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  • Oh, I actually am White-Washed.

    Have you ever met someone or found yourself saying something like this?

    There were many times when I was judged by someone right off the bat, and what would hurt was that this person assumed my characteristics/ behavior patterns were due to my being asians.  How dare he/she.  This led me to defend myself by saying I was actually white-washed and unlike the ‘asians’ this person had met before.  I wanted to be viewed as loud, crazy, and unpredictable, and not this quiet, non-opinionated, submissive woman.

    I thought it was clever, let people know how ‘white’ you are by demonstrating your hatred or discontent for other asians, especially my Korean culture.  But long two year trip to South Korea made me think about this term in another way.


  • How To Say ‘Headache’ In Korean

    Sometimes it is unavoidable and you get sick while in another country. Whether it’s something small like a cold, or something more severe that requires a hospital visit, it’s important to know some basic ways to describe what’s wrong. So today we will learn how to say headache in Korean.

    As you may know through experience, oftentimes a headache is nothing more than a nuisance and an inconvenience. But occasionally it gets severe enough to affect your daily life. You may need to cancel your schedule to take a rest, you may need to drop by the pharmacy to ask for medication, or you may even need to see a doctor. Thus, learning how to describe the symptom in the local language is important! Here is how to say headache in Korean.

     


  • BiBimBap (비빔밥)

    BibimBap (비빔밥)

    BiBimBap (비빔밥) is a healthy, filling Korean dish that many people love to eat. In Korean, it literally means “mixed rice” and that is exactly what you do. It is a scoop of rice served in a bowl with various vegetables and meat placed on top with a spicy sauce. When served, you thoroughly mix it and eat it with a spoon.

    There are many variations and each region in Korea has its own take on the dish. For instance, Jeonju (전주),  an old, traditional city in the middle of South Korea is famous for it’s Jeonju BiBimBap. Dol-seot BiBimBap (돌솟 비빔밥) is served in a piping-hot stone bowl with a broth to help mix the rice.


  • How I Make My Korean FAQ Videos | Billy Backstage

    I've gotten a lot of questions about my "Korean FAQ" series, such as "are you writing backward" and "what is that board," among others. So I wanted to make a new series to answer some of these questions. The first episode is about the Korean FAQ "lightboard" that I made and used. I'll also make more episodes about different parts of what goes into making one of my videos. Since these videos won't often be related much to Korean, I'll only upload them occasionally. Next time I'll probably talk about lighting, and throw in some lighting terminology in and some other useful Korean vocabulary (in case you decide to get a job in the film making business).

    If you have any questions I'd be happy to help answer them, either about how I make my videos or about the lightboard shown in the "Korean FAQ" episodes.


  • How to Find Couple Positions Teaching English Abroad in Asia

    Are you looking for a couples position teaching English abroad in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan or somewhere else in the world? Or do you have a friend that you would like to teach abroad with?

    If your answer is yes then I can show you how to find these sorts of positions. I taught in Korea, China and Taiwan and I always saw schools that preferred couples.

    I even worked in some schools with couple teachers.

    So how do you find these positions?

    Step 1 - Choose your site

    Where do you want to teach? Find sites for teaching in that country. For example, let's say you want to teach in Korea. Here are some sites for teaching in Korea:


  • Learn Korean Ep. 103: Before and After (전에, 후에)

    Do you know how to use 전 and 후 to say "before" and "after?" This week's new episode will talk about how you can use them (as 전에 and 후에) to say "before" and "after," but not only with nouns (eg "before school") but even with verbs (eg "before I go to school").

    Remember that each "Learn Korean" episode comes with a free PDF which you can download below the video link right in this post.

    Thanks for watching~!

    Click here to download a free PDF of this lesson!


  • The K-Pop Industry in Korea

    For the Western audience, K-Pop might still be a relatively new addition to their music lists, one that they are still in the midst of getting accustomed to. For many, perhaps they weren’t aware of the existence of the k-pop industry until Gangnam Style hit the radios a few years back. And even then, until the craze with BTS began, they most likely didn’t take k-pop or the k-pop industry seriously at all.

     

    Can't read Korean yet? Click here to learn for free in about 60 minutes!

     

    kpop merchandise shop


  • Korean Verb Endings (~네요, ~지/죠, ~나요, ~군요, ~거든요, ~잖아요, ~고요) | Live Class Abridged

    A few months ago when I started live streaming Korean classes, I knew that not everyone would be able to watch them. It completely depended on whether a person had the time and ability to arrive for the classes. Although the live streams are all available on my YouTube page and can be watched at any time, not everyone has 2+ hours to review videos at once. And I was uploading a new live stream every single week, so it would be impossible to catch up if you missed a week or two.

    To combat that, I decided to upload abridged, edited versions of each live Korean class to YouTube. These include all of the lesson contents from each live stream, minus all audience interaction and chatting. You can re-watch these abridged versions for a quick review, anytime, and in less than 20 minutes. Each week or two I'll be uploading another abridged video from a previous live stream.


  • "Korean Made Simple Workbook #1" is finally here!

    It's been over a full year since I began working on an expanded workbook for "Korean Made Simple 1," and now it's finally here.

    Currently it's only in print on Amazon, but I'll add other formats (PDF) as people request over the coming month. You can also find the audio files already available through the link on the side of this page.


  • How To Say ‘Snack’ In Korean

    Sometimes your stomach is growling for food, but you either don’t have the time or desire to eat a full meal, so you’ll just eat a snack. Other times, you’re not even hungry but may want to snack on something while watching your favorite movie for the tenth time, so that’s what you’ll get. So today you’ll learn with us how to say snack in Korean, and then you can spice up your snacking life!

     

    Can't read Korean yet? Click here to learn for free in about 60 minutes!

     


  • 3 Must Try Korean Pastries | 성심당

    Would you try any of these Korean pastries?

    I went again with Summer to visit one of Korea's most famous bakeries, a place called 성심당 (Sungshimdang) located in Daejeon. There we tried several popular pastries - including their signature items - and I rated which ones I liked. Which looks the most interesting?


 

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