How To Learn A New Language At Home
I've been trying to improve my French recently, and came across these awesome YouTubers called DamonandJo. They have self-taught themselves nearly 6 languages! I believe they speak French, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, German, and of course English! You can either watch the video above (which I suggest cause they have the BEST sense of humor) or check out their tips below: 1. Follow Famous YouTubers in the language you want to learn! There are tons of youtubers in other languages, and often if they are famous enough, there will be english subtitles. Listen to them to hear real people speaking the language rather than a text book! They're usually super entertaining too so it helps :) 2. Follow those YouTubers or famous people on twitter so you see that language each day! The easiest way to get used to a foreign language is to see it all the time and this really helps! 3. Change your phone/facebook/etc language to your desired language! Since you probably already know where everything is in your phone or facebook, you wont be confused and you'll learn a ton of new vocab! 4. Listen to audio books in the language you want!!! Audible has a ton of foreign language books. Try starting with a book you already know well (like Harry Potter for me - I'm trying to read that in Korean right now...) and listen throughout your day! 5. Sign up for foreign magazines or newsletters! Or even better download their app in another language! For example, my boyfriend gets push notification from Le Monde which is a french newspaper :) Even if you only read the headline, its practice. 6. Try cooking a meal using a recipe in a different language! You start to learn that a lot of words you actually already know (for example, sautΓ© means the same thing in french and in korean bokkeum (like bokkeumbap) means fried! so literally "fried rice!" 7. Watch TV shows in the language Duh!!!! 8. Talk to yourself and dont be afraid! Practice speaking whenever you can, even to people who are strangers! be brave! What languages are you trying to learn?!
Korean & Chinese Numbers Part 1
Recently I learned the Korean/Chinese number system, or at least how to decipher it. I thought it was pretty dang interesting. As I learned and as many probably have so far, is that South Korea uses two sets of numbers. Chinese numbers, also known as the Sino Korean numbers, (system 1 in above chart) is mainly used for money and phone numbers. (Edit: I have found that this system is also used for counting. Maybe it happens in certain situations but I've heard people counting using Sino-Korean numbers) Korean numbers (system 2 in above chart) is mainly used for age, time, and counting. The easiest (for me) was learning the Chinese/Sino Korean numbers. I'm not saying I'm an expert, I'm still learning. I do get a couple wrong. So let's take a look at the Sino Korean numbers first. 영 = 0 (regular number count) 곡 = 0 (for phone numbers) 일 = 1 이 = 2 μ‚Ό = 3 사 = 4 였 = 5 윑 = 6 μΉ  = 7 νŒ” = 8 ꡬ = 9 μ‹­ = 10 As you see in the chart above, numbers beyond ten (10 μ‹­), contains the μ‹­ + the coordinating number. For example: 15 = μ‹­ (10) + 였 (5) After 19, its becomes a little longer but the concept still applies. Except the beginning character would be the coordinating number. So it's like multiplying the first two numbers and then adding. You would do this all the way up to 99. For example: 25 = 이(2) x μ‹­ (10) + 였 (5) If someone came up to you, asking for your phone number, these are the numbers you would use. Keep in mind, when using 0 (zero), you would change the 영 to 곡. For example: 908-631-0005 = κ΅¬κ³΅νŒ” μœ‘μ‚ΌμΌ 곡곡곡였 After 99, comes the hundreds, thousands, and million numbers. In which case, the number becomes longer but the formula stays the same. The chart above is in the millions but I wanted to give you an idea of what these numbers look like as they get bigger. λ°± = 100 천 = 1,000 만 = 10,000 μ‹­λ§Œ = 100,000 백만 = 1,000,000 천만 = 10,000,000 μ–΅ = 100,000,000 For example: 258 = μ΄λ°±μ˜€μ‹­νŒ” (이(2) x λ°±(100),였(5) x μ‹­(10) + νŒ”(8) 2580 = μ΄μ²œμ˜€λ°±νŒ”μ‹­ (2x1000, 5x100, 8x10) β‚©on! (원 or KRW) I almost forgot! When it comes to counting 원, you still use the same formula but only adding 원 at the end. For example: 10 won (coins) = 십원 or 1,000 won (bills) = μ²œμ› 4900 β‚© = μ‹œμ²œκ΅¬λ°±μ› (4x1000, 9x100 β‚©) Coins: 10 β‚© = 십원 50 β‚© = μ˜€μ‹­μ› 100 β‚© = 백원 500 β‚© = μ˜€λ°±μ› Bills: 1,000 β‚© = μ²œμ› 5,000 β‚© = μ˜€μ²œμ› 10,000 β‚© = λ§Œμ› 50,000 β‚© = μ˜€λ§Œμ› The longer the numbers got, I got a little confused. So I hope this has been helpful. I'll get the Korean number system posted soon. Thank you!
