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Korean Shopping and out to Eat

We are Americans who live in Korea.  Living in Korea, is not hard for Americans.  In this blog, I plan to write and put pictures so that Americans or others who are interested in Korea can see how we live.  We have been here for 12 years, so we have learned a lot that will help people who are interested in coming here.  We will take the readers with us as we move about in Korea and teach them how to do it if they want to do it.  Today, we went grocery shopping and out to eat, so I will tell you about our trip out.

To begin with, we live on the 9th floor of a very tall apartment building.  When we lived in Romania, we lived on the 9th floor for a while, and we thought we were very high up, and the building was 10 floors high, but the 9th floor is nothing here in Korea.  The first year we came here, we lived on the 24th floor of an apartment building in a small town, and we were not at the top.  Koreans build the tallest buildings in the world.  When they need a tall building in a place like Dubai, they bring Korean builders in because they know how to build tall buildings safely.  They have such tall buildings because the peninsula is small.  Everything is crowded in Korea, and the land space is limited.  All the apartment buildings have elevators, and it is common as in our building to have two elevators. One elevator only goes to the even numbered floors, and the other elevator only goes to the odd numbered floors.  As we get on the elevator on our floor, we notice a suit case sitting by the elevator we don’t use.  Someone has stored it there because no one will come out that door, and it isn’t in the way.  In America, we would never just leave a suitcase in the hallway like that, but it is okay in Korea.  No one will take it. If someone took it, they would consider it stealing. Children in America have a saying about things just left around, “Finders keepers, losers weepers,” but that is not a saying here. You just don’t mess with or touch anything that isn’t yours even if the owner is not there.

After we go down our elevator, you can see the signs by the elevators telling you which elevator to take from the bottom floor. You can also see advertisements written in Korean on those signs. Those are advertisements put there by real estate people who handle the apartments. You can see it below the signs telling which elevator to ride as well as under the mirror, two different real estate agents. You also see a sign that says CCTV. That means that you are on closed circuit TV. You are being watched.  These TVs are everywhere in Korea.  About 80% of your life in Korea is on film.  As we walk out, there is an office with windows. The man inside is a guard.  He stays there watching everyone coming and going. He knows what is going on. If you have trouble, you ask him for help. If you park your car wrong, he will call you up and tell you he doesn’t like how you parked your car, and you must come and park it again.  He also helps you with another problem in the parking lot I will discuss in the next paragraph.

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If the parking lot is full when you come, but you must park, you may park your car in front of other people’s cars.  If you do this, a couple of things are required.  First, all cars in Korea must have the driver’s telephone number displayed on the dashboard for people to see. If your car is causing trouble where it is, they will call you to move your car.  You just have to be patient.  If you are in bed, you jump up, throw your clothes on, and run out and move your car. Whatever you are doing, you must move because if you don’t, they become irate and mean with you if you don’t move right away.  You have the right to expect them to move right away if they are in front of your car too. You just have to learn to have patience and do it their way.  If you park it the way it is in my picture, then, you must leave your car in neutral and leave the parking brake off. In the picture, you can see a broken brick.  In this particular apartment building, the parking lot slopes, so they will put these broken bricks under their tires to keep the cars from rolling.  If you come out and someone has parked in front of you like that, all you do is move the brick and push the car out of the way.  If it is too hard to push, this is when you can go back and ask the guard to help you push the car.

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Now that we are outside, I decided to take a picture for you to show you just how big our apartment building is.  I kept backing off and backing off in the parking lot to get a good shot of it from the bottom to the top, but I just didn’t have the space to back up and get the top and bottom at the same time. This tells you these buildings are huge.  They don’t have earthquakes like in Japan. Japan doesn’t have much land space, but they can’t build buildings like this because of their earth quakes. Here in Korea, the biggest natural problem they have is the typhoon, and it is good to be in one of these buildings during a typhoon.  The wind can’t touch these buildings because they are made of concrete, and they are huge.  If it floods, and you live up on the second or higher floor, you are in business. No water will get in your house.  However, we had to learn something about living on the first floor the hard way because in the last apartment we lived in, we wanted the bottom floor.  The bottom floor is cheaper, and not many people want to live there.  When it floods, the water comes in.  When the snow begins melting, the water comes in.  When it is hot and rainy outside, the apartment on the bottom floor may start getting black mold on the walls.  The drainage system is not good in these apartments, and if you are on the bottom floor, you may have water standing in your bathroom floor. It is normal to spray the bathroom floors in Korea to clean them because they are completely tiled with a drain in the middle of the floor. In fact, if there is no bathtub, often, there is just a shower nozzle coming out of the sink for your to shower with, and you flood your bathroom when you shower.  Water in Korean bathroom floors is normal.  However, when we lived in Romania, living on the bottom floor of the apartment building was good because it meant that you would never have water problems, but here in Korea, living on the bottom floor says you will have too much water that will give you problems.

If you look at the outside of the building, you will see that every apartment has an enclosed balcony.  The balcony is not heated like the rest of the house, but it will be enclosed, and Koreans use these either to grow plants, to hang clothes to dry, or for storage.  In many apartments, they put the washing machine on the balcony.  If you also look on the outside of the building, you will see metal units attached to the outside of the balconies.  Those are air conditioners.  They don’t have central air in Korea, but they do have wall air conditioners, and in some cases, free standing air conditioners that stand in the corner of a room. They call these “air con.”  If you use the whole word, they will have no idea what you are talking about.  Many Koreans have air conditioning, but not everyone uses it because the air conditioners are electric.  If your electric bill gets too high, the electric company doubles it to discourage you from using so much electricity, so many people who have air conditioners will hardly use them even though it can get very steamy here in summer.

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As we get in our car to go, you will see that I have an SM3.  An SM3 is a Renault built by Samsung. In the beginning, I didn’t drive a car.  Many Koreans and foreigners use public transportation which is really good here. Public transportation is cheap and efficient in Korea.  In America, only the poorest people ride a bus to work, but it is not that way here. Often, even people who have cars opt out to use public transportation on a daily basis and save their cars just for family outings and things like that because the public transportation here is really good.  There are buses, subways, and taxis.  They are all cheap, and I will do another blog teaching you how to use them.  I used them in the beginning, and they are healthy.  Everyone usually loses weight when they first come to Korea because they are used to going everywhere in a car, but when you are walking to the bus stop or the subway station, you lose weight.  At one point, an American called me and sold me his second hand car. I was thinking like an American back then. The car was cheap, it ran, and it would make our lives more convenient, so I bought it.

