Olivia greets Seo-yun with a handshake, a very formal Canadian greeting. Seo-yun presents Olivia with a business card with both hands, a formal way of greeting people in Korea.
Hello my name is Olivia, nice to meet you!
Hello, here is my business card.
Seo-yun then presents Olivia with a present, a common practice found throughout Korea. Presenting a gift is meant to establish a good relationship. Olivia is thankful for this gift but tells Seo-yun that it is not a common business practice in Canada.
Thank you for the gift, but this is not necessary in Canada.
Here is a gift to show you my appreciation for our relationship.
In Korea, it is common that business is conducted in a bar or restaurant. In Canada, it is usually conducted in a board room or office. Seo-yun asks to go to the local bar with Olivia to have their meeting.
We normally conduct our meetings in the office, not in a bar or restaurant.
Let's go to the bar or restaurant to have our meeting!
Olivia begins to talk about the business plans she wants to address to her colleagues. Seo-yun is very quiet and is not presenting any feedback. In Korea, you're supposed to talk after eating your meal, not during.
Do you think that is a good idea? What about this? Is your food ok?
Please be quiet!!
Olivia and Seo-yun both finish their meals. Seo-yun begins talking about business now and explains she was told to enjoy her food rather than talk when eating. Olivia explains that eating and talking is a very normal thing to do in Canada.
In Canada, we always talk during our meals.
In Korea, we don't eat and talk. We enjoy our food and then eat.
They arrive back at the office and finish up their work for the day. At the end of the day, Seo-yun asks Olivia to come for karaoke, a thing most Koreans do after work with their colleagues. Olivia explains that at the end of the day, most people go home to their families.
Let's go do karaoke with all of your co-workers!
Everyone goes home after work to spend time with their families, we don't sing karaoke with each other.