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Writing Hangul -ㄹ

1 Dec

“R / L” (ㄹ)

First – Start on the top left and make a long horizontal line. Then (WITHOUT PICKING UP YOUR PEN!) pull a short vertical line down.  Basically, you are forming the “Hangul G.” You see this a lot in Hangul, where on character is used to form another. g1

Second – Starting on the left, form a long horizontal line that connects to the first stroke.  You are kind of making a backwards, upside down  ㄷ. 🙂 


Third. Starting on the top left of stroke two, go down forming a short vertical line. Then (WITHOUT PICKING UP YOUR PEN!) make a second long horizontal line.  Basically makes a Hangul “N”






  • 우리 (Uli) = We / Our
  • 모르다 (Moleuda) = To not know
  • 물 (Mul) = Water

Writing Hangul -ㄷ

29 Nov

“D/T” (ㄷ)

First – Start on the top left and make a long horizontal line. 


Second – Starting on the top left of your line, go down forming a short vertical line. Then (without picking up your pen) make a second long horizontal line.  Basically makes a Hangul “N”. You see this a lot in Hangul – one character being used to form another.







  • 싶다 (Sipda) = To Want / To Hope
  • 나다 (Nada) = To be Born
  • 대통령 (Daetongryeong) = The President

Writing Hangul – ㄴ

27 Nov

“N” (ㄴ)

Start on the top left and make a short vertical line, then bring your pen right to make the longer horizontal line .





  • 원(Weon) = KRW (Korean Money)
  • 인간 (Ingan) = Human Being
  • 눈 (Nun) = Eyes

Writing Hangul ~ ㄱ

23 Nov

One of the first Korean lessons my Hányǔ 韩语 (Chinese for Korean😛 ) friends taught me was how to write Hangul.  As one girl explained, many foreigners simply learn how to read Hangul but are never taught how to write it.  However, if you write the character in the wrong way, it sometimes isn’t clear. Just like English handwriting – if you don’t form your letters correctly, sometimes it’s hard to read. 

So without further ado, here is the first Hangul Letter and how to write it!


Start on the top left and make a long horizontal line, then bring your pen left to make the short Vertical line down.


The G/K can actually be written in two ways. Normal K-Friends say it doesn’t really matter, it’s mostly a matter of style preference. Teacher K-Friends say that you use the first method when the character is alone, on top, or on bottom. Use the second method when the character is beside another one.




  • 거 (Geo) = Thing
  • 그녀 (Geunyeo) = She
  • 가지다 (Gajida) = To Take Hold of
  • 곳 (Got) = Place
  • 얼굴 (Eolgul) = Face

History of Our World: The Korean Origins and Foundations Myth

9 Oct

Korean legends are a fascinating world to immerse yourself in–of course as an avowed student of Myths and Mythology, I could perfectly happily spend my entire life in the fantastic world of eastern stories.  Of a particular interest to me are the origin stories of creation and cultures, a passion which led me to research the Korean story of creation and the Korean culture’s origins.

Mythology and stories about the beginning of the world can be divided into two categories ~ 1) Creation Myths which tell of the origin of the world and 2) Foundation Myths, a subset of the Creation genre, which more specifically relate the origin of a people, nation, or culture. 

As one of the great ancient peoples, it is only natural that much of Korean myths come through to us in the oral tradition.  Still, Koreans do not have much in the way of “Creation of the Earth” myths ~ most of their stories and legends presume that the world was already in existence when the tales begin.  

There are a few minor oral tales that claim the world began (as so many origin stories hold) in a time of utter chaos and an absence of any type of creation or order.  The stories go on to say that suddenly a crack appeared in the heavens, dividing the earth from the skies.  But those are very minor, basic tales lacking any deep specifics or embellishments.  

Rather, Korean myths tend to fall into the realm of Foundation Myths ~ sharing the origins of Korea and the Korean peoples. There are several variations, of which the most popular is the Myth of Tangun, which speaks of Hwangun, a beautiful character of strength and eternal goodness.

Once upon a time, many centuries ago, the great Heavenly God Hwanin had a noble son whose name was Hwangun.  Hwangun had looked upon earth and fell in love, wishing greatly for the chance to come to earth and rule over it so that it might prosper.  After learning of his son’s desire and examining the situation on earth, Hwanin decided that his son’s leadership would benefit the earth and so decreed that Hwangun should go to earth and take charge.

Before he left, Hwanin gave his son three Treasures from Heaven that would signify his authority and right to rule.  Taking these with him, Hwangun finally embarked on his great mission.  Taking 3000 spirits with him Hwangun first alighted on a mountain in Myohyangsan, a place in the modern-day North Korea.

Along with his great assistants, the spirits of the wind, rain, and cloud, Hwangun began implementing his leadership and guided the earth into a time of prosperity and splendor.  

