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Hipmunk Hotels: The Best Inns In Grand Forks, Duluth, Lansing & More

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This post was originally published on May 7th, 2016 by Lexi of They Get Around

The Midwest is a great place to visit for a family holiday or short getaway. It’s known for its pretty natural scenery and an abundance of historic churches and art galleries — but there are plenty of hidden gems for you to find in the area.

Cities such as Grand Forks, Duluth, and Lansing are great places to escape the crowds of the main tourist destinations. The best places to stay in cities like these are inns, which often don’t carry the price tag of luxury hotels and suites, but still offer great facilities and perks such as Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast.

Here are some ideas for the best Inns in some of the lesser-known towns in the Midwest.

 Sleep Inn & Suites In Grand Forks

Inns in grand forks

CC Jordan Green

This property is one of the better rated inns in Grand Forks, and with good merit. For travellers with a budget of under $100 a night, you’ll receive a warm breakfast, a clean room, and free parking space. The Sleep Inn is perfect for families or a couple on a road trip.

While in Grand Forks, you can explore one of the many beautiful attractions, such as the Greater Grand Forks Greenway, St Michael’s Church, or the King’s Walk Golf Course.

Days Inn In Duluth

duluth hotels

CC Jim Brekke

The Days Inn Duluth is the inn you’ve been searching for in Duluth. With comfortable rooms going for under $100, you’ll be able to unwind in your downtime after a fun day of sightseeing or visiting friends and family.

In Duluth, set your sights on visiting the Great Lakes Aquarium and in winter, the Spirit Mountain ski resort. If you visit in the right season, you should also take a ride somewhere beautiful, beginning at the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites In Novi

Inn in novi

CC Bob Julius

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is another great choice in Novi. Choose between the basic rooms or pay a bit extra to secure a suite with a whirlpool for extra comfort. For a reasonable price, you also get breakfast included, which will save you from searching for your own and wasting precious holiday time.

Spend your time in Novi visiting the Maybury State Park, the West Bloomfield Trail and the Meadowbrook Country Club.

Comfort Inn In Lansing

lansing inn

CC David Ellis

The Comfort Inn is one of the best mid-range hotels in Lansing because of its value for money and close location to the Delta Township Mall. At under $100 dollars a night, you can still stay on a budget while having a decent hotel room.

Use this as your base while you explore the city’s art galleries and to come back to after trips to the surrounding wineries or breweries.

 Quality Inn In Troy


CC Shane Gorski

The Quality Inn in Troy is the perfect mid-range accommodation to stay in while visiting Troy. This inn is roughly 9 miles from the popular Detroit Zoo, and some rooms even offer whirlpool bath tubs for a slightly higher price. There’s a lot to see in the area apart from the zoo. Make sure to also check out the Fraser Ice Arena and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Jeonju Named 3rd Best Asian Travel Destination Of 2016

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Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, has named Jeonju, South Korea the 3rd best Asian travel destination of 2016. To learn how cities make their way into these & other rankings put out by the company each year, & to gauge local reaction to the announcement, Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with Japan-based Lonely Planet writer Rebecca Milner & Jeonju Deputy Mayor Cho Bong-up.

And in celebration of the city’s selection as the 3rd best Asian travel destination of 2016, Korea FM has teamed up with Jeonju’s City Government to send a box of 10 Jeonju-style chocolate pies to the first 20 podcast listeners who sign up. Visit to register before they’re all gone!

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Learning face baking & Tony moly lipstick swatches as a bonus ;)

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So, during summer time, when you go out with your favorite highlighter, how’s the feeling after five minutes of walking? Don’t you feel you are a glowing plastic moving around? -_- Specially if you have sweating problem like me.



I want to admit a thing, which is I’m a total dumb-ass that I only came to know about the  face baking thing a few days ago. -_- Thanks to google, when you search for a beauty trend, all those lovely beauty blogger and Youtuber will appear to help you out.

Face baking is basically replacing your highlighter with loose powder. You have to put the powder on your basic highlighting area or sun catching areas with your puff or beauty blender and then swipe off the excess with a large brush after 5-10 minutes.

