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3 Things I Wish I Did Before Coming to Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

Things that you should know before coming to Korea:

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Tags: Students, teaching in Korea, money in korea, Korean language, English in Korea, Korean Dramas, teaching at Chungdahm, K-Pop

An English Teacher Discovers K-POP, Just How Popular Is It?

Posted on Sun, Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

Before moving to South Korea to Teach English, the only K-pop I knew of was Psy and his HUGE hit, "Gangnam Style". I had no idea just how big this genre of music was until moving here. Now that I'm here almost a year I can tell you that Korean pop, or K-POP is a huge part of the culture, at least for the younger generation. In fact, Korean music in general has such a big impact on the people here, or at the very least, the students I teach. The other English teachers like it too (It's kind of a guilty pleasure!)

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festival, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, K-Pop, benefits of living in Korea, KPOP

My Great Korea K-pop Adventure, Part Two: The Concert

Posted on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

After a day of dancing our way around Incheon (See Part One for the full story!), we'd completed our final flash mob performance at Munhak Stadium and collected our tickets for the big concert: Incheon Korean Music Wave 2013. The line-up of 20 of K-pop's best awaited us inside the stadium: 2AM, A-JAX, B.A.P, BTOB, EXO, F.T. Island, miss A, ZE:A, Girl's Day, BTS, B2ST, Boyfriend, Girls' Generation, Super Junior, SECRET, SISTAR, MBLAQ, KARA, T-ara, and TEEN TOP. It was quite an evening...

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Tags: things to do in Korea, korea bucket list, events in Korea, cultural experience, incheon, music, music in Korea, entertainment in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, K-Pop

My Great Korea K-pop Adventure, Part One: Flash Mob

Posted on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 05:05 PM

Sometimes in life, and especially while living in Korea, you just have to go along for the ride. In my experience, agreeing to a crazy adventure or event typically seems to work out in my favor, giving me a crazy story at the very least. So, on September 1st, bleary-eyed and semi-apprehensive, my friend and I woke up early so we could catch a cab to the Chinatown area of Incheon. We knew very little of what the day would entail, but the promises of "flash mob" and "free tickets to a K-pop concert" were enough for us to jump right in, hoping the day would exceed our (admittedly low and/or vague) expectations. And boy did it... 

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Tags: Korea, events in Korea, cultural experience, incheon, music, music in Korea, entertainment in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, K-Pop, PSY, Weekend activities in Korea

Pop Music Guide For Teachers in Korea!

Posted on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

English teacher in Korea or not, unless you have been living a rock for the past month, then you probably are familiarly with PSY's "Gangnam Style" that is taking the world by storm. Over the past few months, this Korean pop song has become an international craze and been played on radio stations all over the world. For a lot of people outside of Korea, this is their first taste of Korean pop music and while it is catchy and humorous, it is not a great representation of the Korean pop music scene. So don't think that all Korean music is similar to Gangnam Style. It would be like a non-American listening to LMFAO and making the judgement that this must be what all American pop music is like. 

 

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Tags: Korean pop music, Korean pop artists, music in Korea, music guide, K-Pop

Someone caught the K-Pop bug while teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 @ 09:38 AM

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Tags: a year in Korea, seoul, Concerts, cultural experience, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, K-Pop, 2NE1, pop music

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