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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

No awkward good-byes!

It took a little getting used to when I first arrived in Korea.  I would be sitting with 10 teachers, drinking coffee, or eating slices of fruit, and then all of a sudden, there would only be 8 teachers and then 6 and then only 4 teachers.  Where did they go?! And were they coming back?!

I quickly figured out that Korean's don't always feel the need to say "good-bye" when leaving a room, a group dinner, etc, and it's actually NOT rude at all!  In fact, it's considered MORE rude to leave a party early and say goodbye, than to leave quietly without anyone noticing. 

This really comes in handy when I'm sitting with a bunch of teachers who are all chattering in Korean, and I want to go back to my classroom to lesson plan (or watch Gossip Girl on my computer!!)!  I just simply get up and quietly walk out!  haha...  It sure is nice to reduce the amount of awkward good-byes!

You should try it sometime! :)


  1. oh. my. word. ... Thank you! I really didn't know that. Such a small piece of info is going to make a huge difference in my life. hahaha >.<

  2. I like this. I wish this happened more out here!
    Also, I like that you enjoy Gossip GIrl. I do too. :)