Friday, September 23, 2016

[Daegu Dialects] Let's learn Daegu dialects!

'Pa-yi-da(파이다)' is a a dialect that is only used in Daegu and Gyeongbuk. The verb stands for 'is bad' or 'is not good', usually used to describe one's taste or preference.

1. This jja-jang-myeon tastes bad.
(Seoul ver.) Yi jja-jang-myeon mat eop-da. ( 짜장면  없다.)
(Daegu ver.) Yi jja-jang-myeon pa-yi-da. ( 짜장면 파이다.)

2. A: I want to buy this t-shirt. 
   B: I don't like it.  Don't buy that.

(Seoul ver.) 
A: Na yi t-shirt sal leh. ( 티셔츠 살래)
B: Byeolo ya. Saji ma. (별로야 사지마)

(Daegu ver.)
A:  Na yi t-shirt sal leh. ( 티셔츠 살래)
B: Pa-yi-da! Saji mara. (파이다! 사지마라)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

You may have heard of Screen Golf, but have you ever heard of Screen Baseball?

Recently some friends invited me to a friendly game of baseball. It has been a while (long while!) since I picked up a bat and tried to hit a fast pitched ball.  I thought it would be fun though so I agreed. Then they told me it would be three on three.  Huh?  How does that work?  It is Screen Baseball!  
This is the “ball park”.  The white screen has a hole where the ball will be “pitched from” while the batter is inside the cage.  The other players will be in the “dugout” cheering for their teams.  The whole thing is controlled by a computer program which I had heard was developed here in Korea. As such, the settings are all in Korean, so you may need to ask the staff to help you set up the batting roster or setting changes.
Here is “home plate and the batters “boxes”.  The small yellow pedals are used when the batter is set and ready for the pitch.

Batter up! Once the game begins, the pitcher and back ground show up on the screen.  The pitcher will wind up and move as the ball is pitched.  It is as realistic as the technology allows. 
The players waiting to bat are safely located in the “dugout”, behind a cage wall and plexiglass. There were other groups at the screen baseball that were larger.  The extra players were out in a larger waiting area and at least one group was watching on a big screen TV, what was happening “on the field”
The area in the batting area in front of the cage has sensors all around that section.  After a ball makes contact the computer decides if the ball was hit hard enough for a single, double, triple, or even a homerun!
This was our only homerun of the evening and it tied up the game.  In this particular place the game was decided by giving each player one more “at bat”. In the end it was “Jae” from my team that saved our bacon and brought the game to an end.

There are various snacks available for purchase as well as drinks.  Although no one was hurt while we were playing, the screen baseball places have an assortment of safety equipment and an assortment of bats.  I would suggest using the safety equipment.  Safety First!

So, if you are wanting to play baseball but can’t find enough players, locate a local screen baseball “park” near you and PLAY BALL!

Strike Zone Dongseongno

Real Yagoo-Zone Dongseongno (D Square building 3F)

Strike Zone Suseong lake 

Real Yagoo-Zone Sangin (5F)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Smart City,Daegu! - Leading City of Environment-Friendly Electric Vehicle Industry

Automobile production is one of the main industry in Daegu, occupying 21% of the Daegu industry. Daegu has set up several policies  to help regional companies to adapt to new industrial environment triggered by future automobiles that of Google or Tesla.
Moreover, Benefits for electric vehicle drives are provided by government, paying off half of the basic charging cost as well as giving discounts on highway tolls. From last May, Daegu also started to let electric vehicle drivers to use the toll roads—Beoman-ro and Apsan Tunnel—in the city for free, and 50% discount on public parking lot will be offered to the drivers.
Daegu will gradually continue to establish systematic plan to become leading electric vehicle producing city, by  cooperating with regional companies, colleges, and research institutions.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trapped in Daegu! Experiencing an Escape Room at TRAP Korea

Imagine being locked in a dimly lit room with a few of your closest friends.  The only way out is to solve a series of puzzles and find a key that will eventually open the door to your freedom.  Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.  Can you escape?  If this sounds like your idea of fun, then you’ll love Daegu’s latest trend: an escape room at TRAP Korea.
An escape room is a puzzle-based adventure game in which players are locked into a themed room filled with clues.  Working as a team, players must analyze their surroundings, find clues, solve puzzles, communicate, and escape, all within a timeframe of 60 minutes. 
At TRAP Korea’s Daegu headquarters, players can select from five themed rooms: Ancient Egypt, Middle Age, Tomb of Secrets, Armageddon, and Crazy Garage.  The easiest trap room is Ancient Egypt, and the most difficult is Armageddon.

