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Korean War Memorials Posted by on Jun 29, 2010

The Korean War has many names. The South Koreans call it the 6.25 War, which reflects the date the war started (육이오 전쟁), and the North Koreans call it the Fatherland Liberation War (조국 해방 전쟁). The number of countries that fought in this war was numerous. Fighting on the side of the South Korea was the…

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Korean Waterfalls Posted by on Jun 26, 2010

Around this time of the year, visitors rush to see the scenic waterfalls on Jeju Island (제주도). Here are the three must see waterfalls on this island : The 천제연폭포 is a three tiered waterfall, where the water eventually flows to the ocean. Take a look at this video. Can you see the blue-green beauty…

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The Conditional Posted by on Jun 23, 2010

To express the conditional, use ~(으)면 : 추우면 에어컨을 끄세요 = If it’s cold, please turn off the air conditioner. (추우면 = if cold. 에어컨 = air conditioner. 을 = object particle. 끄세요 = please turn off) The usage for ~(으)면 can be used to express hypothetical events as well as events that are likely…

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Korean Jelly Posted by on Jun 20, 2010

Muk (묵) is a gelatin-like substance seasoned with all sorts of ingredients. Here are some mouth-watering dishes that consist of this jelly-like dish.   Dotorimuk (도토리묵) is made from acorn starch. The color of this 묵 is brown. It is seasoned with carrots (당근), scallions (파), soy sauce (간장), sesame seeds (깨), and red chili…

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Korean Soccer Posted by on Jun 14, 2010

Lately there’s been a buzz among Koreans for Korea’s recent victory against Greece. The man on everyone’s tongue is Park Ji-Sung (박지성), the captain of the Korean soccer team. Of course, here are some other players that have received attention for one reason or another : Kim Nam-il (김남일) The player that gets a lot…

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Expressing Events in the Future Posted by on Jun 11, 2010

To express probability, you can use the construction ~(으)ㄹ 거예요 : 다음 주에 시험이 있을 거예요 = Next week, there will probably be a test. (다음 = next. 주 = week. 에 = particle. 시험 = test. 이 = particle. 있을 거예요 = will probably be) The construction ~(으)ㄹ 거예요 doesn’t just express probability, it…

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Korean Princes and Kings Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

Korean history is long and interesting, especially when it comes to the lives of the Korean princes and kings. Here are some of the more famous Korean princes and kings. Sejong the Great (세종대왕) is only one of the few Korean kings that have the distinction of being called “great”. He created the Korean writing…

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