TL;DR - Age Differences in Korea

TL;DR – Age Differences in Korea

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This week’s TLDR tackles the issue of the differences in age in Korea, the different ways you should address people of different ages, and the different ways you should act as well. Including some of our mistakes (particularly those involving alcohol), and the question of whether it is possible to ever be friends with someone of a different age.

Thanks to B1A4 Chile for the Spanish subs! Woot!


25 thoughts on “TL;DR – Age Differences in Korea”

  1. I don't know if it's just me, or coming from France I'm culturally a little more sensitive on the subject , but I find the Hitler impersonation really offensive….

  2. What about those who cannot drink or do not want to? I know it is considered disrespectful to deny alcohol from you principal. But what do you do in this instance?

  3. That situation with an old man sitting behind you is forever stuck in my head! I'm reminded of it almost everytime I see sb drinking and turning away in a drama. 😀


    OK, now that I got that out, I'll move on to my comment. I didn't know that Koreans had honorary names as well! I grew up in India and we had them too. But mostly for siblings, relatives, and family friends. Not so much for seniors in school and so on. This video was very interesting!

    I've loved all your videos so far and am going to be very very sad when I go through the entire library. What will I do between uploads?!

  5. Oh man. There are lot of age/respect related things that I don't really agree with, but I still think its ok because its different culture. But that turning a head away from elder when drinking was is just silly 😀

  6. 5:20 wow, here in Bulgaria we have to cheers and look into the person's eyes when we do so – so whoever's glass is making a *ding with yours – you have to look into their eyes. My grandpa was SO strict on that.

  7. What about age differences in relationships? Where I live if a girl is older than her boyfriend it's often viewed as a bit strange (depending on the age gap) but this doesn't seem to be the case in korea?

  8. I chat with Korean people a lot online, and I sometimes feel awkward with the whole age hierarchy. My Korean is almost always formal (even if the other person is the same age or younger) unless I'm explicitly told to drop the goddamn formality.

  9. Some Asian cultures are so strict sometimes, lol and I thought I was a prude. It really has to be a good blend of Western and Eastern philosophy to make sure it's not too rude or prude.

  10. i'd be more nervous trying to remember what i should do if i was younger or older than someone. like going to another country and not learning some pretty important stuff like this seems like an asshole thing to do.

  11. So what happens if you are a boss to an older Korean man but are 10 years younger? What do you call him, especially if you were once his hoobae but are now his sunbae in status but not age?

  12. One Question that I have is what if you don't drink at all if you went out with the people from your school? Would that come across as being rude, or something like that? I always wondered about that.

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