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Pronouncing Difficult Korean Sounds

You’ve carefully perused the fantasmic page on learning hangeul, right? Excellent… [drums fingertips together]

But what Sejong didn’t tell you with that wise man / stupid man one-liner is that Hangeul isn’t perfectly phonetic. [Collective gasp!] Just like many other scripts, there are irregularities and pronunciation tricks that must be learned. I’ve adapted an excellent Korean grammar book, Elementary Korean by Ross King and Jae-Hoon Yeon, for this section. Continue reading


How to Conjugate Korean Verbs: Formal

Koreans use formal verbs in many business and public speaking situations. Newscasters speak in unremitting formal tones; business people and shop owners will often use the formal when speaking to clients and customers; people use it with those who are significantly older; public officials use the formal when campaigning; even friends and associates sometimes use the formal with one another to express respect, humility or deference to the other person. Continue reading

Rate Your Hagwon

If you are a teacher in South Korea, you can give a grade to your Hagwon, public school or university.

Anonymously rating your EFL school will accomplish several things:

  1. It will make you feel better if you have an axe to grind.
  2. It will make you feel better by comparison to see if others have axes to grind and you don’t.
  3. It will allow English teachers to compare notes and see if their school or prospective school is offering a good deal. Continue reading