Monthly Archives: February 2015

Snow words and ideas

“words don’t merely match pre-existing things in the world. Rather, they shape and encapsulate ideas about things– how they are categorized (compare dog vs. canine), how we are interacting with them (compare sheep vs. mutton), how the word functions grammatically (compare the … Continue reading

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Hanbok Rental

Hanbok is the traditional Korean outfit. One can rent a hanbok from Hanbok Story 194-17 Northern Blvd. Flushing NY 11358 Hanboknyc.com Read more about it in the NPR story Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

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Hanja for Cimi: 女 woman 여

女 woman, girl 여 There are many Korean words related to woman (여). For example, 여자, 여성, 여인.

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Hyde, Jekyll, Me 하이드 지킬, 나

Hyde, Jekyll, and Me is a Korean drama by SBS. The director of Wonderland and a circus performer clash and spark in this romance. If you have ever thought the person you were falling in love with seems like he … Continue reading

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LingQ avatar

To inspire you to study, LingQ has an avatar.  It has been one of the most demotivating things.  I joined LingQ around April 11, 2014.  I found none of their Korean lessons useful, so I had to create all the lessons from … Continue reading

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The more you fall, the easier you get up

In Korean drama Mr Baek episode 12, when asked why he choses to do activities like rock climbing, the son’s response was as follows. “I found it fun once I started to get into it.  At first it was too … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 木 tree 나무

木 tree 나무 Tree is one of those basic building blocks you see in lots of Chinese characters.  Chineasy shows you 木 as a tree. Notice that 木 has four strokes.

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Take Charge of your own Learning

Do you passively wait to be taught by a teacher or textbook?  Or do you actively seek out the knowledge you need to speak your target language? Active, engaged learners are far more successful than passive learners. I was a … Continue reading

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Two Truths and a Lie game, Not Learning

A suggestion from #Add1Challenger Kevin seems a perfect “not learning, just having fun” activity.   Of course, the problem is I can’t lie.  haha  Still, fun to make sentences saying outrageous things.

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Most Frequent Korean Words

I try to learn vocabulary.  Some words I meet, we introduce ourselves, we are friendly, I use it in a sentence or make a flashcard, and then I forget about the word.  Not so for the 1000 Most Frequently Used … Continue reading

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Go-Together game

Play a game of matching which terms go together as a way to work on vocabulary and make associations.  For example, apple 사과 and tree 나무.  Describe the picture.  Practice making sentences.  For example, because it was windy, Christopher Robin … Continue reading

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#Add1Challenge: Burning Questions

Here are some great videos interviewing polyglots for #ADD1Challenge. Benny Lewis 2013 Benny 2014 Luca Lampariello Richard Simcott Olly Richards Conor Clyne  Judith Meyers Questions asked include: How to handle when you get tongue-tied? How to chose which vocabulary to study? How to prepare … Continue reading

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Busan Toastmasters

My friend from the Busan Toastmasters club share this video.  Can you imagine giving a speech in your target language? “Don’t study, but enjoy learning Korean as much as you can, which will help you keep that way longer.” – … Continue reading

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My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy

I bought “My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy”. It arrived today, and what an excellent book this is. It is full color glossy pages. The binding is rings, so that the pages will lie flat. It comes with a CD. … Continue reading

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About Hanguk Babble – Links to my favorite resources

I tell people to refer to my “About” page for resources.  Some do, and are surprised to see how many links I have there.  If you haven’t looked recently. then here is what you have been missing.   Check out … Continue reading

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