Category Archives: Word of the Day

Street Food in Korea | Netflix Documentary

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I know by now you’ve probably seen almost every single kdrama, movie… anything you can think to watch. But what about documentaries?

If you have Netflix and haven’t seen this yet, I found this really cool documentary that talks about the history and something we all love in any country… Food!! Haha but not just any food, the famous street food that we see in just about every vlogs from Korea or in movies and dramas and the food all looks soooooo good! Ever wondered about how the food gets made or the history behind it?

Also, this came out last year so if you have seen it then comment below and tell us what part of it you liked, learned or what foods you would want to try!

I was curious so I checked out the documentary, Street Food: Asia. I watched the episode that focused on Korean food and let me tell you, it was really eye-opening for me. I learned so much and I was really able to get a better appreciation of all the hardwork that goes into making those delicious meals and snacks we see all the time.

If you haven’t seen it, check it out! I couldn’t find it on YouTube but I did find this which is one of the highlighted places in the documentary.

Also, for language learning purposes, this documentary is perfect for listening practice. The Korean spoken in the documentary is very common speech. It’s what you could use in everyday conversations. A lot of times, with documentaries, the problem is that the speech can be way too formal or just not natural in conversation but that’s not the case here. So if you’re looking for something practice listening with, check out this documentary.

Sentence Building in Korean| [Video]

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Before I start, I want to start this post by saying I know it’s a tough time right now and there’s a lot of transitioning happening for a lot of us. It’s very sad and scary that in the time from my last post until now the world feels like it flipped upside down because of COVID-19. So to those of you who are afraid or those of you who are anxious about everything going on, just remember that we are all in this together. We will get through this together! Please reach out to trusted friends and family or even, if you can, professionally to deal with all of this if you need to. None of this is normal. None of it is fair. But we will get through this and we will do it together.

To those of you reading this who have lost friends/family/loved ones in death because of the virus, my heart is with you. I’m so incredibly sorry for you loss. Please stay strong. And please reach out to others as well, be it family, friends, or professionally too if you can.

Let’s be strong together! Let’s lean on each other. Let’s speak compassionately and consolingly to others. And let’s remember that we are not in this alone.

Because it’s been so stressful, as many of you who are in university or even in grade school and high school know, classes have been switched to online. It’s an extreme adjustment especially for those of us who were in the middle of the semester. However, I want to keep at least one thing normal in your life so I will continue to post. I won’t be able to do so as frequently as before but I will post at least twice a week!

To start, I found a video to transition back into regular posting… and since it’s friday. I went on YouTube and this popped up in my recommendations. TTMK was one of the major sources I used when I first learning Korean so it’s one of my go-to places still whenever I stumble across something I don’t quite understand or something new.

Even though it’s not a new topic, sentence building takes a lot of practice and this video is super helpful. Even I found it helpful and I’ve been practicing Korean for like 5+ years now.

Check it out below!

(X)에서 일하다 -> (Location)eseo ilhada) | [Word of the Day]

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This is going to be a short post since there isn’t a whole lot here that’s new. This is a “building post”, meaning, building on what we already know to make sentences.

Let’s get started!

  • 에서 (eseo) | location – from, in, at
  • 일하던 (ilhada) | to work

Vocabulary List:

  • 사무실 (samusil) | “Office”
  • 의사 사무실 (uisa samusil)|“Doctor office”
  • 학교 (hak-gyo) | ”School”

i.e.,

  • 제 엄마는 의사 사무실에서 일한다. (Je eommaneun uisa samusil-eseo Ilya day.) | “My mom works at the doctor office.”
  • 선생님 학교에서 일한다. (Seonsaengnim haggyoeseo ilhada.) | “The teacher works at the school.”
  • 그들은 사무실에서 이렇다. 나는 사무실밖에서 일한다. (Geudeul-eun samusil-eseo ilhada. Naneun samusil bakk-eseo ilhada.)| “They work in the office. I work outside the office.”

Foreign Language Tip | Do you need to know Grammar?

I think this is a question that comes up a lot when people talk about learning a foreign language and I’ve talked about it here before too. But I was recently asked this question and it was a two-part. The first part of the question, “Do you need to know grammar to understand Korean?” and the second part, “Have you studied grammar while you’ve been learning?” So I’ll answer that in two ways.

“Do you need to know grammar to understand Korean?”

It depends. It depends your answer to two questions:

  1. What are you learning Korean for?
  2. How do you plan on using what you learn?

So if you answered the questions like, “I’m learning so I can talk to relatives/friends” or “I’m learning because I’m about to travel to Korea” or “I’m learning because of kpop/kdramas”… anything along those lines, the answer is, not really. You actually really don’t need to learn anything too in depth as far as grammar goes. You only really need to learn the basics because you’re learning Korean for conversational and entertainment purposes. There’s no real reason to understand the “why” behind what you’re saying. You just need to understand what you’re saying and be able to understand contextual clues in speech and when you speech. That doesn’t require a whole lot of grammar. It’s also the reason why I stopped doing so many grammar posts because it’s not really necessary. I’ve honestly found it’s easier to pick up Korean when you focus more on what you’re saying, context, and what it means then to learn ALL of that with grammar. It just makes it so much harder.

If you answered the questions, “I’m learning Korean so I can teach/I’m a teacher in Korea now” or “I’m learning because I read a lot of books in Korean” or “I plan on writing more in Korean” then the answer is, yes, you do need to learn grammar. If you’re doing anything with writing, reading (newspaper/textbooks/etc.), teaching, then you do need to have good grasp of grammar because you’re going beyond conversational Korean. You’re going more towards the written style and a lot of what is written in Korean isn’t actually said the same way in speech. So you’re basically learning a more in depth way to say the same things only you won’t be verbally saying or reading them. This is when it’s more important to understand why you have to use specific endings or why you have add on or conjugate differently because you have to read and understand what you’re reading or you’ll have to write and your readers need to understand what you’re saying.

The reality is… and I’ve said this before but, most English speakers only know the basics of English. They don’t know in depth grammatically correct English because they don’t speak it. And it’s the same way with other languages too.

The best advice I can give to you is the same advice that was given to me… “Learn Korean the way you speak in your native language.”

Meaning, if you don’t use a PhD level vocabulary/grammar in your everyday speech in your native language, don’t try to learn it in Korean. Learn to speak conversationally and learn to speak it comfortably. Remember to “mind your manners” as well. Meaning, make sure you’re always aware of when to speak formally and informally.

And always always always… be confident! Practice! Don’t be afraid to try and make mistakes. If you put forth the effort, eventually it’ll click and you’ll be fluent before you know it!

That’s all for now!