Lloyd Alexander

낙관적인 태도는 목표 달성에 필수불가결한 요소이며, 용기와 진정한 발전의 토대다.

– 로이드 알렉산더

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

-Lloyd Alexander

Courtesy of Hwangssabu’s Twitter. Follow him here.

Learning a Language through Music


When you’re studying a language of another country, immersion in that language is a fantastic tool for stepping up the level of vocabulary and pronunciation. However, depending on where you live and how much money you have, immersion can be a difficult thing to pursue. How do you deal with this?

Create your own immersion. There are many ways to do this, and it’s best if you combine them all. Watch shows in your target language, listen to music by native speakers, and read books (whether they’re short picture books or full-length novels, or not even books at all, you can find them at your local library or order them from a site like HanBooks).

Music touches the soul. Listening to Korean music can really invigorate you and give you the motivation to study a bit harder, a bit longer. Because you really want to be able to sing along and understand the lyrics without looking them up. And music in your target language is a great background to whatever you’re doing. Go work out, work on homework, or cultivate a garden, or just relax into a chair and listen to something calming. All these things can be done while listening to Korean music.

If you don’t like K-pop, it’s not the end. There are lots of other Korean music genres to listen to. Do some research and find a music style that appeals to you. Then you can make a YouTube playlist of the songs, buy them on iTunes, order a physical copy from an online store, or, if you’re feeling like exploring, try the rad.io app.

rad.io allows you to listen to basically any Internet radio under the sun. Stations like seoul.fM, Big B Radio, and Kpop play a mix of the latest and greatest OSTs, K-pop, and have little or no advertising.

Ready to immerse yourself wherever you are? 그래. 화이팅!


A Quote A Day in English & Korean

안녕하세요!  Wonder why I use that so often? I want to get really, really fast at typing it ^_^ Anyways, I just wanted to mention something Twitter-related. I follow an account that posts a quote every single day – and the quote is given in both English and Korean. You can follow here. It’s really wonderful to read an interesting quote, often one that I’ve never heard before, and then read the proper translation into Korean, too!

Today’s quote:

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

읽다가 죽더라도 멋져 보일만한 책을 항상 읽으라.

P. J. O’Rourke

I made the following image from a quote that was tweeted a couple days ago. The William Shakespeare quote “To thine own self be true” has always been my personal motto. I created this to help me learn the Korean translation.

Created in Photoshop 11

To Thine Own Self Be True (please credit if you remove for your own purposes)

Can’t read it? Go check out my post on how to read Korean.