Website Information: Notice of Hiatus

DSCF0266Upon return to the States from a mission trip in Ecuador, it has come to my realization that CultureQuote has been running headlong down a path that has taken us where I did not originally intend to go.

Due to a multitude of reasons, I am placing a suspension on the development of the entertainment video part of the site. When I started my blog last March, I did not intend to have a largely developed video section due to many factors, including unintended infringement and legal issues. I only wanted to share what shows I had found interesting while pursuing advancement in language level.

After the two week trip with little to no Internet connectivity I was granted time to ponder over what is truly important. During this, I realized that I must prioritize more. Too much time has escaped me since the time consuming development of–and, at times, obsession over–CultureQuote has dominated my priorities. The entire CultureQuote team is now in the thick of their collegiate studies and has to devote much time to building their foundations from which to launch successful and fulfilling careers. It has been overdue to switch our studies to the top of our list, so I am actively encouraging the team to take a break from CultureQuote and only post when they have down time. Time is a precious commodity that I dare say no one has enough of and it is of the utmost importance to use it wisely.

Once I reconnected and set my personal affairs straight, I set to check the site and see what new developments have surfaced. To my despair I came back to a bucket load of spam comments accompanied by emails lashing out at the team for not double checking to see if video links still worked or were for the right episodes (among other not-so-friendly topics). It is hard to want to continue to upload and link videos when we get loads of depreciating messages and unfair to the team to ask them to ignore and power through these rude comments. I understand that most of the community is thoughtful and does not intend to offend, but to those few “bad apples” out there I ask that you please think of the repercussions before trolling web developers that attempt to bring you what you want and consume.

At this point, we get many requests for new shows that many of us have often never heard of. The list is beginning to get unbearably long and with only the handful of us trying to keep up, we can no longer maintain a quick enough pace. None of us receive any compensation for our time, neither monetary or otherwise, which puts a strain on us as we have to maintain other means to make a living. We are all unpaid volunteers and all ads on this site come from embedded ads that WordPress, Dailymotion, and other subber sites have requested. Not a single cent comes as a reward for our diligence and effort.

There are many other minor reasons that added to our decision. Just as a little recap, we will not take down any video content unless requested to by a third party and will not be adding any new episodes or shows. We will, however, continue to write and develop the many other sections of the site. The team has come to the conclusion that we want to make this site more personal and blog-like as originally intended and will switch our focus to writing articles and sharing our explorations and findings.

I extend my deepest apologies if this has offended any of you. I never would have dreamt that CultureQuote would get thousands of daily views and I thank all our visitors for helping make the site successful. The team has come to this decision after much debate and we understand if you wish to leave the CultureQuote community.

Let us not end this on a dour note. The best thing about culture is that there are many sides and attributes to it. There is no finite end to what can be learned. There is no banner that marks the finish line. That is what makes the world diverse and worth exploring. That experience is what we wish to share and encourage discussion of.

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“Culture is the sum of all forms of art. Of love and of thought, which, in the course of centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved.” – André Malraux

Best Regards,

Dani & the CultureQuote Team

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Update for Running Man Lovers!

With recent events leaving iSubs running dry with their accounts wiped, we are making an effort to reupload and relink Running Man videos. As of now, we have relinked all episodes! It takes loads of time to reinstate all of the episodes, so please support our efforts to bring you a safe environment to watch your favorite shows in! Leave us (or the general public, for that matter) a comment on your opinions of the show! Vocal viewers help create the best communities!

Breaking News! Wiping of Accounts, Widespread Abuse, Disruptions of Searches

We have two main updates that we wish to make viewers and readers be aware of pertaining to video series that can be found on this site.

#1: Wiping of Accounts, Disruptions of Searches

Most of the Korean variety show, “Running Man“, videos have been removed from Dailymotion for copyright issues and have such affected the availability of them for our site. This also has caused us to be called to the broadcaster’s attention and 90% of our Running Man pages have been removed from Google search. With these two events we have set out to restore the episodes on our site and currently have fixed episodes 90-162 with a few miscellaneous ones that we could find laced within 1-89. Most of our videos were from iSubs, but their account has been wiped. They, too, are in the process of reuploading all their hard work and I will provide links and embeds as soon as I can.

support_us_takeactionAs for the removal from Google, we ask that you support us by sharing as many episode page links as possible on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sources so that others can find our videos that we bring to you virus-free! We have a commitment to help viewers watch their favorite shows without virus attacks, and as such, any links that we include for video episodes have been verified as virus-free. Another friendly reminder, if any video is blocked or a link corrupted please don’t be shy and leave us a comment or a request!

#2: Widespread Abuse.

This second one is more of a community reminder. We DO NOT make any money off of our site and do not intend to in the future. As such, I want to remind people to not continuously use links that lead to profit sites such as adf.ly or any other “link shorteners for money” unless it is directly from the SUBBER. The uploader and subber may be different people, and like us at CultureQuote, we generally do not subtitle videos ourselves. The entire team strongly believes that it is morally and ethically wrong to profit off of another’s hard work. Please do not support those who abuse the system! We will not use URL shorteners or any modes for profiting off of videos unless the original subber contacts and requests us to do so for them. Any shortened links (although we currently do not have any) will be noted either at the top or bottom of the episode page with the subber’s name and official request notice. Otherwise, there may be direct links to videos on Dailymotion and YouTube because we cannot embed them directly into the page.

