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Korean VR Cafes (feat. Jinyoung)

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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.

This was not a sponsored video and we weren't given anything for visiting the VR cafe you'll see. I don't have anything against sponsored videos, but I've typically avoided them because I know they can influence a more positive review. What you see are our honest reactions of what we do.

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How To Say ‘Queen’ In Korean

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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!

 

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‘Queen’ in Korean

The correct word for how to say queen in Korean is 여왕 (yeowang). If you have read our previous lesson for the word king in Korean, you may notice that these two words are quite similar to each other. Indeed, the word for how to say queen in Korean is the word for king (왕) combined with the marker for female (여). The end result is 여왕!

You may also use the words 왕비 (wangbi) and 왕후 (wanghu) when you wish to say queen. However, these are not as popular. In addition, many Koreans will understand you if you say the Konglish word(khwin). But keep in mind that using a Korean word is often better than a Konglish one.

 

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

 

Sample Sentences

Standard:

노르웨이에서 왕과 여왕이 있어요? (noreuweieseo wangkwa yeowangi isseoyo?)

Does Norway have a king and a queen?

 

누군가 요새 할리우드에서 영화계의 여왕이 되고 있을까요? (nugunka yosae halliudeueseo yeonghwagyee yeowangi dwoego isseulkkayo?)

Who do you think is the queen of movies in Hollywood these days?

 

영국에서는 여왕은 대영제국을 다스리고 있어요. (yeongkukeseoneun yeowangeun daeyeongjegukeul daseurigo isseoyo.)

The kingdom of Great Britain is being ruled by the queen.

 

Informal:

그녀는 여왕이 되었어. (geunyeoneun yeowangi dwoeeosseo.)

She became a queen.

 

나는 어떻게 패션계의 여왕이 될 수 있을까? (naneun eotteokhe phaesyeongyee yeowangi dwoel su isseulkka?)

How could I become the queen of fashion?

 

그때 그 파티에서 여왕처럼 행세한 것을 기억해? (geuddae geu phathieseo yeowangcheoreom haensehan geoseul gieokhae?)

Do you remember acting like a queen that time at that party?

 

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Geumryunsa Temple – 금륜사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)

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A look at Geumryunsa Temple from Mt. Geumjeongsan in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do.

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Geumryunsa Temple is located in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do on the very northern part of the very large Mt. Geumjeongsan (801.5m). The temple rests just east of Janggun-bong Peak, which stands at 727 metres.

All in and around the temple, as you make your way towards the temple, is a new apartment complex that’s in development. Because of this, a lot of the old sign markers that point towards Geumryunsa Temple are now removed. However, from the highway, you can see Geumryunsa Temple half-way up the mountain. And once you clear the apartment development, you’ll come to a part of the forested mountain. From here, follow the signs and the road that lead up towards the temple.

As you approach the ever increasing elevation, and the temple in the process, you’ll find the front façade at Geumryunsa Temple. The first floor of the temple building is the visitors’ centre and kitchen. To the far right, you’ll notice a newly built stone shrine dedicated to Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). The seated statue is fronted by a pair of lion-based lanterns that are reminiscent of the ones at Beopjusa Temple.

It’s from this direction that you’ll find a flight of stairs that leads up to the second story of the main hall. It’s here that you’ll find the place where devotees worship. It’s also from this vantage point that you get an amazing view outwards towards the valley down below. The exterior walls to the main hall are adorned with beautiful Palsang-do murals from the Historical Buddha’s life. Also, the main hall is backed by a lush bamboo forest that runs up against the main hall’s tiled roof.

Stepping inside the main hall, you’ll notice a triad of statues on the main altar. Seated in the center is a statue of Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). To the left sits Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) and to the right sits Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). Hanging on the far right wall is a large Shinjung Taenghwa (guardian mural). And as you enter and exit the main hall, you’ll see a skillfully embroidered image of a colour Gwanseeum-bosal and accompanying dragon.

But what really makes Geumryunsa Temple stand out are the pair of mountainside altars that rest to the east and south of the temple grounds. From the temple parking lot, you can follow a relatively easy trail that continues for about 100 metres towards a stone altar and standing stone statue of Gwanseeum-bosal. This wooden decked area has some amazing views of the city of Yangsan to the north and Busan to the south; also with an amazing view of both with a framed Geumryunsa Temple in the background.

