I found a good site with uninterrupted K-Dramas~~~~~

I was surfing on the Youtube the today and discovered that I could watch Korean dramas without commercials or any interruptions.  I’m going to come back to this site many times.

Right now I’m watching:  연애시대 (Alone in Love)  –  Playlist included!

Its a little harder to understand than a regular drama, but I can understand a decent amount.

If you know of some good sites let me know.

이문세 – 가로수 그늘 아래 서면 (1988年)


…a bittersweet melody…

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and another cover by Kang Ji Min

라일락 꽃향기 맡으면
잊을 수 없는 기억에
햇살 가득 눈부신 슬픔 안고
버스 창가에 기대 우네
가로수 그늘 아래 서면
떠가는듯 그대 모습
어느 찬비 흩날린 가을 오면
아침 찬바람에 지우지

이렇게도 아름다운 세상 잊지 않으리
내가 사랑한 얘기 우
여위어 가는 가로수 그늘밑
그 향기 더 하는데
우 아름다운 세상
너는 알았지 내가 사랑한 모습
우 저 별이 지는 가로수 하늘밑
그 향기 더 하는데

가로수 그늘 아래 서면
떠가는듯 그대 모습
어느 찬비 흩날린 가을 오면
아침 찬바람에 지우지

이렇게도 아름다운 세상 잊지 않으리
내가 사랑한 얘기 우
여위어 가는 가로수 그늘밑
그 향기 더 하는데
우 아름다운 세상
나는 알았지 내가 사랑한 모습
우 저 별이 지는 가로수 하늘밑
그 향기 더 하는데

내가 사랑한 그대는 아나

[This video is made possible by “Pops8090“]

너무 아픈사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을 — 김광석


“That extremely painful love…  its not love.” — Kim Kwang Seok.   This song was featured in the Korean movie, “The Classic.”

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Here is another version of the song performed by Kang Ji Min.  I like this version more because it has a smoother sound.

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Here is a clip from the movie “The Classic” with Seon Ye Jin where the song is featured…

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And here are the lyrics to the song:

그대 보내고 멀리 가을새와 작별하듯
그대 떠나보내고
돌아와 술잔 앞에 앉으면
눈물 나누나

그대 보내고 아주 지는 별빛 바라볼 때
눈에 흘러내리는 못다한 말들
그 아픈 사랑 지울 수 있을까

어느 하루 비라도 추억처럼
흩날리는 거리에서
쓸쓸한 사람 되어 고개 숙이면 그대 목소리
너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을
너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을

어느 하루 바람 젖은 어깨 스치며
지나가고 내 지친 시간들이
창에 어리면 그대 미워져
너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을
너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을

이젠 우리 다시는
사랑으로 세상에 오지 말기
그립던 말들도 묻어버리기
못다한 사랑
너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을
너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을

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If you live in the West and want to find more of Kim Kwang Seok’s beautiful but heart wrenching music, you can find it on Amazon.com

꼭 사랑해서 와야지!

아름다운 사실 – 부활 “Areumdawoon Sashil – BuHwal”


This K Pop song is from the movie, “A Moment to Remember(2004).”  “A Moment to Remember”, is about a young man and woman who fall in love and get married.  But the woman has a rare condition:  she is losing her memory…

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부탁해도 되니 너에게
기억이 부르는 날에
널 사랑하던 그 얘기를
다시 한번 들려줄 수 있게

잠들어 있는 날 보던 너와
내 꿈에 있던 너 모습이~
늘 지워지지 않게
내 안에 간직해 가야 할 기억이기에

멀어지는 너의 뒷 모습에서
감출 수가 없이 눈물이 흐르던
사랑한다는 말 한 마디
할 수가 없었던 그리운 시간속의 그대여

노을에 비친 긴 머리칼과
널 바라보던 그 눈 빛이
늘 지워지지 않게
내 안에 간 직해 가야할 기억이기에

멀어지는 너의 뒷 모습에서
감출 수가 없이 눈물이 흐르던
사랑한다는 말 한마디
할수가 없었던 그리운 시간속 그대여

사랑하는 내 안의 기억이여
지울 수가 없이 내게 머물던
가지 말라는 말 한마디
할 수가 없던 그리운 시간의 너…

[Here is the actual movie trailer for “A Moment to Remember” 내 머리 속의 지우개]

Tips for learning the Korean Language…

Here are some tips that will help you learn and progress in the Korean language…

1. Watch Korean Dramas: Watching Korean dramas is a good way to get exposure to the language and observe a situation being played out while listening to the Korean.  When you can watch some activity going on it helps to give context to what you are hearing.

