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Chicken and Beer! Chimaek, the Popular Korean Phenomenon

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Beeline Language Korean is all about learning the Korean language and culture. In our previous lessons, we have learned many different slangs like 멘붕, 아이돌 and 노잼. Also, we have covered a lot of words that would be used by young Korean generations today. Young Koreans have their weekly rituals as they get together on a weekday evening after a productive day spent at work, and eat fried chicken and drink beer. The ritual is called Chimaek. Today, you will learn how to say Chimaek in Korean, and learn about the popular Chimaek Culture in Korean.


What is Chimaek? And How To Say It In Korean?

This is how to say Chimaek in Korean: 치맥[chi-maek].

*Note that the word 치맥 came from 치킨 [chi-keen] and 맥주 [maek-joo], which means chicken and beer, respectively.

Sample Sentences Using Chimaek in Korean

오늘 치맥 먹으러 어디로 갈래? [oh-neul chi-maek meog-er-ro eo-dee-ro gal-lae]?

Where would you like to go for friend chicken and beer today?

오늘 날씨도 안좋은데 치맥 어때? [oh-neul nal-ssi-do ahn-jo-eun-dae chi-maek eo-ttae]?

The weather is not good today, so how about chimaek?

치맥하면서 축구 경기 보는것만큼 잼있는게 없어. [chi-maek ha-myeon-seo chook-goo gyeong-gi bo-neun-geot-man-keum jam-eet-neun-gae eob-sseo].

There is nothing more fun than having chimaek and watching a soccer game.

Other Popular Street Foods in Korea

If you thought that Chimaek is the only ritual and trendy culture that Koreans like to eat out, you are wrong! There are tons of different Korean food to enjoy. 떡볶이, [tteok-bok-ggi], or spicy rice cake with 오뎅 [o-deng], or fish cake in a hot broth is staple in Korean street food ritual. Also there is 붕어빵, [boong-eo-bbang] a which is fish shaped pastry with custard or red bean fillings.

Now you know what Chimaek is in Korean, go tell your friends what you have learned today!

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