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Train to Busan (2016) film

Director: Yeon Sang-ho

Writer:  Park Joo-suk

Cast:  Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an

Train to Busan (2016) is a zombie, horror movie and although I’m not usually a fan of this genre, I watched it because I love Gong Yoo and he plays plays the lead role of a workaholic father taking his young daughter on the train from Seoul to Busan to see her mother.  What could go wrong? 

Unfortunately, it seems everywhere, including the train, are attacked by blood sucking, body twisting zombies and Gong Yoo’s character is forced to protect those around him and his precious daughter.

It's a fast paced, action type of film that had me on the edge of my seat squealing ‘Look out’ to the screen. The plot and storyline had a nice message about kindness and, of course, looking after those we love. There's an unexpected twist at the end which might have you reaching for the tissues 

Gong Yoo’s acting was flawless as always.  In an interview, Gong Yoo said it was easy to play the part of the scared father because he was genuinely terrified of the zombies anyway. 

The ‘behind the scenes’ shots are worth a laugh too.   

Watch Train to Busan on Netflix.

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Let’s learn 10 different greetings for Christmas cards or messages.


This is Helena.

Today, we will be looking at 10 different greetings that you can use when writing Christmas cards or messages.

  1. 따뜻한 크리스마스 보내세요: Have a warm Christmas
  2. 행복한 크리스마스 보내세요: Have a Merry Christmas
  3. 즐거운 크리스마스 보내세요: Enjoy your Christmas

How was that? The pattern "xx한 크리스마스 보내세요" is repeated in each sentence, which is very easy to remember, right? Since Christmas is a warm 따뜻한, happy 행복한 and fun-filled time 즐거운 시간 you can use these simple greetings.

Adding the people the listener is spending the holidays with will make the greeting even more thoughtful.

  1. 소중한 가족들과: with your precious family
  2. 사랑하는 사람들과: with your loved ones

then it becomes 소중한 가족들과 따뜻한 크리스마스 보내세요.(2번) and 사랑하는 사람들과 행복한 크리스마스 보내세요.

Lastly, you can also add some adverbial phrases that Koreans often use. Using these phrases will make your greeting flow better in Korean.

  1. 늘 건강하시고: always be healthy…
  2. 항상 감사드리고: I am always grateful…
  3. 추운데 감기 조심하시고: Be careful not to catch a cold…
  4. 올 한해 마무리 잘하시고: Have à great end of the year…

I'll put it on and say it.

  1. 늘 건강하시고 따뜻한 크리스마스 보내세요.
  2. 항상 감사드리고 소중한 사람들과 행복한 크리스마스 보내세요.
  3. 추운데 감기 조심하시고 즐거운 크리스마스 보내세요.
  4. 올 한해 마무리 잘하시고 따뜻한 크리스마스 보내세요.

Great! You can write a Christmas card in Korean, right?

Then I hope you all have a merry Christmas.

사랑하는 사람들과 따뜻한 크리스마스 보내세요.


Christmas Party with Organic Korean

Last Saturday, a Christmas party was held for native English teachers in Korea. Enzo, who organized the party, participated as an English voice actor for our book. There were three winners at this Ugly Sweater Party, and I gave them my book <Organic Korean> as a gift. I hope it'll be a good memory for the winners.

Now you can buy organic Korean from all over the world.

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Organic Korean 

Pure and simple Korean


Watched a lot of K-dramas but still struggle to converse in Korean?

No worries! Alpha Korean Class is here to motivate and help you!

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‘Organic Korean’ is made up of 8 units, with a total of 50 daily lessons. Each unit study focuses on a specific topic and includes up to 8 related subtopics. Each lesson contains between 30 to 40 new words, based on each lesson’s theme, frequency, and use in daily conversation. There are approximately 1750 new words introduced throughout the book. Each lesson contains one grammar point, introducing 50 grammar points throughout the entire text. The recommended learning time is 1 to 2 hours per lesson, during which learners are encouraged to apply the grammar and vocabulary, and practice speaking. 

