South Korea is a stunning country. The countryside is tranquil, the cities are bustling and it has a culture you can get lost in for days.
It is fascinating to study the history, media, arts, language, food and ideas of the country and breathe in its richness. I have lost days purely to studying different areas of its culture and I know I will readily continue to do so.
Their language is Korean (한국어 – Hangukmal in Korean) and they have just the one writing system (hangul) which was designed with the idea that a wise man could learn it in a handful of hours – and even a fool could learn it in a day.
Their currency is Won ₩ (원 in Korean) and was introduced in 1945.
If you want to read what we have on this very interesting and extraordinary country, read our section containing all our articles dedicated to the Korean culture.
Whether you are a student, living alone, living with others, bringing up a family or, y’know, just need to eat, we can all agree that eating well these days is more effort and expense than ever. We’ve become so used to being fed garbage food that claims to be good for us, while slowly poisoning … Continue reading Why Korean food should be on your menu
In learning languages like Japanese and Korean, I have found one of the best ways of privately encouraging my learning, especially when unable to communicate with others in that language, is to make effort to communicate with myself. Over recent months, due to breaking up with my Korean ex-boyfriend and terribly missing my Japanese … Continue reading Think Like A Native – Using your thoughts to improve your language skills
Since Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ went viral worldwide in 2012, more people around the world have been aware of Korea and its pop culture. With that comes the typical questions that come with exploring a country with a completely different language and culture. One part of Korea that a lot of people are still baffled by … Continue reading What is ‘Oppa’?
It’s great being a foreign consumer of Korean dramas. We get the benefit of having an outsider appreciation for them and can enjoy the community of people to whom these shows are a luxury, not just everyday viewing that can be taken for granted. As an outside consumer, you get the experience of getting to … Continue reading K-Drama and Actor Names in Korean
Learning Korean is fun and rewarding, but it isn’t the easiest language there is to learn. This means that we need a helping hand where possible, and television can be really useful. As well as studying Korean in textbooks and online, I use Korean dramas to reinforce my learning. It is really useful to have … Continue reading Using Kdramas To Learn Korean
Tongue twisters are words or phrases that are difficult and confusing to say. learning and performing tongue twisters is a common pass-time for kids on the UK, but I never realised until I met my best friend (and guest writer on Learn With Amy) that tongue twisters are hugely popular all around the world! So, … Continue reading Tongue twisters from around the world
In the international Kpop and Kdrama communities, there is a lot of speculation about whether Lee Min Ho (이민호) and Kim Soo Hyun (김수현)will enlist in the military in the coming year. There is a lot of uncertainty about whether they will even go through the dreaded 2 year of service, but the answer is … Continue reading Why Kim Soo Hyun And Lee Min Ho Will Go To Military Service (And Why That’s A Very Good Thing)
Recently I did a piece on my top Japanese books and that went down a treat with you all. Well, I also own a LOT of Korean books too, and so put together another list of learning materials that have really helped my learning! Teach Yourself: Complete Korean This book is fantastic and the first … Continue reading My top Korean Textbooks!
Today’s KPotD was inspired by my favourite internet cutie Yebin, in this video where her Mom teaches her how to say when she is frightened This is a useful phrase for anyone travelling to Korea, as you can seek help from natives in dangerous or frightening situations, even if you don’t know enough Korean to … Continue reading Korean Phrase of the Day! 무서워(요)
In Korea, 죽 ‘juk’ dishes are savoury porridges made from rice. Some are the same consistency of porridge or oatmeal, while others are more like soup with dumplings of rice. Juk is a popular comfort food in Korea and is commonly eaten when ill as it is simple and easy on the stomach, but tasty … Continue reading Making 호박죽 (Korean butternut squash rice porridge) and Discovering Maangchi!