Following this trail, or a trail head to the left rear of the main hall, you’ll go an additional 400 metres until you arrive at the second mountainside shrine: Eundong-gul cave. In total, there are three shrines, two of which are cave shrines. Once again, you’ll find a three metre tall standing stone statue dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal, as well as a smaller stone statue of Yongwang (The Dragon King). To the right of these two statues is a cave that is fronted by a glass enclosure. Resting inside this smaller cave is a multi-armed statue of Gwanseeum-bosal and Amita-bul. The larger of the two caves is slightly to the right on a ledge. Housed inside this cave is a painting dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit).

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Yangsan Intercity Bus Terminal, you need to take Bus #17 or #17A.  You’ll need to take this bus for 9 stops, or 17 minutes. You’ll need to get off at the Dongmyun Chodeung Hakyo (elementary school) stop. From where the bus drops you off, you’ll need to walk 20 minutes towards Mt. Geumjeongsan and the temple.

OVERALL RATING: 6/10. Geumryunsa Temple is beautifully situated on Mt. Geumjeongsan. While the temple hall and statues in and around the temple grounds are nice, it’s the accompanying mountainside shrines that makes Geumryunsa Temple a little bit different and a little more special. Also, there are just so many beautiful views of the valley down below with both Busan and Yangsan off in the distance to the north and south.

As you first approach the temple grounds.

The main hall and visitors’ centre at Geumryunsa Temple.

The newly built shrine dedicated to Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha).

A closer look at Mireuk-bul.

And a closer look at the main hall at Geumryunsa Temple.

One of the paintings from the Palsang-do set dedicated to the Historical Buddha.

A bamboo forest to the rear of the main hall.

A look at the main altar inside the main hall with Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise) sitting in the centre.

A better look at both Amita-bul and Jijang-bosal.

The Shinjung Taenghwa, guardian mural, that hangs to the right of the main altar.

This embroidery is dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal.

The view from the main hall.

And a look towards a mountainside shrine.

The head of the trail that leads up to the Eundong-gul cave shrine.

The view from the starting point of the trail.

The shrine to the east of Geumryunsa Temple.

The shrine houses this beautiful statue dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal.

And the view towards Yangsan from the beautiful mountainside shrine.


Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself

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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.

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Work in Korea for Foreigners

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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.

 

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What Are The Requirements to Work in Korea as a Foreigner?

This is the big question, isn’t it? The truth is, it varies. It depends both on your background, on whichever immigration officer you get that day, and on the specific demands of the companies you’re looking to apply to.

The easiest way to get a non-teaching job as a foreigner is by having an F-series visa. Why is that? Because by having an F-series visa, you no longer need a visa sponsored by the company. This massively broadens your options of companies and job positions to apply to. Unfortunately, getting that visa isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Unless you get married to a Korean person, you usually need to have held onto a job (or several jobs in the same field) for a good while before you can qualify for one. So while it’s the easiest way to get a job in Korea, it’s not an option for newbies.

But while work in Korea for foreigners is more complicated without that F-series visa, it’s not impossible! Perhaps the second easiest way for a foreigner to get a job in Korea is by graduating from a Korean university. You can do this either with bachelor’s or master’s degree. By doing this, not only can you demonstrate that you’re already familiar with the country’s culture and language to a degree, but the immigration will also be more lax on what kind of jobs you are qualified to apply for. In other words, you’re not strictly limited to only get a job directly in the field of your university degree. The only main restriction is that the company absolutely has to be able to provide you with visa sponsorship. If they can prove that a Korean can’t do the job, they’ll be able to.

Young business people

Unfortunately, for those new to Korea, it is trickier to land a job. Perhaps the best way to go about it would be to find a company in your own country with branches in Korea. Otherwise immigration will require the job position to be in the field of your degree with prior working experience. You will also need to have a few years worth of job experience in that field before you’ll qualify for the work visa.

Knowing how to speak Korean will also help you tremendously. Though, do note (and perhaps take a sigh of relief), that most of the companies open to visa sponsorships for foreign employees are looking specifically for those that are fluent in languages other than Korean.

 

Young Smiling Business People Working In Office.

How To Find The Job?

