Recent Blog Posts

All Recent Posts

Learn Korean Ep. 83: “I guess...”

Printer-friendly version

Keykat called me with an emergency, and I couldn't help but rush over there. I hope Keykat is okay....

This episode will cover two forms that you can use to mean "I guess." We'll talk about the 나 보다 form and the 가 보다 form.

Remember that there are free extended PDFs available for every "Learn Korean" episode, and each contains additional information or examples not covered in the video.

Check out the episode here!

Click here to download a free PDF of this lesson!

The post Learn Korean Ep. 83: “I guess...” appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.

 Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean





Registration for March 26th Meeting Open!!

Printer-friendly version

Spring is springing, and we are changing things up a little this month!  We have long been advocates for makgeolli’s rather under-praised cousin, cheongju (also referred to as yakju).   Cheongju is the golden yellow liquid that separates from the sediment during fermentation of makgeolli, and can be just as tasty as it’s milky counterpart.

맑은술 gwahaju

Bottle servings 맑은술









Born from the same process, makgeolli and cheongju are fatefully intertwined, though makgeolli often gets more of the spotlight. Closer in style to Japanese sake and at times not unlike a Chardonnay, cheongju has in recent years been getting a bit more attention.

맑은술 with bed

맑은술 inside






We have just found a bar in Jongno that actually dedicates itself entirely to this style of drink, and we are keen to see how it holds up!  Featuring a fridge full of golden booze (which is impressive considering its relative rarity) in a rather quaint setting, this bar even includes a bunk-bed in the corner for those that just need a nap.


For anyone who would like to check out this interesting spot, send an email to to sign up :)

Makgeolli Mamas & Papas

A depressing article lol :p

Printer-friendly version

Do you ever feel like, you are having everything so perfect? Lol, jk! I know, you don’t ;) Nature is a bitch and he has this perfect kinda schedule thing, and he manages everyday  to mess with everyone’s life every time. :/ Well, almost every time, everyday. But you do feel like nothing’s going alright, right?

Sometimes I want nothing but a normal day in my life. We are the play toys of nature and a day of our life without problem means nature is having a sick leave day lol :D Or, worst, he is even busier with screwing up some one else’s life. (My heartiest sympathy anyways -_- )

giphy (14)

There are some days, when i feel betrayed. We never get the chance to decide whether we would want to be born or not! We were never given a choice, but we face it all. Software companies are better in that perspective, at least they let you know there are terms & conditions at the agreement! -_-  But, what about the terms and conditions that are applicable to life? I hate being frustrated, but most of the time in my life I spent being so. Lol :D Generally women loves being depressed. :P

-Hungry? Let’s be depressed!

-Broke your favorite make up kit?  Let’s be depressed!

-Bad cooking day? Let’s be depressed!

-Home alone? Let’s be depressed!

-OMG, we are enjoying too much! Let’s be depressed!

-Got nothing to do? How about some depression? OOOOHHOO! Let’s be depressed? Let’s be depressed!  -_-  -_-

giphy (15)

No matter how suggestive you are, when someone’s in a problem, you are the dumbest bitch in the world in your problems, and the solution you find is depression! Again, I’m only talking about the ladies. ;) Well, another thing is we absorb every deadly problems of our lives, and we only depressed by the silly ones, right? Ha ha that’s very generous of us B| We are jealous, yet we are kind to our friends! Can you even think of combining them two? I don’t, but that’s how we roll, you know? <3 We can totally deny how much we are hurt inside, pretending to be happy too, right? Like right now, when I’m pretending to be the women who knows everything, actually who has no idea why she is so messed up always? So messed up that she thinks writing in her blog may give her inner peace?? :/ :/

Lol! That’s the story of our life. We hate expressing ourselves, but love hiding the person inside us. We grow old and one day we just go to our graves with a dual personality. The fake strong and the real depressing one. :(

Have a great (depressing) weekend, everyone! ;)

giphy (16)





Seoul’s Financial Hub Dream Outshined By Startup Success

Printer-friendly version

With the recent wave of global financial groups leaving or downsizing their South Korean presence, government efforts to establish Seoul as one of Asia’s three financial hubs have clearly come up short. However, a mixture of public & private initiatives have put Seoul in the spotlight for its burgeoning startup scene. Korea FM spoke with Kyle Ferrier, the Director of Academic Affairs and Research for the Korea Economic institute of America (KEI), & Forbes entrepreneurial ecosystems writer Amy Guttman, to discuss Seoul’s current financial & startup atmosphere.

iTunes 96x33 Spreaker 96x33 Stitcher 96x33 Tune In Smaller Soundcloud 95x33

LISTEN on SpreakerTuneInStitcherSoundCloud or YouTube.

