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K-Drama Words and Phrases: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo

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At 90 Day Korean, it’s no surprise that we love all things Korean and Korean dramas are no exception! We’re big fans of studying Korean but also doing it in a fun and interesting way. Whether it’s studying with television, music, or movies, learning through a medium you enjoy is a surefire way to learn Korean fast! So for that reason, we’re going to start an article series of some of our favorite dramas and words you can look for to supplement your Korean studies while you watch.

So heat up your popcorn and grab a pencil because we’re starting with the 2016 hit drama 역도요정 김복주 (Yeokdo Yojeong Kim Bokjoo) or in English, “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo“. Let’s get started!

 

역도요정 김복주 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo Overview:

The story focuses on the lives of university students particularly Kim Bokjoo. She is majoring in weightlifting and she happens to be the ace of the department. It also portrays the aspirations and struggles that young people nowadays are going through. Kim Bokjoo and her friends try to reach for their goals. And as they go through the process, they also discover love along the way.

Kim Bokjoo found herself in love with the older brother of her school mate Jung Joonhyung who was her elementary friend. Kim Bokjoo used to be fat and was already strong when they were still in elementary school, she used to defend Joonhyung from bullies. When Joonhyung found out that Kim Bokjoo likes his brother, he starts to make fun of her. But, one day he finds himself falling in love with her.

 

Why you should watch it:

Like any other coming of age drama, this gives off a good vibe for audience of all age. Anyone can relate to the story since it discusses a pigment of what everyone is going through or has gone through in life. If you feel that you need something light and pleasant to watch after a stressful day or week, you can be assured you’ll feel good while watching this drama.  

This is the second drama that Lee Sungkyung and Nam Joohyuk are together but this time they play the lead characters. They are visually perfect for each other. Through this drama, they have showcased their cuteness, playfulness and great chemistry. As they have a close relationship in real life, they were able to translate it onto their characters.

Link to watch: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo

 

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Episode 1 Overview:

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The series kicks off with Kim Bokjoo and Jung Joonhyung both in a competition in their respective sports. Kim Bokjoo wins gold medal in an international weightlifting competition while Jung Joonhyung wins in a swimming preliminary.

In this episode, both the main characters get into a misunderstanding and fight with each other as a result. There is also issues between the different sports departments that become evident, such as the students from rhythmic gymnastics department against the women from the weightlifting department.

 

Korean words and Phrases: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo

K-Drama Vocabulary (한국어)How it SoundsEnglish Translation
집중jibjungfocus
선수seonsuplayer
항상hangsangalways
재능jaeneungtalent
교수님gyosunimprofessor
유도yudojudo
연습yeonseubpractice
애들aedeulchildren
K-Drama Phrases (한국어) Phrase in English
네 알겠슴다, 수고하셨습니다Yes, I understand, great job.
ne, algessseubnida, sugohasyeossseubnida
와..영광이지It’s indeed an honor.
wa, yeonggwangiji
근데 나 너 어디서 봤나?But, where did I see you?
geunde, na neo eodiseo bwatna
혹시 메시 좋아하세요?By any chance, do you like Messi?
hokshi Meshi johahaseyo

 

So now that you know some words and phrases from this series, check it out and learn even more! Let us know how you like it, and let us know what your favorite Korean dramas are in the comments below.

 

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Asking Koreans Their Favorite Korean Food

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가장 좋아하는 음식이 뭐예요? What's your favorite food? I asked this question to a few dozen Koreans this summer and was surprised to hear so many of the "cliche" Korean foods I know. There's really a reason why those foods are mentioned so often, and it's because they're delicious.

What's your favorite Korean food? Mine is 순대, but a runner-up would be 갈비.

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Muryangsa Temple – 무량사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)

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The beautiful Gwanseeum-bosal statue at Muryangsa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do.

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Muryangsa Temple is located in the Hwaje valley in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do. And framing the valley, as well as the temple, is the beautiful Mt. Togoksan (855m) off to the east.

You first approach Muryangsa Temple, not to be confused with the more famous one in Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do, up several rural roads; until finally, you’ll notice the colourful parking garage that fronts the temple grounds to the right.

