Books I bought in Korean (and other acts of madness)

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새해 복 많이 받으세요!

It’s already been over a week since I left the Land of the Morning Calm and returned home – and discovered that Seoul has more snow than Michigan, which is terrible. Michigan, I feel betrayed!

In my three heavy suitcases, I lugged back my earthly possessions: clothes, gifts, selfie sticks, and of course, books. Textbooks, biographies, and works by Andrei Lankov, obviously, but more pertinent to my language studies, I brought back books in Korean.

Me in the Kyobo Bookstore inside Gwanghwamun Station

I am a firm believer that the more you read, the wiser you can become, and the better you learn to write and comprehend. It doesn’t matter what language you read in; it will help you. Korean is no exception, which is why I pushed myself to buy two novels that I know I cannot read without laboring over each paragraph. You can’t get better without challenging yourself. I also chose to buy poetry, because poetry is artistic and allows one to learn about the creative soul within a language.  Continue reading

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Abigail Adams Quote

Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

배움은 우연히 얻어지는 것이 아니라 추구하는 열정과 근면함의 결과이다.

– 아비가일 애덤스, Abigail Adams

 

If you want to be good at something, you’re going to have to work for it. It wouldn’t be worth it if just anyone could do it easily. Get on that language learning, now!

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Henry Ford Quote

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

앞으로 할 행동으로 평판을 쌓을 수는 없다.

– 헨리 포드, Henry Ford

 

So get language learning, people! And reading, writing, running, climbing, LIVING! Now. Right now. The best time to start is now.

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

William Shakespeare Quote

Nothing will come of nothing. We must dare mighty things.

-William Shakespeare

무(無)에서는 무(無)밖에 나오지 않는다. 고로 우리는 강력한 일을감행해야 한다.

– 윌리엄 셰익스피어

Courtesy of Hwangssabu’s Twitter.

Leonardo da Vinci

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

목적 없는 공부는 기억에 해가 될 뿐이며, 머리 속에 들어온 어떤 것도 간직하지 못한다.

– 레오나르도 다 빈치

Leonardo da Vinci

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

You’re probably not surprised that this is what I’m listening to…the whole album is fantastic! Hey, did you know Seungri can speak Japanese? Yeah. In the midst of his busy schedule, he learned a language. And perhaps he needs some work on his English, but at least he’s working on it! You should get back to studying Korean now.

Abraham Lincoln – Resolution

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

늘 명심하라. 성공하겠다는 너 자신의 결심이 다른 어떤 것보다 중요하다는 것을.

– 에이브러햄 링컨, Abraham Lincoln

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Peace Pilgrim

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought.

생각이 얼마나 강력한지 깨닫는다면 결코 다시는 부정적인 생각을 각지 않을 것이다.

– 피스 필그림, Peace Pilgrim

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

William Durant

Forget past mistakes and forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it.

과거의 실수와 시패는 잊어라. 지금 하고자 하는 바를 제외한 모든 것을 잊고 그것에 매진하라.

– 윌리엄 듀런트, William Durant

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Wilson Mizner

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.

남의 말을 경청하는 사람은 어디서나 사랑받을 뿐 아니라 시간이 흐르면 지식을 얻게 된다.

– 윌슨 마이즈너, Wilson Mizner

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Andy Warhol

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

사람들은 시간이 사물을 변화시킨다고 하지만, 사실 당신 스스로 그것들을 변화시켜야 한다.

– 앤디 워홀, Andy Warhol

 

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.