Let’s Begin the Journey Now!

As Korean culture spreads around the world, many people now have a desire to learn Korean. Always remember that the best way to learn another language is by having conversations with actual native speakers. Our workbook is based on real-life situations that you can be faced with. Interact with native Koreans and gain the perfect hangul pronunciation.  The goal is to help you learn how to speak the expressions fluently. This course will support you to jump up to the next level.

Key Benefits of the Contents

    - Lessons are taught through practical and real-life examples of foreigners interacting with native Koreans on daily basis.

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Unit 1-Food & Dining

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Unit 4-Emergencies

Unit 5-Travel

Unit 6-Meeting new people

Unit 7-Expressing yourself

Unit 8-Everyday life

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (September 26, 2022)
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You've been waiting for a long time. You can now purchase Organic Korean paper books on Amazon. I will do my best to provide more stable services. 파이팅!Get it now ☞

Q. Is there a huge difference from original released version?

A. That's a good question. This book has the same font as the original and almost the same design. It's just technically improved the graphics area. And the most changed thing is the cover, I changed the name of the publisher from KWIINMEDIA to AKC. I put on the Alpha Korean Class logo.

1. I solved the font problem like this. I proved that there is no problem with my font license. And there was a Korean font that was difficult to implement, but I solved the problem technically so that it could be produced anywhere.

2. Also, the page with a lot of images was previously made to cut the edges, but from now on, the unit introduction page has been modified with a full background color and image without any borders. Actually, this was the original version of the designer, but I didn't know how to implement it in the Amazon publishing process, so the first edition version had a border. I also figured out how to solve this problem technically. It's a small difference, but now I can convey my original intention.

3. At first, I didn't think Alpha Korean Class would do the publishing business seriously, so I published it under an unfamiliar name(KWIINMEDIA). But now I'm going to meet you in person under our real name(Alpha Korean Class). I took off my mask. Haha

Amazon has quite a tricky set of guidelines, so it wasn't easy to pass their publishing standards. There were times when I wanted to give up, but I tried because of the promise of the people who waited, and I was able to show an improved version.

I'm so happy and proud.
Please let me know if you like the revised version.


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I'm Helena from the Alpha Korean class.

We would like to express our deep appreciation for your interest and support and would like to inform you of the suspension of Organic Korean services.

[Organic Korean Amazon sales service suspended]

- Date and time of service suspension: 2022-11-14 (Mon)
- Reason for suspension of service: Amazon presented a font license issue, so it is not possible to purchase Organic Korean's paper books on Amazon right now. E-books are available for purchase.
-Follow-up plan: We have updated the font with no license issues, and the service will automatically start again after review and approval is completed. We will inform you again when the service starts.

[Organic Korean Kyobo Bookstore service is over]
-Date of service interruption: 2022-11-8
- Reason for service interruption: Kyobo Bookstore has not been able to smoothly work almost all promised services, including the registration, production, and delivery of Organic Korean books, as it has not been able to resolve its own service error for about a month. In addition, the POD service of Kyobo Bookstore was finally suspended due to severe inconvenience to users even in the process of canceling orders and processing refunds.
- Follow-up plan: We have established our own publishing company to enable independent production and delivery through our own website in the future, and we are looking for related partners. The schedule is still undecided, but when the service is ready, the service will be started again with guidance.


We are doing our best to stabilize the service, and although the schedule is still undecided, we will do our best to proceed as soon as possible. Please refer to the above information, and if you have any additional questions, please contact and we will respond as soon as possible.

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One of my favourite genres of books is books on female friendship. It doesn’t matter to me what age group the friends fall into, where they come from, or even whether their relationship is strong or falling to pieces; I just love books about it. It so happens that female friendship is the theme of my most recent read, a manhwa called 안녕이 오고 있어 (‘Goodbyes are coming”) by writer Ha Yang-ji (하양지). It is also the first book in Korean that I have read from cover to cover, which is a small milestone for me! I found the book gripping and quite moving, as it tells us about what happens to a friend group made up of four teen girls when one of them has to move. 

