Category Archives: Korean

Korean Buddhist artist

Here is a documentary of a Korean monk painting the Bodhisattva of Compassion for the Asian Art Museum in Seattle.  The monk artist Seol-min has dedicated her life to keeping the tradition of Buddhist painting alive. “In Buddhist painting, preparation … Continue reading

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Diabetes 당뇨 as common in Korea as USA

Diabetes is 당뇨.  Also, diabetes is 당뇨병 where 병 means illness.     Korean is a thin-country, but has approximately the same rate of diabetes as USA.  The sudden change in the typical diet from vegetarian to eating lots of junk … Continue reading

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Hard work pays off

Check out the Economist article “The model minority is losing patience”. It quotes one study that says a reason why Asian Americans excel academically is they work hard. “On average Asian-Americans are unusually well educated, prosperous, married, satisfied with their … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 苹 apple 사과

We learned 平 peace.  It also means flat, level, equal (picture a level scale).  We learned grass 艹.  Put them  together, and you get apple 苹.  Apple is one of the earliest Korean words I learned from Boys Over Flowers Korean drama.  Apple … Continue reading

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September Song

My language exchange partner shared with me the lyrics to “September Song”.  Koreans have an appreciation for many American songs, and I feel such a flush of joy hearing classics again, brought to my attention by someone on the other … Continue reading

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Korean Bible

Received a gift of a Korean bible from the Korean woman I met in town.  Since the bible is organized by chapter and verse, it is easy to match the Korean to an English bible. I am the light of … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 味 taste 맛

I take great thrill in my fortune cookies, now that I am learning a little Chinese.  This one taught me the word “taste”.  Imagine in ancient times, you are a king who can’t eat yet until the food is first … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 天 sky 천

天 sky, heaven, day 천 I chose the character 天 because of a Zen poem “An Answer on Behalf of Heaven and Earth”  代天地答.  We learned soil/earth is 土.  See 土 (earth) in the character 地 ? 答 is answer and 代 is on … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 永 eternal 영

When I first saw this character, I thought it was water 水 until I noticed the extra dot.  It is a character used as a warm up for calligraphy because it has so many types of strokes.

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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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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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