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How to Say ‘What Is Your Name’ in Korean

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When you first meet someone, it’s important to be able to ask what is your name in Korean. It’s good manners!

This is especially true in Korea! There are a few reasons for this:

1. You may be unfamiliar with Korean names

2. Koreans don’t always say their name up front

3. Korean is a hierarchial language, so you need to know how to address the person you’re meeting

When making Korean friends, you’ll want to know how to say what is your name in Korean. We’ll show you how!

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Formal ‘What is Your Name’ in Korean

1. 성함이 어떻게 되세요? (seonghame eoddeoke dwesaeyo?)

Use this phrase to ask ‘what is your name’ in Korean to adults you don’t know or someone higher in the social hierarchy. For example, you might use this at a business meeting or talking to a person who is much older than you.

Some of the components are:

• 성함 = formal way of saying ‘name’ in Korean. You might hear this if you make a dentist appointment and they ask for your name

• 어떻게 = this means ‘how’ or ‘what’ in Korean

This is a very formal way of asking what is your name in Korean, so you can use it with everyone! However, if you’re talking to a small child and you’re an adult, you could also use the standard and informal versions below.


Standard ‘What is Your Name’ in Korean

1. 이름이 뭐예요? (ereume mwoyeyo?)

This is the everyday version of asking ‘what is your name’ in Korean. It’s similar to the formal version, except slightly less polite. It’s still ok to use with the majority of people.

The components of the phrase are similar. It’s made up of:

• 이름 = standard way of saying ‘name’ in Korean. This is the most common way of saying it.

• 뭐 = this is how you say ‘what’ in Korean.

Since this phrase is a standard way of asking for names, you might want to use this with people that are similar in age to you, or to those younger than you. You have to feel out the situation to know how formal you should be.

In general, if you’re unsure about how formal to be, stick with the higher version. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed!


Informal ‘What is Your Name’ in Korean

1. 이름이 뭐야? (ereume mwoya?)

This is how you’d ask the name of a young child. The ending is 야, which is the most informal version of the verb 이다 (to be).

2. 이름이 뭐니? (ereume mwoni?)

This is the same as #1, except the ending is different. This one is slightly more plite, but you can use either versions.


Bonus ‘What is Your Name’ in Korean Phrases

When asking for someone’s name in Korean, it’s possible you’ll run into other situations where you don’t get the name right away.

Here are some helpful phrases to help you navigate those tricky situation, and make sure you make a good impression on your new friend or acquaintance!

1. 다시 말해 주세요 (dashi malhae jusaeyo)

Please say that again

If you didn’t hear the other person’s name, use this phrase to ask him or her to repeat it.

2. 철자 말해 주세요 (cheolja malhae jusaeyo)

Can you spell your name, please?

If you are having a hard time understanding the other person’s name, ask for the spelling. It might make it easier for you to remember!

3. 한국 이름이 뭐예요? (hanguk ereume mwoyeyo?)

What is your Korean name?

It’s possible that when you meet a Korean, he or she will give you his or her English name. Use this to ask ‘what is your Korean name?’

4. 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida)

Nice to meet you

First impressions are important! After you exchange names, makes sure you throw in a 만나서 반갑습니다 to show that you’re please to meet him or her.


Now that you know how to say what is your name in Korean, go out there and make some Korean friends!


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Top 5 Games and Activities for Big ESL Classes

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Big EL Classes: They don’t have to be a Nightmare

50 students in a class? Sounds like your biggest nightmare? I’m not going to sugar-coat it for you-it is kind of a nightmare and in a language class, it’s really ridiculous.

Ideally, you’d have between 8 and 16 students. Eight is enough to do pretty much any activity, while 16 isn’t so big that you’ve unable to give any sort of individual feedback. After about 25, it’s mostly just a sea of faces. Not ideal, but it’s often the reality in university classes in places like South Korea (where I teach) or China (also has large classes traditionally).

Forget the 1-1 Interaction with You in Big ESL Classes

Even if you have a really big class, you shouldn’t despair. It’s still possible for it to be reasonably stress-free and productive. The key is to forget any sort of illusion you have of personal, 1-1 interaction with the students. There simply isn’t enough time. Imagine you having a 1-minute conversation with every single student in a 50 minute class. The class would be over before you actually did anything, you’d be exhausted and the students wouldn’t have learned a single thing. Here’s how I organize my lesson, for all classes from 1-50 students.

