But korean food, korean facial products, korean ginseng..... Cheaper with the stronger SGD! Anyway, good luck for your camera/lens shopping!
You can try buying camera plates :Lplates(RRS style) korea made , Brand Mestos: only half the prices of rrs. Lpates for D300 listed 88.00us, d300with grid 165.00 listed. can get cheaper prices from camera shopes if they carry them.
Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.
Thank you: kam sia hap nida
Thank you is 'gamsa hamnida'.
hahaha... sounds like hokkien sia... Kam sia.. i think snoweagle is more accurate hor?
Anyway, how's the camera bargain?
Minor correction/addition to previous posts.
Thank you is kamsha mniida.
To say "I can't speak the Korean language" is: Hangul Mal mullayo.
Personally though I wouldn recommend not to utter a single word in Korean or Japanese when you are in those respective countries. This is my personal experience and instead of building bridges with local words, try bargaining in English. Brandishing some item related what you are planning to buy (if that's some expensive item like camera, etc...) might help to convince the seller that you are genuinely interested and not just another curious tourist passing by. After finishing the deal and you're satisfied then it's a good idea to say kamsaha mniida or kumas mida, if you wish to be more polite. Be careful when you are in Yongsan or Technomart because they're only slightly less meaner than some of the gentleman we come across in SLS. Needless to say, it's not a good idea to rush into a deal that looks like a bargain at the outset because it's very popular for stripped down versions or additional +++.
All the best!
Last edited by mnmohamed; 3rd May 2009 at 02:55 PM. Reason: Typo
It's just personal experience that when I frustrate them out with English, they have agreed more than talking to them in Korean - their comfort zone. YMMV, but no harm in trying this because once the deal is struck, you can always say thanks in Korean.
LOL they use 'Kam Sia' in Korea too ??
Actually the international airport has great deals too ..... duty free..... my nephew just bought a Panasonic LX3 for about SGD570 equivalent with international warranty +1 4G card
Go here to get their Korea Tourism 5-10% discount cupon that can be used in Airport duty-free shops.... dont know if it applies for camera equiptment but no harm trying
Last edited by ed9119; 4th May 2009 at 05:38 PM.
AND if you are a blur sotong..... you can apply for a Goodwill Guide to show you around..... its free volunteer service so please pay for his/her food and other site fees and transport costs
Basically, any language that's not their comfort zone but can be understood should be ok Should be able to keep them on their toes that way
Apart from English, they speak Japanese too? Heard that Korean is very similar to Japanese, so perhaps they're more fluent in it?
Last edited by gnohz; 4th May 2009 at 06:23 PM.
YOu need to understand "calculator" language
from what i hear from my tour guide
the koreans do not like the japanese