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In this episode of GO! Billy Eats, I try 쌍화차, which is a traditional Korean tea.
However, this tea is usually served in a very unique way - with a raw egg yolk.
I've tried most Korean foods before, but as soon as I heard about this I knew I needed to try it.
Check out the episode here.
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The New Way
Task based language learning is kind of all the rage these days as part of the overall communicative approach, which focuses on having students being competent communicators as opposed to some of the older models like grammar translation or the audio-lingual method.
Why I Love Task Based Language Learning
I personally love task-based activities because they give students a reason to do something as opposed to just using the language in a meaningless kind of way such as in a “repeat after me” activity.
Learn what you want to Learn
The second reason I like task based activities is because they give students a change to explore the language they want to know. Instead of me telling them what grammar and vocabulary they need to learn, students discover what they need to know during the process, figure it out (with some help from me sometimes), use it and then often remember it for the long-term because it was something they sought out for themselves.
6 Basic Task Types
The idea is that there is a topic that the class is based upon and then various tasks surrounding htat are created by the teacher. This is the list of tasks, from easiest to hardest. I’ll use the topic of weather for my example.
- Listing. Various kinds of weather conditions.
Ordering and sorting. Typical weather in spring/summer/fall/winter in a certain location.
Comparing. Weather in country A vs. weather in country B.
Matching. Weather condition pictures to the names.
Problem solving. Pick a vacation destination. When will you go and why? What special things do you need to bring?
Creative project. Research a natural disaster, make a poster about it and then do a presentation.
Even very low-level students can do task-based projects with numbers 1-4. These tasks might work well as a quick warm-up for your higher level students before you move into tasks 5-6.
Need more ideas for your classroom? This is the book you need to have in your library: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults
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Trazy Country Promoter (Part-time Job)
(for Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore)
Join Korea’s #1 Online Travel Guide Trazy to grab the best opportunity to promote Korea travels in your country.
As a country promoter, you will promote Trazy.com’s various content in your country!
- Research and create posts about Trazy’s travel content adjusted to each online channel.
- Post on a regular basis about Trazy’s travel content & information on various local online communities and channels in your country.
- Native speaker in Bahasa Indonesia or Malay or Thai or English (for Singaporean)
- Conversational/Fluent in English (for internal communication)
- Used to using social platforms and online community sites
- Creative writing and wording
- High responsibility and ownership
- Photoshop skill is a plus
Work Pay & Condition:
- 2~3 postings per week
- Flexible to work at home without having to come to the office if preferred.
- Payment: $100~ per month (adjusted based on the amount of work)
How to apply
- Submit your application here: http://goo.gl/forms/schB1rT6CF
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Did you arrive too early for the K-Live Hologram Concert or you have time to kill after enjoying the concert? There is something that can quench your K-pop thirst in K-Live: K-Gallery!
K-Live Hologram Concert : A must-do thing as a YG fan in Seoul
K-Gallery is a very special and EXCLUSIVE service offered to K-Live visitors. You can watch the exhibition for free if you buy the ticket for the Hologram concert. The gallery, located above the concert hall, is comparatively small to other galleries but contains distinctive items. Unlike our prediction that it would be loud, the gallery was quite dark and yet cozy so we were able to enjoy the art works in a relaxed attitude.
The first exhibition held in the K-Gallery is ‘The Super Power of HERO,’ arts works modeling top Korean celebrities who could be regarded as heroes entertaining people from all around the world by the Korean Waves.
Artist, Yoonjin Jo, created her works for the exhibition by only using box tapes. 9 Kpop trend setters like Kim Soohyun, G-Dragon, Jang Geunseok are visualized with colorful box tapes in a mosaic style. When we first saw the works, they were so sophisticatedly made that we did not even realize that all the pieces were made of box tapes. After realizing that it was made of box tapes, we wondered how many colors of the box tapes had been used.
You can even make your own Jang Keunsuk piece with the scissors and colored box tapes prepared in the gallery. It would be wonderful to create an one-of-a-kind piece so easily that nobody could copy.
PS. Don’t worry about MERS! The K-Live areas are certified with disinfection.
PS-1. K-Live is located in Dongdaemun area, the famous shopaholics-loving spot in Korea. So don’t miss the chance of shopping and enjoying additional fun like street food.
