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10 Korean Teaching YouTubers You Should Follow

Koreabridge - Mon, 2020-01-20 15:00

There are so many useful resources for learning Korean that go unnoticed by most learners, so I wanted to highlight my top 10 lesser-known YouTube channels for learning Korean. The prerequisites for this list were that the channel has under ten thousand subscribers, at least 20 videos (and at least one video uploaded within the past three months), and contains Korean language lessons (not just vocabulary lists).

You can find links to all of their channels below. Here are links to all of the channels mentioned in this video: "All Things Korean"

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC649... "Hur Language School" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMx6... "Korean Friend Jeen 한국친구" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKYb... "Ms. Kiki_Korean tutor" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ1v... "WBKT YUJIN" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-SY... "Song Won" https://www.youtube.com/user/thewonko... "kwaterbottle" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaci... "Teacher Kim’s Korean Class" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcjp... "Kstyleyo" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Xo... "KoreanBabo with Jemma" https://www.youtube.com/user/LOJworld... Honorable Mentions: "Boli’s Korean" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNJ... "Seoul Fellas" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkDJ... “Korean Arah 한국어 아라” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzS... “Top 5 YouTube Channels for Learning Korean” (my previous video):

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How to Capture Cityscapes

Koreabridge - Mon, 2019-12-23 11:44
How to Capture Cityscapes The iconic rotary in Ulsan. I wanted to centre the image around the rotary and great the light trails to show how busy this place really is.

Cityscapes are one of those amazing styles that, if done right, can really capture the size and scale of a city. Done poorly, it “just looks like a bunch of buildings” as a friend once told me when I first started photographing cities.

So how exactly do you capture a city? Just like any other form of photography, you have to have some idea of what you want to show. How can you show it? What makes this view so interesting?

1. Find A Good Vantage Point or Location

This may sound easy but it is actually one of the hardest things about cityscape photography in my opinion. Good locations are hard to come by. Popular places are usually overrun with tourists and other photographers. In some cases, I have even heard that photographers have paid off security guards to stop other photographers from going up to the same rooftop!

In Tokyo, I wanted to show how big the city was but also the enormous skyscrapers .

However, once you find a proper location, it will tell you what you need to carry with you. So a little location scouting is probably a good idea. If you have to zoom in to get past some trees then your ultrawide angle lens may not be needed.

What I look for in a good location is a spot that doesn’t have a lot of “stuff” in the foreground. Meaning that if there are trees and branches poking up into the frame then I try and look somewhere else.

I also look for a spot that has a good foreground to background balance. If there are a lot of distracting elements in the foreground or the city is too far away and the foreground is bland then I may try and find another spot.

2. Time of Day

Typically when I am shooting cityscapes, I am looking to shoot around golden hour to blue hour. The reason being is that on a basic level I am looking at the colour and the detail of not only the city itself but the sky as well.

I took advantage of the leading lines heading towards the horizon and the sunset.

Shooting too early usually gives you an okay shot but again if there is no story or rather nothing of interest beyond just buildings and sky, then there is little to hold the viewer’s interest. So that means if you wait until there is a decent sunset or until shortly after, golden hour, you will be able to do a lot more.

I use photopills to get the accurate information on when these times will be. Their AR feature also will show you exactly where the sun will set as well. This feature will also help you get your composition. By knowing where the sun will set in relation to your cityscape, you can move around a bit to place the sun in a better position or angle.

3. Find Your Story

Going back to the “just a bunch of buildings” comment, it stung at the time but it was true. What separates a good image from a snapshot is the story and how it is delivered.

Have you ever seen a movie that had a great cast, amazing special effects, a top notch director but it still fell flat? Typically, it is a problem with the story and how the director conveyed it to the audience.

Here I wanted to get the reflections and the bridge in the distance. Also I wanted to get this at blue hour so that it would add to the colour of the overall image.

Your photos are no different. How do you take a bunch of buildings and turn them into something really scroll stopping? It starts with your vision. What are you looking to achieve from this shot?

From there you can craft your image to show your vision. I am not talking about photoshop here but rather composition, light, and settings. Do you want to show the light trails of traffic by taking a longer exposure? Do you want to freeze the crowds of people to show how busy it gets?

