Konglish (Korean + English)

This page will be dedicated to pictures of amazing signs and creative uses of English that constitute Konglish (Korean/English).  I’m trying to get them all in before I become immune to the novelty of it all.  As an ESL teacher in Korea, I find that even my own English is changing a little to be a bit slower, more basic, and taking on a cadence similar to that of my co-teachers for easier communication.  Pictures soon to come…Enjoy!


One of the things that annoyed me so much when I first came to Korea was the use of the expression, “Take a rest.” Now, I’ve never heard a native English speaker say this so I think it’s safe to say that it qualifies as ‘Konglish’. This expression is even taught in textbooks here! The sad thing is that after living here over a year I catch myself saying this to other people. Nooooo!


Seen in Seoul

I wanna go!

Bangi Market

Talkin’ bout the chicken? or the clientele?

Located across the street from ‘Ho Chicken House’. Love the mission statement. I also, am in ‘the emotional eco’. Also not sure of the pronunciation of ‘UGIZ’.

Samcheongdong Neighborhood



I think instead we would say, “Touchscreen”

What time is it?

Around Gwanghwamun and Insadong I found a few gems:

Caffe Themselves

Let’s get a bunch of prepositions and put it in our name!

Hmm…wonder what this place is…

and this…

Where’s the toelit?

Wow! They just put it out there for ya…

Actually, they sell hot dogs. I haven’t seen any bugs so I’m not sure what that’s about…

buy the way – a convenience store

it’s my style to be born…

Any guesses on what they sell?


3 thoughts on “Konglish (Korean + English)

  1. There are bugs. They look like little brown cocoons or crickets. I saw them in the market once. I was dared to try them. No go with me. I couldnt do it can you?

    • I think I know which ones you’re talking about. I saw a picture that one of the kids drew. Gingkos or something like that? Not looking forward to it…hehe…hate bugs! Mike’s been swatting them in our apartment with this tennis-racket looking thing that electrifies them (!).

      • Actually, now that I think about it, I think you’re thinking of bundegi, the silkworm larvae that they boil and serve as street food. The smell is really gross. Can’t say that I’ve tried them but Mike remembers loving them as a kid…

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