Oh my gosh guys it’s YTMA week! I feel like we’ve been anticipating it for months and not weeks, but it’s finally here and things are going and have been going non-stop since we got here. That’s not to say that we haven’t been also having a blast. There’s something to meeting like-minded driven people who share your passions and working with them to create something special. Luckily for us, we all are creating many special things as we worked together with all of the members of our group to create multiple videos!
The Seoul YTMA group was broken up into two teams. The team that we got put with was made up of some pretty amazing guys : Callum/Callux, Joe and Bart from Just Kidding Films, Daniel Choi, Keith from Seoulistic and Russell from Indy Mogul. Can I just say from a girls perspective that these guys are probably some of the most upstanding and awesome guys I’ve ever met and if I wasn’t married I’d date any one of them in a heartbeat. That being said, I’ve had a lot of laughs, been treated like a queen and had the experience of a lifetime getting to know these guys. I hope that after all is said and done that I’ll be able to call them friends.
Back to the actual story and enough of me fan-girling. As Richard and I were among the few people chosen in our particular group (other than Keith) who live in Korea, we took it upon ourselves to teach our fellow group members a few phrases that we thought key to surviving well in the country.. and a few others for fun. I’m pleased to say that those who flew in all picked up some phrases (though some knew some Korean beforehand) and in one week, have learned more Korean and become more comfortable with the country than I did in my first few weeks here. In helping to make them feel at home (and learn a useful phrase or two) I feel like I’ve done my job as a fellow foreigner in making their transition a little bit more pleasant. Seriously folks, Korea can be a huge culture shock if you’re not prepared!
While these phrases won’t be new if you’ve been studying Korean for any length of time, the ones that they found most helpful were the phrases for thank you, and how much is it? These are especially helpful as you can save some money when trying to go shopping in markets that allow bartering.
What more can I say? It was a fun video to make, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. These guys are a riot!