Learning how to say “please” and “thank you” will get you pretty far no matter where you’ve landed. When I was in Korea, those words accounted for about half of my language capability.
Translation apps and map software could handle nearly everything else. It was still worthwhile to try to speak as much of the local language whenever possible.
Nearly every Korean word and many customs remained a mystery. While visiting the Seoul Tower, I saw a fence that was chocked full of locks. I’ve seen similar displays in Italy and France so I knew what they signified.
I’m still not sure what “Bumbim you” means. Maybe not knowing is better.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.