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  • K-Drama Words and Phrases: Strong Girl Bong-soon

    At 90 Day Korean, it’s no surprise that we love all things Korean and Korean dramas are no exception! We’re big fans of studying Korean but also doing it in a fun and interesting way. Whether it’s studying with television, music, or movies, learning through a medium you enjoy is a surefire way to learn Korean fast! So for that reason, we’re going to start an article series of some of our favorite dramas and words you can look for to supplement your Korean studies while you watch.

    So heat up your popcorn and grab a pencil because we’re starting with the 2017 hit drama 힘쎈여자 도봉순 (himssen-yeoja dobongsun) or in English, “Strong Girl Bong-soon”. Let’s get started!


  • Dating in Toronto: Are Local Men Commitment-Phobes?

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    Dating in Toronto: Are Women Too Intimidating?

    Now that I’m back in Toronto I’m trying to assess the dating pool from the outside looking in.  While I’m more focused on finding a job than a date (current job ✓, new job August 20th ✓), my gal pals are on the prowl.  I’ve returned from Korea to find I only have a handful of single male friends.  It seems like I have more single female friends in my a

  • Hyunwoo’s Tips for Setting Language Goals [TTMIK] | Glass with Billy

    Everyone has their own goals for learning Korean. Whenever I meet someone who tells me they're also learning Korean, the first thing I ask them is about their goals. Usually they'll either want to learn how to speak comfortably in the language, or just learn a few phrases to use with someone close to them. I think goals are important for learning languages, but some goals can be ineffective or even hurt your progress. Specifically I wanted to share my opinions together with Hyunwoo from "Talk To Me In Korean" and get his advice on setting goals.

    Goals are an important topic that aren't often discussed when learning Korean, so I wanted to get to the bottom of it and hopefully learn something new in the process. And I did.

    Why are you learning Korean? What are your goals?

    Check out Hyunwoo at the “Talk To Me In Korean” YouTube channel.

  • Live Korean Classes + Membership Announcement

    Thanks for being a follower of my content and Korean lessons. Today I have a special announcement, that I'll be starting live Korean classes on YouTube.

    These will be completely free, interactive, and will be a chance for you to practice and ask questions about what you're learning.

    My very first class will be this Saturday (late morning or early afternoon), but the date/time could change depending on what fits most people's schedules.

    I've also begun channel memberships through YouTube. This is another way to support me (separate from Patreon or other methods) that's directly through YouTube. You'll get badges for your name, and special emotes that only members can use in the chat. You'll also get special member-only posts in the Community tab of my channel (outtakes, polls, and more content).

  • Better beers are here in Busan (Dynamic Busan)

    It’s a pretty great time to be in South Korea if you are a craft beer drinker.

    The craft beer industry is blowing up all around the world. While it’s still pretty young in South Korea (especially here in Busan), that newness and freshness are really exciting. Especially for those of us who have been here for at least a few years and remember the times when there weren’t more than a few options beyond the bland, light American-style lagers that have dominated much of the beer-drinking world here.

    It’s also great to have the input of Jiyoung Moon, my Korean editor and co-writer for this piece. With Dynamic Busan, what’s starts is her Korean story, which is then translated by our capable translator Sangmin Kim. Then, it comes to me. Besides cleaning up the text to better read like native English-written text, I consult with Jiyoung on what else should be added and what can be taken away. It has been a pretty (sorry) dynamic team effort.

  • ‘I’m Still Here:’ Transitioning this site

    Below is my former bio page for this site, which I started in late 2012 in anticipation of my pending arrival back to South Korea a few months later. Instead of just getting rid of this for my resume, I decided to archive it as a post. It will hopefully be a nice nostalgia bomb for me at some point looking back.

    I’m Still Here

    (Updated 03/20/2017)

  • Potential plagiarism and fourteen hours of Final Fantasy (NintendoEnthusiast)

    Today was a pretty busy day writing for the Nintendo Enthusiast site. It began pretty quietly with a simple post mentioning some new artwork released for Sonic Mania. But, then there came the news that a reviewer at games juggernaut IGN might have been caught plagiarising a YouTuber’s video review and, hoo boy, it got busy. I was actually reminded of some of the particularly hectic days of yore when, while working for Patch.com, some kind of major story was happening and needing to be constantly updated. Unfortunately, one of the biggest stories of the day was when it was rumored Snookie was coming to town. Nonetheless, it felt good to get back into a breaking news kind of story mode after so long.

