Author Archive | Elisabeth Cook

Korean Greetings and Goodbyes: The Pop Culture-savvy Guide


Greetings and goodbyes are the bookends of conversations.

They may seem more decorative than functional.

Take them away, though, and you’ve got an avalanche on your hands.

Okay, so maybe that’s being a bit dramatic.

But not only do …

Want to Learn How to Read Korean? Your One-stop Hangul Guide


Don’t know how to read Korean?

Want to learn?

If you have a free afternoon and a place where you can sit quietly with a cup of coffee, you can do it today.

The thing about Hangul, the Korean alphabet

Practice Korean Reading! 7 Spots to Access Learner Texts Instantly

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Do you know how long it takes to make 잡채 (japchae)?


What I meant to say is, do you have any idea how long it takes me to make 잡채?

Let’s just say it takes a while, much longer …

Watch Korean Dramas for Free with These 6 Non-Sketchy Apps


There are always more.

It doesn’t matter how many Korean dramas you’ve watched.

There are definitely still more.

Sure, you could say the same for those packs of 신라면 (Shin Ramyun) on the kitchen counter you’ve been methodically …

Gentle Advice: 10 Ways to Improve Your Korean Speaking


Yelling at someone to help them speak seems counter-intuitive.

And yet there’s so much yelly “advice” out there for learning to speak a foreign language.

“You just have to go to the country! There’s no other way!”

To …

15 Free Korean Online Courses for Self-guided Learners on a Budget


I don’t know you.

At least, I don’t think I do.

If you found this post because you were searching for online Korean courses, there’s a pretty good chance we’re not acquainted.

Which means I don’t know what your life …

Korean From Zero! Review: What KFZ Can Do for You


It seems like everything Korean is a hot commodity right now.

K-pop is huge.

We’re seeing more and more Korean characters in movies and television.

Korean cuisine is working its way into mainstream American, Canadian and other English-language cultures.…