What to say on Seol(설)

What to say on Seol(설)

Seol (설; or 설날(Seollal)) is lunar New Year’s Day and one of the biggest national holidays in Korea. On that day, families gather, no matter what, despite bad weather or worse traffic jam. No wonder, it is quite awkward to lots of foreigners when 24/7 liten-up-Korea shuts all doors and stops all work.  It is a holiday for family and everywhere you go on Seol you say

새 해 복 많이 받으세요!
(Sae hae bok mah-ni ba-deu-se-yo!)

which means, ‘Happy new year!’, of course(remember it is new year, although it’s after the lunar calendar).
복(bok) is ‘luck’ or ‘fortune’ and 해 here, means ‘year’. So literally, the sentence above would be translated as ‘Get lots of new year’s good luck(fortune)’.
You can also say,

설 연휴 잘 보내세요!
(Seol yeon-hyu jal bo-ne-se-yo!)

which means, ‘Spend your Seol holiday well!’, but you would use this sentence rather at work, to your coworkers, when you are finished with your job and heading towards the door, one step closer to the heart-warming holidays.
연휴(yeon-hyu) is the word for holidays. It is a combination of 연 for continuos and 휴 for rest. You can infer that continuos rest would be a series of days to relax.
Gathering on Seol is one thing, the other important one is 세배(Seh-bae), which is a bow to the elderly that you do on New Year’s day. Traditionally, the Korean culture is very shy in bluntly expressing their feelings and it has been only a few decades that hugs and kisses have become a form of showing their love. 절(jeol; bow) was a way to greet and express your respect and love towards the elderly, and that’s exactly what Korean people have done on new year’s day. So the bow(절) on new year’s day was given a special name, 세배. In Korea there’s nothing more adorable than a little child trying to do 세배(at least the pose is just cute), and there is nothing lovelier when you get 세배 from your child(no matter if it is 3 or 30).

Usually, after you do 세배 to your parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and so on, you give each other words of blessing. Theses days, the person who received your 세배, will give you some pocket money, the 세뱃돈(seh-baet-don; 돈(don) for money) if you are still a child. If you are already grown up, however, and earn your own money, it’s customarily that you give them some pocket money. The amount is totally up to you. There are also some scamps who would even do 세배 to an older sister or cousin, just for the sake of getting some 세뱃돈.
So if you are ready to get some love from your family’s senior members speak it out loud:

‘세배 받으세요.’
(Seh-bae ba-deu-seh-yo.)

KimchiGirl's Scientific English Dictionary – colony

If you are a scientist, specializing in a field that deals with biochemistry, what is pictured in YOUR mind when you hear the word ‘colony’? Most of you will have an imaginary agar plate in mind that shows lots of white spots which are the colonies.

Asking for contact information

Asking for contact information

You are out in Korea, enjoying your time and meeting new people. You’ll definitely find someone that you want to keep in touch with, but how do you ask someone in Korean for their phone number? The expression below will prove to be very useful in such situations.

연락처 좀 알려주시겠어요?
(Yeol-lak-cheo jom al-lyeo ju-shi-ges-seo-yo?)

which means, ‘Could you give me your phone number(e-mail address), please?’

연락처(Yeol-lak-cheo) is any means you can get in contact with the other person, so it’s anything like a phone number, e-mail, address… If you ask someone in Korea for his/her 연락처, usually they will give you their phone number or e-mail address.
좀 is literllay translated as ‘little’ or rarely ‘please’ and is often used in informal conversations to soften your statement.
연락처 좀 알려주시겠어요? is a polite expression that can be used in any situation, whether it is after a short business meeting (to ask indirectly for someone’s business card) or a nice chat at a bar. Don’t be disappointed or feel offended, though (especially you guys), if people (maybe the girl you liked) are not giving you their number. It is a part of Korean mentality that you will meet again if you are meant to, so this can wait until next time and there’s no hurry to exchange numbers or addresses; and if you are not meant to see again, what’s the use of exchanging numbers anyways.


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SLP Singup Februry 14th, Sunday

SLP Language study is canceled for this week.

This week’s language exchange meeting on February 14th is canceled due to Korean New Year Holiday.

Happy New Year and see you guys next week on February 21st.

Wonder Girls reveal feelings about Sunmi’s departure

Amid the pandemonium that followed Wonder Girls‘ Sunmi announcing her departure from the beloved girl group, the other members, Sunye, Yeeun, Sohee and Yoobin have revealed their personal feelings and reactions to Sunmi’s decision.