After some time had passed, Hwangun began to be pestered by a tiger and bear who came visiting him and begging for human forms.  Taking pity on them, Hwangun set before them a test~ they were to fast for 100 days and then they would receive their human bodies.  Now, the bear was very diligent and passed the test, finally transforming into a female and enjoying her new form. The tiger was not so steadfast and failed to transform.  But the bear was greatly saddened, for she realized that there was no one on earth for her to mate with and thus no children would come to her.  So daily, she went to the alter and pleaded with the Heavens to provide her with a child.

Once again feeling pity for the tragic bear-woman, Hwangun transformed himself into a human form and married the woman.  Together they had a son, who they named Tangun.  Tangun was the man who, in the time of Emperor Yao (one of the Five Emperors of China in the 2300s-2200s BC), established the first human Korean city in Pyongyang and the first Korean dynasty~ the Choson dynasty.

There are of course several variations of this initial story, but this is the tale in its original and most basic form. Even, to me, the most beautiful form.  

What do you think? Does this sound familiar to your culture’s foundation myth? Any themes or similarities that cross cultural bounds?  Let me know in the comments!

If you are interested, this story is some-what re-told (with major alterations) in the Korean drama “The Legend“~ it’s a great watch, both for the beautiful storyline and insight into Korean cultures/ideology.

KDrama Review: The Grand Heist

3 Jan

Show Length

Full Length Movie

My Ratings

Theme Depth: ★★★
Uniqueness of Plot: ★★★
Acting: ★★★★
Technical Elements: ★★




Hilarious tale of two men, one laid back, lazy, and of disrepute; the other straight-laced, strict, and generally lacking a good sense of humor.  It starts out a little bit angsty but quickly jumps back into humorous as the adventures ensue.  Basically, some of the nobles are trying to control the Ice Market, and by doing so control a great deal of money. They have worked towards this goal through thievery, treason, treachery, torture, and murder.  And our  one and a half heroes decide it’s time to put everything to a stop once and for all, especially given the threat the nobles are now posing to the young king fresh upon the throne.  Together they pull together a group of dastardly/hilarious criminals from all over Asia to put in place a plan that the enemy will never see coming. Definitely a great action/comedy watch that has a little bit for everyone!

My Thoughts

Excellent movie!
I always appreciate a unique plot; after a while if you’ve seen one Kdrama you start to feel like you’ve seen them all.  And while this one has the old “the nobles are evil and a heroes needs to defend the poor,” much of the story is pretty darn unique or at least uncommon.

Of course, I just loved the chemistry between the two male stars – they bounced off of one another spectacularly.  The straight man kept throwing off oddly perfect comedic moves, and the funny man would have strokes of gentle sincerity that worked perfectly.  It helped that I loved the entire rest of the cast as well.  They characters, their personalities, the collection – it all just worked for me.  I usually have at least one character that I’m less fond of, but here I really loved them all.

I also appreciate (as I’ve said many times before) the fact that the romance wasn’t the ENTIRE story here.  It was a side story that flowed perfectly into the rest of the film and only added to the comedy and action instead of detracting from it.   It wasn’t something that sprung upon our heroes at first sight either, there was at least a little foundation for the romance making the story require less of a “leave your brain at the door” feel   . . .

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Art I Love ~ 1731 Korean Scroll

10 Nov
1731 ~ Korean Scroll of Special Examination at the Northern Peripheral Territories. Currently housed in the National Museum of Korea at Jeju

1731 ~ Korean Scroll of Special Examination at the Northern Peripheral Territories.
Currently housed in the National Museum of Korea at Jeju

Music I Love ~ “My Precious One”

26 Jun

Differences in Taste

9 May

Kelly Dobkin, a writer on Zagat, recently posted an interesting article “Hooked on Acid – Has the American Palate Changed Forever?”  While I found interesting her article on the American taste changing from the creamy French to spicier/more acidic flavors in their food, what caught my eye was the fact that she suggests these spicier flavors are predominantly Asian in nature.  

As most of my readers know, I have traveled and eaten in several Asian countries ~ China, Korea, and Japan to be exact.  The lack of cooking utensils (and a determination to thoroughly enjoy ourselves) led me and my fellow students to local restaurants most nights.  Asia is awesome for many reasons, but the cheap food at restaurants is a real draw.

One of the things that I kept running into were warnings about the spiciness of their food.  Having been raised on Mexican and South American food, I have always had a preference for the spicier side of cuisine; and I generally order hotter dishes when I eat out.  Asia was no different, and I frequently was drawn towards dishes with the cute little jalapeno pepper symbol next to it.  Repeatedly, the waiters/waitresses would stop and ask if I was quite sure I wanted something that hot.  Over and over, they would warn “very hot. I think that in America you must not eat food this hot.”  And just as often, I would reassure them that if they didn’t hand over the beef dish immediately, they were losing a hand to my fork.   Continue reading

Change Your Typing Language in Windows 8

19 Feb

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