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  • 20/20 vision at any age? Yes, it is possible.

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    20/20 vision at any age? Yes, it is possible.

    Nowadays modern society is unimaginable without smartphones and computers, and while more and more people find themselves inseparable from them, cases of eye problems are also increasing. Myopia, Astigmatism and Hyperopia at younger age and Presbiopya and Cataracts at older age create a great need for professional and affordable eye treatment.


  • Why Are There No Trash Cans in Korea?

    If you've recently visited Korea, what did you think about finding a trash can? Having lived in Korea previously, I know where to look, but any visitor to Korea could go days without being able to locate a single public trash can.

    So I wanted to know why there weren't any public trash cans in Korea, and asked Koreans on the street.

    For anyone visiting Korea, my recommended place for finding trash cans is inside major subway stations. You can sometimes find large trash cans just like in the US (throw everything in just one place), but they're not common still. Also subway bathrooms will often have small trash cans at the entrances where you can throw away trash. Convenience stores also have trash cans for paying customers so you can sit and enjoy their food, and throw away your trash before leaving. But these locations are only for small amounts of trash. For anything larger... good luck!


  • LTW: Chicken franchise under fire over violence against employees

     

    Korea's No.1 chicken franchise Kyochon became a target of public anger after CCTV footage of a senior executive attempting to smash employees was released on Oct 25. In the footage recorded at a Kyochon restaurant in Daegu in Mar, 2015, the executive is seen poised to punch an employee in the face, raising his fist in a threatening gesture, but was stopped by other employee. He was also seen lifting his hands against other employees who were trying to calm him down as he irately threw over food ingredients.


  • How To Say ‘Vacation’ In Korean

    It’s time for vacation! Isn’t it just the best time of the year?! It sure is for us! Thus, it’s only right that the next lesson we take upon is how to say vacation in Korean. Do you have any guesses on what it may be? Or are you entering this lesson completely new to how to say vacation in Korean? Whichever category you fall into, you’ll come out of this lesson having learned and memorized a new word! Let’s get on with it!

     

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  • Taking Stock & New Beginnings

    October has always been an important month for me, which I guess would make most people assume it’s my birth month, but it’s not. It became a strange life marker ten years and two weeks ago, when I got on a plane at DFW airport bound for San Francisco, where I met up with my friend Mags to wait for our flight to Incheon International Airport. It was an empty flight, and as always with flights, it had that weird air of in-between — existing temporarily between places and times. The feeling was exaggerated by the out-of-body experience that is leaving your home country to live and work in a foreign place that you’ve never been to before, where you don’t speak the language and know little about the culture. Moving into an unknown new apartment, starting a new job.


  • A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled...



    A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled Cheese Kitchen, is a favorite of mine. 

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch chunks
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp salted butter
    • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • 2 cups vegetable stock
    • 2 tsp curry powder
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    • 5 oz [140 g] mild, medium, or sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

    Directions:


  • Korean VR Cafes (feat. Jinyoung)

    VR cafes are a new trend in Korea from a year or so ago, and this summer I really saw a lot of places while traveling around. "Cafes" are everywhere in Korea, and there are various kinds from pet cafes where you can have a cup of coffee together with animals (cats, dogs, raccoons, etc.), book cafes where you can read while drinking something, and VR cafes where you can play virtual reality games - from normal virtual reality games to games that require special equipment and facilities. And because there are plenty of companies currently running VR cafes in Korea, you don't have to travel to one specific location or city to visit one.

    Overall, it's quite expensive to visit a VR cafe. Think of it like visiting a theme park, minus the expensive food. But if you're able to, it was a unique experience I haven't found anywhere else.


  • Korean Work Culture

    Just like every country has their own food and art culture, they also have distinct work environments. Korea is no different. In fact, it may just have one of the most peculiar work cultures in the world. If you wish to work in Korea in the future, or otherwise wish to understand and assimilate into the country, it’s quite important for you to be familiar with the different aspects of its work culture. To help you in the process, today we’ll give you a quick lesson on the Korean work culture.

     

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  • LTW: Military dodgers now O.K. if conscientious

    S.Korean Supreme Court ruled moral scruples and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse compulsory military service in a verdict on a Johovah's Witness defendant charged for refusing to join the military. S.Korean law required all able bodied men between 18 and 35 to serve two years in the military, or face maximum 3 years in prison.

  • Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself

    How are you practicing Korean? What are some of your methods, and how often do you practice?

    There might be a better way to practice Korean. I'll cover in this video some of my personal tips for practicing Korean alone - without a pen pal. I'll also talk about whether you should or shouldn't be practicing Korean by yourself. Sometimes it's best not to, and I'll give reasons why.

    The post Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.


  • Dear EPIK

    I understand that one of your requirements for TEFL courses is that students complete a course with a certain number of "hours". If I understand correctly that is "120 hours" or more.

    Now I receive some messages from students applying to your program that they need a certain number of "hours".

    Well, if you weren't aware I'd like to let you know that these "hours" are largely inaccurate and misleading.

    There are generally 2 types of online courses

    1. Asychronous means there are no set class times and students can work on courses as they need.
    2. Sychronous means that classes are held at certain times much like normal classroom times.

    I have only seen or heard of asynchronous online TEFL courses. So if there are no set class times then how can they accurately state the "hours"?

    Hmmm...

    Good question right?


  • Korean FAQ – Three Meanings of 되다

    되다 is a word that's commonly missed by beginning learners. This is probably because it can have so many meanings and uses - in addition to meaning "to become," it's also used in several different grammar forms (~게 되다 and passive, to name two). So I wanted to cover its three main meanings when used as a verb to hopefully make sense of this verb.

    Leave your requests for future Korean FAQ episodes in the comments~

    The post Korean FAQ – Three Meanings of 되다 appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.


  • How To Say ‘Queen’ In Korean

    Do you think it’s the king that holds the highest title? Perhaps the king should step aside and let that rightful position be held by the queen. After all, the Queen of England is one of the most famous royalty in the world.

    Today’s quick and fun lesson will cover how to say queen in Korean. Are you ready to get to it? Let’s go!

     

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  • How To Say ‘Bathroom’ In Korean

    Today’s lesson is definitely something you will want to learn as soon as you arrive in Korea! Even if you may not need to shower or bathe outside of your home or accommodation, you can be almost guarantee to need the toilet at any given time. In those instances, it is important to know how to say ‘bathroom’ in Korean, or ‘toilet’ in Korean, so that you can find out where you can do your business. So today we will learn how to say ‘bathroom’ in Korean!

     

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  • Geumryunsa Temple – 금륜사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)

 

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