Blogger, writer, artist and Korean language-learner Sarah Shaw is a woman of many talents and projects. Her latest initiative is documenting a distinctive mode of learning that helps her with studying Korean:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA눈이 높다 [noon-ee nop-da]. This Korean expression literally means “for [one’s] eyes to be high,” but it really means, “to be picky.” 

jeot-ga-rak젓가락 [jeot-ga-rak] Korean for “chopstick” and 숟가락 [su-ga-rak] Korean for “spoon”

bal-lae reul ha-da 빨래를 하다, [bal-lae (reul) ha-da] is Korean for “to do laundry” 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 반씩 내다 [ban-sshik nae-da] is Korean for “to pay fifty-fifty (percent)” or more naturally “to go Dutch” 

Sarah publishes her drawings on her Mapping Words:  - check it out to see more of her linguistically-inspired art. You can also get involved in Sarah’s project; she is actively seeking language sketch submissions and is also searching for ‘Travelers with Sketchbooks’ for a series on her blog featuring artists and their explorations. Here’s an example Sarah has previously published, from artist Candace Rose Rardon. Email her on to submit.

For extra Korean learning help head to our article featuring our top ten tips for studying Korean.

Images courtesy of Sarah Shaw
Words by Loren Cotter

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