Retro K Pop from the 1980’s! — 붉은 노을 – 이문세


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붉게 물든 노을 바라보면 슬픈 그대 얼굴 생각이나
고개 숙이네 눈물흘러 아무 말 할 수가 없지만

난 너를 사랑하네 이 세상은 너 뿐이야 소리 쳐 부르지만
저 대답 없는 노을만 붉게 타는데

그 세월속에 잊어야할 기억들이 다시 생각 나면
눈 감아요 소리 없이 그 이름 불러요
아름다웠던 그대 모습 다시 볼수 없는것 알아요
후회 없어 저 타는 노을 붉은 노을처럼

난 너를 사랑하네 이 세상은 너 뿐이야 소리 쳐 부르지만
저 대답 없는 노을만 붉게 타는데

어데로 갔을까 사랑하던 슬픈 그대 얼굴 보고 싶어
깊은 사랑 후회 없어 저 타는 붉은 노을처럼
난 너를 사랑하네 이 세상은 너뿐이야 소리쳐 부르지만
저 대답 없는 노을만 붉게 타는데

그세월속에 잊어야할 기억들이 다시 생각 나면
눈감아요 소리 없이 그 이름 불러요
아름다웠던 그대 모습 다시 볼수 없는 것 알아요
후회 없어 저타는 노을 붉은 노을처럼

난 너를 사랑하네 이 세상은 너 뿐이야 소리 쳐 부르지만
저 대답 없는 노을만 붉게 타는데

난 너를 사랑하네 이 세상은 너 뿐이야 소리 쳐 부르지만
저 대답 없는 노을만 붉게 타는데

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붉은 노을 remixed by Big Bang…

삼계탕 Sam-Gye-Tang — a summer stew!

Lets make Sam-Gye-Tang!

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Samgyetang is a popular dish eaten during the hottest days of summer.  It consists of chicken, ginseng root, chestnuts, sticky rice, dates and pine nuts.

These ingredients may be unfamiliar to you, so during the post, I will have photos of the ingredients.  I will also include a list of the ingredients written in the Korean language.  If you would like, print the out the ingredients in Korean and use it as a cheat sheet.  When you arrive at the market, just show someone and they will be more than happy to help you.  Korean people can be very endearing and they are some of the most helpful people I have ever met.

Young Chicken/ Rock Cornish Game Hen……..1 Chicken
Glutinous Rice……………………………………..6 Tablespoons
Raw Ginseng Root…………………………………………. 1 root
Chinese Dates (dried)…………………2 per serving (added)
Pine nuts…………………………………..2 per serving (added)

Salt…………………………………………………………1 teaspoon
Finely cut thick green onion…………………….2 tablespoon

Ingredients listed in Korean (print them out!)

영계………………………………….1 마리

송송 썬 굵은 파……………….2큰술

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Cookware and Eating Utensils

Before I send you on a mission to buy ingredients for Sam-Gye-Tang, I wanted to give you the chance to really get into the culture, so I listed some items below that are integral to eating Sam-Gye-Tang.  Most of these items can be found at a wholesale kitchenware store or an E-Mart / Lotte Mart.

Dook-bae-gi 뚝배기 – This is a traditional-style earthen pot used for cooking fiery hot stews.  The name is pronounced, “Dook-bae-gi”.

winter 2013 014.Standard cooking pot – Initially we will cook the chicken in a standard cooking pot and once the chicken has thoroughly cooked we will transfer everything over to a Dook-Bae-gi for the final stages of the process.
Silverware – A pair of metal chopsticks and one soup spoon per person.  Soup Ladel – Necessary for scooping the broth out of the pot and pouring it into an individual bowl.
Tupperware – One medium sized bowl per person and a small dish for salt and pepper mix to dip the chicken in as you eat  And some metal rice bowls for white rice.
Traditional Korean Floor Table 밥상
– Pronounced, “Bap-Sang”, this is the traditional way friends and family eat in Korea; sitting on the floor at a table that is one foot from the ground.  Its a fun way to eat sitting on the floor.
Traditional Korean Floor Pillows – Traditional Korean floor pillows are square and come in a bright spectrum of colors.  You can find these at a pillow specialty shop or at E-Mart or Lotte Mart.
Rice Steamer – What meal in Korea isn’t complete without white Asian rice?  These steamers can be found at an E-Mart or Lotte Mart.  They will probably run you around $100, but its worth it.  And be sure to get a large bag of white rice to cook with.  [when using your steamer, take out the metal bowl, put in 2 – 3 cups of rice, fill up the metal bowl with water and massage the rice.  Then pour out the water and repeat 2 or 3 times until the rice is thoroughly washed.  Then, for example, if you put in 2 cups of rice, fill up the water to the 3 cup level inside the bowl.  And for 3 cups of rice, level 4 respectively]