Now it’s time to lay out some methods through which you can get started on your job hunt. One of the quickest ways to find many companies at once is by attending a job fair. There are two main ones arranged every fall. One is for foreign residents in Korea, and one specifically for international students in Korea.

Besides that, along with networking, there are also several websites out there through which you can find and apply to jobs. Here are a few great examples:

 

Craigslist – This is a hit or miss type of a job portal. However, the job advertisements are usually in English and the employees sought after are definitely foreigners. It may not be where you find your dream job through, but it’s likely the least intimidating site to start with.

Saramin and JobKorea – Now, these two sites are entirely in Korean so they may be rather terrifying to navigate through at first. However, they are also main job portals for Koreans themselves to find a job, and there are plenty of jobs from different fields posted where they are looking for foreign language speakers.

PeopleNJob – It is said to be the best job portal to find a job in Korea for foreigners. It looks overwhelming at first glance, but you’ll be relieved to know that there is also an ample amount of jobs on there posted in English.

JobSee.Kr – Unfortunately, not that many jobs are posted here. However, you’ll be able to quickly decide whether the job is worth pursuing due to the formatting of the site.

LinkedIn – Unlike the other portals listed here, this is the main place from where you can find all the big foreign companies looking for employees in their Korean branches. Companies are posting job ads all the time and you can get notifications right in your phone, too!

 

Good luck with your job hunt! Do you know of great ways to find a job in Korea? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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

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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.

It’s appalling that Trump can’t see this. He hasn’t gotten anything serious out of North Korea, but apparently he loves Kim Jong Un, probably because Kim called him ‘Your Excellency’ in one of his letters. And Moon is playing Trump so badly – Nobel Peace Prize! – it’s embarrassing. Last year Trump was a jerk and called Moon an appeaser of NK. So this year, Moon is the tail wagging the dog. Moon has figured out that he can go around the hawkish US natsec bureaucracy, which distrusts him, and go straight to Trump. Flatter Trump enough, and he’ll agree to anything.

It’s gross, and it won’t hold anyway, because Trump is fickle and stroking his ego is not the same as building institutional support in the US for a deal.

The essay follows the jump:

 

 

In the last six months, US President Donald Trump has “fallen in love” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He has also been persuaded that Kim respects him, likely because he called him ‘your excellency’ in his “beautiful letters.” South Korean President Moon Jae-In has claimed Trump is the “only one who can fix the Korean peninsula.” He and his foreign minister, Kang Jung-Wha, also suggested that Trump win a Nobel Prize for bringing peace to Korea.

Good grief.

None of this is true. Of course it is not. Everyone knows this, including Trump’s own staff, as the many leaks and books about this White House attest. It is painfully obvious to any serious observer that Trump no idea what he is doing on North Korea (or most policy issues). Had any other US political figure said he was ‘in love’ with the dictator of North Korea, he would have been laughed out of politics or seen as a creepy apologist for the world’s worst tyrant.

That Trump was given a pass on this remark – as he is on so many of his unhinged comment – tells you all you need to know: no one takes him seriously, he does not understand the issues, and he does not care to try. Not only is Trump frequently irresponsible and idiotic, he does not care that he is, has no interest in improving this problem, nor cares that we all know that he is unhinged. It is almost as if Trump is performing the presidency as a joke or reality TV show rather actually doing the job: who says they ‘love’ North Korea? Trump had to know that was preposterously foolish, yet he said it anyway, because he just does not care.

None of this is particularly new of course. It was obvious three years ago that Trump knew almost nothing about policy. Regarding North Korea, Trump has swung from unhinged war threats to mawkishly self-congratulatory peace-making in just a few months, because he has not even tried to grasp the issues. He just wants the attention that comes from outlandish statements – ‘fire and fury’ – and actions – the Singapore summit. His speeches and commentary on North Korea almost never reference actual issues in the negotiations – missile counts, fissile materials stockpiles, and so on. Instead, he belabors his supposedly great personal relationship with Kim.

Tellingly, Trump has never given a programmatic speech on US goals in negotiating with North Korea, or what sort of mixed deal – troop withdrawals for nuclear weapons, missile defense for missiles, sanctions relief for human rights, and so – the US might consider. The closest Trump came was his insistence early this year on complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament (CVID) – but that was always a gimmick. No expert ever thought the North would simply unilaterally disarm because of US browbeating. Beyond all-or-nothing, silver bullet approaches like CVID or war, Trump has laid out no framework, no groundwork for a half-loaf, mixed-bag compromise, which is almost certainly what the actual negotiating outcome will be if there is one.

