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  • Research Suggests Better Memory & Retention W/ These Online TEFL Courses

    You may have read some negative things about online TEFL courses, but do you know why people are saying these things and what the actual research is?

    First you should know that all online TEFL courses are not created equally. Yes there are apparently many low quality courses out there, but that's not all.

    Let's look at the problems.

    Problems and opinions w/ online TEFL

    First I'll let you know about some of the common opinions and problems w/ online courses then we'll go over these in more detail and finally you'll see what the actual research is.

  • This Week: June 30-July 6

    In an effort to get back to regular blogging, we’re going to try this one more time. Here is a collection of links from around the web that have caught my attention this week.

  • Détente Divergence: the US-South Korean split on this Year’s Engagement with North Korea

    This is a local re-post of my monthly op-ed for the Lowy Institute: here.

  • Korean Phrases Ep. 60: 낫 놓고 기역자도 모른다

    This is a semi-humorous Korean idiom that I remember learning before I could actually hold a full conversation. When the Korean who taught it to me explained it, I still didn't really know what it meant. This is because I didn't know the word 기역 yet - the word for the Korean letter "ㄱ." I hope that after explaining it to me, the Korean wasn't thinking I was someone who it should be used to... but who knows.

    I know 2 weeks ago we also had a new Korean Phrases episode, but this will be the last one for awhile. Starting next week, I'll be uploading some new videos I filmed in Korea that I'm excited to share with you. In the meantime, here's another useful idiom. Check out the video here~!

  • Eating Raw Beef with Jinyoung | Trying 육회 (YUKHOE)

    Have you ever tried eating raw beef? I wouldn't recommend slicing a raw steak into noodles, then eating it - normally - but Korean 육회 (YUK-HOE) can give you that opportunity, if you're so inclined. It's made with fresh (very fresh), cold beef, so it's safe to eat. But if you have a weak stomach, or don't like beef, then you should probably avoid it. The flavor was similar to eating a really, really rare steak, but it was also cold. As someone who often cooks and enjoys steak, I really liked it and it was better than I thought. Now I can say that I've tried raw beef.

    Another feature of this dish is the sesame seed oil mixed into the beef. It gives the beef a deep, nutty flavor and smell that many first-time visitors to Korea can find off-putting - but only at first. Once you're familiar with it, it won't seem so strange anymore, and I quite like the smell and taste.

  • How to Say ‘Flower’ in Korean

    Flowers are some of nature’s most gorgeous inventions, not only the kind you can see in bloom everywhere in springtime, but also the kind you can create right in your backyard. In this lesson you will learn how to say flower in Korean so that you can start creating that flower garden in Korea as well – or at least tell your Korean friends about the one you have back at home!


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    ‘Flower’ in Korean

    Flower In Garden


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