‘It’s more in how you say it than in what you say.’
—A Korean Proverb
Being able to communicate with those around you is essential and yet expatriates moving to Korea recognise what a formidable obstacle this is. Koreans not only have their own grammar and vocabulary, they have their own alphabet. And, unlike Hong Kong, Paris or Oslo, one cannot easily manage daily living in Korea with just English. While all Koreans have studied English in school, many cannot communicate well with an English-speaking person.