Korean Language

Korean Onomatopoeia: The Fun Korean Words

The Korean language contains many words that are based on onomatopoeia, which is the sound associated with an object or action. The Korean word for onomatopoeia is heeseongeo (의성어), but don't worry about remembering it... it's rarely used. In fact, if you use the word with Koreans, then they might assume that you are talking about some kind of fish! So let's take a closer look at a few of them.

Note: This article contains Hangul (Korean letters). If you can't read Korean yet, download a free guide here to start reading in about 60 minutes!! 


Recently my language partner left to get a job. So I decided to...



Recently my language partner left to get a job. So I decided to leave my language exchange at Culcom in favor of an actual instructed Korean course at GNUCR near Gangnam-gu Office Station (Line 7). I’m pretty excited about the location, because its so close to me. I didn’t find out about this course until recently so I missed the deadline, but they kindly let me register late. I’ll start the course this evening. I am pretty excited. I hope I’ll learn more Korean. The course is 10 weeks and costs 300,000 Won ($300.00). They use the Active Korean book series, but this can be purchased at the school. 


One Year Later

The traditional gift for a first anniversary is paper, so I guess after I write this I'll print a copy and frame it. What I'm trying to say is, a little over one year ago, I arrived in Korea. The modern first anniversary gift is a clock, which seems apt as the time has passed faster than I realized. A year already? Are you sure?

I've been looking back through old posts, and it's a relief to see that my feelings about the country haven't changed that much:

Spaghetti Alphabet?

I recently realized that I am a complete hypocrite. Well, in all honesty I've known this for a while, especially when it comes to giving advice, but I had the fact practically thrown in my face the other night. As a teacher of a foreign language, I'm constantly trying to stress communication over perfection. By which I mean, it is more important that you can talk to someone, get your point across, even if your grammar is barely grammar and you're speaking mainly in nouns and hand gestures. Were you able to buy the coffee you wanted? Did they answer your question? Laugh at your joke? A+

My students, and I think most language students, struggle with the desire to be perfect. Often, when I ask my older students a simple question that I know they understand, I'm still met with...silence. Averted eyes. Maybe if we don't move she can't see us.

Legal Research

For the many armchair attorneys of the world we have some suggested sources and words of caution.  As always, with thanks to the Korean Herald and a reminder to read the disclaimer.

A few links to help you on your way:
LawnB (Korean)
KLRI (Korean Legislation Research Institute, English)
MOLEG (Ministry of Government Legislation, English) and its mobile app (Korean).  Studies conducted by a can of beer suggest that your blog becomes 20% cooler if it uses the word app, now done.  Behold the coolness.

Vocabulary Regarding the Legal Profession

Again we thank Aaron Snowberger of Key to Korean for hosting us on a guest post explaining some Korean terms you might use when discussing the different types of legal professionals in Korea, as we explained here.  If you want other resources including Korean lessons live or via Skype check out his blog.

Types of Legal Professionals in Korea

If you have wondered about all the different kinds of legal professionals in Korea, we have worked through the Herald to try to explain them here.  Reprinted below with permission, and never forget the disclaimer.

Types of legal professionals in Korea

If you have a legal problem, finding the right contact point for help can be mystifying. 

Basic Legal Vocabulary for Korean Contracts


I would like to thank Aaron Snowberger of Key2Korean for sharing and localizing a post designed to help you learn a few terms relevant to contracts.  If your Korean language skill is already relatively high and you're looking for basic legal words and phrases we will be doing further posts in the future about legal professionals, labor law, immigration law, tax law, and other areas (you are welcome to suggest/request subjects if you'd like).  If your Korean language skill isn't quite where you'd like it to be you can ask Aaron's wife about online tutoring.

And of course, never overlook that lovely disclaimer.

Learning Korean: Which Program is Right for You?

Considering that fact that Korean is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn, those that move to Korea might be intimidated to begin the arduous and often frustrating journey of learning the local language.  But, there can be many benefits to learning Korean.  Getting a grasp on the basics makes expat life far more comfortable and allows one to better understand the culture and feel more integrated with society.  Then there are the added bonuses of more job opportunities and bragging rights.  Because, let's face it... how many non-Koreans can actually say that they speak Korean?

Committing oneself to studying is the first and often most difficult step to learning Korean.  So what about after that?

For those of us who grew up in a country where there is little to no priority on learning a second language, it's difficult to know which study methods and programs work best to memorize vocabulary words, comprehend unfamiliar sentence structures, and perfect one's pronunciation.  And because everyone learns differently, it might take a bit of trial and error to figure out which approach is best for you.

Although I am still very much a beginner, I have attempted a number of techniques and attended a variety of classes to find what works for me.  Below are my personal experiences, including the pros and cons of each.


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