Korean drama after a while

I finished a Korean drama after a while. The other K-drama I have been watching (“My girl friend is a gumiho” is still on hold in between). I was aware of this drama for years, especially because of Yoon Eun-Hye as I loved her acting in “Goong” and “Coffee Prince” which were one of the first few Korean dramas I watched back in 2008-09, but still haven’t watched this one all these years for some reason and also I read somewhere that it wasn’t a good one.

 

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My Fair Lady-KBSposter” by May be found at the following website: http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/ladycastle/. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Somehow I bumped into it on youtube, and I just couldn’t stop watching it. Though the drama appeared to be a very typical Korean one with all the usual elements of a Korean drama like rich guy/girl and poor guy/girl, yet I liked it. Probably because I haven’t watched one for a while, especially not one of these older (anything before 2010) dramas. Ending episodes were well handled unlike that of typical Korean dramas.

I am sure many of you have watched this one long back. So, what did you think of it?

Unique Cafes of Korea

prashanthaku:

Interesting!!

Originally posted on SIGAN - Discover Korea with us!:

Sure lattes and cappuccinos are nice, but Koreans have taken it a notch up to help their customers de-stress. Unlike India, where students only have an option to either study at home or library, in Korea students have an option to get away from all the noise and monotony at home and head to a café to study. Same goes for workaholics who work on weekends and people who work from home, these cafés are a bliss. Being the most wired country in the world, you’ll always find free wi-fi in these cafés. In Korea these cafes give a serious competition to the likes of Starbucks, Coffee Bean etc. 

Cafe 곰다방 (Bear Cafe), Hyehwa Station, Seoul. Photo Credit: Jeong Ewijeong

Cafe 곰다방 (Bear Cafe), Hyehwa Station, Seoul. Photo Credit: Jeong Ewijeong

Cafe 곰다방 (Bear Cafe), Hyehwa Station, Seoul. Photo Credit: Jeong Ewijeong

Cafe 곰다방 (Bear Cafe), Hyehwa Station, Seoul. Photo Credit: Jeong Ewijeong

Korea, Seoul, SIGAN

Cafe Odeulkong(오들콩), Boramae, Seoul. Photo Credit: SIGAN

Gangnam style, Seoul, Korea

Cafe De Cera, Gangnam, Seoul. Photo Credit: Sun-young Whang

In Korea there are…

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Let’s see how was 2013 for me in Languages!

So let’s see how did I do in terms of language learning in the year 2013, before weeks and months pass by in the “new year” 2014.

I attended 4 language courses. 2 beginners’ courses in Korean & Japanese and 2 intermediate ones (if JLPT N4 can be called so, I guess it can’t be) in Korean & Japanese too.

I was attending Beginner’s Japanese course offline, as in real classes and simultaneously was also attending Beginners’ Korean and intermediate Korean, which both were done online. I just can’t imagine how I did that. I think about it and still wonder if I really did that or did I do the Korean ones in 2012 and not in 2013. [But again, I was not working during this time as now, or else there is no way I could do it]

I always wanted to learn Japanese and was pretty discouraged by myself thinking that it’s an impossible task. But, after I got into Korean 5 years back (dang! time flies!) I realized that language learning is quite possible, even for me who is a pretty lazy procrastinator, and that I can get started with Japanese and Chinese. Also, I was fortunate enough that we had access to an awesome native teacher for Japanese language courses.

Apart from language learning other activities I did related to languages was that I organized Hyderabad’s first Korean/Asian stuff lovers meetup, which happened 2 months ago. I also met with Chennai Korean/Asian drama lovers, when I went there to take JLPT N5 test (which I didn’t pass though).

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Hyderabad Meetup

Most recent one was to attend the Bengaluru meetup, again because I took JLPT N4 this time. (I’ll fail this one too, just like N5, but it’s fine because it’s part of my language learning journey)

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And I won a Sogang Korean 3A: Student’s book in a lucky draw conducted by twchois.com. I am really thankful to them for sending me an extra Sogang Korean 3A: Work book at no cost as it complements the student book.