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Locating and Finding a Wholesale Kitchenware Store

그릇도매” is how “wholesale kitchenware store” reads in the Korean language.  It is pronounced, “Guh-rut-do-may”.  If you cannot locate one of these stores in your neighborhood, I suggest writing “그릇도매” onto a piece of paper so that you can show it to a Korean person when you venturing out.  If you are unable to copy the Korean by hand, copy “그릇도매” using a computer and print it out at a local PC Bang(computer room).  If there aren’t any wholesale kitchenware stores near you, go to an E-Mart or Lotte Mart.

Wholesale Kitchenware Store

Wholesale Kitchenware Store

Wholesale Kitchenware Store 

[If you want to practice speaking Korean, remember the phrase, “Oh-Dee-Yay-Yo?”  It means, “where is it?”  When using this phrase, say the place you want to go first or what you are looking for, followed by “Oh-Dee-Yay-Yo?” ]

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Shopping for Ingredients

The open air market is a wonderful place to get authentic Korean ingredients.  Locate one in your area and go there often. 

An open-air market

An Open-air Market

A small chicken 영계This dish requires a smaller chicken to cook with.  You can either go to the grocer and buy a chicken that has been killed already or go the market and find a live chicken and have them kill it in front of you.  I think the latter is more fun.  When you are looking for the right chicken find one that is around 40 to 50 days old and 450 to 500 grams in weight.  If it is not possible to determine age and weight of the bird, just look for a small one.
Glutinous Rice 찹쌀 :  This kind of rice is different from the standard white rice you are used to eating.  Glutinous rice, or “Chap-ssal”, is extra sticky when cooked and is sweeter than regular white rice.Raw Korean Ginseng 수삼: A powerful root well known in Korea for its stamina and immune boosting properties. Korean ginseng is an excellent for a foreigner trying to adjust in Korea.  This root may look odd, but I hope that you can come to appreciate its powerful health properties.  This special root can also be found at Ginseng specialty shops.
Chestnuts 밤These kinds of nuts are dark brown and can fit inside your fist.

Dehydrated Chinese dates 대추
Chinese dates have a dark red color.  Make sure they are dehydrated, not raw.  Pine nuts 잣Pine nuts come from pine trees and resemble kernels of corn.  Salt :   This is what a bag of salt looks like in a Korean grocery store.
Thick green onions
Thick Green onions are different from regular green onions in that they are much longer and thicker.

Green onions

Green onions

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Clean out the chicken:  Wash out the inside of the chicken’s stomach with warm water, then use your hand to remove any of the chickens organs if they still remain.
Once you have removed everything from the chickens body, then wash out the inside again until clean.  Then take a paper towel and soak up any moisture inside the stomach and around the outside of the chicken as well.  Now take a sharp knife and cut a hole into the lower part of the chickens left leg.  We will need to tie the chicken’s legs together later to hold the ingredients inside of the chicken while cooking.

Rinse the Glutinous Rice:  Put six tablespoons of glutinous rice into a bowl and pour lukewarm water into the bowl.Next, wash the rice by hand until the water becomes white and cloudy.Next, without letting the rice out of the bowl, pour out the water and repeat the process until the water is no longer cloudy.Then put the glutinous rice into a small bowl.  It will be a little caked together, but this is okay.Wash the Ginseng Root:  Take a toothbrush and put the root under running water and brush the root to get any dirt off.  
Preparing the Chestnuts:  Prepare to cut a whole into the shell of the chestnut in order to remove the husk.  Use the tip of the knife.  Now remove the rest of the shell.….and the husk.
Wash the Dates:  Wash the dates in lukewarm water.

Stuffing the chicken:  Now you are ready to stuff all the ingredients into the chicken’s stomach.Begin by putting all the rice in first.  And stuff it in as tight as you can.Next put in the Ginseng root as far as it will go.…and then two dates and one Chestnut with a few pine-nuts.Now, put the chickens right leg through the hole in the left leg to fasten everything inside the chicken.  So that when the chicken is cooking, the ingredients wont come out. Cut off the part of the Ginseng root that is still protruding from the chickens body. Cooking the chicken:  Put the chicken into a standard pot.…and fill the pot with water until the chicken is submerged.

