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Engrish #3: The Movable Stick

“Happiness is homemade” is an apt motto for someone who loves to bake at home~~ Whether it’s sugar cookies, focaccia, biscuits or pizza dough, every now and then I find myself in need of a rolling pin to get the job done.

When I first got to Korea, it took quite awhile to get access to an oven, and even longer to find baking supplies. I didn’t give up, however, and at the end of my hunt, I was not only rewarded with a rolling pin, but a great Engrish sighting as well!

And now I present to you a Korean rolling pin, aka THE MOVABLE STICK!

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Engrish #2: The Crappy Crab

A visit to any stationary store in Korea is just so full of hilarious Engrish examples, that it’s difficult to choose a favorite! But here is an all-time classic that I wanted to share with you. It’s the tale of a crappy little crab.

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What you see is a pistachio nut, proudly proclaiming that he is a literally a little piece of s***. But WHY?! you may wonder~~~

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Mascot Mania #3! Buddha~~

Mascot Mania!” is a series which features some of the “mascots” I’ve seen in Korea. Unlike in the United States, mascots in Korea are not limited to schools and sports teams. You’ll find mascots/characters for just about everything in Korea, from products, organizations and even cities! Clearly, ”cuteness” is a cultural value that reigns supreme in this country~~

Hmm…I can hardly imagine a cute cartoon Jesus character being featured as prominently as these Buddha/monk characters! You can see these cuties everywhere in the spring during the celebration of Buddha’s birth. 


Mascot Mania #2! Yang Yang City

Mascot Mania!” is a series which features some of the “mascots” I’ve seen in Korea. Unlike in the United States, mascots in Korea are not limited to schools and sports teams. You’ll find mascots/characters for just about everything in Korea, from products, organizations and even cities! Clearly, “cuteness” is a cultural value that reigns supreme in this country~~   

“Yang Yang, the Pine Mushroom Capital”

While Americans may be used to the idea of city specific slogans (e.g. I went to high school in Placentia, “A Pleasant Place to Live”), and state nicknames (I hail from California, “the Golden State”), Koreans take it a step further with city mascots/characters. The mushroom mascot above is for the city of Yang Yang.

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Mascot Mania!

Mascot Mania!” is a series which features some of the “mascots” I’ve seen in Korea. Unlike in the United States, mascots in Korea are not limited to schools and sports teams. You’ll find mascots/characters for just about everything in Korea, from products, organizations and even cities! Clearly, “cuteness” is a cultural value that reigns supreme in this country~~   

While Americans may be used to the idea of city specific slogans (e.g. I went to high school in Placentia, “A Pleasant Place to Live”), and state nicknames (I hail from California, “the Golden State”), Koreans take it a step further with city mascots/characters.

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Shoe Thieves — Beware!

Korea is a “floor-oriented” society. That is, furniture and bedding in Korea has traditionally centered around  a culture where people are seated or lying down on the floor. It is not surprising, then, that in Korea you have to take off your shoes when you go indoors.

Of course, many Koreans use tables and chairs now, as well as beds. However, the tradition of taking off your shoes indoors is still a steadfast rule for homes. With businesses and restaurants, you just need to take a quick glance at the entry way to get your cue. Is there a pile of shoes and/or a shoe closet? Then take off your shoes…

BUT BEWARE!

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Engrish #1: “Eat Dirt!” Or rather, “Eat Sand!”

It’s a known fact that Korean society is absolutely crazy for English. There are tons of English words that have been adopted into everyday language. This also extends to the practice of product branding and marketing. However, as Engrish.com has shown us time and again, the English doesn’t always make it quite as it should.

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