Lend the community of hard working, unpaid providers your support! We will always truly stick to this motto:

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Liebster Award Nomination

So, to be honest, the Liebster Award doesn’t seem to hold any clout or have any hard reward other than PR. Its primary purpose: simply a way to discover new blogs with little followings. Even as such, my thanks goes out to ZESS501 for nominating CultureQuote for the Liebster Award (in German, ”Liebster” means sweetest, kindest, or nicest)! Let me first introduce myself as there are a few writers on this blog. I’m Diane, the founder of CultureQuote and the main author and editor of material. I can tell you this is only the baby stages. We have a hefty vision for the future of the site and we will continue to update and upload as much as we can!

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Official rules for the Liebster award

  1. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the questions designated by the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  3. Place YOUR nominations for the Liebster Award! Nominate five (or more) other bloggers that have less than 200 followers. Make sure to notify them via comment/email, etc.
  4. Make up a set of questions for those nominated bloggers to answer.
  5. Display the Liebster award badge on your blog!

11 Random Facts

  1. The CultureQuote Team only has three members (Yes, it’s not enough for what we hope to accomplish!)
  2. None of the team works full-time on the site or are professionals. Actually, we’re all high school through college students.
  3. I found my passion for languages approximately two years ago with my beloved Spanish teacher =)
  4. Languages are my main point of interest, and I have started learning my fourth with Korean.
  5. I am actually an engineering student, not a foreign language major.
  6. If you see a Dani writing from here, that’s me! I found that it is easier to use Dani with many non-European languages because it is only two syllables and doesn’t have drawn out vowels, which makes it easier for other speakers to pronounce.
  7. I eagerly seek out new music and will listen to any music, from any country, in any language, and in any genre. Pretty wide open on that subject.
  8. I am not a total bookworm; I play soccer competitively, break dance, rock climb, and just generally love to be active!
  9. I’m a Native American-Caucasian and proud of it.
  10. If there was one wish that I could have granted it would be widespread mutual understanding of and openness to cultural differences. That might actually be two…oh, well.
  11. I prefer to write over read, but I can’t pass up a good book~!

My Response to ZESS501’s Questions

  1. Who is your idol (someone you greatly admire and look up to)?
    • I’ve never been one to idolize people, but I would have to pick Lindsey Sterling. She never seems to run out of ideas and appears relatively down-to-earth and appreciative, something that seems hard to find in artists nowadays.
  2. What about K-POP do you love the most?
    • K-Pop always has those little English phrases that you can’t help but sing in your head (and sometimes aloud…ok, oftentimes aloud…) when you hear them in everyday conversations. And the dances. And the…I ought to stop now…
  3. Do you want fame or money?
    • Ah~~~why must it be so hard! I’d say money, because I feel I could help more people if I have financial backing. Not to mention that I enjoy the privacy of being semi-sort-of-incognito.
  4. Which song are you addicted to at the moment?
    • I’d have to say Growl by EXO. Chinese version. Yeah, right now I’m humming it and the dance is a spectacle to behold too!
  5. Who inspires you the most?
    • Albert Einstein. He was brilliant and he didn’t let cultural differences stop him from trying to accomplish his dreams even when Germany left a sour taste in the mouth at the time.

My Questions for Nominee’s

  1. If there was a singular wish you could have granted (standard rules: no wish for wishes, etc.) what would you wish for and why?
  2. What is your most cherished memory?
  3. What is your most common typo?
  4. If you could spot-on impersonate anyone in the world, who would that be?
  5. What is the one song you cannot get out of your head recently?

Blogs I Nominate

  1. WanderLustLotus: http://wanderlustlotus.wordpress.com/
  2. christinathepolyglot: http://christinathepolyglot.wordpress.com/
  3. Singapore Spice: http://singaporespice.wordpress.com/
  4. ABC Mandarin Mission: http://abcmandarinmission.com/
  5. 초롱이 ★  ごきげんよう: http://choronghi.wordpress.com/

A Place to Fill All Your Culture Needs

This site is designed to be a one-stop shop for multicultural media and language learning material. As this is just the beginning, we’ll be working to get as much up as possible and be sure to post any requests to up a page’s priority in the Request tab!

We understand how hard it can be to find free material online. On top of that, the quality is often iffy or on a basic level which makes it hard once you get past the first survival phrases. As such, our goal is to pinpoint the best sites and materials for all levels of culture and language learning.

On Culture Quote, you can find any combination of media that you would need to learn about another country. If we don’t have something you want or need, just let us know and we will try our best to upload it. Please do realize that we are in no way professionals. We simply have a strong belief that raising awareness of cultures is a key as the world evolves into an interconnected community.

Whether just exploring from your computer or globe-trekking in person, the opportunities are endless. Culture Quote features music with lyrics and translations, news, language lessons, various videos, and more.

Operation Information

We are currently in the process of building the site, so please excuse missing information. As information is uploaded, notices will appear in the feed below. If there is something you would like us to put on a priority list, just leave us a message at culturequote@outlook.com. We ask that you realize that requests that involve mature material will be filtered and edited before we publish it as we intend to keep this website as family friendly as possible. We will fulfill all priority requests as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and please check back soon.