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  • What Is Korean Fashion?

    What do Milan, Paris, New York, London and Tokyo have in common? All of them are among the leading cities when it comes to fashion. But these days, more fashion hubs are forming all over the world to challenge those cities. Among them is South Korea’s capital, Seoul. It hosts a wildly popular fashion week twice a year. Its designers are gaining more and more worldwide exposure and as for the general public in Seoul and elsewhere in Korea? They are known for their impeccable fashion sense in everyday life, both men and women. Shall we take a closer look at what Korean fashion is like?


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  • My Thoughts on the US Midterm: Voting against Trump to Defend US Institutions and Keep the GOP from becoming the National Front

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    This essay is a re-post of a post I wrote for the Lowy Institute before the election explaining my vote against Donald Trump’s Republican party. This post went viral on Twitter; thank you.

  • Silk Worm CHALLENGE in Korea | 번데기 도전

    Why would anyone ever want to eat silk worm pupae? Well, I'll tell you.

    Silk worm pupae - known as 번데기 - were once an insanely popular Korean snack for both young and old. They're a cheap source of protein, and despite their appearance (worms? bugs?) taste pretty... well, edible.

    During the Korean War and after, protein was scarce as it was being used for the military. Regular citizens didn't have many reliable and affordable sources of protein, so they turned to silk worm pupae. Well, not quite. Silk worm pupae were already a popular snack in Korea well before the Korean War (silk worms were originally brought over to Korea from China), but the Korean War helped popularize them and increase their demand in Korea. It was that necessity for cheap, edible, and reliable protein that drove the snack into becoming how famous it is even today.

  • How To Say ‘Kitchen’ In Korean

    What kind of a house or an apartment do you live in? How many rooms does it have? How would you describe each room? Better yet, do you know how to name and describe each of the rooms in Korean yet?

    Today we will learn how to say kitchen in Korean. Now, we are not psychics, we don’t know exactly what your kitchen looks like! However, what we can do is to help you getting started describing the kitchen in your home. Perhaps even kitchen’s in other people’s homes, or restaurants! Let’s get learning!


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  • Korean FAQ – What Does 빠른 년생 Mean?

    Before watching the video, try to guess what the term 빠른 년생 means (unless you already know). Got it? Okay, let's continue.

    This is a concept not well explained in textbooks (even my own) because it's an older system no longer in use. However despite it being retired (and technically no longer even legal), it's still a term that's used in Korea by Koreans - especially older Koreans. You might encounter this term used if you spend time living in Korea, and if you're a Korean then you'll have to be able to use it yourself.

    While this system caused a lot of problems in Korea and is now gone, hopefully you'll be able to better understand what it was and why they got rid of it.

  • 8 Interesting Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

    Korea is a country of four seasons. It has a gorgeous spring with so many different kinds of flowers in full bloom, including everyone’s favorite: cherry blossoms. It has a hot and humid summer that is at its best at the beginning and end of the season. It also has a short fall, during which the leaves turn into beautiful rustic colors all around the country. And finally, it has a winter that is cold and dry, and sometimes snowy as well.

    And because winter in Korea does get cold, it’s important to know just how to get through it without freezing. Maybe even take a little enjoyment by finding ways to stay warm. Even if you come from a colder region, the difference in climate, and the way the buildings here are built and heated, just may come as a surprise to you. But if you read this post, you’ll absolutely be prepared to take on your next winter in Korea!


  • LTW: Military dodgers now O.K. if conscientious

    S.Korean Supreme Court ruled moral scruples and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse compulsory military service in a verdict on a Johovah's Witness defendant charged for refusing to join the military. S.Korean law required all able bodied men between 18 and 35 to serve two years in the military, or face maximum 3 years in prison.

  • Escape the Intermediate Plateau | Learn Korean

    The "Intermediate Plateau" is something everyone will reach - everyone who continues learning Korean - whether they realize they've hit it or not. It's a plateau in your learning where improving starts to feel like it takes longer and longer. Often this results in people becoming demotivated to study Korean, stressing that they're doing the wrong things, or even giving up.

    In previous videos I've talked about the plateau, but I wanted to make an episode discussing it in detail - when and why it happens, and what to do when it happens. Hopefully this will help anyone who's currently there and wondering what's wrong. You could be studying every day, using the best materials, and still get stuck in the plateau.

    I met up with SpongeMind TV and MotivateKorean to talk about this.

  • 20/20 vision at any age? Yes, it is possible.

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    20/20 vision at any age? Yes, it is possible.

    Nowadays modern society is unimaginable without smartphones and computers, and while more and more people find themselves inseparable from them, cases of eye problems are also increasing. Myopia, Astigmatism and Hyperopia at younger age and Presbiopya and Cataracts at older age create a great need for professional and affordable eye treatment.

  • How To Say ‘Bathroom’ In Korean

    Today’s lesson is definitely something you will want to learn as soon as you arrive in Korea! Even if you may not need to shower or bathe outside of your home or accommodation, you can be almost guarantee to need the toilet at any given time. In those instances, it is important to know how to say ‘bathroom’ in Korean, or ‘toilet’ in Korean, so that you can find out where you can do your business. So today we will learn how to say ‘bathroom’ in Korean!


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  • A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled...

    A really thick soup, this curry-cauliflower recipe from Grilled Cheese Kitchen, is a favorite of mine. 


    • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch chunks
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp salted butter
    • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • 2 cups vegetable stock
    • 2 tsp curry powder
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    • 5 oz [140 g] mild, medium, or sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded


  • I like making this ten-minute tomato soup recipe from the book,...

    I like making this ten-minute tomato soup recipe from the book, Grilled Cheese Kitchen, but it takes me much more than ten minutes to make. Probably three times as long, haha!


    • 3 Tbsp salted butter
    • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • ½ tsp kosher salt
    • ½ tsp pimenton (smoked paprika)
    • ½ tsp piment d’Espelette chile powder or cayenne pepper
    • 3-¼ cups [780 ml] strained tomatoes
    • 2-¼ cups [540 ml] chicken stock
    • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
    • Creme fraiche, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt for garnish


  • Korean FAQ – Three Meanings of 되다

    되다 is a word that's commonly missed by beginning learners. This is probably because it can have so many meanings and uses - in addition to meaning "to become," it's also used in several different grammar forms (~게 되다 and passive, to name two). So I wanted to cover its three main meanings when used as a verb to hopefully make sense of this verb.

    Leave your requests for future Korean FAQ episodes in the comments~

    The post Korean FAQ – Three Meanings of 되다 appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.

  • Binge-worthy: The Halloween Edition

    Tomorrow is Halloween, which is one of my favorite holidays, even though I hate the whole costume/party aspect of it. I enjoy the spookier stuff and have been indulging since the beginning of the month, which may have contributed to me being more paranoid than usual when something creepy happened about a week ago.

  • Dear EPIK

    I understand that one of your requirements for TEFL courses is that students complete a course with a certain number of "hours". If I understand correctly that is "120 hours" or more.

    Now I receive some messages from students applying to your program that they need a certain number of "hours".

    Well, if you weren't aware I'd like to let you know that these "hours" are largely inaccurate and misleading.

    There are generally 2 types of online courses

    1. Asychronous means there are no set class times and students can work on courses as they need.
    2. Sychronous means that classes are held at certain times much like normal classroom times.

    I have only seen or heard of asynchronous online TEFL courses. So if there are no set class times then how can they accurately state the "hours"?


    Good question right?

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