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Archive for March, 2009

Korean News: State Visit Posted by on Mar 19, 2009

Did you know that Hillary Clinton is the first secretary of state to visit the countries of Asia right after being promoted to office?  In the past, the first countries that the secretary of state would visit were the Middle East and Europe.  The fact that Clinton’s first visit is anywhere in Asia signifies the…

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Korean Proverb of the Day Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

Today’s proverb is: 虛心坦懷. The pronunciation and meaning for each character are as follows: 虛 – huh (empty) 心 – shim (heart) 坦 – tan (flat) 懷 – hwe (cherish) This proverb is used to describe a person who is frank, candid or open-minded. The character meaning empty (虛) and the character meaning heart (心)…

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Korean Grammar: Directional Particle eh (에) Posted by on Mar 15, 2009

There’s another another directional particle besides ro (로) and uro (으로).  While ro (로) and uro (으로) means to go “towards” something, eh (에) means to be “at” something.  For example if I say the phrase “at the house” I would take the noun “house” and attach the eh (에) particle to it.  Since the…

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Korean Grammar: Directional Particles Posted by on Mar 11, 2009

I think now’s a good time to go over directional particles.  Let’s look at the particle ro (로) and uro (으로).  If I want to say, “towards the school” all I have to do is add the ro (로) particle to the noun “school”.  The noun for school in Korean is hakkyo (학교).  Add ro…

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Korean Spelling Posted by on Mar 10, 2009

Hangul (한굴), which is the Korean alphabet system; is largely phonetic.  This means that words are written as they are pronounced.  Well, for the most part they are.  There are some exceptions to the rule.  For example the character resembling ㅅ is pronounced differently depending on where it’s located.  When it’s located on top, it’s…

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