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Post  Ji-eun on Tue Apr 15 2008, 19:15

Han Kyoung Jae wrote:Summary - There are millions of visitors who come to see and enjoy cherry blossom festival in capital of U.S.A, Washington D.C. Cherry blossom means that the spring has come despite the cold weather. To make strong relationship between Japan and U.S.A, Japan gave the cherry trees U.S.A in 1912.

opinion - Do you know there are many sorts of flower festivals like cherry blossom festival in Korea? Yes, the flower festivals represent that spring has come. Also many people enjoying the festivlas appreciate the gift of nature and feel refreshed. Many kinds of different festivals held in distict seasons play an important role in people's preparation to coming new season. From time to time some people ,especially women feel depressed in spring, but if they enjoy the flower festivals and take a walk in the pinky park, they feel refreshed and feel better. But, as Korean I always feel gloomy whenever I look at the cherry trees. Because, cherry trees are national trees of Japan and they planted them in Korea as a symbol of colony of Japan. However, I'm of the opinion that that kinds of flower festivals must flourish more and many people around the world can enjoy the beautiful, spectacular scenery and fresh air.

prediction - My prediction is that the outgoing and friendly relationship between the two countries may be getting stronger through the festival and cultural exchanges. Although in the past time Japan caused many terrible wars and had a terrible relationship with U.S.A., nowadays the two countries have a good relationship in many parts such as political, economical, and cultural parts. The much more cultural and other exchages they have, the stronger relationship they have. Through this kind of way, both U.S.A and Japan will take advantage and have even more power in the international political and economical situation. And they will interchange many other things including cultural, educational, and military aspects. In addition, U.S.A will be a more popular sightseeing resort. Through the flower festival, not only Washington but also many other cities in U.S.A will get more tourists in spring.


That's right! Whenever i see cherry blossom, i feel happy and i really enjoy these, but it makes me to remind of our flower, "Moo-goung-hwa". This is enough beautiful, but i think people don't know about this well. Because as we know, it is not easy to see our flower in the street or somewhere. I heard that our national flower is not easy to cultivate, so that's why. If we can see our national flower more easier, maybe we can feel many things with our beautiful flower than now. Isn't it? ^^
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Wow! youve been there too!! :)

Post  sunnypine on Tue Apr 15 2008, 22:17

jihyun wrote:Brief Summary
The Tidal Basin with pink flowers in DC attracts many people to its cherry blossom festival. Millions of people are going to visit to see this spring show through April. This festival memorizes the Japan's 1912 gift to USA, 3000 cherry tree to make good friendship.

General Opinion
Although flowers are flowers, whenever we, Koreans, hear the cherry blossom, we automatically think about the memory, which is related with Japan. But for me, in this very moment, I only think about beautiful memory which are related to my trip to Washington DC. It was such a long time ago, so I almost have forgotten about it. But this cherry blossom news reminds me of that time. It was April, 2003. The weather was nicely cool and I could smell the cherry blossom and see the pink world in DC. I and my friend bought hotdogs and sat down under the cherry blossom tree. Wow!! It was real something. Like me, people may really enjoy the splendid scenery with easy mind. I'm of the opinion that more and more people will come to enjoy this festival. Even Koreans are enjoying this as you know. The more busy people are, the more enjoyable things they look for, because they feel sense of emptiness.

Prediction
My prediction is that people in all around the world will enjoy more and more kind of festivals including this cherry blossom. Because they feel lonely, emptiness and obsession of having good time during free time, they eagerly look for this kind of things. The world become more fast and competitive, so people need something to fill up their empty mind. I think that this kind of festivals are good way to solve this problem. As a result, there will be plenty of festivals whole wide world. People will really enjoy them and these festivals can be a cultural resources to earn money.^^*


Wow, I'm so glad that you've been there too!! But i was there when it was around summer, so i actually couldn't see CHERRY BLoSSOM!! I envy you much! Cool Anyways.. I think experiencing something in life is really important and meaningful! Because we've been to DC we are amazed by this news more than others. If something is related to me, I can think of more things and feel more familiar. I think it's really important for education too. When something is more related to students then they will remember more easily. Yay~
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Post  Jung Yoojin on Tue Apr 15 2008, 22:56

I tried to understand the third video talking about Holly Wood stars. I am not sure whether I got the right idea or not. But I will do my best as much as I can

Summary :
There are several different stories talking about Hollywood stars.( At first, I thought it was related with each other, but they weren't!) Gerge Cloony has filmed the third one as he was a director. The person connected film says Gerge Cloony has excessive president of film.(is it right?) ANd Madonna visited Malai with her husband and she is rulling the regulation about whether she can adopt or abandon the childeren since 2006. Celin Dion was going to have a concert in Beijin , but it was canceled. And Beyounce is going to get marry.

