from this Korean soap opera I like, which is called “Spring Waltz” and takes place in Vienna and South Korea and is available on Hulu:

  • It is fine to be rude to the lady you suspect used to be your childhood sweetheart as long as you periodically exchange meaningful glances
  • “If it was a misunderstanding on my part, please make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
  • Western pencil-sharpening technology has not yet found its way to South Korea. World-renowned concert pianists pay their road managers to sharpen pencils by hand.
  • If you like a boy, NOW is the time to start nagging him, being oversensitive about your relationship, and encouraging your parents to meet his parents and make awkward jokes about your impending marriage.
  • The cutest romances are conducted montage-style. Pick some goofy upbeat piano music for your romance!
  • Talk to yourself out loud about people who are present. Yes, do it. He won’t notice. Is he even Korean? Jerk.
  • Don’t make waves in small island fishing villages. News travels fast.
  • Makeup is a very serious gift to be giving someone. Are you sure your relationship is ready? If not, you can always carry it around in your pocket for a few days and gaze at it during thoughtful moments.
  • Make sure the jar of kimchee in the overhead bin is securely lidded.
  • Feel free to leave your children with strangers for anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks.
  • Dead son? Unstable, grief-stricken wife? No problem! Why not bribe a street urchin to move to Canada with your family?
  • Always be prepared for zany traffic mishaps.
  • Every Korean is adorable, even the grouchy one who is wearing a teddy bear sweater and scowling at you.
  • The birthday girl MUST HAVE her birthday soup.