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Volume 1, Issue 5

May 2012

Photo by: Dianne Garcia


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Korean drama-What you’ve missed! Kpop Concerts

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Learn Korean Bring the Drama Dr. Jin / Bridal Mask Facebook’s most beloved Korean Actor

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in the spotlight: AM2 Convention

9-13 Facebook’s most beloved Korean actress, Male & Female Kpop Groups 14 Learn Japanese 15 K-Drama: Coming in June 16



Bachelor's Vegetable Store is based on the true story of a man who turned a small vegetable store into a well-known name. This 2012 Korean drama portrays the stories of six young men through business and love. The cast members of Bachelor's Vegetable Store includes Ji Chang Wook, Wang Ji Hye, Kimg Young Kwang, Park Soo Jin, Hwang Shin Hye, Lee Kwang Soo, Ji Hyuk, Shin Won Ho, and Sung Ha. Airs: December 21, 2011 to February 9, 2012 Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Comedy Broadcast Network: Channel A Air Time: Wednesday and Thursday 20:50 Director: Lee Joon Hyeong Screenwriter: Yoon Seong Hee Episodes: 20

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Color of a Woman is about two women who are complete opposites that compete over the same man. Byun So Ra (Yoon So Yi) is an intelligent and hardworking woman who doesn't bother with makeup or really nice clothes. In contrast, Hwang Jin Joo (Lee Soo Kyung) is a woman who gets by in life utilizing her beauty and femininity. The lead male, Yoon Joon Soo (Jae Hee), is a smart and attractive chaebol that is the head of a cosmetics company. He shows an interest in Byun So Ra, which sparks both jealousy and confusion in Hwang Jin Joo. Will beauty win over brains? Or can brains truly beat beauty? What can the two women learn from each other? Airs: December 5, 2011 to February 7, 2012 Genre: Romance, Comedy Broadcast Network: Channel A Air Time: Monday and Tuesday 21:20 Director: Kim Soo Young Screenwriter: Episodes: 20

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IU will be embarking on a 6-city concert tour in Korea this June entitle ‘REAL FANTASY’! The first concert will be in Seoul on June 2nd at The Grand Peace Palace of Kyunghee University. This venue has a capacity of 4000. The concert would then go to Ulsan, Jeonju, Suwon, Busan and Daegu in that order. Tickets for the concert in Seoul goes on sale on April 17th

The city of Gyeongju, the 1,000 year-capital of the Shilla dynasty, with its beautiful fall foliage, will bring together the top Hallyu celebrities at the Hallyu Dream Festival. Enjoy the Hallyu Dream Concert and a fan meeting along with many Korean and overseas fans of Hallyu.

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Date : September 21 (Fri) ~ 23 (Sun), 2012 Location : Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Website :

For lucky Korean fans, it’s always a pleasure to attend a huge concert with many different idol groups performing (as sometimes, fans have multiple favorite groups). The Hallyu BIG CONCERT will be touching down on June 9th in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, and a list of performers has been released. The artists listed are: ★ SHINee ★ SNSD ★ IU ★ KARA ★ SUPER JUNIOR ★ MBLAQ ★ BEAST ★ MISS A ★ T-ARA ★ INFINITE ★ FT Island ★ SISTAR The list isn’t a confirmed one, but it would be fun to see all these artists! Notice how JYP and YG artists are conspicuously missing.

This May would be very special to Kpop Lovers in Columbia and around as U-KISS would be stepping onto Colombian soil for the first time. Their visit is for two major events: 1. Fanmeeting on May 11th 2. Exclusive performance on May 12th as part of Event 40 of the KPOP BY LG.

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Hey, you’re back for more?! That’s great! There is so much to learn when it comes to another language and there are so many resources, so for this week, we will go into some of the resources I’ve found to be helpful through research over the past two years.