This is what you have to have in mind before you even set out, ideally. However, if you are already set up at a location then you can take a few minutes to find that story.

4. The Gear

Whenever I take cityscapes, I absolutely have to have a tripod. Even if I just have my phone. Normally, I have one of those clips for a selfie stick or something that can support my phone. I have even used the clip with my L-bracket to get a decent shot. However, a decent camera is irreplaceable… at least for the time being.

I know the L-Bracket is a little off but I need it like that when I was using my cable release and my 5D mk iii

The reason is that you may need that support in someway. You don’t have to go all out but do cheap out either. Meaning, look at brands in the $150 to $250 rance and you will be good.

Depending on your vision, you can go wide or zoom in. So your lens choice will have a great impact on the overall outcome of your shot (of course!). However, this is not permission to bring along a sherpa and every piece of gear that you own.

Think about your story and a couple of variances. I use my 24-105mm lens a lot for this. I also have my 16-28mm ultra wide lens for those occasions where I want to capture how big the city is. Use your tools (camera+lens) to tell yours story. Do not just stick it on and hope that it will take something nice.

5. Editing

Editing is essential and I really hate seeing the “straight out of camera” kind of nonsense. Unless there is a beautiful sunset where the colours are insane and you really want to show people how great the natural sunset was, then you can get away with this. Otherwise, edit to create your vision or story.

I use a combination of Lightroom and Luminar. I use lightroom mainly for the basic edits. That would be sharpening, horizon adjustments, cloning out unwanted objects, etc.

Luminar is where the magic happens. With either flex or Luminar 4, you really can transform a bland image into something amazing. Typically, I am looking to further enhance the story that I am telling for the cityscape.

The bottom line here is that there is not a lot that goes into the actual creation of a cityscape image but it all rests on how well you create your story and communicate that in your frame. Having an idea of what you want to say will dictate where you go, the time of day, and the angle at which you shoot.

If you keep these five steps in mind the next time you go out, you will see an improvement in no time. It is just a matter of communicating your story more than it is about about recording an image of what you see.

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Gwangan International Community Fair Xmas Special @ Gorilla Brewing

Koreabridge - Thu, 2019-12-05 14:23

From: https://www.facebook.com/events/433940553976322/

Come bask in the wonderful atmosphere of the GICF one last time this year for our Second Christmas Special Edition -- featuring your favourite sellers (with a few exciting new entries!) and, for the joy of all Christmas lovers, carol singers and our very own Santa Claus!

Gwangan International Community Fair Xmas Special @ Gorilla Brewing
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The Korea File ep88: Cuisine, Demographics and New Gendered Realities in South Korea

Koreabridge - Fri, 2019-11-29 16:26
The Korea File ep88: Cuisine, Demographics and New Gendered Realities Listen to "Cuisine, Demographics and New Gendered Realities in South Korea" on Spreaker.

On episode 88 of The Korea File podcast, cultural and culinary anthropologist Jennifer Flinn joins host Andre Goulet to explain how factors like the decline in multi-generational family living, the increasing age when Koreans first get married and the globalization and urbanization of South Korea are altering traditional assumptions about gender and cooking in Korea.

Plus: ghost tours, historical trauma and a menu for apocalyptic dining.

This episode was produced in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch (RASKB). Find out about upcoming lectures and tours at www.raskb.com

Music courtesy of Creative Commons. Support the show at patreon.com/thekoreafile

This conversation was recorded on November 28th, 2019.




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Trump and Moon are the most Dovish Presidents Ever on N Korea, and Kim will Still Give Them Nothing

Koreabridge - Sat, 2019-11-16 05:24
Trump and Moon are the most Dovish Presidents Ever on N Korea, and...

This is a repost of an essay I wrote earlier this month for The National Interest. My argument is that Kim Jong Un is passing up his best chance for a deal for years, maybe decades, to come. Both Moon and Trump are extremely unusual, and favorable, counterparties for the North.

Most South Korean and US presidents have been either hawkish or very hawkish on North. Doves haven been rare – two SK presidents between 1998 and 2008. But neither of them ever went as far or talked as détente-ish as Moon does. Similarly, Trump is a huge outlier for US presidents on North Korea. He has made a far greater and more personal outreach effort than ever before.

