Who Am I? | 제가 누구입니까?

What does 빵갑습니다 mean?

It’s a portmanteau of the Filipino word ‘panggap‘ [spelled ‘빵갑‘ in 한글], and the Korean expression ‘반갑습니다‘.

The word ‘panggap‘ means ‘to pretend / (한국 사람)인 척하다‘, while ‘반갑습니다‘ is an expression often used whenever you meet someone for the first time, and it conveys happiness or the sense of being welcome.

Every reader is welcome to travel along with me in my journey, pretending I’m good in Korean though I’m still in the process of learning. ^^

About me

I’m Joseph (최정태) a 24-year old Filipino graphic artist and a Korean language student. I was 20 years old when I started this blog but I am still at Level 3 after so many years since I’m lazy. Let’s just put it there.

About this blog

This is my blog where I talk about my Korean-related experiences, from language lessons to music or movies, to everything I wanna blurb about. The blog is not intended to teach beginners the language (since I’m still in the process of learning… and pretending ㅎㅎ), but rather to share same experiences with first time learners while studying and learning. I might share some lessons and common expressions at times, but this blog is more on the fun side. And besides, there are a lot of free Korean resources online that I will link some other time.

Why blog?

Because I am a very sentimental person. Studying Korean is one of the main highlights of my life. And as far as elementary days, I’ve kept all my relics, from letters to souvenirs I’ve received, and from high school onwards, I’ve also kept my blog entries, as awkward as it was, I have them all kept safely. For this period of my life, I wanna blog about all things related to my Korean studies and pseudo-Korean life.

Why learn Korean?

This is going to be long so I’ll link it to my first post ^^.

When and how did I start learning Korean?



26 thoughts on “Who Am I? | 제가 누구입니까?

  1. 반가워요~ㅋㅋ i really enjoyed reading this page! Learning korean is also one of the main highlights in my life! 😀 Without korean there is always missing something in my life헤헷 Good luck in your studies.

  2. Glad to see another Pinoy Korean learner around WP. ^^ 누가 너의 선생님이에요? 혹시… 노 선생님? ^^ Good luck on your E2! 강 선생님 was my E1 선생님 and 노 선생님 for E2. 😀

    • 네, 만나서 반가워요. 나도 지금 노 선생님 한테서 배우고 있어요. 전에도 1급 때 내 선생님은 강 선생님이에요 ^^ 강 선생님은 우리 제알 좋아하는 선생님이지만 노 선생님도 자ㅏㄹ 가르치시죠? ㅎㅎ 사실은 다음 학기에 3급 있으면 공부할 거예요. ^^

  3. Glad to have found your blog through twochois! I’m also a Filipino who loves kpop and is learning Korean (but your better than me haha) I want to enroll in Elementary 1 too!

  4. 반갑습니다! ahaha! I never realized that 반갑 is to pretend in our language until you’ve mentioned it!
    I guess I’ll see you in KCC on Oct 20!

    • It was a private joke back then when we pretend that we understand what our teacher was telling, we just nod and smile and after school we would be like, “naku mapagpanggapseumnida lang kayo e”, hahaha. And since I occasionally get mistaken for being a Korean, I found it as a catchy (or not) title for my blog 🙂

      Yeah, see you on the 20th, but I see you’ll be taking the Intermediate exam, sooo guess not 🙂 Anyways, good luck 🙂

      • Well, we’ll see each other at KCC after your exam and before mine. 🙂
        ㅋㅋㅋ “Nagpapangapseumnida” is really funny!!! I miss my Korean class/classmates too. We also have those little jokes in our class. 🙂

  5. Hey! I found your blog while I was searching Korean language-related tags on Instagram. :3 Glad to find another Filipino who’s trying to learn Korean. I’m Angeli by the way. Nice to meet you.:3

    • 어 진짜요? 신기해요~ It’s very weird that you’ve found me through Instagram rather than through here, but it’s really amazing 🙂 And wow, you’re from Tacloban. So nice to see someone learning Korean from somewhere somehow far away 🙂 네~ 만나서 빵갑습니다 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

      • Yeah, it’s weird for me as well. I usually find blogs while visiting other people’s blogs. I don’t remember what I was searching for. I just wanted to see if there are any interesting books that other people use to study Korean. I hate living in a far away place. I couldn’t take TOPIK last April because of it. And I registered for it. T_T Wasted P400. ㅠ ㅠ

      • Now I saw your instagram ^^ You liked two posts. So how are you gonna be taking TOPIK then, and how did you register? Was there an online registration before (I’m not very sure, since this October would be my first attempt to take the exam)?

      • I applied for the TOPIK exam in April but I wasn’t able to go and take the exam because I was busy. I asked Alodia of mykoreancorner to submit my application. This time around, I asked another friend to send my application for me but ugh, I think I won’t be able to take the exam again. T__T Sucks living in the province. >_<

    • I wasn’t sure I was not very attentive with the people in there aside from my friends, hahaha. But I recently posted my ID pictures here in my blog, if you can check them maybe you can confirm. Buuuuut~ if it was you, then super sayang >.< 너무 아까워요~

  6. It’s nice to meet you Joseph, I’m NyNy! Just wanted to stop by and say I like your posts.

    I hope when you have the time, you can check out some of mine and comment plus I’m still writing my travel entries when I went to Korea last year. I’d appreciate if you took a look 🙂

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