Hello Korea – 안녕하세요

19th June 2022

Jeonju, 2011

Last week, to my delight and amazement, I saw I had nearly seventy hits on one day, most of which came from South Korea.

To say thank you, here are some of my memories of your breathe-taking country, it’s films and literature.

Hope to come back again one day.

The Flying Bird Tea Room in Insadong, Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
The Gate of Deoksu Palace – The Palace of Virtuous Longevity, Seoul
Namsan Tower through the National Museum, Seoul.
Buddhist shrine, Jeonju

Some of my favourite Korean films:

Lovers ‘ Concerto 2002
… ing 2003
My Sassy Girl 2001
Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors 2000

Some of my favourite Korean books:

This one’s cheating – my favourite Korean restaurant in London, near the British Museum.

Goodbye my Korean friends

All street scene photos by Thay Paul. Book and film images from Google

Adult Speaking Class, Level 3: Art – what do you think ?

13th April 2020

Giving Opinions

The following is a list of opinion phrases, aimed at expanding your vocabulary as well as enabling you to practise the linking sounds required in order to sound like a native speaker.

“In my experience…” // “As far as I’m concerned…”

“I’m absolutely convinced…” // “Speaking for myself…”

“In my opinion…” // “Personally, I think…”

“I’d say that…” // “I’d suggest that…”

“I’d like to point out that…” // “I believe that…”

“What I mean is…” // “It’s obvious to me…”

“It seems to me …” “This could possibly …”

What do you think of the following works of art ?

The Last Supper by Leonardo 1490s

As far as I’m concerned, this mural painting is one of the greatest achievements of European culture.

Personally, I think the painting is overrated. I can’t see what is so special about it.

Now, your turn. Use the above expressions; what do you think about …

Dance at Bougival by Renoir 1883
Chinese landscape
Man Pointing by Giacometti 1947
Socialist Realism from Viet Nam
Starry Night by Van Gogh 1889
Lobster Telephone by Dali 1936
Traditional Korean Painting. Life Of Ordinary People Painting ...
Traditional Korean painting
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst 1991