  • LTW: BMW cars in Korea on fire (literally)

  • How To Say ‘Right’ In Korean

    One thing that will be of necessity to you when you’re in Korea, is knowing the directions from point A to point B. Lucky for us, there are many ways to find out what the directions are, even as a foreigner who may not speak fluent Korean.

    Unfortunately, even with access to directions and maps, we might sometimes find ourselves lost. We then have no choice but to ask someone for directions, often a local. While these days many Koreans can speak English, it’s still an advantage to know how to express yourself in Korean, in this case asking for directions as well as understanding the received instructions.

  • Enough is enough: in defense of expensive games and smaller backlogs

    I have been writing since early July for Nintendo Enthusiast, a news and features site focused on everything from the House of Mario. Original article can be found here.

  • Should You Get a Korean Tattoo? + Interview with Koreans

    Over the past 5 years I've been asked over and over about helping people to decide their tattoos. Many people have wanted to get tattoos in Korean (in 한글) and have asked me for translations or advice. I wanted to answer some of those questions by making this video.

    Actually, it might be a good idea to *not* get a tattoo in Korean if you're not committed to the idea. This is for several reasons, which I explain in the video, including them still not having the best image (although this is changing), being difficult to get, and the high chance that it won't look good or won't make sense. But if you still want to, I also outline a few tips for how to make sure your tattoo is as good as possible.

    To finish this video I went on the streets and interviewed some Koreans to ask them what they think about tattoos. The question that I asked Koreans living in Seoul is this: “외국인이 한국어로 된 타투를 하면 어떨까요?” (“What do you think if a foreigner gets a Korean tattoo?”).


  • How To Say ‘Let’s Eat’ In Korean

    Are you hungry right now and want to get food with someone? Maybe the person you’re with now? Or is there a friend or a crush you’d like to have a meal with? Then it may be the time to learn how to say ‘let’s eat’ in Korean! And that’s what we’ll cover in this lesson! So no more waiting, LET’S EAT!


    *Ready to learn Korean yet? Click here to learn about our 90 Day Korean learning program!


    ‘Let’s Eat’ in Korean

    Now, let’s learn how to say ‘let’s eat’ in Korean. As it’s a phrase rather than simply one word, you may be nervous about remembering it, but it’s actually quite easy!

  • Traditional Korean Hanbok (feat. Minji Teaches Korean) | 한복 체험

    Where would you go first if you rented a Hanbok? I wanted to visit some of the palaces in Seoul. This time I met up with my friend Minji from the YouTube channel Minji Teaches Korean. It was both of our first time to wear a Hanbok outdoors, and we had a ton of fun.

    The place we went to in this video is called Deoksu Palace (덕수궁), which in my opinion is the prettiest of all the palaces in Seoul.

    Renting Hanbok isn't as expensive as I expected, but it's also not that cheap. The prices ranged from $10 to $30 (10,000원 to 30,000원) depending on the style and where you rent them. But to be honest, the $10 ones weren't that pretty and I wouldn't want to even borrow one of those Hanbok because of how simple they looked. However, the $20 and $30 ones looked beautiful, so that's the range we rented.

  • Jeongtosa Temple – 정토사 (Nam-gu, Ulsan)

  • How To Say ‘Happy Anniversary’ In Korean

    So perhaps you started dating a local after you made your move to South Korea, and it’s now time to celebrate your 100 days of relationship, as is customary in Korean dating culture. You’ve already prepared the plan for the day, and even a lovely little present, or perhaps it’s your close friend who has reached a milestone with their significant other.

    Do you yet know how to wish your friend or bae ‘happy anniversary’ in Korean? You want to send them that congratulations text, but you’re struggling to find the words since you don’t yet know how to say ‘happy anniversary’ in Korean.

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