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Archive for September, 2009

Pansori Posted by on Sep 29, 2009

When I was a child, I had the pleasure of viewing a pansori (판소리) performance in Korea. Pansori (판소리) is a type of traditional Korean music using vocals and instruments. The singer of a Pansori (판소리) performance is called a 소리꾼. The 소리꾼 is usually accompanied by a drummer called a 고수. Both the singer…

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Prestigious Korean Universities Posted by on Sep 26, 2009

This fall, as new students in America enter their first year of college, I thought I’d talk about SKY universities. Many Korean parents dream of sending their children to a SKY university to further their children’s future. Have you ever heard of the acronym SKY? The letters come from the first letter of three prestigious…

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Korean-English Guessing Game! Posted by on Sep 23, 2009

Hopefully you’ved had some time to guess about these words: 1. 카리스마 (charisma) 2. 볼펜 (ballpoint pen) Be careful of the the word 팬 which doesn’t mean pen, but a fan or an ethusiast. 3. 카메라 (camera) lots of names for high tech items are derived from English. 4. 핸드백 (handbag) lots of names for…

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ㄹ Ending Verbs Continued Posted by on Sep 20, 2009

Hopefully you’ve had some time to think about the ㄹ ending verbs in detail (published on September 14th 2009). I’m going to go even further and show you how to conjugate these verbs in the deferential polite form. In the first post on ㄹ ending verbs, the verb 놀다 was conjugated as 놀아요 in the…

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Korean Words Derived from English Posted by on Sep 17, 2009

The following words are Korean words derived from English. See if you can figure out the English word from the pronunciation of the Korean word. 1. 카리스마 2. 볼펜 3. 카메라 4. 핸드백 5. 카드 6. 컴퓨터 7. 헤어 스타일 8. 테니스 9. 텔레비전 10. 프로그램 11. 커피 12. 헤드폰 13. 엑스레이 14. 노트북 15…

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ㄹ ending verbs Posted by on Sep 14, 2009

The verbs that we encountered so far were regular ending verbs like 가다 (to go), 운전하다 (to drive). These verbs were simple in the sense that all you had to do was drop the 다 and add 요 in the standard polite form. For example, 가다 turns to 가요 and 운전하다 turns to 운전해요. The…

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Answers to the Review Posted by on Sep 11, 2009

Hope you’ve had some time to look at the review questions. The answers are in parentheses. 1. What are the two subject marking particles? (이/가) 1a. Of the two subject marking particles, which one do you use after consonants? (이) 2. How would a verb like 가다 be conjugated in the deferential polite? (갑니다) 2a…

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