2. Learn Korean Pop Songs:  Write out the lyrics to your favorite K Pop song.  Listen to the song and everyday look over the lyrics and sing them to yourself.  There is something amazing about the way a song can help unlock the key to learning a language.

3. Listen and Repeat:   First you will need to find a Korean movie on dvd that has Korean subtitles.  I found lots of these movies in Yongsan in the heart of Seoul.  Yongsan is a big venue for electronics in Seoul.  As you are watching your movie, first watch it without subtitles and find a sentence you would like to practice.  Listen to the sentence on your laptop and then pause the movie and try to repeat what was just said.  Listen again to the same sentence and try and repeat.  Do this about 10 to 20 times.  Then write down what you think you heard.  And then go back and listen again and check what you wrote down with what they are saying, until you think are almost totally accurate.  Now you can turn on the subtitles and check what you wrote down with what they actually said.  Now listen and repeat the actual sentence after hearing it.  This will strengthen your comprehension.  Next, get a Korean friend to translate the sentence and tell you its meaning.

4.  Get a grammar book:  Find a good Korean grammar book and start learning some grammar and practice it with your Korean friends.  If you check my previous posts, I recommend some really good books for learning Korean.  If you already have a grammar book, keep reviewing it, but find some new material to study.  It is always a good thing to learn something new.  If all you are doing is reviewing old material, you will start getting stagnant.  Its amazing how your brain starts using old things you learned, when you start introducing new things to it.  Keep your learning fresh and new.  If you don’t understand some grammar, don’t stress.  Let is go, and it will come back to you…

5.  http://www.TalkToMeInKorean.com:  This is the most amazing online resource for learning that I have ever found.  Visit this site often!

6.  Translate a Korean book into your native tongue:  Find a simple novel or a storybook with pictures and translate it.  Then get your Korean friend to check your work.

7.  Learn new vocabulary:  When you are out on the town with your friends or just by yourself, bring a note pad with you and write down words you see that are unfamiliar to you.  Then, if your Korean is already good enough get a Korean friend to explain it to you in the Korean Language, not your native tongue.  This is very effective.

8.  CONVERSATE!:  The most important thing you can do in Korean is to speak it!  If you don’t practice speaking what you know, you will never progress.  Even if you are incorrect in your sentences, start speaking anyway.  GET IT OUT!  It is okay to fail and it is okay to make mistakes!  How did you learn to walk when you were a baby?  You got up and fell down again and again, until finally one day, you stood!

9.  http://www.HaruKorean.com:  This is a website where you can study a lesson, practice writing a Korean sentence and get your sentences checked by native speakers.  Excellent resource!~

10.  You cannot succeed until you FAIL!:  You cannot succeed until you fail over and over and over again.  So let go of your fears and worries.  No body is perfect.  Accept your short comings and be free to make mistakes.  It is the best way to live life.  Get out of your cage and live!

“TalktoMeInKorean.com”: The Mecca of Online Korean Language Resources!


TalkToMeinKorean.com (TTMIK) is one of the best online resources I have seen for students learning the Korean language.  They have resources for advanced learners, intermediate as well as beginners just getting started.  I don’t know even where to start on this site because it has so much!

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I just got done watching an advanced video about expressions: “약도”, “천리길도 한 겊음부터” and “초보운전”.  I was thoroughly impressed.  약도 is like a map, but one that you draw for someone trying to get somewhere.  천리 길도 한 걸음부터 is about how a thousand mile journey starts with a single step.  And I always wondered what the next one meant cause I saw it everywhere in Korea in the streets.  “초보운전” is written in the right side of streets and it is the lane for drivers who have just started driving.  Watch the video, I hope you like it!

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In another section called, Learn Korean with K Pop, K Pop songs are broken down phrase by phrase and an in depth explanation is given about the meaning and expressions.  It is brilliant!  
I hope this site helps you on your journey to fluency in the Korean Language!

