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It took a little preserverance, I mean perseverance to find this word…











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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What’s the opposite of salutation? What do you call that the greeting at the end of a letter/email?

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What is the antonym of salutation?

This is totally random, but today I was trying to tell someone how I failed to end the email properly.  Immediately, what popped into my head was “salutation” which of course means: “a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech.”  As you can see, it is how we start the letter vs. ending the letter.

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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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“Learning Korean” becoming popular?

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Thinking about adding another project to my long list of them…creating a blog about learning Korean. Well, my first step always is to see what are the popular search terms that people are looking up to find websites on the topic. Continue reading


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Maybe we should start considering this for our ESL programs in Asia…

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On another WordPress blog, I noticed this link to a report called the “Language Report” which an account of the state and use of the English language published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 2003. It was compiled by lexicographer Susie Dent, best known for her regular appearances on the television word game CountdownI guess it’s a regular publication produced every year now even though I can’t seem to find it online yet…it did land me on an Oxford web page which keeps track of the “word of the year.” I’ll post the 80’s through 2004 here & put the link for the rest below… Continue reading

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100 of the most mspelled, I mean mispelled words…

Guess I’ve been on the kick of words and their usage lately. Just saw this list recently of the most mispelled words. Words including “a lot”, “until” and even “mispelled” are among them. Take a look, if it “turns your crank.” Supposedly, they have another 150, if these don’t excite you.

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