Le Petit Prince | 어린 왕자 [Review]

It’s been a while since I bought 어린 왕자 from HeyEonni and I figured it’s about time I write a review. Having never read the original in French (insert gasp here) or even the English translation (insert even more audible gasp here), I figured reading the Korean translation was just as good a place to start as any. It looks very much like an illustrated children’s book and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it may not contain any useful vocabulary, but you couldn’t be farther off the mark if you’re an intermediate learner.

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어린 왕자

In fact, the book contains a whole lot of vocabulary that you’ll probably not come across if you’re learning through grammar books and by watching TV shows. I had to sit with online dictionary in one hand and book in the other so it did take longer than I expected to finish reading, but it was well worth the effort.

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나도 네가 좋아 ❤

The illustrations are just beautiful and the fact that the text isn’t all crammed onto one page makes it easier on the eye and fools you into thinking your vocabulary isn’t all that bad when you look at all the underlined words on the page 😛

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Nothing like beautiful illustrations to bring a story to life

If you’ve read the book before in another language, then this is great practice and if you haven’t, like me, then it’s a classic that shouldn’t be missed, whatever the language. There are great nuggets of wisdom to take away…

“언제나 같은 시간에 오는 게 더 좋아.” 여우가 말했다.
“가령 네가 오후 네 시에 온다면, 나는 세 시부터 행복해질 거야.
네 시가 가까워 올수록 나는 점점 더 행복해지겠지.
네 시에는 흥부해서 안절부절 못할 거야.
그래서 행복이 얼마나 값진 일인가 알게 되겠지!
하지만 네가 아무 때나 오면
몇 시에 마음의 준비를 해야 하는지 모르잖아.
의식이 필요하거든.”

And here’s one of my favourite lines of the book…

“어른들은 혼자서는 아무것도 이해하지 못한다. 그렇다고 늘 어른들에게 설명을 하자니 어린이로서는 여간 귀찮은 게 아니다.”

… 내 말이…

TTMIK Korean Word Puzzle Book [Review]

So while the world was out playing Pool on Yahoo Games, I was busy playing every word game available online. I confess, I love all kinds of word games, from crosswords to anagrams, from Scrabble to Text Twist to Wordament, and what better way to learn a language than by doing something you love.

TTMIK’s Korean Word Puzzle Book has three kinds of word games- crosswords, word scrambles and analogies all geared towards to the upper beginner/lower intermediate level language learner. Even if you’re an upper intermediate learner, I’d still recommend giving this a go, if only to pass the time and learn some words you won’t come across very easily (I mean really, what do I need to be reading to know that a triangle is called a 세모 and a wisdom tooth is called a 사랑니).

TTMIK Korean Word Puzzle Book

There are 10 crosswords that are not too difficult, but I admit my favourite part, surprisingly, turned out to be the analogies. I thought studying for the GRE had killed my enthusiasm for analogies, but this was fun and I wish I had used this technique when I started learning Korean. It would have saved me a lot of time remembering things.

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Crossword Puzzle

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Analogies – Why did I never think of this before -_-

For the intermediate learners, you’ve probably got your Korean pronunciation all down, but for the beginners, the audio track that comes with the e-book is a great tool to practice with.

If I have one complaint, it’s that the book isn’t longer. I would love to have a really tiny, thick Korean crossword book (Sudoku style) to take around with me on the metro, or better yet an app. ^^

KBS World Radio

I recently downloaded the KBS World Radio On-Air Application on Android and thought I’d do a short review.

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KBS Mobile Applications

I’ve never used the app before primarily because the broadcasting is done in about 11 languages (including Korean) and because really what’s the point of a radio show that doesn’t have 성시경 saying 잘 자요…I digress but only because I miss his voice… In any case, KBS World Radio has a number of interesting features for anyone interested in learning not only more about Korean culture and music, but also about the language.

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KBS World Radio On-Line App

Of particular interest to Korean language learners would be the following programs:

  1. Drama Lines: In which popular drama lines useful for everyday conversation are explained. Apart from listening to the broadcast, you can always go back to the website to recap previous lessons and read the conversation in case you missed anything.
  2. Korean Folk Tales: A great way of learning the culture of a country is by reading their folk tales. Folk Tales are read in English and are then made available on their website. This makes a great complement to anyone who’s reading the folk tales in Korean but needs to check their understanding.

