Hi I’m Rafiq, how are you? Today we’re going to talk about cultural topic The cultural difference between
Korea and Arab countries In other words, culture shock that happened to me Now I know Arab culture somehow But at first, it was a big shock for me anyways, let’s start yalla Long greetng In Korea we say, hi, hello That’s it But there are a lot of greetings in Arab world When I went to deserts with my friends There were about 30 Arab people and everytime when someone comes into the tent each one was using different greeting I don’t remember each greeting because it was a very fast dialect How they were greeting was like this for example Hi how are you, how’s your work, your family, your house, your cat(?), your lamb(?), your tree(?) The greeting sounded like a rap to me and the other answers in rap song good, great, fine, hadulillah He doesn’t even listen to the question and answer all and after that they switch their role and it goes on and on with all other people in exact same manner as if it’s a recorded tape I was very shocked back then I heard that this way of greeting is an old way There’s no appointment with exact time Actually Koreans when they have appointment, they meet in an exact time they decide before when my Arab friend was late for the appointment I was angry but now I know how people meet for appointment in Arab culture because I have a lot of Arab friends Thesedays I’m always late for appoinments with Koreans I graduated Arabic major in uni and there was a term ‘Arab time’ among students – Hey let’s meet tomorrow at 3pm
– 3pm? you mean Korean time or Arab time? Arab time! The next day I arrive at 3:30 and I send them message – I’m arrived where are you guys?
– I’m arriving after 30 mins I got out from home just now Call others to house Koreans don’t invite their guest to home that much Of course when we are young we visit friends’ house and we’re grown up we still visit but we don’t normally invite people to house but Arab people are different for example When I was in Egypt I went to a cafe to drink coffee Egyptian, who’s name is Mohamed says where are you from? where did you learn Arabic How’s your trip in Egypt? Do you like Egyptian foods? Would you like to come to my place? Big sized food portion so, I used to go Mohamed’s place and their family gave me foods But the size was really huge the size that a human can never finish and when I saw Mohamed face it was always like this you can eat all of them right? yalla try and I try my best to finish the food as much as I can and I finally say I’m full Mohamed said Done? ok we’ll eat desserts now and he gives me a huge desserts Koreans usually don’t invite other people to house So there aren’t much opportunity for Korean people to give foods to others So they want to pay for the meal at the restaurants Hands talk more than mouth I talked about this subject a lot before It’s a thing I love the most about Arab culture Arab people use their hands a lot when they talk It’s so cool The thing I see the most is This one Why do you say that? why where is it? and this one and this one I think I saw around 89 gestures but I don’t remember when I use hands when I talk old people tell me Please talk slowly, you don’t need to hurry curiousity about religion this subject is a bit sensitive usually Arab people asks me about my religion Really I heard this question more than 8900 times Koreans don’t ask other’s religion Only when they’re in a relationship or if they’re friends
they ask each other but we forget other’s religion soon enough I don’t remember the religions of my friends for exmaple this happens to me sometimes Hey sweetie today is Buddah’s birthday Have you visited temple before? Oppa, I’m Christian The desserts are too good Oh this is a culture shock in other words, food shock sugar shock Most of people like desserts, sweet foods and of course Koreans love cake, candy, icecream and so one but Arabic desserts it’s too much I think one piece of Baklava has a one year of sugar inatake There aren’t much different names I think this is same with Western countries There aren’t much different names for example there are 37 Ahmed among my friends 58 Fatima and Mohamed.. 945 when I was in Kuwait There were my beloved friends Mohamed, Yasmin and other friends and time passed and I don’t contact with them anymore really I miss them and I want to find them on Instagram and Facebook but it’s important to find them because there are so many same names If I knew their family name I could have found but unfortunately Every Arabic perfume smells the same It’s just my opinion There are so many different kinds of perfume in Arab countries, right? but honestly for me it smells all the same to me Especially male perfume It’s all the same maybe because it’s all stronger than Korean perfume Last words I was interested in Arab world since long time ago so I studied Arabic culture and met a lot of Arab friends but I still feel culture shock and I think you guys would feel the same way when you come to Korea or Taiwan Shock is really huge Anways, thank you for watching bye