Big ESL Classes: Lesson Structure

  1. A warm-up activity or game. Usually it’s a lead-in to the lesson, or a review from the last class. See: Warm-up activities and games for some ideas.
  2. A mini-lecture. I usually present some sort of grammar or vocab. But, I only hit the highlights and try to never talk for more than five minutes. I make it as interactive as possible as well. More advanced level students can figure out the finer details on their own. In a class of 50, I aim to the middle.
  3. Controlled practice. Start with controlled. Usually something from the textbook will work well. Then, have students compare with a partner and then quickly check as a class.
  4. Free practice. This is when students can use the language in a less controlled way. Check out my list of activities for big ESL classes that follow.

(For more advice on lesson planning, please see: ESL lesson planning template).

Top 5 Activities and Games for Big ESL Classes

Running Dictation: This is one of my favourite ESL games of all time and it works particularly well for big classes. It hits all four skills in a fun, challenging and interesting way.

Important note: Make sure you only allow “whispers” or this game will get out of control really fast for a class of more than six or eight.

Board Games: I love to play board games, so I design ones for my students to play. Sometimes you get lucky and there’s a game in the teacher’s resource book, but it’s easier than you might think to make your own if there isn’t. Put the students into groups of four and away they go! Student-centered teaching awesome. You can bring a small prize for the winner of each group, but I’ve found that my students don’t really care about this either way. They’re just happy to play.

Dictogloss: This is another one of my favourite ESL activities and it’s well-suited for big ESL classes. You can put the students into pairs or groups or 3-4 and let them get to work! If you do it with writing, you could put in an element of competition, where groups have to submit their paper, you check it between classes and award a little prize in the next one.

Surveys: I love me a good  ESL survey activity! Just ask my students-I use them at least once a month in my classes because I think they’re awesome. My students maybe love them less than I do, but they’re usually happy enough to humour me.

Surveys are the perfect way to practice a grammar point or some vocab in a semi-controlled way, they’re radically student-centered, they encourage a variety of conversation partners as well as follow-up questions. Seriously, what more could you want in an ESL activity? The best part is that doesn’t matter how many students are in the class and actually bigger ESL classes are better for this one. Less than ten doesn’t work that well.

Teach Someone How to Do Something: I call this one, “How to Avoid the Hobby Unit Brain Rot.”  After 10 years of teaching, I feel like I can’t possibly teach another class about hobbies without dying a little bit on the inside. So, I’ve gone radically student-centered and had students do this interesting activity instead of my more traditional style of class. It gets them talking and asking and answering follow-up questions. And, I just have to supervise and offer a bit of guidance and error correction.

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The Sajin Newsletter

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I just want to let everyone know that I am now putting together a monthly newsletter called “The Sajin Newsletter” which will be about my photography and include  numerous other bits of information that I find throughout the month. This is a great way to keep up to date with my photography but also to learn more about the photography world.

Photographers such as myself are constantly scanning photography websites to learn more about our craft. However, if you are just getting into photography, this world may seem a little bit overwhelming at first.  However, with this monthly newsletter I will be pointing you in the direction of some helpful articles and information that can help you improve your photography.

You may have noticed a new pop-up that wants your email address, fear not! That is just me hoping that you sign up to receive the newsletter. This new option will also serve as a contact point for many of the new and exciting things that I have planned for 2016. With photography workshops and events planned for the Ulsan and Busan areas, you’ll really want to stay informed. Not to mention for those not currently living in Korea, I will be hosting a number of webinars as well.

So if you want to stay informed and receive a beautiful email from me each month then your chance to sign up is below. If you do then I humbly thank you for your support!

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Gang Doenjang, Boiled Soybean paste

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gang doenjang, boiled soybean paste

prep time:  15 min
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cooking time:  15 min
total time:  30 min
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This savory stew is a perfect one pot dish to enjoy with rice. It features the complex flavors of doenjang and a fiery kick of gochujang. It is supposed to be quite salty but it is meant to be eaten in small amounts with rice. Gangdeonjang is traditionally served at the table sizzling in Another classic Korean way to consume this dish is to place a dollop of the stew on rice and wrap with steamed cabbage; similar to the way you would eat yangbaeuchu ssam. The beef and shitake mushrooms in the stew give it a hearty, earthy flavor that will make this dish an all time favorite.

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tags: side dish (ban-chan), quick n easy, beef/pork, boil, stir-fry, mild(spiciness)

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Colonial Korea: Ssanggyesa Temple – 쌍계사 (Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do)

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National Treasure #47, The Stele for Master Jingam at Ssanggyesa Temple in Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Ssanggyesa Temple, which means “Twin Streams Temple,” in English, was first founded in 722 A.D. The temple was first established by the monks Daebi and Sambeop, who were the disciples of the famed Uisang-daesa. After being instructed by the Jirisan Sanshin, in the form of a tiger, to create a temple in a valley where the arrowroot blossomed even during winter, the two set out to establish Ssanggyesa Temple just north of modern day Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do in the heart of Jirisan National Park.

