Monthly Archives: April 2014

Repetition … again!

Repetition is a powerful thing. I thought I was a bad language learner, because I anticipated that I should be able to remember a word after seeing it 2 or 3 times.  I felt a huge sense of relief when … Continue reading

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Laugh Lines

그녀가 얼굴에 잔뜩 주름을 지으며 웃었다. Her face crinkled up in a smile. 그가 눈가에 잔주름을 지으며 미소를 지었다. He smiled, his eye crinkling. Laugh Lines 눈가의 주름 face 얼굴 to smile 미소 짓다 to laugh 웃다 귀엽게미소짓다 smile sweetly 기쁘게미소짓다 smile happily … Continue reading

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Daily actions = Large Results

We tend to over-complicate language learning when it’s really all about consistency every single day. Daily actions=large results. – @Amadagin, Retweeted by @Shanna, Retweeted by @jrbeanie17

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HMart Cambridge Meetup May 8

Drama Fever is having a Meetup in Boston at the new Cambridge HMART on  Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Hmm … I have friends in Cambridge, maybe I will go.

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‘ㄹ’ is a flick of the tongue

I want to learn how to pronounce ‘ㄹ’.   ‘ㄹ’ is romanized as (r/l) and named 리을 (rieul). LearnKoreanOnline might have given me a moment of insight.  The instructor Rob Julien said not to think about ‘ㄹ’ as the English letter ‘R’ but to think … Continue reading

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Just waking up, need coffee

Good Morning. 좋은 아침. In the spirit of learning what I need, I decided to figure out how to say “I’m just waking up,” so that when a pen pal in another time zone is eager to chat and I … Continue reading

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The Linguist, LingQ, and the Learner

Steve Kaufmann is the founder of LingQ and author of the book “The Way of The Linguist: A Language Learning Odyssey.” I discovered him when he stopped by my blog one day, and I have since been watching some of … Continue reading

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I Make My Home in the Mountains

I Make My Home in the Mountains            Li Po You ask why I live alone in the mountain forest and I smile and am silent until even my soul grows quiet It lives in the other world one that no one … Continue reading

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Effortless Learning

Zhuangzi, the Taoist philosopher, encouraged people to achieve their potential thru effortlessness, not by resisting their own natures. Taoist teaching have baffled me since I first encountered them while taking Tai Chi from Kwan Saihung.  Raised a Christian, descended from Puritans, … Continue reading

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Antique Postcards

Where Can I Buy a Postcard? = 어디에서 엽서를 살 수 있어요? I have received several requests from Interpals for antique American postcards.  Never having collected vintage postcards myself, I am a complete novice.  However, I knew I had seen … Continue reading

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Pronunciation and Integrated Korean Introduction

A ramble about learning to pronounce Korean correctly.

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Korean Multimedia Dictionary

 Made a happy discovery today when I found the Korean Multimedia Dictionary.  By the same folks who brought us the great Korean alphabet page.  Enjoy!

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Cape Cod

Sharing with my International pen pals includes tales of the state of Massachusetts.  I lived on Cape Cod for many years.  My description to one pen pal resulted in him sending me back a vocabulary list, which I was very … Continue reading

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Planting a Garden

Shaking off the snow fall last week, I am determined to do some gardening this year. Farmer’s Almanac seduces me each week, sending emails, planting guides, and garden planner. Check out the Farmer’s Almanac website for your own free planting … Continue reading

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여보세요? Whoops, wrong number

I had another real life pop quiz when I mis-dialed a phone call to Korea.  Now I have a live Korean speaking saying 여보세요 (hello)?  After I realized the voice wasn’t my language exchange partner, I managed 죄송합니다 (sorry) but had not a … Continue reading

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