I loved getting to know these four girls. The author has imbued them with such character, and it makes them shine, individually and as a collective. The four friends are Lee Ji-woo, Kim Si-young (my baby Mopa!!), Kwon Chae-rin and Hwang Song-yi. At the beginning, we see how tight knit their group is: they pick up on each other’s emotions so easily, and the rest of the grade knows how close they are. The book starts with Ji-woo moping around as she doesn’t know how to tell the girls that she will have to move. Her father has to go to a neighbouring city for work, and their whole family will have to move too. After the semester ends, she will have to move to a new environment, and the other there are reluctant for this separation to happen. But this is not the only gap that appears among them: Ji-woo also has a new boyfriend. All these new changes start to bring to the surface differences, in personality, lifestyle, background, opinion, that they never knew they had. Suddenly they have to confront the widening chasm between the image of their friends they had in their mind and who their friends really are. 

Of course, there is nothing like change to really shake things up. After Ji-woo announces her move, the four friends plan to spend some more time together, and create new, beautiful memories. It is like they want to console themselves about their imminent breakup. And yes, I use the word breakup because that is exactly what it is. The bond these girls have is the strongest that they know of, stronger than the fledgling relationship Ji-woo has with her boyfriend, and for Chae-rin and Song-yi, it is even stronger than what they have with their friends. At their age, out of sight so easily becomes out of mind, so Ji-woo’s move is for sure a breakup for them. And they know this subconsciously, regardless of how much they deny this. 

I love how the author portrayed how often friends hurt each other without even meaning to. Chae-rin feels like the outcast in her family. Her parents focus so much on her elder sister that they neglect her. Their friend group is the one place where she feels seen. So when she realises that Si-young often ignores what she says, she feels angry, and justifiably so. This becomes glaring when they go to an amusement park, and Chae-rin and Si-young fight. Their fight also highlights that they basically know nothing about Song-yi, after she gets fed up with them and leaves the park. Ji-woo, on the other hand, is so much of a pacifist, a people-pleaser, that she is always wondering if she has said the wrong thing, while trying to get the others to stop fighting. Except that her way of ending the fight is usually for everyone to ignore the reason why they fought in the first place. 

My favourite of all the characters turned out to be Si-young. She is also known by the nickname Maupa at school, short for Guy de Maupassant, the 19th century French author. This is because one summer vacation, she reads Bel-Ami by Maupassant, and is completely disillusioned by it. She decides to report on it as her vacation assignment, and proceeds to give a very passionate speech about how life is meaningless and it all ends in death anyway. Her teacher and the entire class find it so funny, and that was how the name Maupa stuck. I too was once that child that filtered everything I saw through books. Si-young learns what she knows about the world through books, and whenever she tries to help her friends, it is also that abstract, theoretical knowledge that she pulls from. While she means no harm, it doesn’t often do much to ease her friends’ pain. But despite all this, she is also the one that holds the whole friend group together. 

This was a wonderful book, not just because of the beautiful tale it told, but also because it was perfect reading practice for me. While learning Korean, I think that no matter how proficient I get, there is still a thin veil that separates my speaking skill from that of natural Korean speakers. The way we learn Korean, though correct, is oftentimes very clinical. But language is fluid, a dynamic dance that one must pay close attention to. In this book, you see how Korean teenagers speak: the slang, the colloquialism, how they bend language to their own use. There was a good amount of new vocabulary for me, but the book was not exceedingly challenging. I think this book will be excellent for anyone looking to improve their reading (and also speaking) skills. 

