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Korean Like a Pro 3: Restaurant Talk

April 22, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Ahaha you guys sound really good to me! XD

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

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

    Thanks for making all these videos!

    -First time commenter

    9 years ago
  3. GPE

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

    9 years ago
  4. Hey, Martina finally won rock paper scissors! Go martina!!!

    And um… HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love these videos…

    9 years ago
  5. i have a request prease – could you add the written romanized script somewhere in your future posts? thanx!

    and yes i’d love to see these vids with greater quantity and frequency! =D

    your blog is awesomeeeee!

    9 years ago
  6. Hilarious !!!!

    9 years ago
  7. lg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9 years ago
  12. WOW!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooooo happy to see KOREAN LIKE A PRO again!!!!!!!!
    i remember when i first watched it… it was really amazing..
    I kept saying “Daebak” watching you!!
    this time, i noticed this episode is kind of controversial but i think you pointed the truth exatly..
    anyways, i will be looking forward to watching the next episode! C YA ;-D

    9 years ago
  13. oy that russian thing is creepy

    9 years ago
  14. I love your translations of Oppa. They are so funny. I’ve always wondered why girls would call their crushes their older brother? The idea in America is if you think of someone as your brother you wouldn’t want to date them, then again it is a different culture so hey.

    8 years ago
  15. lol this video always make me laugh *moves eyebrows* russian saram??? haha

    giggity!!

    8 years ago
  16. no.. I don’t think you know what Martina is talking about
    I don’t want to offend you but I think its very naive of you think that way

    There are actually many real Russian prostitutes in Korea,
    the reason Korean Johns started to ask foreign girl such question is because there are actually such girls.
    This is very offensive to Russians I think.. I am very sorry.. :(
    Well now foreigner population has grown so much and people started to think of them being here more naturally but even just few years ago, foreigners were so few.. almost like 95% of them were US soldiers and as for young causian women population, most times they were Russian girls came here for inappropriate job! (of course its not the same now!)

    A girl in your age not being familiar of this is understandable, its natural.
    like Martina said in the video, a young girl(like you!) asking if you are russian would actually mean if she comes from Russia.
    (I mean why ask such question if there were no such girls??)
    But there’s more to the reality than you know

    8 years ago
  17. you guys so funny! and martina, your Korean pronunciation is goooooood! you so-ju lover~

    8 years ago
  18. Hey guys, just stumbled across your channel. Very entertaining! I’m also trying to pick up a bit of Korean as I will be visiting in a few months. Your videos do help as you don’t say them too fast and like I said, entertaining to watch =) Please try to include a few more day-to-day phrases!

    9 years ago
  19. I am a Korean, and I never knew that the word “러시아 사람” had such a connotation! Shame!98% of Koreans love Russia, America, and Canada. So bad that you met some ugly Koreans.

    9 years ago
  20. I want to download this as a podcast on iTunes but it’s not listed. :-( I’ve genuinely been wondering for a while how to say “I want this one” or “I want that one” in Korean. I’m going to take a quick trip to Seoul soon and eating is very important to me. So I need to communicate my neeeeeds (yeah, that sounds kiiiiinda dirty but whatevs) haha! :-)

    Along those lines, you know what’d be great?? If you did some kind of top 10 Must Eat dishes, or top 10 street foods to gorge yourself on. I know this isn’t necessarily a food blog, but you know, I’d appreciate your personal recommendations! For real for real.

    9 years ago
  21. lol! Russians and Eastern Europeans are generally recognised as prostitutes in south korea but that kind of things happen all the time. When ‘Australian’ prime minister visited south korea for G20 summit last year, they presented her with a doll dressed in a ‘Austrian’ traditional costume. haha!

    9 years ago
  22. You guys are so cute, and your Korean is excellent. I am impressed.

    9 years ago
  23. I love following you guys! Great stuff. Would rather watch your posts than anything on TV. I’m Korean-American, and your insights are spot on. Great Ttuck boki recipe BTW. xoxo

    9 years ago
  24. oh my goodness I would GLADLY sub the Korean for you guys!

    9 years ago
  25. I forgot to write this…
    I can’t be 100% sure because there are always exceptional people.
    I recommend foreign travelers don’t go out alone when it gets dark outside.

    9 years ago
  26. Eve

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

    9 years ago
  27. Kat

    you should totally make this a weekly segment!

    9 years ago
  28. Haha I love this vid!

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

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

    9 years ago
  31. AHJUSSHII SON OF B&*%$#

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

    Freaaaaak ~

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

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

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

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

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

      9 years ago
  35. LEGIT LAUGHING

    9 years ago
  36. lol dirty johns…

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

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

    9 years ago
  39. you guys are awesome!

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

    9 years ago