When I explained to foreigners the Korean age of eating one year more unconditionally in the new year, the reaction was as follows (video)

The Korean age is an unfamiliar culture to most foreigners.

In Korea, you get older by one year on January 1st every year, but in most foreign countries, your age is calculated based on your date of birth.

tik tok Kabuda OfficialThe Iran page promotes the Korean language and culture to people around the world. They introduced the Korean way of counting age, and many people were surprised or embarrassed by the new age calculation method.

bore pandaAccording to , the video has garnered over 5.1 million views and over 1.1 million likes.

There are very few countries in the world that use the Korean age. South Korea and North Korea count age in the same way. It is not known exactly when the Korean age calculation method was born, but it boasts a very long history. Foreigners collectively posed the question, “Then, isn’t birthday important in Korea?” about the way everyone ages at the turn of the year.

user Stephanie Salazar“I can’t imagine. So there is no meaning in celebrating birthdays in Korea?” he asked.

Comparison of international age and Korean age

The TikTok page explains that “birthdays are very important and celebrated in Korea,” adding that age is a very sensitive issue in Korea. This is because age determines whether to use a title or honorific or semi-verbal language.

He also explained that Koreans know how to count their age, and when they do legal work, they count by their age. However, many foreigners responded that they were confused by the fact that they use a uniform Korean age in everyday life.

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One TikTok user asked, “Then, will a child born at the end of December turn 2 in a week in January?” He said, “My birthday is December 27th, so just a few days after my birthday, I’m one year older?”

When Kabadu official said, “It’s right to calculate that way,” many people responded with “I have a sudden headache”, “This looks like a math problem”, “I never knew how difficult it is to calculate my age”, “I don’t know”, etc. showed

user issue: D“When I went to Korea, I had to ask my mother again every time someone asked how old she was. I still don’t understand,” he replied, “Surprisingly, there are many people like you.”

Korean age seems simple once you get used to it. However, I could see that the concept that all Koreans were one year older on January 1 was very unfamiliar to foreigners and difficult to understand.

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