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Korean Like a Pro

January 14, 2011

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We get a bunch of questions from people asking us how to learn Korean, and – more specifically – how long it took us to become fluent in Korean. We’re ashamed to say this, but our Korean sucks. We know enough to get by in Korean, and have basic, basic conversations, but we can’t really talk in Korean in depth. Ask us where the supermarket is, and we might be able to get you there. Ask us what we think Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time,” and the best we can probably say is “Very big! Like it very much!” (Which will probably result in a “that’s what she said” comment in Korean). On a side note, are there “That’s what she said!” jokes in Korean? If not, there should be.

Anyhow, back to us being ashamed at our poor Korean, we have legitimate excuses, really! Before we came to Korea we knew nothing about webdesign or blogging or video editing at all. Nothing. We just picked it all up here in Korea. So, now that we’re a bit more comfortable with it, we feel like we can start putting our efforts into learning Korean rather than learning WordPress or Final Cut (even though we’re not experts in either).

So here’s the plan: we’re going to practice a bit more Korean on camera, hopefully in a fun way, and document Korean as we learn it. These videos aren’t going to be definitive guides to learning Korean. They’re just us being silly. Hopefully, though, you might learn a Korean phrase or two and laugh at us while you’re at it. We don’t mind being laughed at. Also, we plan on enrolling in some proper courses in Korean in the future, and hopefully by then we’ll be able to be a little more informative. Ha! Aaaaaand, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for our newsletter. We give weekly updates to the site, and we also offer a Korean phrase of the week that we pick up from students. Huzzah!

As always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for so diligently translating all of our videos into Korean. I imagine this video is a lot easier for them to translate now, though, but maybe Korean people still need our captions because our pronunciation is so awful.

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  1. Love this segment! x)

    4 years ago
  2. hehe, I love your translations for “Oppa.”

    6 years ago
  3. y am i addicted to this??? bahaha u guys rock

    7 years ago
  4. Hey Simon, I totally agree. I’ve taught in an international school and have had about 20 private students…a lot of them i still talk to and spend time with them when I return to Korea each year. The time you build outside of class time is amazing and it makes moments you remember forever.

    7 years ago
  5. Hahahaha very cool xD

    7 years ago
  6. Your English is great! Much better than our Korean! We couldn't go to a Korean blog and write up a response at all!

    As for how to speak English like a Pro, maybe if you just copy English slang the way we copy Korean slang? I don't know. Ha!

    7 years ago
  7. No. We were in Bucheon all of Friday. You saw another huge tall white guy with a red mohawk in Korea? Awesome!

    7 years ago
  8. We're planning on making more of these videos. Maybe Like a Pro Fridays? I dunno…

    7 years ago
  9. Cool! Thanks :D

    7 years ago
  10. Omg I love your Momo I have to say.

    7 years ago
  11. Ha! We learned it just from hearing people say it and asking our friends what it means. We need to find a better way of learning it…

    7 years ago
  12. Sounds like a good idea. We'd love to have SNSD or 2NE1 do some skits with us :D

    7 years ago
    • Ahh. I see what you mean. I think some kpop stars have their own blogs as well. Good thinking!

      7 years ago
    • Oh and Jessica and Tiffany would be great to help you guys out since they are originally from the U.S. and came to Korea so I'm sure they have loads of tips to give people for speaking the language! Bom studied in the U.S. as well (Burklee) and CL seems to know languages in general (she speaks English, Japanese and Russian I think French too). And you could get Nichkhun of 2pm of course. ;)

      7 years ago
    • Keke Love that. And Tabi too right? ;) And "oopa" is just older brother figure. Like with "unnie." Lol on a recent "Night After Night" with G-Dragon and Top in the later part of the show Top told the girl Uee to call him "oopa." It was so cute omg lol. He was like "call me oopa!" lol. (He did that cause they were kinda awkward)

      7 years ago
  13. Can't wait for your other videos about learning Korean. I'm trying to learn it too.The link on your website to learn Korean helps very good! :D

    7 years ago
  14. Amazing! I love the cut to the Canadian :) Nice mittens by the way tee hee!! REPRESENT!!!!!

    7 years ago