So, here’s how my face baking came out:




And here’s the steps for it:

  • As usual, start cleaning your face and then moisturizing it.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Now, baking makes your skin pretty dry. So, if your sunscreen also dries your skin out, you should put your moisturizer again.
  • Prime your face.
  • Put your foundation. It’s better if the amount is as less as possible, in case you are doing a day makeup.
  • Conceal and use a light amount of pressed/ compact powder.
  • Now take a loose/ translucent powder and put them in your usual highlighting areas with puff or beauty blender. Wait for sometimes.  Swipe off the excess with a brush.
  • Do your usual contouring. If you prefer cream contouring concealer do it after applying foundation and you can skip this step. I did mine with a powdery one.
  • Get your eye job done, put some lipstick, AND… YOU ARE GOOD TO GO!


By the way, I am in love with the color of this lipstick. Tony Moly Kiss Lover Style, shade PK05. Been looking for this kinda color for a long time. I bought one Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Lux Glow Gloss too!  Here’s a lip swatch, that I tried yesterday.:) It is shade no 03 anyways.




So, that’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed the post!❤

Dear Korea #146: Bon Appétit

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What’s portrayed in this comic is a little something a friend of mine likes to call “Restaurant Roulette”. Sometimes it goes well. Other times? Not so much. Having the help of smart phones and Google Translate has helped from time to time, but not so much in situations where I had no idea what I was trying to order. Seriously, try looking up “막창” and see if that’s something you would want to eat for dinner.

Once again, I do apologize for the random delays in updates. Life has been…well, weird. I won’t bore anyone with details, but there are some big changes coming around my way, and some of them are not so great. I’ll do my best to keep putting out comics, especially since I have some big changes planned to make things a little more interesting for myself and (hopefully) for my readers.

Stay cool out there!

Jen Lee's Dear Korea

This is Jen Lee. She likes to draw.
She also likes green tea.

Got any questions, comments, or maybe even some delicious cookies you want to send through the internet? Feel free to contact us at dearkoreacomic at gmail dot com.

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How to Say ‘Girlfriend’ in Korean

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There are certain questions that you will hear a lot when in Korea. One of them is ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Knowing how to say ‘girlfriend’ in Korean will help you a lot when talking about this topic. It can also help you let people know that you want a girlfriend, which could lead to those people helping you find the perfect woman!

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‘Girlfriend’ in Korean

Girlfriend in Korean

여자친구 (yeojachingu)

The word ‘girlfriend’ is quite simple to learn. It is made up of two words: the word 여자 (yeoja), which means ‘woman’; and the word 친구 (chingu), which means ‘friend’.

Words are sometimes shortened in Korean, especially if they are four or more syllables long. The regular way of shortening a word is to take the first syllable from each component word.

In this case, 여 can be taken from 여자, and 친 can be taken from 친구. They can be combined to make the short word 여친, which is sort of like saying GF in English.

Shortening words is a useful skill to learn if you want to improve your Korean as many Korean words are formed in this way.

‘Girlfriend’ in Korean: Limits on Use

Like English, the Korean word for ‘girlfriend’ should generally only be used to refer to your partner. If you want to talk about a friend who is female then you should use a different word.

One phrase that you could use is the phrase 여성 친구 (yeoseong chingu) which literally means ‘female friend’ (여성 meaning ‘female’). Another is 여사친 (yeosachin), which is 여친 with the character 사 (from 사람 [saram] – person) in the middle of it.

Be Careful When Using Romanization

Romanization can help you when you start off learning Korean, but it can also cause difficulties and confusion. For example, when you read the letters ‘eo’, then this could mean 어, or it could mean 에오.

The best way to avoid any pronunciation mistakes is to learn Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. Learning Hangeul is easy; it only takes a few hours. However, once you have learned it, you will be able to learn Korean a lot faster, and your pronunciation will also improve.

Sample sentences

Formal ‘Girlfriend’ in Korean

여자친구 있으세요? (yeojachingu isseuseyo?)

Do you have a girlfriend?

Standard ‘Girlfriend’ in Korean

Standard Girlfriend in Korean

여자친구는 어떤 사람이에요? (yeojachingneun eotteon saramieyo?)

What is your girlfriend like?

당신*의 여자 친구가 되고 싶어요. (dangshinue yeojachinguga doego shipeoyo.

I want to be your girlfriend.

* 당신 (dangshin) means ‘you’; instead of using this word, you should replace it with the person’s name.


Informal ‘Girlfriend’ in Korean

Formal Girlfriend in Korean

여친 있어? (yeochin isseo?)

Do you have a girlfriend?

여자친구는 어떤 사람이야? (yeojachinguneun eotteon saramiya?)

What is your girlfriend like?

네 여자친구가 되고 싶어. (ne yeojachinguga doego shipeo.)

I want to be your girlfriend.