It was better to have a car, but I ran into some problems. First, Korea is complicated to get around in with a car.  When we were going with the subways and buses, it was easy to know where to go, but I was always lost with my car. I was always calling my friends, telling them where I was and asking how to get home or to where I was going.  I had to learn that everyone who drives in Korea needs a GPS, a navigation system or they will get lost.  I bought a GPS from the same guy who sold me the car that was in English. That was a mistake.  The way the Koreans spell things in English makes no sense to Americans in the beginning until we get used to it, and I was always confused about where I was with that GPS.  Finally, the transmission went out on that old car, and a Korean friend of mine decided she was going to take over and teach me how it should be done in Korea.  Koreans don’t buy second hand cars. They buy new ones. They also buy the newest technology.  Everything must be up to date in Korea. I told her I wanted something cheap, and she told me she could get me a good new car that was cheap on gas with cheap car payments. I told her I also wanted a small car because there are many very crowded roads in Korea, and a smaller car would be easier to get around in. She wouldn’t even consider showing me a car as small as I wanted because she said they were dangerous.  She took me to a new car show room and insisted I had to buy one of those cars, and she wasn’t going to help me find anything else.  She actually guided me in a good way,  I now have a car that is cheap on gas, has cheap car payments, has a good GPS, and has a backup camera.  A backup camera is a must in Korea. The parking spots are smaller in Korea than in America, and having a backup camera helps you park.  Trying to go into a parking space frontwards at times is just impossible, but you can back up into it with a back up camera easily.  With the new car, I had a special service that I could call whenever I had car trouble. I will explain the car services in another blog, but she guided me right.  Now, we head out shopping in our SM3.

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The place we are going is EMart, the Korean WalMart.  It is like a super WalMart with everything available in one store. There are other stores like it in Korea, but usually EMart is the cheapest.  At times, we go to Home Plus or Lotte Mart. They are comparable to EMart, but not quite as cheap, but you can find things there that are not at EMart.  Home Plus has a lot of imports from England because it is actually owned by a British company.  WalMart was in Korea the first year we came, but EMart bought them out.  Like our apartment building, EMart is several stories high.  Instead of a big parking lot, there is a parking garage.  These stores and parking garages are not just in Seoul, but in every small town too.  We end up on the fourth floor of the parking garage because everything before that is crowded. Today is actually Saturday, so the store is more crowded. If we come through the week, there are less cars and less people because everyone is as work through the week, but today, everyone is out.

Like in our apartment building, we must start at the elevators.  I took a picture of something for you to see that is on every elevator in Korea.  They are warning signs not to touch the door of the elevator or lean on the door because you could fall and get hurt.  As we get in the elevator, you will here either nerocabnida or olacabnida in a sweet Korean lady’s voice.  “nerocabnida” means “going down,” and “olacabnida” means “going up.”  We actually begin by going down to the third floor.  There is usually a food court on the third floor of this particular EMart, but they have blocked most of it off.  This is something normal in Korea. Usually, in this food court, you get the choice of Burger King, Baskin Robbins, and any number of traditional Korean restaurants, but they have blocked the Korean restaurants off. I took a picture of the sign explaining it will be open again in June.  We are often disappointed when they do this. They just randomly close off a place you have been going for a long time and enjoying.  The business isn’t bad, but they like to upgrade everything in Korea.  As with my car, they like everything new.  Over at the mall, there was a wonderful restaurant called “Burger Hunter” where they had big luscious burgers and homemade potato chips, and we often when there with our Korean friends, but one day, they blocked it off. We had no idea what would be there or why they would block off such a popular restaurant. When they were done, they replaced it with a corn dog restaurant and a Mexican restaurant.  We go to those restaurants occasionally, but we miss our hamburger restaurant.  As for this food court, they still have Baskin Robbins because Baskin Robbins is very, very popular everywhere, all over Korea. It is is every little town, and sometimes on every street corner.  Koreans love ice cream. We also find Burger King.  Burger King and McDonalds both are popular in Korea.

We decided to eat at Burger King.  When you order at Burger King or McDonalds, you have a choice of how to order now.  You can either talk to the person at the cash register who speaks just enough English to take your order if you can’t speak Korean (However, we have been here for 12 years, so we speak to them in Korean), or you can use one of the new machines. I took a picture of the ordering machines for you, but I haven’t messed with them and never use them to order although many people do.  After you have ordered, they give you a piece of paper with a number, and they have a board where you wait for your number to come up, and then your order is ready.

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After you eat, you are expected to recycle.  There is a trash can, but there are also places to dump your ice, put your cups, and put your lids and straws.  Recycling in a really big thing in Korea. This culture thinks that if you are a good person, you will recycle.  My son in law recycles in front of our apartment building once a week. I did it in the beginning when we first came because they encouraged me to do it, bu my son in law has taken over, and I let him. In one of my blogs, I will show you the way they recycle at the apartment buildings.

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As we leave the food court, we pass an Italian restaurant.  It has a display case with models of the food. This is normal both in Korea and Japan. When the food court was open, they had models of the food with prices.  You chose which one you wanted, then went to the lady and told her which one you wanted. You paid for it, then she gave you a number, and you sat down and waited, looking at all the Korean restaurants knowing your number would come up on the sign board on top of one of them, and then when your number came up, you would go to that restaurant to get your food. It works the same in all the food courts here, but if there is Burger King, McDonalds, Baskin Robbins, or something like that, they are separate even though they are part of the food court.

We keep walking and go past clothing and jewelry.  As I said, this place is like a super WalMart and has everything. To get to the food because we are grocery shopping, we must go to another floor, so we take a moving sidewalk down.  At the bottom, we see the pharmacy, the “yakgook.” Yakgooks are everywhere, and it is very convenient to get Tylenol, band aids, etc., and to fill prescriptions in Korea. Next to the Yakgook, you also see a place where you can buy glasses, like a super WalMart. However, there is something I took a picture of for you that you can find here that you can’t find in American WalMarts that is very convenient.  If you lose weight or someone gives you clothes that just don’t fit, or just whatever reason, your clothes don’t fit, you can bring them to a place like this. They are all over the place.  They fix your clothes for you, and it is cheaper than buying new clothes.

We go on toward the place where the food is with our shopping cart on the next moving sidewalk.  There are many, many things available.  I took a picture of the candy isle. There is also soda pop. There is a bakery where you can buy all kinds of nice bread, cakes, pizza, muffins, bagels, croissants, etc.  We continue. You can buy already cooked, dried rice in small plastic bowls. When you take these home, all you have to do is open them up, add a few drops of water, cover them again, and put them in the microwave for a little, and you will have a nice hot bowl of rice.  My son in law says he doesn’t even add water to his.  To go along with these, there are several other things that you could just heat and eat to make your busy life easier.  These are just many packages of different dishes. My son especially liked me to buy the curry rice packages for him when he was here. My son in law likes the meat ball packages, the steak packages, etc.  On the opposite side from all this, there is cereal, all kinds like in America. We also recently got toaster pop ups, and that makes my daughter happy.