According to this report, Sunmi has long expressed her regrets about missing a normal life; after all, her schooling life was cut short  years back with the training period that the members underwent prior to their debut. “It’s hard to be away from your family when you’re young, so I understand Sunmi’s feelings,” Sohee, who is the same age as Sunmi, said.

The Wonder Girls revealed their shocked reaction when Sunmi announced her departure.

Like the fans … we initially panicked and said that Sunmi would regret it if she ended it here, and we asked her to be strong for a little more time. But then we had to think about what was really best for Sunmi. We thought about it for a long time and then told our company.

About the fans that are blaming JYP for bringing us to America “too soon.  We dreamed about stepping into America as we dreamed about being singers. We were scared that it was a bit early but it was something we wanted to do.

Sunmi of the Wonder Girls is important but Sunmi the individual is also important. Sunmi knows what’s best for her own life. We couldn’t hold on to her and know that she might regret staying as part of the Wonder Girls later. We wouldn’t be able to deal with that guilt.

Hae Lim probably won’t be able to fill Sunmi’s spot instantly because Sunmi has been with us for four to five years but she has a lot of potential.

It’s not true that one of the members cried on stage in China. Half of the rumors going on right now are false.

Sunmi has not quit the group, she’s just taking a break. Also, Hae Lim is now an official Wonder Girls’ member. If Sunmi wants, we will welcome here whenever.

It had to be five members because we can’t fill up for Sunmi’s spot. If we did, it’d be like Sunmi’s spot was never needed. Also, a six member group with Sunmi is very possible. Taking away members is a bad thing but adding is a good thing.

Sunmi didn’t come with us to Korea because we thought Sunmi and the fans would be really hurt if they saw each other.

The four Wonder Girls also held a meeting with a fan representative regarding 2PM that same afternoon.

After hearing the Wonder Girls themselves speaking out at this event, have your opinions changed? Do you think this is JYPE’s fault or not?

2NE1’s single “Try to Copy Me” unleashed


2NE1’s single “Try to Copy Me” unleashed

Brand new 2NE1 track was released out of nowhere… and now the song is already out! This track is titled Try to Copy Me and is 2NE1’s highly anticipated return track.

Boys Before Flowers

Boys Over Flowers 


Title: 꽃보다 남자 / Kgotboda Namja / Boys Before Flowers
Also known as: Boys Over Flowers
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 25
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-05 to 2009-Mar-31
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


The action takes place in the prestigious Shin Hwa high school in Seoul. Four boys, who comprise the group know as the Flower Four, are the crème de la crème, sons of the wealthiest and most powerful families from Korea. Spoiled, rebellious, flirtatious and mean, these boys are the poster children for the new image of sexiness in Asia, a group of boys who are in fact beautiful – more beautiful than flowers. The leader, Joon Pyo, is the heir to one of the largest Korean conglomerates. Ji Hoo is the grandson of a former Korean president. Yi Jung and Woo Bin complete the group.

Enter cute Jan Di, who works at a porridge restaurant and is daughter to a humble family which owns a dry cleaner. She is accepted into Shin Hwa on a swimming scholarship and has to deal with a world she has only seen from afar. From the start, she faces the scrutiny of the entire school, who consider her an outcast. The boys from F4, who are demigods in this school, take an instant dislike to her. But through her charm and undying optimism, she tries to slowly win the hearts of everyone around her. And of course, a few of the boys will fall for her. Boys from the F4.

Fancy cars, outrageously fashion forward threads and hair styles that put all the boy bands in the US to shame, Boys Over Flowers is eye candy to young and old, with scenes from exotic places like Jeju Island, New Caledonia, Waiheke Island and Macau.


Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di aka Makino Tsukushi


Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo aka Domyoji Tsukasa
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo aka Hanazawa Rui
Kim Bum as So Yi Jung aka Nishikado Sojiro
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin aka Mimasaka Akira


– 2009 14th Asian Television Awards: Nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Performance by an Actor (Lee Min Ho), Best Drama Performance by an Actress (Koo Hye Sun)
– 2009 Seoul International Drama Awards: Most Popular Actor (Kim Hyun Joong)
– 2009 45th Baeksang Awards: Best New TV Actor (Lee Min Ho)
– 2009 45th Baeksang Awards: Most Popular TV Actor (Kim Hyun Joong)

Teaching Jobs in Korea

Places for teaching English in Korea

1. Hagwon – private academy for students as young as kindergarden to Audults.

2. Public Schools – Korean public schools.

3. University – Need at least a masters degree needed on most cases.

4. Privates – Private lessons for all ages. Typical pay is between 30,000won – 60,000won/hr.