12 In Korean learning journey (:

Things I have been doing!

I am very much addicted to 해를 품은 달.

That very much sums up what I have been doing lately. I always have a curious obsession with Joseon Dynasty and I openly declare that I idolize King Sejong. But watching this drama has resulted in a full blown obsession, especially with the language. 😀 SO. BEAUTIFUL.

I’m not a big fan of sageuks but I must admit that I’m drawn in by 해품달. Not that it’s very historical, but I do love the language in there. I have, at times, tried to learn more about Korean history (specifically Joseon Dynasty) and now I hope to pick it up more seriously. (:

One day I was out of my mind and bought the book 한국문학통사 2. And I’m very happy that my book deals with the late 고려 period and the early 조선 dynasty. Reading the Joseon part has been really interesting, even though progress is slow.

The book is not directly about Korean history, but rather the history of its literature. But literature is also linked to history, so they offered plenty in the book. I’m so glad I can read Hanja!

Here’s a particular piece I liked ^^

감흥3(感興3)-정도전(鄭道傳)

감흥-정도전(鄭道傳)

鳳凰何飄飄(봉황하표표) : 봉황은 어찌 그리 표표하고
高逝不可望(고서불가망) : 높이 날가니 바라볼 수 없다.
飢食靑琅玕(기식청랑간) : 배고프면 푸른 낭간을 먹고
渴飮天池潢(갈음천지황) : 목마르면 천지의 물을 마신다.
俯視塵世窄(부시진세착) : 굽어보니 티끌세상은 좁고
嗷嗷鷄鶩場(오오계목장) : 닭과 오리들 끽끽거리는구나.
所以久不下(소이구불하) : 그러므로 오래도록 내려오지 않고
徘徊千仞岡(배회천인강) : 천 길 산등성이를 빙빙 돌고 있다.

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So interesting!! 😀

On the other hand, I have been practicing 고급 TOPIK papers. I’m SUPER WORRIED that I’m going to fail!! D: Sigh!

Korean is like a safe haven for me. Whenever I’m feeling upset, stressed etc, spending some time on Korean will always make me feel better. I had no idea a language would have such an influence on me. But I’m very very very glad that I have never once give up Korean ^^

If anyone knows of a good podcast/TV show/documentary that deals with Korean history, let me know! I wanna learn more. I’m interested in the more traditional areas ^^

Did I say that I’m also addicted to this song?

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Jeannie
    5 February, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    ㅋㅋㅋ Archana and I are the same! We always talk about the book, the language, the passages, the poems, the speech, history, culture and soooo much more that’s related to Joseon! Remember when we went to Kyobo? I told you that I was studying the Tudors and European history? ㅋㅋ After that I got started with Korean history and the dynasties. I AM SO IN LOVE WITH KOREA’S HISTORY! It’s so rich and mysterious. The speech back then is so beautiful!! 해품달’s really addicting! The story is good, the actors are good and the ratings are good XD I love Lyn’s song too! I’m actually listening to it right now^^ I wish you’re here with me since I’ll be going to 국회도서관 tomorrow and might head to 경북궁 after~

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 February, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      ahhhh D: im missing out so much!! and I’ve never been to 경북궁 D: i want to visit my fav statue again too. We must do that next time!

      I love Korea’s history too!!! Especially the part on the language! Coming from a country without that long a history, I’m really fascinated with all the palaces, dynasties etc!

  • Reply
    kir
    17 February, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    해품달까지 보시다니!! 진짜 대단하세요!
    우연히 검색으로 들어오게 되었는데 감탄하고 갑니다 : )

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      hangukdrama
      17 February, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      안녕하세요~~! 해품달 진짜 재밌어요~! 원래 사극을 잘 안 보지만 이제 완전 푹 빠졌어요 ㅋㅋㅋ

      • Reply
        Kir
        17 February, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Really!!!! XD 진짜 재밌어요. 혹시 성스 (성균관 스캔들) 도 보셨나요? 해품달 작가가 썼던 전 드라마거든요 lol
        퓨전사극인데 인기가 끝내줬었어요!

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        hangukdrama
        17 February, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        ㅎㅎ 송중기를 좋아해서 성스도 봤어요!

      • Reply
        Kir
        17 February, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        앗 송중기 좋아하시는군요!! ㅋㅋㅋ 신기해요 🙂
        저는 미중년을 좋아해서 성스에서 왕으로 나온
        조성하씨 좋아했어요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 완전 특이취향.

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        hangukdrama
        17 February, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        푸하하~~ 저도 좋아하는 아저씨 배우들 많아요~ ㅋㅋㅋ 상강호, 최민식, 유지태 등~ ㅋㅋㅋ

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        Kir
        17 February, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        송강호! ㅋㅋㅋ XD 진짜 아저씨들 매력있어요 ㅜㅜ
        연기력도 장난 아니고 ㅜㅜ 가장 좋아하는 배우가 누구에요?

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        hangukdrama
        17 February, 2012 at 10:22 PM

        ㅎㅎ 강동원이에요!!! 그리고 여배우는 임수정이에요. Kir님은요?

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          kir
          18 February, 2012 at 1:08 PM

          강동원 진짜 멋있죠!! 영화 형사랑 늑대의 유혹에서 정말 비쥬얼이 끝내줬다고 생각해요. XD
          저는 외국배우들을 좋아하는데, 한국배우들 중 가장 좋아하는 배우는 신하균이랑 연정훈이에요! 여배우는 김옥빈을 좋아하구요 : 9
          한드님이 가장 좋아하는 드라마는 뭐에요? 저는 부활이에요!

      • Reply
        hangukdrama
        18 February, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        어? 부활은 엄태웅이 나온 거죠? 아직 못 봤지만 보고 싶네요~ ㅋㅋ 저는.. 환상의 커플을 젤 좋아해요. 그리고 내 마음이 들리니도 좋구요!

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