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Humanism Always Survives Posted by on Mar 19, 2020

A couple of months ago, I honestly thought my parents and friends went overboard with COVID-19 whenever I talked to them over the phone. I didn’t feel 임박한 위기 (im-bahk-hahn-wee-gi: an imminent danger) back then. They, of course, 자가 격리 (jah-gah-kyuk-ree: self-quarantine) themselves at home as most Koreans did. Some people started 사재기 (sah-jae-gi: panic…

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The Chronicles of Coronavirus in Korea Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

January 2020 I was planning to fly back to Korea in March to see my family and friends. I was excited about this trip because it has been a while since I visited Korea. I have been missing authentic Korean food. I had a list of Korean food I wanted to try.  Most of all…

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Parasite Won Oscar Posted by on Feb 26, 2020

A couple months ago, one of my acquaintances asked me if I had watched a Korean movie called “기생충 (Parasite : Gi-saeng-chung)”. Well, no, I hadn’t yet seen the movie. He kept going on and on about how great the movie was. I was a little puzzled by his reaction because Korean movies are particularly…

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How to Count Age in Korean (Part 2) Posted by on Feb 11, 2020

As I promised last month, I am committed to teach you how to count age in Korean this time. As you know Korean has two numerical systems. One is the Sino Korean system and the other is the native Korean system. Sino Korean system is used for dates, money, addresses, phone numbers, and minutes and…

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The Year of the Rat Posted by on Jan 28, 2020

Koreans have two New Year’s Days, but they only celebrate one. One is called 신정 (shin-jeong: New Year’s Day) and the other is 설날 (Seollal: Korean New Year’s Day), which is same as 구정 (goo-jeong: Lunar New Year’s Day). 설날 falls on a different date each year since it is based on the lunar calendar…

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How to Count Money in Korean (Part 1) Posted by on Jan 13, 2020

I once had a chance to live in Latin America for about a year. I was not fluent in Spanish at all, but I was able to get by since I Committed myself, right at the beginning, to learn Spanish numbers. Learning and understanding numbers is a crucial skill, especially if you live in a…

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How Koreans Celebrate Christmas Posted by on Jan 11, 2020

I personally have a couple of family members’ birthdays around Christmas, including mine. Ever since I moved to the USA, I sometimes feel my birthdays get neglected under holiday seasons. Although it wasn’t a big deal when I lived in Korea because Koreans celebrate Christmas in a different way. 성탄절 (seong-tan-jeol: Christmas) is a 공휴일…

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