We go on through the store. We go past the coffee and tea isle where they have all kinds.  We come to the isle where they sell peanut butter, jelly, and even marshmallow cream.  On this isle, we can usually find imported canned goods of all kinds like canned fruit or pinto beans.  We can also find lots and lots of cans of tuna.  We don’t continue to the next isles because we really don’t need what is there, but in case you are wondering, there is sugar, flour, mayonnaise, ketchup, pancake syrup, cooking oil, etc. There is no shortening, but if we want solid shortening, we use butter.  We are headed for the butter and cheese isle where there are all kinds of cheeses from all over the world as well as all kinds of butter.  Next, we pick up milk, and you can get low fat milk. You don’t have to drink it with the fat in it if you don’t want to.

We continue on and see all kinds of exotic things. They have meat prepared for you to buy and cook yourself, but I have no idea what it is. When we get to the regular meat isle, we always look for chicken, pork, and hamburger. These are always much cheaper at EMart than in a place like Home Plus. Chicken is always there. Pork is always there, but hamburger is not always there. Even if hamburger is there, it may be so expensive that we won’t touch it.  If it is Korean beef, they price it off the charts crazy.  If they import it from Australia, it is half the price of Korean beef.  We never buy the Korean beef, but always the Australian beef.  At times, the beef is so expensive, but we still want the kinds of dishes that take ground meat. I have used ground pork in those circumstances. When you make spaghetti and meatballs for example, you really can’t tell a big difference between beef or pork because you have put your condiments, bread crumbs, and eggs in the meatballs and then covered them with spaghetti sauce.  The taste isn’t so different that it isn’t doable.  By the way, you can buy already made spaghetti sauce in jars.  We have tried the Korean brands as well as the imported brands, and we like the imported brands best, but we can’t get them in EMart. We have to go to Home Plus to get them. You can also use the ground pork for taco meat.  You can buy tortillas here as well as long horn or cheddar cheese which means you can make tacos, but usually, they will have to be made with flour tortillas instead of corn because corn tortillas are only found in import shops here, but you can find flour tortillas in EMart and Home Plus. Sometimes at Home Plus, you can buy packages of spices already mixed together for tacos or fajitas. If you want refried beans in your fajitas, you will have to learn to make them from scratch before you come.

After we leave the meat isle, we go on and see all kids of exotic things the Koreans eat.  We took some pictures for you to see.  We don’t know how to fix any of this stuff.  We go on to the vegetable and fruits.  There are all kinds of things to see here.  There are things we would consider normal, and some you may have never seen.  My daughter begins snapping pictures.  In one of the pictures, you can see plantains, cooking bananas.  When we lived in Nigeria, we used to buy these.  You slice them up and fry them in butter and put salt on them, and they are a great snack.  She also takes a picture of chamwee, or as some Koreans say chamway.  These are just two pronunciations we have heard for the same thing. They are small yellow melons.  I have never seen them in any other country, but they are good.  There is also a picture here of the Korean pears. They are big and round unlike American pears. They also keep for weeks on end in the fridge like apples unlike American pears.  They don’t bruise or go bad and soft quickly like American pears, and they are delicious.  There is also a shot of what Americans would call tangerines, but the Koreans call them kyul.  They are extremely popular here. They come from Jeju Island, the Korean Hawaii, an island to the complete south of the peninsula.  Many Koreans go there on vacation, and they bring these back with them.  These little tangerines are everywhere. Everyone has them. Everyone eats them.  When I get on a bus with other professors or with students to go somewhere, someone is always passing out kyul, their small tangerines. After class, often, students bring me a kyul as a gift like they bring apples to American teachers.  Kyul are just extremely, extremely popular in Korea.

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Across from the fruits and vegetables, there is a special section.  These are supposed to be fruits and vegetables grown in a healthier way than the regular fruits and vegetables, organic, and they are more expensive.

After we leave the fruits and vegetables, we go past some more Korean delicacies. There is a picture here of ginseng. Koreans love ginseng.  They even put it in candy.  You can get on a bus and smell ginseng products around you, especially if there are old people.  Korea is the ginseng capital of the world.  They believe it is extremely healthy.  They were pushing it on me so much when I first got here, that I looked it up on the internet, and it doesn’t have as many special things about it that the Koreans think it does according to what I read, but it doesn’t stop them from propagating it, believing in it, and using a lot of it.  There are also pictures here of dried fish.  From what I understand,  you are supposed fry these, but I haven’t ever seen it done or know how to do it myself.

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We also go past the paper products and the soap isles. We stop and take a picture of the soft plastic bag like laundry soap containers.  You can buy the regular packages here like in the States, but they also make these packages for you to use as refills for your heavy plastic bottle of detergent to make it cheaper.

Next, we head back upstairs on the moving sidewalk.  We check out at the checkout stand.  The store is crowded, so many people are checking out.  At the checkout stand, the woman will say to you “punktul dirilkayo?”  She is asking if you want a shopping bag.  You can answer in English if you say, “yeah” because that means “yes” in Korean.  If you want more than one, you will have to tell her, but she won’t speak English at all, so this is the first place you will probably have no choice but learn the Korean numbers.  In many situations, you won’t need Korean, but to check out, it is much easier if you learn just a little.  As for us, on this day, we don’t need shopping bags because we bought some with us. We have to pay for shopping bags in Korea.  I took a picture of our shopping bags.  The strawberry has a shopping bag inside, and many people carry these with them.  If you look at the blue ones, there are pictures on them.  They show you can shop and use them for trash bags.  You can only buy trash bags at the cash registers in Korea.  They have separate trash bags also that can’t be used as shopping bags, but they can’t be bought at EMart. You can buy bigger trash bags if you go to a local “super” which is what they call a small shop close to your house, but you will have to know how to ask for them.  You say “tsuregi punctul juseyo” which means please give me a trash bag.  They come in all different sizes, and you can either buy one or a package, and in the beginning, you will think they are expensive.  However, you won’t have to pay for a trash service. We actually use our bags that double as shopping bags for our trash bags. You have to buy the bags in your neighborhood or they won’t like it.  Every apartment building has a place where you deposit your trash in these special bags, and it is picked up once a week like the recycling.

