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  • Korean Phrases Ep. 54: 금강산도 식후경

    This week's new video is a "Korean Phrases" episode. This series is for learning quick idioms and phrases in Korean. Even if you don't use any of these idioms in this series when speaking, you might find them written in books, or hear someone use them when speaking. So they're useful to know, especially if you're at an intermediate or advanced Korean level.

    This week we'll be learning about an idiom that originally comes from China and the Chinese language. But it's still useful to know in Korean.

    And today's idiom is: 금강산도 식후경(이다).

    Check it out here~


  • 코스 4-1 | Course 4-1

    Visually stunning and kind of out of the way of my typical Busan life, Course 4-1 was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of just how large a city this is. There’s always more to explore and the 갈맷길 is the best way in my opinion.


  • Saying ‘Hello’ to Korean Food, Saying ‘Goodbye’ to Korea (for the Night)

    As a foreigner here in South Korea, I can sometimes feel like I am in a bubble. Sometimes without my participation in the process, sometimes willingly. At work, I am often left out of discussions about matters that might affect me until the last possible moment, or until the actual matter takes place and I am just kind of thrust into it. Often, at night, either Jen or I will ask the other if it’s time to “say goodbye to Korea,” code for closing the curtains on the outside world and cozying up to our insulated world of two inhabitants. That latter example does not necessarily reflect a poor opinion of Korea, but rather an opinion of the world at large and whether or not it’s sometimes therapeutic to escape it and all its associated bullshit; someday, far from today we might play out a similar scene where one of us asks if it’s time to “say goodbye to Middletown, New Jersey” or “Walla Walla, Washington.” But, I am not holding my breath: houses are too damn expensive in Middletown.


  • How to Say ‘Cool’ in Korean

    In your lifetime, you’ll likely come across a lot of situation where you feel the most appropriate reaction is to think and say it’s ‘cool’. You’re also likely to keep running into similar situations while in Korea – because, let’s face it, tons of things in Korea are cool!

    But before you can say that to anyone in Korea, you need to know how to say ‘cool’ in Korean. So just how cool is it that today’s lesson will teach you just that!?

     


  • Korea This Week: November 6th – 12th

    Reading Together

    I came across this piece on how some groups are responding to declining rates of book readership in Korea. One company called Trevari organizes book discussion groups, which readers can join for a fee, and provides a meeting location, mentoring services, and other support when requested.


  • My ‘Private Stash:’ The Korea Chronicles, 2005-2012, Part One

    It’s 2 p.m. at Bricks Coffee in Seomyeon, Busan. I have a “Dutch Americano,” which was just dutch-styled coffee extract alongside a mug of hot water. So, coffee. It’s pretty good. Clouds have come in and it looks like rain outside the window of this second floor but no one is carrying an umbrella, not even one “just in case” paranoid person. I think my bicycle is safe.

    I’m diving into my “private stash” of writings from my first, second and the time leading into my third time in South Korea. It’s called the Korea Chronicles and its access is not locked so, if you care, if you find it, by all means enjoy. I won’t be offended.


  • Remembering Jen


     


  • This Week: Cocktail Fest, Reopened Greenhouse, & More

    Alright. I’m a shit blogger. But as I mentioned in the last post, I am a really well-informed shit blogger these days, and while I’m trawling through countless articles to look for material for work, I’m constantly saving articles, too, that I have a personal interest in and mean to come back to at some point. That point is usually Sunday, when I should be getting work done to make the week run more smoothly. So I thought, while I’m at it, at least I can make myself useful (is that what this is?) and do a kind of round-up on Fridays/Saturdays in the weird witching hours between finishing one week’s work and starting the next week’s.

    And what a week it has been my friends. I’m going to try to bring some order to the chaos, but this will probably be an evolving format for a while (or this will be the only time this kind of post ever happens — life is full of mystery).

    In Korea


  • How to Start Learning Korean for Free (Tutorial) | 10 Steps

    Are you just getting started learning Korean, and want a guide for where to go next? Here is a short guide I made that you can follow for learning Korean completely all for free. This list was compiled by myself and only includes the highest quality and free content for you.

    For the past 12 years I've been studying Korean and have collected some of my favorite free resources here for you. None of these resources mentioned in the video paid or asked me to include them, and this list is 100% my own opinions.

    Perhaps in the future I'll also make more of these lists. This is the first one.

    If you have any questions feel free to leave them here or on the YouTube video.


  • Nearly Three Quarters Of Young Smokers Deterred By South Korean Cigarette Price Increase

    Smoking habit data released in 2016 reports that despite recent price increases for a pack of cigarettes in South Korea, more than 20% of young smokers will continue smoking.


  • 10 Tips For Teaching English To Korean Students

    Here you will find tips for teaching English to your Korean students. I spent 3.5 years out of my time in Asia teaching in Korea. In my experience teaching in China, Korea and Taiwan I would say that the teaching part is not that different.

    What's different is the school that you work in and the culture, but most of that extends outside the classroom.

    Here's a video that was filmed in hagwons and public schools in Korea. It includes 3 games and activities (one of the tips below) that you can use in you classroom.

    So in no specific order:


  • Top 5 Night Markets in Seoul

    One thing you must have heard of Seoul by now is that it’s a city that operates around the clock, even if it’s public transportation doesn’t. Many people take this chance to stay out all night enjoying the various clubbing and drinking opportunities, but every once in awhile, it is also fun to check out a night market in Seoul.

    Have you yet visited a Seoul night market? If not, here are a few night markets in Seoul highly recommended by us for you to check out!

     

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  • G2Cell: The Holy Grail of Korean Skin Care


  • Teaching English In Korea Requirements (A-Z)

    What are the requirements to teach English in Korea? I spent 3.5 years of my time in Asia teaching in Korea. I can tell you for starters that Korea is a bit more intensive when it comes to getting started than other countries. There is a lot of paperwork you have to do. Getting all of your documents ready can easily take 2 months or more.

    For starters you need:

    1. A 4 year degree (in anything) or a 2 year degree for the TALK program
    2. To be a native English speaker from: USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.

    You need those qualifications to get an E-2 visa to legally teach in Korea.


  • Life Update: Heavy

    I don’t honestly know what’s wrong with me today. I know that it’s some wicked brew created by Trump’s visit to the peninsula this week, this year on the whole, and waking up this morning to find out that 26 people had been murdered at their morning service in their small-town church yesterday. I read it just as I was about to head out the door, because that’s part of my job now — to read the news just as I’m about to walk out the door, and on the train on the way to the studio, and on the bus on the way home, and before I go to bed at night.


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