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Deferential Polite Past Tense Posted by on Dec 10, 2009

What happens when you have an 이다 copula ending in the deferential polite past tense? Let’s say there’s a sentence like this, “학생이었습니다“. (학생 = student. 이였습니다 = deferential polite past of 이다.) In English this would mean, “I was a student”. Now with a phrase like this, “학교였습니다“, it would mean “It was a…

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The Three Jewel Temples of Korea Posted by on Dec 7, 2009

The 삼보사 are the Three Jewel Temples of South Korea. Each temple represents a “jewel” or precept of Buddhism. The three precepts are: the person itself, aka Buddha, the Dharma or the teachings of Buddha, and the Sangha or the community of practicing Buddhists. Each of the temples listed below are thought to represent one…

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Korean Noodles Posted by on Dec 4, 2009

냉면 literally means “cold noodles” in Korean. There are two kinds of 냉면. 물 냉면 is the kind with soup and 비빔 냉면 is without the soup. In the hot summer, 물 냉면 is a popular dish because the soup is served cold with ice. The noodles are very thin and usually the broth tastes…

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