Now, we are back in our car and leaving the parking garage. There are so many cars, there is a traffic jam coming out of the parking garage, and we just have to be patient. We are all waiting perched on a slope. It is hard to perch your car on a slope during a traffic jam. One false move, and you have hit another car.  Finally, we get to the bottom, and there is a little booth.  Luckily, at EMart, they don’t charge you to park, although, when they first put these booths in, they did, but now, they just count how long you were there and how many cars have been in the parking lot. However, if you go to a big fancy department store like Hyundai Department Store in Mokdong, you will have to collect every receipt you receive.  You must prove to them you have been shopping and not just using their parking garage for something else because parking can become a really big deal in Korea. If you have bought enough, you will not have to pay to get out of the parking garage at Hyundai Department Store, but if you have not bought enough for the amount of time you have been inside, then you must pay to get out.  I have actually found a way around all this nonsense.  When we go over there, the first temptation is to park on the pink floor of the parking garage because it has flowers, statues, etc., and everything is painted in pink for women to park there, but I don’t.  I go all the way to the bottom of the parking garage, in the deepest basement.  Very few cars go down there, so when it is time to leave, they may not have posted anyone at the gate and won’t have anyone there to charge you anything as you go out if you are lucky.

Our shopping trip is finished, and we head back for our apartment building.  When I get home, I plan on blogging before I forget what we did. On the way home, we talk about all the other things we do or can do in Korea that foreigners will enjoy reading about, so this isn’t the end of my blogging, just one blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Play With Korean. 한국말로 놀자!

This blog is built on the one before it. If I told you a vocabulary word in the last Korean blog, the definition won’t be here, but in the previous Korean blog. The vocabulary list is only of new words.

Vocabulary (다노)

rabbit – 토끼 (toghee) carrot – 당근 (dahnggun)

elephant- 코끼리 (kogheeree) all – 모든 (mohdun)

frog – 개구리 (ghegooree) countryside – 시꼴 (sheegohl)

pig – 돼지 (do-ehjee) jump – 점푸 해요 (johmpoo heyo)

bear – 곰 (gohm) everything – 모든 것 (mohdun koht)

horse – 말 (mahl) like (verb) -좋아해요 (choh-ah-heyo)

snake – 뱀 (behm) mud (mire) – 진창 (jeenchahng)

sheep – 양 (Yahng) grass – 풀 (pul)

who -누구 (noogoo) shepherd – 양치 사람 (yahng chee saram)

take care of -주의헤요(joo-oo-ee-heyo)

near – 가까이 (kah-gah-ee) bug – 파리 ( pah-ree)

walk – 걸어가요 (gol-oh- gah-yo) run- 달려요 (dahl-ryo-yo)

carry on the back – 져요 (joh-yoh) leg – 다리 (dahree)

chicken egg -달걀 (dahlgyahl) no – 안이요 (ahnee-yo)

doesn’t walk, don’t walk – 걸어가지 않아요 (kohlohgajee ahnah-yo)

has, have, there is, there are – 있어요 (eesohyo)

doesn’t have, there isn’t, there aren’t – 없어요 (ohbsoyo)

forest, woods – 숲 (soop) strawberry – 딸기 (dahl-ghee)

When -언재 ohnjey sleep – 자요 (jahyo)

winter – 결 (kyol) is big, are big- 겨요 (kyoyo)

how -어떻깨 (ohdohghe) big – 큰 (kun)

nose – 코 (koh) and (between two nouns) – 와(wa), 과 (kwa)

New Grammar:

  1. There is more than one kind of state of being verb in Korean. have already lerned the one that identifies things: 이얘요 (eeyeyo) or 예요 (yeyo). Another kind is presented here: 있어요 (eesoyo) which means “there is,” “there are,” “is located,” “are located,” “am located,” “have,” or “has.”
  2. The way to say something isn’t from 이예요 is 않아요 (ahnah-yo). Example: “It isn’t a bear” = 곰이 않아요.
  3. The way to say something isn’t from, 있어요 is 없어요(obsoyo), “there isn’t,” “there aren’t,” “doesn’t have,” (“isn’t,” “aren’t,” “am not” in a place.)
  4. To make a regular verb negative, use the stem, then put 지 (jee), and then put 앟아요 (ahnah-yo).
  5. There is also something else grammatical in this lesson with verbs that isn’t in English. The adjective has two forms, the form you use before a noun and the form that can become a state of being verb. 큰 (kun) means “big” before a noun. 켜요 (kyoyo) means “is big.” 행복한 (hengbokhan) is “happy” before a noun. 행복해요 (hengbokheyo) means “is happy.” un 작은 (jackun) means “small” before a noun. 작아요 (jackahyo) means “is small.”
  6. In English, “s” makes things plural, and it is not optional. If you want to make it plural, you have to use it. However, it is different in Korean. 들(dul)=s, and it is optional. They may or may not use use. You may have to tell from the context or just guess that it is plural, and it is not considered wrong from them not to use 들 when we would use “s.”
  7. There are many ways to say “and” in Korean. 와 and 과 are used between two nouns. 와 is used after a noun that ends with a vowel. 과 is used after a noun that ends with a consonant.

이깃은 토끼 이예요.
토끼는 뭐 먹어요?
토끼는 당근을 먹어요.
토끼는 어디에 사라아요?
토끼는 시꼴에 살아요.
토끼는 뭐 해요?
토끼는 점푸 해요
이것은 돼지 이예요.
돼지는 어디에 살아요?
돼지는 농잔에 살아요..
돼지는 뭐 먹어요?
돼지는 모든 것은 먹어요.
돼지는 뭐 좋아해요?
돼지는 진창을 좋아해요.
이것은 양 이예요.
양이 어디에 살아요?
양이 농장에 살아요.
양이 뭐 먹어요?
양이 풀을 먹어요.
누구는 양을 주의해요?
양치는 사람이 양을 주의해요.

이것은 개구리 이예요.
개구리는 뭐 해요?
개구리는 점푸 해요.
개구리는 어디에 살아요?
개구리는 물 가까이 샇아요.
게구리는 뭐 먹어요?
개구리는 파리를 먹어요.
이것은 말을 이예요.
말이 뭐 먹어요?
말이 풀을 먹어요.
말이 워뭐해요?
말이 걸어가요.
말이 달려요.
말이 사람들을 져요.
이것은 뱀 이예요.
뱀이 뭐 먹어요?
뱀이 생쥐를 먹어요.
뱀이 달걀을 먹어요.
뱀이 걸어가요?
아니요. 뱀이 걸어가지 앟아요.
뱀이 다리를 앖어요.
아것은 곰 이예요.
곰이 어디에 살아요?
곰이 숲에 살아요.
뭐 먹어요?
딸기를 먹어요.
물고기를 먹어요.
언재는 자요?
겨울 에 자요.

