Category Archives: Interpals

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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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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Why do I want to learn Korean?

I made a video that shows the reason I am learning Korean is for the Koreans I have met. I have been studying for 10 months, starting in March 2014. http://youtu.be/n6Y8QI9oVfc Here is my English audio recording about why I want … Continue reading

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Asking three questions in a row

I believe in catching someone doing something right.  🙂  I try to notice my progress, even in small ways. Tonight, in a Skype conversation with my Korean mentor, I asked three questions in a row. Tell me a little about … Continue reading

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Still babbling and having fun

Spoke tonight with a Korean who encouraged me to babble.  Back on March 10th when we talked, I was just learning how to open my mouth.  I literally hadn’t spoken more than 10 words of Korean up until that point, and trying to … Continue reading

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Pop Quiz – and I passed! Whoo hoo!

With real world pop quizzes, I haven’t fared very well. However, tonight Chulmoon gave me one on Facebook Messenger, and I passed!

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Culture Exchange: Toys and Childhood Games

I was surprised in a Korean drama to see hopscotch being played.  I grew up drawing those on my driveway.  A piece of chalk, a stone, and we were entertained. Turns out that cat’s cradle, that game where you have … Continue reading

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Making conversation: Anticipation and Follow-up Questions

So far, the extent of my conversational skills in Korean were “Hello.  My name is …”   I might have been able to manage “Nice to meet you.  I am an American.  I am from Massachusetts.”  I never dared ask … Continue reading

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Hello my readers, sorry if you thought this was a blog

Thank you for reading Hanguk Babble. Hanguk Babble is not a blog.  It might grow up to become one some day.  I feel guilt about my irresponsible use of Hanguk Babble that gives the impression it might be a blog, … Continue reading

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Numbers dancing in my head

지금 몇 시예요?  What time is it?  아침 하나 시예요.   It is 1 AM. I slipped from dream to a dreamy state of thinking about numbers.   I had read about a learning method that links images to foreign … Continue reading

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Is it cheating?

I have hesitated to write down practice words, phrases, and sentences that I could use when I meet a Korean.  Why?  It feels like cheating.  Aren’t I suppose to be spontaneous when I meet someone?  Isn’t it like writing up … Continue reading

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Making your future life more dynamic

Chatting on KaokoTalk with one of my Korean pen pal/teachers.  He said these encouraging words to me. “I think learning new languages takes babbling and immersion as much as you can. You need to store Korean words and expressions like … Continue reading

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As though no one can hear you

“Dance as though no one is watching you, Love as though you have never been hurt before, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth.” ― Souza I had a discussion today with … Continue reading

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TTMIK: What did you do today?

Talk To Me In Korean has a page where you can say what you did today.  I’m going to try to do this, although it still feels like pulling teeth to get a sentence out of me.  This one below … Continue reading

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10 Minute News

CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for use in high school classes.   Each broadcast comes with a transcript, so students learning English can use it for studying. 10 Minute News is a App that allows … Continue reading

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