So after returning from China, where they furthered their Buddhist training, they returned with the skull and portrait of Huineng (the Sixth Patriarch of Seon [Zen] Buddhism). They enshrined both under the main hall at Ssanggyesa Temple. It was only later that the skull was retrieved and enshrined in a stone pagoda behind the Daeung-jeon Hall at Ssanggyesa Temple.

Originally called Okcheonsa Temple, the monk Jingam-seonsa (774-850 A.D.) renamed the temple in 840 A.D. to Ssanggyesa Temple. A stele, which is dedicated to Jingam-seonsa, and written by Choi Chi-won (857- ?), stands in the temple courtyard. It’s designated National Treasure #47.

During the Imjin War, all the temple buildings were completely destroyed by fire. Now, most of the temple buildings date back to the 17th century.

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A wooden totem outside Ssanggyesa Temple.

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The Iljumun Gate at the temple in 1933.

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Which is joined by the Cheonwangmun Gate in 1933.

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As well as the Geumgangmun Gate in 1933.

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The Cheonghak-ru Pavilion at Ssanggyesa Temple in 1933.

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The special Palsang-jeon Hall at Ssanggyesa Temple in 1933.

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A closer look at the Palsang-jeon Hall.

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The Daeung-jeon main hall at Ssanggyesa Temple in 1933.

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Another look at the Stele for Master Jingam. This picture was taken in 1916.

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And a closer look at the dragon swirling capstone to the stele.

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A closer look at the Daeung-jeon main hall.

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A look inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.

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The expansive main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.

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The Guksa-jeon Hall at Ssanggyesa Temple in 1933.

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The Chilseong-gak at the temple.


And one of the stupas at Ssanggyesa Temple.

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The Iljumun Gate in 2012.

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The Cheonwangmun Gate in 2012.

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The Palsang-jeon Hall in 2005.

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The main hall at Ssanggyesa Temple in 2012.

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National Treasure #47, The Stele for Master Jingam at Ssanggyesa Temple in 2005.

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The main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall at Ssanggyesa Temple in 2012.

Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival (보성차밭 빛축제), December...

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Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival (보성차밭 빛축제), December 19-20, 2014

Boseong is a city southwest of Busan and easy to get to by bus. The bus trip takes 3 hours and 40 minutes from Sasang Bus Terminal, and costs 17,700₩ ($14.65) one-way. 

To be honest, there isn’t much available at the Boseong Bus Terminal or in the city for entertainment or food -but you’re not there for the city. You’re there are the tea plantation!

You can either take the hourly bus that departs the bus terminal for Yulpo Beach and get off at the Green Tea Fields, or you can catch a taxi. A taxi will cost you around 12,000₩. I arrived Friday night and decided to check out the tea fields that night. The lights were beautiful. Your typical Korean festival snacks, such as warm chestnuts and corn, are plentiful.

The light exhibition is only until 10:00pm on a weekday, and midnight on a weekend- as part of Korea’s national energy saving policies. For more information, please check out the official website.

I decided to come back the next morning too. The tea fields are definitely worth seeing during the day for the views and then during the night for the lights. There are restaurants and shops in the area if you’d like to drink or buy green tea -and why not? I bought some tea for myself and gifts, so I could say, “I went to the fields this green tea is from!” Was surprisingly not expensive for being in a touristy area.

This year the light festival is running until January 24, 2016. I hope this encourages you to go check it out!

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Hi, I'm Stacy. I am from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living and teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea. Busy getting into lots of adventures, challenging myself, and loving people. Something more than an ethereal will-o-wisp.

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Vlogger Luke Williams: Coming Out in Korea

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I stumbled upon vlogger Luke Williams recently and wanted to make sure that my readers have found him as well.

He began vlogging in mid-2015 and has been very forthright in his life as a gay man in Korea. His first video is titled Coming Out in Korea and can be seen below.

He has a number of other videos, including My Mom Is Ok With Me Being Gay and Being sissy?! | Standard of Gayness and Masculinity.

You can also follow him on Instagram at lukewilliam47 and on Twitter at lukiee47.

On a side note, sorry I have not been posting recently. Graduate school has been busy... I promise to be much more active this quarter (at least weekly posts). 