Shopping in Dongdaemun: http://www.trazy.com/theme/dongdaemun_shopping
Food in Dongdaemun: http://www.trazy.com/theme/dongdaemun_food
60. – 64. Paris Baguette, Tous les Jours, T-World Cafe, Davich Cafe & Caffe, Issac Toast & Coffee (Gimhae)
These are the “not just coffee” entries that, nonetheless, must be mentioned. Why? Well, because they sell coffee, dagnabbit.
I have established some (arbitrary) rules for when a business gets on the list. There is no need to artificially inflate the numbers. As a commenter noted in a recent post: “I have never seen so many coffee shops in my life.”
1. If the business has coffee in its name, it goes in, sight-unseen.
2. If the business has cafe or caffe (or both!) in its name, it gets a better look at and often will go in. There are occasionally bars (called “hofs,” pronounced “hopeu” and taken from the German “hofbrauhaus”) that also are called cafes and thus are not included.
3. If the business is referred to as something else, like a “dessert cafe (a la the awkwardly-named “To the Different”),” it gets a cursory glance. If there are any prominent advertisements for coffee, it’s in. If there is a struggle to find coffee as a primary product, I’ll look further. If it’s still a struggle, I won’t include it.
4. No place will be included more than once. That means since I have already included “Gentle Coffee,” I won’t include it again if what I think is a stand-alone shop (although Korean companies both small and large have a tendency to fully-embrace a “chain store” aesthetic. Perhaps its believed to be a sign of strength and success?) gets another location somewhere else. I might reconsider revisiting a shop for a “Random Weekly Review” if something compels me (like a reader request, for instance).
And now, onto the show!
JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.
Korea may not be at the top of your list for scuba diving destinations, but you have to learn somewhere! I recently had my first experience scuba diving, and it was a long time coming. Can you believe that I went backpacking around Southeast Asia for 5 months and have never been scuba diving?? Me either. But it’s pretty expensive, and my other half sinks more than he swims.
The Busan aquarium in Haeundae allows Aquatic Frontier, a PADI 5 star dive center located in Osan, to lead dives for the uncertified in the large shark tank. It’s a great chance to experience scuba diving before paying a large sum of money for the PADI certification course. Me and my friend Kate have been talking about doing the shark dive for a year, and the day finally came with a lot of nervous excitement.
I’ve always been a fish in the water, but I naturally have a healthy fear of sharks. Learning that the giant grouper in the tank are actually more dangerous than the sharks did not make me feel better. We started the day early and met our dive leader Sammy. She led us into the aquarium before a gaggle of Korean grandmothers waiting for the doors to open. We were quickly led to the behind-the-scenes areas of the aquarium that said “staff only” and I immediately felt like I was breaking the rules!
After being introduced to our equipment, we picked out our foreigner-sized diving suits and headed to the locker rooms. Putting on a dive suit for the first time was hilarious! We wiggled, jumped, yanked, and squeezed our way into the skin tight suits before nervously strapping on the heavy oxygen tanks and stepping into the small training pool. I was the first in the pool, and a little bit scared because there were several sea turtles and a baby shark swimming around with us while we practiced our diving techniques. After a few minutes I felt more comfortable with the animals, and I was grateful to have some time to adjust before I swam into the tank with the full-size animals!
We practiced our diving techniques for about 30 minutes. We learned how to clear our goggles of water, how to breathe comfortably with the mouthpiece, and how to recapture our mouthpiece if we lost it briefly. The small training pool was connected to the large tank by a sliding plexiglass door. On the other side of the door were very persistent sea turtles. Our diving instructor, Sammy, informed us that they would be trying to get into the small pool and that we needed to push them or kick them away to prevent them from getting inside. Panic! Suddenly the door is open and 4 or 5 faces of these magnificent sea turtles are staring at me and trying to swim into the small pool. It ended up being really cool to be able to touch them, and it wasn’t that scary at all. They were incredibly persistent though! They kept coming back again and again. We assumed the smaller turtles in the training pool were their offspring.
Eventually we made our way into the large tank and began our walkabout. Clearly it’s a bit limiting compared to a real dive in the ocean, but again it was perfect for first-timers like us! We slowly walked around the tank, pausing to take in the presence of a tiger shark, a giant grouper, or a ray. Being so close to those animals really blew me away, and I felt so fascinated by them that it didn’t leave a lot of room for fear! I was surprised at how calm I actually was in the moment, and it made me feel more confident about getting my diving certification in the future.