코끼리 이예요.
코끼리는 어떻께 예요?
코끼리는 켜요.
코끼리는 큰 코 있어요.
코끼리는 뭐해요?
코끼리는 걸어가요.
코끼린는 사람들을 져요.
코끼리는 어디에 살아요?
커끼리는 인도 와 아푸리카에 살아요.

Questions:

  1. 코끼리는 어떻게 예요?
  2. 뱀은 다리 있어요?
  3. 말이 뭐 먹어요?
  4. 돼지는 어디에 살아요?
  5. 곰이 언제 자요?
  6. 개구리는 어디에 살아요?
  7. 토끼는 뭐 먹어요?
  8. 토끼는 뭐 해요?
  9. 양이 뭐 먹어요?
  10. 말이 뭐 해요?

Answers:

  1. 켜요.
  2. 아니요. 없어요.
  3. 풀을 먹어요.
  4. 농장에 살아요.
  5. 결에 자요.
  6. 물 가까이 살아요.
  7. 당근을 먹어요.
  8. 점푸 해요.
  9. 풀을 먹어요
  10. 걸어가요, 달려요, 사람들을 쳐요.
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Without Him (Fara El)

Buna Seara. Sper ca esti bine. (I hope you are fine.)Acum este timp sa te dau un cantec spiritual. (Now it is time to give you a spiritual song.) Maine, nu va fie internet la casa mea din cauza ca merg in Oklahoma in America Duminica. (Tomorrow, there will be no internet at my house because I will go to Oklahoma in America Sunday.) Dar nu trebuite sa aveti grija ca nu oprec sa te trmesc cantecele. (But, you don’t have to worry because I won’t stop sending you songs. )Doar trebuie sa am o pauza sa calatoresc. (I just need a break to travel.) Septamana viitor pot sa trimesc mai mult cantecele. (Next week, I can send more songs.) Primul parte de septamana viitor, voi fiu in America. (I will be in America the first part of next week.) Si deja am studentii acolo. (And, I already have students there. ) Ei mi a chemat din America si vor sa invata. (They called me from America today and want to learn.) Acum, am un canec foarte frumos pentru voi. (Now, I have a very pretty song for you guys.)

Without Him

Fara El

Without him I would be nothing,

Fara el eu ari fi nimic,

Without him I’d surely fail,

Fara el sunt sigur ca dau faliment,

Without him I would be drifting

Fara el eu ari fi alunecand

Like a ship without a sail.

Cum o corabia fara panza.

Jesus, oh Jesus, Do you know him today?

Iesu, Oh iesu, Il conoasteti azi?

Please don’t turn him away.

Te rog sa nu spun la el sa pleaca.

Oh, Jesus, Oh Jesus! Without him,

Oh, Iesu, Oh Iesu! fara el,

How lost I would be!

Cum de pierdut eu ari fe!

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Wonderful Words o Life (Palabras Maravillosa de Vida)

Buens Tardes. Espero que tu dia es buena. (I hope your day is good.) Hoy tengo un cancion que canta acerca de que maravillosa las palabras de la Biblia son. (Today, I have a song about how wonderful the words of he Bible are.) Hoy, hasta ahora, tuve’ una dia muy buena. (Today, until now, I have had a very good day.) Manana No puedo mandar nada, pero espere te hasta lunes, y cuando estare; en Oklahoma te mandare’ mas canciones. (Tomorrow, I can’t send anything, but wait until Monday when will be in America, and I will send more songs.) Si quieres leer por el fin de semana, tengo muchos otros bloges, y los puedes lee. (If you want to read on the weekend, I have many other blogs and you can read them.) Lo siento que necesita hacer una pausa cuando viajare’. (I am sorry it is necessary to take a beak when I travel.)

Wonderful Words of Life

Palabras Maravillosa de Vida

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Sing them over again to me,

Los me canta una otra vez,

Wonderful words of life;

Palabras maravillosa de vida;

Let me more of their beauty see,

Me deja mas de tu belleza ver,

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Wonderful words of life.

Palabras maravillosa de vida.

Words of life and beauty,

Palabras de vida y belleza,

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Teach me faith and duty;

Ma ensena fe y servicio;

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Palabras bonita, palabras maravillosa,

Wonderful words of life,

Palabras maravillosa de vida,

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Palabras bonita, palabras maravillosa

Wonderful words of life.

Palabras maravillsa de vida.

Verse 2:

Christ the blessed one gives to all,

Benedecido’ Cristos nos todos da,

Wonderful words of life,

Palabras maravillosa de vida,

Sinner list to the loving call,

Pecador, escucha su lamada de amor;

Wonderful words of life,

Palabras maravillosa de vida,

All so freely given,

Dios nos da todo gratis,

Wooing us to Heaven,

Nos granjea a Cielo,

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Palabras bonita, palabras maravillosa,

Wonderful words of life,

Palabras maravillosa de vida,

Beautiful word, wonderful words,

Palabras bonita, palabras maravillosa,

Wonderful words of life.

Palabras maravillosa de vida.

Verse 3:

Sweetly echos the gospel call,

Llamada de evangelio resona;

Wonderful words of life,

Palabras maravillosa de vida.

Offer pardon and peace to all

‘Dios nos ofreseperdon y paz,

Wonderful words of life,

Palabras maravillosa de vida.

Jesus only savior,

Jesus es solo salvador,

Sanctify forever,

Y nos da sanidad para siempre,

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Palabras bonita, palabras maravillosa,

Wonderful words of life,

Paarbras mravillosa de vida,

Beautiful words, wonderful words,

Palabras bonita, palabras maravillosa,

Wonderful words of life.

Palabras maravillosa de vida.

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Let’s Play With Korean 한구말로 놀자! (Hangook Mal ro Nolja)

Vocabulary 단어):

duck – 오리 (ohree) Monkey 원승이 (whonsung-ee) cat – 고야이 (goyang-ee

what – 뭐 (mo tiger – 호랑이 (horang-ee) mouse – 생(sengchwe)

is – 이예요(eeyeyo), 예요 (yeyo) banana -바나나 (banana) milk – 우유 (ooyoo)

this – 이것은(eegosun) dog -개 (ghe) fish – 물고기 (moolgoghee)

live – 살아요 (salayo) meat – 고기 (goghee) person – 살 람 (saram)

where – 어디 (ohdee) water -믈 (mool) people – 사람들 (saramdool)

cow – 암소 (ahm-so( tree = 나무 (namoo) house – 집 (cheeb)

cheese – 치이즈 (cheeju) eat -뭐거요 (mogoyo) farm – 농장 (nongjangㄷ)

India – 인도 (eendo) Africa – 아푸리카 (ahpooreeka)

Grammatical Explanations:

