Culture Smart

koreaI recently finished a great book called Korea – A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette by James Hoare.  This book discusses the ins and outs of life in Korea – both North and South – for the tourist or long term visitor.  Hoare talks about beliefs, customs, and taboos, Koreans at home, travelling, food and drink, business, communicating, and much more. 

It is a very quick read – but a great resource. 

I highly recommend checking to see if your library has it – or if you want your own copy – it is on sale on Amazon right now.

Now if I could only learn to speak some Korean… any ideas?

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4 responses

  1. Thanks for the tip. I might have to pick that one up. We were gifted a couple of books about Korea for Christmas that I still need to read as well. I will let you know how they are.

    Thanks for joining in on Claire’s quilt!

  2. For language lessons we bought Rosetta Stone. Not great traveler language learning, but EXCELLENT for pronunciation. Our Korean social worker complimented us on our pronunciation, asking if we spoke Korean. And we chalk it up to RS. It’s expensive and lengthy and, like I said, not great for learning key phrases. But it’s awesome if you want to sound native!

  3. Koreans definitely love it if you know some of their language and use it in conversing with them. The key words to know are “hello”, “thank you”, “Mom”, “Dad”, “love”. They will be impressed if you even use those words in Korean!

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