Let’s Begin So first of all, I’ve learned that not all Beginners are created equally, even in using the materials I’ve found helpful, So I’ve come up with 3 different levels: Beginner, Beginner Intermediate and Beginner Advance. Then there’s Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Advanced. Well, since I’m not in Intermediate AT ALL! Then we will start with the Beginner Levels and describing the books for those levels. Also, I’ve grouped the books into six categories that they teach either primarily or secondarily: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar (part of writing), and Vocabulary (part of reading). Not all beginner books will focus on these needs, but on a specific part of them.

Level 0: Beginner For the ultimate beginner I suggest using only the first 4 chapters of this book but save the rest for later because it focuses mainly on grammar. The first 4 chapters focus on the Korean alphabet and it’s pronunciation. This is actually the best I’ve heard so far. Primary: Grammar Secondary: Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary

Read & Speak Korean for Beginners is the Ultimate book for newbies learning the Korean Language, it’s simple and easy with lots of worksheets and a CD for listening and speaking Korean. You can actually get through this book within a week, two for good measure but it’s not really necessary because all of the other resources simply repeat what’s in this book but in a more complicated way I think, anyway. Primary: Reading, Speaking, Listening Secondary: Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing

Level 1: Beginner Intermediate Build Your Korean Vocabulary is by the same people that created Read & Speak Korean For Beginners. It focuses primarily on building vocabulary, writing and reading in Korean. It has the same easy to learn features. Primary: Vocabulary, Writing, Reading Secondary: Grammar, Speaking, Listening

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Level 1: Beginner Intermediate

Reading Korean for Beginners is also strictly for learning to read comprehensively in the Korean language. For this book you will also need to know how to read Hangeul. Primary: Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar Secondary: Writing

Listening Korean for Beginners is strictly for understanding the Korean language verbally. So it focuses mainly on that area. Also you will need to know how to read Hangeul (Korean) and need a partner for the activities. Primary: Listening Secondary: Speaking

Speaking Korean for Beginners focuses on writing in Hangeul. So it goes a little more in depth into grammar. Primary: Writing, Grammar Secondary: Reading, Vocabulary

Level 2: Beginner Advanced Writing Korean for Beginners focuses on writing in Hangeul. So it goes a little more in depth into the grammar. Primary: Writing, Grammar Secondary: Reading, Vocabulary

As I said before only the first 4 chapters of Mastering Conversational Korean for Beginners are at the Beginners level. However, the rest of this book goes into great detail on grammar and listening to correct pronunciation of the alphabet and so on. Primary: Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary Secondary: Listening, Writing, Speaking Basic Korean Grammar Workbook is also an advanced book and should really be used with Mastering Conversational Korean for Beginners. Don’t use one without the other, it will only give you a headache. Primary: Grammar, Writing

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Dr. Jin Hyuk, a renowned modern-day neurosurgeon, is transported back 150 years to the Chosun Dynasty and forced to practice medicine during a much more primitive era. He meets Hong Young Rae, a nobleman’s daughter bearing a striking resemblance to his lost love, who is caught in the midst of a power struggle between the royal family and members of the most powerful Ahn Dong Kim family. Will Dr. Jin be able to survive his new surroundings and find his way back to his own time period? Watch it:

Bridal Mask

Wearing a “gaksital,” a traditional rosycheeked bridal mask to hide his true identity, Lee Kang To pretends to be a man of dull intellect by day and uses his superior martial arts skills to fight against the Japanese imperialist regime by night. Known as “Gaksital,” Kang To is a true Korean national hero during the bleak 1930s when the Japanese occupied the Korean peninsula. But can one man make a difference against such a terrifying national enemy? Watch it:

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Facebook’s Most Beloved Korean Actor


April 17, 1982 (age 30)

Other names

Busan, South Korea Lee Joon-gi


Actor, model, singer

Years active





1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]


Roman Catholicism [1][2]

