“Jal moro gesoyo” [Word of the Day Series]

So how has building your vocabulary been working? Hopefully it’s been very beneficial. If you’re still struggling, there are other sites besides Memrise that allow you to create and use flashcards such as Quizlet and Study Stack to help you memorize these words. I don’t use flash cards but if that’s how you learn check those sites out. There are more out there but those are the ones I know off the top.

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Today, I’m going to teach you a two useful phrases. If someone asks you a question and you don’t know the answer to the question, in English we say, “I don’t know”. In Korean, you’d say, “Jal moro gesoyo”. Easy right? Another way of saying this is, “Nan molla” or just “Molla”. (Nan is a word we will cover next week!)

The second phrase, if someone asks you something and you don’t understand what they’re asking you, you’d say, “Jal modala du gesoyo.” Or, “I don’t understand”.

Next week I’m going to get back into grammar and endings. I didn’t want to add anything too heavy since I just covered, -jima, [i/ga] “isseo/isseoyo”, “yeyo”, and “iyeyo”. I hope you’ve been reviewing and practicing! And if you don’t remember what those words and phrases mean, go back and review! On Monday we’ll start a new grammar lesson! I’ll have a review activity too, maybe this weekend, so if you need one or want one it’ll be up here. I was asked before about them so I’ll post them when I can. So that’s it! Keep practicing and please let me know if you have any questions! If I can’t answer it, I can refer you to sites that definitely can!

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Counterfeit… Restaurants???? Wah?

In completely random news! I’ve heard of pictures being stolen, copyright infringement of movies, books, plots, shirts, logos, purses, suitcases etc. but never in all my life have I ever heard of a counterfeit… restaurant. Like what? Insert minion who can say how I feel more effectively.

Apparently this is truly the case in Hong Kong. Yenn Wong, co-founder of Chachawan Isaan Thai and Bar was told through messages online that someone had stolen her restaurant. They didn’t just steal the name. They stole the logo, interior design, exterior design… they stole everything!! They were billing themselves as a “second branch” of the ever popular original restaurant. The worst part was, some of their patrons thought it was the real deal and were eating at this “fake-aurant”. There were those however, who sent pictures and were saying that an impostor had shown up in Shanghai. And that’s when Chachawan (the real owners)  took to twitter to let everyone know, the one in Hong Kong was real and the one in Shanghai was fake. They essentially said in some many words, “We don’t know these people!” (Not a direct quote)

Honestly I never knew you could steal a restaurant. Are there even laws against that? Are there laws about that?! Who’s ever even heard of that?! No originality. I just want to know who wakes up one morning and goes, “I think I’ll steal a restaurant today. That sounds like a plan!” Why? And then ACTUALLY follow through with it and steal the restaurant! Did it start out as a joke? “Hahaha man I can steal anything! I’m just that good!” “Hahaha, dude I bet you won’t steal this restaurant!” How does this topic even come up? I’m confused.

So there you have it folks. I wish I was making this up. Apparently this is all the rage now and it’s happened a few more times with other restaurants as well. Check the full story here at CNN: Counterfeit Restaurants.

“The Admiral: Roaring Currents” Big Time in the U.S. [Movie News]

I’m a big movie fan! I love watching movies, especially historical fiction and documentary movies. The one I’ve really been trying to see is “The Admiral: Roaring Currents”. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow me to get to a theater to see movies very often so 9 times out of 10, if I want to see it I have to wait for it to come out on DVD so I can rent it or watch it on Amazon. But I’ve been following this particular movie regardless.

It’s one of the highest grossing films Korean films in the U.S. And it’s no surprise to me. It was a huge movie over in South Korea and when it made it’s debut here, it became just as huge! The movie tells the story of the Battle of Myeongnyang in 1597, in which Admiral Yi Sun-sin led the 12 ships left in his command against a fleet of 330 vessels from Japan.

I didn’t know much about this battle prior to finding out about this movie but I have to say it is truly impressive. There may be some politics surrounding this that I don’t know about so I won’t pick a side or anything but I really would love to see this movie. The trailer is visually enticing so I’m positive this movie is just really nice to look at for one and I wouldn’t doubt that the story telling is top notch. I mean, it did get 7 stars on imdb and rotten tomatoes gave it a rating of 86% sooo that has to mean something right? From the reviews I’ve seen, the battle is truly epic and worth watching! So if you’re like me and want to see it mainly for that one scene, it’s worth it. Unfortunately though, I did see one review that said the character development was pretty much non-existent so I’m not quite sure how to feel about that. For 2.5 hours, I would like to be able to become attached to at least one character in the movie.

However, if you haven’t heard of it or haven’t seen a trailer I’ll post it below. Is it worth watching for you? Hopefully I’ll get around to watching it soon and I can do a review… non-biased of course. I take my movie watching experience very objectively and seriously… sometimes.