To the right of the parking garage at Muryangsa Temple is the temple’s Iljumun Gate. This simplistic gate is vibrantly painted in the traditional dancheong colours. Up a set of uneven stone stairs, you’ll enter the compact temple courtyard. Hanging over the archway, as you place your feet on the grass in the courtyard, is a metal manja (swastika). To the right of the two storied main hall are a collection of stone statues. The jovial character to the far right is Podae-hwasang. And he’s joined to the left by three stone statues embodying the idea of “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”

These four stone statues are backed by the temple’s main hall. On the first floor is the temple’s visitors’ centre and kitchen. And on the second floor is the actual main hall. The stairs that lead up to the second floor are to the left. And other than the traditional dancheong colours, the exterior walls to Muryangsa Temple’s main hall are unadorned. Stepping inside the main hall, you’ll notice a triad of statues seated on the main altar. In the centre sits Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). Strangely enough, this statue almost appears to be giving you the middle finger with his left hand. It’s common to see Amita-bul strike a mudra (a ritual hand gesture), but it’s a bit more uncommon to see his finger elevated in such a manner. Joining this statue on either side is Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) and Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). And hanging on the far right wall is a large Shinjung Taenghwa (guardian mural).

To the left of the main hall is a shrine with a beautiful, large stone statue dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal. And to the left of this statue, and up a pathway, is the temple’s Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. Like the main hall, the shrine hall is only adorned with dancheong traditional colours along its exterior walls. As for inside the Samseong-gak, you’ll find traditional Chilseong (The Seven Stars) and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) murals. In addition, you’ll find a uniquely all-white robed Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) inside the Samseong-gak, as well.

HOW TO GET THERE: There’s really only one way to get to Muryangsa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, and that’s by taxi. From the Jeungsan subway station on line #2, stop #240, get a taxi from out in front of the subway station to get to the temple. The ride should take about 25 minutes and cost 14,000 won (one way).

OVERALL RATING: 4/10. This temple is a little hard to rate. While newer in construction, it has beautiful features throughout like the shaman murals and the vibrant dancheong colours on all of the temple buildings at Muryangsa Temple. However, with that being said, the temple is quite small in size, but makes up for some of these short-comings with beautiful stone statues like Podae-hwasang and Gwanseeum-bosal. It’s also a bit out of the way to see. But overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Muryangsa Temple.

The Iljumun Gate at Muryangsa Temple.

A look through the entry gate up at the main hall.

The view from the temple courtyard with the manja overhead.

The two story main hall at Muyrangsa Temple.

The three statues that represent “See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” out in front of the main hall.

And the three are joined by this jovial statue dedicated to Podae-hwasang.

The main altar inside the main hall.

The guardian mural to the right of the main altar.

And this little cutie followed me around most of the temple grounds.

The view to the south from the main hall at Muryangsa Temple.

This beautiful shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal stands to the left of the main hall.

The freshly painted and built Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall.

The statue and mural dedicated to The Lonely Saint.

And to the right of Dokseong rest murals and statues dedicated to Chilseong and Sanshin.

The amazing view to the east of the temple grounds towards Mt. Togoksan.


How To Say ‘Left’ In Korean

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The more you can express yourself in Korean while staying in Korea, the better. Though many Koreans can speak English well, it is a definite advantage to be able to communicate with them in their native language. Besides ordering at a restaurant or shopping at a store, one of the most integral things to learn just may be asking and receiving directions.

While we can easily access directions and maps online and offline these days, sometimes you will simply find yourself lost. In these instances, it’s good to know how to ask for directions from a local, and how to understand their responses.

Today we will teach you how to say ‘left’ in Korean. If you combine it with our other lesson for the word ‘right’, you’re already on a great track to navigating yourself through Korea.

 

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‘Left’ in Korean

Left Turn Sign

The word for how to say left in Korean is 왼쪽 (woenjjok). The direct translations for this word are ‘left side’ and ‘on one’s left’.

If the direction includes a turn to the left, this can be expressed with 왼쪽으로 돌다  (woenjjokeuro dolda) with the verb 돌다 (dolda) changed to its appropriate form. The verb 돌다 plays the part of ‘turn’ or ‘make a turn’ in the sentence.

