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  • Solar and human powered trike project stranded in Busan

    As some may still remember of the Swiss Solar Impulse 2 which flew around the world using only solar power, the Solatrike-Project of another Swiss guy head off about the same time. Since July 2015 the Solatrike of David Brandenberger is on the road from Europe to South Korea. The solar and human powered recumbent Trike passed on this way 17 countries and filled 22’000km so far.


  • Peace Out Seoulmates: 15 Things I Hate About Korea

    Korea Pet Peeves - things I hate about living in Seoul, Korea

    Deuces, Korea!

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  • Busan Traditional Market Festival

    2017 Traditional Market Festival

    (2017 ChungmuDong  Saebyeok Haean Golmok Traditional Market Festival)


  • How to Say ‘Maybe’ in Korean

    Yes is  네 (ne)  and no is 아니요 (aniyo), but do you know how to say ‘maybe’ in Korean yet? If your answer to this just so happens to be ‘maybe’, or perhaps even ‘no’, then this is the lesson for YOU!

    Today you’ll learn the ways of how to say ‘maybe’ in Korean, and whatever using that word can bring about for you. Just maybe this is the word to jumpstart your Korean language learning journey. Get your notebook and pen ready, and let’s get going!

     

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  • Seoul Food: New Burgers @ The Workshop & Hidden Cellar (HBC)


  • Korean Phrases Ep. 54: 금강산도 식후경

    This week's new video is a "Korean Phrases" episode. This series is for learning quick idioms and phrases in Korean. Even if you don't use any of these idioms in this series when speaking, you might find them written in books, or hear someone use them when speaking. So they're useful to know, especially if you're at an intermediate or advanced Korean level.

    This week we'll be learning about an idiom that originally comes from China and the Chinese language. But it's still useful to know in Korean.

    And today's idiom is: 금강산도 식후경(이다).

    Check it out here~


  • 코스 4-1 | Course 4-1

    Visually stunning and kind of out of the way of my typical Busan life, Course 4-1 was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of just how large a city this is. There’s always more to explore and the 갈맷길 is the best way in my opinion.


  • Saying ‘Hello’ to Korean Food, Saying ‘Goodbye’ to Korea (for the Night)

    As a foreigner here in South Korea, I can sometimes feel like I am in a bubble. Sometimes without my participation in the process, sometimes willingly. At work, I am often left out of discussions about matters that might affect me until the last possible moment, or until the actual matter takes place and I am just kind of thrust into it. Often, at night, either Jen or I will ask the other if it’s time to “say goodbye to Korea,” code for closing the curtains on the outside world and cozying up to our insulated world of two inhabitants. That latter example does not necessarily reflect a poor opinion of Korea, but rather an opinion of the world at large and whether or not it’s sometimes therapeutic to escape it and all its associated bullshit; someday, far from today we might play out a similar scene where one of us asks if it’s time to “say goodbye to Middletown, New Jersey” or “Walla Walla, Washington.” But, I am not holding my breath: houses are too damn expensive in Middletown.


  • What I REALLY Didn't Like About Teaching English In Korea

    christian crosses korea

    One of the first things that I noticed about teaching in Korea was that there were so many Christians. I mean look at the picture above. That's what the skyline in most Korean cities looks like. What do you see?

    Crosses.

    There's lots of Christians in Korea

    There are sooo many churches and so many brainwashed Christians. According to some numbers they are 30% of the population in Korea.

    The two people that I disliked the most while I taught in Korea were my Korean co-teacher in a public school that I taught in and my manager in a hagwon that I worked in. And guess what they both had in common?

    They were Christians. Dogmatic Christians.


  • How to Say ‘Cool’ in Korean

    In your lifetime, you’ll likely come across a lot of situation where you feel the most appropriate reaction is to think and say it’s ‘cool’. You’re also likely to keep running into similar situations while in Korea – because, let’s face it, tons of things in Korea are cool!

    But before you can say that to anyone in Korea, you need to know how to say ‘cool’ in Korean. So just how cool is it that today’s lesson will teach you just that!?

     


  • Korea This Week: November 6th – 12th

    Reading Together

    I came across this piece on how some groups are responding to declining rates of book readership in Korea. One company called Trevari organizes book discussion groups, which readers can join for a fee, and provides a meeting location, mentoring services, and other support when requested.


  • My ‘Private Stash:’ The Korea Chronicles, 2005-2012, Part One

    It’s 2 p.m. at Bricks Coffee in Seomyeon, Busan. I have a “Dutch Americano,” which was just dutch-styled coffee extract alongside a mug of hot water. So, coffee. It’s pretty good. Clouds have come in and it looks like rain outside the window of this second floor but no one is carrying an umbrella, not even one “just in case” paranoid person. I think my bicycle is safe.

    I’m diving into my “private stash” of writings from my first, second and the time leading into my third time in South Korea. It’s called the Korea Chronicles and its access is not locked so, if you care, if you find it, by all means enjoy. I won’t be offended.


  • Remembering Jen


     


  • This Week: Cocktail Fest, Reopened Greenhouse, & More

    Alright. I’m a shit blogger. But as I mentioned in the last post, I am a really well-informed shit blogger these days, and while I’m trawling through countless articles to look for material for work, I’m constantly saving articles, too, that I have a personal interest in and mean to come back to at some point. That point is usually Sunday, when I should be getting work done to make the week run more smoothly. So I thought, while I’m at it, at least I can make myself useful (is that what this is?) and do a kind of round-up on Fridays/Saturdays in the weird witching hours between finishing one week’s work and starting the next week’s.

    And what a week it has been my friends. I’m going to try to bring some order to the chaos, but this will probably be an evolving format for a while (or this will be the only time this kind of post ever happens — life is full of mystery).

    In Korea


  • How to Start Learning Korean for Free (Tutorial) | 10 Steps

    Are you just getting started learning Korean, and want a guide for where to go next? Here is a short guide I made that you can follow for learning Korean completely all for free. This list was compiled by myself and only includes the highest quality and free content for you.

    For the past 12 years I've been studying Korean and have collected some of my favorite free resources here for you. None of these resources mentioned in the video paid or asked me to include them, and this list is 100% my own opinions.

    Perhaps in the future I'll also make more of these lists. This is the first one.

    If you have any questions feel free to leave them here or on the YouTube video.


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