Opinion :
This news talks about popular stars on United States , even all over the world. These stories can be news but I think these are sort of gossips with stars. Broadcast tend to announce their private life , because general people want to know it. Stars are always exposed to audience whenever they are, or wherever they are. I think if those people do some good things on contrbuting world peace, it is good to hear and know about their commitment. However, I don't think it is useful information for our career or studyings. They are just gossips. (actually I do not have much background knowledge about them) I dont like gossips .


Prediction :
Gerge Cloony made the third film as he was the director. That movie could not get much popularity from audience. And he decided not to make a film again. And Madonna adopted many children from Malai, and she devotes her life to save and help those undeveloped countries, especailly adopting babies .Beyounce get married with her spouse and they have a happy life and she continues to sing songs on broadcats.
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Re: This week's video news #4 (complete assignment online by Thursday April 10)

Post  Mi Jin Jeong on Tue Apr 15 2008, 23:12

Lee Pilsu wrote:Summary: Federal Reserve Chairman, Bernanke, made a short announcement about the (U.S.) economy before the Congress panel. He said that the economy will be bad and could even contract in the first half of this year, but it will change for the better in the second half of the year due to interest rate cuts, financial and housing market woes disappears and some other reasons. It is reported that if it had not been for the emergency funds, the financial market could have turned into a chatic situation.

Opinion: To be honest, I don't have any personal opinion on this news article because I don't know much about economy. But one thing that I noticed was that his presence and his remarks should carry a significant and powerful meaning because he was surrounded by scores of cameramen and U.S. Congress panels.

Prediction: My prediction is that Korean economy will suffer in the first half of this year and will pick up in the second half because I heard Korean economy is influenced a lot by the United States'.

I am one of the persons who are looking forward to the financial recovery. The US financial condition was threatened by the bad Sub-prime Morgage last year maybe. Of course, the world economy has been getting worse due to its dependence on America. Koreais not an exception to this rule. The country has bad economic condition these days, and the stock price has fallen down rapidly after Sub-prime Morgage. As you know, investment in stock reached its peak at that time in Korea, so many people must have dropped their money over a stock transaction including me myself. Crying or Very sad

I hope the financial condition gets better as soon as possible!!!
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interesting^^

Post  Kim Jin-Young on Wed Apr 16 2008, 06:01

I totally agree with your opinions about revealed privacy. divorces, breaking up, drunk drivings, drugs or some contributions... somethng like that. It seems that stars are always overlooked by many eyes and some secretive information are revealed only because they are known to people. All persons have some kinds of secrets intended not to be revealed to others, but they don't have no options. It is likely that they may get hurt twice: the event and gossips from others. Britney Spears would be a good example.

And I was impressed your participations as well as your thoughts. Yor are a really diligent students^^ Basketball

Jung Yoojin wrote:I tried to understand the third video talking about Holly Wood stars. I am not sure whether I got the right idea or not. But I will do my best as much as I can

Summary :
There are several different stories talking about Hollywood stars.( At first, I thought it was related with each other, but they weren't!) Gerge Cloony has filmed the third one as he was a director. The person connected film says Gerge Cloony has excessive president of film.(is it right?) ANd Madonna visited Malai with her husband and she is rulling the regulation about whether she can adopt or abandon the childeren since 2006. Celin Dion was going to have a concert in Beijin , but it was canceled. And Beyounce is going to get marry.

Opinion :
This news talks about popular stars on United States , even all over the world. These stories can be news but I think these are sort of gossips with stars. Broadcast tend to announce their private life , because general people want to know it. Stars are always exposed to audience whenever they are, or wherever they are. I think if those people do some good things on contrbuting world peace, it is good to hear and know about their commitment. However, I don't think it is useful information for our career or studyings. They are just gossips. (actually I do not have much background knowledge about them) I dont like gossips .


Prediction :
Gerge Cloony made the third film as he was the director. That movie could not get much popularity from audience. And he decided not to make a film again. And Madonna adopted many children from Malai, and she devotes her life to save and help those undeveloped countries, especailly adopting babies .Beyounce get married with her spouse and they have a happy life and she continues to sing songs on broadcats.
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Post  Bae Sung-han on Wed Apr 16 2008, 07:55

Jung Yoojin wrote:I tried to understand the third video talking about Holly Wood stars. I am not sure whether I got the right idea or not. But I will do my best as much as I can

Summary :
There are several different stories talking about Hollywood stars.( At first, I thought it was related with each other, but they weren't!) Gerge Cloony has filmed the third one as he was a director. The person connected film says Gerge Cloony has excessive president of film.(is it right?) ANd Madonna visited Malai with her husband and she is rulling the regulation about whether she can adopt or abandon the childeren since 2006. Celin Dion was going to have a concert in Beijin , but it was canceled. And Beyounce is going to get marry.