Korean name Hangul




Revised Romaniza- I Jun-gi tion McCune– Yi Chungi Reischauer Website

Lee Jun-ki (born April 17, 1982, in Busan, South Korea) is a South Korean actor, model and singer, who Koreans regard as a quintessential kkonminam idol. He rose to fame as Gong-gil in The King and the Clown. In August 2009, Lee Jun Ki was appointed an ambassador for Korea tourism by the Korea Tourism Organization. Information Source: Wikipedia

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 22, 2012) ­ There’s a new convention in town, and it’s trying to be a big one – it’s the AM2, and it’s going to be at the Anaheim Convention Center and the Ana­ heim Hilton between June 15-17. You can work for the convention if you want to. You’ll get re­ imbursed for “crash space”, given meals, and have special access to areas most conventioneers can’t go – but be prepared to work an eight hour day minimum to qualify. More info and attendee registration can be found at AM2′s Official Guests of Honor currently include Toshihiro Kawamoto, and you can get a Pass­ port fast pass for the event to bypass the huge lines (but what ifeverybody buys a pass?) The conventions activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV¹s, Arcade, Summer Festival, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Masquerade, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more that they haven’t stated. The upside is that the convention appears to be free to attend. The downside is that you’re likely not going to be able to get to see a lot of it unless you pony up for the special access – so right away, they’re giving with one hand and taking away with the other, and we haven’t even gotten to the convention floor yet. Never a good sign. We were sent this information in a press release, but we were struck by the fact that this was the first convention press release we’d ever seen that had a cautionary note about “forward looking statements”, which is normally something you only see on quarterly business reports. There was­ n’t a single thing in the press release that said “these people are doing this because they love the medium”. Instead, the convention is described as an “Anime, Manga and Music” convention. Say what? Is that a genre? This event has all the earmarks of a bunch of investors looking at spreadsheets trying to figure out how best to separate true blue fans from their money. We hope we’re wrong. If you want to find out more about the convention, they have a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed, and a web site at

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Facebook’s Most Beloved Male Kpop Group

Background information Origin

Seoul, South Korea


R&B, dancepop, electropop, K-pop 2008–present

Years active Labels

SM Entertainment EMI Music Japan

Associated acts

SM Town


Korean Japanese Youtube Facebook Members

Onew Jonghyun Key Minho Taemin Information Source: Wikipedia

Shinee ( /ˈʃaɪniː/ shy-nee; 샤이니; Japanese: シャイニー; Thai: ชายนี่ ; stylized as SHINee) is a South Koreancontemporary R&B boy group[1] formed by SM Entertainment in 2008, one of the largest entertainment companies in Asia. The group consists of Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. They made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS'sInkigayo with their single, "Replay" (Korean: 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)). Since their debut, Shinee has released three full-length albums, four mini-albums, one live album and various singles. They have also won many awards, held a concert tour and starred in their own reality shows. Shinee is considered to be a fashion icon having started the "Shinee Trend"[2] and are known for their highly synchronized and complicated dancing. They made their Japanese debut on June 22, 2011 by releasing a Japanese version of their single, Replay,[3] followed by their first Japanese studio album, The First on December 7, 2011.

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Facebook’s Most Beloved Female Kpop Group

Background information Origin Genres

Years active Labels Associated acts Website

Seoul, Republic of Korea Pop, R&B, hip hop, electropop, dancepop, pop rock, electronic dance, K-pop 2009–present YG Entertainment, Avex Group, and Music Group Teddy, Big Bang, YG Family, Official Website Official Facebook Official Youtube Members

