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  • How To Say ‘Wait’ In Korean

    How to Say ‘Wait’ in Korean – 80/20*


         Wait – 기다리다 (gidarida)


    How to remember (association):

         Wait for my niece, this kid is a reader. (기다리다/gidarida)

    *80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.


    Today we will go over how to say ‘wait’ in Korean. Read on for meaning, explanation, and examples of this Korean vocabulary. ‘Wait’ no longer, let’s get right into learning!


  • Can you believe it's 2019?

    2019 has been a challenging year so far.

    We are now living in Singapore, we've both left our jobs and trying to figure out what to do/where to be next. I've finally taken a career break after many sleepless nights wondering what would be the best choice - I left my career when it was at it's peak; I was working as a recruiter for a multinational company and drawing a salary that was much higher than most my peers. I never regretted this decision, although there are days I feel anxious thinking about the money I could earned if I had continued. 

    My husband left the Korean company he was working for after a difficult 2 years. We learned that Koreans will always be Koreans even if the KR firm is based in another country. He's taking a short break to prepare for his AICPA exams and I really hope he completes it this time.

  • Stuck on you: Stuffed at the Iron Fork food festival (St. Louis, MO)

    Before we begin our actual road trip tomorrow, there is plenty to share from the past three weeks Jen and I have spent in her home state of Missouri. I will try to cover it all over the next several days if I can.

  • Sushi Roll – Shrimp Tempura (Fried Shrimp)

    In this sushi making video, we show you how to make breaded fried shrimp tempura for use in sushi rolls. Tempura shrimp sushi is a bit more involved than the California Roll. This involves stretching the shrimp, breading and frying it. Then we show you how to roll the sushi and also, optionally, how to add a layer of avocado to the top (avocado sushi roll).

    Please take a look at our shrimp tempura sushi roll video here. Below is a shopping list and more details.

    Shopping List

    You’ll need to get some equipment for making sushi if you don’t have it already. You can find most everything at your local Asian supermarket or online.

  • How to get started teaching English in a country w/ no job lined up and only $250

    First off I am not advising that you do this. I previously wrote about how much money you need to move to Asia with to get started working as an English teacher.

    And that was based on an ideal.


    Sometimes you can't get the money together or things just aren't ideal. So let's say you get there, but you only have a little money to your name and all of your documents ready.

    How can you make it work?

    Well, I know you can because I have been close to broke many times in a foreign land and I still made it work.

    First off..

    Don't go to Reddit and r/tefl and ask this question. That forum and many of the other Reddit forums are full of pragmaticists and naysayers.

    My experience...

  • Trump’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ with China: Huntington’s Model doesn’t even work in East Asia

    Image result for clash of civilizations map

    This is a re-post of an essay I wrote for The National Interest a week ago.

    Basically my argument is that even if you are a hawk on China and see it as an emerging competitor or even threat to the US, the clash of civilizations framework is a weak analytical model by which to understand Sino-US tension.

  • How to Make a Korean Study Notebook

    Everyone who's studying Korean has some sort of notebook or system that they use for writing down what they're learning - most of the time it's a notebook or several notebooks. When studying grammar or writing down notes and example sentences, there's no substitute for a good study notebook.

    And everyone has their own method for making a study notebook and keeping it organized. This is to be expected, because everyone learns in their own ways. And if you have something that already works, keep using it. However, I wanted to make a video that could give some general tips for making a study notebook, for those of you who might not have one or who want some advice.

    These are my own personal tips for how to make and organize a Korean study notebook. This video includes all of the methods that I have used before, and which ones worked well for me.

    If you do things differently, do let me know in a comment here or below the video. Thanks for watching!

  • Don’t Be So Desperate! For Every Photo You Post, Do This

    I know that the squirt of dopamine that you get from posting photos to every site is a rush. I do it too. I get high from a night out of great photography and all I want to do is show the world my images. I want EVERYONE to see them. I will hammer every. single. site. with my images. Then sit back and wonder why nobody is interacting.

  • July 22 - 31, 2018Schedcation 8.0 started by flying into Mexico...

  • How To Say ‘Cosmetics’ In Korean

    How to Say ‘Cosmetics’ in Korean – 80/20*


         Cosmetics  –화장품 (hwajangpum)


    How to remember (association):

         What make-up genre is booming now? (화장품/hwajangpum)

    *80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.


    Read on to learn more about how to say ‘cosmetics’ in Korean along with tips for remembering it.


  • Bye, Korea

    I taught English in Busan, Korea for a year, ending June 2011. I remember the dread I felt flying to Portland then. I left Portland again and returned to Korea February 2013. I felt like I was home. Since then, I’ve quit teaching and I’ve been working remotely for almost four years. When I flew back to Portland in August 2017, without any intention of coming back to South Korea, butterflies (different from before) filled my stomach.

  • Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 57) Skin On Sundays

    Skin on Sundays is a project created by Jessica Lakritz. Jessica makes physiopoetry, where she combines her own poetry with the physical canvas of the human body. We talk about her art, her life, the flat earth, anger management, herpes and how lucky we are for dogs. We discuss the excessive amount of dick pics Jessica receives in her DMs, and the environment women endure online. She also reads a poem from her book, Seasons of Yourself.

  • How Many Vocabulary Words Do You NEED to Speak Korean? | Korean FAQ

    How many Korean words do you need to speak fluently? The answer may BLOW YOUR MIND - just kidding. It's anywhere between three to five thousand... but how I got to this number, and how you can evaluate this number for your own vocabulary is what's more interesting.

    I broke down hours worth of native Korean conversations to figure out how many unique words were being used on average, and compared that with how many words I use myself. This was used to calculate a ballpark estimate for how many vocabulary words are actually being used, and let you know how many you'd need in order to speak and understand the majority of what's going on.

    How many words do you know? How many more do you need? Let me know your thoughts on my video here or in the video's description.

  • 15-Minute Mochi – Easy Rice Cakes with Red Bean (찹쌀떡)

    You might know Korean rice cakes as ‘mochi’. You’ve probably tasted or seen mochi ice-cream or seen it at your local Asian grocery store. In Korean, it’s called “Chap-Ssal-Ddeok”. These are made from a rice-flour dough and filled with bean paste or a powdered nut and honey mixture.

    Traditionally, rice cakes are a labor-and-time intensive process. You need to cook rice, squeeze it, mill it into powder, mix into a dough, steam and pound away at the dough.

    In this video, we show you how to make a batch of ‘mochi’ rice cakes that you can make, start-to-finish, in less than fifteen minutes. Look below for a list of ingredients for shopping.

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