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What do you want to do?

Written By: jinny on August 14, 2007 No Comment

“What do you want to do?” Do you always ask this question to friends who visit you from overseas and who you haven’t seen for a year? I lived in the U.S. for about 7-8 years before, but still feel very awkward whenever I hear this question from American friends who I will see for the first time in a year. I visit the U.S. every summer to spend part of my summer vacation and one of the reasons I visit is to see friends. I call them to get together, but sometimes I don’t know what to say when I’m asked “what do you want to do?”. I get confused and become speechless.

What do I want to do? I want to see you because I haven’t seen you for a year! That’s my answer to the question, but often they want to know what activities we can do together such as having lunch or dinner, going to the movies, going shopping, etc. I’m quite shocked whenever I hear this question because in Korea people don’t ask such a question in the same situation. Seeing friends is enough! What other reason do we need? Chatting over tea or coffee is enough to catch up with what the friend is up to. Of course I’m talking about a typical girl’s gathering in Korea. Maybe guys do some activities together other than chatting in a coffee shop. Culture shock is still there even though I’ve been exposed to American culture for many years.

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