|With some of my favourite (and craziest) Korean students|
Say you are born in October in Korea - you're already one year old. Come January, you turn two - by our reckoning, you'd be just a few months old, but Koreans are two already. That means that Koreans might be one or two years "older" when they talk of their Korean age - and they love coming to a Western country and getting younger!
Of course the bad thing is that if the rest of us go to Korea and want to explain our age in their terms, we get older. This is Very Bad News. Not quite enough to make me never go to Korea again but certainly enough to lie about my year of birth when I get there!