Opinion :
This news talks about popular stars on United States , even all over the world. These stories can be news but I think these are sort of gossips with stars. Broadcast tend to announce their private life , because general people want to know it. Stars are always exposed to audience whenever they are, or wherever they are. I think if those people do some good things on contrbuting world peace, it is good to hear and know about their commitment. However, I don't think it is useful information for our career or studyings. They are just gossips. (actually I do not have much background knowledge about them) I dont like gossips .


Prediction :
Gerge Cloony made the third film as he was the director. That movie could not get much popularity from audience. And he decided not to make a film again. And Madonna adopted many children from Malai, and she devotes her life to save and help those undeveloped countries, especailly adopting babies .Beyounce get married with her spouse and they have a happy life and she continues to sing songs on broadcats.
Wow, you seem a eager beaver. You have already done your first movie summary and there is another.
I hope myself doing it in next time, or I will do it some other time after tomorrow.
As you said, George Cloony is now a director to make films. In our country, there is few to try to make films after some experience perfoming on films. What I would like to say is that western actors become easily directors after their careers in a film world. I guess that they are so related to their prior director and they learn directing from their directors who guided the actors or actress what to do in movies. After that, they are so dedicated to the movie business as actors or actresses or as directors now. It semes fair to me because they have already a great deal of experience on this and they can help other actors or actresses on a film. I would like to learn their passion for their occupation.
Anyway, I am sorry I put my opinion about the person on your prediction. You did great job, indeed! flower
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Re: This week's video news #4 (complete assignment online by Thursday April 10)

Post  bakbann on Wed Apr 16 2008, 09:51

Lee yujin wrote:
Joo Un-jin wrote:summary: This report is composed of six ones. The first is about James Bond's villain. But it's too sorry that I can't understand it. The second is about George Clooney's gradual change from an actor to a movie director. The third one is about Madonna's trip to Malawi, the southern African country. Maybe she will do something there for adopting a local baby, who has been lived with her since 2006. The fourth one is about Celine Dion's adjusting schedules. The last one is about Beyonce and her fiance, between whom a wedding plan is made including filling out a marriage license.




opinion: I hope that George Clooney will be successful as a director. His much experience as an actor will be helpful a lot. Also there are many actors who succeeded as directors. But I want to see him on the screen often. I don't want to lose chances to see the most attractive man in the world. And my opinion about Madonna's adopting an African baby is that it's very good. People in Western countries think optimistic about adoption. They don't stick to 'the same blood.' I think it's so logical that we should learn something about that. In Korea, prejudice about adoption has changed a little. I hope this continues. But I think adoption by stars can be misused. They can do that to advertise or promote themselves. Sometimes they are trying to appeal themselves to people by showing their good behavior. Rolling Eyes




prediction: My prediction is that people will pay much attention to Beyonce's wedding. She is a super star enough to catch the eyes of people all over the world. All the medias and even paparazzi will follow her. They will go wherever she goes and pay too much attention to her life including her wedding. We can know well in my house about her wedding, pregnance, babies and all her private life.

I think Hollywoods is full of interesting story not only for movie plot but also in the real life of actors.
They are highly talented and good at finding out what would be beneficial to them.
But sometimes their fame can't get them always happiness because there must be people who want to know thier even private life.

I agree with you. I'm of the opinion that the personal lives of celebrities are invaded by unwanted media interest. Very often, too much attention drives them to the wrong direction. There are many Hollywood stars who are suffering from paparazzi harassment. Take Britney Spears, for example, who was once a pop princess but now a fallen star. Maybe, she wouldn't have lived such a miserable life, if it had not been for excessive media attention.
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Re: This week's video news #4 (complete assignment online by Thursday April 10)

Post  bakbann on Wed Apr 16 2008, 12:34

Lee Pilsu wrote:Summary: Federal Reserve Chairman, Bernanke, made a short announcement about the (U.S.) economy before the Congress panel. He said that the economy will be bad and could even contract in the first half of this year, but it will change for the better in the second half of the year due to interest rate cuts, financial and housing market woes disappears and some other reasons. It is reported that if it had not been for the emergency funds, the financial market could have turned into a chatic situation.

Opinion: To be honest, I don't have any personal opinion on this news article because I don't know much about economy. But one thing that I noticed was that his presence and his remarks should carry a significant and powerful meaning because he was surrounded by scores of cameramen and U.S. Congress panels.

Prediction: My prediction is that Korean economy will suffer in the first half of this year and will pick up in the second half because I heard Korean economy is influenced a lot by the United States'.