Trump’s gross ignorance, disdain for US allies, and love of flattery have, in turn, created a bizarre window of opportunity for the leaders of the two Koreas. Unlike Trump who cannot be bothered to read, Moon and Kim have almost certainly studied up on Trump’s character. Indeed, given Trump’s endless self-congratulation in his speeches and his obvious love of media attention, it is not hard to see that he is a deeply insecure arriviste desperate for affirmation. World leaders increasingly play on this vulnerability.

In 2017, Moon and Kim did not quite see how easy Trump would be to manipulate. Where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked up rather quickly on Trump’s gullibility – giving him a ‘make alliance great again’ baseball hat and a golden golf club – Moon and Kim both treated Trump as a normal US president. Kim and Trump fell into a war of words, while Moon seemed unable to figure out how to respond to a president determined to crassly read the US alliance as a protection racket.

By 2018, the two Korean leaders came around. Moon started jetting off to Washington more often to pay court to Trump, because Trump loves to insist the foreign leaders solicit him, not vice versa. Moon’s envoys pitched the Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un directly to the president, rather than going through US national security bureaucracy which almost certainly would have tried to stop it. Then Moon and his foreign minister started floating the preposterous idea that Trump should win a Nobel. Here in South Korea, it was an open secret that the Nobel was, and still is, a gimmick to flatter Trump. That Trump could not see that suggests just how immature he is. Kim Jong Un got in the act with fawning letters this summer. One can only imagine how Trump swooned when he read being called ‘your excellency.’ Call all this the ‘Compliment Trump’ Doctrine.

The dangers here are obvious:

Trump is extraordinarily fickle. Kim and Moon better be ready to debase themselves for awhile. Will their nationalist populations tolerate that? How long can this last?

Trump abjures contract when it suits him. As a businessman, Trump was notorious for not paying his bills and violating agreements. If an inter-Korean deal becomes a liability for Trump in the future, he will dump it immediately.

Everything hinges on Trump. Moon has not won over the US national security bureaucracy regarding North Korea, instead placing all his bets on Trump. But Trump is gone in six years at most, possibly two. And indeed, after this year’s midterm elections in just six weeks, Trump’s attention to Korea will likely fade entirely. The Democrats will do well in the Congress, likely taking one or both houses, after which will come a wave of investigations and possibly an impeachment effort, depending how just how bad the rot is. Korea drop off Trump’s radar, and the South Koreans will be stuck dealing with the State and Defense Departments again, which are far more sanguine about negotiating with North Korea.

The US national security community can see Kim and, more importantly, Moon manipulating the president. This is my biggest fear. Trump is a preposterous, accidental president; playing him as a useful idiot may capture gains for Moon in the next year or so, but there will be scars left behind. The US North Korea community and South Korean left already have poor relations. The former distrusts the latter’s willingness to concede to North Korea, while the latter finds the former intrusive into Korean affairs which are not its business. The left cannot dump these US hawks though, because the US alliance is hugely popular here. And the US natsec community will remember how Moon played on Trump’s vanity to go around it. This will make it that much harder for the US alliance under liberal South Korean governments in the future. Moon’s spinning of Trump will leave a bad taste with many of South Korea’s allies who can see what he is doing and know it is manipulation of a fool. He should stop.


Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University

@Robert_E_Kelly

 

 


Koreans Talk About Korea’s Work Culture

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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.

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The Yashica DigiFilm Saga

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On October 10th, 2017 a daring project was launched on Kickstarter. The project was to revive the legendary camera brand Yashica and create a hybrid camera that combined the limitations and character of film  with the ease of use that comes with shooting digital. All of this was going to be wrapped up in a retro-styled rangefinder camera that reminded us of the legendary Electro 35 GSN. It struck a nerve with many people and according to their kickstarter update on October 11th, the project was fully funded in only 4 hours.

