Friday, December 20, 2013

After immersion-Korean Food! 맛있어요!

Travelling to a foreign country can be an exciting yet daunting experience especially if there is a language barrier. However, if you paid attention to your lessons and helpful tips from 선생님, you will find moving around in Korea a breeze!

Moving around in Seoul itself is requires minimal effort. Seoul is well connected by an efficient subway system (지하철) that will bring you to the major landmarks and popular destinations. In for a bit of an adventure? Try the bus system (버스) that can bring you a stone stroll away from your intended destination. For the ones who prefer a bit more convenience and comfort, hop into a taxi (택시) which is affordable and will bring right to the door step. Still not convinced that it's easy? Prepare by brushing up your basic directional conversation skills (refer "Asking for directions, telephone numbers, time and others" chapter of your M2 textbook). 

Eating out is not only a necessity but the highlight for any traveller to Korea. Unlike the Korean Restaurants (식당) in Perth, the ones in Korea offer specialty dishes each unique to it's own store. From BBQ restaurants (고기 집) offering Samgyeopsal (삼겹살), Bulgogi (불고기) and the infamous Soju (소주) to specialty stores offering Army Stew (부대찌개), Samgyetang (삼계탕), Chuncheon dakgalbi (춘천 닭갈비) and street food vendors peddling Tteokbokki (떡볶이) and a large selection of delicious snacks.

Interesting trivia; Koreans love their food so much that they have dishes to celebrate all occasions.

On a hot sunny day, enjoy some Chimaek (치맥) by the Hangang River. Chimaek?? Chicken 치킨 and Beer 맥주! Put the two together and you have Chimaek.

On a rainy day, gather your friends around to the house and whip up some delicious Pajeon (파전) and indulge in Makgeolli (막걸리). Koreans related the sizzling sound of the hot pan to the raindrops on a rainy day; hence on a rainy day, Pajeon and Makgeolli are in order.

And now the most important question, "How do I order my food??". Well Modules 1-4 should more than well prepare you to be well fed and contented throughout your trip. Take note of your numbers, counters, ordering and dinning etiquettes sections in your KLCIP textbooks. You will be quite surprise how much you have actually covered and have learnt in the span of your lessons from M1-M4.

So are you now confident that you can move around and keep your energy levels up with good Korean food? The next thing left is to immerse yourself in the fast phased Korean environment and experience the dynamic culture. Enjoy learning and exploring the beautiful city! 타미

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