SUBSCRIBE to this & other Korea FM original content via iTunesAndroid Applications or our RSS feed.

Korea FM banner-ad

10 Incredible Spring Travel Destinations in South Korea

Printer-friendly version



“The first real day of spring is like the first time a boy holds your hand. A flood of skin-tingling warmth consumes you, and everything shines with a fresh, colorful glow, making you forget that anything as cold and harsh as winter ever existed.” – Richelle

Spring is in the air and it’s time for new adventure! Scroll down and admire these incredibly beautiful photographs of South Korea in springtime. See which travel destination in Korea that you would like to put on your travel bucket list! ;)

1. Over 350,000 cherry trees in full bloom at Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

2. Blooming cherry tree branches at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul


3. A beautiful field of red poppies at Sangdong Lake Park


4. A carousel horse ride and the amazingly beautiful tulips at the Tulip Festival in Everland Theme Park


5. A beautiful mystic fog in the morning over Seryangji Lake


6. Sit under the shades of fully bloomed cherry trees and enjoy your picnic at Nami Island


jeju-987479제주도 (1)

7. A golden sea of amazing yellow canola flowers in Jeju Island

See 5 Awesome Things You Should Do in Jeju Island That You Won’t Regret.

쁘띠프랑스 (8)쁘띠프랑스 (12)쁘띠프랑스 (7)
8. Blooms and butterflies at a charming village, Petite France

See 2 Popular Weekend Getaways Near Seoul To Visit Right Now: Nami Island & Petite France.MBRF15026858

9. Bomunjeong Pavilion with cherry blossom in Gyeongju

10. Thousands of colorful pinwheels whirling in the breeze at Imjingak Pyeonghwa-Nuri Park near DMZ

Enjoyed the photos? Then start planning a trip to South Korea for your Spring Break. Don’t forget to visit, Korea’s #1 travel shop, where you can discover all the latest, trendiest, newest things to do in Korea!

button_main 2
a service for travelers to easily share and discover the latest hip & hot travel spots from all over the world. 
We are currently focusing on Korea as our destination and plan to expand to other countries gradually. 

September 5, 2015My favorite show last year was the Seoul Summer...

Printer-friendly version

September 5, 2015

My favorite show last year was the Seoul Summer Lakeside Party with Part Time Cooks and Robscenity. The sound was a problem, but the day was so much fun!

It was a full day of fun on the Han River at Nami Island. We jumped onto a blob in the river, played on an obstacle course, and took rides on inflatable flying water contraptions. Oh man, it was so great. 

When the weather warms up, I recommend going to Nami Island. Yummy chicken, beautiful scenery, and fun on the river all day.


Hi, I'm Stacy. I'm from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living in Busan, South Korea. Check me out on: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Lastfm, and Flickr.


Pink Gloves and Paddles: A Guide to Korean Kitchen Essentials

Printer-friendly version

Korean Food and Cooking<

by Lauren Bull, CKC Writer

"I say, beware all enterprises that require new clothes," Henry David Thoreau once wrote. If you spend any time traveling on the Internet Cooking Train, passing stops called Pickle Picker, Strawberry Stem Remover, and Asparagus Peeler, you could easily swap Thoreau’s "clothes" for "kitchen appliances.” Is the secret to kitchen proficiency a multi-edge brownie pan? Yes. (Kidding, it's not at all.) But when attempting to master the cuisine of a particular culture, the tricks of the trade require a few specific tools. They're not gadgets — they're essentials.

Here is a list of the most important tools for Korean cooking, the ones that will give you an edge when you've long been working with dull blades.

