Category Archives: Seoul Saturday

My nominations: Liebster award


I recently posted my questions to the nominations by Bliss of Korea, No Shortcuts Korean and Wait for me Korea.

And here are my nominees: but first the rules!

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog


My Questions

1) When you were in primary school, what was your dream job? And what is it now?

2) What is your favorite movie and why?

3) What music do you listen too when you are down?

4) Would you rather spend money on shampoo or on conditioner?

5) In what way are you connected to Korea?

Wait for me Korea: Liebster Award



And the last one but not the least that nominated me for a liebster award is Wait for me Korea. Thank you ^^~*

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog

11 Facts About Me

  1. I am 173 cm tall which is on the short side in the Netherlands.
  2. I love action movies.
  3. Secretly I want to be Jackie Chan
  4. And pocahontas … I guess I just want long black flowing hair
  5. I played flute for 3 years then was forced to pick up the guitar which I played for 6 months but I hated it so then I started playing violin.
  6. I love taking pictures
  7. I love playing basketball
  8. My friends are my everything
  9. I love scaring people.
  10. I grew up in the countryside
  11. I am never able to remember birthdays

Questions from Wait for me Korea

1. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? I’d love to be fluent in korean, however I am so scared to make mistakes that I can’t.

2. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? I’d probably just stay with my family. Although my friends are my everything I wouldn’t be able to leave my family alone.

3. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?  Not really, lately my life is a chain of boring events.

4. What lifts your spirits when life gets you down? My friends are always able to lift my spirits.

5. What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life? My passion to do that what makes me happy, my happiness in general and my generosity.

Bliss Of Korea: Liebster Award

liebsterAnd here are the answers to the questions for the second liebster award I got. This time I was nominated by bliss of Korea. Thank you ^^~!

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog

11 Facts About Me

  1. I used to play violin for 10 years
  2. I am allergic for dogs but I love dogs
  3. The meaning of my first name is Forest in frysian language
  4. The meaning of my second name is Shield germanic language
  5. My favorite perfume is princess by Vera Wang
  6. I love to wear make-up but people are still suprised when I wear a lot of make-up
  7. I used to go horseriding every week for about 7 years.
  8. I’ve had stiches in my eyebrow because I fell of a horse
  9. I should be able to speak 5 languages but I only feel confident in 3
  10. I’ve blue eyes
  11. I always complain about my hair being to dark although my natural hair color is very light blond.

Questions from Bliss of Korea

1. Why do you blog? I like to share my things I am interested in or proud of. And I like to meet likeminded people.

2. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished? Get into pre-university high school. While my primary school only though I was good enough for pre-vocational high school. Man did I prove them wrong!

3. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A butterfly, because no humans are afraid of butterflies and I would just fladder around them all day.

4. What was your most embarrassing moment? Oh man, I have a ton. Probably that one time -cough, many times cough- I fell from a flight of stairs.

5.  What are 3 things you never leave the house without? Phone, Ipod, Wallet

6. If you only had a day to live, what would you do? Spend my day with family and friends.

NoShortCutsToKorean: Liebster Award


I got nominated for my first liebster award by No Shorts Cuts to Korean. Thank you so much!

Rules: 1) List 11 facts about yourself 2) Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you 3) Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Make sure to notify them. 4) Make up questions for those you have nominated 5) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog

11 Facts About Me

  1. I have been a Koreastudies major for 2 years.
  2. I hardly ever watch TV.
  3. I am super messy.
  4. I love art.
  5. I wish I had a boyfriend
  6. My Friends inspire me
  7. It is my dream to live in a cute apartment in seoul
  8. I want to make the world a better place
  9. My favorite subject in Highschool was biology but I sucked at it.
  10. I took 7 years of French in High School but when I try to speak French all that comes out is Korean.
  11. I am 22 years old.


Questions from No Short Cuts To Korean.

1. Would you like to live in Korea ?If so,which celebrity you wanna meet?What will you say? I would love to live in Korea however I wouldn’t really go to meet celebrities. I want them to live your own life. If I saw one I probably wouldn’t even recognize him (I ran into Kim Jae Wook and I didn’t recognize him! – he wore a face mask and his military clothes though but still). But If I could say something I would just say that I love their music/dramas/movies and to keep up the good work.

2.  Do you have a  mannerism?What is it? Whenever I say I am pretty I do a really distinct hairflip that annoys my friends and didn’t even noticed I was doing until my friends pointed it out so trying to be a good girl and stopped doing it.

3. What is an ideal day for you? Just hanging around in a park with good friends, talking, having fun. Maybe enjoy a glass of wine or some 치맥 and just enjoy eachothers company.

