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  • 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.


  • What You Need To Know About Korean Men’s Fashion

    These days, Korean men are no longer known only as the ‘feminine’ singers and dancers of a boy group. Nor do they only exist as the emotionally twisted yet charming lead of a Korean drama, the one who will sweep the heroine off their feet. Instead, those who have visited South Korea, especially the capital of Seoul, are now gushing over the everyday guys seen on the streets. What might be about them that’s capturing the attention of people watchers everywhere? The simple answer is: the Korean men’s fashion.


  • (Ep 47) Hot Blasts: I got Scammed

    Have you ever been scammed while you were abroad? That’s the question I asked my friends, and I gathered four of the people that responded to come into the studio to share their shameful tales of misfortune. This episode is packed with good stories! I have to shoot a big thanks to the guests that we’re willing to tell their stories. If you’ve ever been scammed, you know how humiliating it can be. And if you’ve never been scammed, well, I guess you’ll just have to take our word for it. If you enjoy the show, subscribe on iTunes or whatever podcasting app you enjoy. Please leave a review on iTunes, share it with a friend, and remember I love ya.

  • The 5 Minute Korean Challenge | You Don’t Need Motivation

    Are you studying Korean every day? Are you motivated?

    Or are you slacking off (we all do) and unmotivated? Try the 5 minute Korean challenge. #5mKoreanChallenge

    I feel personally that motivation is overrated. Many people discuss ways of staying and getting motivated (including myself), but motivation isn't the only fuel needed to reach a high level of Korean. In this video I talk about what I feel is more important to have - discipline.


  • How To Say ‘Surgery’ In Korean

    Although it is not usually something we wish for, sometimes accidents happen and we will be in need of a doctor. And on some unfortunate occasions, it just so happens that we are in a foreign country, in this case Korea, when we find ourselves in need of surgery. To prepare for such a situation, it is important to learn some basic medical terms in the local language, even though there will be translators available as well. Because of that, today we will learn how to say surgery in Korean.

     

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

     


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  • Korean FAQ – Is Stroke Order Actually Important?

    Here's a new episode for today about stroke order (today's previous video I'll re-upload later with some more information I should've added).

    Is stroke order important? Short answer: yes. Long answer: also yes.

    What do you think about stroke order? Do you know it? Do you use it?


  • The Shape of Plastic Surgery in Korea

    Whatever your opinion on plastic surgery may be, there is no denying that the industry for it is massive in South Korea. In fact, the (in)famous industry is absolutely blooming, and has been for years. It has even grown to the point where tourists come to the country just to get plastic surgery. But why is it that plastic surgery in Korea is so popular and not just with its own residents?

     

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

     

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  • Best TEFL course for Taiwan?

    What's the best TEFL course for Taiwan? First off a TEFL certificate is not usually a requirement to "legally" teach English in Taiwan.

    Not usually?

    That's right. The only time that you may actually need it to get a work visa is if you only have an associates degree.

    Or it's possible that a school may require/prefer it if you have no experience. 

    If you saw somewhere that you needed a course to legally teach English in Taiwan then that was probably a lie.

    I thought you should know that because I see those lies around the web.

    Anyways...

    So what is the best TEFL course for Taiwan?

    It's the one that's going to prepare you to teach the students that you teach. 

    That's my short answer.


  • GIGANTIC Korean Noodle Soup | 칼국수 Kalguksu

    Kalguksu (칼국수) is a noodle dish over a thousand (or more) years old, made in Korea using flour from China. In the past, flour was expensive and not grown in Korea, so typically only the wealthy could enjoy this dish - and on special occasions. Nowadays it's readily available to anyone inside and even outside of Korea.

    The city of Daejeon is known for several things, one of those being Kalguksu noodles. My friend Summer insisted she knew a famous, old Kalguksu restaurant there and took me along with her.


  • ‘Dedicated to the Craft’ (Busan Beat)

    Originally appeared in Busan Beat magazine, September 2018

    Seeking to slake a thirst only a quenching cold one can conquer? There are more options in South Korea than ever before.

    Since the turn of the decade, an explosion of international beer choices began to occupy supermarket and convenience store shelves. Even more recently, however, thanks to the relaxation of strict laws that once required companies to produce one million liters of beer annually before going to market, more and more humble Korea-based craft brewers are producing and selling sensational suds. While the trend first flourished in Seoul, craft beer has since also taken hold throughout Busan.


  • What kind of things have you run into through your eyes as a gyopo?

    In LA or the culture of America has become so involved with the idea of racism and that people are so racist and people nowadays are so sensitive to what they see on the news and base that on real life.

    But to be quite honest, I do not experience racism on subtle racism on a daily.  I don’t.  Personally, I don’t repost or share videos about an asian who got yelled on a bus by a white person to perpetuate that ALL white people are like this to ALL asian people.  It’s just not true.  However, I’ve noticed a lot of people on my facebook feed like to dwell on videos that shows why America is so ‘racist’ or whatever.  I don’t buy into this.

    Personally, one of my very good friends is an elderly white man.  He and I joke about this stuff all the time because we both know that we are joking.


  • Gayasa Temple – 가야사 (Busanjin-gu, Busan)

  • How To Say ‘How Do You Say…’ in Korean

    A major way to enhance your Korean learning is to actually use Korean as much as possible. There is no way of getting around that! Whether it’s reading, writing, speaking, or listening, it truly is “practice makes perfect.” Understandably, if you are only just starting your journey of learning the language, it may be difficult to use or understand more than a few words at once.


  • Korean FAQ – How to Find Your Korean Level

    What is your current Korean level? Have you taken any tests to find out? If you haven't, maybe you're wondering whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced - or what level you are on a different system such as CEFR or TOPIK.

    I made this video to help you figure out your Korean level, no matter what system you use. This is my own system I use for assessing someone's level, and I think it corresponds similarly with other systems that require testing.


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