Similarly, if you want to express that something is on the left, you can say 왼쪽에 있다 (woenjjoke itta), with the verb 있다 (itta) in its appropriate form. This sentence translates to ‘it is on the left side’.

왼쪽 can in general be used to express anything that is on the left side whether that be a magazine spread, a cabinet, or whatever else have you. Lastly, the one exception is body parts, in which case just 왼 (woen) or 오른 (oreun) – which means ‘right’ in Korean – is sufficient to express whether it’s your left eye, your right arm, and so on that you’re talking about.

 

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

Formal:

다음 사거리에서 왼쪽으로 도세요. (daum sageorieseo woennjjokeuro doseyo.)

Turn left at the next intersection.

 

Standard:

쯕 가면, 곧 왼쪽에 식당이 나올거에요. (jjeuk gamyeon, woenjjoke shikdangi naolgeoeyo.)

If you go straight, the restaurant will soon appear on your left.

 

Informal:

어제 운동했을때 왼 발목을 다쳤네. (eoje undonghaesseulddae woen balmokeul dachyeotne.)

Seems I hurt my left ankle while exercising yesterday.

 

Now that you know how to say ‘left’ and ‘right‘ in Korean, you can more easily navigate life in Korea! ^^ Let us know what you’d like to learn next in the comments below and maybe we can give you some direction.

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Toronto Gym Alternatives for Busy Fitness Buffs

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Toronto has plenty of ways to have fun while keeping fit! I’ve been on the hunt for the best introductory deals and the best way to break a sweat in the city. It has been a very busy few months for me! This summer has seen me through a job search (repeated throughout the job find because I was on a contract), an epic apartment search, tons of terrible tinder dates, and a weight gain that has me a little worried. I haven’t been able to settle down and be consistent about anything (not an excuse for not posting – sorry!) except my new piss poor eating habits! This week I’m starting a new job and am kicking the bad habits with the old j-o-b. Anyone down for a Toronto Seoulcialite Health & Fit Club?

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While trying to get settled in Toronto, I’ve given a few different workouts a try and wanted to share with you my best bets for those of you who aren’t into traditional gym experiences. Some of these I found to be pretty mild, while others kicked my ass – literally. I’ll start from the easiest (comparatively and in my opinion) and work my way up to the toughest. I encourage you to let me know if there’s a cool new workout you want me to review so that this list can become more comprehensive!

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Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

While in Vancouver I was introduced to Jillian Michaels’ “30 Day Shred”. I used to watch “The Biggest Loser” and has all kinds of opinions on that, but the workout itself is effective! The 30 Day Shred has 3 levels. In each level, you have cardio and strength training which target different areas of the body. This is a perfect workout for beginners because it’s in the comfort of your own home, you can build up as you get stronger, and you can use elements from the videos if and when you decide to join a gym in Toronto. Workouts should be challenging, but not so tough that you don’t want to go back and give them another shot. I’ve used this video and its techniques in Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, Busan, and Seoul!

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Calories Burned/ Workout (approximate): 165 for a 150 lb. person
  • Cost: $8.00 from Walmart Canada
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location(s): The comfort of your home!

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Moksha Yoga 

Moksha Yoga has changed quite a bit since I moved back to Toronto! Not only do they have more locations, they’re offering plenty of new classes like barre fitness (designed with a dance element) as well as jock yoga, and plenty of others. Their schedule is pretty packed throughout the day, so if you work from home you can get in on classes with fewer people. I used to take their 6 AM classes before work and felt like my day began with intent (and a great sweat!) More often than not they have partnerships around the city, so see if your office can get you a corporate discount at any of the many Toronto locations!

  • Time Commitment: 60 – 75 Minutes
  • Cost: $18/ drop-in class, but packages vary. $60 gets you 1 month unlimited
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location(s): Plenty of Toronto/ GTA locations! Moksha Yoga can be found in Midtown, St. Clair West, The Danforth, Downtown, Bloor West, Etobicoke, Thornhill, and more.