4. If you could meet a person in the past who will it be? Marilyn Monroe. She is absolutely gorgeous and very charming I would want to know her secret.

5. What is your favorite subject in school and why? I don’t go to school at the moment, but in High School I loved biology and dissecting things. I especially enjoyed dissecting a starfish. I am just a curious human being that wants to know what stuff looks like, inside and out!

6. What is the most exhilarating thing you’ve done when you were young? Does 17 count as young? I traveled to Mongolia on my own when I was 17, defiantly a exhilarating experience.

7. What is something you can’t live without? make-up

8. What is the recent Korean word/phrase which seems to be running through your mind? 너무 힘들어 이해해주세요


Hello World

so again I have been gone for a couple of weeks. I worked 40+ hours and almost litteraly eating myself due to stress and all I felt like doing was sleeping.
But fear no more, I’ll be back next week-ish. But first I want to thank the awesome people that nominated me for the Libester award. I didn’t expect to see that when I returned to my dashboard. But greatly appreciate it!

So I won’t be back to my usual posting schedule yet first I will be answering all asked questions and at the end I will nominate my five blogs.

It’s good to be back guys, I missed you!

Love, Wietske

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Hello my name is Kang Seungmi.

I have told you my real name before, Wietske. However I have another name that I frequently use. Kang Seungmi. Kang Seungmi is my Korean name, if you have watched the video above you will know how I got that name. Now I will tell you how I got my last name.

My Korean last name is a whole other story and I only obtained it 2 months after I got my first name. I never imagined having a Korean first name, let alone a last name. I love my Dutch name, it’s unique and I think it truly reflects on who I am. I never wanted a Korean name, and I put up with all the butchering of my name because I would never ever ask someone to give me a Korean one.

Then my Korean name was given to me and I used it on a daily basis, if people couldn’t remember my name I told them just to call me Seungmi and that’s that. I didn’t even think about adding a last name.

Then on the day one of my best friends flew back to the Netherlands something interesting happened. She really didn’t want to leave, and rather leave with me. I would be flying back a week later and totally understood how she felt.

She cried and told me I should also leave that day, to ease her pain. Although I did want to ease the pain leaving Korea is something I hate and I would never ever think about leaving early. She knows that too, told me it was okay and then she fetched the freshly printed ticket from the machine. However she did not get one but 2 tickets. Someone must have forgotten her ticket, a person called Seungmi, Kang Seungmi.

And from that very day onwards I was not just Seungmi, I was Kang Seungmi. Me and my friends still laugh about this and she still complains that I should have left that day with her. She had my ticket so why did I stay!

Tell me, do you guys have a Korean name? tell me what it is and how you got it, I would love to hear some more interesting stories!

Love, Wietske

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Seoul Saturday: Gwangjang Market

CIMG4678This week in Seoul Saturday I want to share another awesome and free activity for you while you are in Seoul. This market is a great place to grab a bit, and don’t worry you don’t have to like pig feet, heads, or intestine to find something delicious over here! They serve kimbab, sundae and the markets famous bindaetteok. Besides the food, meat and fruits and vegetables stands there is also a good place to buy high quality but cheap fabric.


There are many hanbok stores around and stores that sell a bit more of a modern version of the hanbok. Besides that Gwangjang market is also a great place to find cheap souvenir! And within walking distance of Dongdaemun where you can do more shopping!

How to get there:  Take the subway to Jongno-5-ga and take exit number 8. You will basically walk into the market once you exit.

Click here for the official website of Gwangjang market.

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Korean Resources: All about Hangeul.

Last week while I was going through piles and piles of paper and notes of my time as a Korea studies mayor I found some quite useful information.

It was a piece of paper my Korean language teacher gave me with links to websites about  Korean alphabet or Hangeul. I’ve mentioned some websites to study Hangeul in my last Korean resources post, but here are 4 more!

The first one is all about the history of Hangeul and the Korean language in general. There are also great recordings of pronunciation of the Korean alphabet. Please note that with the pronunciation of the consonants they say the name of the letter and not just the pronunciation of the letter. However here is a quick tip for you; the way the name of the letter is pronounced reveals how the letter itself is pronounced at the beginning and the end of a syllable. For example the ㄹ or r/l it is pronounced as rieul or 리을 which means at the beginning of the word is pronounced as an R at the beginning of a syllable and at the end it is pronounced as an L.

The next two websites are both have great explanation of how each letter fits in a syllable with the only difference that one has audio that explains the pronunciation and the other has not.

Last but not least for the people who thrive by someone explaining it in a clear manner in a classroom like situation here are 2 videos for you . The first  explains the principle of creation of Korean alphabet and its historical background and vowels and consonants and their phonetic value.  The second video explains ending consonants and its phonetic value and write and read syllables.  The videos are a bit on the long side but defiantly worth watching for someone who really wants to learn Korean.