The First Sunrise of 2016

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Yangyang, Gangwon-do, South Korea —



Every sunrise is a miracle. I was glad that God woke me up that morning and felt so blessed to see the first sunrise of the year. Somehow, it reminded me that He doesn’t look at my past anymore and continues to unfold His great plan for me. A new year means new opportunities, new challenges and new life lessons. In addition, a new year gives me another chance to strive to be a better person than I was the previous years.

Note to self:

We grow up with such an idealistic view on how our life should be; love, friendships, a career or even the place we will live ~ only to age and realise none of it is what you expected & reality is a little disheartening, when you’ve reached that realisation; you have learnt the gift of all, any new beginning can start now and if you want anything bad enough you’ll find the courage to pursue it with all you have. The past doesn’t have to be the future, stop making it so.

—Nikki Rowe

I don’t know what God has in store for me this new year, but I will listen more to His Word. So, I may carry out my purpose for His glory. A blessed 2016 to all.


Photos are ©2016 Chilisarang. Please do not steal, edit, or re-credit them without my permission. Thank you.

Seonggulsa Temple – 성굴사 (Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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The Yaksayore-bul statue inside the Yaksa-jeon cave shrine at Seonggulsa Temple in Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

Hello Again Everyone!!

Seonggulsa Temple, in Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do, is located on the northeastern side of Mt. Sangwonsan. Seonggulsa Temple is located south of the better known Gyeongheungsa Temple and was formerly known as Mansusa Temple.

You first approach the temple up a long valley. On the eastern banks of a narrow stream is the eccentric Seonggulsa Temple. The first thing to greet you at the temple is a beautiful three metre tall statue of Yaksayore-bul (The Medicine Buddha). To the left lies the temple parking lot with numerous stone pagodas reminiscent of Tapsa Temple. On the side of the largest pagoda is an Indian inspired multi-arm and headed statue of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). It’s just beyond this, and dug out of the rock face, a wooden entry to an artificial cave is situated. Inside this bomb shelter-like cave sits a solitary statue of Yaksayore-bul at the end of the cave. The walls are lined with a solitary string of pink paper lotus lanterns, and water drips from the roof of the cave down onto the wooden platform for devotees to pray.

To the right of the Yaksa-jeon cave shrine hall is the two storied main hall. This modern looking 1970s influenced Geukrak-jeon Hall’s exterior paint job is fading. Inside the second floor main hall rest multiple statues and paintings. On the main altar, there sits a triad of statues. In the centre is Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). He’s joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal and Daesaeji-bosal (Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power of Amita-bul). To the left of the triad rests a painting and statue dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). And to the right of the main altar triad are a pair of paintings. The first is dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Star) and the second is the temple’s guardian mural. Both are modern and masterful in their design.

To the right rear of the main hall is another artificial cave at Seonggulsa Temple. This cave is all but abandoned and I had to stumble around in the dark because there were ultimately no lights to guide my way. Formerly, the statue of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) that now takes up residence in the main hall once called this cave home. If you do venture inside this abandoned cave, be careful because the wooden floor boards are now brittle caused by the dripping ceiling water.

To the right of the abandoned cave is an altar with what looks to be a moon rock on it. In front of the moon rock stands an upright stone with red painting on it. The red painting reads Buddha’s Mind. It’s past the monks residence that you’ll also find the Sanshin-gak at Seonggulsa Temple.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Gyeongsan Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to walk about 5 minutes (300 metres) to get to the Gyeongsan Shijang (market) bus stop. From this stop, you’ll need to board the Namcheon bus. After 15 stops, or 18 minutes, you’ll need to get off at the Sinseok (Cheongdo) stop. From where the bus lets you off, you’ll need to walk 3.5 kilometres, or 52 minutes, to the temple. You can take public transportation or a taxi directly to Seonggulsa Temple. The taxi ride should take about 30 minutes and cost 12,500 won.

OVERALL RATING: 5/10. This temple has to be one of the most bizarre temples I’ve visited in Korea with its dual caves (one of which is abandoned), as well as the numerous stone pagodas and the retro main hall. This is a good temple to visit if you want something a bit different from the every day.


The front entry statue of Yaksayore-bul.


Some of the stone pagodas at Seonggulsa Temple.


The wooden entry to the first cave shrine at the temple.


The multi-armed and headed statue of Gwanseeum-bosal.


Inside the first cave shrine hall.


A look around the cave.


The main altar statue of Yaksayore-bul.


The modern inspired main hall at Seonggulsa Temple.


A look around the main hall.


A statue of the Buddha that someone has left behind.


The moon rock altar with the writing in red ink that reads Buddha’s Mind.


The second cave at Seonggulsa Temple.


A look around the abandoned cave.


And the main altar inside the second cave.


One more look around the temple grounds.


As well as another look at some of the stone pagodas.

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