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  • The Shape of Plastic Surgery in Korea

    Whatever your opinion on plastic surgery may be, there is no denying that the industry for it is massive in South Korea. In fact, the (in)famous industry is absolutely blooming, and has been for years. It has even grown to the point where tourists come to the country just to get plastic surgery. But why is it that plastic surgery in Korea is so popular and not just with its own residents?


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  • Best TEFL course for Taiwan?

    What's the best TEFL course for Taiwan? First off a TEFL certificate is not usually a requirement to "legally" teach English in Taiwan.

    Not usually?

    That's right. The only time that you may actually need it to get a work visa is if you only have an associates degree.

    Or it's possible that a school may require/prefer it if you have no experience. 

    If you saw somewhere that you needed a course to legally teach English in Taiwan then that was probably a lie.

    I thought you should know that because I see those lies around the web.


    So what is the best TEFL course for Taiwan?

    It's the one that's going to prepare you to teach the students that you teach. 

    That's my short answer.

  • GIGANTIC Korean Noodle Soup | 칼국수 Kalguksu

    Kalguksu (칼국수) is a noodle dish over a thousand (or more) years old, made in Korea using flour from China. In the past, flour was expensive and not grown in Korea, so typically only the wealthy could enjoy this dish - and on special occasions. Nowadays it's readily available to anyone inside and even outside of Korea.

    The city of Daejeon is known for several things, one of those being Kalguksu noodles. My friend Summer insisted she knew a famous, old Kalguksu restaurant there and took me along with her.

  • ‘Dedicated to the Craft’ (Busan Beat)

    Originally appeared in Busan Beat magazine, September 2018

    Seeking to slake a thirst only a quenching cold one can conquer? There are more options in South Korea than ever before.

    Since the turn of the decade, an explosion of international beer choices began to occupy supermarket and convenience store shelves. Even more recently, however, thanks to the relaxation of strict laws that once required companies to produce one million liters of beer annually before going to market, more and more humble Korea-based craft brewers are producing and selling sensational suds. While the trend first flourished in Seoul, craft beer has since also taken hold throughout Busan.

  • What kind of things have you run into through your eyes as a gyopo?

    In LA or the culture of America has become so involved with the idea of racism and that people are so racist and people nowadays are so sensitive to what they see on the news and base that on real life.

    But to be quite honest, I do not experience racism on subtle racism on a daily.  I don’t.  Personally, I don’t repost or share videos about an asian who got yelled on a bus by a white person to perpetuate that ALL white people are like this to ALL asian people.  It’s just not true.  However, I’ve noticed a lot of people on my facebook feed like to dwell on videos that shows why America is so ‘racist’ or whatever.  I don’t buy into this.

    Personally, one of my very good friends is an elderly white man.  He and I joke about this stuff all the time because we both know that we are joking.

  • Gayasa Temple – 가야사 (Busanjin-gu, Busan)

  • How To Say ‘How Do You Say…’ in Korean

    A major way to enhance your Korean learning is to actually use Korean as much as possible. There is no way of getting around that! Whether it’s reading, writing, speaking, or listening, it truly is “practice makes perfect.” Understandably, if you are only just starting your journey of learning the language, it may be difficult to use or understand more than a few words at once.

  • Korean FAQ – How to Find Your Korean Level

    What is your current Korean level? Have you taken any tests to find out? If you haven't, maybe you're wondering whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced - or what level you are on a different system such as CEFR or TOPIK.

    I made this video to help you figure out your Korean level, no matter what system you use. This is my own system I use for assessing someone's level, and I think it corresponds similarly with other systems that require testing.

  • Traveling from Korea to Other Countries

    You may have already read our article on the ways of getting around within Korea but do you know how to travel from Korea to other countries?

    At first it may sound like a weird topic. Why would you need to know how to travel from Korea to other countries, when you are just arriving in Korea? It’s already a foreign country to you. But actually, whether you are coming to Korea as an exchange student, a teacher, or something else, Korea provides an excellent base from which to explore other countries. Alternatively, you may be planning a backpacking trip across Asia, with Korea as one of your destinations.

  • Learn Korean Aegyo from Koreans | 애교

    This summer in Korea I stopped dozens of Koreans on the street and asked them several questions (7 to be specific). These became 7 separate videos. This is the final question I asked them - "Show me your Aegyo!"

    How can Aegyo (애교) even be translated into English? This one's tricky. It means how charming a person is, like when someone acts cute toward someone else (such as when they want something). It also just means acting cute in general. "Charm?" I can't think of a great way to translate Aegyo, so I'll just keep saying Aegyo.

    So I asked Koreans to show off their Aegyo to the camera, telling them to invite people around the world to visit Korea. Here's what they did.

  • Repat Dating Diaries: Oh no – I’ve been on this date before!

    Cold, Quiet, Dry Winter Months

    It’s been seven months since my return from the land of morning calm (Korea, dweebs). In that time I’ve tried to date as much as possible, if only to provide you lovely Seouls with fresh content so you can feel better about your lives as we go into the cold, winter months.

  • How To Say ‘Bedroom’ In Korean

    Today we will continue on the topic of learning the names of different rooms in your home in Korean. Did you already go through the lessons for ‘kitchen’ and ‘bathroom’? Can you guess what we will learn to say in Korean today? That’s right! We will learn how to say ‘bedroom’ in Korean! After all, just like a kitchen and a bathroom, every home has one! Of course, in a studio – called a one room in Korea – it may not be separate from the kitchen and the living area, but today you will learn how to describe that, too!


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  • Korean FAQ – Learning Korean Through Japanese

    There are many people who became interested in Korean after first being interested in Japanese (myself included) and vice versa. The two countries are neighbors and share thousands of years of history together. But despite that, the two languages are unrelated. Still, they share lots of similarities, and that leads many people to want to study both of them at the same time.

    So let's talk about that. Why do Korean and Japanese seem so similar, if they're actually unrelated? Is it beneficial to learn both at the same time? What sorts of pitfalls should you avoid if you want to try this?

    If you have any experiences learning both, post them in the comments too.

  • How do you deal with loneliness while teaching abroad?

    If you teach English abroad in China, Korea, Japan or wherever chances are at some point you may feel lonely.

    It's normal. 

    It's also normal at first to feel completely excited about a place. But give it a few months and that excitement will likely wear off. Teaching English abroad is not the same as traveling abroad.

    When you travel you can pick up and go when you get bored. There's novelty and that keeps things exciting and fresh.

    But again that wears off. Here's an example from someone's post on Reddit.

    TJFRS says:

  • What Is Korean Fashion?

    What do Milan, Paris, New York, London and Tokyo have in common? All of them are among the leading cities when it comes to fashion. But these days, more fashion hubs are forming all over the world to challenge those cities. Among them is South Korea’s capital, Seoul. It hosts a wildly popular fashion week twice a year. Its designers are gaining more and more worldwide exposure and as for the general public in Seoul and elsewhere in Korea? They are known for their impeccable fashion sense in everyday life, both men and women. Shall we take a closer look at what Korean fashion is like?


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