1. Pressure rice cooker

It's hard to overstate the importance of rice in Korean cuisine, especially considering Koreans often use the words "bap" (rice) and "meal" interchangeably in conversation. Consistency and quality are paramount when you're eating something so frequently.

We'll be real: Rice cookers can get pricey, but it's best to think of this as an investment piece. The difference between good rice and bad isn't small — it's a giant chasm where lots and lots of ho-hum rice goes to be forgotten forever.

P.S. The benefits of a rice cooker extend far beyond Korean cooking. Spring for the sure thing.

Recommended: Cuckoo Electric Pressure Rice Cooker

2. Rice paddle

Rice Cooker and Paddle

Put away the metal spoon, and hide your wooden spatula. Once your rice is perfectly cooked in the pressure cooker, a flip with a rice paddle keeps clumps at bay and prevents that annoying sticking when you scoop. Here's what we mean by flip: use the end of the paddle to cut into the rice and fluff. No squishing allowed! Don't skip this step — The Flip is essential for an even finish and proper plating.

Recommended: Traditional Simple Rice Paddle, Squirrel Shaped Rice Paddle

3. Korean mortar and pestle

Mortar and Pestle

Mincing, smashing, chopping — however you slice it (ha! oh, man), garlic can be kind of a pain to prep. But because it is so ubiquitous in Korean dishes — and lots of other dishes, too, for that matter — having a tool that gets the work done quickly is worth the investment, especially when you've got ten or twenty cloves staring at you from the cutting board.

The secret to the Korean mortar and pestle is the combination of the ridged, plastic mortal and a wooden pestle. The friction between the two really breaks the garlic down and grabs at those pesky chunks that want desperately to live. They must be crushed.

4. Radish slicer


So, first of all, we're not talking about those small pinky-red radishes in the plastic bag. These are big boy radishes, and getting them properly julienned is the secret to successful kimchi and other Korean side dishes. An adjustable, multi-blade mandoline is ideal for achieving even slices of all kinds of vegetables.

Recommended: Benriner Mandoline Slicer

5. Dolsot (Stone bowls) and Earthenware Pot (Ddukbaegi)

Korean Dolsot, Ddukbaegi and Sizzlers

With their cook-and-serve functionality, Korean stone bowls are the epitome of kitchen versatility. They can be used on an open flame, on an electric coil, in the oven, under the broiler, and right in the microwave — basically any way you can think of to get something hot. You can eat directly from the bowl once it's ready, and the stoneware actually keeps the food hot while you're chowing down. Though traditionally made with natural stone, it's common now to see ceramic versions, which are more practical for the home cook. Dolsot is more commonly used for rice dishes like bibimbap, while ddukbaegi is used for soups and stews.

Bonus points: Aside from withstanding high temperatures for cooking, the bowls are dishwasher safe.

Recommended: Korean Stone Bowl

6. Pink rubber gloves

Pink Rubber Gloves

These rubber gloves are the secret weapon of versatility for Korean mothers everywhere. They're ideal for everything from kimchi prep to cleaning dishes to keeping a family in line, and given their low cost, it's easy to have several pairs on hand. Consider this both a culinary and beauty tip. (And yes, they have to be pink.)

Recommended: Pink Rubber Gloves

7. Sesame seed grinder


Just as you might assume an American household will have a pepper grinder, you can figure a Korean household will have a sesame seed grinder. The nuttiness of sesame seeds is major flavor profile in many Korean dishes. The concept is similar to the pepper grinder: simply add whole roasted sesame seeds and crack them over your dish. Soups! Salads! Vegetables! Ice cream! Whatever you'd like. The point is, it's a low budget item with a high budget touch.

Recommended: Kotobuki Sesame Seed Grinder

8. Kimchi container

Kimchi is the sweet, sour, spicy, and aged condiment that's not only a staple of every meal in Korean households, but has also found fame in fusion dishes over the past few years. (Kimchi tacos, anyone?) The "special" odor kimchi acquires during fermentation is the trade off for its deliciousness, but there are ways to keep the stink manageable. The proper kimchi container allows the ingredients to work their funky magic without releasing the smell into the wilds of your refrigerator (and house).