And that these two dovish presidencies currently overlap is unique. This is a fantastic alignment for North Korea and almost certainly won’t last. If Pyongyang really wants a deal, this is the time to go for it.

Instead, they have played Trump for a fool – getting the legitimating photo-ops with POTUS while giving up nothing – and been surprisingly cold toward Moon’s repeated outreach. As so often, it’s their way or no way at all.

Expect hawks to cite this behavior in a few years to justify a much tougher line on NK. The missed opportunity between 2018 and 2020 will be seen on the right and center as proof that NK doesn’t want a deal, even under very favorable circumstances.

The full essay follows the jump:



If the North Koreans truly want a deal with their primary opponents – South Korea, Japan, the US, and the West – they are missing an exceptional window of opportunity, right now, in the overlapping presidencies of Donald Trump in America and Moon Jae-In in South Korea. Trump and Moon are the most dovish, on North Korea, presidents of their respective nations in the history of US and South Korean interaction with North Korea. And that their presidencies overlap at this moment is a downright unique opportunity for the North. For a brief moment, North Korea enjoys a dovish, pro-engagement presidency from both its traditional major opponents. If Pyongyang wants a deal, now is the time to go for it.

Traditionally of course, the US and South Korea have been quite hawkish on North Korea. Until 1987, South Korea was a dictatorship, and its strongmen were predictably anti-North Korea. They sought to build a South Korean national identity against North Korea, and the very first page of the South Korean constitution denies North Korea’s existence and lays sovereign claim to its territory. From 1998 to 2008, South Korea had its first liberal presidencies ever. These leaders were pro-engagement and dovish. One, Kim Dae Jung, even won the Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach efforts known as the Sunshine Policy. But even these presidents never went as far in their Northern solicitation as the current one, Moon Jae-In.

Similarly, all US presidents prior to Trump were reliably hawkish on North Korea. Indeed, the US has frequently been more hawkish on North Korea than South Korea has been. Congress particularly has strongly supported the continuing sanction, deterrence, isolation, and containment of North Korea. And today, except for Trump himself, official Washington continues to be quite hawkish. Trump’s efforts have broadly been dismissed as amateurish photo-op diplomacy aimed a winning Trump a Nobel Peace Prize or the 2020 election.

This long history of Southern and US confrontation, with the long-standing goal of Southern-led unification along the lines of German unity in 1990, makes the current moment genuinely unique.

Moon is sincerely and deeply committed to a breakthrough. He has spoken so aggressively about reconciliation that he was once criticized as the ‘foreign minister of North Korea.’ His outreach efforts and summitry have been so enthusiastic that South Korean conservatives routinely attack him as a North Korean sympathizer, and conspiracy theories are everywhere on the right here that Moon is Marxist anxious to betray the Southern republic. Moon has suggested that North and South Korea form a ‘peace economy,’ and that this inter-connected zone be directed against Japan, the real national enemy of all Koreans. Moon has continued to push against the UN sanctions regime, constantly testing its limits, looking for opt-outs and carve-outs, regularly lobbying the US and Europe to roll-back sanctions, and so on. Moon was so aggressive on this that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo purportedly threatened to sanction South Korea if Moon persisted.

Since the Moon administration took power, I have attended multiple conferences at dovish think-tanks like the Korean Institute for National Unification or the Jeju Peace Institute characterized by an extraordinary the willingness to bend over backward for inter-Koreas reconciliation. The enthusiasm and desire on the left here are real and deep; I wonder if the North Koreans see this given how brusquely they dismiss Southern solicitations.

Trump too has launched his own mini-revolution of North Korea policy. He has meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times, something none of his predecessors ever did and only one (Bill Clinton) even vaguely contemplated. He routinely calls Kim his friend, speaks well of his leadership, and even said that he and Kim were ‘in love.’ Trump has walked inside North Korea. He routinely complains that South Korea is a security free-rider on the United States, and he seems to have a particular dislike for the South. The rumor on the East Asian conference circuit now is that if Trump is re-elected he will seek to pull US forces out of South Korea altogether in his second term. Certainly he appears willing to trade or swap with the North far more than his predecessors were. Trump may not think of himself as a dove; in 2017, he famously threatened the North with ‘fire and fury.’ But since his 2018 U-turn to reach out to Kim, he has, in practice, been a dovish engager – looking to strike a deal with the North while also talking down the South.

