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Wait, Is That Korean or English? (Part 2) Posted by on Jun 24, 2020

I have been collecting Korean 허위 동족어 (huh-wee-dong-jok-uh: false cognates) for a while. 허위 동족어 are pairs of words that seem to be cognates because of similar sounds and meaning, but have different etymologies. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_cognate#:~:text=False%20cognates%20are%20pairs%20of,even%20within%20the%20same%20family.) I have more Korean false cognates that I can share with you. I hope this post helps you expand your Korean…

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Wait, Is That Korean or English? (Part 1) Posted by on Jun 22, 2020

As a bilingual in Korean and English, I often secretly giggle inside my head whenever I hear English words that sound like Korean. Sometimes when this happens, it just confuses me for a second. But often the result absurdly twists the entire meaning of the sentence. (https://slate.com/human-interest/2014/09/7-ways-to-fake-pronounce-any-foreign-language-from-a-linguist.html) Korean language is the one of the oldest…

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Things You Want to Know When You Go To a Korean Restaurant Posted by on Jun 16, 2020

After I took my in-laws to a 한국 식당 (han-gook-sik-dang: a Korean restaurant) for the first time, everybody fell in love with Korean food. However, I was surprised to find that my new American 시댁 식구 (si-daek-sik-goo: family in law) was so unfamiliar with the culture of Korean food. I certainly was not prepared to…

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Proper Titles for Your Family Members in Korean Posted by on May 27, 2020

호칭 (ho-ching: appellation) is important in Korean. I believe knowing the proper 호칭 is important because of the very nature of Korean language and culture. Korean language has 존댓말 (jon-dat-mahl: the honorific, the form of Korean language). Knowing 호칭 can guide you on how you should use 존댓말. Respecting the elderly or anyone who should receive…

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Korean Movie That Talks About Korean Woman’s Life in Korea Posted by on May 19, 2020

I often talk to a group of friends that I’ve known and grown up with since middle school. Except for myself and one other friend, all of them are working moms. A couple of years ago, my friends were talking about a book called 82년생 김지영 (Kim Ji-young: Born 1982). They were raving about how…

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Korean Expressions That Might Save Your Hair in Korea Posted by on May 12, 2020

Can you imagine how many people are wanting to see their hairdresser during this quarantine period? Before I started traveling, I used to go to one favorite hairdresser for several years. He was a quiet man, but I always was happy with his skills. I often miss him whenever I have to risk my hair…

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Movies That Predicted Our Reality Posted by on Apr 21, 2020

정보통신기술  (jeong-boh-tong-shin-gi-sul: Information Technology) in Korea is highly advanced and Korea is one of the top IT developed countries. During COVID-19, there are many IT methods that have educated and informed Koreans on how to prevent COVID-19. Other than TV, most Koreans are receiving COVID-19 daily updates via texts/emails.     One of IT methods…

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