Tag Archives: Teaching English in Korea
Sunset in Yeongwol

Wait – I’m Leaving Korea?

No matter how long I have to prepare for goodbyes, I am never ready. Jared and I, we got ready well in advance. Received our final pay packets, sorted our pension, closed our bank accounts, even got criminal record checks from the Korean police department in case we need them later. We gave my co-teacher […]

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Danyang, Korea

At Least The Samgyeopsal Is Very Famous

You may already know that I’m not a fan of teacher dinners. It makes sense, then, that I’m not exactly sold on teacher trips either. This is where all of the teachers are asked (i.e., required) to join in an excursion to a ‘famous’ Korean landmark. It is typically capped off with a dinner. In […]

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What’s For Lunch?

Like many travel bloggers, I talk about food a lot. It’s hard not to. Food is such a big part of any culture, and also, I love food. Specifically ice cream and baked goods, but let’s not get off topic. Dining in Korea completely discombobulated me at first. We eat on the floor? We share […]

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Kids Say The Darndest Things

Every year the Yeongwol County office pays for a group of sixth-grade students to go to an English speaking country for a month during the school vacation. This year, our school had to choose five students to send to New Zealand. As part of the selection criteria, the applicants sat down for brief interviews with […]

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Konglish for Beginners

It used to drive me NUTS when the kids finished a task and shouted, “PINISHEE!” Okay, it still drives me nuts. Completely bonkers, actually. I’m sort of pedantic. I don’t know if it’s the oldest-child syndrome, the writer in me, or just an annoying personality trait, but I tend to obsess over things like incorrect […]

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Namsang Tower Seoul

The Two-Year Itch

I was grading tests last week and a kid spelled the word ‘excited’ like this: ‘ceixade.’ My first thought was, What an idiot. Then I felt guilty. Maybe his inability to spell is a reflection of me, not of him. Because the truth is, I’ve been pretty down on Korea lately. I’m tired of trying […]

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