P.S. To give you an idea of how important kimchi is to Korean cuisine, some people even have specialized kimchi refrigerators that hold the product at the optimal temperature. It's like a wine fridge, but funkier.

Recommended: Crazy Korean Cooking Premium Storage Container

Fermentation and Storage Container for Kimchi

9. Cooking scissors

We still wonder why every person doesn't have a pair of scissors in their kitchen, as they are probably more useful there than in any other location in the home. Koreans have long seen the value in having scissors at-the-ready for cutting through meat, noodles, kimchi, and the like. They're cheap, fast, and effective. How many things can be described that way?

10. Stainless steel mesh for anchovy broth

Though a few floating anchovy heads might not intimidate true braveheart eaters, there are others who prefer their broth headless, and we shouldn't judge them for that. Anchovy broth is a Korean staple, and a mesh infuser will allow all that deep, rich, salty flavor in there while leaving the heads behind. It also creates an overall cleaner final product.

Recommended: Prepworks by Progressive Stainless Steel Herb Ball Or Happy Sales Spice Ball Herb Infuser



Follow Crazy Korean Cooking


Korean Emoticons: The Ultimate Guide

Printer-friendly version

Intro to Korean Emoticons

Okay, show of hands.

Who has ever seen a symbol or emoticon in a Korean text message that they couldn’t understand the meaning of?

When you first saw the two upward lines (^^) in a conversation, did you think the person was referencing a previous part of the conversation? Were you totally confused?

No, you’re not stupid, and you’re alone! You just weren’t well acquainted with Korean emoticons.

As you’ll see, Korean emoticons are tons of fun, and the first step is being able to decipher them. Learning the basics will allow you to tell how your Korean friends are feeling when they type  . Step two is starting to make use of them in your Korean text conversations.

Emoticons are the best part of texting in Korean, and they have two main benefits over Western style emoticons:

  1. There are emoticons representing a wide range emotions and Koreans have emoticons for almost every situation (for better or for worse)
  2. While Western text emoticons are sideways – think ;), :), or :(, you don’t need to tilt your head to read their Korean equivalents – they’re drawn as the eye would see them

emoticons western and korean

To type some of these smileys and emoticons on your computer or phone, you’ll need to be able to type in Korean and have a Korean keyboard installed.

All set? Let’s get right into the action.

Please Note: Korean emoticons are similar to other East Asian emoticons, but may use Korean characters in some instances. Though we do our best to explain the meanings below, some individuals may use these symbols to take a slightly different meaning or they may be interpreted differently depending on the context. In this article, we’ll cover only the emoticons, but if you wish to read up about Korean abbreviations for text messaging, you may do so here.

The 80/20 of Korean Emoticons

At 90 Day Korean, we’re all about focusing on the 20% of materials that will give you 80% of the results. When it comes to Korean emoticons, it’s no different!

While in this post, we’ll give you many examples of emoticons that are used, we’ll be sure to give you the most commonly used symbols where appropriate so you’re not left guessing. A lot of the symbols are used a lot more frequently than others and you don’t need to spend all your time memorizing them.

There are honestly hundreds or emoticons and each has many variations so instead you can focus on general guidelines:

1) If something is pointing upwards, it is usually representing a positive emotion.

For example: ^^

2) If something is horizontal, it usually represents a neutral emotion such as confusion or sleepiness.

For example, = =

3) If something is pointing downwards, it usually represents a negative emotion.

For example, ㅜㅜ

These rules won’t apply in every case, but we can use them as a starting point as we delve into the emoticons for various emotions. Let’s keep things positive and kick things off with the happy emoticons!

1. Happy Korean Emoticons

There are no shortage of happy Korean emoticons, and when texting with some Koreans you may see a smiley face in nearly every other sentence!

So many variations of smiley faces exist that they warrant their own section.

The first rule of Korean smileys is that THERE ARE NO RULES! Basically anything goes, but at a bare minimum you need a set of happy eyes.

korean emoticon king

When it comes to Korean emoticons, you can have it your way!

