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  • What's It Really Like To Teach English In Japan?

    Wondering what it is like to teach English in Japan? Super. You are in the right place.

    In this post I'll talk about the culture, the environment, the teaching scene and share some video interviews with teachers in Japan.

    I'll also be doing some comparison to some other Eastern Asian countries like Korea, Taiwan and China.

    Jeanie

    "So in Japan having a debate is a really big issue. So it's totally different. Like in America we like to argue all the time. But in Japan people don't.


  • How to Say ‘Doctor’ in Korean

    While none of us come to Korea with the hopes and dreams of getting hurt – surely it’s the opposite – sometimes a visit to a doctor simply is inevitable. You’ve got an eye infection? You’ve sprained your ankle? You need to redo a prescription for your allergy medication? In those moments, knowing how to say doctor in Korean will be essential. It allows you to explain to your Korean friends what you need help for, and in turn they can help you find the right doctor for your needs and perhaps even get you to the doctor’s office.

     

    *Ready to learn Korean yet? Click here to learn about our 90 Day Korean learning program!

     


  • Zombie House: Seoul Trick Eye Museum’s Winter Exhibit


  • Korean Phrases Ep. 55: 작심삼일

    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: 작심삼일

    This idiom is perfect for the upcoming New Year, and New Year's resolutions. Make sure your New Year's resolutions don't follow this idiom.

    Check it out here~


  • What's It Really Like To Teach English In Taiwan?

    Wondering what's it like to teach English in Taiwan? Awesome. I was there once, then later some other countries and now I am here to tell you about it.

    I'll be doing some comparison to some other Eastern Asian countries like Korea, Japan and China.

     Dale

    "What do you like about Taiwan? Everything that England hasn't got. We've got great weather. It's a good lifestyle. It's a really easy lifestyle. You work 5 or 6 hours a day max and you have weekends and evenings free. You can have a..."

    Dale in Taichung, Taiwan

    You'll hear more from Dale later...


  • How to Say ‘Cold’ in Korean

    Brrr… The winter is here and, depending on where on the globe you live in, it is likely getting very cold. If you’ve been to Korea during winter yet, then you’ll know the temperatures might not go down so low, but the wind will definitely be brutal enough to make you feel cold. You know you’ll want to know how to say ‘cold’ in Korean so that you could tell your Korean friends just how you feel about the weather.

     

    *Ready to learn Korean yet? Click here to learn about our 90 Day Korean learning program!

     

    ‘Cold’ in Korean

    winter


  • How to Get A Job Teaching English In Taiwan

    So you are thinking about teaching English in Taiwan and you are wondering how to get a job? If that is correct then you are in the right place.

    I spent 2 years teaching English in Taiwan (Tainan and Taichung). I'll give you a brief overview of the scene there and then tell you about a couple of different ways on how you can do this.

    Hualian, Taiwan coast


  • Korea 2017 Year in Review: The Presidential Impeachment was Actually the Biggest Story




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    This is a local rep-post of a piece I just wrote for the Lowy Institute. I like these sort of retrospective, end-of-the-year pieces.


  • Korean Test Practice with Billy [Ep. 9] – Intermediate Korean (Listening Practice)

    Are you preparing for the TOPIK test, a government Korean test, or a Korean test at school? Then let me help you prepare with my video series focused on Korean test questions and explanations.

    This episode will cover an example of an intermediate level listening question. More episodes to come soon!

    And feel free to send me requests for videos you'd like to see. There are also higher request priorities through my Patreon page. Thanks for watching~!

    Don't read below if  you want to try the problem on your own first.

    Here is the listening example from the video:


  • How to Say ‘Umbrella’ in Korean

    Oh no, it’s raining outside today! Maybe you’d like to tell your friend to remember to bring an umbrella? Or perhaps you were caught in the rain and are now browsing a store, finding the need to ask the cashier where the umbrellas are? Possibly you already know how to say ‘umbrella’ in Korean but are looking to learn how to describe a parasol?

    If you’re hoping to learn how to say ‘umbrella’ in Korean, or any of the equivalent words, then you’re in luck because this is what today’s lesson is all about!


  • Riding El Chepe: Part 3

    Back on the Train

    As the train pulled out of Bahuichivo, memories of the past several days flashed before me: the boozy, musical afternoon in the El Fuerte cantina; the enchanting train ride into the mountains; the close shave with death on the narrow road; the splendid chaos and grandeur of Urique and the canyon it calls home. All of it added up to a heady string of hours, the kind of travel I hadn’t properly tasted for years now.


  • Riding El Chepe: Part 2

    Into the Canyon

    I jumped off of El Chepe at the town of Bahuichivo — a picturesque hamlet nestled among the mountain pines — and immediately came across three white women carrying big packs. They had been in my train car, and from the sound of their language, I pinpointed them as Dutch. Years of meeting travelers in Southeast Asia had attuned my ear when it came to picking out accents and languages, and Dutch was one of those that I just knew right away.


  • Korean PC 방 Tour | Internet Cafes

    PC방 ("PC-BANG") are everywhere in Korea. They're on nearly every street in populated areas of cities, and they're even in small cities. If you've never seen one before, a PC방 is an "internet cafe" in Korea. But they might be a bit different from other internet cafes you've seen before. People of all ages can visit a PC방 to play games, hang out (while mostly sitting down) with friends, and even order food.

    So instead of going alone, I brought along my good friend 소영 (So-yeong).

    Check out the video here~!


  • Riding El Chepe: Part 1

    Riding El Chepe: Part 1

    Already There


  • Is Teaching English Abroad For Artists

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    Is teaching English abroad for artists? Teaching English abroad can be for anyone really. All kinds of people teach English abroad, even weird pink dudes like above. People have backgrounds and degrees from all subjects.

    While degrees in related subjects can help, any degree is usually enough to get a job teaching abroad. 

    I have a degree in fine art (BFA) with an emphasis in painting. I have been making art my whole life: drawing, painting, sculpture, street performing, DJ'ing, etc.

    I also taught in China, Korea and Taiwan. Now if you are an artist and are wondering if you should teach English abroad then this is for you.


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