This confluence of doves is an important moment for the North. It is as fragile as it is unique. Moon’s popularity is low, under 40% now. He faces legislative elections next April. If the right wins, it will stymie Moon’s Northern outreach, as Moon has made no effort to recruit center-right support for his program. Trump too is in trouble. He may desire outreach to the North, but no one else in Washington Republican or Democratic establishments seems to. Trump is practically alone on this, and if he is impeached, resigns, or is defeated next year, his successor will almost certainly ‘snap-back’ to a hawkish posture.

So if North Korea really wants a deal with the outside world, now it the time. Circumstances will not be this propitious again for a generation. Trump and Moon are both dovish outliers. Worse, hawks will claim future vindication if the North does not use this current window to make a deal. A few years from now, hawks will claim that if the North really wanted a deal, it would have reached for one in that unique 2018-2020 window. Because Pyongyang balked in even those uniquely favorable circumstances, that is proof the North does not want a deal at all. Outreach, then, is a fool’s errand, and there is no choice but to hem North Korea in indefinitely. One hopes Pyongyang can see this hawkish interpretation coming, because relations will get much worse soon if the North gives us nothing during this unique moment.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University



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Fall Photography!

Koreabridge - Sat, 2019-11-02 11:43
Fall Photography!

I love fall. I love the temperature. I love the fact that the sun rises and sets at a reasonable time. I love the changing of the leaves and the cool morning air. I also thankfully live in a country that also doesn’t know what a pumpkin spice latte is either!

With that being said, What’s the plan for this year? It is almost halloween and I have yet to head out and get those signature dead leaf shots. Well truth be told, peak season doesn’t hit my part of South Korea until this weekend. So I will be gearing up tomorrow for some adventures. Here is a basic idea of what I am going for this year.

The Standard Shots

One of the things that I learned while I was shooting sports was that you need to nail the standard or “safety shots” first before getting too wild with your creativity. That basically means that you should get those “typical shots” out of the way first before venturing into a style of shot that may or may not work.

These are typically shots that everyone knows or expects to see. Boring, yes but necessary. For me I use these shots to get warmed up. They get my head in the game a little bit. So start of with the snapshots of the falling leaves on the ground before moving on to the technically more difficult shots. At least you will leave with some shots that you can share on your card.


If you know my work then you know that I don’t shy away from colour. I love it and it is what attracts me to this time of the year. The colours seem to pop in fall regardless of the weather.

When I am shooting fall colours, I am looking for ways to boosts the contrast or show how enveloping they are. Meaning that this is a time of year when the trees are bright yellow and red and the ground is also covered with bright yellow and red leaves. I am looking to find ways to express that in my photography this year a little better than I have in years gone by.

Colour is a great way to show fall as it is a very recognizable colour scheme. If your view sucks then focus on those colours and get closer to your subject. Used patterns and light to emphasise the colours as well.

Creative Shots

Injecting a bit of creativity into your fall portfolio is almost needed these day. By now your social feeds are probably inundated with bright colour shots of waterfalls and forest paths. While these images are great, you may want to consider changing things up and possibly experimenting with some new ideas.

I love thinking about new ways to photograph something as timeless as autumn. Cinemagraphs are a great way to add a bit of movement into a still frame.

This is a fun idea as we all associate the falling of leaves as a vital part of the autumn experience. creating an image with an infinite loop of falling leaves is a great way for people to experience the fall beauty.

You can also hone in on the smaller details. I have a 50mm F1.4 that I don’t use all that often. However, it is great for details when shooting wide open to blur out the rest of the surrounding image.

Another idea is to add motion blur to your images. As the trees are blowing in the wind, you can set your aperture to F22 for a longer exposure and see what happens. This works best on a windy day where there is a lot of movement in the trees.

The bottomline here is that you can start with the typical shots and work your way into some truly creative stuff. You just have to step back and experiment. Remember, you are not a journalist covering the falling of the leaves for a major news outlet. You are a photographer with a flare for creativity.

