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Together, With in Korean Posted by on May 26, 2010

The word “with” can be expressed with 랑 : 친구랑 점심 먹었어요 = I ate lunch with a friend (친구 = friend. 랑 = with. 점심 = lunch. 먹었어요 = ate) However 랑 is used only after vowels. 이랑 is used after consonants : 제범이랑 도서관에서 공부했어요 = I studied in the library with Jaebum…

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Our YouTube Winner: Rafiqahsari (Gyeongbok Palace) Posted by on May 25, 2010

First off, we’d like to thank all of you who submitted videos regarding exotic Korean customs. We really enjoyed reading all of your insightful comments on our Facebook page. The cultural practices you all mentioned — from the Korean BBQ to eccentric bridal piggybacks — were very enlightening. Without further adieu, our video winner is…

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Traditional Korean Candy Posted by on May 23, 2010

엿 is a type of traditional Korean candy. There are many different varieties of 엿. One variety is 땅콩엿. 땅콩엿 is a type of peanut 엿. This type of candy is made by boiling glutinous rice, corn, sweet potatoes, sorghum and sugar in a pot called a 솥. When chilled, the mixture solidifies and is covered…

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How to Say ‘Because’ in Korean Posted by on May 17, 2010

In Korean, “because” clauses can be expressed with ~기 때문에 : 돈이 없기 때문에 대학교를 못 다녔어요 = I couldn’t attend college because I don’t have money (돈 = money. 이 = particle. 없기 때문에 = because I don’t have. 대학교 = college. 를 = particle. 못 다녔어요 = couldn’t attend.) The clause “because I…

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North-South Trouble Posted by on May 14, 2010

If you’ve watched the news recently, North and South Korea haven’t been getting along so well. That is, of course, you could argue that they’ve never really gotten along, they’ve tolerated each other. The current news is that South Korea shot warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat. According to South Korean officials, the North…

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Parents Day in Korea Posted by on May 11, 2010

May 8th was 어버이 날 or Parents Day in South Korea. Parents Day is a day in which Korean parents are thanked and honored. In some elementary schools, parents actively participate in race relays with their children. There may also be a letter reading event, where children write a letter to their parents. The contents of the…

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Vowel Contracting Verbs Posted by on May 8, 2010

There are some verbs that have vowel contracts when they are conjugated in the standard polite form. For example, 오다 (to come)is conjugated as 와요 in the standard polite form. There are lots of verbs that contain 오다 : 따라오다 – to follow along 들어오다 – to come in 데려오다 – to bring someone along And these…

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