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At my last Korean class we made kimbap (김밥) as an activity to change things up a little. It was way easier that I had thought, since you can pretty much throw anything you want in as filling. Today, while I was at the grocery store, I got the idea of making it at home for dinner (and tomorrow’s lunch) and bought some ingredients.

Just for fun, I took a couple of pictures while cooking. This isn’t really a tutorial. I just felt like posting it :) . Here are the ingredients (you only need a little):

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You need (sushi/porridge) rice (쌀), dried seaweed (김), carrots (당근), cucumber (오이), eggs (계란) if you want an omelette filling, sausage (소세지) or meat (고기) of some kind and I also got some spinach (시금치) and bean sprouts (콩나물) (which always makes me think of IU :) ). I didn’t … Continue reading

 
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Today I got the textbook for the Korean course that I’m taking this fall. The book is called Korean 1 (한국어 1) and is written by the Language Education Institute, Seoul National University.

The course I’m taking is an evening course with lessons once a week. It’s in a different city, which is a bit inconvenient and it’s going to be a bit expensive with the train tickets, but it’s no big deal. I’m looking forward to learning in a class where you get to practice speaking in a way that’s not possible in self-studies.

In the course information the textbook for the course was listed, along with the name of a book shop that sells that book. The price of 405 SEK for the book (including a 30% discount for taking this course) and domestic shipping didn’t sound too much… until I saw what the book costs in Korea. I got it for about 200 SEK including express shipping from Korea. I’m all for supporting the local economy, but I’m against paying twice the price ;) .

 

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Since I started studying at KoreanClass101, I’ve had to start typing more in Korean (there are writing exercises in the Premium Learning Center). This is harder than typing Japanese, since you have to know where the Korean characters are on your keyboard to enter them.

To make typing Korean easier, I ordered a set of stickers that you put on your keyboard that shows which Korean character the key represents.

The stickers are transparent, so you can still see the original letters on the keys, with the exception of special characters like the € and µ character on European keyboards and the superimposed numpad keys on a laptop, which are partially obscured. You can see how it looks in the photo. It’s a Swedish laptop keyboard.

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Perhaps yellow would have been a better colour, because the orange can be a little hard to see if the lighting is poor.

 

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I’ve been wanting to take a Korean course for a while, but there are no classes where I live any more. I’ve previously checked out Pimsleur’s Korean and Rosetta Stone. Both are OK, I guess, but I wanted to go to a class. Mostly because I want to practice speaking with other people, but also because the previously mentioned courses felt incomplete.

A few weeks ago I, as I do some times, searched for a Korean course and I bumped into a set of audio files from KoreanClass101. I listened to a couple of lessons and was pleasantly surprised. I found the lessons to be very good. The teachers are very nice to listen to. They speak a lot about the dialogue in the lesson and you get good information about what’s being said and why.

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After listening to a couple of lessons I went to KoreanClass101.com to see what the site was like, and to my surprise I found that all audio lessons are free for as long as you want! You can download them to your MP3-player if you want. On top of this you can pay for a subscription of the extra features that exist in the Premium Learning Center. There are many nice features. The one I like the most is the quiz for each lesson. The PDFs are also very useful. They are making new lessons all the time, so it’s good to know that you can listen to them even if you’re not subscribing any more.

You can check out the lessons for free and also get a 7-day trial of the premium features if you head over to KoreanClass101.

One funny thing is that Seol looks almost exactly like how I imagined from hearing her voice in the lessons :)

PS. Right now (until the 7th of July) they have 25% off on new subscriptions. Look for the “summer gift” after you’ve signed in.