It is pity that the whole world is largely influenced by economic crisis in US. I agree that this economic turmoil has had bad influence on Korea as well and will continue. Korean economy is highly dependent on American one. Many expertises have pointed out that Korean business partners are too limited and it should extend the market. I think the diverse market can be a stepping stone for Korea to get into the mainstream of global economy.
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Re: This week's video news #4 (complete assignment online by Thursday April 10)

Post  choi Eun sil on Wed Apr 16 2008, 13:26

Lee yujin wrote:Summary
Bernake said U.S economy will get wores the first half of this year before it will get better.
Probably the second half of the year the economy will be picked up by the stablization of the interest rates and housing.

Opinion
Nowday U.S have gone through the difficult time since the submorgage problem broke out.
Also bacause of the economic crisis of this most powerful country, the whole world seem to face with difficult time. Iim of the opinion that U.S should do take action on this crisis as soon as possible and as wiesly as possible.
Because this cisis would not be limitied to U.S. Since the pirice of oil and grain has been soaring, many poor country is suffering from femine and poverty. I even read the article that said Haiti people lived on the dust because of the high price of the food.

Prediction
As Bernake said this crisis could be extended before the recovery. It needs more time to deal with complcated problems on housing and loan interest rates. But I hope U.S economy will get better soon.

This is very difficult to hear .Embarassed
Anyway, I heard from the news a few days ago, according to a professor the economic crisis of the US is getting worse.
I am sorry to hear that ,since the economy of Korea is influenced by that of the US
Everyday, the oil price is gettting higher and higher.
Korea is also in a bad way financially.
I really hope The US can improve their financial status.
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I agree...

Post  Kang Eunmi on Wed Apr 16 2008, 16:05

Because they are stars, they are not free in everywhere.

And we tend to be judgemetal about the stars. I think we are hypocritical in some

ways. When we do bad things we are likely to be understandable about ourselves, but

when the stars do the same things...well....we criticize them easily.

However, we need to take time to judge the stars as the same humans!! pirat



Jung Yoojin wrote:I tried to understand the third video talking about Holly Wood stars. I am not sure whether I got the right idea or not. But I will do my best as much as I can

Summary :
There are several different stories talking about Hollywood stars.( At first, I thought it was related with each other, but they weren't!) Gerge Cloony has filmed the third one as he was a director. The person connected film says Gerge Cloony has excessive president of film.(is it right?) ANd Madonna visited Malai with her husband and she is rulling the regulation about whether she can adopt or abandon the childeren since 2006. Celin Dion was going to have a concert in Beijin , but it was canceled. And Beyounce is going to get marry.

Opinion :
This news talks about popular stars on United States , even all over the world. These stories can be news but I think these are sort of gossips with stars. Broadcast tend to announce their private life , because general people want to know it. Stars are always exposed to audience whenever they are, or wherever they are. I think if those people do some good things on contrbuting world peace, it is good to hear and know about their commitment. However, I don't think it is useful information for our career or studyings. They are just gossips. (actually I do not have much background knowledge about them) I dont like gossips .


Prediction :
Gerge Cloony made the third film as he was the director. That movie could not get much popularity from audience. And he decided not to make a film again. And Madonna adopted many children from Malai, and she devotes her life to save and help those undeveloped countries, especailly adopting babies .Beyounce get married with her spouse and they have a happy life and she continues to sing songs on broadcats.
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Post  Kim Eun-jung on Wed Apr 16 2008, 19:38

Kang Eunmi wrote:Summary
It's time to go to the annual cherry blossom festival in Washington D.C. Almost a million visitors will take part in this festival.
Some people are the fist time to see the beauty of the cherry blossom and some are not. But they like the smell of the cherry trees.
One interviwee says that even it's not fully open but it's still pretty.
The peak bloom will reach through April 3rd also it means officail sign; spring has sprung.
In 1912, about 3,000 cherry trees are given to U.S from Japan to mark a growing friendship between two countries.

Opinion
I'm of the opinion that the cherry trees in the screen are not pretty enough. What I try to say is Cherry trees in Korea, especially in Jinhae are
much better than those in U.S.
Actually my hometown is Jinhae. Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven
Have you ever walked under the cherry blossoms? In fact, Jinhae is famous for the biggest and most beautiful cherry trees in Korea. Not only the Mts, but also the entire area is painted pink and white colors. Many people who have seen the cherry blossom in Jinhae can not help thinking this city is just like the work of an artist.


prediction
My classmates who read my reply or information about the cherry blossom in Jinhae flower will visit there in
April. Once people who see the fantastic cherry blossoms in Jinhae, they will fall in love with the beauty of Jinhae.
If they haven't visitied Jinhae yet, they should hurry up visiting there. Surely, they will!!
Thank you for reading my information!! lol!