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Barreworks

I actually took a class at Barreworks when I was a member of Soho House Toronto. On a sunny Saturday afternoon,  handful of us headed over to Barreworks where our instructor led us through a mild workout blending core conditioning, stretching, dance, yoga, and pilates elements. Since my last visit they’ve also added barreboxing which I’d love to try out! Their earliest class begins at 7, so if you start work before 9 then it might be an after work affair for you. Either way, they offer lockers, showers, towel-service (thank goodness), toiletries, and a judgement-free atmosphere!

  • Time Commitment: 50 Minutes
  • Cost: $25/ Drop-in Class, packages vary, and $50 gets you two weeks unlimited for first-timers.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location(s): Barreworks has 2 Toronto locations: downtown (Queen and Bathurst) and Uptown (Yonge and Eglinton). Perfect!

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Big Hit Kickboxing Studios

Big Hit Kickboxing Studios in Toronto has created an amazing community for boxers at every level. In the past, I’ve found that some Muay Thai/ MMA gyms have been tough for female clientele especially when it came to sparring. I just wanted to get some of my stress out by hitting something, but it turns out guys are a little scared when it comes to fighting with women. Who knew? At Big Hit, you get to punch and kick the crap out of “Bob” – your friend and foe for the duration of the high energy, musically-enhanced class of punching, kicking, and resistance training which will leave you sweating like you’ve never sweat before. I loved the instructors who came around and made helpful suggestions in a constructive manner. It didn’t feel embarrassing when I was accepting their feedback. I also had to adjust some elements based on recent surgery, and am excited to go back and try out all the different classes as I rebuild my strength.

  • Time Commitment: 30 – 60 Minutes (most classes are 45 Minutes)
  • Cost: $30/ Drop-in Class, packages vary, and $59 gets you gloves, wraps, and 2 weeks of unlimited classes!
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location(s): 4 Locations around Toronto/ the GTA and a new one opening up on The Danforth soon!

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Pop Physique Toronto

I’m still waiting on those 6 AM classes to start. So far, Pop Physique offers 2 styles of workout with classes running from 9 AM through 8 PM. Pop Physique is a ballet barre-style class with yoga, pilates, strength, and conditioning elements. I wouldn’t say much dance training comes through, but it’s still a pretty effective workout. Pop Yoga is a hip-hop yoga class I haven’t taken quite yet, but am eager to try. Some people in our class had done one of each, so they’re not impossible, but they’re not simple, either.

  • Time Commitment: 45 Minutes? An Hour? There’s rest time at the end…
  • Cost: First class = FREE! $25/ Drop-in Class. New Client Special: $100 unlimited first month.
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location(s): 1560 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z7 One lonely Toronto location on Yonge north of St. Clair.

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6IX Cycle Toronto

6IX Cycle is your standard spin class with an added layer of fear: pitch black, loud music, and a seizure-inducing laser light show. I’m not particularly partial to clip-in shoes as it can be tough to clip out and if they do by mistake while you’re riding the stationary bike it can be pretty dangerous. The room is quite small so you’re very close to your sweaty neighbours. I’m a big fan of spin, but this one was a bit of a miss for me as I felt like I was going to go over the handlebars and fall headfirst into the front row. Maybe I’m ancient already, but it was just way too loud and dark for this gal!

  • Time Commitment: 50 Minutes
  • Cost: $25/ Drop-in Class. New Client Special: $60 unlimited two weeks.
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location(s): 1163 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J4

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Barry’s Bootcamp

Let me tell you – I was not ready for Barry’s Bootcamp. I entered Barry’s Toronto knowing full well that it was an intense workout which could burn around 1,000 calories. The idea is that each day targets a different area of the body. Mondays are arms and abs. Tuesdays work your butt and legs. On Wednesdays you target chest, back, and abs. Thursdays are for hardcore abs. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are full body workouts. Having already walked to work (40 minutes) and hit the gym (legs and running), I should definitely not have tried to crush the class. It’s VERY intense – you get called out for not going fast enough or adjusting your incline high enough. I had no idea there was so much actual running involved in the class I took. I’m sure if I went every day, I’d be in peak physical condition. It’s a tad inaccessible (it would be half my salary to go 5 times a week), so I’m not quite sure how the cult following affords it. I know one thing’s for certain – I want to be fit enough to crush a Barry’s workout 5 times a week!

