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  • Korean VR Cafes (feat. Jinyoung)

    VR cafes are a new trend in Korea from a year or so ago, and this summer I really saw a lot of places while traveling around. "Cafes" are everywhere in Korea, and there are various kinds from pet cafes where you can have a cup of coffee together with animals (cats, dogs, raccoons, etc.), book cafes where you can read while drinking something, and VR cafes where you can play virtual reality games - from normal virtual reality games to games that require special equipment and facilities. And because there are plenty of companies currently running VR cafes in Korea, you don't have to travel to one specific location or city to visit one.

    Overall, it's quite expensive to visit a VR cafe. Think of it like visiting a theme park, minus the expensive food. But if you're able to, it was a unique experience I haven't found anywhere else.

  • How To Say ‘Queen’ In Korean

    Do you think it’s the king that holds the highest title? Perhaps the king should step aside and let that rightful position be held by the queen. After all, the Queen of England is one of the most famous royalty in the world.

    Today’s quick and fun lesson will cover how to say queen in Korean. Are you ready to get to it? Let’s go!


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


  • Geumryunsa Temple – 금륜사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)

  • Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself

    How are you practicing Korean? What are some of your methods, and how often do you practice?

    There might be a better way to practice Korean. I'll cover in this video some of my personal tips for practicing Korean alone - without a pen pal. I'll also talk about whether you should or shouldn't be practicing Korean by yourself. Sometimes it's best not to, and I'll give reasons why.

    The post Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.

  • (Ep 44) Victim Kit

    Graham Parkinson is the guy behind the Seoul-based one-man electronic post rock band, Victim Kit. We talk about old man edgy rock lords, how often Matt Damon shits, and Shaggy-2-Dope trying to dropkick Fred Durst. We shotgun beers and talk about offending old Korean men, pissing in public and broken hearts. It's a funny podcast. We're both a couple of quick talkers and fast drinkers, so we get a little drunk and considerably inappropriate near the end. Victim Kit recently released an EP called Fall a Little Further Down, and you can check it out on bandcamp. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe on iTunes or whatever podcasting app you enjoy. Leave a super hot review on iTunes, and I love ya.

  • Work in Korea for Foreigners

    While most foreigners first come to Korea as students – international, exchange, or language – the amount of foreigners coming to work in Korea has also been on the rise in the past couple of years. And a good majority of the foreigners working in Korea are indeed working as native English teachers. But what about those coming from countries that speak a different language than English? Is it possible for them to work in Korea as well?

    Although getting the job may not be as easy as it is for an English teacher, it is still possible. In this article, we’ll go into more detail about work in Korea for foreigners. However, do bear in mind that there is no one single way for you to land a job in this country. Also note that not every method will work for everyone.


  • A Korean Deal Based on Flattering Trump as a Useful Idiot will Not Hold


    This is a local re-post of a piece I wrote for the Lowy Institute a few weeks ago.

    Basically I wrote this in disgust at how Trump is falling all over himself about Kim Jong Un. I do not oppose a deal with North Korea, as my critics keep saying. Rather, I deeply distrust Trump’s motives. He isn’t doing this for peace in Korea or because he cares about the US position in Asia or the well-being of people out here. In fact, he’s not even doing it for the American national interest. He’s doing it because the leaders of North and South Korea are flattering him.

  • Koreans Talk About Korea’s Work Culture

    Something you'll hear a lot about if you live in Korea is the work culture. Perhaps your friends often stay out late at company dinners, drinking at multiple places until the sun comes up. Or maybe you've heard someone complain about the way their boss treats them, and being unable to do anything about it. One thing's for certain - Koreans work hard and for long hours. There are many pros and cons to working in Korea, so I wanted to know what some of the most common ones were. This year in Korea I asked Koreans on the streets what they thought about work culture, and what they would change.

    Do you have any experience working in South Korea? What are your thoughts on its pros and cons? Let me know in the comments here or on the video.

  • The Yashica DigiFilm Saga

  • How To Say ‘King’ In Korean

    Around the world, many different types of governments and rulers exist. Most countries have a president while others have a prime minister in charge. Many countries with prime ministers in charge have royal families. Kings and emperors, in highly respected positions, even if they carry no real power. People seem to hold particular interest towards kings, queens, princes, and princesses of the world.

    So today, the new word we will learn is related to this royal topic as well. Indeed, today we will learn how to say ‘king’ in Korean! Now let’s get to learning some royal vocabulary!


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


  • Korean FAQ – 어디 있어요? vs 어디예요?

    This Korean FAQ episode is for people who are high beginner or above, at least. Or for anyone who's learned that both 어디 있어요 and 어디예요 are both valid ways of asking where something is. Well, both are valid... in most cases.

    Did you know there's actually a difference between using 있다 ("to exist") and 이다 ("to be") with 어디 ("where")? This is something I couldn't find explained in other videos, so I wanted to show how it works.

    Do you have any suggestions for future Korean FAQ episodes? Let me know~!

  • Ordering Food In A Korean Restaurant

    Hurray! You have finally made it to South Korea, and are totally excited to get your trip – or new life – going. On top of all the dozens and dozens of sights to see that you have on your list, the list of foods to try is an even longer one. Your stomach will growl with hunger and desire every time you think about all the delicious Korean food that will soon feed it.

    But, wait! Now you find yourself getting a little nervous. It’s your first time in the country, you hardly speak the language, and it has just crossed your mind you’re not sure of the local restaurant etiquette, either. How exactly does one order food in a Korean restaurant? And more importantly: how exactly does one do the food ordering in Korean?! Keep reading and, right here, right now, you will learn exactly how!


  • 10 Photographers You Should Follow

    I am sure that you have all  seen that meme about how people will buy shoes from Michael Jordan but not support their friends or family in their new business or side gig. I feel in many ways this is the same for photography. In many ways, we have been programmed to admire celebrities over our friends or family. We trust their “brand” more than our “buddy”  who goes out every weekend to get the most beautiful shots you can imagine.


  • Speaking Korean with Other Korean Learners | A Glass with Billy

    My friend Andy lives in the city of Sejong, which is near Daejeon. I meet him about once a year and he is also very interested in the Korean language and Korean education. He also speaks Korean fluently and has been learning the language for a very long time.

    When I was first learning Korean, and even recently, I've felt shy or nervous to speak Korean around other people who aren't native Korean speakers, in fear of being judged for making any mistakes or because I was worried it would look like I was "showing off" by speaking Korean better than them. When I met with Andy we talked about this, as well as how to deal with those sort of feelings, and what situations it would be completely normal to speak in Korean with other non-native Korean speakers. Andy had some great insight and I'll definitely be meeting with him again next summer.

  • (Ep 43) Saku Yanagawa

    Saku Yanagawa is a Japanese comedian, he was in Korea to perform a couple comedy shows, and in between he pulled up on the hot spot and had a chat with me. We talk about his recent time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing stand-up comedy in Japan, getting lost in the sewer, Japanese taboo, and how to swear in Osaka. 
We also tell memories of regret and folks, Saku’s is a real doozy. 
Stick around after the theme music at the end of the show, because we ended up jumping back into the studio and Saku tells a super sad historical story. Get those tissues ready! If you enjoy the show, please subscribe on iTunes or whatever podcasting app you enjoy. Leave a super hot review on iTunes, and I love ya.

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