Hi~ You must have enjoyed the beauty of cherry blossoms in its fullness because your hometown is Jinhae. You are very lucky. I also think the cherry blossoms in Korea are much prettier than the one shown in the news^^

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Post  jangdj on Wed Apr 16 2008, 19:44

Lee Pilsu wrote:Thank you for your sharing the historical background for the cherry trees in the U.S., a gift from Japan to the U.S in 1912. After reading your explanation about the connection between the year 1912 and the Tatsura-Taft Agreement, I was quite surprised. I searched about the agreement on the Internet and found out that there was a confidential agreement between Japan and the United States on the issue of colonizing asian countries 1905; Japan was granted by the United States to colonize Korea, and the United States by Japan to colonize the Philippines. This mutual agreement was signed very secretively, so few people know about this. Yet, I'm not 100 percent sure that was the reason Japan decided to send a gift of cherry trees to the U.S. to commemorate the agreement at that time. But it's enlightening to know there was such a pact between the two countries.


Kim Jin-Young wrote:(summary)
The Washington D.C, the capital of U.S ,has the cherry blossom festival which is annually held. Organizers say that nearly millions of visitors come to the Tidal Basin while cherry blossoms reach their peak through April 4th. The presence of 3000 pink blossom trees originates from Japan's gift to make friendly relation between two nations, Japan and U.S.

(opinion)
I'm of the opinion that those pink trees play an essential role in attracting quite a few people, even from overseas. Actually, a variety of cherry blossom festivals are annually held in Korea as well. However I sometimes wonder if these events in Korea is righteous, because our ancestors suffered from Japanese's atrocious violences and undeserved suppressions during about half of one century. I also think that Japan once appointed the U.S as a target during the World War Ⅱ. It's somewhat irony that two nations, Korea and the U.S, give a welcome to cherry blossoms, known as the Japan's national flower. I want to emphasize the point, the Japanese flower.
Also, we should know its background, so to speak, the reason why the gift was given to the U.S. What for? The Washington Post introduces the unknown history of cherry blossoms with the headline 'Behind the Beauty'. In 1905 Japan made a gift of cherry trees as a token of grabbing sovereignty over Korea from the U.S. This absurd agreement is known as The Katsura-Taft Agreement.


(prediction)
My prediction is that this event just like a kind of admiration of cherry blossom's beauty will be booming. In other ways, enjoying cherry blossom's beauty such as sweet smell and all white color is a good way to get rid of much stress. However, while enjoying many beautiful scenes, we should be aware that the U.S gave the permission for Japan to legally colonize Korea.
It is also likely that favorable relationship between the U.S and Japan will last thanks to cherry blossom trees which are not main factor to keep up the relationship, but a kind of flattery. For example, in 1988 Japan finally made it as to visa waiver. In contrast, we have failed to deal with it until now. cherry




Pil su thanks for telling the valuable information, Those trees were not just trees .
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Yeah~ you're right. it's easier to say^^

Post  Joo Un-jin on Wed Apr 16 2008, 19:45

Yeah~ it's easy to say that adoption is good and we have to change the view toward it as a single woman.^^
If I had a baby, it would be difficult to say like that.
But if it becomes common, not unusual, it is easier for me to make a choice. Very Happy

Bae Sung-han wrote:
Joo Un-jin wrote:summary: This report is composed of six ones. The first is about James Bond's villain. But it's too sorry that I can't understand it. The second is about George Clooney's gradual change from an actor to a movie director. The third one is about Madonna's trip to Malawi, the southern African country. Maybe she will do something there for adopting a local baby, who has been lived with her since 2006. The fourth one is about Celine Dion's adjusting schedules. The last one is about Beyonce and her fiance, between whom a wedding plan is made including filling out a marriage license.




opinion: I hope that George Clooney will be successful as a director. His much experience as an actor will be helpful a lot. Also there are many actors who succeeded as directors. But I want to see him on the screen often. I don't want to lose chances to see the most attractive man in the world. And my opinion about Madonna's adopting an African baby is that it's very good. People in Western countries think optimistic about adoption. They don't stick to 'the same blood.' I think it's so logical that we should learn something about that. In Korea, prejudice about adoption has changed a little. I hope this continues. But I think adoption by stars can be misused. They can do that to advertise or promote themselves. Sometimes they are trying to appeal themselves to people by showing their good behavior. Rolling Eyes




prediction: My prediction is that people will pay much attention to Beyonce's wedding. She is a super star enough to catch the eyes of people all over the world. All the medias and even paparazzi will follow her. They will go wherever she goes and pay too much attention to her life including her wedding. We can know well in my house about her wedding, pregnance, babies and all her private life.
Thank you for your saying the adoption. I am a father who has a daughter right now. Before I got married, it was easy for me to say that I could have a baby by adopting. After my daughter born, however, I cannot darely say that I can adopt one. I need to change my mind first and I am ready to confront the situation with a baby. I have only one child now. But if I had two, I woudn't be sure that I can make it. Even though I am willling to adopt one, it surely takes long time for me to take action.
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Re: This week's video news #4 (complete assignment online by Thursday April 10)

Post  Kim Eun-jung on Wed Apr 16 2008, 19:57

Mijin Son wrote:Breif summary: The Federal Reserve chairman Bernanke says that the U.S economy could shrink before it gets better. It means that in the first half of the year there might be a slight contraction. But he says that the economy will be strenghtened by dealing with financial crisis.

