Language in Real Life

I was reading a random book in the university library, I don’t remember the name of the book, but I remember clearly what’s written on it.

“Being in another country and among native speakers gives you the need to communicate. Gradually, you will start to catch new words and expressions, start to pronounce the language the way you hear it.”

I think that this is mostly true for us language learners. If we are living in the country where they speak the language, it’s natural for us, to be able to speak to them in the the language they understand. It’s much more easier for us to be able to communicate, speak and write the language, because we have the need to do so. And we can also practice with them being the native speakers themselves.

Whenever I hang out with my Korean friends, I always listen to them, how they say things, how they pronounce words, and adapt that kind of speaking behavior. What my friends usually tell me, or text me, or even message me on facebook, i also started to use those words i hear/see in the same way how they used it. That’s pretty how much I learned to speak, write and understand Korean in just 3 months. I’ve got great friends whom i can talk to anytime. 🙂

Starting to fall….

It rained today in Seoul, the last rain of the summer season and it’s now officially fall.:) It’s getting colder by day and night. The leaves are starting to turn into yellow. 🙂

This is the road I always pass by going to my class 🙂 So, along the university there are many (은행나무) eunhaeng namu :)) 날마다 걸어서 교실에 가요. 기분이 좋아요 ^^

The four seasons are vivid. You know when it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter. And the rain is like the signal that another season will begin 🙂 That’s the magic of nature.:)

납작한슬리퍼 <3

This is my favorite coffee shop here in Korea 🙂 The ambiance in this shop is really different compared to the other coffee shops. I can stay here for hours if I want to. If this shop is only nearer that I won’t have to take a bus to go here, I would probably be here often.  :))

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거기에서 우리 오빠는 아르바이트가 있어요. 오빠와 호텔경영학을 공부해요. 그래서 그 커피숍은 알고 있어. ^^ Since my friend is working here, we know how to get here. It’s quite difficult to see this shop in Gaeksa (downtown) because it’s not located in the main streets. From Zara, you have to go straight that will lead you to Holly’s coffee, rice story, church and then at the edge of the street, this coffee shop is located.

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this is the name of the shop “nap-jak-han-slipper”

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Actually, the first time I came here was during the Jeonju International Film Festival. I came with my friends from Hotel Dept. Because, a lot of our classmates in Hotel management volunteered in this shop. So during that time, a lot of visitors of JIFF were here because it has partnership with JIFF 😉 After a month, we visited this place again and then I started to love this place. ❤ Here’s a link to my previous blog about JIFF 🙂

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ImageWhenever we order any coffee, our friend gives us “service” . That’s how koreans call it when they give out freebies. 🙂 So, he always gives us free brownies, macaroons, bread, chocolates and cupcake. 🙂

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This one is my favorite. He made it for us 🙂 He’s really nice and generous. 🙂 Image

What I also love here is I can use their iPad. ;p The customers can actually read books and they have two iPads with WiFi of course. It’s very comfortable to stay here. Just like Starbucks — as “third place”.  I think I found my fourth place in here. haha! 😛 Though I don’t usually drink coffee, (i don’t drink soda as well), I love to drink water at all times, I just want to spend time here that’s why I go here. And I also love their coffee and how it was prepared. I actually would love to work here if I’m allowed to have part-time job.

So this is why I recommend this place to my friends. I bring them here with me and they would also love the ambiance and the service in this place. Our friend is also happy because we frequently visit his place.

Blue sky in my eyes :)

I usually start the day in front of my laptop computer not noticing that it’s already late in the evening because of watching korean dramas and PLL. But since classes were finished and summer is already up, I went to my favorite spot in the dormitory, the 4th floor wooden deck, for a change.:) Since I was, I believed, busy with studying (putting a wink face here 😉 ), I didn’t have the chance to actually stay there for a long time or at least stay as much as I want.

It’s a beautiful evening to just stare at the sky and be mesmerized at how the sky is so blue. This picture is not edited. It captured how I actually saw it.  It’s surreal, almost like a painting. I would spend my time looking up the sky until it turns grey as it slowly darkened in color and the stars will shine upon me.

Back in the Philippines, I didn’t much have this time to just appreciate the beauty of nature. 😉 I’m the type of person who’s active in participating in many activities so I usually go home late.

I wake up very early and arrive at school in the morning (cause I don’t like being late), then after school or in between, sometimes, we have activities in the organizations I’m member with, then I have training at 5-9pm. So, I will be home  before 10pm, eat dinner, study for a while then sleep. I sleep at 10pm if I don’t have anything to watch on tv. That’s how busy my lifestyle is.

But here in Korea, I don’t get to do much. My lifestyle is very laid-back here. I get to read books as much as I want. I’ve read HP books for the 2nd time. I’ve read books I haven’t read in the Philippines. I can write and update my blogs once in a while. I get to do a lot of things that sometimes I don’t know what to do next or which one to do, so I’ve also watched all kinds of dramas and movies to kill time. Above all, I can sleep early like from 8 -10 pm or sleep very late. Haha! But still I prefer to sleep at 10pm.;))

So, this is the view from my room.:)  I can see everything up here.:) It’s pretty good, isn’t it?

