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  • Without Strategic Change, a Korean Peace Treaty would be a Formality

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    This is a repost of an essay I wrote for The National Interest a couple weeks ago. The gist of it is that there a lot more hurdles to a Korean War peace treaty than many people realize. That is why it hasn’t happened yet even though it seems pretty intuitive, if not obvious, given that the war has been de facto over sine 1953.

    The two big reasons are:


  • (Ep 62) John Durso & Caitlin Celic

    I’m joined by John Durso and Caitlin Celic, for John’s possible last appearance on the podcast – at least for a while. John is leaving Korea and I’m sad to see him go, so we talk about what the hell he is doing with his life. We talk about comedy, crying, going viral, intrusive thoughts, the third tower that fell on 9/11, and being teachers.


  • How to Say ‘Bank’ in Korean

    Where’s the money at? Today we’ll get a bit closer to knowing how to say where to find your money by learning how to say ‘Bank’ in Korean. It’s a simple vocabulary word, so we’ll give you additional vocabulary and phrases to help you when you go to the bank as well!

    Now we’ll show you the money!

    ‘Bank’ in Korean

    So how do you say ‘Bank’ in Korean? It’s simple, the word is 은행 (eunhaeng).

     은행 (eunhaeng)

    Bank


  • How To Say ‘Job’ In Korean

    Today we’ll learn the different ways for how to say ‘job’ in Korean! Similar to the word ‘work’, and yet not quite the same at all, we’ll show you several examples with audio and sample sentences.

    Let’s get this ‘job’ done!

    ‘Job’ in Korean

    As with many other Korean words, there are multiple ways to say ‘job’ in Korean. The first word for ‘job’ in Korean is 일 (il).

     일 (il)

    job

    This word can be used for both to explain the specific job or task that you do or are doing, as well as just your job position in general.


  • Dak-Galbi (닭갈비) – Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken

    Dak-galbi (닭갈비) is a spicy and sweet, stir-fried chicken dish that primarily uses Korean hot pepper for seasoning. Korean hot peppers aren’t too spicy. They tend to make you feel warm without chemically burning your tongue.


  • LTW: South Korea - Japan Conflct & The Kot Keun Theory


    South Korea and Japan are into diplomatic/economic war never seen since liberation in 1945. Japan announced export restrictions to S.Korea on key materials like hydrogen fluoride used in semiconductors effective July 4, saying "trust" between the two nations was broken after the Korean Supreme court's decision to order Japanese companies like Nippon Steel to compensate Korean workers forced to provide labor during Japanese colonial rule. Japanese government has been arguing that the Korean Supreme Court decision is against the 1965 diplomacy normalization agreement in which Japan provide $500 million, then 25% of Japanese foreign currency reserve, as a overall compensation for the Japanese rule of Korea in return for no further demand whatsoever.

  • 5 Ways Photowalks Can Make You a Better Photographer

    I am not the most social person, especially when it comes to meeting new people. However, there is just something about a photowalk that decreases the awkwardness of social interaction and allows you to meet people on a different level.

    Recently, I hosted a photowalk here in Ulsan, South Korea. This is sort of training for an upcoming project that I have in the works. Photowalks in this area are a hit and a miss at times. However, this one was great as it brought together some great people and it was a great time.


  • A Birthday Cake for Charlie

    A decade ago — or possibly even less — I would’ve made fun of the kind of person who made a birthday cake for their dog. We always had family dogs while I was growing up, but they were backyard dogs who, while part of the family, weren’t really as integral a part of the household as Charlie has become.

    To say that it’s been a rough couple of months would be an understatement. At the end of May, I caught a bad case of the flu, and as it reached its pinnacle, my mom called to say that she had collapsed at home and had been taken to the hospital via ambulance. My mom had ongoing health issues, so I tried not to be too alarmed, but I had a bad feeling from the start. The next day, she called again to say that there was a mass on her liver, and that the doctors suspected it was cancer, and that if it was, that it had probably migrated there from elsewhere in her body.


