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Korean Onomatopoeia Posted by on Jun 28, 2009

Today’s post is on 의성어 or onomatopoeias. I’d say that some of these are close to the English version, while others are radically different. 1) 쾅 – is a sound that is made something hits the ground. Like for example, if you fall down the stairs and your head hits the floor. 2) 멍멍 –…

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Vegetable Vocabulary Posted by on Jun 25, 2009

Here’s some vocabulary that may come useful the next time you go to a Korean grocery store. Vegetable: 야채 Carrot: 당근 Broccoli: 브로콜리 Onion: 양파 Lettuce: 상추 Cabbage: 배추 Squash/Zucchini: 호박 Tomato: 토마토 Mushroom: 버섯 Potato: 감자 Cucumber: 오이 Spinach: 시금치 Radish: 무 Bean Sprout: 콩나물 These phrases may come in handy: _____________ 있으세요? (Do…

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Korean Proverb of the Day Posted by on Jun 22, 2009

Today’s proverb is, “한 가지로 열 가지를 안다.” Let’s break this sentence down for greater clarity. 한 means 하나 or one in Korean. 하나 has been shortened to 한 because there is a counter that follows it. (Whenever you have a counter following a number, the numbers 1-4, 11-14, 21-24 etc., will be shortened.) Then…

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South Korean President: Noh Mu Hyun Posted by on Jun 19, 2009

The recent suicide of ex South Korean President, Noh Mu Hyun (노무현) has received 24 hour coverage in the South Korean press. The suicide came as a shock to most people and thousands paid their respects to the deceased president by laying flowers on his tomb. For those of you who don’t know Noh Mu…

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Korean Currency Part 2 Posted by on Jun 16, 2009

The first part on Korean currency dealt with coins. Today’s post deals with the paper money. ₩1000 : As of now it’s equivalent to about $1. It’s blue; with one side containing a portrait of Yi Hwang (이 황). Yi Hwang (이황) was one of the greatest scholars of Korea. The portrait of Yi Hwang (이황)…

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