K-Interview: Korean Language Instructor and YouTuber Era Kaundal

Khushi Vaid, New Delhi: Era Kaundal is a professional Korean Language Teacher and a YouTuber based in India. She has been learning Korean language since 5 years and has helped her students to connect with the culture and practices of South Korea using a Korean perspective that she has developed over years of study. Era has completed 2 years of Korean Language Diploma from Delhi University and 1 year of Advanced level studies from the Korean Cultural Center. She has been teaching Korean for 2 years on various popular platforms and has taught more than 1500 students. She also loves creating video content on social media about Korean culture and language. Let’s take a look at her conversation to know more about her journey.

K-Event: KFanzz Korean Language Workshop

Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Richa Singh (New Delhi), Shalini Roy (Kolkata, West Bengal), Ojasvi Peer (Hyderabad, Telangana), Ritika Jain (New Delhi): On 24th July, KFANZZ Entertainment in partnership with OTT Entertainment, organized a Korean Language Workshop, where Mr. Lee Hamin, a well-known Korean Language teacher from OTT Entertainment was invited. KFANZZ Entertainment is a start-up event based organization that connects K-culture enthusiasts all over India and organises events related to it. On the other hand, OTT Entertainment is an idol-management agency. They also have their own K-pop idol group, vocal, dance and Korean language trainers and are very much ready to organising online workshops in partnership with other organizations. The duration of the language workshop was of one hour

K-Event: KHIGH Summer Camp

Nikhat Parveen (New Delhi), Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Shruti Mishra (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh), Sriadita Emani (Hyderabad, Telangana): Summer Camp? Yes! you heard it right!! In this gloomy pandemic phase, the one essence of summer that we all were missing was to attend a Summer Camp. Fortunately, KHIGH, came up with a digital event called KHIGH Summer Camp. KHIGH is an independent entertainment platform providing coverage of Korean pop and culture related events, news, and trends in India. This event was designed to give the K-lovers an amazing experience to enjoy the Hallyu filled summer in the form of exclusive Fanmeets, workshops, educational content, games, activities, hangout and talent shows.

The Rising Korean Wave in India: K-Event by The Hindu and Korea Tourism Organization of India

Korean Wave popularly called as “Hallyu” (한류) has gained massive popularity across the world in recent times and India is no different to it. A rapid boom in India can be witnessed in the recent years with rising popularity of K-Pop and K-Dramas among the youth and teenagers that is eventually leading to their interest in other aspects of Korean Culture. The pandemic seems to have also contributed for the shift of people towards consumption of Korean entertainment at large. It is now valid to say that most fans in India are thrilled by it and wish to at least witness everything they see on screen in real life. To sum it up, it is that every Korean wave fan wishes to visit Korea once in their lifetime. Taking this undeniable point into notice, Korea Tourism Organisation and The Hindu presented an online event discussion on the topic “The Rising Korean Wave in India and Its Influence on Post- Pandemic Travel to South Korea.”

Speech Level and Honorifics System of South Korea

Yashi Priya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: The Korean system of speech levels and honorifics form a significant part of the communication in South Korea. Although it may depend on the closeness of the relationship among people, it majorly reflects the social status and age difference of the person or people being addressed since age and social status are considered important in conversations and everyday life in South Korea. This is why you’ll frequently hear Koreans ask your age when they first meet you as the use of informal speech or exemption of honorifics is frowned upon and considered very rude in Korean society.

5 YouTubers to Know About Korean Culture

Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: If you love Korean culture, then I am sure you would also like to explore new and interesting stuff related to South Korea, be it through social media or blogs. A lot of us watch many YouTube videos as well. However, most of the time we face language barriers to understand them as we need subtitles or translations, but here are the five of my favourite YouTubers who can help you to know more about Korean culture in English.

Reasons for learning Korean through ‘Hangeul’ instead of Romanization

Aafreen Hossain, Delhi In my previous article, I talked about the reasons why learning the Korean language is worth it. Read here (if you haven’t already). In this article, I will be taking the discussion further, and tell you why learning Hangeul (The Korean alphabet) is your first step to learn the Korean language not…

Reasons why learning Korean Language is worth it!

Aafreen Hossain, Delhi: Learning a new language can be recreational and amusing to get rid of the monotony of life. What’s more interesting is that with this added skill, you might also add up a few bucks to your pocket, if you can actually make use of it. But the question arises, which language to start with?