  1. In Korean, the verb always come last.
  2. There are articles after the subject and the direct object, not before like in English. Their articles don’t mean the same thing. They are markers to tell you which word is the subject and which one is the object. “lool”or “ool” comes before an object. “nun” or “un” or “ee” or “ga” can come after the subject. If the proceeding word ends with a vowel, use the article that begins with a consonant. If the proceeding word ends in a consonant, choose the article that begins with a vowel.
  3. The preposition also comes after the object of the preposition. The only preposition used here is “e,” meaning “to” or “at,”or “in.”
  4. Sentences and questions have the same work order.
  5. The subject comes first, the verb comes last, and everything else comes between.
  6. The subject is often left out.
  7. If 의 (oo-ee) comes after a noun, it is a possessive. It means what comes after 의 belongs to the noun 의 follows.
오리 이예요. (oh-ree eeyeyo)
이것은 뭐 예요? (ee-gos un mo yeyo?)
오리 이예요.
오리는 어이에 실아요? (oh-ree nun oh-dee salayo?)
믈에 살아요. (mool e salayo.)

암소 이예요. (ahm-so eeyeyo.)
뭐 예요? (mo yeyo?)
암소 이예요.
암소는 어디에 살아요?
농장에 실아요. (nong-jang e salayo.)
이것은 뭐 예요?
원승이 이예요. (wonsung-ee eeyeyo.)
원승이 는 어디에 살아요? (Wonsung-ee nun ohdee e salayo?)
나무에 살아요. (namoo e salayo.)
아푸리카에 살아요. (Africa e salayo.)
원승이 는 뭐 먹아요? (wonsung-ee nun mo mogoyo?)
바나나를 먹어요. (banana o mogoyo.)
호랑이 이예요. (horang-ee eeyeyo.)
이것은슨 뭐 예요?
호랑이 이예요.
호랑이는 어디에 살아요?
인도에 살아요. (eendo e salayo.)
호랑이 는 뭐 먹어요?
고기를 먹어요. (go-ghee lul mogoyo.)
이거슨 뭐해요?
개 이예요. (ghe eeyeyo.)
게는 뭐 먹어요?
개는 어디에 살아요?
개는 사람들의 집에 살아요. (ghe nun saramdul oo-ee chib e salayo.)
개는 뭐 먹어요?
개는 고기를 먹어요.
개는 뭐 마셔요? (ghe nun mo mashi-oyo?)
개는 믈을 만셔요. (ghe nun mul ool mashi-oyo.)
이것은 고야이 이예요. (eegosun goyangee eeyeyo.)
이것은 뭐 예요?
고양이 이예요.
고야이는 뭐 먹어요?
고야이는 생쥐를 먹아요. (goyang-ee seng-joo-ee lul mogoyo)
고야이는 물고기를 먹어요. (goyang-ee nun moolgog-ee lul mogoyo.)
고양이는 뭐 마셔요?
고야이는 우유를 마셔요.. (goyang-ee nun ooyoo lul mashiyoyo.)
이것은 뭐 예요?
생쥐 이예요? (seng chwe eeyeyo.)
생쥐는 뭐 먹어요?
생쥐는 치이즈를 먹어요. (sengchwe nun chejoo lul mogoyo.)
생쥐는 어디에 살아요?
생쥐는 살람들 의 집에 살아요. (sengchwe nun saramdool oo-ee cheeb e salayo.

Exercise:

  1. 호랑이는 뭐 먹어요?
  2. 생쥐는 뭐 먹어요?
  3. 오리는 어디에 살아요?
  4. 개는 뭐 먹어요?
  5. 고야이는 뭐 먹어요?
  6. 개는 어디에 살아요?
  7. 원숭이는 뭐 먹요?
  8. 원수잉는 어디에 사라요?
  9. 암소는 어디에 살아요?
  10. 사람들이 어디에 살아요?

Answers:

  1. 호랑이는 고기를 먹어요.
  2. 생쥐는 치이즈를 먹어요
  3. 오라는 믈애 살아요.
  4. 개는 고기를 먹어요.
  5. 고야이는 생쥐를 먹어요. 고야이는 물고기를 먹어요.
  6. 개는 사람들의 집에 살아요,
  7. 원숭인는 바나나를 먹어요..
  8. 원숭이는 나무에 살아요.
  9. 암소는 농장에 살아요.
  10. 사람들이 집에 살아요.
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A Magnificent Plan For Us

Before the foundations of the world, before we were all created, God made a plan for us. God didn’t want to create robots. He wanted to create being that would choose to love him just as he chose to love the beings he would create. He knew that unless they chose to love him, the love would mean nothing. His plan was Christ.

First, he created man with a knowledge of him, but with free will. They chose to disobey and not to love his ways, so he put them out of the Garden of Eden saying Christ would eventually come to conquer sin (Genesis 3). Later, Noah chose to obey, but the earth was so full of wickedness that God was sorry he had made man, so the flood came. Each man wanted his own way; they each demanded their “rights.” The flood almost completely destroyed mankind, but the ones who loved God were saved. Noah and his family were a ray of hope for God, so they lived.

After that, Abraham came. He wasn’t perfect, but he believed in God and became faithful never giving up. God promised that through him, Christ would come to help everyone understand God better.

Moses came after that and gave us the ten commandments. The ten commandments were a step in God’s plan to bring us back to him. The idea was to teach man the difference between right and wrong, but people still misunderstood. They did their duty without loving God. God is like a loving parent and wants our love.

There were many prophets after that urging people to follow God and pointing to him and a time in the future that Christ would come. God spoke through them and told them what we should look for. The Old Testament books are full of specifics like these: “He will be born in Bethlehem; “He will be born of a virgin;” “Many babies will die in that time; “He will come out of Egypt;” “He will be a Nazarene;” “He will speak in parables;” etc. etc. There are more than one hundred specific prophecies written about Christ in the Old Testament that were written hundreds of years before his birth. God was pointing to a time in the future. Thee are also many specific prophecies about John the Baptist and the church. They all came true.

Christ came to show us the way back to God. He came to show us that the road to God is not outside us, but inside us. It is not just “Don’t commit adultery,” but don’t even look at someone you aren’t married to to want them sexually. It is not just “Don’t steal,” but don’t even want things that aren’t yours. It is not just, “Don’t murder,” but don’t be angry. The laws of Christ go deep inside of us. God wants our hearts, our souls, our minds. He doesn’t just want outward acts of piety. He wants hearts trying to do the right thing. He wants us to love him and to love one another.

Jesus rose from the dead because he listened to God, and the Bible says he is the first born of many brothers. God likes what Jesus did so much he is sitting next to him on a throne in Heaven.