After reading this article, you should know how to say ‘girlfriend’ in Korean. Hopefully, you can use this new vocabulary word in a practical sense. You might use it to help find a girlfriend for yourself, or use it to help you find someone looking for a girlfriend. Let us know in the comments below which phrases using the word ‘girlfriend’ were the most useful!


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Seoul Food: Guilty Pleasure

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Where I come from, brunch isn’t so much a meal as it is an event.  When you go to brunch, you’re not grabbing a quick bite because you woke up too late to have breakfast, but can’t quite wait for lunch.  Brunch is an affair enjoyed at leisure with rich food and great company.  In fact, one might say that Brunch is my favourite guilty pleasure.

Over the weekend I knew there was the possibility of my friend S coming up from Busan.  I was supposed to have had a pool party at the Hamilton Hotel on the Saturday, but because of inclement weather one day in June everything got moved around and the promotions company with which I was partnering got bumped.  Since I’ll be going to Thailand on my actual birthday, S decided to jump on the KTX (bullet train) anyway with another one of our friends as a surprise.  I was shocked to see S standing around with A at Seoul Station, and couldn’t have been more thrilled!  We all went into Itaewon to meet up with a larger group.  We had planned on going to Guilty Pleasure on Saturday, but not knowing exactly who would be showing up, and not having a reservation, we ended up going on Sunday right at 12 PM Noon when they open.


We arrived right at 12 and were ushered right in.  The first thing that struck me was the decor.  This restaurant reminded me a lot of the graffiti chic that was popular in Vancouver in 2010-2011.  It’s bold, fun and a little witty (notice the 3 images of the crying woman?  They say “…It’s…All…Over!  I…ate…too much!”).  The dark colours and chandeliers struck me as being rich without trying too hard – just how I would describe the food.


While the menu isn’t overwhelming in size, the number of options I wanted to try made it a tough choice.  We decided to take a cue from the side plates and share a couple of items, and as it was the Sunday morning after a big Saturday night out we nixed the thought of brunch bevvies (I’m spoiled in Korea and the wine, bubbly, and cocktail menu is priced with a more global perspective [read: splurge]).  Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs.  We wanted to order the Duck Prosciutto & Scrambled Eggs, the Mac n’ Cheese with Pulled Pork, and the Spinach dip (to share just between two of us).  We opted for the first two seeing as each dish sounded pretty heavy.  I’m glad we did!

Food at Guilty Pleasure Seoul (Itaewon)
From top left clockwise around to centre: Mac n’ Cheese w/ Pulled Pork – ₩ 12, 000 (cauliflower and cheddar base, bacon, lardons, pulled pork, and truffle oil), Side of Bacon – ₩ 4,000, “Sharing is Caring” Plate, Side of Eggs ₩2,000 Bananas Foster with vanilla ice cream (service – birthday treat!), Grandma’s Meatball ₩ 15,000 (sans hoagie or ricotta – we had someone in our group who can’t eat bread or dairy, but normally: Grandma’s special recipe pork and beef meatballs braised in San Marzano tomato sauce with homemade fresh ricotta and basil. Served in an Italian roll), Smoked Ham (service), French Fries ₩4,000, Duck Prosciutto & Scrambled Eggs ₩ 14,000 (Soft scrambled truffle eggs with house made duck prosciutto, served with toasted baguette and grana padano cheese).

The Mac n’ Cheese came out first.  The presentation of this dish is deceptive.  Served in a small cast iron pot, I cut into the middle of the melted cheese to divvy up the servings.  Slicing through the top layer was like cutting cake – I felt like there were two even pieces.  Once I went to separate the two, the ooey-gooey shells fell all over the place.  The sauce was thick, but it still had that smooth, Béchamel sauce feel.  I hate when mac n’ cheese is too runny or thick like glue.  This was neither – it was perfect.  The combination of the cheese and truffle oil was magic.  My only thoughts were that the aromatic truffle oil overpowered the bacon and lardons, and there wasn’t enough pulled pork to make an impression.  I would gladly have had a meatless version of this dish –  it was incredibly rich and flavourful!  The Duck Prosciutto & Scrambled Eggs came out second.  I have never had such light and fluffy scrambled eggs, nor have I ever had them with truffle oil.  I’m pretty particular about flavours when it comes to egg-based dishes.  I had some concerns about adding such rich ingredients to what I prefer to be a light and healthy breakfast (I usually just pop fresh ground pepper on mine).  I would go back again and again for this dish.  The grana padano packed a punch, the fragrance of the truffle oil was mesmerizing, and the texture of the scrambled eggs was unparalleled.  The duck prosciutto worked well, too, as it was melt in your mouth.  I think bacon would have overwhelmed the dish.  The Bananas Foster wasn’t on the menu as a standalone (it’s part of the bourbon French toast).  It was a small, bright dish complimented by fresh mint which cut the taste of the bourbon well.  It was a really nice flavour profile, but next time I’ll definitely be going for the brownie (likely in a to-go box for later).  The smoked ham was quickly enjoyed by my dining companions, and at the end of our meal we were presented with complimentary shooters.  Guys – you went all out.  Thank you for such a wonderful experience and for treating brunch as the event it should be!

