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How to Call a Server in Korean (Yogi yo)

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Do you want to know how to call a server in Korean? It’s certainly not how you do it in western countries!

Korean restaurant etiquette is vastly different from what we are used to in western countries, such as the US and Canada. In western culture, it is considered very rude to wave your hands or call out to a server from across the room. However, in Korean culture, this is the way it is done.

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So how to call a server in Korean to your table? Simple! Just yell out ‘yogi yo!’, which means “I’m here” in Korean. By doing this, the server will know to come to your table to ask you what you would like.┬áIf you need more side dishes, or would like to order an additional plate of galbi, just raise your hand and call out ‘yogi yo’ and you will get what you need.

Unlike in western countries, servers will leave you alone to eat your meal in peace and quiet without interruption, until you let them know that you need something. When you think about this, it does make sense. Who wants to be interrupted during their meal?

Take a look at the video above to learn how to call a server in Korean. Once you know this, you can go into any Korean restaurant and feel fully confident in yelling out ‘yogi-yo’!