So that’s what I did in 2013! I missed writing about my Hong Kong trip and the Korean language books I bought there. Looking forward to a great language learning journey ahead in 2014!! Chinese and French will be included in my journey along with Korean and Japanese!! Wish me luck! Good luck to you too in your language learning endeavour! :)

[Korean] Will be teaching Korean at Pegasus Society

So this happened. I will be teaching beginner’s Korean from next month on wards. Prior to this, I don’t think I ever thought I would be teaching a foreign language, and especially not Korean. People who have been close to me in language learning still know that I am not really that great at Korean yet. But, it happened.

I keep saying that my Korean level is still beginner’s but I think I have to accept the fact that it’s way above that and more towards intermediate sort, although it’s pretty shabby. Initially, I agreed that I will be co-teaching but our Pegasus director, Allan, felt that it would be a more exciting opportunity for me to take on the whole course and that I’d be the first non-Korean teacher who is not European or American to teach a course. Sure, it would be an exciting opportunity to me and quite challenging at the same time. I hope I don’t jeopardise this opportunity.

Anyway, here’s the thing. Classes of all levels are starting next month. (Actually, as early as a week after! I should have posted this much much earlier). You can find the details at the below link:

http://psfks.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/pegasus-series-7-january-may-2014-application/

Beginner’s Korean course is called “GoGo Beginner’s Korean”, which I would be teaching.

Intermediate level Korean course is called “Push It! Intermediate Korean”, which would be taught by my fellow Push It! classmate Tatyana, whose Korean is great. Trust me!

Advanced level Korean course is called “Wang Advanced Korean”, and it would be taught by Allan, director of Pegasus Society of Korean Studies, himself. If you are an intermediate learner you do not want to miss this one. 

For course content, please do check this link:

http://psfks.wordpress.com/courses/

Please note that you have to apply before 31st of December and also that there is a very small fee this time unlike earlier times when it was free, but again it’s not too much I guess.

If you are applying for Gogo Beginner’s Korean, I will see you in the class then. Feel free to email me any queries you have at prashanth.aku@gmail.com :)

2014 is almost here. Good luck everyone in their language learning journey! :)

JLPT – Bengaluru Korean drama/pop meetup

I haven’t been blogging for a while as I got busy with my new job and of course I won’t deny my laziness.

Anyways, first things first. It’s about my JLPT. I went to Bengaluru city, which is another major Indian city in the south which is 12 hours away from my place, which itself is in South India too. Now you can imagine how big India must be.

So I traveled there with 2 of my Japanese learner friends. We went to take JLPT N4. We also took JLPT N5 earlier in july in Chennai and 2 of us failed it and now we are back with N4 this time. We might fail again.

Let me copy paste what I wrote in my facebook status about my JLPT experience this time.

“how was my JLPT? God knows!! I kept my cool though!

Interestingly I felt the paper isn’t as difficult as I expected it to be. Nevertheless, I don’t think I’ll clear it. But, I understood what I should be doing with my Japanese. Will take a break from Japanese, may be few weeks and meanwhile resume my Korean learning as I might be doing something challenging with Korean language from next month. “

Later after my JLPT I planned to meetup with an online friend, who was into korean/chinese stuff, so I asked others in facebook who are also from Bangalore Bengaluru can join us if they would like to, and Aparna (my other online friend from Bangalore) organized a meetup at a Korean restaurant.

As my friends who came to take JLPT has to have their lunch anyways before they go to the railway station, they joined me for the Korean lunch. They enjoyed the meetup too. (One of them, my childhood friend actually used to watch Korean dramas but stopped them as they were addictive and make us spend too much of our time lol…he has been learning Korean on and off for a while too)

While we were having our lunch a girl who came to our meetup had no clue what were we all talking about and why did we even meetup. She said she thought that we were all family relatives and are having lunch. Apparently, she was trolled by her friend (who is into Korean stuff) saying telling her friend to come there to discuss about some academic work of theirs. I pity her.