Now if you don’t want to go to the website to find the content you’re looking for, well that’s where their second app, KBS World Radio, comes in handy because it’s basically the website condensed into app form. Just go to the drop-down menu and find the radio program you’re looking for 🙂

Personally I wish this would come integrated with the other app, so you don’t need to go from one app to another but hopefully they’ll find a way to work around this in their next update 🙂

If you have any personal favourite radio program let me know in the comments

 

Korean Webtoons Part 2 | 웹툰

So as I was writing the last blog entry on some of my favourite Korean webtoons,I realized through the comments that it would be nice if the comics were available in English too so that other people could enjoy them. Luckily enough… they are! On Line Webtoons 🙂 Which means if you stumble across something you don’t understand in the Korean version of the webtoon, all you have to to is look over at the one in English 🙂

As I was searching I ended up finding a couple more that I really like so I’ve added them to my list 🙂 So here are the links to some of my favourite webtoons which are available in both Korean and English:

  1. 아이들은 즐겁다: The story of 다이, a cute kid who goes to school and lives alone with his dad because his mum’s at the hospital.

Also known as Kids are Alright
Available in English on Line Webtoons

Dai

  1. 스마일브러시 오래된 사진: Written and illustrated by the author of 소나기야 , this webtoon is about looking though old pictures reminiscing about the past. It turns out, this author and his work are more popular than I thought, with his comics having been published as books, and featured as stickers on Line! I have only one complaint about this comic and that is… that it should say Blush not Brush 😛

Also known as Smile Brush: My Old Pictures
Available in English on Line Webtoons

 

Smile Brush My Old Pictures

  1. Penguin loves Mev: 한국여자 펭귄과 영국남자 메브의 엉뚱 발랄 러브 스토리. Possibly one of the longest and most loved webtoons about an Englishman married to a Korean. It’s been so well received that you can now buy the comic as a book too from twochois or HeyEonni!

Available in English on Line Webtoons

Penguin loves Mev

  1. 스마일브러시: Look, here’s another one! Let’s just say I’m a fan 🙂 Smile, Brush is another great webtoon and if you loved 소나기야 and 오래된사진 you’re bound to love this too! This comic was also popular enough to have been made into a book and even more stickers can be found on Line. So what’s the story this time: 반복 되는 일상 발생하는 사건 사고들- The things that happen in everyday life.

Also known as Smile Brush
Available in English on Line Webtoons

Smile Brush

 

Korean Webtoons Part 1 | 웹툰

I’ve never been a big comic/웹툰/만화 fan, but I figured they’d make a good supplement to my reading material which was dwindling pretty low. Ordering books online can be a pain for two reasons, namely the long wait and the shipping fees which can cost an arm and a leg. On the other hand, reading webtoons on Naver is completely free! And another plus points is that you get to pick up a whole lot of slang that you’d probably never come across unless you live in Korea…

I came across an old post from Shanna about Korean webtoons and I’m inclined to agree with her on two fronts:

  1. Webtoons are really not all that. In fact, it can be quite a struggle to find a webtoon good enough to sustain your interest.
  2. The devil is in the details… if the style of drawings is not appealing, you’ll probably never read what could potentially be a good comic.

I personally prefer reading something with a meaningful story and the graphics have to be appealing (I could attribute it to the childhood trauma of seeing beautiful Cartoon Network graphics go Nickelodeon…).

Here are some of my favourites:

  1. 아이들은 즐겁다: The story of 다이, a cute kid who goes to school and lives alone with his dad because his mum’s at the hospital. It’s by far my favourite webtoon.

Dai

  1. 소나기야: 시골 마을 사람들과 함께 보내는 와루의 여름 이야기. I love everything about this webtoon. It’s cute, funny, has a great storyline… ooh and it’s short! 🙂

Sonagi

 

  1. Penguin loves Mev: 한국여자 펭귄과 영국남자 메브의 엉뚱 발랄 러브 스토리. Possibly one of the longest and most loved webtoons about an Englishman married to a Korean. It’s been so well received that you can now buy the comic as a book too from twochois or HeyEonni!

Penguin loves Mev

 

  1. 움비처럼: 바쁜 일상 속에서 잠시 자신을 돌아보게 하는 만화. What I love about this is that the poetry at the end ties in with each episode.

움비처럼

 


 

If you guys have any recommendations for a good webtoon let me know!