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Korean Food Journey: Doenjang

May 10,17

In a previous Korean food journey article I talked about gochujang, but that isn’t the only fermented bean paste Korea has to offer. There is another, equally important bean paste in every Korean household pantry. That paste is called doenjang (된장). Time to see what makes this fermented paste so beloved.

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Expression of State: -아/어 있다

Apr 25,17

I want to tackle a topic many might have wondered about a few times. Does Korean have something like passive sentence structures? We all love passive sentences. We love them so much in fact, we tend to overuse them. While Korean does not have a passive structure per se, it does have pattern similar to it: -아/어 있다. Though it has its difficulties.

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Korean Numbers & Counting

Apr 23,17

An important skill we all learn when we are young is how to count. We use numbers for a lot of daily activities such as cooking, shopping, chit chat, etc. So it won’t come to a surprise that if you want to master Korean, you need to master the numbers in Korean and how to count things in Korean. However, both might be a bit more complicated than you’d expect.

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Korean Grammar – Conjecture

Apr 22,17

We have seen a lot of way how to express conjecture in Korean, it is time to do a recap and go over the major differences between the various ways to express your suppositions. Remember while all these grammar patterns are ways to express conjecture, they are all different with their own unique uses.

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Korean Food Journey: Gochujang

Apr 18,17

Time to continue our little Korean food journey. Now that we discussed the iconic dish from Korea, let us move away from dishes. Instead I want to focus on some core ingredients for a while. The first ingredient you will need in your pantry is 고추장 (gochujang). Like kimchi gochujang is fermented product utilizing red peppers. This time, however, the end product is a thick sweet and spicy paste ideal for cooking.

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Korean Food Journey: Kimchi

Apr 17,17

Time to talk about some delicious things. Learning vocabulary and grammar is one thing, but learning a language shouldn’t be only about those things. Learning a new language should be about opening a whole new world to you. What better world to open than the world of food? Time to start a Korean Food Journey. And what Korean food journey doesn’t start Kimchi, that quintessential Korean dish that makes Korea, Korea.

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Changing Parts of Speech: Using Verbs as Nouns -기

Apr 10,17

In English it is easy to use a verb as a noun. In Korean it is also possible to use verbs as nouns. Better yet it is very easy to do so, unlike the hassle you need to go through to turn a verb into a noun modifier. In fact the thing we are going to discuss now will make it possible to easily use entire sentences as nouns.

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Particle: What’s up With 이/가 And 은/는: Specific VS Nonspecific

Apr 6,17

Yesterday I wrote about the subject particle 이/가 and mentioned that it is part of a very confusing Korean grammar topic. The confusing aspect of 이/가 is its striking resemblance to to the topic particle 은/는. Many learners often struggle seeing any difference between the two. Time thus for give some differences explored starting with specific vs nonspecific.

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Changing Parts of Speech: Noun Modifying Verb/Adjective: -(으)ㄴ / -는 / -(으)ㄹ

Mar 17,17

When you learn about Korean adjectives for the first time you probably got surprised they behave like verbs. Most of us think of adjectives as words that go in front of nouns to modify them, also known as an attributive adjective. It is entirely possible for you to use a Korean verb or adjective in that way. You will, however, need to change it a bit.

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Languages of the Morning Lands

Mar 12,17

Today I start my new blog Morning Lands. I have learned Korean for over more than one and half years and I recently decided to start learning Japanese. So I thought why not start a blog revolving around everything I experience on the road towards mastering both those languages. That reasoning is what got this site started.

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