Alone in Korea: Solo Travel Tips and Vocab!
Hi guys! I know a lot of you are looking to travel to Korea in the future and you may or may not have a travel buddy. I thought I'd share some of my tips and activities I'd suggest for solo travelers here in Seoul! The first 4 tips deal with activities that are often hard to do alone here in Seoul such as eating, going to a spa, and going to noraebang! The last one, however, are some survival words to learn before your trip. Here's the video with clips of Seoul to show you examples: Here's the vocab! Obviously if you can learn more words you should definitely try, but if you struggle to learn languages, just try to get these 10 down and you'll do great! If you're more talented with languages, learning hangul (the korean alphabet) before coming here will help you out a TON! If you have any Korean language questions feel free to leave them in the comments! 1. μ–΄λ””μ—μš”? / eo-di-e-yo?/ Where? This is a really important thing to know if you're traveling alone and are worried you'll get lost. You can just say the name of the place you're looking for (or if you have a picture just point to it) and then end with "μ–΄λ””μ—μš”?" People will understand what you're trying to ask even if it isnt 100% correct :) 2. μ–Όλ§ˆμ—μš”?/ eol-ma-e-yo?/ How much is it? If you're looking to buy something and can't see the price, just ask "μ–Όλ§ˆμ—μš”?" and usually if you're at a street stall or small clothing store they'll whip out their handy calculators and show you the price on the screen so you don't need to worry about understanding big numbers :) PRO TIP: If you're nervous about getting money out of your wallet quickly (a random fear of mine) in Korea there is no tax so the price that is listed on anything is the price it will be at the cash register. So you can add up the things you're buying in your head, get out the exact change ahead of time, and make your paying faster :) 3. 이거/ ee-geo / this The next three words are ones you can mix together a lot :) The first is ee-geo which means "this." You can use it like 이거 μ–Όλ§ˆμ—μš”? --> how much is this? or if you're ordering food you can point to a photo and say 이거 μ£Όμƒˆμš” --> this please 4. ν•˜λ‚˜/ hana / one Since you're traveling alone you're probably going to get one of a lot of things lol. In Korea they use counters and different number systems, but its totally okay and understandable if you just say ha-na. People will get it and even Koreans sometimes dont use the right counters :) So if you're ordering food you can say ha-na ju-se-yo --> one of these please! or if you go in a restaurant and they ask how many people you can just say ha-na :) its okay to not be perfect, you'll be understood! 5. μ£Όμ„Έμš”/ ju-se-yo / please give to me juseyo isn't just please so dont be throwing it around like you would say please in english hahaha but you'll use it a LOT. When ordering food you'll say juseyo after everything :) PRO TIP: Water is usually self-serve in Korea or they'll hand you a giant bottle so you don't need to order water, just look at the other tables and if they have a bottle wait for yours, and if you see a water machine go get your own! 6. 사진/ sa-jin/ picture Depending on how you say this you could be asking "can i take a photo/are photos allowed" or "can you take a photo of me?" You're literally just saying the word "photo" but with a little miming your point will totally get across no worries! 7. κ°μ‚¬ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€/ kam-sam-ni-da/ thank you the most important word!! use this all the time! politeness is really important so you can literally never over-use this word. kam-sam-ni-da, kam-sam-ni-da,kam-sam-ni-daaaaa!!!! 8. λ„€/ ne/ yes easy! it just means yes :) 9. μ•„λ‹ˆμš”/ a-ni-yo/ no easy! it just means no :) 10. μž μ‹œλ§Œμš”/ jam-shi-man-yo/ excuse me please move lol Korean has a lot of words for 'excuse me' or getting people's attention, but this is the one used specifically for 'please get out of my way' ;) Korea is really crowded and if you're on a subway and can't reach the door or something just say jam-shi-man-yo or else no one will get out of your way. Be brave and use it!! Most people wont even look at you and notice you're a foreigner if you say this word but at least they'll move! hahhahaha Do you guys like solo travel? It's my favorite :)