Here are some pictures from our meetup….

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I’ll be posting something about Korean teaching/learning in my next post, which is why I had to post this delayed post! Thanks for following me :)

[Apply Now] The 25th Book Review Lucky Draw Begins.

prashanthaku:

I wish I could apply for it!

Originally posted on twoChois:

안녕하세요-

다들 잘 지내셨나요?

이번 주는 좀 많이 늦어져서 미안해요.

이번엔 한자 공부를 위한 책을 선택했는데, 중급 이상의 학습자에게 좋을 것 같아요.

This week, we prepared a book for studying Hanja and it is suitable for intermediate to advanced level learners because the book is all written in Korean only.

Book Info.

l9788927745990__01990.1378779817.1280.1280

초등한자쓰기노트 Level 1

Language: Korean | around 40 Pages | Size: 210x275mm | Supplement: 1 VCD
ISBN-13: 9788927745990

This is the book series made for elementary school students in South Korea.

The context is written based on Hanja words used in the real textbooks of elementary school.

This book contains 40 Hanja words and the whole series contains 400 essential Hanja words.

This book also contains VCD teaching the order of writing each Hanja word.

All written in Korean but really good for increasing your Hanja vocabulary skill!

Suitable for intermediate level to advanced level learners.

Some of the contents need instructor…

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Marriage Isn’t For You

prashanthaku:

Not a language learning related post but worth reading, so wanted to share :)

Originally posted on Seth Adam Smith:

Kim and I

Kim and I

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. :) I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my…

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[Apply Now] The 23rd Book Review Lucky Draw Begins.

prashanthaku:

I want to participate in these lucky draws but I am not allowed to because I already won a book from twochois. Good luck to the other participants! :)

Originally posted on twoChois:

안녕하세요-

다들 잘 지내셨나요?

서울은 단풍이 붉게 물들기 시작했어요.

벌써, 가을이네요-

This week, we prepared book for beginners who knows Hangeul though.

The book is suitable for elementary level learners.

Book Info.

Fast & Fun Korean 1

Fast & Fun Korean for Short – Term Learners 1
Author : Kang Seung-haeVersion : English / Japanese Book page : 176 pages Supplement : MP3 CD

ISBN: 9788959958290 (8959958298)  Size: 210x297mm
About This Book
Designed with the short-term learner of Korean in mind, 「Fast & Fun Korean for Short-Term Learners」 is a 3-volume quick mastery textbook series that introduces everyday vocabulary and concrete situational dialogues practical for living in Korea.

The first volume of the series, 「Fast & Fun Korean for Short-Term Learners ①」, provides a solid framework from which even those who have no previous experience with the language can learn basic Korean with minimal effort.

• Essential vocabulary, grammar patterns, and dialogues chosen based on their real-life…

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[Korean Textbook Review] Sogang New Korean 3A 서강 New 한국어

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First I want to apologize to twochois for such a late review. I am supposed to do this review 2 weeks back itself but I got stuck with lot of things as I started working since 4 weeks and have been quite busy.

If you are not aware, I won this book in a lucky draw conducted by twochois in August. I am really grateful to them for conducting such lucky draws.

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Let me be honest, I haven’t used this book much as I was busy and also the level of Korean in the book is beyond my present level but I did get an idea of how is it.

Now, let’s jump to the review of this book.

When I first saw the book, I felt it was quite thin with less number of pages. Yea, I know that we should never judge a textbook by the number of pages it has, of course. But, I couldn’t stop that feeling that it had less pages. However, as I glanced through the book, it had more content than I expected. So, “never judge a text book by number of pages it has” still holds true.

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Basically, as you can see in the above picture, Sogang 3A has 8 lessons in it and each lesson has 7 sections in it!!