If you are looking for a well-written, well-nuanced book to read, while also putting your skills to the test, then this is the book for you. This book will make you rethink the role that you play in your friendships and relationships: whether you are the pacifist, the silent one, the drama queen, or the group mother hen. Or maybe a little of everything. Friendships come and go. But what matters is that, in the moment we have them, we give our all to making them work. 

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This month I want you to meet the delicious and delightful 43yr old Gong Yoo, who is one of my very favourite actors. His real name is Gong Ji-cheol, but he used his father’s family name Gong, and his mother’s family name Yoo, as a stage name to remind himself to always work hard to make his parents feel proud. Gotta love that that about him already, right? He’s also a descendant of Confucius, the non-Chinese line (about 79 generations later, but still a descendant.) 

Gong Yoo was born on 10 July 1979 in Busan, South Korea and completed his primary and secondary education in Busan before moving to Seoul and graduating from Kyung Hee University with a BA in Theatre.

Gong Yoo began his working life as a model (he’s certainly got the goods for that job too), then debuted as an actor in a supporting role in 2001. His first lead role was in the SBS series Hello My Teacher in 2005 and his ability to portray different characters, particularly drawing the viewer into the emotion of the scene just kept getting better from there onwards.

Korean men have an obligation to complete  two years of mandatory military service so just when his acting career was taking off, Gong Yoo enlisted in Jan 2008 and was discharged in Dec 2009. He was straight back into work again with Finding Mr Destiny, a romantic comedy film released in 2010. His next rom/com was a k-drama series of sixteen episodes, Big (2012).

He selects his scripts very carefully and has tried to use his celebrity status to highlight social issues and injustices as in the film based on a true story, Silenced (2011) and the feminist film, Kim Ji-young:Born in 1982 (2019 film). 

Gong Yoo turned down the lead role for Crash Landing on You (known affectionately as CLOY by the fans) because of other work commitments. He was offered the lead role in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016 – 2017) for five years, yes five years, before he agreed! It’s reported that he wore 180+ different outfits in that k-drama series, (some time rich soul made a YouTube video) and may I say that he looked mighty fine in every one of them.      


Gong Yoo generously donates loads of money using his real name, so he doesn’t draw unnecessary media attention. He’s a very private person, doesn’t use social media (until very recently when his agency opened an Instagram account to promote his latest work), he’s not married, no girlfriend we know of, and when interviewers asked about kissing scenes, he’s not sure if he’s a good kisser.  Bit clueless really because he looks pretty good to me.

Personally, I find it hard to watch any of his kissing scenes without tilting my head to one side and puckering up a bit. Maybe that’s just me.

If you’d like to rest your eyes on Gong Yoo for a bit, I’ve done some very quick reviews of just a few of his films and k-dramas, however, a more comprehensive list is always available online. 

Happy drooling/err, I mean viewing.

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Monica23 Mar 2022 19:47
Have you seen his latest work Silent Sea? The concept is thriller/Sci-Fi, I enjoyed it, although the online reviews are a bit poor.

Chris23 Mar 2022 21:19
I have watched The Silent Sea, but it only had 8 episodes ! It certainly is a Sci-Fi following along the premise of the world running out of water. I haven't seen the online reviews but can imagine the fans were eager for a bit of romance. I'd love to locate Seobok (movie) with Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum but I can't find it for Aust viewers yet. Have you seen it?

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Started off strong, but now it’s been weeks (or months) since you last studied?  

Wanting to quit because you don’t think you’re getting anywhere?

Maybe I can help.  Let me share the psychology behind learning anything really, but let’s focus on the beautiful Korean language for now. 

Here are a few simple things to kickstart your learning again. 

1.  Find out what sort of learner you are first. 

Don't waste your precious time reading through a hundred textbooks if your strongest learning style is auditory and you might be learning a lot more and much easier by listening to k-pop, singing and dancing along and then writing down the lyrics!

If you’re a visual learner, lean towards flash cards, post it notes, taking notes and silly pictures to help you memorize words.