CL Bom Dara Minzy 2NE1 (Korean: 투애니원; two-ae-ni-won) is a four-member South Korean hip-hop/pop girl group formed by YG Entertainmentin 2009. The band consists of four members: CL, Minzy, Dara, and Bom. The name 2NE1 combines the phrases "21st century" and "new evolution",[1] and is pronounced "twenty-one" or "to anyone".[2] They first appeared in "Lollipop", a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Electronics, and their debut single "Fire" was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, the group has released two extended plays, 2NE1 and 2NE1 2nd Mini Album, and one studio album, To Anyone. Their first EP, 2NE1 spawned the number-one single "I Don't Care", which won them the "Song of the Year" award from the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their follow-up singles, such as "Go Away", "Lonely" and "I Am The Best" were similarly successful, with "I Am the Best" winning 2NE1 their second "Song of the Year" award. 2NE1 officially debuted in Japan in September 2011 with a mini album titled NOLZA, which contained re-made versions of their Korean songs. Since then, the group has released one mini-album, one studio album and two physical singles in Japan. Representing South Korea, 2NE1 emerged as the winner in the voting competition for "Best New Band in the World", which was an international competition held by MTV Iggy. The band was officially crowned the winner on November 10, 2011. The Fanclub of 2NE1 is called Blackjack, which is a reference to the card game Blackjack, also known as Twenty-one. 2NE1's official color is Hot Pink and their official fanlights are shaped like white-winged spades.[citation needed]

Information Source: Wikipedia

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Facebook’s Most Beloved Korean Actress(es) (Left to Right) Row 1: Yoo Yi, Yoon Eun Hye, Shin Min Ah, Row 2: Sung Yu Ri, Park Si Yeon, Park Min Young, Row 3: Nam Sang Mi, Yoona, Song Hye Kyo

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Uee Birth name

Kim Yu Jin


April 9, 1988 (age 24)


Incheon, South Korea Pop, dance Singer, Dancer, Actressmo del, MC Singing,rapping,acting

Occupations Instruments Associated acts Website

Yoon Eun-hye Born

October 3, 1984 (age 27)

Alma mater

Seoul, South Korea Kyung Hee Cyber University


Actress, singer, model


Yang Min-a[1] April 5, 1984 (age 28) Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea Actress, Model, Singer

Years active

1998 - 2005 (group) 2005-present (solo) 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Years active

2001 – present


1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)


Stage name Hangul


Revised Romanization Yui McCune–Reischauer


Korean name Hangul




Revised Romani- Yun Eun-hye zation McCune– Yun Ŭnhye Reischauer Website The House Company

Birth name Hangul

Park Si-yeon





Kim Yuchin


Busan, South Korea Actress

Years active






Birth name

Sung Yuri

Born Origin

March 3, 1981 (age 31) Tübingen, Germany South Korea


K-pop, R&B

Revised Romani- Bak Si-yeon zation McCune– Pak Si-yŏn Reischauer Birth name


Singer, Actress



Years active




Nam Sang-mi Occupation

May 3, 1984 (age 28) Seoul, South Korea Actress

Years active



Revised Romani- Bak Mi-seon zation McCune– Pak Mi-sŏn Reischauer

Im Yoona Birth name Also known as

Korean name Hangul




Revised Romanization Nam Sang-mi McCune–Reischauer

Born Origin Genres Occupations

Nam Sang-mi





Revised Romanization Sin Min-a McCune–Reischauer

Years active Labels Associated acts Website

임윤아 Yoona YoonA, Deer Yoona, Yoon-Ah, Nam Choding, Him Yoona, Alligator Yoona, Yoong May 30, 1990 (age 22) Seoul, South Korea K-pop, dance-pop Singer, actress, dancer, m odel,TV Presenter, TV 2004 (model); 2007Present (singer & actress) SM Entertainment Girls' Generation SM Town Official website

Sin Mina

Birth name Hangul


Revised Romanization Yang Min-a McCune–Reischauer

Yang Min'a


Park Mi-seon

Korean name

Sung Yu Ri


March 29, 1979(age 33)

Revised Romanization Gim Yu-jin McCune–Reischauer


Korean name

After School (2009-present) 4Tomorrow (2009) Cyworld page

Shin Min-a

Park Min Young 박민영 Born

4 March 1986 (age 26)

Nationality Occupation

Seoul, South Korea Korean Actress, Model

Years active

2006 - present


King Kong Entertainment


1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in) Website

Song Hye-kyo Born

November 22, 1981 (age 30)