  • Trump’s Third Pandering, Legitimizing, Normalizing Photo-Op Summit with Kim Jong Un: Trump is Getting Played


  • How To Shoot a Sunrise: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. You can read Part 1 here.

    In this part we are going to look at how to edit your sunrise shots. I feel that his is an integral part of the process. While some out there may spout that “It looks photoshopped” rhetoric, editing your photos properly is essential in getting the look that you want. Also for my answer on how I feel about critiques on HDR and similar edits, check out my recent post.


  • What is a TEKA course?

    What is a teka course?

    What is a TEKA course? A TEKA course is a specialized course for teaching English to kids in Asia. It was created by ESLinsider.

    How does a TEKA course compare to a TEFL or TESOL course?

    TEFL and TESOL courses are "general" courses for teaching English as a foreign language or second language. They also tend to focus more on teaching adults and lack the specifics to effectively teach children.

    Why take a TEKA course?

    Based on my experience teaching English in East Asia. I would say that the "majority" of the jobs out there are focused on teaching children aged 5-13 years old.

    Before I taught English in Taiwan (my first country) I took a TESOL course and that course hardly prepared me for the challenges that layed ahead.

    That course was more theoretical.


  • The Ultimate Guide for K-Pop K-Drama and Korean Movie Lovers

    So, you’ve got some interest in Korean music, dramas, and/or movies?

    Well then you’re definitely in the right spot!

    Read on, or click a link below to jump to the point on the page that you are most interested in.

    We’re going to give you great info and resources on Korean music, dramas, and movies.

    A lot of people around the world love them music and storylines. As they watch and listen more, they want to know what the meanings are behind what the artists and actors are saying.

    That’s where we come in.

    The 90 Day Korean team is made up of both native Koreans who grew up here, as well as foreigners who have moved to Korea. So, that means you get a great mix: Locals who can explain what is happening, and people who can help interpret it so you can understand.

    Pretty cool, isn’t it?

    We’re constantly developing new content and articles, so if there’s something you’d like to see, please leave a comment below.


  • How To Say ‘TV’ In Korean

    Korean use many loan words from English and one such word is ‘TV’. Good news for you, this makes it exceptionally easy to remember. But the pronunciation in Korean can be very different. We’ll help you with that with explanation and audio. Also included are plenty of example sentences so you can start using it right away. So then, let’s learn how to say ‘TV’ in Korean!

    Can't read Korean yet? Click here to learn for free in about 90 minutes!

    ‘TV’ in Korean

    The official word for TV in Korean is 텔레비전 (tellebijeon). Just like all over the world, it is more often referred to as 티비 (tibi). In written form, you could also write ‘TV’ and most of the time Koreans will understand. Pay special attention to the pronunciation in Korean.


  • Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 61) Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek is a stand-up comic, one of the original Ha-Ha Holers, and hardcore comedy enthusiast. We have a good talk about his background, Greek heritage and family. We talk about music, movies and comedy. We talk a lot about stand up and the right kind of attitude to have if you’re going to take to the mic.

    Johnny also shares a Moment of Triumph and Memory of Regret.
     
    If you enjoy the show, tell a friend about it, and please leave a review on iTunes or whatever app you listen to podcasts on. I’d really appreciate it!

  • Are all online TEFL courses self-paced?

    Yes, they are. I haven’t heard of otherwise. However, many have time limits that can range from 1–6 months. Some of the more popular ones are only 2–3 months.

    So that can put you in a pinch.

    And then if you consider the fact that most people take courses before they teach abroad then by the time they actually get abroad and start teaching their access to the course will be terminated.

    Now that might be fine if all you want to get is a certificate, but what if you want to learn?

    If you want to learn then I have to say that learning takes repetition and time. Even if you take an in-class course that course is limited by time and it's a one time deal. But chances are you won't remember all of it and that is especially true of many online courses as many people do not remember what they learn.

    See the research.


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