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Archive for January, 2010

Korean Peninsula Posted by on Jan 31, 2010

Today’s post will be a geography lesson on Korea. As many of you probably know, Korea is a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific ocean, the East Sea, and the Yellow Sea. Korea is in close proximity to China in the north, parts of southern Russia in the northeast, and to Japan in the south. Seventy percent of…

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To/From in Korean Posted by on Jan 28, 2010

Let’s take a look at a sentence like this: 친구한테 전화했어요? (친구 = friend. 한테 = to. 전화했어요 = past tense of 전화하다, or “to make a phone call”). In English, this would mean, “Did you call your friend?” The part that I want to focus on today is 한테. Here, 한테 means “to” but not…

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Korean Queens Posted by on Jan 25, 2010

If you look at the imperial history of Korea, you’ll notice that there are only a couple of queens who achieved the same kind of admiration and perhaps notorioty as the kings of Korean history. Queen Seondeok (선덕여왕) was the first recorded reiging Queen in Korean history. She was the ruler over 신라 of the…

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Answers to the Quiz Posted by on Jan 22, 2010

Ok, now it’s time for the quiz answers. The answers will be provided in parentheses. Conjugate the following into the present honorific polite: 1 – 듣다 (to hear, to listen) (들으세요) 2 – 살다 (to live) (사세요) 3 – 어렵다 (to be difficult) (어려우세요) 4 – 나쁘다 (to be bad) (나쁘세요) Conjugate the following in the past…

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Honorific Polite and Deferential Polite Quiz Posted by on Jan 19, 2010

Try this quiz and see how many you get right! Conjugate the following into the present honorific polite: 1 – 듣다 (to hear, to listen) 2 – 살다 (to live) 3 – 어렵다 (to be difficult) 4 – 나쁘다 (to be bad) Conjugate the following in the past tense of the honorific polite: 5 – 있다 (to have)…

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