Korean culture - special attention when you learn Korean language

Date: 09/07/2018

Learning a foreign language has never been easy, simply. Besides the heap of vocabulary, grammar and four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing you need to master, you also get to know about culture, country, people where language is commonly used.

In foreign languages, Korean is emerging as the hottest foreign language, which is understandable as Korea becomes one of the leading economic countries. However, there is another reason why many people want to learn the language of Korea, which is a place where there is a unique culture that can not be mixed up. So what is the culture of Korea? Let's take a look at some of the unique things below.

Students of Korean language in a Korean language period

Culture of  behavior communication

As stated above, Koreans attach importance to establishing a hierarchy of social relationships, so when dealing with a person, you need to determine your relationship and status with the person. How: He or she is a man or a woman, older or younger, or has a particular status? Answering these questions will help you to better handle unrealistic interactions. When in a crowded place like a group meeting or a party, it is best not to introduce yourself to everyone but to a referral. Also, when meeting an older person, you should spend a few minutes asking them. The small gestures will be a big plus for you in the eyes of the Korean people.

Culture of greetings

Koreans are notorious for attaching importance to relationships, especially when they first meet. This originates from ancient Korea when it has experienced thousands of feudal years, so the concept of hierarchical order is bold in mind of the Korean people. Although nowadays due to the influence of globalization, especially the exposure to Western culture for a long time, the culture of Koreans has changed a little. The classic notion of how to show respect and hierarchy in social relationships. In the first meeting, if two people have equal status, Koreans often bow slightly and say: an-nhong-ha-se-yo and smiling. In Korean culture, the level of bending over expresses the respect that one gives to the other. The more you meet people with status, prestige or age greater than you, the more you have to bend over. Always try to be cheerful, humble and respectful because it will leave a good impression on the other person. Smiles and politeness, friendliness in the culture of greeting not only show respect, community solidarity, but also contribute to the image of a Korean country: modern, civilized and professional. 

Gift culture

The gift culture of Koreans is also unique. Koreans rarely visit other people's homes during the holidays, so if you are invited to a Korean family, it's best to prepare a small gift. However, because in Korea number 4 is considered as bad luck, you should avoid giving gifts as multiple of this number. Also, do not pack gifts in monotonous colors such as white or black. It's a good idea to prepare a gift that suits the general mood of the majority of Koreans. For example, if they invite you to a housewarming party, you should bring them a detergent or toilet paper because of this symbolizes prosperity for the new family. Or, as you go far, bring a souvenir from the place. That will help you create a positive impression in the eyes of the Korean friends.

Đinh Thai - Faculty of Foreign Languages

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