Guilty Pleasure Restaurant Seoul
Take Exit 4 of Itaewon Subway Station. Walk straight until you’re across the street from Canucks, then hang a left. Go down to the first main street and turn left. You’ll find a sign pointing you into Guilty Pleasure.

Guilty Pleasure is located at 서울특별시 용산구 이태원로20길 2-10, Seoul, South Korea 140-863 (copy and paste this into Daum Maps for directions to Guilty Pleasure Restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul).  Their hours are:

Tue-Thu: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Fri: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am

Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 1:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Have you had any standout brunches in Seoul (or even in Korea)?  Have any of you been to Guilty Pleasure yet?  Let us know in the comments!


A fair betrayal

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How well can you know someone? Can you tell what’s going on their head by taking a look at them? Can you guess what they actually feels about you? Or what they tell about you to others?

There’s a saying in Bengali that, mute people doesn’t have enemies. Because your mouth is the one who always cause you trouble.  But sometimes it is others mouths that cause you trouble. Like I said, you don’t know what someone tells about you to others. And you don’t know either that ‘other person’s  reply’ either.

Like when someone very close to you tell something nasty behind your back to someone who is also close to you, but the 2nd parson doesn’t let you know that either, then who is actually betrayed you?

  • The 1st person, who backbites you?


  •  the 2nd person, who knew about 1st person’s betrayal and doesn’t tell you a thing?

Answer is both of them. Fact is they are okay  with it till they are okay between themselves. Once they have a problem between them, all hell breaks loose. Only problem is they won’t take any heat, but you would be burned in fire when you came to know what happened. And sometimes you can’t even know fully. You only hear things.  And will you be okay with both of them when you hear something like that? Even if they are far far away, how would you feel about it?

This is a fair betrayal. Making sure that you two won’t be taking any heat, but some one else gonna burn. I don’t even know how to end this post, because I’m that much hurt. I didn’t know where to begin too. Never been in a situation like this. All I know is, I won’t trust someone from now on.


Culture Shock in Korea: What to Expect

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When you first visit a foreign country, everything is new and exciting. Even if you are moving to the country for work, rather than a vacation, the first month or so still feels like a vacation.

Korea is no different; there are so many new experiences to try that every single day feels exciting at first. Whether it is having a Korean barbeque, or visiting a sauna, everything feels new and you think that coming to Korea was the best decision you ever made.

Then one day, everything can change. Rather than excite you, all the little differences start to annoy you. You miss the comforts from back home, not to mention your friends and family. You start to suffer from culture shock in Korea.

Here are the things to be aware of so you can be sure to have a great time in Korea!

The Small Things – Part One: Going to the Bathroom

Culture shock going to the bathroom

It’s often the small things that annoy people the most, especially when they are already having a bad day. Things like going to the bathroom and having to use a squat toilet.

Most bathrooms have a mix of squat toilets and toilets with seats, and there are some people who prefer using the squat toilets (which are actually better for your digestion system than the seated version). Usually, it is possible to find a toilet where you can sit down, but if you are already having a bad day then that’s bound to be the day when there are no other toilets available.

It’s also bound to be the day that the toilet paper basket is full up. Korea is slowly improving its plumbing system, and one day such baskets may well become a thing of the past. But for now, in order to avoid blocking up the drainage, people must put their used toilet paper in these baskets, rather than down the toilet.

The baskets smell bad, but it could be worse; in some subway stations (Line Four in particular), the toilet roll is next to the wash basins, rather than in the cubicle. Make sure you check beforehand to avoid an embarrassing run in with the female toilet attendant. When you think about it, it is rather trivial to get annoyed at such things. However, when you are having a bad day, these small things can make it worse if you’re not mentally prepared for them.

