Students Learning Korean

Want to learn Korean but don’t really don’t know where to begin? As you may have seen our Korean club is becoming very popular. A lot of our students are learning Korean and are sharing it with her friends.

It seems like ever since Gangnam Style, Korean entertainment has been all the rage. Korean entertainment is not just Kpop, though. There are television shows, fashion shows, soap operas, and pretty much every other kind of entertainment you can imagine. You see, Korea is actually kind of the unofficial entertainment capital of Eastern Asia. Korean entertainment is extremely popular in Japan, Taiwan, China, and many other Eastern Asian countries. The Korean entertainment industry has, in fact, revolutionized the Korean economy.

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All throughout the eighties and nineties, Korean stars have been a driving force in South Korea’s economic development and success. Its entertainment industry has placed it as a global competitor with other world entertainment markets. Many K-pop stars are now touring, not only in Asia, but also in South America and parts of Europe. Thanks to the internet, a song like Gangnam Style has been able to spread virally all across the internet. 20 years ago, this was simply would have been possible. But now, thanks to the internet, trends can spread like wildfire all across the globe.

Thanks to this, great entertainment has been booming all over the world. As a result a lot of people, including our students, are enjoying watching Korean television shows. This has piqued their curiosity and interest in the Korean language learning.

The Korean language it’s actually very interesting. The Hangul writing itself is designed to be very simple and easy to learn. The language is also highly contextual making it easier to learn for beginners. Much more of the meaning is placed on the contextual situation, not so much the specific words to in the sentence. For example, in English you might say “I am hungry”. Notice that you have to specify “I”, the fact that “I am in a certain condition” and that condition is “being hungry”. We are certainly used to speaking in this way because it’s how we grew up, but it is there are a lot of ways to mess up the sentence structure and it’s actually really complicated to learn if you are not used to it. Unlike Hangul, English is actually a pretty hard language to learn for foreigners because there’s so many ways to say everything. And, the words themselves carry the burden of conveying the meaning. Conversely, in Korean the situation is more telling of the meaning. As in the previous example of “I am hungry”: in Korean you would just say “hungry” plus a modifier indicating it’s you who is hungry, and that’s it. Or you could even just say “hungry” and it would be implied that you are the one that is hungry.

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Because of all this the Korean language is a lot easier to learn than many other languages. Also, thanks to the growing popularity of Korean entertainment, a lot of people want to know how to speak the language. Once they learn it’s pretty easy, they are really interested and want to know more about the Korean entertainment Stars. The more they watch the shows and more than want to learn about the people and their names and what they’re like, you kind of just get drawn into learning the Korean language.

If you want to learn Korean there’s a lot of different resources online so that you can do so. Learning Korean can begin with learning the written language, which is known as Hangul. Or, you can also begin to pick out certain sounds and words and start using them in everyday language. There are a large number of language learning courses online, most of them having free trials that will allow you to learn Korean. They have free trials that let you test them out and see how you like them. If you’re interested in learning Korean I recommend this website.

K-pop is becoming more and more popular in the United States. It is already been popular for a while and South America and Europe, but we’re starting to see more of here. A lot of our students like to learn the lyrics to K-pop and translate them to see what they mean. This is a great way to learn Korean because you already like the song. With the song that you like, you just are learning more about what they are saying and you end up getting more in touch with the music. You can enjoy the music whole lot more than once you know what they’re actually saying.

Hearing Aids Charity Drive

Good news, students! This weekend we will be having a charity drive to help out our senior citizens. ERHS is partnering with SOAADS.org to encourage people to donate their old hearing aids. Tampa is known for it’s kind locals and their giving spirit, so let’s make this the best charity drive ever!

Hearing Aid CHarity Drive by SOAADS and ERHS

If your parents, grandparents or any of their friends and family have a hearing aid that they don’t use anymore, why not ask them if they will donate it to a worthy cause? SOAADS is a Tampa hearing aid directory that will be helping us get these donated hearing aids to the people who need them.

Likely many of us take hearing for granted, but some people aren’t so lucky. Lots of times, hearing health gradually declines so it’s hard to notice at first. After a while, though, people notice that they couldn’t hear as well as they used to. But, thanks to SOAADS and the generous friends and family of ERHS, our generous and business-savvy students help some families in need get hearing aids so they can hear the voices of their loved ones.

Even children born with auditory problems can benefit. See this video of a boy hearing for the first time!

We’re happy to be able to arrange and participate in the event and would love to see you there on Saturday! Be sure to tweet to your friends about it. Take care. Go Chipmunks!

 

 

Search Engine Optimization in Tampa

Sometimes it helps to get a little bit of online visibility for a local business. Some of our students have taken to online marketing and we couldn’t be happier! When it come to search engine optimization, it’s something that has to be on the cutting edge of technology. We’re so proud of our student Helmut Hampton, who has started his own Tampa SEO business!

To explain a bit about what he’s been up to, think about this. Whenever you want to buy something, or want to know something, what to do you? You Google it, right? Searching for things online is just so common these days that we don’t think anything of it. But, who decides what comes up when you search? Well, Google does, but they use an algorithm to decide what is the best content and what is just junk. Search engine optimization is basically the art of making a website as best as it can be and making it something that people actually want to go to. There is a lot of technical expertise involved, but our entrepreneurial students aren’t afraid of that!

YouTube marketing is also an effective way to help people find the right professionals for jobs around the house. Helmut is working with business’ websites and designing them to be attractive to the search engines. This type of marketing, called SEO, is very valuable for local businesses. When someone types in “plumber Tampa” the plumbers who show up first are the ones who are likely to get that business. How do those plumbers that are at the top get to be at the top? Sometimes it’s just by accident. But, many times it is because they have hired a professional search engine marketer and they have made the site attractive to the search engines. As a result, they rank higher in the searches, get more customers, make more money, improve the local economy, etc. It’s win, win, win!

As you can see, we are very excited to support Helmut Hampton and his local business and charities in Tampa, Fl. With his continued effort we’re sure he will continue to bring great value to his clients and their customers. Click here to check out Helmut Hampton’s Tampa SEO Twitter account.

Welcome to ERHS

Welcome to the official ERHS school website. Here you will find information on upcoming school events. Faculty and staff will be posting here regularly, so be sure to check back often to see what’s coming up.

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We look forward to delivering you the latest student news, student events and charity drives, and much, much more.

Let’s make this a great school year!

ERHS Staff