Shortly after, the first impressions started popping up. Reviews like this one from DP Review, labelled it as “everything wrong with retro design” and noted that 5,100 “fools” back the initial campaign. By the time that both the Kickstarter and the Indiegogo campaigns finished there were a total of 7,967 “fools” eagerly “expecting the unexpected” as the tagline of the campaign said. In all reality, this was a successful campaign, and I was one of those fools who backed the project. However, I was not expecting a fuji level camera by any stretch of the imagination. I just wanted to see what Yashica could do with my investment and if it could live up the the trusty Electro 35 GSN.

Poorly Run and Awful Communication

The campaign on Kickstarter started off good. They promised that the product would be ready by April of 2018. They met their stretch goal and added an upgraded “4G” lens and a 2.0 aperture. They also upgraded the sensor as well. Then, suddenly after December 2017, things took a turn for the weird. There was zero communication in January. By March they admitted that they were behind and that the camera would not be shipped until the end of July. On July 29th, they mentioned nothing about the shipment date and showed images of the tooling process and some barebones cameras. Backers were starting to get frustrated.

The following update mentioned more about the “grainy effect” and that shipment would start in August. Backers were dropping like flies and begging for refunds. Sadly many struggled to communicate with Yashica at this point. August went by with nothing being sent out to the backers. However, Yashica did announce that they had set up a pop-up store in Lane Crawford, a department store in Hong Kong. This was the first time people could get a up close look at this camera. The reviews were not good.

The fact that they had not even started sending out cameras to backers but were opening up pop-up stores infuriated the backers. By September, members of the Yashica Y25 facebook group started mentioning that they were receiving email confirmations and some even got tracking info. By the 28th of September, I finally received my confirmation. On October 4th, I received my tracking information. As of today, October 11th 2018, I actually received  my camera.

YASHICA – digiFilm B&W

Just a Toy in a Box

I was really interested in what this little camera would be like. I had read the reviews and heard people’s initial thoughts, so I was not expecting anything too great. The initial look was not bad but not good either. It was faintly reminiscent of the miniature cameras that I picked up recently in Japan from the coin-op machines at Yodobashi. I am not exaggerating that fact either. The camera felt light and plasticy and the viewfinder is just a plastic window without any framelines.  This was a far from the stylish camera in the video for the campaign.

Without the batteries, it just feels light and cheap. Adding the batteries, does add a bit of weight which does make it feel a little better in the hand. However, the rest of the camera still has that cheap toy feel. Perhaps this what the “unexpected” part that they had put into their tagline. However, I could see nothing of the “significant upgrades” or anything that Yashica had promised once they had blown passed their shipment deadlines. It was like what Ron Leach from Shutterbug Magazine said “My disappointment is simple: The new Y35 is pretty much a gimmick with nice retro styling—not a tool for serious photographers.”

The sad part is that there was seemingly no attention to detail in the design or construction of this camera. The film rewind knob is molded into the case which adds to the overall cheapness. This could have been used a self-timer or something. They could have at least made it metal which would have made the camera look a little less fake. Same thing with the power switch. The grooves on the power switch of my Electro 35 are similar to that of what you would find on the edge of a coin. The grooves on the Y35 power switch are laughably huge to the point that they look as if someone drew them on a napkin and then just rendered the drawing in a 3D printer. You can adjust the exposure 5 stops where you would set the iso on the Electro 35 which is a nice touch, but they should have added a few more of those touches to round out the camera.

The feel of shooting with the the Y35 is lame at best. Again, without the framelines it just feels like I am pretending to photograph… something. The Y35 gives out a wimpy fake shutter sound after you have pressed the shutter button. The pathetic part is that the camera keychain that my wife bought me a few years ago has the same but slightly louder fake shutter sound. The only indicator that this contraption is even working is the led at the back. It changes from purple to red. Even that, seems poorly constructed for some reason.

YASHICA – digiFilm B&W

A Whole Lot of “MEH…”

The photos that the Y35 produced were lackluster and distorted. While I liked the idea of waiting to get back home to check the results, they were disappointing at best. I received 4 DigiFilms with my pledge: B&W, 6×6, 1600, and 200. By far the B&W and the 200 are my favourites. The 6×6 seems to be designed for the instagram crowd but also has a weird pee-coloured shade of yellow to it. The 1600 is ok but I will have to test it out in low light a bit more.