Daegu, South Korea Woodpecker, Hejgyo, Yookgyo, Hakkyo Se Jong University (Arts major) Actress, model

Years active



Eden9 Entertainment


Roman Catholicism

Other names Education

Korean name Hangul

송혜교 宋慧教


Revised Romanization Song Hye-gyo McCune–Reischauer

Song Hye-kyo


Information Source: Wikipedia

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Sorry about that. Normally this would be on the same page as Learn Korean, but I’m going to sepa­ rate them from now on simply because after this there will be worksheets and that will take up at least two pages for each language. But here is the remaining characters of Hiragana and Katakana.

Useful Japanese phrases English

日本語 (Japanese)

Welcome ようこそ (yōkoso) 今日は (konnichiwa) Hello おっす (ossu) - used between close male friends もしもし (moshi moshi) - on phone

How are you? お元気ですか? (o genki desu ka) はい、元気です。あなたは? (hai, genki desu. I'm fine, thanks. And anata wa?) you? お蔭様で元気です (o kagesama de genki desu)


What's your name? お名前はなんですか? (o-namae wa nan desu ka) My name is ... Where are you どこからですか (Doko kara desu ka?) from? どちらからですか (Dochira kara desu ka?) - frm I'm from ... 私は ... からです (watashi wa ... kara desu) (hajimemashite) お会いできて嬉しいです (oaidekite ureshii desu)

Pleased to meet you 初めまして

お早うございます (ohayō gozaimasu) お早う

Good morning (ohayō)

Good afternoon 今日は (konnichiwa) Good evening 今晩は (konbanwa) おやすみなさい (oyasumi nasai) おやすみ

Good night (oyasumi)

さようなら (sayōnara) 行って来ます (ittekimasu) - I'll be back - you are leaving Goodbye 行ってらっしゃい (itterasshai) - come back soon you are staying じゃあまたね (jā mata ne) - see you later

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Gwanggaeto Dae Wang, also known as King Gwanggaeto the Great, examines the life of King Gwanggaeto the Great, who restored the power that had been taken away by the Baekje. King Gwanggaeto the Great stars Lee Tae Gon as Gwanggaeto the Great, Kim Seung Soo as Go Woon, Im Ho as Mo Young Bo, and Oh Ji Eun as Do Young. Airs: June 4, 2011 to March 8, 2012 Genre: Historical Broadcast Network: KBS Air Time: Saturday and Sunday 21:40 Director: Kim Jong Sun Screenwriter: Jo Myung Joo, Jang Ki Chang Episodes: 80


Title: Beloved / Dear You Genre: Romance Episodes: 16 Director: Jo Hyun Tak ScreenWriter: Kim Ji Eun Broadcast network: jTBC, Wednesday & Thursday 20:45 Broadcast period: 2012-June-27 to 2012-Aug16 Synopsis

This drama tell a love story of a couple who already married for 3 years. This couple still in love but they chose to separate after their past lovers approach them.

Journalists Wanted We would like to let everyone know that the newsletter will continue, however it would be a lot easier with help from members. We will add this incentive: any member that contributes as a regular journalist will be given 50 points a month including any points for articles included in the newsletter. With that said, break out the pen and paper and join the newsletter team!

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AM2 (Upper left) © Diane Garcia Source: L.A. Weekly

Scandal © Anime Is My Life Blog Source: Anime is my life blog

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Cosplayers © Kalamari Kastle Source:

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Bachelor’s Vegetable Store © Channel A Continued from page 5

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Hello Korean is not a book for beginners. Although it has the alphabet it doesn’t really teach it. You already need to know how to read Hangeul to use this book. It does however teach grammar, writing and vocabulary skills. And you get the additional practice of reading Hangeul because you don’t have a choice really. And while it includes CD’s for listening and speaking it really doesn’t teach how to listen or speak per se. Primary: Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary Secondary: Reading, Listening, Speaking

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