ID: Learning Korean Language (한국어)

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I did an independent discovery on learning Korean language because I really like Kpop musics now a day. I also think that their letters are so cool that I want to know how to write and read it. I am hoping to go to South Korea one day (if possible) to see the culture and the people there, so I think learning Korean might be really useful. The other thing is, I want to speak more than two languages, so now I am trying to learn Korean as my third language. 

Before starting this expertise, I actually started learning some basic Korean, like the alphabets. Now I know how read and write Korean a little but I don’t understand what it means. I used Duolingo website to learn the language. It teaches me the consonants and vowels, some Korean words, and some small phrases such as:

저는 한국에 없습니다 : I am not in Korea.

저는 : I

한국 : Korea

없습니다 : am not

공원에 길이 있습니다 : There is a road in the park.

공원 : park

길 : road

있습니다 : there is

I also can spell some of our names (which I’m not sure if it’s right), for examples:

사마디 : Samady

가로 : Caro

사만타 : Samantha

아리 : Alli

But Korean language is complicated especially its grammar. It is really hard for me to understand the structure of a sentence. It’s also hard to know what should I used when saying something to someone. For an example, now I understand that there many way of saying “Thank You” in Korean. 


고마워 : you use this with someone that is close to you such as your siblings, friends, or classmates

고맙습니다 : this is a formal way of saying thanks to someone that is older or have a higher rank than you

감사합니다 : this is a formal way to say thank you to someone such as elders, or strangers. But you can also say it to anyone to show your respect.

And there is many other way to say Thank you.

Also the other things I found hard is that I don’t know when do people use what consonant, for an example the ㅋ ㄱ ㄸ ㄲ ㅃ ㅆ ㅉ because they are very similar. There are also other vowels and consonants that are so confusing. Their numbers also confusing because there are two types of how to say each number in Korean.

I think what’s motivate me to learn this language, it’s because I like Kpop musics, and South Korea sounds really interesting with their culture. I want to visit the country one day. The last reason, probably because I want to understand what Korean students said as sometimes I meet them a lot at different events. 

I guess the first time I try learning this language going to be so hard but as long as I keep practicing and learning, I will be able read, write, and have small conversation in Korean. I am hoping to continue this expertise because I really really want to speak this language and understand what the other Korean people saying.


Photoshop Day!

On a Sunday afternoon I did a Photoshop workshop with one of our facilitators. I learned how to do basic photo editing using white balance, photo filter, curves, exposure, saturation and other tools! Here are a few photos I edited!

Navigating Phnom Penh

I was in a group of 4 people to do a navigating project around Phnom Penh. Our teacher set up 3 missions for us to complete in only 3 hours. We were out in the city without any adult with us. These are the three following missions:

  1. Waseem need two ‘mpu6050 gyroscopes with 3-5 input voltage”. Find and purchase them.
  2. Take photos/videos of Boden/White Building
  3. Matt would like to be able source raw chickpeas beans. He is having a hard time finding them. Every store sell canned chickpeas, but it much harder, to find raw chickpeas. Figure out where they are sold and what the unit cost is.

Through this experience, I felt more comfortable walking around the city without any adult with me. I know how to bargain better with my friends than if I were alone because my friends could help me with negotiating the person. Walking around the city, to find stuffs isn’t easy. I learned to do more research, talk to people face to face or contact them by making phone calls. Another thing that our teacher taught us that I found interesting was the pattern of the street in Phnom Penh. At last I also know a little better on how to use the map to find our destination and where we at. Another thing I was really happy about was that, we get to give those material/information to our learning facilitators that needed it. I also get to make a video since I love making videos! I think doing this had help me a lot and it’s a great way of teaching because the students were able to face real life challenges/situations.

If you wanted to read a little bit more about our process/adventure, please click here

Phare Ponleu Selpak – Art Exhibition

I went to the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh to join an art exhibition. It was called “Witness the future of Cambodia Art & Design”, hosted by Phare Ponleu Selpak. At the event, I get to see animations, and a lot of art works showing the process of an animated movie. I love art, so it was such a great experience for me to get the inspiration from the exhibition. Here is a video I made for the event.

SoSM Phnom Penh Remix


In August 25th – 28th of 2017, I attended the Phnom Penh Remix, a 3-day film workshop hosted by the School of Slow Media. Before going to the event, I had to submit a form saying why I wanted to attend and then after that I had to go through an interview. The purpose of this workshop was to make a documentary about a person’s life in Phnom Penh. I was put into a team of three with a woman who’s from the Phnom Penh Post, and another man who is from Sabay. We decided to interview a photographer from the Royal Palace. We worked together really well, even though there were a lot of challenges, and some of them we couldn’t control. In this workshop, I got to learn more about different types of films, tinique to use when taking videos/photographs. I got to interact with people from different backgrounds. They were all adults, so it was such a cool experience for me to communicate with them and learn from them.

Phnom Penh Youth Film Festival (2017)

This is year, I got to entre my S-21 documentary for the competition called the Phnom Penh Youth Film Festival. This is the second year of the event. I was inspired to see other students’ short films. It was incredible to see the amount of creativity the young filmmakers put into their work. At the end, my documentary got nominated for the Best Picture. I was proud but also I was thankful to my teammates because without them, I couldn’t made that short film. 

Above is a short video I made for the event. It wasn’t specifically focusing on the event though, it’s just a bunch of footage of the view in Phnom Penh. I hope that’s okay. 

Digital Painting


Digital Painting was an expertise I did during year 5 of Liger. I got to use the tablet to paint something on the computer. I enjoyed doing it because I love art and I got to experience making art without using pencil or paper. I’m not only doing it in class, but during my spare time, I did some art too. Above are some of my art works. For the portraits of my friends, I used a different method, that’s why it looks real (trust me, I’m not that talented).

Sam’s Inspiration Class

Every week at Liger,  some Liger senior students will have an inspiration class which is 1 hour per day, and we had 2 days to do it. I am one of the students who participated in the Inspiration Class.  Basically, it is a class where a senior do/teach something to the junior students. I got an idea and went on with it.

I told all the juniors to think about something they wanted to change when they grow up. Like they could find a problem of the country and or the world, then came up with a solution. They will design a poster based on the topic they chose.

I then filmed all of them, making and showing their posters. Above is a short video about Samady’s Inspiration Class.