He wants us all to be pure. He wants us all to be humble and stop putting our own desires first. He wants us all to stop demanding our “rights” just as Christ gave up all his rights in Heaven and humbly came to the earth letting people nail him to the cross so we could understand and follow his example. When we can follow his example, we have found God. Because he gave up his rights, God appreciated it so much he raised him from the dead.

God wants us to love him the way Christ loves him.

The problem is we have all sinned. We have all demanded our own way. We all need a way to get rid of those sins if we want to live with God because God is complete holiness and can have nothing to do with sin. We all need to go back and study the life and teachings of Christ and take it seriously because Christ is God’s plan and showed us how to live with God forever. When that happens, God’s plan will be completed through us, and it will no longer be just God loving us, but us loving God too. We need to emulate the death, burial, and resurrection in our own lives. He wants us to do these things through our own free will, not because someone forced us to do them. If we don’t do it from our own free will, it doesn’t accomplish God’s plan and means nothing. Love God. Learn how to live as Christ did, and love one another.

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Rules For a Happy Life, Part 8

Yes, there are seven more “Rules for a Happy Life” before this one. If this is the first one you have seen, you are all the way at the end because this is the last in the series. I will have to think of something else to help you guys after this, and I have a busy brain, so I am sure I will think of something good. Tomorrow is the last day I will be blogging in Korea. They turn my internet off the morning after tomorrow, and in a couple of days, I will be on the plane for America. We can’t use the internet while the plane is in the air. That means I won’t be able to blog again until I get to America after tomorrow. That means the first part of next week. Be sure and check back the first of next week, and I will have more interesting things for you to see. In the meantime, while I am not able to send anything out, you could be looking at blogs you haven’t read yet because I have lots of them. However, for now, I need to finish “Rules for a Happy Life.”

71. Go to sleep at night. You will be sorry the next day if you don’t. When I was in school, if I didn’t sleep at night, I couldn’t function in my classes the next day. When I went to work everyday, I learned to go to bed at 9:00 every night so I could get up and feel good enough to go to work the next day. When I was in elementary school, my parents gave me the bedtime of 8:00, and the older i got, the later and later they pushed my bedtime. However, when I began working, I realized it was up to me to keep that job, and if I didn’t sleep well enough, I couldn’t function the next day. You don’t have to make your bed time 9:00 like I did, but it isn’t a bad idea. We all need enough sleep to function at our peak. My Korean son in law works a really strange schedule. He doesn’t get home until 12:00 at night sometimes, and he is so wound up he can’t sleep, so he sits on the couch, first eating the dinner I cooked, and then eating candy and watching TV. He may be there several hours, and then wants to sleep all day the next day until it is time for him to go to work again. Our bodies need rest and will take the rest if we don’t give them rest. If we compartmentalize and organize we should be able to find a way to get a good eight hours of sleep at night so we can function at our peak the next day.

When I was in school, I didn’t always get enough rest, and when a germ was being passed around, I was the first one to pick it up. I got sick just too much and ended up in bed for a year right after I graduated. The doctor said if I had eaten better and rested more, I would have been strong enough not to pick the germ up that made me so sick. As it was, I made medical history in Oklahoma City because I was so sick. Go to bed at night and eat things full of vitamins and minerals. Don’t fad diet. I used to skip meals. Don’t do that either. Stay strong. If you need to lose weight, use your head about it. I have learned the best avenues for lose weight without getting sick, so I will blog about it some day.

72. Clean up after yourself. Don’t expect others to do it. It isn’t fair to expect other people to clean up messes that you made. When I was growing up, it seemed that I was always cleaning up after my brothers and sisters. I waited on my dad. I waited on my older sister. People treated me like a hand maiden. My mother cleaned her bathroom, and I cleaned the family bathroom. My older sister was busy and didn’t have to help. The boys were boys, so they didn’t have to do it either. I woke up early and went to school everyday, and came home and baked for my brothers. I helped my mother make dinner, helped her do the laundry, and did the dishes. Every Saturday, I had to wake up early to clean the house. Everyone left their stuff laying around the house, and I was expected to make everything look clean. If they left their books in the living room, I put the books in the nearest drawer so they could find them. I put their shoes in their rooms, etc. I vacuumed the living room and swept the other floors. I made beds.

When I had my own kids, I tried to make them more responsible for themselves because I didn’t want just one child waiting on all the others. I told them that if they made a mess, it was their responsibility to clean it up themselves. It taught them responsibility. I wanted them to think twice before making a mess in the house or making a mess in their lives. If they understood that they were responsible for their mistakes, I felt they would try harder to do the right thing, and they did. My oldest son became like a cop making sure everyone cleaned up after themselves. He was always reminding them they were responsible for their own mistakes and messes. He is now a D. A. He stands up in court doing the same thing to the rest of the world now. He learned his lesson well. His house is immaculate too. He was always a great example for the other kids who have also fallen in line. Be responsible for yourself. Clean up your own messes. Don’t expect anyone else to do it for you.

73. Make friends and be a friend. It is always nice to have someone around to talk to that you can depend on to care about you. Reach out. Smile. Talk to people. They like it. Invite people to do things with you. Invite everyone to play board games. My students told me that I really knew how to throw a party because I often gave student parties too. I would invited a group into my house. I made sure they had cookies or something else good to eat. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. I would break out the board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, Dominoes, Apples to Apples, etc. Then, I would also play music int he background. We could play at the kitchen table or sit on the floor around the coffee table. Everyone has always enjoyed my parties. They loved homemade cookies! I got to know them and made friends.

If they had problems, they knew they could call on me to help. One young man called me up once because he was a long way from home, and he had lost his place to live through no fault of his own, but he didn’t have enough money to rent another place. I called up a friend who had a spare bedroom and lived alone who had also come to my parties. They guy was thrilled to have a room mate. I had a mat that they could put on the floor for the student to sleep on. Everything worked; the two of them also became great friends. That student graduated and went to graduate school and has a good job now. When my car sold, he is the one who sold my car for me. I took care of him, and he took care of me.

That is what happens when you treat people right. In order to have friends, you must first be a friend. Don’t take advantage of anyone, but if you have treated people well, when you really need it, they will treat you well too. I could tell you about lots of my friends, but I chose this one because he sold my car for me just this week and made my life and someone else’s much better. I have gotten people jobs. I have given them rides in my car when they needed it, etc.

