Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"21st Century Family" (21세기가족)


I'm usually not a fan of K-drama, but for this I made an exception. "21st Century Family" (Korean title: 21세기 가족) is basically a Korean version of ABC's "Modern Family" and pretty funny. It features that wild old guy with the nice (fake) hair from those health insurance ads as the Jay (wealthy, conservative, cranky grand…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The eeriness of the Sewol ferry's name (세월)


The ferry that recently sunk in Korea was named Sewol, or 세월 in Korean. I had not thought much about this until a Korean friend pointed out how creepy a name it is, given the circumstances. 세월 literally means "time" but with a connotation of its movement; i.e. the passing of time. I've tried to come up with a good translation. Let…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yellow ribbon to support Sewol ferry disaster families & victims


You may have noticed this image appearing as Koreans' KakaoTalk or Facebook profile pictures recently: This is a "Yellow Ribbon Campaign" (노란리본 or 노란리본 달기). The text says 하나의 작은 움직임이 큰 기적을 which means something like: One's smallest movements can make a huge wonder, or The smallest steps can have a huge impact, or If we all do a litt…

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Naver's English-Korean Translator now available


Update 2016-Sept:  Also see my post on Naver's newly released official translation app "Papago". Original post below. Naver has released a Translation program that appears very similar to Google Translate . It operates, much as Naver Dictionary , as a mobile-friendly website at this link: http://m.translate.naver.com Here's what it l…

RSS feeds from Daum Cafes


It sometimes isn't obvious, but most Daum Cafes have RSS feeds available, which follow this format: Homepage: http://cafe.daum.net/CAFENAME RSS feed:  http://cafe.daum.net/xml/rss/CAFENAME

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Google Maps Pokemon found in Korea


Today for April Fool's Day, Google Maps had a Pokemon challenge . As best I could find, there were two Pokemon to be found in Korea. The first, which I found at Gangnam District Office in Seoul (map link), was Raichu. In my excitement to capture him, I only took a screen cap after he'd been caught:  The second was Luxray, which I found whil…