You can say “butt” in Korean as 엉덩이 (eongdeongi)           That should get you started.

If you’re an auditory learner, play Korean podcasts or YouTube learn to speak Korean in the background at home.  

Immerse yourself in hearing Korean all day.  


There are heaps of free online assessments to find out your strengths and learning style.  Here’s one to try...   

2.  Next, let’s look at your motivation for learning Korean.  

Want to watch K-drama without the subtitles? Pffft, that’s not strong enough motivation because you can always read the subtitles, right? Take it from someone who is now very good at reading subtitles.

Strong motivation for learning Korean might be wanting to speak with your new Korean lover who calls you twice a week.    Hmm, that will get you learning Korean very fast. 

 If you don’t have a love interest but want to learn to speak Korean before you travel to Korea in say, next year, or perhaps the year after, then motivation will quickly fade away because you’ve got plenty of time, right? 

I'm going to Seoul in 2030, or 2035.  Perhaps.

3.  GET SMART.  Write down the reason you want to speak Korean and make a goal, a SMART goal for what you’d like to achieve.  Each letter of SMART reminds us of the process.

S – Be SPECIFIC Exactly how much do you want to learn?

I want to watch a whole k-drama without the subtitles. I want to hold a 10-minute conversation with a Korean speaking person. 

 M – MEASURABLE – how can you measure your progress ?

For example, each week I will learn 10 new words and I will set five 30-minute study sessions a week.  Every week.

A – ACHIEVABLE.  Make realistic goals. Don’t think that you’ll be able to hold a conversation about anything in 3 months (like some of us first did). It took you years to learn your own mother tongue, by repetition, constant correction and trial and error. Err, and that was every day, all day by the way.  

R is for RELEVANT.  Make sure your goal is appropriate for you.  It’s pointless learning 500 grammar points if you can’t make a basic sentence and introduce yourself.

T – is for TIME FRAMEHow long will it take you to achieve this goal? How will you get there? Write a weekly study plan with a review day, and a day off. Everyone needs a rest day to let new information settle. 

Not many people set off in the car on a journey without making some sort of a plan on where they want to go, which roads to take, when to rest and so on.  Those brave travellers who do set off without a plan, usually end up where?  Lost and confused.   

So, unless you want to be lost and confused, set aside 30 mins to make a language study plan today, with a timeline, and small achievable goals each week.   

Another hot tip.  Don’t plan to spend one whole day a week studying Korean.  Our brains get tired and can usually only hold focus for around 40 to 45 mins before we need a rest or break.  That’s why schools usually plan their lessons around this theory and give kids ‘brain breaks’ at regular intervals throughout the school day.

It can be better to mix up the study schedule, spreading it out in shorter, more frequent lessons over the whole week.


4.  TALK OUT LOUD  the words and phrases you are learning!  Practice, practice practice. I can’t stress this enough. Put post it notes on 5 different things every day and practice saying the words out loud.  Start with your morning routine, having a shower, drinking coffee, telling the cat you love her and she’s beautiful.  You get the idea. 

Keep it simple and keep it fun!  George Miller, in 1956 suggested that our ability to process information is limited when there are large amounts of new information to take in.  He introduced the Chunking theory which basically means our brain breaks down information into chunks and can only hold seven chunks (plus or minus 2). 

Probably sounds a bit confusing, but think about when you are trying to memorize a mobile phone number.  Do you try to keep all ten numbers in your head, or do you break it down into chunks like 1234 767 220?  That's chunking!

Learning short Korean phrases can be helpful using this theory especially if you can repeat things often and add to them.   For example, learning  how to say, ‘I like coffee’, can then be used to say, ‘I like biscuits, or spicy food’ or ‘I like music’.

5.  Last but not least, HAVE FUN!  Enjoy learning.   Have a variety of learning resources, but not too many otherwise you’ll just get confused.   Don't forget to have a look at all the learning tips on the AKC website.