Today is “video day” according to my schedule with my LP. This means that we each select a video, TEDtalk or 세바시, to watch together followed by a discussion on the topics covered in the video. To maximize our learning and retention of the newly acquired vocabulary we also write an essay on the topic for our meeting the next day.
For today, I’ve chosen this video:
I really like that this video allows you to turn on Korean subtitles, which makes understanding it infinitely easier. It also helps when looking up new words since you already know how they are spelled. If you need more convincing as to why Korean subtitles are the best thing since sliced bread, read here.
This talk is by a Korean UN employee (not Ban Ki Moon) and deals with the problems faced by the UN and the world, and how the Korean Peninsula is a part of the threat against world peace.
I really learned a lot from this video and sincerely hope that you guys will too. To get you started here’s a list of useful politics-related vocabulary appearing in the video:
한반도 Korean Peninsula
세계 평화 World peace
신앙 Faith, belief
다루다 Deal with (a problem)
핵무기 Nuclear weapons
강대국 ≠ 약소국 Powerful nation ≠ Weak nation
대두되다 Be on the rise
지속가능한 개발 Sustainable development
침해되다 Be invaded
인권 Human rights
사형 Death penalty
군사적인 대립 Military conflict
정권 Governmental power
소외되다 Be marginalized
P.S. Today (11/11) is Pepero Day or 빼빼로데이 written in Korean. Since I’m unable to find these rather tasty chocolate covered biscuit sticks around here, I’m thinking about bringing a pack of twix to my language exchange this afternoon.