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감사합니다! 20/12/2010

Filed under: Korean with Koreans,Ramblings — Shannon @ 11:27 pm
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Totally forgot! When I went into the Korean market, I talked to the lady in (my somewhat feeble) Korean! Well I said 안녕하세요 when I entered and after she gave me my change, I said 감사합니다. I think she was a little shocked that I spoke Korean, lol (she spoke perfect English, btw). Can’t wait to brush up on my other phrases for my next “Kancho” run 🙂

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Daeji Bulgogi and Cookies!

Filed under: Food!,Paraphernalia :P — Shannon @ 10:46 pm
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So I made the Daeji Bulgogi tonight and it turned out pretty well! I have pictures on my “Shannon Cooks Korean Too” page. Found out I don’t really care for Kimchi. Maybe if I rinse it so the sourness isn’t so strong, I will like it.

I also visited my first Korean Grocery today and I picked up a bottle of 고추장  (kochujang- the spicy chili paste) and I saw a box of Kancho cookies which looked interesting so I picked some up. Here is a picture timeline of my adventure with 칸초(Kancho)

The "Kancho". Isn't it cute?

The equally-cute inner pouch 🙂

The actual product. So cute, as promised ❤

The delicious chocolate center. These didn't last long 😀

 

Reinventing the Wheel…errr…The Ramen 19/12/2010

Filed under: Food! — Shannon @ 6:50 pm
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My dinner tonight was somewhat Korean- inspired. I cooked up a packet of Ramen (yeah yeah, I know, its technically Japanese because I prefer Maruchan) but I threw away the chicken seasoning pack and added a TON of red pepper flakes, and some garlic. I added some teriyaki-marinated steak on top and mixed in some peas. Pretty tasty and hot as HELL, lol. I think this is why Korean food is attractive to me- I love love love spicy and hot food. I eat red pepper flakes on pretty much everything; same with tabasco sauce.

Anyway, I took a pic of my delicious spin on Ramen noodles

My Spicy Beef and Noodles

Yum Yum 🙂 I have leftover steak and a never-ending supply of Ramen so I think I will probably have this again for lunch tomorrow and then for dinner, I will have my Dwaeji Bulgogi with either noodles or rice and maybe some Kimchi if I can get my hands on it 🙂 Pics to come!

I also made a new page called “Shannon Cooks Korean Too” where I will post all of my culinary adventures so make sure you check that out!

안녕히 가세요!

 

Korean Food :)

Filed under: Food! — Shannon @ 3:25 pm
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Well, kinda. I had Ramen noodles for lunch (yes, I know, they are more of a crappy Japanese food than Korean but it was delicious nonetheless 😛 ) and I marinated some chicken in chili paste and red pepper flakes, mixed it with peas, and poured it on top of the Ramen. Very tasty 🙂

We have some pork loin in the freezer so I think I am going to make 돼지불고기 (Pork Bulgogi) for dinner tomorrow. Found a good recipe online and its something that even my non-Korean-food-loving family will enjoy. I mean, its just spicy pork with a side of veggies (and maybe some plain ramen noodles as well).

Speaking of (authentic) Korean food, there are actually a lot of restaurants that are within 20 minutes from my town and I have yet to try any of them out 😦 One of them is connected to a Korean grocery store, so I will definitely have to check that out, as no regular grocery stores in my area carry kimchi. All of the Korean restaurants around here have received glowing reviews so I’m super excited to give them my patronage. I’ll have to wait until my “adventurous-eater” friends are in town, lol.

I will post pics of my 돼지불고기 tomorrow night, for the one or two people who might be reading this blog 😛

 

Listening Without Understanding 18/12/2010

Filed under: K-Dramas,Passive Learning,Ramblings — Shannon @ 10:54 pm
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I’m watching my first disc of “Be Strong, Geum-soon” and I’m watching it without the English subtitles.  Which means that other than a few greetings, I am understanding pretty much nothing lol. Its encouraging to me to think that  a lot of non-native English speakers actually learn English by watching soap operas in English; which I’m sure at first they don’t understand much. I think I might watch an entire episode, sans titles, and then re-watch it WITH English subtitles and then watch it again without subtitles. Then I will repeat that for each episode.

It sucks that I’m so impatient and that I feel like I should be fluent in a week because then I feel like a failure when I can’t correctly pronounce a word or understand a sentence. But as I’m watching this, I realize that I am understanding some other words and getting pretty excited 🙂 Plus, this looks like a fairly entertaining show thus far 🙂

Yay for passive learning! 😛

 

I have goodies :) 16/12/2010

Filed under: Fun with 한글,Paraphernalia :P — Shannon @ 11:16 pm
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I just got back from the library with an armful of books and cds. I cleaned them out of all of their Korean language items, haha. I picked up:

  • Pimsleur Basic Korean
  • Colloquial Korean
  • Learn to Write Chinese (to learn Hanja to supplement my Hangul)
  • Teach Me…Korean (A book and CD program for children)
  • “The Rabbit’s Judgement” (Bilingual Korean/English picture book)

I’m psyched to get going! I think I’m going to ask for a English/Korean dictionary for Christmas, along with a few more Korean books. I can get music and movies/TV shows off the internet easy enough, but I like paper books.

Well, I’m off to read 😛  안녕히가세요!

 

목요일 이다

Filed under: Fun with 한글,Ramblings — Shannon @ 6:25 pm
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Sorry, just trying out my days-of-the-week vocab. Also, its fun to write in 한글 🙂 I seriously find myself looking for excuses to use it- I’ve always been fascinated by the way it looks.  It’s twice as fun now that I can actually write it lol.

So, I’m thinking that I need a dictionary and a book written in Korean. My local library has a children’s book called “The Rabbit’s Judgement” that is bilingual, so I think I am going to check that out today. It would be better of course if it were only in Korean but this will have to do for now.

I’m mainly using the methods praised by my favorite bloggers, like Khatzumoto (www.ajatt.com – All Japanese All The Time- link to this site is on my Blog Roll ) and others (but I really only follow him 🙂 ) and I’m trying to learn the language in the most basic way possible- like a child. I highly suggest checking his site out, even if you aren’t learning Japanese, because much of the information is helpful for other languages as well. He taught himself Japanese in just 18 months with no classes or textbooks- just listening to Japanese media, watching Japanese shows and movies, reading as much Japanese material as he could get his hands on and practicing his Japanese with native speakers; so basically immersing himself in the Japanese culture. Now he is completely fluent and doing the same thing, but to learn Cantonese.

This isn’t supposed to be a plug of his site, lol- I just have so much respect for him and I think its really inspiring to think that I could be fluent in Korean in under 2 years 🙂

I’m watching the movies and K-dramas, I’m listening to the music (Big Bang and SuperJunior FTW!), and I’m practicing my writing (now I just need a native speaker to converse with…) and now its time to practice my reading and build my vocab 🙂

So anyway, back to my original point, I need to find a good English-Korean dictionary. The free ones online are useless and frustrating to use so I might need to pony up the money and invest in my own. My library doesn’t have Korean dictionaries so boo 😦 I’m definitely stopping by there today to check out some Korean (/English 😦 ) books though and get my 한글 on 😛