Mini-series on Korean words, part 4: Apologies

In order to function at a most basic level in a given society (which I do not yet in the South Korean context), it is good to know the basic words of courtesy — the equivalents of “Excuse me”, “Pardon me”, “Nice to meet you”, “Hello”, “Goodbye”, etc.. Today we’ll talk about how to say “I’m sorry.” Between talking across cultural / language / expectation … Continue reading Mini-series on Korean words, part 4: Apologies

Mini-series on Korean words, part 3: Agglutinative language

Short linguistics aside For me, understanding a language, beyond a memorization of terms, is predicated on the idea that I understand something of the underlying logic to the language. So today, instead of a Korean word, we’ll talk about the term agglutinative. (bless you) In short, what it means is that a language uses a lot of prefixes, stem words, and suffixes, and that these components … Continue reading Mini-series on Korean words, part 3: Agglutinative language

Mini-series on Korean words, part 2: Land of Mountains and Sea

A good logo is hard to come by. I love the logo of Korean National Park Service. It’s simple, beautiful, has elements of complexity to it, and makes a simple statement: land of mountains and sea. The mountains and the sea are sources of life in Korea, from the resources and farming found on the edge of the mountains, the peace found hiking and visiting … Continue reading Mini-series on Korean words, part 2: Land of Mountains and Sea

Google Maps won’t help you much in Seoul…

That could be my whole blog post. Just a PSA. Google Maps in Seoul is like Apple Maps was when they launched — dangerously inaccurate. *I don’t know what is helpful on iOS. I traveled last year with Android only, and my searches so far on iOS are coming up short.* So what should you use? Anything OSM-based isn’t too bad. I really like OSMAnd. … Continue reading Google Maps won’t help you much in Seoul…