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I love this movie…

A_Moment_to_Remember_PosterI shared “A Moment to Remember” with a past coworker recently.  I remembered how much it made me tear up.

This morning, I woke up a bit early and it’s hard to get things done before 10a here in Korea.  So, I decided to rewatch it.  I’ve seen it a few times now, but it still lets me tear up quite easily.  The last clips in this Youtube playlist really make you want to grab some tissues.

It’s funny how direct translation of a title into English can be though.  The Korean title in English means, “In my head, there’s an eraser.”  The leads in the movie are both appealing characters.  You literally fall in love with both of them.  One quote in the movie I think is amazing to hear is “You’re a great husband.”  The male star really does epitomize what a husband should do in such a situation.   Continue reading

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Definitely not a sundae…

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I thought this was HILLARIOUS when I read it for the first time.  A friend on Facebook sent me some “Korean food” via the Facebook app.  I look at all the options for food:

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Korean Food Options

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Breaking down some basic words in Korean for a reader

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Dan Massicotte asks if I could:

It would be awesome, if you broke down how exactly you went about breaking down each word. I’m just picking up the language now as much as possible for the fall, since I’ll be teaching English there.

He was referring to a relatively popular post of mine called “Top English words translated into Korean (phonetically).”

My answer:

Not sure what you mean, but do you mean something like this?

on = 위에  위 = the “wee” sound; 에 = the “eh” sound.  Together, it’s “Wee-eh” Continue reading

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Writing addresses in Korea: How to write an address to someone in Korea

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korean-addressIt would seem quite obvious that when you address things from the West that you start with a person’s name, then the street address, moving then onto their city, state and zip code.  In Canada, there may be a Province and in many countries, the larger entities like the city or the state are towards the bottom.

However, in Korea, it’s the reverse.  I was reminded of it when I asked a Korean recently to create an address for me of the branch she manages so I could send the address to a future instructor who would be coming soon.  The teacher wanted to know where to send her goods, if she wanted to.  It looked like this:

Busan Bukgu Hwamyeongdong 2271-5 Bunji MokYang(목양) plaza 301 Continue reading

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Maundy Thursdays – A film about forgiving in Korea

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Dong Won Kang stars with Na-yeong Lee as the female lead in this Korean 2006 film titled Urideul-ui haengbok-han shigan in Korean about forgiving.  Na yeong Lee’s character has a secret that is revealed late in the movie that makes her hate her mom & life.  This pain and hatred helps her relate with Kang Dong Won’s (the surnames are usually first in Korea) character who is painfully struggling with a crime he was accused of committing.  I’ve seen some good Korean flicks lately … so this doesn’t rank up there as the best, but worth a watch.

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A funny Korean flick starring pretty Chinese star Qi Shu

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This was a funny movie I saw recently. I’ve been in a movie watching mode. Not a bad flick…especially after watching a horrible one last night in the theatres.

The movie stars a very pretty Chinese actress Qi Shu.  It’s called “Jopog Manura 3” in Korean.  It was produced in 2006.  Here’s some more details from IMDB: “When Aryong, the daughter of a triad boss from Hong Kong is accused of killing the boss of a competing triad, she is goes into hiding in Korea. Upon arriving, she is guided by a nimble but loyal Gi-chul and his motley crew, who are assigned to protect her until her return.”

If you’d like to watch the whole thing with a tad bit of transition problems towards the end, click on this link for the playlist on Youtube.

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One of the sadder & better Korean romance movies I’ve seen…

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Il Mare - 시월애

Il Mare - 시월애

I guess it was so good, they turned it into a Hollywood production in the states.  It’s called “Il Mare” I guess translated from the Korean “Shi-wor-eh” (시월애).  A remake of it with Keanu Reaves and Sandra Bullock was called the “Lake House”, but it was definitely much worse.

If you’d like to see the entire movie part after part, just click here for a playlist on Youtube which plays it to the end.

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A great Korean Romance Flick: The Classic

This may compete with some of the better produced films internationally in terms of the story & production of a romance film.  It’s called “The Classic.”

If you would like to watch the entire movie, just click here for a playlist which plays it part after part.

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A Korean Scarface?

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A British guy said this about a movie I saw (or resaw) recently:

Bittersweet Life Cover

Bittersweet Life Cover

“This was possibly the greatest film I have ever seen. It was superb on so many different levels. The script, the fighting, the special effects all mould the perfect film. Within the first ten minutes i knew this film was going to keep me on the edge of my seat. I have never been so excited by action scenes before and never laughed with so much shock at the extent of brutal fighting. It is a genre of its own as it has none of that Hollywood business where the bad guys always fail and the main character is invincible and although love is a factor it is not overplayed. This film is electrifying to say the very least. It has more fist action than all the ROCKYs put together, more blood than Goodfellas and is as exciting if not more than a Tarantino film.” Continue reading

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Eclipsing the previous visitors and visits record

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Just passed 10,000 views this month (with more than 11 days to go)…

I would have never imagined close to 10,000 people a month would visit this blog.  The keys: a bit of controversy stirred up by a little unfortunate event that happened a couple weeks ago, posts about Korean women & Korean music videos, a few posts about some handy Korean language phrases & an image about a dog that was attacked by a porcupine.  Oh, and maybe the other 450+ posts over the past 18 months.  Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

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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Top English words translated into Korean (phonetically)

I’ve mentioned this site before, but Wordcount.org keeps track of the top used English words in the world (possibly from an English, English perspective [UK]).  I thought it was be kind of fun to translate these into how Koreans say it phonetically in their language.  The top 10 aren’t used that often (most of them) or there is less of an equivalent in Korean…so I thought I’d focus on the next 10.

1. the, 2. of, 3. and, 4. to, 5. a, 6. in, 7. that, 8. it, 9. is, 10. was

11. I = Na-neun, Neh-gah or more formally Juh-neun, Jeh-gah,

12. for = Wee-heh Continue reading

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Interesting Korean words and phrases

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This is long overdue. I kept a log for my own, but these words/phrases in Korean were things I had to learn over the past two years. They’ll be primarily Korean words I find (as an intermediate speaker of the Korean langauge) interesting. So, you may not…anyhoo, it’s my blog so I get to dictate that, right? 🙂

넵 — pronounced “Nep”. It means “YES” like you were answering a military commander & saluting them. It’s basically saying “yes” in a somewhat sarcastic manner when it feels like someone is bossing you around in Korean. The real easy phrase for “yes” in Korean is simply 네 or “Neh”. Continue reading

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Saying or writing “hello” in Korean

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In response to the one of the higher referrals to my site via the search phrase: “thank you in Korean”, I thought I’d write a post about how to say another simple phrase “hello.” It appears lots of travelers want to know how to at least start a conversation with a Korean.

Spelled out in an English friendly manner, you say hello in a casual way by saying “Ahn-young”. This version of Hello in Korean is used between friends and family. It’s definitely not something you want to say to someone you just met. Continue reading

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Hangul may help others record history

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January 19, 2008
hangul.jpg Lee Hyun-bok, 72, believes that Hangul, or the Korean alphabet, can be learned in a day.
An honorary professor of phonetics and linguistics at Seoul National University, Lee said Hangul is just that simple.
He witnessed the Lahu people, an ethnic group living in northern Thailand, learning Hangul in almost no time.
For a decade, the professor has been encouraging the Lahu people to adopt the Korean alphabet so they can record their history, myths and other material on paper ― something they weren’t able to do in the past. Stories were handed down orally. Continue reading

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