Korea’s incredibly proud of it’s figure skating champion which many forms of media have spelled her name “Kim Yu-Na” or “Kim Yu Na.” However, as it would be phonetically pronounced when reading the name from the west, people are calling her “Yoo-Na” which I think she’s probably gotten used to by now.
Her name in Hangul is “김연아” which if you want to be more accurate in pronouncing her name correctly, her name is pronounced “Kim Yeon-Ah” as the characters are spelled out.
However, this has been an age old problem with Korean people pronouncing words in English and for English speakers to pronounce Korean names spelled in English, but are Korean. For example, the surname “Cheh” or “Chae” is spelled “Choi” instead because the Korean characters which make up the last name actually are combined to sound like “Choi” if you separate the characteres “ㅗ” and “ㅣ” which represent the sounds “Oh” and “Ee.” Continue reading
I’ve been around the (Korean) block a few times…
More specifically, I’ve been in the English as a Foreign Language (and as CDI or Chungdahm Learning likes to call it their patented ESL programs) industry for more than five years in Korea. I get questions constantly about how to enter the industry, who to choose for work and honestly what to do if interested in this field if you want work.
Well, I just got another question (or should I say set of questions) asked of me about work here in Korea as an English teacher. Instead of just answering this gentleman directly and minimizing the impact, I thought I’d write it up here so a few more can read and hopefully benefit from my advice. In addition to reading the following, you can also read my piece called “Advice for Teachers” (they titled it that way even though I didn’t) which should actually be named “Advice for ‘Prospective’ English Teachers (in Korea).”
The guy asks: Continue reading
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Bought the following motorcycle on the 12th of April. http://www.suzukicycles.org/GSX-series/GSX400-Impulse.shtml – RED 1994 Model. I’ve had a few problems, but all worth the education it’s taught me.
Right after buying it from this nice South African guy named Keren, I had starter problems. We thought it might be the extra flashing blue lights strung up the back of the bike — maybe sucking a bit of the battery before start up. So, I took those off.
This was after I bought a brand new battery from this guy named “Joon” that was instrumental in helping me get the bike. He thought it was in good shape and at the time, I had nobody who knew a lot about motorcycles except Dan (one of our Busanjin teachers) and fellow Kyopo. Dan introduced me to Joon who’s a buddy of Dan’s. Supposedly though the battery’s a cheap one according to a new bike shop I’ve been using. The new bike shop said the 40,000 won or so I paid to get this battery was on the cheap end and that I needed to buy a 60,000 won battery or so. I could believe him because he said I didn’t need to buy the better one yet since I should use this poor battery first.
All in all, in the month plus I’ve owned the bike (after purchasing it on 4/12), I’ve:
filled up the bike at least 12 times with gas (totaling about 175,000 won in gas)
bought a brand new “cheaper battery” for 40,000 won
pushed the 400 lb bike long distances because of the battery problem (3 kilometers & 5 kilometers up a hill – almost killed me)
replaced the clutch twice: once at 30,000 won (actually paid 50,000 won because I was so grateful), but then realized I could get a smaller bike shop guy to do it 10,000 won who also recharged the battery to top it off
got a VERY EXPENSIVE oil change (100,000 won!) around 5/8 with expensive french racing oil
replaced the 4 spark plugs (5/15) for 40,000 won – I guess this is cheap & again, he recharged the battery
dropped it 4 X’s (once because a taxi driver almost killed me)
probably set up myself for a hernia shortly given that I kept it from dropping a 5th time
been pulled over or questioned by police 3X’s PLUS almost getting fined 1.5 million for not having a license and registration
rode to 기장, 해운대 (5X’s), 노포동, 서면 (7X’s) with the Suzuki
I guess we’ll have to see what happens for the rest of the year with this decision. I’ve started to look into “what the next bike” may be and some of the candidates are:
1996 Honda NTV 650 (55 mpg)
2007 Aprilla RSV 1000 FactoryR
2009 Triumph Thruxton
**By the way, the purpose of this post is mostly to help me keep track of what I’ve done on it for maintenance and the costs involved (in case any of you are interested in the costs of motorbike upkeep)
I was about to complement my mom recently in how perseverant she was with our family over the years. It’s one of the reasons why our family is successful. Without her perseverance, I definitely wouldn’t have many of the opportunities I have now along with my Dad’s hard work — have never seen someone work harder in my life. These two are a testament at what two people who were never a match from the beginning and even up until now can do in an English speaking country without strong English skills.
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Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days. For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading
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Well, not exactly “quoted”, but cited or referred to when trying to support a point…
Earlier tonight, I was just checking out my statistics as I do almost daily. Yes, I’m addicted to numbers & the traffic that my blog drives. It’s not something I’m incredibly proud of, but rather it’s very interesting what brings a visitor to my blog.
Nevertheless, I looked at some of the referring links and one picqued my interest. Continue reading
Again, I hate to complain…
However, when another coworker and I were quietly talking on the bus coming home from Changwon city, this guy next to my coworker starts telling me in Korean to stop speaking English or not to talk at all on the bus. If I was loud, I would of respected the guy, but I was talking so silently that my coworker had to ask me repeatedly “What? What was that?” After briefly refuting the fact we were not loud, I gave up and sat in another seat. The guy stares me down and I just ignore him even though he’s starting to scare me because he’s literally acting like a basket case. Continue reading
By Kang Shin-who
The association of foreign language institutes or hagwon said Monday that the government should block the inflow of unqualified native English teachers, making clear its opposition to a policy to increase the number of “questionable instructors.’’ Continue reading
There’s probably more, but this is how I get this number:
China earthquake kills between 30,000 to over 70,000 people
100,000 or more dead in Myanmar due to recent natural disaster
Tainted liquor kills 59 people in India
Anti-foreigner sentiment in South Africa kills 22
15 dead in Missouri after Tornado Continue reading