The Small Things – Part Two: Eating with Co-Workers


Another case of small things getting on people’s nerves is that of restaurant culture. It’s the end of the week, you’re hungry, and your dreams about a big juicy steak have become so vivid that you are actually starting to drool. Just before you go home, your co-workers tell you that you have to come with them and eat cold noodles (naengmyeon). You hate cold noodles, but they are the only thing on the menu.

Somehow, despite hating them, you ate all of the cold noodles and now you are completely full, but the bar you go to tells you that you must order food. Ordering this bar food, known as anju, is something that is required in most places that serve soju. It may help prevent everybody from getting completely drunk, but when you just want to order a beer, it can be annoying.

Even worse, your friend orders a stew that comes in one pot for the whole table. Everybody is eating out of the same pot, which is something you find a little bit unusual if you are being honest. Slowly, the annoyances of your day keep building up and up.

Culture shock in Korea, like in other countries, is a natural occurrence. If you’re not prepared, it will get to you at some point. Keep this in mind so you can enjoy your experience in Korea!

The Slightly Bigger Things

Culture Shock in Korea Internet Explorer

There are some things, almost all of them to do with technology, which can push the most travel-hardened creature into culture shock. The constant need to use Internet Explorer and download extra plugins and security patches is enough to make the most computer savvy people out there want to throw his or her computer in the East Sea and go and live in a cave somewhere. That is before even considering the challenges of online banking, online shopping, or online taxes in Korea.

To combat these situations, make sure you befriend some Koreans who are able to help you navigate these obstacles. Take good notes and get whatever tools necessary to help you be as self-sufficient as possible.

How to Deal with Culture Shock

How to Deal with Culture Shock in Korea

First, you have to accept culture shock. Even if you are an American living in England, you will most likely get culture shock at some point. If you are living in Korea, it is going to happen. Once you accept that you will get it at some point, then you can start preparing for it.


Home Comforts Culture Shock in Korea

Second, get some home comforts. The first thing I do when I start getting culture shock in Korea is eat a bacon sandwich or some Cadburys chocolate. Keep some home comforts hidden away for those days when you feel homesick and you will feel a bit better.

Make friends in Korea Culture Shock

Third, make some (more) friends. With websites like and countless facebook groups, meeting new people in Korea is easy. Don’t limit yourself to just other foreign friends, or just Korean friends, make friends with everybody.

However, when you do get culture shock, don’t start moaning about Korea with these friends. Moaning just makes the problem worse, and can spread the negativity to other friends. The last thing that someone who has just eaten live octopus for the first time wants to hear is how using Hansoft is a pain in the posterior. As the saying goes, you are the sum of the 5 people you hang out with most, so make sure to surround yourself with positive people!

Culture shock travel Korea

Another way to get over culture shock is to go on a trip. There are plenty of places to visit in Korea, so keep a few of them for when you need to get out of the city and feel like you are on vacation again.

Accept Korea, but Accept Yourself Too

Dealing with culture shock is about finding your own way to survive in Korea. Don’t let differences bother you unless they actually bother you. Try to see the Korean side of things, but at the same time, don’t feel pressured to act like a Korean in every situation. Be comfortable being yourself and you will be more likely to get over culture shock in Korea.

Dealing with culture shock is part of the experience of living in a foreign country. After the culture shock has passed, you will have grown as a person, and will feel like a stronger, more rounded individual. These are character-building experiences, so enjoy them!


We’ve shared some tips to help people overcome culture shock in Korea. Do you have any tips of your own? Please share them in the comments below!

How to Remember Korean Words Easily

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Background on Remembering Korean Words

Have you ever studied a list of words in a new language and seemed confident you knew them, but when it came time to recall those words in a make-or-break situation of real life conversation, you couldn’t recall the word?

If so, you know that recognition does not equal recall.

Training for recall is seen as much more difficult than recognition, but it doesn’t need to be that way. World record holders in memory contests have even claimed that those of average IQ could easily use the same memory techniques and mnemonic devices to win world records themselves.

In this guide, we’ll present you with stories and images you can use these to improve your recall of common Korean words.

The Korean Word Memorization Pack was born out of necessity after hundreds of students requested an easier way to learn Korean vocabulary.

Relying on rote memorization to learn Korean vocabulary is challenging. The words and sounds of Korean can sound like gibberish in the beginning to speakers of other languages.