Most commonly, ^^ are used for eyes which represent the happy, wide eyes you get when you are smiling! You can make them by pressing SHIFT + 6 on your keyboard.

Once you have the eyes, you can feel free to add other elements such as a nose, a mouth, a face or blushing cheeks to be extra cute!

Be like Burger King and have it your way — be creative!

Here are some of the many smiley faces used in Korean texting.

Smiley Korean Emoticons

 Smiley Korean Emoticon  Explanation
^^ smiley eyes showing happiness
^o^  smiley face (with round mouth)
^_^ smiley face (with straight mouth)
^.^ smiley face (with cute mouth)
^-^ smiley face (with small mouth)
^ㅂ^  smiley face (with open mouth)
n_n smiley face (with big eyes)
'ㅂ' smiley face (with open mouth)
(^o^) smiley face and mouth with face outline
*(^o^)* really happy smiley face
★^^★ smiley face with cheeks
^_________^  big smile

80/20 Most Commonly Used: ^^ or ^_^

Other Happy Emoticons

Happy Korean Emoticon  Explanation
★.★  excited
(^_^)/  holding up your hand waving and saying "hi"
*_*  thrilled
d(^_^)b thumbs up
ㅇㅅㅇ animal nose smiley
•ㅅ• animal nose smiley (variation)
(•¯ ∀ ¯•) cute animal face

2. Sad Korean Emoticons

Most sad emoticons in Korea have tears, which are represented by vertical lines dropping from the eyes. For the most commonly used variations, you’ll need the Korean keyboard as these are Korean characters, but there are variations that don’t require it.sad korean emoticons

Crying Korean Emoticon  Explanation
ㅜㅜ sad eyes with tears
ㅜ.ㅜ  crying face (with small mouth)
ㅜ_ㅜ crying face (with straight mouth)
ㅠㅠ sad eyes with double tears
ㅠ.ㅠ  crying face (with small mouth)
ㅠ_ㅠ crying face (with straight mouth)
T.T varation of sad eyes with tears
Y.Y  variation of sad eyes with tears
;_; small eyes with tears
!_! big eyes with tears
OTL  crouched on the ground in pain or sadness (represents a person on all fours)

80/20 Most Commonly Used: ㅜㅜ or ㅠㅠ

3. Flirty Korean Emoticons

Flirty Korean Emoticon  Explanation
^.~  wink
^3^  puckered lips
♡.♡ love eyes
*^.^*  blushing (perhaps from a compliment)
(>^_^)> <(^_^<) hug (two people embracing each other) 

4. Other Korean Emoticons

Korean Emoticon  Meaning
ㅇ_ㅇ  surprised
O_O shocked
^^; flustered or embarrassed
^_^;; sweating due to awkwardness or embarrassment
=.=  upset lost for words or bored
-_- upset lost for words or bored
=_= upset lost for words or bored
(-.-)Zzz  sleeping
@_@ confused (also can mean dizzy)
ㅇ_O incredulous
*O*  shocked
o_o confused smiley
//_//  shy face
'ㅅ'ㅗ giving someone "the finger"
V(^-^)V posing by throwing up the "victory" sign
요TL on all fours vomiting

5. Bonus: How to Sound Cute

cute asian girlWhile it’s not an emoticon per se, this symbol can be used to make your texting sound more cute. Even if you don’t use it yourself, you’ll learn to recognize it and will understand its meaning when you do come across it.

For added cuteness, add the symbol ~ to the end of your sentence.


치킨 먹자~
Let’s eat chicken~


To be more Korean, add the basic smiley face afterwards for a one-two cuteness punch!


I miss you~^^

You may notice that some friends use this symbol after almost every sentence! It can be used after virtually any sentence, and it basically extends the last syllable to sound more cute or “aegyo.” It would be the equivalent of saying something like “let’s goooo” in English in a cute voice.

So there you have it. Armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to spice up your Korean text conversations with a lot more emotion (and cuteness of course)!

Just remember the basic elements, and feel free to explore. Be sure to report back any experiences you have while making use of what yo learned.