Opinion: I am in the opinion of that the economic situation in the US is not so good. Last year, subprime mortgage hit the world financial market and a lot of financial institute such as Citibank had severe problems. But i don't think these problems have been solved perfectly.

Prediction: As the U.S is the indispensible to the world economiy and also its recession will affect Korea economic situation as well. Therefore the authorities in Korea shoud take some actions before we face more serios situation.

I agree with you. As Korean economy is influenced by U.S. economy, recent economic condition of U.S. must cause depression in Korea. I'm worried that we will have economically hard time too long.

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Post  Kim Eun-jung on Wed Apr 16 2008, 20:03

Kim Hyunjin wrote:Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

Cherry Blossom Festival was taken place in Washington DC. After kickoff, many people visited to the capital city to see cherry blossom. This annual festival was national park service. The peak bloom of these3000 trees which Japan had given in 1912 was on April 3rd.

I'm of the opinion that I thought this kind of festival might be in Asian countries such as Japan and Korea, so it was surprising to take place in western city and for them to like the blossom as well as I did. Also, the flowers were as beautiful as ours.

Therefore, my prediction is that these cherry blossom will draw more people from now on, and it cause lots of creative products related with cherry blossom.
Also, the festival will get more popular and more popular, so you might see my interview on someday news. ^^

As you said, cherry blossoms surely have the image of the Orient. Maybe it's because we already know a cherry blossom is a national flower of Japan. Cherry blossoms in spring is really beautiful and deserve the world's attention. More and more people will be attracted by the beauty of cherry blossoms.

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Post  Nam-suk on Wed Apr 16 2008, 20:18

Lee Pilsu wrote:Summary: Federal Reserve Chairman, Bernanke, made a short announcement about the (U.S.) economy before the Congress panel. He said that the economy will be bad and could even contract in the first half of this year, but it will change for the better in the second half of the year due to interest rate cuts, financial and housing market woes disappears and some other reasons. It is reported that if it had not been for the emergency funds, the financial market could have turned into a chatic situation.

Opinion: To be honest, I don't have any personal opinion on this news article because I don't know much about economy. But one thing that I noticed was that his presence and his remarks should carry a significant and powerful meaning because he was surrounded by scores of cameramen and U.S. Congress panels.

Prediction: My prediction is that Korean economy will suffer in the first half of this year and will pick up in the second half because I heard Korean economy is influenced a lot by the United States'.

The economy in the world is staggering because they are all connected like you said...World is keeping their ears open on the economic situation in USA...The chief in FRB couldn't help but choose rather temporary way to stabilize things after the shock of the Bear Stearns.
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Post  Kang Eunmi on Thu Apr 17 2008, 00:13

Everybody!
I've been enjoyed already the Cherry blossom festival in Jinhae several times.
Seeing is believing!!
I konw that everybody is so busy doing their jobs but sometimes
we need to take our time off to look back on ourselves, right?
So, just try to enjoy spring.
Spring is on the air and love is on us... Surprised


Kim Eun-jung wrote:
Kang Eunmi wrote:Summary
It's time to go to the annual cherry blossom festival in Washington D.C. Almost a million visitors will take part in this festival.
Some people are the fist time to see the beauty of the cherry blossom and some are not. But they like the smell of the cherry trees.
One interviwee says that even it's not fully open but it's still pretty.
The peak bloom will reach through April 3rd also it means officail sign; spring has sprung.
In 1912, about 3,000 cherry trees are given to U.S from Japan to mark a growing friendship between two countries.

Opinion
I'm of the opinion that the cherry trees in the screen are not pretty enough. What I try to say is Cherry trees in Korea, especially in Jinhae are
much better than those in U.S.
Actually my hometown is Jinhae. Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven
Have you ever walked under the cherry blossoms? In fact, Jinhae is famous for the biggest and most beautiful cherry trees in Korea. Not only the Mts, but also the entire area is painted pink and white colors. Many people who have seen the cherry blossom in Jinhae can not help thinking this city is just like the work of an artist.


prediction
My classmates who read my reply or information about the cherry blossom in Jinhae flower will visit there in
April. Once people who see the fantastic cherry blossoms in Jinhae, they will fall in love with the beauty of Jinhae.
If they haven't visitied Jinhae yet, they should hurry up visiting there. Surely, they will!!
Thank you for reading my information!! lol!