Supermoon :)

Quite have the advantage of living in 16th floor.:) I was able to take some pictures of the super moon though they were kind of blurry. These are the best shots I’ve got. 🙂

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ImageThis is the kind of view I see through the windows of our room.:)  Such a beautiful city, isn’t it? 🙂

Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival

Hanji is a traditional Korean paper. It has so many uses! 😀 The best place to see the wide range of uses for Hanji is at the Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival. Here in the museum, you’ll see a lot of creative crafts made of Hanji paper. You’ll see cupboards covered with Hanji paper, tables, dolls, paintings, lamps with intricate cutouts on the glass and lid, interesting shapes, and work of art. 대박! ;))

ImageCan you believe these are actually made of paper?? I wonder how they do it..? hmmmm…

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ImageThey don’t even look like they’re made out of paper.

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I’ve always loved Little Prince.:) Seeing some acts from the book in these creative pieces was actually surreal, like I was seeing what’s actually inside the imaginative book. 😛

ImageThey actually passed out already. Bet, I won.:) Drinking is part of Korean culture. This shows it.;p

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I would want to have this in my bedroom.:)

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I’ve always wanted to try calligraphy. Maybe I should take calligraphy lessons.:)

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It was quite a long and tiring day of walking around Hanok Village. But, it was really worth going here since festivals do happen only once in a year. You guys should visit this place if you want to be mesmerized by the creative artworks of Korean people.:)

Tambayan (Koren version)

Just because we were so bored and we don’t have anything to do. We went to the road where we always pass by when we do our grocery at lotte mart. 🙂 It’s a peaceful place where one can rest and relax their minds. It’s a comforting place to be.:) When I was there, I was thinking of the past, what could have been this place like 300 years ago.:P Korea has really preserved their culture and traditions because of this heritage spots.

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The red sun 🙂

Just like in history books. The sun represents their King.. the blessings from Heaven.:)

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This picture would be perfect if I was wearing a Hanbok. 😛

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 eating my milk ice cream.:P

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Playing around.:D :)))

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I’m not sure about the meaning of this but it talks about the Jeolla province and its cities.:)

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They even have this cute sink made of stone.:)

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In a small city like Jeonju, it unfolds the wonders of nature, the historical past and the rich culture of Korea. There are still so many beautiful places to see. Two awesome months has already passed. A lot of beautiful memories were made. I met a lot of friends, each with unique personality.

There’s nothing more I can say but to be thankful for everything. 😀

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맥도날드 i’m lovin’ it McDonald’s at Jeonju City

After watching Secret Garden episodes during the Hotel Department assembly and being lectured about family planning, Injun 오빠 brought us to McDonald’s!! 😀 YEY! 😀

This was our first time to eat at McDo in Korea so we were extremely happy and excited about it!!! As I noticed, their burgers were pretty much the same but somehow, it tasted more fresh. They use a lot of greens in here. They also have Bulgogi burger which you can only find here in Korea.

After a delicious meal, we walked our way to Lotte Department Store since it was only a few minutes away. The Lotte Dept Store is a big building with 7 floors. In every floor, you can find different sections (women, children, men, sports) and the top floor is the cinema.

To end this day, we had a nice chat at cafe bene before we part ways and go back to our dormitory.:D  Thank you, Injun 오빠!! 😀

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ImageIt would be nice to walk here during Autumn. 😉

 

13th Jeonju International Festival (JIFF) :D

I, Winnie and Kus rode the bus to gaeksa to meet Injun 오빠, Jim and Jina 언니 😀 It was funny because Kus didn’t know what bus number to take. He told us that he goes there with a friend so he didn’t know. But, we knew better than him because Winnie and i frequently visit gaeksa. 😛 His voice was also really good when he speaks. It was husky but very pleasant to the ear. His voice was like Heechul of SJ (if i’am not mistaken) 😛

When we arrived there, we met Hyun Ji. She was a volunteer of JIFF. She’s also from our department.

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While they’re busy searching for a good movie to watch, I’m also busy taking pictures 😛Image

 

 

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Jina and her WiFi pose

We originally planned to watch a JIFF movie but there was no good movie to watch so we decided to watch avengers instead! 😀 =))) So, while waiting for the showing time, we went to eat at a korean restaurant.ImageImage

We ate dukbokki 떡볶이 (korean spicy rice cakes), 순대 sun dea and 튀김 Twi-kim.:P

Kus was so funny and he really enjoyed our jokes.:P we experienced “Extreme happiness” if I were to describe it. We were laughing all day non-stop.:P Then we went to the Cafe. Almost all the employees working there are from the Hotel Department. It was really cool. I wish I could work there for part time too.:P Hihi..:) ^^

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The cafe was really nice and very comfortable. The interior design was good for leisure time. You are free to do whatever you like.

ImageEverywhere you look, it has JIFF on it, from pens, tissue napkin, walls to window glass. A really best way to promote JIFF is to let people know about it.

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This was the pen I wanted (because it’s green) which Jim got for me. haha! 😛

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Kus, I, Winnie and Jim

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서현 and JimImage It was a fun and cool movie! Hulk was the best among them. He can fight with the big creatures. 😛  While we were watching the movie, Jim fell asleep. haha!! because he was too tired from work. It was an expensive way to sleep though. haha :p just kidding. 😛 then, we went back to have coffee again at the cafe. We received a great service from Hee Young 오빠  He’s also from our department. He gave us free chocolates! yey! 😀 I want to thank them so much for this day! 😀 I really had so much fun with them! It was a great day full of laughter and happiness.:D ❤