- How to eat grapes
– Don’t eat the skins.
- When a Korean child uses that yells-everything-at-an-unreasonable-volume voice, my listening comprehension goes from >10% to 0%
- How to get water
Seriously. Everything seems so easy and yet so unfamiliar. Do you have to pay for the water? Why are there two dispensers? (One is hot water the other is cold.) I had to sit and stare at people drinking water for 15 minutes in order to figure out literally how to pour myself a glass of water.
4. How to order food at the Lotte Department Store’s food court.
5. If there are no open tables, it’s perfectly fine to sit across from a stranger.
6. When you’re food is ready, you can leave your cellphone, purse, and wallet in front of said stranger as you go get your food.
7. There are phone charging stations at most cafes that you can use for free.
8. You must buy 쓰레기 봉지 (trash bags) at the grocery store check out counter for your non-recyclable waste.
9. How to use the Naver maps app.
– Seriously a life saver.
10. How to order something for take-out. (포장해주세요.)
11. My Korean name is probably the English equivalent of “Bertha.” It’s unattractive and old-fashioned. When I tell Koreans my birth name, they respond by laughing or telling me I can change it. My favorite response was Shepard’s, “Ohhh. That is… unexpected.” ^^