1. 문법 (Grammar)
2. 대화 (Dialogue)
3. 과제 (Task)
4. 듣고 말하기 (Listening & Speaking)

5. 일고 말하기 (Reading & Speaking)
6. 단어 | 표현 정리 (Vocabulary used in the lesson)
7. 발음 (pronunciation)

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contents of each lessons - 2

In the 문법 section, a sample sentence representing the grammar point is given and we are expected to do 4 other sentences as an exercise. [The ones I tried, I did them wrong T_T] There are few more sub-sections for some more practice of the grammar point, followed by 대화 (dialogue).

Sample-1

I was told by twochois and other sources that Sogang is actually a book for classroom learning rather then self-learning. So, I assume this dialogue section will be made to enact by the students just like in our Japanese class I have every other day lately. May be, you can try these dialogues with your language exchange partner or a fellow Korean learner. I’ll try to do it when I can. [I haven't done it yet]

Next comes the 과제 (task) section. This definitely is a classroom activity but for sure (imo) self-learners can do it themselves too.

Sample-2

For example, first lesson has the task as: (you can actually see in the above picture, click it and zoom it may be!):

“직장 동료에게 자기소개를 해 보세요” (I’m guessing, this must mean something like giving a self-introduction to your colleagues). Also, a sample dialogue is also given for reference.

듣고 말하기 (Listening & Speaking)

I like the audio quality in this one. Speakers’ voice is pretty good and conversations also sound quite natural, especially compared with typical audio files of language learning text books. (or may be it’s just be who feels so)

Sample-3

일고 말하기 (Reading & Speaking)

This section seems to be different in each lesson. First lesson has descriptions of 3 people and there are few exercises based on these descriptions. (‘한국어를 배우는 학생’) Second lesson has something related to an exchange student interview.

Sample-4

단어 | 표현 정리 (Vocabulary used in the lesson) and 발음 (pronunciation)

These sections are pretty straight forward. Just the vocabulary used in the lesson is listed here and also pronunciations of some words. (Audio files are also provided for these pronunciations, good!)

Pros:
– Content, there’s just so much of it. [7 sections in each lesson and 8 lessons in total]
– Audio is pretty good. As I mentioned above, voice and conversations are natural.
– Lots of pictures. Pictures do take lot of space but in language learning I believe textbooks should have lot of graphic content than just being a plan colourless bland textbook.

What can be improved (hangukdrama style :p):
– Actually, I don’t find anything that I can say that should be improved. Everything seems to be perfect for the book it is, although it’s entirely in Korean and not in English.

Disclaimer: I apologize for the bad quality scanned pictures and also if you find my review not useful and pretty long. This is my first review and please bare with me. If you have any specific questions, you can always ask me in the comments.

I also hope that there won’t be any copyright issues because I scanned few pages from the book and posted them. I put them only as a reference and I would be glad to remove them anytime if I am asked to remove them and that I am not allowed to do that.

Once again, I would like to thank twochois for their kindness in sending me this book. They also added Sogang Korean 3A workbook (which I would review later) along with this book as they said it would complement with the main book as I am a self-learner.

Thank you for reading my review! Good luck everyone!

[Korean] Sogang Text Book Delivery From twoChois

It has arrived! “NEW SOGANG KOREAN 3A STUDENT’S BOOK” has arrived today from twochois! I did a vlog opening the package. You can watch it here in youtube

Some pictures….

packageThe package itself, all the way from Seoul, South Korea in less than 2 weeks. Either the time flew too quick or the delivery was too quick or both.

hyoyeonCool handwritten message from twochois, thank you twochois! 감사합니다.

hyoyeonHyo-yeon from SNSD/Girls’ Generation!!! :D

sogangand finally the books! Thank you very much twochois for sending me not only the student book but also the work book which I did not even win. You are awesome!!

I’ll do an honest review by using it as much as possible within a month as you requested. 정말 감사합니다.

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