One young man saw someone fall on the railroad tracks and get run over by the train and was completely shaken up. He called me crying and shaking, and I picked him up in my car and kept him with me until his nerves were calm enough to go home. A girl’s parents were trying to force her into marrying someone she didn’t want to marry, so she didn’t want to go home, so I let her live with me and helped her find a job. The girl introduced me to her parents at her wedding. Staying with me, she could marry the man she wanted. Her parents were very happy I helped her because she found a much better husband than the one they wanted her to marry. I found another girl who was passing out in the street; she had left home and was in financial trouble. She was sleeping in the subway and scared of someone who wanted money from her. She was passing out from hunger. I paid the person she was scared of. I took he home and fed her. I took her to the doctor to make sure she wasn’t sick and it was only hunger, and it was only hunger. I tried to help her sort her problems out. I helped her get a job. She turned around and paid me back every penny I paid to help her, and later she came back to visit again wanting to tell me again how grateful she was. I could just keep tell you, but these people became my friends, and if I need help, they help me.

If you don’t know how to do something, maybe your friend does.

74. Two heads are better than one. I don’t have all the answers all the time. I don’t purport to have all the answers all the time. I try hard to find the answers to my problems. I try hard to sort things out. I read my Bible religiously and take Jesus’ advice. However, sometimes something happens that is just so mind boggling that I don’t know what to do. This move we are making to America is driving me crazy. However, there are three of us working at it. I know a lot of things I can do. I have moved many times, but never from Korea to America. My daughter and Korean son in law have good ideas, and I listen to them. Just in the last couple of days, my daughter discovered an app on her phone. Someone from her work told her. We had been trying to sell things rather than have to throw them away, but no one was buying anything except my car and a few books. However, my daughter found an app and began advertising things, and they sell almost immediately when she put the add there. I would never have known about that add if I had been making all the decisions. My son in law has been working with a shipping company and trying to get the best deal to send some of our things to America. I don’t know anything about Korean shipping companies. He is going to get it there cheaper and quicker than I could. I am the one who knows how to pack because I have been doing it my whole life. I am the one who must go because only I can drive and because no one except me knows anything about America. They look to me for advice about all kinds of things, but there are things I don’t know, and luckily there are three of us. We have three heads working on this move. If I had done it all myself, it would have been much harder. When my kids were small, I was in charge, but now, I share the duties with my grown kids.

This is a little tablet from my purse. It is full of phone numbers, addresses, times, vocabulary words, people’s names, etc.

75. Write it down before you forget it. Not many people can remember everything on the spot. I learned a trick many years ago. I began carrying a little tablet with paper in my purse. If I needed to remember a date, a time, a vocabulary words, etc. I wrote it down on the spot, and then I wouldn’t forget. It is one of he ways I learned to speak Japanese. Every time I heard the same word again and again, I wrote it down, looked it up, and memorized it. After that, after I learned all the words I kept hearing people repeat, if I heard a word I had never heard before, I wrote it down, looked it up, and memorized it. I learn more, remember more, and stay better organized by writing things down.

76. Never leave your car in a parking garage without writing down where it is. I had to learn this the hard way. I was living in Romania where there were no parking garages. I wasn’t used to being around parking garages. I visited a friend in North Carolina, and we left her car in a parking garage and went into a big building. When we came back, we couldn’t find her car. We had to get someone who worked there to drive us around and look for the car because the garage was just too big and had too many floors to find it otherwise. I hadn’t even thought of writing the number down of where the car was because I never had to before. However, since that time, I always write that number down and can find my car easily every time. When my daughter got big enough to help me, she wanted to take a picture of the number with her phone to make it easier, so I let her. Here in Korea, there are parking garages everywhere. If I didn’t already understand to take note of that number, we would have been lost in the parking garage many times, but because of what happened in North Carolina when my daughter was still a baby, we are never lost in the parking garage now. Write down where you leave your car. Either that, or take a picture of it with your phone.

77. Listen to God. This is the last, but the most important. Go to church every Sunday. Go to Bible classes. Read your Bible yourself. Think about what is in the Bible. Try to do the things that Jesus tells you to do. You will never be sorry. God made us. He knows how we are put together. He loves us, and he wants us to be happy. The Bible is one of the best books in the world if you want rules for a happy life. My daughter follows a psychologist from Canada online. He tells everyone he isn’t a Christian, but he knows what kinds of advice are given int he Bible, and he says it is all Scientifically, Psychologically, and Medically sound. He recommends people follow the rules in the Bible even if they aren’t Christians because they are good for us. I have been a Christian since I was 15 years old, and I began studying the Bible before that or I wouldn’t have made the decision to become a Christian. Listening to God has given me a solid anchor that I can trust to always be right. If I don’t know, God can help. Sometimes it is hard to do what is written there. It isn’t easy to forgive when you have been hurt. It isn’t easy not to scream and get angry with people. However, the things that God asks us to do give us a happy life. He hasn’t given us anything that we can’t do if we don’t try. Read and study the Bible. Understand what is there. Don’t let others tell you and not read it for yourself. Perhaps they are mistaken or perhaps they are just trying to control you. Perhaps they are smart, good people too, but you won’t know if you don’t read the Bible for yourself. Don’t be rebellious because it gets you nowhere except strife and troubles. Try to know what the right thing is, and try to do it. God to church. Follow God. Click “like” on what he says because he loves you and gives the best advice.

I appreciate my Korean son in law for finding this and asking me to put it on my blog.

This is the end of this blog, but it is not the end of my blogs. There will be more. As I have been packing and going through things, I am finding things that I wrote a long time ago and just put away like I had done with my “Rules for a Happy Life” that my son in law found and told me to put on my blog. I have always been a thinker and a writer. I have more things you will enjoy, so stay with me.

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Thy Word (Tu Palabra)

Buenos Tardes. Como esta’ usted hoy? (How are you today?) Fui a casa toda dia. (I was at home all day.) Tengo mucho de hacer porque estamos yendo en America despues de tres dias. (We have a lot to do because we are going to America after three days.) Manana es la ultima dia puedo mandar un blog hasta llegare’ en America. (Tomorrow is the last day I can send a blog until I arrive in America.)Hoy trabaje’ mucho, y manana, necesita trabajar mucho. (I worked a lot today, and tomorrow, I have to work a lot.) Pero ahora, puedo mandar un cancion espiritual. (But, now I can send a spiritual song.) “Esto cancion habla a Dios, y habla acerca de la Biblia. (This song talks about God, and talks about the Bible.)

Thy Word

Tu Palabra

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

Tu palabra es una lampara para mis pies,

and a light unto my path.

Y una lumina para mi calle.

When I feel afraid,

Cuando tengo miedo,

Think I’ve lost my way,

Pienso que perdo mi calle,

Still you’re right beside me,

Tadavia estas aqui al lado de mine,

Nothing will I fear

No tengo miedo de nada

as long as you are near,

cuando ere cerca de mine,

Please be near me to the end.

Por favor, esta’ con migo hasta el fin.