Cooking the Chicken

Place the pot onto the stove and turn the heat on high and bring the water to boil.  Once it has reached a rolling boil, turn the heat down to low and let sit for 2-3 hours until the rice has thoroughly cooked.  It wont hurt to cook it as long as 3 hours.  Every once in a while check to see how its doing.

Prepare the green onion as garnishWash the stalks in warm water.  Then cut the stalks in half and continue cutting into smaller pieces.  Once the dish is completely done and ready to be served, lightly sprinkle the slices in the dish as you like.

Moving the chicken into the Dook-Bae-gi:  Once the chicken has thoroughly cooked, move the chicken into the Dook-Bae-gi and then pour the broth from the pot in as well.  Now bring the stew to a rolling boil once again and then turn the burner down.  Let cook for an additional 4 minutes and then add salt.Now remove the Dook-Bae-gi from the burner and set on your table.  And add green onions as garnish.. . . . .

Setting the Table

Find a suitable place on your floor to put your table, and place a burner placemat in the middle of the table and place the Dook-Bae-gi on top of it.  Set your medium sized bowl in front of you and place the chopsticks and spoon to the right of your bowl.  Place the salt and pepper bowl near your bowl and place the Korean floor pillows in the places where you and your friends would like to sit.  As you are eating from the Dook-Bae-gi, dip the chicken pieces into the salt and pepper mix to add flavor.  Great job!

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In Korea it is tradition to say, “잘 먹겠습니다” before digging in.  This phrase is pronounced, “chal mo-ggess-sum-ni-da” and means, “I will eat well.”

And when you have finished eating, you close by saying, “잘 먹었습니다.”  This phrase is pronounced, “chal mo-goss-sum-ni-da” and means, “I ate well.”

Adapted from:괜찮은 찌개 다 들어 있어요! ed. 주부생활

“”: The Mecca of Online Korean Language Resources!

Video (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!

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

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 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.

소녀 – 이문세 (1985年) – “So-nyo” – Lee Moon Sae


This song is about a long lost love from adolescence…

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내 곁에만 머물러요 떠나면 안돼요
그리움 두고 머나 먼길 그대 무지개를 찾아올 순 없어요
노을진 찬가에 앉아 멀리 떠가는 구름을 보며
찾고싶은 옛 생각들 하늘에 그려요

음 불어오는 차가운 바람 속에 그대 외로워 울지만
나 항상 그대 곁에 머물겠어요 떠나지 않아요

How do you become a teacher of the English language in South Korea?!!

Korea awaits!. . . . .

You have probably heard of it, but never thought it was possible for you to actually do it.  You desperately wanted to do something exciting like this in your life, but gave up because you didn’t know how.  South Korea is one of the easiest places to get started as an English teacher.  There is such a demand in this country for the English language that schools are always hiring!  It doesn’t even matter if you majored in English Education or not.  And it doesn’t matter even if you don’t have the money to buy a plane ticket.  Schools in Korea will pay for your airfare and your housing!  They will even provide a taxi to pick you up from the airport and take you to your new apartment!

So, have I convinced you to finally go?   Okay!  Are you a native speaker of English?  Were you born in the following countries: USA, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or Australia?  Are you in good physical health?  Can you pass a Federal Criminal Background Check?  Did you graduate from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree?  If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you are good to go!  I was an accounting major and had very little experience teaching English.  If I can do it, so can you!  Give it a try!

There are several avenues to take, but the easiest way to teach English in South Korea is to go through a teaching agency.  I will discuss other avenues later on in different posts.  But for now, I will take you through the process of applying through an online teaching agency.

One of the best places to find agencies online is through a website called Dave’s ESL Cafe.  If you click on this link, in the window that opens you will find a webpage where Korean agencies post ads for jobs that are available.  If you click on a job post, you will find the details of the job listed.  You will find an email address on this page listed either at the top of the page, or at the bottom of the page.  When you have found a job that you like, simply contact the agency through the email provided and send your resume with a professional photograph of yourself.  (for guys: wear a suit with a tie and shave your face.)  When you send your resume, give a self-introduction and the reason why you want to teach English in South Korea.  In a few days you will receive a reply from the agency.  After this they will give you a list of things you will need to do.

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1. First go to Dave’s ESL Cafe Korean Job board and apply!

2.  Get your passport, if you haven’t done so already!  You can complete the application form for your passport online, or you can print out the Form DS-11 and submit the form with the additional required documentation at an acceptance facility near you.