  • Time Commitment: 50 Minutes (of pure torture)
  • Cost: $32/ Drop-in Class. No first-timer deals.
  • Difficulty: HARD
  • Location(s): 310 Richmond St W unit 1, Toronto, ON M5V 1X2

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Bonus – any of these group classes offer online registration at their Toronto locations! Have you checked out any of these Toronto gym alternatives? Got any great suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

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Korean School System + Renting School Uniforms | Glass with Billy

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By now most of you probably know about my friend Jinyoung, since she's appeared in several videos over the past 4 years.

I've known about Hanbok rentals since I first visited Korea, but I never knew you could also rent school uniforms in Korea - until last year when I decided to search.

We found a place in Hongdae that had rentals, and it was easy to get to and fun to try. It definitely isn't something that most Koreans are aware of, and I can't imagine any tourists going there.

The total cost was about 30,000 for both of ours, since we returned it the same day. They also offer packages to rent them for several days, but we just wanted to take some fun photos with them.

It was my first time ever wearing any sort of school uniform (we don't really have them much in the US) and Jinyoung's first time since she graduated high school. It was a lot of fun, and I'd do it again. Thanks for coming along Jinyoung!

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K-Drama Words and Phrases: Strong Girl Bong-soon

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At 90 Day Korean, it’s no surprise that we love all things Korean and Korean dramas are no exception! We’re big fans of studying Korean but also doing it in a fun and interesting way. Whether it’s studying with television, music, or movies, learning through a medium you enjoy is a surefire way to learn Korean fast! So for that reason, we’re going to start an article series of some of our favorite dramas and words you can look for to supplement your Korean studies while you watch.

So heat up your popcorn and grab a pencil because we’re starting with the 2017 hit drama 힘쎈여자 도봉순 (himssen-yeoja dobongsun) or in English, “Strong Girl Bong-soon”. Let’s get started!

 

Strong Girl Bong-Soon Overview:

This drama centers on a woman named Do Bong Soon who possesses extraordinary strength which she inherited from her mother. She meets Ahn Minhyuk, a CEO of a gaming company who is being harassed by an anonymous person. Because of her strength, she was able to work at Ahn Minhyuk’s company as his bodyguard. With Do Bong Soon’s strength and Ahn Minhyuk’s smart mind, they’ll try to end the series of attacks against women in Do Bong Soon’s neighborhood.

 

Why you should watch it:

For all K-Drama lovers, having Park Hyungsik and Park Bo Young play the main characters is enough reason to watch this drama. You can witness their amazing chemistry and cuteness. Aside from that, this drama is a breath of fresh air to K-Drama lovers since it’s not your ordinary romantic comedy series. For one, it doesn’t follow the usual concept of rom-com series. It emphasizes the character of the female lead having an extraordinary power; her physical strength. It somewhat takes the classic concept of a “damsel in distress” and flips it on its head. In this drama you can expect extreme girl power. For another reason, there is feel of a crime investigation in this drama which is a pleasant twist. Another strong point is its comedic aspect. You’ll find yourself laughing quite hard while watching, especially if you’re a fan of slapstick humor. Check it out at the link below.

Link to watch: https://www.dramafever.com/drama/4988/strong-woman-do-bong-soon/

 

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Episode 1 Overview

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Ahn Minhyuk was riding a bus when he sees a short girl wearing a pink hoody save his bus from danger. This piqued his curiosity as to how such a small woman could be capable of such strength. That small woman made a mark on him that day.

K-Drama Vocabulary:

Korean Word (한국어)How it SoundsEnglish Translation
협박(hyeobbag)threat
비겁하다(bigeobhada)coward
자신(jasin)confidence
도망가(domang-ga)escape or run away
현실(hyeonsil)reality

K-Drama Phrases:

 

지금 당장!!! (jigeum dangjang

Right now.

그것도 아주 많이 (geugeosdo aju manh-i

That is also too much.

