Monthly Archives: August 2015

Intention and Results

What does it take to change intention to results? Here are some things that help. Clearly define your intention. Schedule a specific time to work on the goal. Identify possible obstacles and solutions. Know why you want to do this. … Continue reading

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Japanese garden path

Anyone who has enjoyed Japanese gardens will have noticed how carefully the pathways are planned.  As you walk, the paths slow you down and make you pause to enjoy a view.   A garden curator from Portland’s Japanese Garden describes … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 民 people 민

Let’s see some Korean words that use 민. 인민 the people 국민 a nation, a people 자유민 a free citizen 민족 a race (ethnicity) 유목민 a nomadic race 빈민 poor people 貧民 민주주의democracy 民主 Cimi smartly pointed out that some of the words we have … Continue reading

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Frequently used tools

  When I first started Hanguk Babble, I was on the hunt for any and all tools that I might use to learn a language.  I did not know how to teach myself Korean, so I was grasping at everything. … Continue reading

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How to become a better Korean conversation partner

How to become a better Korean conversation partner.

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Language Exchange: Rice and Flowers

I would like to share a typical language exchange I had today with my friend Chulmoon, the organic rice farmer in South Korea. I come off a lot better in text messages that I have time to compose with a … Continue reading

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Hanja from Cimi

As readers of my blog probably already know, my friend Cimi is going to China next year, so together we are learning a few Chinese characters (Korean hanja 한자, Mandarin trad. 漢字, simpl. 汉字 pinyin: Hànzì, Japanese kanji).  Cimi teaches … Continue reading

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Buddhism: 5 Precepts 오계

In South Korea, the lay Buddhist ordination is called sugye 수계.  It is a public ceremony where the student affirms their Buddhist practice by accepting the Five Precepts  (ogye오계). The Five Precepts I vow to abstain from taking life. I vow to … Continue reading

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Bamboo Breakthrough

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Originally posted on followmybrushmarks:
After several weeks of concerted effort, my bamboo has got better.  Practice may not make ‘perfect’ but it sure can lead to ‘better’.  So, what did I do? 1.  hunt for bamboo in local gardens and…

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Korean prayer – repetition & habits

Every night before I go to sleep, I play KUSZ’s evening bell chant. Then I repeat in English until I drift off Hearing the sound of the bell, all thinking is cut off, Wisdom grows; enlightenment appears; [suffering] is left … Continue reading

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What’s your excuse?

What’s your excuse for not studying, making progress, and speaking your target language? Today, mine is that it is too hot.  Then I remember that my teacher Joonhee wrote “It’s toooooooo hot here in Korea. 너무 더워요.”  Summer and it’s … Continue reading

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Starting again: my language mountain to climb

“after a few wasted moments of despair, I discarded the negativity, and just got started on it. I stopped thinking about all the problems I had, stopped being such a crybaby and just got on with it. Whatever countless number … Continue reading

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Yushien, a Japanese Friendship Garden

On Amherst College campus is a Japanese garden. The Journal of Japanese Gardening has ranked Yūshien Garden one of the top Japanese gardens in the nation. Opened in 2001, Yūshien is a contemplative garden.  The $250,000 garden was designed by Shinichiro … Continue reading

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Flashcards from Korean Tourism Organization #KTO_Korean101 #VisitKorea

Love the folks at Korean Tourism Organization. Have you seen their Korean 101 flashcards? Like them on Facebook to get these every week.  Brush up your Korean so you are ready for a visit!

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Hanja for Cimi: 心 heart 심

心 means heart; mind; intention; center; core; soul; spirit.  Typically, if you see 心 or 忄(心’s component form) in a word, you know the word has something to do with emotions or the act of thinking.  In Korean, it is 마음 ( … Continue reading

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