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  • July 22 - 31, 2018Schedcation 8.0 started by flying into Mexico...

  • John and Jen: An American Journey

    Fifteen years. It’s a long time. Fifteen years ago, I was fired from a telephone survey job I had held onto out of laziness and fear of jumping into my eventual journalism career, despite having graduated the year before with an English degree, with experience under my belt and knowing that sitting in a drab, windowless, soulless call center in four-and-eight-hour shifts was no way to spend my early 20s. The following month I would work at a neighborhood park, sweating buckets as I pulled weeds and laid mulch until I finally stopped listening to the voice in my head saying no one would possibly hire me to be a reporter and applied, and became, a reporter. What a difference 15 years makes.

  • Vowel Harmony - Bright and Dark Vowels | Korean FAQ

    Way back when I first was starting to learn Korean I remember hearing about "bright" and "dark" vowels in the Korean language. At the time, it sounded too mystical and far-fetched to be true, almost like some legend or conspiracy. But I put it away in my pocket and kept going, not really looking back at it until a few years later.

  • "For" 위해 vs 위한 | Live Class Abridged

    위해 and 위한 are two more words often mixed up. This is because both words can be used in the same places in a sentence at times, so it can be confusing to know which one to use and when. In this summarized video I explain when and how to use each one, and what the differences are between using them.

    The post "For" 위해 vs 위한 | Live Class Abridged appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.

  • How To Say ‘Can’t’ In Korean

    How to Say ‘Can’t’ in Korean – 80/20*


         Can’t (impossible) – 불가능 (bulganeung)

         Can’t (do) – ~ㄹ/을 수 없다 (l/eul su eopda)

         Can’t (don’t) – ~ㄹ 줄 모르다 (jul moreuda)

         Can’t (don’t) – 못하다 (mothada)

         Can’t (allow) – ~면 안되다 (myeon andoeda)


    How to remember (association):

  • How To Say ‘Cosmetics’ In Korean

    How to Say ‘Cosmetics’ in Korean – 80/20*


         Cosmetics  –화장품 (hwajangpum)


    How to remember (association):

         What make-up genre is booming now? (화장품/hwajangpum)

    *80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.


    Read on to learn more about how to say ‘cosmetics’ in Korean along with tips for remembering it.


  • 15-Minute Mochi – Easy Rice Cakes with Red Bean (찹쌀떡)

    You might know Korean rice cakes as ‘mochi’. You’ve probably tasted or seen mochi ice-cream or seen it at your local Asian grocery store. In Korean, it’s called “Chap-Ssal-Ddeok”. These are made from a rice-flour dough and filled with bean paste or a powdered nut and honey mixture.

    Traditionally, rice cakes are a labor-and-time intensive process. You need to cook rice, squeeze it, mill it into powder, mix into a dough, steam and pound away at the dough.

    In this video, we show you how to make a batch of ‘mochi’ rice cakes that you can make, start-to-finish, in less than fifteen minutes. Look below for a list of ingredients for shopping.

  • Learn Korean Ep. 107: 아니고 vs 말고

    Keykat wants me to take care of a spider in the house. She's really a 'scaredy-kat' at times. I guess I'll take care of it.

    This video talks about two similar words - 아니고 and 말고. These have different grammar uses and meanings, but are often mixed up for each other because of their similar sounding English translations. Find out how to tell the difference between the two.

    Remember that each "Learn Korean" episode comes with a free PDF which you can download below the video link right in this post.

    Thanks for watching~!

  • How to Make a Korean Study Notebook

    Everyone who's studying Korean has some sort of notebook or system that they use for writing down what they're learning - most of the time it's a notebook or several notebooks. When studying grammar or writing down notes and example sentences, there's no substitute for a good study notebook.

    And everyone has their own method for making a study notebook and keeping it organized. This is to be expected, because everyone learns in their own ways. And if you have something that already works, keep using it. However, I wanted to make a video that could give some general tips for making a study notebook, for those of you who might not have one or who want some advice.

    These are my own personal tips for how to make and organize a Korean study notebook. This video includes all of the methods that I have used before, and which ones worked well for me.

    If you do things differently, do let me know in a comment here or below the video. Thanks for watching!

  • Geumyongam Hermitage – 금용암 (Dongnae, Busan)

  • How Many Vocabulary Words Do You NEED to Speak Korean? | Korean FAQ

    How many Korean words do you need to speak fluently? The answer may BLOW YOUR MIND - just kidding. It's anywhere between three to five thousand... but how I got to this number, and how you can evaluate this number for your own vocabulary is what's more interesting.

    I broke down hours worth of native Korean conversations to figure out how many unique words were being used on average, and compared that with how many words I use myself. This was used to calculate a ballpark estimate for how many vocabulary words are actually being used, and let you know how many you'd need in order to speak and understand the majority of what's going on.

    How many words do you know? How many more do you need? Let me know your thoughts on my video here or in the video's description.

  • Don’t Be So Desperate! For Every Photo You Post, Do This

    I know that the squirt of dopamine that you get from posting photos to every site is a rush. I do it too. I get high from a night out of great photography and all I want to do is show the world my images. I want EVERYONE to see them. I will hammer every. single. site. with my images. Then sit back and wonder why nobody is interacting.

  • Sushi Roll – Shrimp Tempura (Fried Shrimp)

    In this sushi making video, we show you how to make breaded fried shrimp tempura for use in sushi rolls. Tempura shrimp sushi is a bit more involved than the California Roll. This involves stretching the shrimp, breading and frying it. Then we show you how to roll the sushi and also, optionally, how to add a layer of avocado to the top (avocado sushi roll).

    Please take a look at our shrimp tempura sushi roll video here. Below is a shopping list and more details.

    Shopping List

    You’ll need to get some equipment for making sushi if you don’t have it already. You can find most everything at your local Asian supermarket or online.

  • Stuck on you: Stuffed at the Iron Fork food festival (St. Louis, MO)

    Before we begin our actual road trip tomorrow, there is plenty to share from the past three weeks Jen and I have spent in her home state of Missouri. I will try to cover it all over the next several days if I can.

  • Buddha’s Birthday 2019

    So I have been a little preachy in these last few posts, so I thought that I would get back to basics and just talk about one of the best times of the year here in South Korea and one that few travels really know about. I am talking about Buddha’s Birthday.

    I was shocked that when I started posting my images, that there were a lot of people that were living in Korea that had limited knowledge about the event. With so many temples around Korea, I was a little put back by the messages that I received. I think many people just thought that the lanterns and elaborate decorations were limited to Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. Fortunately, they are not and many of the temples outside of Seoul have far better events and celebrations.


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