 

Episode 2 Overview

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Do Bong Soon decides to take on the job of a bodyguard for Ahn Minhyuk. He discovers that Do Bong Soon lives in the neighborhood with crimes involving women. The two of them work together to figure out how to stop the series of assaults on women.  

K-Drama Vocabulary:

Korean Word (한국어)How it SoundsEnglish Translation
우주(uju)the universe
범인(beom-in)criminal
서명(seomyeong)signature
반대하다(bandaehada)oppose
고민(gomin)problem
백화점(baeghwajeom)department store
서점(seojeom)bookstore
운전(unjeon)drive
자연스럽게(jayeonseuleobge)naturally

K-Drama Phrases:

 

범인 빨리 잡히만 좋겠다. (beom-in ppalli jabhiman johgessda)

I hope the criminal will be caught soon.

저줌 잠깐 봐요. (jeojum jamkkan bwayo)

Look at me.

나 오늘 놀거야. 기분 나빠서 일 못하겠어. (na oneul nolgeoya. gibun nappaseo il moshagess-eo)

I’ll have fun today. I don’t feel good today so I can’t work.

 

So now that you know some words and phrases from this series, check it out and learn even more! Let us know how you like it, and let us know what your favorite Korean dramas are in the comments below.

 

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Dating in Toronto: Are Local Men Commitment-Phobes?

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Dating in Toronto: Are Women Too Intimidating?

Now that I’m back in Toronto I’m trying to assess the dating pool from the outside looking in.  While I’m more focused on finding a job than a date (current job ✓, new job August 20th ✓), my gal pals are on the prowl.  I’ve returned from Korea to find I only have a handful of single male friends.  It seems like I have more single female friends in my age-group than ever, and they are all experiencing the same problem.  Is it that Toronto men are scared of commitment or scared of a confident, successful woman?  Let’s take a look at some examples of my single pals and other gals dating in Toronto.

 

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Dating in Toronto: Lisa

Lisa and I have known one another for over 10 years.  She’s got a pretty dominant personality at first, but is pretty chilled out and easygoing when it comes to making plans.  She finished her MBA a few years ago and has taken on a senior role at a start up.  She’s passionate about her work, her dog, and her family.  I haven’t seen my friend Lisa in 4 months.  Why?  Well, she’s been pretty heavily into the Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid scenes.  For her, Dating in Toronto is a full-time job, too.  She’s met a pretty attractive man who seems to take up a lot of her time, yet another commitment-phobe, plus she’s juggling a gazillion first dates.  Seems like she’s collecting a variety of styles, throwing them at the wall, and just seeing what sticks.  So far she hasn’t really gotten anywhere, and I haven’t really seen my friend!

 

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Dating in Toronto: Abby

Abby is 25.  She goes out every Friday to the exact same bar hoping to find a husband.  I shit you not, this girl honestly thinks that the first guy who doesn’t back away when she smashes her face into his is going to make for a great provider for her 2.5 children, dog, and white picket fence in Thornhill.  Abby joined ultimate frisbee because she thought it would be a great way for her to meet guys.  She does it all for the ‘gram.  She captions with the likes of “your vibe attracts your tribe” on a picture of a group of people who don’t actually know one another.  With someone like Abby, you can’t share your interest in a particular member of the opposite sex.  She will undermine any sort of connection you had by trotting over, tits out, making the game real easy for ya man over there.  Why work an hour for $100 when someone’s dangling a $20 note in your face, right?  She gets off on creating competition with her remaining female friends.  She’s a juvenile, insecure, little girl who needs the validation of strange men more than the loyalty and support of gal pals.  Don’t be an Abby, don’t take home an Abby, don’t befriend an Abby.

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Eneida Nieves

Dating in Toronto: Jessica

Jessica has a revolving door of men.  She keeps 2 or 3 in play and has a whole bunch of guys on the bench.  She climbed the corporate ladder quickly at the same company for the last 8 years.  Recently, she bought a condo and furnished it exactly the way she wanted having lived in a shitty, run-down old building for most of her time in Toronto.  Dating in Toronto changed a lot for Jessica when she made the move.  All of a sudden the dudes who were freelancing and bartending on the side felt the need to get their shit together and move on up in the world.  Jessica was finally showing the wealth she had accumulated, and these guys were not into it.  The two men she’s currently dating have told her those three little words over and over again (“I love you”, for those of us who are jaded).  Neither of them want to date exclusively.  It’s sad, but when you’re dating in Toronto everyone is always on the look-out for something better.  They could have their perfect man or woman doing naked back-flips in their front yard, but unless they put down the phone they’ll remain completely oblivious.