What is your favorite emoticon? Have any more commonly used emoticons to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you~^^

Learn to read Korean and be having simple conversations, taking taxis and ordering in Korean within a week with our FREE Hangeul Hacks series:

Korean lessons   *  Korean Phrases    *    Korean Vocabulary *   Learn Korean   *    Learn Korean alphabet   *   Learn Korean fast   *  Motivation    *   Study Korean  


Please share, help Korean spread! 



How to Say ‘Water’ in Korean

Printer-friendly version

Ready for a quick 5-minute Korean lesson? We hope so, because we’re going to teach you how to say ‘water’ in Korean and get you using it in the next 300 seconds!

This is one of the first words many people learn in Korean, and rightfully so as it’s part of the 500 most commonly used nouns in Korean. The best part is, it’s easy to learn.

In this quick lesson, we’ll give you ways to memorize the new vocabulary word, start recognizing it in sentences and even get you to the point where you’re able to ask for water in a restaurant.

Let’s do it!

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

‘Water’ in Korean

The word for ‘water’ in Korean is 물 (mul). Here is it written in Korean and romanized text so you can pronounce it:water in korean

Romanized Text and Vocabulary Memorization – Good or Bad?

You’ll notice we’ve written the romanized text below the Korean (mul) to aid with pronunciation for beginners, and it’s great for doing just that! But our recommendation is to skip romanization entirely and just learn to read Hangul, the Korean alphabet. It leads to fewer confusions and mistakes, there is only one system (unlike romanization) and the best part is, it only takes 90 minutes at the most!

Once you’ve learned this word, we also recommend you start to focus on learning phrases and sentences as opposed to single Korean vocabulary words. The rest of this lesson will help! A common mistake new learners make is memorizing lists of vocabulary words and feeling like they’re making progress in a language. When faced with a conversation or question, however, these learners will not be able to utter a word of Korean. The solution: learn Korean grammar or study Korean phrases and full sentences to get a feel for the rules of the language. You’ll notice much faster progress that way!

Words Related to ‘Water’ in Korean

Next, let’s learn some words related to ‘water’ in Korean! These are other words you may wish to add to your lexicon as you continue to study Korean:

Similar Words in Korean
바다 – ocean
액체 – liquid
수돗물 – tap water
바닷물 – sea water

Bonus – How to Say “Give Me Water” in Korean

Now that you’ve learned how to say ‘water’ in Korean, you’re ready to step things up! Let’s learn the way to ask for a cup of water, for example when you’re in a restaurant or at a friend’s house:

Give me a cup of water please:

물 한 잔 주세요 (mul han jan juseyo)

Literally: “water one cup give me please”

Sample Sentences

Next, lets take a look at some sample sentences to help you see how the word ‘water’ is used in context. Try to find the word ‘water’ in each sentence. Studying sentences and seeing the word in context can help you develop a further understanding of its usage.


을 많이 마셔야 합니다. You should drink lots of water.

을 따를게요. I will pour the water.


바다에는 많은 이 있다. There is a lot of water in the ocean.

마시고 싶어. I want to drink water.

How to Remember the Word ‘Water’ in Korean

This word’s short and sweet, but like any word in a foreign language, it can be easy to forget when you’re just starting out. That is, unless you anchor it to something in your mind. We recommend making associations to help new Korean words stick in your memory. If you’re a visual learner, a wacky image in your head usually does the trick! You can use similar sounding words in your native language to help you recall the word when you need it.

As an example, have you ever heard the parable about the mule who is equal distances away from a bucket of food and a trough of water? He ends up dying because he keeps looking to either side and can’t make up his mind about which to walk to first so he ends up dying of thirst.

The mule just needed some (mul)! If he just drank the water first, he would have survived and then he could have gone and eaten the food as well. What a fool! The mule was a fool because he didn’t drink the (mul)!

There you go, you can’t forget this word now!

That does it for this quick lesson. Time to grab a glass of water and sit back and relax. Let us know your success stories in the comments below. Cheers~!

Syndicate content

Koreabridge - RSS Feeds
Features @koreabridge     Blogs  @koreablogs
Jobs @koreabridgejobs  Classifieds @kb_classifieds

Koreabridge - Facebook Group

Koreabridge - Googe+ Group