3.  You must pass a Federal Criminal Background Check.  Go to your local municipality and have a copy of your fingerprints made from both hands.  They should be able to provide you with the proper card for fingerprinting.  Tell the municipality that the fingerprints are for immigration purposes.  Once you have obtained a copy of your fingerprints, get a money order for $18 and make it payable to the US Treasury.  Next, write a letter stating that you are requesting a Federal Background Check and that the reason for the background check is for immigration purposes.  Also include in the letter the following: “Please authenticate my criminal background check results by placing the FBI seal and the signature of a division official on the results for the purpose of obtaining a Federal Apostille. Thank you.”

Next, on a separate sheet of paper, write your name, phone number and email address and attach it to the fingerprint card.  Then, take the letter you have written, the fingerprint card, and the money order and put them inside the manila envelope and address the envelope to:

CJIS Division
Attn: Special Correspondence – Mode – D2
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia
26306 USA

This process will take around 6 to 8 weeks, so please be patient.  If you have any further questions regarding this process you can visit the FBI website directly and have a look around.

Wait for the background check to return in the mail.  If you passed the background check now you are ready apply for the Apostille request.  You will mail the background check to:

Secretary of StateAuthentications Unit
1019 Brazos, B-13
Austin, TX 78701

(Walk-in Service is also provided Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

When mailing the background check, the following information must be provided: (1)The name of the country where the document will be recorded,  (2)the statutory fee of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) per certificate or apostille.  A check or money order drawn on a U.S. Bank and made payable to the Secretary of State of Texas must be submitted with the documents.  American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa cards are also accepted,  (3)a self-addressed, stamped envelope or pre-paid overnight airbill/envelope.

4.  You must order a copy of your diploma from the university that you graduated from.  Contact the registrars office of your university and ask them how you can obtain a new copy of your diploma.  They will more than likely direct you to their website and tell you to print out a form and then mail the form in to them.  When you print this form, look for a place in the form where it says, “Requesting Apostille/Notary:  Yes____ No_____.” Enter, “Yes.” (If this question is not present on the form, personally make a note requesting an apostille/notary.)  In addition, request that the diploma be forwarded to (your state’s) Secretary of State’s office for the purpose of obtaining an “Apostille.”  In the form there should be place where you can include the Secretary of State’s office address.  (This office will be in the state in which you are residing in.)  An “Apostille” is like a notary, but used for immigration purposes.  Once you have filled out the form, you must get a money order in the amount requested in the form.  After this, mail the envelope to the address of your university.  This should be listed in the form as well.  It will take approximately 4-8 weeks for you to receive your diploma, so please be patient and get started right away!

5.  You must get 5 passport sized photos of yourself made.  Go to a Walgreens, CVS pharmacy or a place that develops photos and you can have these photos taken and developed immediately.

6.  Mailing required documents to Korea for Visa processing.  Once you have received everything back in the mail, lets run down the list one more time to make sure you have everything:
a).  Apostilled copy of your original diploma (you have to have your original copy notarized by a public notary first and then have your notarized diploma apostilled by the Secretary of State.)
b).  Apostilled Federal Background Check.  (Federal Background Checks expire after 6 months.)
c).  4 passport sized color photos.
d).  Your formal resume with address and contact information.
e). Health Statement (fill out the health form you will receive from the agency, a medical check will be provided by the school once you have arrived in Korea.)
f). A copy of the ID page in your passport. (the page in your passport where your photo is.)
g). Two signed copies of your employment contract. (provided by the agency through email.)

If you have everything above, you are ready to mail it!

7. Mail the required documents to the address provided by your agency.

8.  E2 Work Visa processing at the immigration office in South Korea.  While you are waiting, the agency in Korea will be processing your E2 work visa at the immigration office in South Korea.  This process takes 7 to 10 days to complete and after that you will receive your E2 Work Visa Issuance Number via email.

9.  Go to the Korean embassy in the State you reside in.  You will bring your passport and E2 Visa Issuance number as well as some additional documents.  Before making a trip to the Korean embassy, call them to find out what additional documents you need to bring. (sometimes they are subject to change.)a).  One completed Visa application (provided by the agency).
b).  One passport sized photo (3.5 x 4.5 with white background).
c).  Original Passport.
d).  Photocopy of passport ID page.
e).  $45 Visa Fee. (Cash of money order).
f).  Visa Issuance confirmation number.
g).  Sealed University Transcripts (possibly not necessary.)

10.  Have an interview in the Korean Consulate.

11. Get on the plane.  You will receive an e-ticket from your agency with boarding times and date of departure. 

Get packed!  You’re going to Korea!