If you enjoyed this post, you can check out the video of my shark dive here! I took a GoPro in the shark tank with me, so it turned out really cool! Have you ever been diving? Are you afraid of sharks? Leave a comment with your story!
Busan Shark Dive with Aquatic Frontier Information
Price: 150,000 won total (70,000 deposit, 80,000 on the day)
Animals you’ll get to see: blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, sand tiger sharks, Queensland giant groupers, short-tail stingrays, spotted eagle rays
Availability: Check the dive calendar on the website, most weekends, first come first serve (make the deposit to reserve)
Location: Busan Aquarium on Haeundae Beach, Haeundae station Line 2
If you have any questions, leave a comment below! More information can be found on their website.
Sometimes Japan just brings these troubles on itself…
Anyone who’s read this blog for awhile knows that I get a fair amount of flak from Korean nationalists who tell me that I should stop pointing out how South Korea manipulates Japan and history for its own domestic purposes – no one denies it, mind you, they’re just furious when I point it out – or that I am too friendly to Japan, and so on.
So this post is for you.
I am well-aware that Japan flim-flams, obfuscates, denies and all that. I have said that for years. And last Monday, the 50th anniversary of Korea-Japan diplomatic normalization was a big chance for Abe to re-set the board. He blew it. Maybe we’ll get luckier with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War next month. There will be global attention on Abe then.
The essay below the jump was originally posted here at the Lowy Interpreter earlier this week.
On June 22, 1965, South Korea and Japan signed their “Treaty on Basic Relations,” the fundament for the current relationship. As the fiftieth anniversary rolls around this week, all eyes are on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Next month is also the seventieth anniversary of Imperial Japan’s defeat in World War II and the birth of modern democratic Japan. There is widespread hope – but little expectation, it must be admitted – that on these major occasions Abe will offer some concessions to Korea and the region on historical questions – most importantly: 1) Japan’s general culpability for its expansionism, culminating in the war; 2) its harsh treatment both of conquered peoples, especially the Chinese, and on the battlefield; and 3) its historical representation that frequently portrays the war as something forced in Japan or done to liberate Asia from western colonialism, in which it was a victim (because of US strategic bombing and the atom-bomb drop), and where brutalities such as the ‘comfort women’ system or Unit 731 go undiscussed.
Apologies and Liability
The debate over responding to Korea is particularly contentious. Relations between the two are near an all-time low, and Abe has consistently dodged culpability or cast doubt on established facts. The normalization debate fifty years ago was very antagonistic in Korea. There were mass protests, which the dictator at the time, Park Chung Hee, was able to override through sheer force. But as Korea has democratized, public opinion has become harder to constrain. Nationalist opinion has focused on Japan’s contrition, or lack of. The central Korean demand in the relationship is a sincere apology. Tokyo feels it has done so many times. Hence the stalemate.
A further, often unrecognized, issue is financial liability. The most contentious part of the 1965 settlement is the agreement to forgo all Korean financial claims against Japan related to the war in exchange for extensive financial and technological assistance. Japan did indeed provide this – a point my Japanese interlocutors constantly remind me of. But at the time, the ‘comfort women’ issue – the coerced impressment of Korean women into military brothels – was not widely recognized in Korea and conveniently forgotten in Japan. As the issue exploded in the 1990s, demands for compensation were inevitable. Japan has balked at formal compensation, claiming that the 1965 treaty settled all claims. But Korea at that time was an impoverished autocracy. It is hard to know if a poor, but democratic Korea with its contemporary knowledge of the comfort women issue would have signed this treaty (likely not). That casts doubt the moral propriety of liberal democratic Japan’s legalistic adherence to the claims-rejection clause.
Aware of this and the ensuing reputational damage, the Japanese government attempted to settle the issue with the Asian Women’s Fund (AWF), a parastatal NGO in the 1990s/2000s that sought to compensate the victims without direct government culpability. The South Korean government considered this insufficient and encouraged former South Korean comfort women to reject the money and apology. Seoul attributed the AWF to persistent Japanese atrocity evasion, but not widely recognized there is the large fear in Tokyo that formally abandoning the 1965 denial of further claims could open the door to a landslide of Korean claims against Japan.