Once a room has been selected you will be led inside, and a staff member will inform you how to get to the next stage, which usually involves solving clues to open a door to the adjoining chamber.  You will also be given walkie talkies which you can use to communicate with the staff in case you get stuck.
At first glance, it will seem like you are standing in an overly-decorated room.  However, after observing your surroundings in more detail, you will notice that nothing is quite as it seems.  You do not need to speak Korean to solve the puzzles as all the clues are visual or graphical.  Every object has the potential to be a clue.  In no time at all, the room will be in shambles as you race against the clock to search for and solve all of the puzzles. 
There is a feeling of excitement and intensity as one clue leads to another.  Doors slide open in unexpected places, revealing dark passageways that lead to more clues until you eventually make your way to the last door - the one that leads to your freedom!

₩50,000 for 2 people to ₩80,000 for 5 people.  Discounted rate available for first time visitors during weekday hours.
Reservations: While they are not required, it is best to book in advance online to secure the room and time that you want, especially on weekends. TRAP Korea’s site is in Korean, but you can easily translate the page in order to pick a date, room, and time slot.  Enter your name, phone number, email, and any requests (for example, if you would like to have someone explain the general instructions in English), and then submit your reservation.  You can either pay online or in person.  Once you have booked a slot, you’ll receive a text message confirming your reservation.
Address: 177-5 Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu

Trapkorea is located on the third floor of a multi-level concrete building near Suseong Lake.  The sign is kind of hard to see from the road, so keep a look out for their logo. Free validated parking is available behind the building. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library- Daegu American Corner

Daegu American Corner, on the ground floor of the Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library, boasts a wealth of American books and media, maps and travel resources, film screenings, guest speakers, and educational programs that are free to the Daegu community.  Fortunately, you don't need a special interest in the United States to enjoy the many resources at this under-utilized nook of Daegu's library. 
There are three American Corners throughout Korea, at libraries in Daegu, Gwangju, and Busan. Each is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the library it occupies. The mission of each American Corner is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and South Korea, and offer resources and programs that support cultural exchange. Daegu American Corner opened in March 2004.

There are many ways people can use Daegu American corner, whether you are Korean or foreign, a teacher, a parent, have travel or study plans in the United States, you want to improve your English, or you are simply an avid reader looking for quality materials for free.  Among the more than 2,800 volumes are books for children; textbooks and English learning materials; college admissions resources; travel materials; current popular magazines (such as Time, National Geographic, etc.), and popular fiction and non-fiction for adults.  There are also about 600 DVDs; 60 CD-rom databases; e-book readers and iPads that are loaded with books, and can be borrowed on-site.  New materials are always coming in.
Visiting speakers, film screenings, and English-language programs are just a few of the free regular offerings of the American Corner.  There is even a Multi-cultural Room, just to the left as you enter the American Corner.  In this room, you'll find books published in a few other Asian countries, in their native languages (Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese, for example). Daegu American Corner is a great find if you are looking for a quiet, friendly atmosphere to browse high-quality reading and viewing materials. It's a wonderful place to take a break with a good book or magazine.
Directions to the library from the subway: Take Line 2 to Kyungbook National University Hospital stop. Go out Exit 1, and double back along Dongdeok-ro. Walk about 6 minutes towards the hospital (it will be on your right) until you reach the Bank of Korea. Turn left, and continue walking another 2 minutes; you will see the library, which is a brick and white building. Enter the library and turn right after the Information counter.

To find out more details about this resource and its upcoming programs, see the contact information below.
Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library
대구광역시 중구 문화길 28 (동인동 2 42번지) ) 41939

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: +53 23 12046