Cooking Japchae (잡채)@ Yonsei KLI

Every term there is a special activity held for the class; sometimes more than one. In level one there was a speech contest at the end of the term. Now in level two there are 2 activities: The first one was a cooking class (which I’m about to go deep into) and the second is a singing/dancing contest at the end of the term. Today was my cooking class and the menu included Japchae (잡채)

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Akaraka 2012 @ Yonsei

Every year in March the Akaraka festival is held at Yonsei Univeristy. During Akaraka the University campus will fill with boots where student associations will sell food, drinks, and other random stuff. Several stages will be set where student bands will perform covers and songs of their own. In these stages also different groups of girls will do lip singing of some of the most popular k-pop songs while showing their korean dancing skills. (more…)

Vocabulary @ Yonsei KLI

Studying for Vocabulary test

Studying for Vocabulary test

It’s been a wild ride since the beginning of these 4 weeks at the Yonsei regular program. I’ll be elaborating on the program as I can but at this time I’ll talk specifically about how we learn vocabulary.

Vocabulary is the foundation of most languages. Think of vocabulary as knowing the meaning, sound, and writing of the word/idea.

For the beginner in any language one of the first problems to overcome is learning a whole new set of words for that new language. How can you learn the grammar when you don’t know the words to write? Here in Yonsei the students start learning vocabulary right after a phonetics introduction (about day 3). Book lessons usually include 2 or 3 sets of grammar rules and 10-15 core vocabulary words. The pace at the program is quite fast as every week a student is required to learn 100-120 words, besides the grammar rules. (more…)

Dinning like a student @ Yonsei University

Cheap Dinner

Cheap Dinner

Often I make fun of myself and my “new” student life. being abroad without a job and on a tight budget has make me to cut on some expenses. Specifically on dinner time. The rule works pretty much like saving money on weekdays and spending it on weekends.

The nearest and cheapest source of food from Yonsei KLI is the convenience store outside campus.

I’ll make a full article on Korean convenience store later on but for the time being you only need to know the following: many of them everywhere, 24/7, “cheap”…  (more…)

Yonsei KLI: The first week

Yonsei KLI Korean Language Course Level 1 Books

Yonsei KLI Korean Language Course Level 1 Books

The first week is over. It went by so fast, one week ago I had just a couple of days in the dorm and now its been a whole week. On last Monday (Apr,2) I went to the KLI building (just a couple of steps from my current dorm), and met my classmates. The group is formed by 6 japanese girls, 2 chinese (a girl and boy), 1 american, 1 indian, 1 sweden (a girl), and me the only Mexican in the group.

Group interaction is nice and everyone its a little bit shy first, but will answer any questions made to them friendly. Some of the non-american classmates can’t speak fluent english so its difficult to interact with them at break time.  (more…)