YASHICA – digiFilm 6×6

 

The biggest thing here is that they lack any sort of character or desirable quality. This combined with a cheaply made camera makes for a disappointing experience all around. This is different from a holga or something where you know that it is crap and going to produce a weird photo but that is what you bought it for. The Yashica people actually think that this is a superior product and “unlike anything else on the market” as they said once in their updates.

YASHICA – digiFilm 200

Recommendations

If Yashica was really going for an actual camera then they should have done a little more with the backers money than make a toy camera with a fake shutter sound. The first recommendation I would say would be to beef up the camera. Make it of equal weight and size to the Electro 35. A metal body would have been nice but at least they could have gone with a material that did not feel like child’s toy.

YASHICA – digiFilm 1600

With regards to the DigiFilm, I would have opted to start with a few “legendary” films first. How cool would it have been if they got permission to emulate Kodak T-max or Ilford HP5 Plus? The DigiFilms could have the same brading as the the film cansters and whatnot. Yashica could have been the one system that could save some types of film from being forgotten by converting them to their proprietary “DigiFilm” format. What better way to get film lovers to buy your toy camera than to save their beloved films in a format that lasts forever. This would have worked a lot better than pee-stained instagram-style films.

YASHICA – digiFilm 200


The Bottomline

As one commenter stated recently in the facebook group “For those who own it and find faults in it, it’s not meant to be on par with your DSLR” and for the price that I paid off of Kickstarter, I certainly was not expecting anything near a DSLR. However, what I was expecting was a camera that at least was well made for what it was. Meaning that while it is a novel concept, the wimpy fake shutter sound and the odd distortion make it feel like they just stopped caring after a while. Had they created a nifty little camera that performed well and was well made, they could have proved a lot of the critics wrong, myself included.

YASHICA – digiFilm B&W

This project was never meant to give everyone a 2018 version of the Electro 35 and that must be stated. Also note that this is not even made by the same company that made that legendary camera either. This was a project that started out with a half-baked idea and followed through with a half-baked product. It is as simple as that. Does it work? YES. Does it do what Yashica said it would? YES. However, it also just feels thrown together the way that you would find a “digital retro camera” in a novelty store. In the future versions, Yashica needs to up their game and put together a fully formed camera.

If you are looking for that traditional feel, go to Ebay and pick up an old Electro 35. They are a great camera and there are tons of them around that are in great condition. They have a sharp lens and are perfect for those wanting to play around with a rangefinder without dropping big bucks on a Leica.

If you are looking for a retro-style camera to shoot that is digital, then download Hipstamatic and invest in a few films, lenses and skins. For a few bucks you can emulate the feel of an old camera on your phone and produce some interesting photos at the sametime. I feel that these photos have a lot more character than the DigiFilms and the lens on my iPhone has way less distortion.

random double exposure with hipstamatic

hipstamatic

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How To Say ‘King’ In Korean

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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!

 

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‘King’ in Korean

The most commonly used word for how to say king in Korean is 왕 (wang). In some situations, you may also see the words 제왕 (jewang) and 국왕 (gukwang) used. However, nearly always just the word 왕 by itself will do just fine, especially in spoken situations. There are other words as well, but they have double meanings that are unrelated to this topic. In this article, we’re limiting the vocabulary of the word king to these three words for the time being. Just to limit confusion. Even the word 제왕 also shares the meaning of ’emperor’.

 

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

 

Sample Sentences

Standard:

어느 날에는 그 왕자가 왕의 자리에 오를거에요. (eoneu nareneun geu wangjaga wange jarie oreulgeoeyo.)

One day that prince will be crowned king.

 

누군가 영국의 왕으로 될거지요? (nugunga yeonguke wangeuro dwilgeojiyo?)

Who will become the kind of United Kingdom?

 

국왕이라도 그 나라의 모든 법을 지켜야하지요. (gugkwangirado geu narae modeun beobeul jikhyeoyahajiyo.)

Even that country’s king must follow all the laws.

 

Informal:

밀림의 제왕은 바로 사자야. (millime jewangeun baro sajaya.)

Lion is the king of the jungle.

 

Now that you know how to say king in Korean, are you excited to learn how to refer to the rest of the royal family members in Korean as well? Let us know what other royal words you’d like to learn next!

 

*Want more Korean phrases? Go to our Korean Phrases Page for a complete list!

 

Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto

 

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