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Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 67) Horror Movie Hot Boys

Koreabridge - Mon, 2019-10-28 10:25
Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 67) Horror Movie Hot Boys

The Horror Movie Hot Boys is a super exclusive group which I am involved in. The OG’s consist of John Meyerriecks, Mark Shelley and I. I wouldn’t not call us horror movie experts – and we’ve gotten together on this pod to figure out the ONLY movie you should be watching this Halloween. We do this by selecting 24 of our favorite horror movies, and then eliminating them, one by one, until only one recommendation remains. If you’re interested in hearing three middle-aged men nerd-out and argue about horror movies – than this is the episode for you! And please, let us know which ones we got wrong.  If you enjoy the show, tell a friend about it, and please leave a review on iTunes or whatever app you listen to podcasts on. I’d really appreciate it!

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KongGukSu (콩국수) – Korean Cold Noodles with Soy Bean

Koreabridge - Thu, 2019-10-10 18:11
KongGukSu (콩국수) – Korean Cold Noodles with Soy Bean KongGukSu (콩국수) is a Korean Cold Noodle dish served in soy bean broth. Here, the broth is made from blended tofu with coconut milk. It’s served cold with ice and topped with hard-boiled egg, tomato slices, cucumber slices and roasted sesame seeds.

KongGukSu (콩국수) is a cold noodle dish using a soybean broth. Traditionally, SoMyeon (소면) Korean wheat noodles are used. These are thin noodles that are easy to cook.

The traditional KongGukSu also requires soy beans. Typically, this means rinsing, boiling and blending whole soy beans in a long, involved process. Tofu is basically the same thing. It’s cheap and readily available, so we’re going to use it here.

This is also a great recipe for anyone wondering what to make with tofu. The resulting broth is rich and creamy, so you don’t have to worry about people not liking the unique texture of tofu, which can be hit-or-miss for some palates.

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IngredientsKongGukSu (콩국수) – Ingredients – Broth, noodles and garnish
  • Noodles:
    • ‘SoMyeon’ Korean thin wheat noodles
  • Broth:
    • 1 block tofu (medium or firm)
    • 1~2 cups Milk – Soy, Almond or Coconut Milk
    • ½ teaspoon Salt
    • (Optional) 1~2 Tablespoons Peanut or Almond Butter
    • (Optional) – Crushed Almonds, Walnuts and/or Sesame Seeds
  • Garnish:
    • Hard-boiled egg
    • Tomato (Roma or Cherry)
    • Cucumber
    • Roasted Sesame Seeds
DirectionsNoodle Preparation
  1. For 1~2 servings, grab noodles in your hand and measure 1~2 cm / ¾-inch diameter in your hand.
  2. Bring a quart of water to boil and add noodles. Start timer and cook on low boil for 3~4 minutes.
  3. Stir occasionally to prevent noodles from sticking.
  4. In a colander, rinse noodles and set aside to drain for a few minutes.
Here we show SoMyeon noodles being boiled in water. Boil for 3~4 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent noodles from sticking to the pot.Rinsing noodles in colander. Rinse thoroughly until they don’t feel slimy. Soy Bean Broth
  1. In a blender, combine tofu, salt and milk/water. Add optional nuts and/or nut butter.
  2. Blend and check consistency and flavor. Add milk/water if needed to make broth on the runny side.
    Add salt to taste
Ingredients for Soybean Broth – Add to blender and blend.Garnish
  1. Cucumber:
    • Cut a block of cucumber.
    • Slice into the side and roll the cucumber to cut into a thin sheet
    • Slice the sheet of cucumber into thin slices
Slicing cucumber into sheets by rolling with knifeServing

Be sure to view the video to make the recipe easier to follow. We hope it turns out tasty. Let us know how it turns out in the comments.

KSesame seeds sprinkled over served noodles and broth for garnish

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  1. Tomato – Slice tomatoes into thin slices
  2. Hardboiled egg – Slice in half lengthwise
    1. Place noodles in serving bowl,
    2. Pour soy bean broth over noodles,
    3. Place cucumber slices, tomato slices and a slice of hard-boiled egg over noodles.
    4. Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds over dish,
    5. Add a few ice cubes to broth and serve.


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