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50 Epic Reasons to Visit Korea
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3 Life-Changing Reasons to Learn Korean
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10 Must-Know Words and Phrases for Korean Drama Fans
As most students know, studying the Korean language can be complicated. Luckily, with the growing popularity of Korean drama (K-drama), it's much easier, and more fun, to learn popular catch phrases and buzzwords. Korean drama shows use hundreds of slang words and catchphrases, which can be frustrating for beginning Korean-language students. If this is you, don't panic. This list will help you understand the characters and story lines in Korean drama. 1. Antis Anti-Fans, or
The Korean Future Tense Part 3: The Immediate Future
In our continued series on describing the future in Korean, language teacher Bryce J. explains how to use the immediate future tense in Korean... When you learn Korean, you will be introduced to four different ways to describe the future. Today we will look at one part of Korean grammar called the immediate/promised future. Before you start learning the immediate future, however, make sure you review the probable and definite future: The Korean Future Tense Part 1: Describing th
16 Useful Korean Phrases You Should Know
No matter where you are in your Korean-language studies, a few key phrases can help you communicate and find your way around. Here, Paradise Valley, AZ Korean teacher Hannah V. shares 16 useful Korean phrases... By now, you know how to say basic Korean phrases like "hello" and "thank you." When you travel to Korea, however, whether to visit or to live, you will need to know a lot more than that. Here are some basic, useful Korean phrases you should know. *Note: The following
4 Popular K-Pop Songs to Help You Learn Korean
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10 Well-Known Korean Idioms
Every language has certain expressions that have deeper meanings. When you're taking Korean lessons, it can be fun to learn these Korean expressions. Here, Paradise Valley, AZ teacher Hannah V. teaches you 10 Korean idioms... Idioms are both puzzling and interesting, and sometimes even profound. Read on to find out the true meaning behind 10 well-known Korean idioms. 쏜: Shot, 살: Abbreviation of 화살 (arrow), 같이: Like This Korean phrase means that someone or something
The 5 Best Korean Books for Language Students
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North Korea vs. South Korea: Language and Cultural Differences
Although Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea, there are noticeable differences in the dialect of the two nations. Here, we will examine these differences so you can gain a better overall understanding of the Korean language... North Korea and South Korea were originally divided across the 38th Parallel, then later, along the Demarcation line. The division, a result of the end of Japanese rule following World War II, pitted the two nations in a bitter battle. S
Mark Your Calendar: 20 Korean Holidays
When you're studying Korean, it's fun to learn about various Korean holidays. Mark your calendar, here are the major (and minor) Korean holidays. Along with the national holidays, in South Korea, the 14th of each month is a fun, unofficial holiday. Read on for a list of all the holidays and celebrations! Diary Day January 14th At the beginning of the new year, it's customary for friends and loved ones to trade diaries, journals, and planners. Friends and family members write down imp
Your K-Drama Guide: 4 Korean Drama Series You Should Be Watching
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Learn Hangul: The Korean Alphabet for Beginners
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7 Benefits of Learning Korean
When it comes to foreign language studies, most students choose to learn Spanish, French, or German before they even consider learning an Asian language. When they do think about Asian languages, they usually choose Chinese or Japanese first, and then maybe Korean as a distant third. This is unfortunate, because there are many great reasons you might want to consider learning Korean. There are many benefits to learning Korean, and if any of them resonate with you, find a Korean tutor to h
5 Fun, Effective Ways to Practice Speaking Korean
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10 Essential Korean Phrases You Should Know
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