My own sense from Japanese colleagues and associates is that the government would like to formally recognize the comfort women and end the issue, but it fears huge liability exposure and opportunism if it steps back from the treaty. Greece, for example, in its tussle with the eurozone troika has recently ‘discovered’ that Nazi-era reparations due to it pretty closely approximate Greece’ current debt. Seoul would need to credibly commit that such blatant manipulation would not occur in this case, but that is nearly impossible. Private Korean citizens and groups could bring all sorts of post-treaty claims, and the Blue House would be unable to stop unwanted court decisions without grossly violating judicial independence. Simultaneously, Korean courts would be under huge informal public pressure to find in favor of the claimants, fueling precisely the claim wave Tokyo fears. Like the apology debate, the issue is stalemated.
What Abe Could Say To Help…but Won’t
Usually these sorts of articles end with arguments that both Japan and Korea need to compromise in order to get along and deal with the really serious issues of their neighborhood – North Korea, China, etc. And so they do. And in my previous writings on this topic, I have often suggested that Koreans might take steps to ease the tension, such as dropping on the needlessly provocative Sea of Japan re-naming campaign that only stiffens Japan’s spine, rather than encouraging reconciliation.
But it must be said at this point that Abe has veered so widely from accepted fact on Japanese twentieth century imperialism, that he must probably make the first move, not just to the Koreans, but to much of the Asia-Pacific region, including the Americans. Here are three steps, blindingly obvious to anyone outside Japanese reactionary historiography, that are needed to bring Japan not just into accord with the region, but also with accepted scholarship in the rest of the world.
1) Japan’s culpability in war-time atrocities is now accepted fact outside of head-in-the-sand Japanese conservative circles. It would help immensely if Abe & co. would simply admit what everyone else knows already anyway. As a critic of my Interpreter writing on ‘Korea fatigue’ rightly put it, we all have ‘Japan fatigue’ too, in that we have been dancing around this otherwise obvious issue for decades. Enough.
2) Japan’s historical representation – at Yushukan, the lack of any museums or architecture on behalf of the victims of its 20th century imperialism, the victim narrative, and so on – is myopic at best, a whitewash at worst. Historians have been saying this for years and years.
3) Visits to Yasukuni do nothing but anger most of the planet; even the emperor refuses to go. Why Japanese prime ministers continue to go confounds everyone.
Needless to say, such moves are unlikely, but these two looming anniversaries are huge opportunities to reset the region’s dynamics in Japan’s favor by finally ending a discussion – about the war – that it will simply never win. Is permanent denialism really a strategy? South Korean President Park Geun-Hye hinted to the Washington Post that deal on the comfort women is imminent; is Abe finally coming around?
As a 6’2″ waygook, I have never experienced the problem implied by the title of this post. In fact, it’s usually the exact opposite for me. Every day I exit buses with extra care and walk under umbrellas at local markets like Quasimodo. Koreans, young and old, marvel unabashedly at my towering presence.
Yet somehow, despite a constant self-awareness of my height, these days I’m feeling a bit…short. You see, in the military, to be or feel “short” actually has nothing to do with how tall a person is. Instead, it means that one’s contract or tour of duty is coming to an end; and that’s precisely where I’m at with my EPIK journey.
With just 51 days to go until I complete my contract, things are quickly wrapping up. In a few weeks, final exams will have come and gone, and summer English camp will be underway. I also have a couple of weekend trips planned in July and August, so the number of free Saturdays and Sundays I have left is dwindling. And what’s more, the time between now and August 15th is sure to fly by due to all the logistics I have to sort out in order to leave Korea: canceling my phone, transferring money back home, paying final gas/electric bills, sorting out what I will or won’t keep from my apartment, etc.
The end is in sight, and I can sense it; which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s great because it reminds me to make the most of the time that I have left here, and to really appreciate the sights and people around me. But at the same time, I feel like sometimes I have to work extra hard to stay motivated and enthusiastic. Some days I feel “too short” to lesson plan or make a new power point game; there are times when I feel “too short” to study Korean or try a new food; and lately I’ve been “too short” to write even the briefest blog post, mostly because I’m a bit more excited about starting the next chapter of my life than finishing the final pages of this current one. Most of the time I’m able to power through, though, and I put forth my best effort. But other times, I’ll admit it, I revert to the comforting, distracting arms of Facebook, Pinterest, or Netflix.
So that’s where I’m at. The countdown has begun, and I can feel myself shrinking a little bit more with each “X” that I mark on the calendar. But I’m still trying to stand as tall as possible, and not totally wish away the last two months of what has been an amazing experience, because I know one day I’ll look back on this time in my life and wish I could revisit it.