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  • Learn Korean Ep. 97: Korean Numbers Part 1 (Sino-Korean)

    Keykat's always asking me to drive her places. I think it's probably about time she learned how to ride a bicycle, right? There's a steep hill in my neighborhood that would be great for riding a bicycle down, I think.... It might be a bit difficult for a beginner, but Keykat can do it. I know she'll be great at riding a bike.

    Remember that there are free extended PDFs available for every "Learn Korean" episode (at the bottom of this post), and each contains additional information or examples not covered in the video.

    Check out the episode here!


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

    Are you wondering what it is like to teach English in China? Awesome. I was there once too.

    I taught in China as well as in Korea and Taiwan. In this post I'll touch on the lifestyle for teachers, the environment, culture and even include a video interview with teachers in Hangzhou.

    This is Ed. He used to teach in Xiamen.

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    "...Especially in Xiamen, the living standards are cheap. You can make less than $2000 and you would only be spending 3 or $400 a month. Initially the school helped me to find suitable housing, but later on I looked for my own apartment."

    Ed in Xiamen, China

    The cost of living in China can be quite low depending on where and how you live.


  • Welcome 2018, Goodbye 2017


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

    Wondering what's it like to teach English in Korea? Awesome. I was there once and now I am here to share my experience teaching there with you.

    Korea was my second country to teach English in. I first started in Taiwan and then later taught in Korea and China.

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

    I'll also do some comparing to other Asian countries like China, Japan and Taiwan. I'll include some of my experience as well as some of the other teachers in Korea that I interviewed.

    First let's take a look at...


  • 4 Korean Foods To Eat if You’re Under the Weather

    During the cold winter months, it seems that everywhere you look is another strain of the common cold, the flu, or another nasty bug. It’s hard to avoid getting sick at this time of year, and being sick and having to see the doctor is never fun. That being said, there are definitely things you can do to make yourself less miserable the next time you’re feeling under the weather.

    If you’re sick in Korea, you’re in luck — Korean food is amazing at warming you up from the inside out and helping you get over your illness as quickly (and painlessly!) as possible. Whether you’re sticking to a liquid diet or able to eat solid food, there’s plenty of Korean food to eat to get you back on your feet.


  • China Southern free hotel

    China Southern Airlines provides free hotel accommodation and breakfast to passengers with a transfer time of 8 - 48 hours in Guangzhou, China. 

    I did it myself on August 2, 2017! I contacted
    nhzz@csair.com with my ticket number for confirmation before my layover -but I don’t think that’s required. You can either book the hotel on the China Southern Airlines official website or just go to the “Transfer Accommodation” counter at the airport on the 2nd floor by gate 2. 

    There’s a shuttle to and from the hotel. Honestly, couldn’t be easier and I hope more people use this free service.


  • Korean Fried Chicken at the Han River | 한강에서 치킨 먹기

    치느님 is a funny, casual word for "chicken god" in Korean, and is used to refer to how amazingly wonderful fried chicken tastes. And I have to agree with the creation of this word. Korean fried chicken is as good as it gets. There's the plain, crispy kind, and also there are kinds marinated in different flavors. The marinated type are my favorite... but that changes on a day to day basis. And together with Korean chicken you also get cubes of pickled radish, which help to remove any greasy taste you'd normally get from any fried chicken. It's a wonderful combination that has yet to be beat.


  • Am I Too Old To Teach English In Asia?

    How old is too old to teach English in Asia? If you started your search for information about teaching abroad in China, Korea, Taiwan or maybe Japan then you probably found out there was some preference for young teachers in their 20's or 30's.

    It's true.

    But why is that?

    Well, based on my experience I'd say a lot of it is about appearance, culture, and your visa

    It seems like most countries in Asia or sometimes schools have visa cut offs from about 55 to age 70. But even if your 70 or older there are still some options - at least one that I will tell you about later.

    First we'll look at the situation in East Asia, talk about the advantages (yes, there are advantages), visas, and you'll get some tips for finding work if you are 55 or 60+.


  • How to Say ‘Table’ in Korean

    There are many purposes to a table. Sometimes it’s used to eat your meal on, other times it’s your office desk. And that’s not all that a table’s good for!

    Naturally, the word for ‘table’ in Korean also changes based on the appearance and usage of the table. In this lesson you’ll learn all the right ways for how to say ‘table’ in Korean.

     

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

     


  • Why You Shouldn’t Make a New Year's Resolution to Learn Korean

    It's that time of the year again - New Year's resolutions.

    But I think that you should be careful when setting a New Year's resolution to learn Korean. Before you do that, think about these things:

    • Why do you want to set a New Year's goal to learn Korean? Why can't it be a regular daily goal?
    • Why wait until the New Year to start? Why not start now?
    • Why announce this New Year's resolution to learn Korean? Why not keep it secret?
    • Why call it a "New Year's resolution" if it will take more than only 1 year? Why not just call it a "study goal" instead?

    In my video I'll cover all of these topics, and more. I also did research when making this video and include a few important studies to consider before you set your goal as learning Korean.


  • How To Get A Job Teaching English In Japan

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

    This post will get you started off in the right direction for finding a job teaching in Japan.

    Here is a quick look at the teaching scene which was previously mentioned in "What's it REALLY like to teach English in Japan?"


  • 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~


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