I hope you find this information useful, if you have other great websites explaining Hangeul. Feel free to share in the comment section below.

Love, Wietske

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Korean Resources: Dictionaries

All the dictionaries

Once you start learning a language, no matter what language, there is one thing you will always need. A dictionary. No matter if you are a beginner or almost fluent you will still need it. However, the question is, what dictionary do you need. A book, an online one, an electronic dictionary, or just a simple one on your phone. Is it worth investing in a good dictionary, or are the free options better?

I am going to compare a few different options.

First of all let’s start with the simple word for house in English and Korean () : This is no problem for all the tried options, however the online, electronic and phone dictionaries give me a wide variety of example sentences such this one from naver dictionary.

as I was looking for the key to my house. 열쇠를 찾고 있었다

Now the other way around. For the online and phone option you need to have a Korean keyboard installed. For most computers not a problem but this might be a problem for some phones. Again this is no problem on the online, electronic and phone dictionaries and gives a nice list of examples and translations.

Now for the NTC’s Compact Korean and English Dictionary it is a pain in the ass to even find a simple word if you are looking at Korean to English. Since the Korean words are listed by how they are written in Romanization. It took me a good 10 minutes to only find the word for house and it doesn’t even give me examples.

Now for something a bit more difficult. Let’s find the meaning of ~고 싶다.

Let’s start online with both Naver and Daum dictionary.

daumThis is what Daum dictionary could come up with.  Thanks to the bing translation there is an exact translation however I don’t trust bing and figuring it out from the examples given is possible but still a little bit difficult.

naverLuckily Naver dictionary gave me and exact translation and a few examples to go with it. Even my phone did better then Daum dictionary although I had to change the search word to 싶다. But it gave me an exact translation and quite a few examples to go with it. The same with my electronic dictionary, I had to adjust the search word but I did find what I was looking for. I gave up with the paper dictionary or else I wouldn’t even be able to finish this article.

Next up, something that is most difficult. Let’s find the meaning of a Korean proverb. 작은 고추가 맵다  is one of my favorite ones because it gave me and my friends a good laugh back in the day. Literally it means small peppers are spicy but it is used with the meaning don’t underestimate the small things.

Daum dictionary couldn’t find the proverb even when I changed up the keywords a little bit. Naver however, proves once again why I love it so much and it gave me this as a translation.

Don’t ever underestimate the little man. 작은 남자를 과소평가하지 말라. (작은 고추가 맵다.)
Once again, my phone surprised me with a wonderful translation when I looked up the word for 고추 (pepper), it gave me the proverb I was looking for and this translation: the smaller, the shrewder.
The electronic dictionary also gave me a translation when I put in the full search term however, the translation was in Korean. Which is fine for me; but a little bit too challenging for beginners.
Overall Naver dictionary was the best and the dictionary I use on an every day basis. The only downside is, is that you have to have internet connection and access to a device with internet connection (aka a computer or a smartphone).  I have to say though the dictionary app on my phone surprised me since I only ever use it too look up a word or two while I’m texting with my Korean friends.  I won’t throw out my electronic dictionary though since it is really helpfull with a subject I haven’t touched up on – looking up Hancha – and it could be helpfull if I don’t want to have my computer around while studying Korean (such a distraction!).
I will banish NTC’s compact Korean & English dictionary to the back of my closet though, it’s the worst dictionary I have ever seen and I do not recommend you buying it!
Now tell me, what is your favorite & least favorite dictionary and why?
Love, Wietske
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Review: Yes, you can speak Korean!

I got this book the 2nd time I left Korea from one of my Korean friends so I could improve my Korean during the 4 months I would be gone. An incredibly kind gesture but slighty insulting as well. By that point I had been studying Korean for a year but the book -Yes, you can speak Korean! – was meant for children, age ranging anywhere between 3 and 6+.

I did, however, learn something from this book when I opened it for this review. Because although there is no grammar explanation nor any audio to go with this book there were a few words that I did not yet know.

Another thing I appreciate about this book is the fact that it has answer sheets. Something that is not always commonly available.

If you have the money you could purchase the book because it does seem great for studying Hangeul (the Korean alphabet). It has separate chapters for each letter BUT you do need the help of a native speaker to get your started on the correct pronunciation.

So do you really want a book to spend 26 dollars on a book that doesn’t get you anywhere? Probably not, instead check these websites I myself used to learn Hangeul.

I do recommend this book for people like me trying to study Korean on their own. Just as the intro of the book states – it is probably best used for children of Korean parents or going to Korean school to get a better knowledge of written Korean.

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