Hi~ You must have enjoyed the beauty of cherry blossoms in its fullness because your hometown is Jinhae. You are very lucky. I also think the cherry blossoms in Korea are much prettier than the one shown in the news^^
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Thanks for letting us know about the historical background of the cherry trees in the Washington D.C.

Post  Ji Young, Kim on Thu Apr 17 2008, 05:03

Thanks for letting us know about the historical background of the cherry trees as Japanese gift to the U.S. When I first watched this news article and heard the reporter briefly mention about Japanese gift at the end of it, I was also curious about the historical background about the gift, but the idea of googling about it and finding it out myself had just slipped out of my mind. Now that I came to know about the quite sad and unfair situation at that time, as a Korean I don't think I can just enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms naively without thinking of the ugly agreement between the two countries. Don't you think it's quite ironic that the ugly and inconvenient truth lies behind the dazzling beauty of the cherry blossoms?? Sad

Kim Jin-Young wrote:(summary)
The Washington D.C, the capital of U.S ,has the cherry blossom festival which is annually held. Organizers say that nearly millions of visitors come to the Tidal Basin while cherry blossoms reach their peak through April 4th. The presence of 3000 pink blossom trees originates from Japan's gift to make friendly relation between two nations, Japan and U.S.

(opinion)
I'm of the opinion that those pink trees play an essential role in attracting quite a few people, even from overseas. Actually, a variety of cherry blossom festivals are annually held in Korea as well. However I sometimes wonder if these events in Korea is righteous, because our ancestors suffered from Japanese's atrocious violences and undeserved suppressions during about half of one century. I also think that Japan once appointed the U.S as a target during the World War Ⅱ. It's somewhat irony that two nations, Korea and the U.S, give a welcome to cherry blossoms, known as the Japan's national flower. I want to emphasize the point, the Japanese flower.
Also, we should know its background, so to speak, the reason why the gift was given to the U.S. What for? The Washington Post introduces the unknown history of cherry blossoms with the headline 'Behind the Beauty'. In 1905 Japan made a gift of cherry trees as a token of grabbing sovereignty over Korea from the U.S. This absurd agreement is known as The Katsura-Taft Agreement.


(prediction)
My prediction is that this event just like a kind of admiration of cherry blossom's beauty will be booming. In other ways, enjoying cherry blossom's beauty such as sweet smell and all white color is a good way to get rid of much stress. However, while enjoying many beautiful scenes, we should be aware that the U.S gave the permission for Japan to legally colonize Korea.
It is also likely that favorable relationship between the U.S and Japan will last thanks to cherry blossom trees which are not main factor to keep up the relationship, but a kind of flattery. For example, in 1988 Japan finally made it as to visa waiver. In contrast, we have failed to deal with it until now. cherry
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I'm afraid that it will affect greatly our country's economic condition again.

Post  Ji Young, Kim on Thu Apr 17 2008, 09:08

This time again, I can't help but to agree with you. As globalization pervades the world, a situation happening in one country can seriously affect the rest of the world. I think that Nobody can deny the great influence of the U.S. on our country and the economy is not an exception. Therefore, we are always very sensitive about the economic situation in America. I hope the contraction of the U.S. economy will be just temporary as Bernanke predicted, and it will not affect adversely our country's domestic economic situation.

billy wrote:Summary: FRB chairman Ben Bernanke expects the US economy will stay at its current level or even may contract a little, but it will pick up in the 2nd half of the year as a result of aggressive interest rate cuts and stabilization of financial conditions and housing market.

Opinion: Bernanke told before congress that the US ecoonomy will improve in the 2nd half of the year 2008 even though it may retract a little from its already troubled state. However, I am of the opinion that the US economic president Bernanke's prediction is a little dangerous and biased. When the economic concerns resulting from the so-called subprime mortagage loan started to arise last year, many financial newspapers and investment companies reported that no one would be able to predict the impact it might have on the world economy, let alone the USA. Some financial experts expected that its economic loss might be more than the staggerting 500 billion dollars and the US government is reported to have put in 150 billion dollars as only an emergency measure. That is, as no one expected the strongest country would ever experience this economic fallout, any quick-tempered prediction may play havoc with the sign of recovery.