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Jennifer Decan

Dating in Toronto – Candidly Cartier

So what’s the secret to actually meeting someone in Canada’s largest city?  I thought it would be easier than my experiences in Korea seeing as there are more native English speakers here and many of us grew up with similar cultural backgrounds.  In reality, it’s far more difficult.  Why is dating in Toronto so obnoxious?  When I met Adonis, it was an instant connection.  Our wifi signal was weak and I can honestly say, for me, it was love at first sight.  I don’t think that feeling will ever go away, and even thousands of miles apart I still feel like we’re connected.  With ex-Co-Pilot it was easy, too.  I begrudgingly met him after a series of crappy first dates and it was a “right place, right time” situation.  He was absolutely incapable of being alone, and I needed a band-aid.  Now I’m in a situation where I have a great apartment, great job, and some great friends.  I’m no longer working as a conventionally “female” gender role (as a teacher), and the intimidation factor is out of control when you’re dating in Toronto.

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Caitlyn Wilson

Dating in Toronto is Exhausting

I’m too tired to get dolled up and go out on Friday nights.  I’d muuuuuch rather Netflix and Chill.  Going out clothes sold here are either hoochie-mama bralets and booty shorts or totally binding triacetate-polyester blend urban professional attire.  There is no in between, anymore.  My feet hurt.  Doing my hair and makeup, stuffing myself into spanx, then trying to get that dang zipper up by myself is exhausting – and for what?  All you see at these meet markets are people trying to get the bartender’s attention or simply sitting in a corner and swiping all night.

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Swipe for Your Life

Speaking of swiping, I’ve been out on my fair share of first and second dates having met through a dating app.  My aforementioned friends and I get the same message each and every time we opt to keep our legs together for more then a couple of dates.  “I think you’re looking to take things a little slower than me.  I’m looking for something more casual.”  Sir, I’ve met you twice.  It’s entirely unfair to imagine that you know what I want.  It’s cocky to think that you’re such a stud that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with you after seeing you in two different outfits.  Also, it’s pretty pathetic that apparently I’m only good enough to be your booty-call.  I was prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt after your horrendous first kiss because we had good banter.  I’m starting to think that these morons just want their tinder date to turn up and bend over before agreeing to ever meet again.

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A Girl’s Gotta Eat

These guys seem to think that I want the ring, the house, and the 2.5 kids immediately.  It’s not that I want something serious, I just want something consistent.  I’m starting a new job and have a pretty full schedule, but a girl’s gotta eat, right?  Realistically, I’d like to have a companion with whom to do absolutely nothing on Friday nights, and maybe to go hiking with on Saturday mornings.  I like breakfast in bed, too.  Yeah – I’ll make it.  Don’t get up.  There’s still so much of the world to see, and I’m plenty happy as a solo traveler.  If you’re along for the ride, great.  Please don’t assume to know what I want.  Don’t dismiss me simply because you’re intimidated or a Toronto man scared of the first inkling of commitment.

 

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Hyunwoo’s Tips for Setting Language Goals [TTMIK] | Glass with Billy

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Everyone has their own goals for learning Korean. Whenever I meet someone who tells me they're also learning Korean, the first thing I ask them is about their goals. Usually they'll either want to learn how to speak comfortably in the language, or just learn a few phrases to use with someone close to them. I think goals are important for learning languages, but some goals can be ineffective or even hurt your progress. Specifically I wanted to share my opinions together with Hyunwoo from "Talk To Me In Korean" and get his advice on setting goals.

Goals are an important topic that aren't often discussed when learning Korean, so I wanted to get to the bottom of it and hopefully learn something new in the process. And I did.

Why are you learning Korean? What are your goals?

Check out Hyunwoo at the “Talk To Me In Korean” YouTube channel.

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