the new segment!

  102. There are actually some pretty spacious houses in Seoul (like mansions or Osama-like compounds), up the hills behind the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon. Even here in Vancouver (where we have our share of expensive housing and mansions) it’d be impressive.

  103. Did you guys use stick-on window decals for the coffee decorations or did you actually write on your windows?!

  104. omg i love your kitchen decor. cute ♥ and lol at the floozier part.

  105. LOVE the doodles on your kitchen cupboards. Please make a new tour video soon! Your videos are my almost-daily crack – they’re addictive and they make me happy and super super excited about coming to Korea (in a couple of years’ time).

     I wonder what they’ll say about me when I tell them I’m South African… 
    “Are you going to steal from us?” – No. I’m going to “liberate” your belongings from your oppressive possession of them!”But you’re white!” – I have the same skin condition that Michael Jackson had. “Do you have internet there?” We channel our ancestors through coca cola bottles. It’s a bit slow, but it’s uncapped.”Do you ride elephants to school there?” – No. Lions are faster. “What country are you from in South Africa?” -> *facedesk* Although, Lesotho and Swaziland are countries whose borders are contained within South Africa. “Do you hate black people?” This one doesn’t really have a witty come-back. The answer is, of course, a resounding HELL NO. 

    I’ve heard a lot about xenophobia in Korea. Have you experienced it, or heard any horror stories? Or, like the stuff that most people think about South Africa, is a lot of it grossly exaggerated?

  106. LOVE the doodles on your kitchen cupboards. Please make a new tour video soon! Your videos are my almost-daily crack – they’re addictive and they make me happy and super super excited about coming to Korea (in a couple of years’ time).

     I wonder what they’ll say about me when I tell them I’m South African… 
    “Are you going to steal from us?” – No. I’m going to “liberate” your belongings from your oppressive possession of them!”But you’re white!” – I have the same skin condition that Michael Jackson had. “Do you have internet there?” We channel our ancestors through coca cola bottles. It’s a bit slow, but it’s uncapped.”Do you ride elephants to school there?” – No. Lions are faster. “What country are you from in South Africa?” -> *facedesk* Although, Lesotho and Swaziland are countries whose borders are contained within South Africa. “Do you hate black people?” This one doesn’t really have a witty come-back. The answer is, of course, a resounding HELL NO. 

    I’ve heard a lot about xenophobia in Korea. Have you experienced it, or heard any horror stories? Or, like the stuff that most people think about South Africa, is a lot of it grossly exaggerated?

  107. haha that is so true!!! some of the korean friends i made especially the boys are all like YAY HUG and its like ummm…alright ur really into this hugging thing ….chill…lool its normal…no biggie…CHILL lol it was rather funny!

  108. I’ve also noticed that when they have romantic hugs the girl won’t put her arms around the man.  But clearly she’s digging the guy. Or the arm pull when the man grabs the girl at the wrist and drags her somewhere – a standard kdrama romance moment.

    The whole guns thing is just weird.  I blame TV.  I grew up in New Hampshire, USA – and while I know hunting happens there I never actually saw a gun there or knew anyone with a gun.  And now I live in NYC – I still have never knowingly met someone who owned a gun.  And I’ve actually lived in some dicey, projects type neighborhoods when I was younger where you’d assume guns would be prevalent.

    I’m glad you’ve started this series of videos – anything new I can find out about Korea is interesting to me.  Of course I would like to find out about how you guys met, fell in love, and got married too ’cause I’m nosey like that and enjoy a good romantic story. ^ ^

  109. I’ve also noticed that when they have romantic hugs the girl won’t put her arms around the man.  But clearly she’s digging the guy. Or the arm pull when the man grabs the girl at the wrist and drags her somewhere – a standard kdrama romance moment.

    The whole guns thing is just weird.  I blame TV.  I grew up in New Hampshire, USA – and while I know hunting happens there I never actually saw a gun there or knew anyone with a gun.  And now I live in NYC – I still have never knowingly met someone who owned a gun.  And I’ve actually lived in some dicey, projects type neighborhoods when I was younger where you’d assume guns would be prevalent.

    I’m glad you’ve started this series of videos – anything new I can find out about Korea is interesting to me.  Of course I would like to find out about how you guys met, fell in love, and got married too ’cause I’m nosey like that and enjoy a good romantic story. ^ ^

  110. Your apartment looks so cute (from the one wall I can see)!

    I’ve also noticed that they seem to think we’re rude. Like, if someone uses banmal inappropriately or something, they’ll call it American style.

    And, hey, I’m from Texas! People are surprisingly super nice here. But yes, guns are very important to them =D

    • Yes, unfortunately Americans have the reputation of being loud, obnoxious, and rude.  Whaaa :(  Another problem with perception is people tend to believe what they see on TV.  I lived in Chicago for 1.5 years and was super surprised at what they thought NYC and NYers was like.  Totally off base.  Once you get past NYers being upfront and sometimes blunt – I think NYers are very nice and helpful.  And it’s probably the only city in the US that is a true ‘melting pot’.

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