Repeating the words over and over in your head doesn’t help them stick. It’s possible to memorize them, but when it comes time to recall them, you will be stuck. This is the most common method utilized by language learners. When there’s a new vocabulary word to learn, they try to force its memorization through rote repetition.

For example, imagine you had the Korean word 이름 (i-reum) on your list of words to remember. A typical student might simply repeat this word over and over in their head:

“이름 – name, 이름 – name, 이름 – name,” and so on.

While this can be successful in creating a memory, it is not practical because a) it takes an inordinate amount of time, and b) no deep connections are formed in the brain that allow for recall.

Ever heard the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words?” It is indeed true. If you compared your brain’s ability to memorize the details in a picture with its ability to remember those same details verbally, you’d notice the brain can much more easily remember visual cues.

The problem lies in the fact that it takes very little time to write down a word than it does to sit down, generate an association and produce a visual image. Visual images greatly reduce your learning time, but they also take a long time to create.

The mnemonics in this guide will allow you to save hundreds of hours of rote memorization.

After learning the words, the next step is application in real conversations!

Please note, this guide assumes knowledge of Hangeul (the Korean alphabet).

If you can not yet read Korean, you may download a free lesson here.

Let’s get started!

How to Remember Korean Verbs

CLIPS™ Process by 90 Day Korean This technique involves creating mini “movie clips” in your mind. When you force your brain to create visuals for the information you’re reading, you create a much deeper association. It’s like reading a book versus watching a movie. When you read a book, your mind is forced to create visuals for the information you’re reading and you create much deeper associations in your mind.

However, when you watch a movie, the action is much more passive since the director has already imagined how everything should look and presents it to you visually. No imagination is needed.

In this sense, using the CLIPS™ Process to learn Korean words is like reading a screenplay to a movie! You can picture the action taking place yourself.

We can use the CLIPS™ Process to memorize Korean verbs.

The process involves 5 steps:

1) Classify

2) Link

3) Invent

4) Picture

5) Say

Step 1: Classify

1. Classify the word – Is it a 다 verb or a 하다 verb?

2. Remove the verb ending

Step 2: Link

1. Break down the verb root into syllables or pieces (if applicable)

2. Find link words and create associations

Step 3: Invent

1. Create a back story to go with the link words

2.Add personal memories and extra details to the story

Step 4: Picture

1. Imagine the scenario in your head, noting if it’s a 다 verb or a 하다 verb

2.Draw a rough sketch

Step 5: Say

1. Say the back story aloud to help secure the memory

2. Rehearse the link words and the association

The CLIPSProcess is made more powerful if you create your own stories. One of the most effective ways of enhancing your associations is by linking them to your personal life.

The examples we provide in this guide can be changed or tweaked however you see fit.

You can change the story, add extra background information to it, and associate it with a personal memory.

We encourage you to add more colorful details to the story. For example, if there is a man in the back story, truly visualize the situation add extra details like the color of the hat he is wearing, or what color his eyes are. The more detail the better!

In using the CLIPSProcess, you’ll be learning Korean words bidirectionally! This means that when you go to use the words in conversation, you’ll not only be able to recall it yourself but you’ll be able to listen for the word and understand it when the other person uses it.


So now it’s your turn.

For the following words presented in the guide, go through each step of the the CLIPSProcess.

First, determine if the verb is a 다 verb or a 하다 verb.

Review the link words, and create the associations in your mind by creating a detailed mental picture. Read through the back story, and feel free to change it or create your own. Picture it in your head, and draw a sketch using the worksheets provided as part of the Korean Word Memorization Pack.

Finally, say the link words out loud.

Let’s get started. We’ll do the first one for you.

Korean Verb Association Example

오다 (oda) – To come

How to remember the Korean Verb to Come

Now it’s your turn! Use the CLIPSProcess to create associations for these five Korean verbs:

1. 가다 – to go

2. 먹다 – to eat

3. 마시다 –  to drink

4. 공부하다 – to study

5. 운정하다 – to drive

How to Remember Korean Nouns

These are nouns, and just require a simple association. Back story is optional.

Go through them, learn the associations, and create your own back story and images if you wish.

Remember that real-life application will help solidify the associations.

Korean Noun Association Example

집 (jip) – house

Memorize Korean Nouns Jeep

Now let’s see what kind of associations you can create for these five nouns:

1. 작가 – writer

2. 선수 – athlete

3. 연필 – pencil

4. 문 – door

5. 시계 – clock

Now that you know how to make associations for Korean words, spend some time creating your own stories. The small amount of time investment up front will help you learn Korean fast!

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