Prediction and 'Why': My prediction is that even though there is a little bit of good sign that the economy will get back on its right track such as seemingly stabilized gold and oil price and stock market, we must not come to any hasty conclusion that the US economy will pick up sooner or later. You may have heard about the so-called Butterfly Effect, which means a little flapping of one butterfly in Beijing could end up with a devastating tornado in the US. It looks like the direction may turn backward this time from the US to the rest of the world. As the NYSE market tumbled down, the world stock market indexes were shaking as well. The world economy is already too connected to underestimate the financial impact of the giant market. For now, we have to wait and see.
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Post  billy on Thu Apr 17 2008, 12:32

It was a bit difficult to hear about the cerebrities' current situation since the speed of the reporter was a bit faster and the vocabularies were rather unfamiliar. Albeit, you did it. I envy your English listening comprehension skill.
The first clip of the news was about James Bond, but i was also unsure of its content. Tne second one was about George Clooneyis debut as a movie director. Just like previous examples of the movie-actor-turned director such as Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, and Clint Eastwood, i am sure he will make a hit film in the very near future. I like him very much. The third one was about Modonna. She seems like following Angelina Jolie's case, who has adopted three kids from each different continent. Someone blames it as the so-called 'kids shopping', but i would like to see it in a postive way to help the kids in the economically poor country. Even though they would not spend all of their money in, that could be a way to give those kids a chance to live a better life. When those kids grow up, they may go back to their country and help them revive their home country's economy. These movie actor's adoption examples will help relieve people of their prejudice against adoption in Korea. Just like the Korean actors Cha, Inpyo and Shin, Aera, who have adopted three kids, people in Korea may need to change their steretypes about adoption. Anyway, thanks for your efforts in jotting down rather difficult-to-hear segment of the news articles. Let's keep up the good work here.^^


Joo Un-jin wrote:summary: This report is composed of six ones. The first is about James Bond's villain. But it's too sorry that I can't understand it. The second is about George Clooney's gradual change from an actor to a movie director. The third one is about Madonna's trip to Malawi, the southern African country. Maybe she will do something there for adopting a local baby, who has been lived with her since 2006. The fourth one is about Celine Dion's adjusting schedules. The last one is about Beyonce and her fiance, between whom a wedding plan is made including filling out a marriage license.




opinion: I hope that George Clooney will be successful as a director. His much experience as an actor will be helpful a lot. Also there are many actors who succeeded as directors. But I want to see him on the screen often. I don't want to lose chances to see the most attractive man in the world. And my opinion about Madonna's adopting an African baby is that it's very good. People in Western countries think optimistic about adoption. They don't stick to 'the same blood.' I think it's so logical that we should learn something about that. In Korea, prejudice about adoption has changed a little. I hope this continues. But I think adoption by stars can be misused. They can do that to advertise or promote themselves. Sometimes they are trying to appeal themselves to people by showing their good behavior. Rolling Eyes




prediction: My prediction is that people will pay much attention to Beyonce's wedding. She is a super star enough to catch the eyes of people all over the world. All the medias and even paparazzi will follow her. They will go wherever she goes and pay too much attention to her life including her wedding. We can know well in my house about her wedding, pregnance, babies and all her private life.
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SILLY GOSSIPS!

Post  Hyo-Jin Kim on Tue Apr 22 2008, 10:47

Yoo-Jin~ I enjoyed reading your different opinion and prediction from mine on the same topic. You've got another point that I missed in my own writing.

I have the same idea with you about gossiping of journalists. Though I'm not the kind of person who is not interested in the entertainment business, I often find it funny that some entertainment reporters bring insignificant matters of stars into the paper or media and try to make it an issue. It appears that they want the public to be judgemental about the stars. To make it worse, people easily get promoted by such news as is even not worthy being gossips. I feel so sorry about it. No

I wonder if the reporters are truely qualified to be there or at least ever get any training before they start reporting in actual. They must have learnt that poor reporting produces the audience of poor quality. I wish they kept it in their mind and could be a true go-between who delivers essential news to help the audience advanced. cat



Jung Yoojin wrote:I tried to understand the third video talking about Holly Wood stars. I am not sure whether I got the right idea or not. But I will do my best as much as I can

Summary :
There are several different stories talking about Hollywood stars.( At first, I thought it was related with each other, but they weren't!) Gerge Cloony has filmed the third one as he was a director. The person connected film says Gerge Cloony has excessive president of film.(is it right?) ANd Madonna visited Malai with her husband and she is rulling the regulation about whether she can adopt or abandon the childeren since 2006. Celin Dion was going to have a concert in Beijin , but it was canceled. And Beyounce is going to get marry.

Opinion :
This news talks about popular stars on United States , even all over the world. These stories can be news but I think these are sort of gossips with stars. Broadcast tend to announce their private life , because general people want to know it. Stars are always exposed to audience whenever they are, or wherever they are. I think if those people do some good things on contrbuting world peace, it is good to hear and know about their commitment. However, I don't think it is useful information for our career or studyings. They are just gossips. (actually I do not have much background knowledge about them) I dont like gossips .


Prediction :
Gerge Cloony made the third film as he was the director. That movie could not get much popularity from audience. And he decided not to make a film again. And Madonna adopted many children from Malai, and she devotes her life to save and help those undeveloped countries, especailly adopting babies .Beyounce get married with her spouse and they have a happy life and she continues to sing songs on broadcats.
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