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오늘의 한마디는 부채입니다. [Jun. 8th, 2008|12:13 pm]
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k0dama
Today's word of the day is "fan".


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There are a couple different types of fans in Korea: there is the kind of hand-held fan that doesn't fold, the kind of hand-held fan that does fold, and the kind of fan that's wings attached to a central pivoting motor and uses electricity to operate. The first two are called a 부채, and for clarity you can refer to the folding fan as '접는 부채' (the kind of fan you can fold), however the fan with a motor is called a 선풍기 (扇風機) -- literally, fanning wind machine. Of course, when it comes to modern ways of staying cool in the summer, we can't leave out the mighty air conditioner. Air conditioners are typically called an 에어컨, much like the Japanese loan word エアコン from the English phrase "air conditioner".

Anyway, moving on to some terms:
부채질을 하다 -- to fan oneself (with or without a fan)
부채를 사다 -- to buy a fan
부채춤 -- a type of traditional Korean dance using fans typically performed by a group of females. (video example!)
부채를 접다 -- to fold up a fan.

선풍기를 키다 -- to turn the air conditioner on
선풍기를 끄다 -- to turn the air conditioner off
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오늘의 한마디는 나비 [Jun. 7th, 2008|09:46 pm]
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k0dama
Today's word of the day is "butterfly".


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   Here's some phrases involving Butterflies:
훨훨 -- Onomatopoeia of butterfly wing movement. Think of it as "flutter flutter"
날개 --wing(s)
더듬이 -- feelers
호랑나비 -- Monarch Butterfly
애벌레 - caterpillar
번데기 - pupae (also a popular street food in Korea)
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오늘의 한마디는 민들레 [Jan. 28th, 2008|09:11 pm]
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k0dama
Today's word of the day is "dandelion".


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   Here's some phrases involving Dandelions:
민들레를 뜯다 -- to pick a dandelion
민들레를 뜯어 먹다 -- To pick and eat a dandelion
민들레를 뿌리채 뽑아내다 -- to pull a dandelion out of the grounds, roots and everything
민들레에 꽃이 피이다 -- to have flowers blossomed on a Dandelion
민들레 씨를 불다 -- to blow away dandelion seeds
포공영 (浦公英) -- A synonym to 민들레 that is most commonly used in Chinese (herbal) medicine. Sometimes only refers to dried dandelion roots.

Lion -- 사자. This word isn't really related to 민들레 :p
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