Get your Korean journal graded online by a native Korean…


I have discovered an awesome site for Korean students.  Lang-8.com!  This is a social website like myspace and facebook where you can meet native speakers of any language, submit your Korean journal to native Koreans who will then grade your paper and resubmit it to you.  What a wonderful concept!

An eclectic collection of Korean pop songs…

Do you love to sing?!!  Oh how I love going to the “Song Rooms” in Korea!  User Pops8090 has an awesome collection of vintage Korean on youtube.com.

Songs like these really let you feel the culture and heart of Korea….

[At the bottom left of the video screen you can skip to the next song and on the bottom right you can open up the playlist and jump to songs further down on the playlist]

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[Credit goes to Youtube user “Pops8090” who put together this awesome collection of songs and videos!]


Resources for students learning the Korean language

I am a student of the Korean language and what I noticed is that resources for learning the Korean language outside of Korea are scarce.  Even Rosetta Stone only covers the very basics of Korean.  Rosetta Stone is a good program, but too expensive for the small amount of information it provides.  When I was studying Korean living in Korea, I came across books that I found to be very helpful.  Some of these books can be found in small bookstores in Korea, but if you can’t find these books in a local book store, Seoul has a very large book store called, “Kyopo-Mun-Go (교보문고)” in central Seoul.  If you are going to get there by subway, take the purple line #5 to (광화문역) Gwanghwamun station and exit 3 or 4 should take you directly into the book store.  It is completely underground.  You can cut and paste “광화문역” into maps.Daum.net and it will show exactly where Gwanghwamun station is.  Go and find it!

“Korean Photo Dictionary” by Heart N Mind publishing 마음과 마음:
This book uses photos of elements from everyday Korean life and instead of giving you the definition in English, ties the Korean word to the photo through an illustration.

Korean Photo Dictionary

“Korean Grammar in Use: Beginning to Early Intermediate” by Ahn Jean-myung, Lee Kyung-ah, Han Hoo-young (Darakwon Publishing) – 21,000 :
This is a really good book I have gone back to again and again to reinforce fundamental grammar.  There is an intermediate to advanced sequel to this book.

Korean Grammar in Use: Beginner to Early Intermediate

“Korean Grammar in Use: Intermediate” by Min Jin-young and Ahn Jean-myung (Darakwon Publishing) – 23,000 :
This is the follow up to the previous book “Korean Grammar in Use: Early Beginner to Intermediate”. 

Korean Grammar in Use: Intermediate

“그림으로 보는 한영사전” (Korean-English Picture Dictionary) by 예림당 Yearimdang Publishing Co. 15,000 This dictionary was designed for Korean children learning to speak English, but will be suitable for the Korean learner as well.  I found this book in a random book store in Incheon.

Korean-English Picture Dictionary

“500 Basic Korean Adjectives”, by Bryan Park.  HOLLYM International Corp. Publishing:
A great book for breaking down the conjugations of Korean adjectives. 

500 Basic Korean Adjectives

“500 Basic Korean Verbs”, by Bryan Park.  HOLLYM International Corp. Publishing:
A great book for breaking down the Korean verb into all its elaborate conjugations.

500 Basic Korean Verbs

기탄 급수한자 8급 빨리따기:
In Korea, Korean children learn to read and write Hanja.  Hanja is the Korean language written with Chinese characters.  Before the 15th century monarch, King Sejong , the Korean language was written entirely in Chinese characters and only the educated could read and write it.  When King Sejong developed Hangul, the Korean writing system, the illiterate masses could begin to read and write as well.  As it stands today Hanja is still used, but mostly in newspapers and formal broadcasts.   This book will help you get a deeper understanding of the meaning of the Korean words derived from the Chinese language.  Each chapter gives the characters to be learned with a test at the end of each chapter.  There are eight levels in the study of Hanja.  Level 8 is beginner and Level 1 is most advanced.  In Korea there is a standardized test for proficiency in Hanja.  The name of the standardized exam is 전국한자능력검정시험.  It is something to aspire to.
The book uses a clever way to associate the Hanja with a picture.  Ddal means “month” and “moon”.  The Chinese character looks like a moon with light shinning from it.

Level 8 Hanja: Beginner

Level 7 Hanja: Late Beginner/ Early Intermediate

TOPIK: Test of Proficiency in Korean 한국어능력시험 :
How well do you speak Korean?  Test yourself in the standardized test of proficiency in the Korean language: TOPIK.