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Top Korean Phrases you Should Learn Prior to Teaching in Korea

Posted on Sun, Jun 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Korean is a unique language that plays a big part in Korean culture. While knowing Korean isn't required to teach for ChungDahm, as all the classes are taught in English, any current teacher would tell you to learn the Korean alphabet and some of the key Korean phrases prior to your arrival.  Knowing how to read the language and say key phrases will help you immensely with things like directions or reading a menu.  In this blog I will introduce you to 10 Korean phrases that you should try to learn prior to arriving to Korea to help you during your first days abroad. 

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Tags: korean phrases, ex-pat life in Korea, Korean language, life in Korea, What to do Korea, learn korean, study korean, phrases, what to do before Korea

How To Make Korean Friends While Living And Teaching In Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Living and teaching in Korea creates opportunities to learn a new culture and speak a new language. With this experience arises the chance to make life-long friends across cultural barriers. Like every encounter living abroad, you  have  to put yourself out there and do what the "Romans do in Rome" and as in Korea..."Do what the "Koreans do in Korea."

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Tags: Korean culture, Korean language, hanging out with friends in korea, learning Korean, cultural experience, teach in Korea, friends in Korea, Korea friends, cultural activities, cross cultural experience, meeting Koreans, friendship, Meetup, korean friends

Top Words You Should Know When Learning Korean

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

 Learning Korean can be really fun. Although not required for teaching at ChungDahm, I have found that knowing basic Korean has made my life easier during my teaching abroad experience. This blog will focus on both words that you need to know for everyday life and also the top keywords you should know for various social settings.

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Tags: korean phrases, Korean language, learning Korean, dating while in Korea, Taxis in Korea, Transportation in Korea, Korean food, Korean fun, ordering food

3 Easy Ways to Learn Korean While Teaching Abroad

Posted on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 07:28 PM

I remember my first few days living in the Korean countryside and everything seemed new and obscure. There were buses to catch, co-teachers to  communicate with and grocery shops to find. The only problem was everything was in signs I couldn't read and sayings I couldn't understand. This was when I started my Korean language journey. 

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Tags: Korean language

3 Tips for Korean Language Learning

Posted on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

For foreigners, South Korea is an enabler. It enables our late night partying, the late wake-ups the next day, and our frequent eating out at restaurants. Being such a Westernized country, it also enables our use of English. You can spend years in this country and never really have to use more than a few words of Korean, which is something that many foreigners fail to appreciate. I shake my head when I see foreigners yelling English at befuddled movie theater attendants or other service staff, somehow assuming that if they yell louder and faster, then these poor Koreans will magically acquire the ability to understand English. Personally, I believe that if you are going to spend a long period of time in another country, you should at least make an effort to learn the native language. Having been here just over a year, I have three tips for all you language connoisseurs out there on how to tackle the Korean language.

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Tags: Korean pop music, korean phrases, Korean culture, Korean language, learning Korean, western culture in korea, restaurants in korea, music in Korea, basic korean

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

Teaching English? Learn Korean!

Posted on Fri, Apr 05, 2013 @ 04:10 PM

While I was preparing for my one year adventure in Korea in May 2012, my recruiter suggested
that I learn a little Korean and offered some helpful websites.  I knew that learning a few words in Korean would be beneficial to me but my first encounter with the Korean language however, produced so much anxiety, that I was immediately turned off.  “What in the world is this?”  I wondered as I watched stick figures greet each other in Korean.  Many questions filled my head.  I felt overwhelmed and confused.   I shut it off, calmed my mind and went on to do something else.  However, this experience didn’t turn me off to teaching in Korea.  I’ve been living and teaching in Korea for ten months already and though this is my second attempt at learning Korean, I’ve just about finished the alphabet and I am excited!

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Tags: Korean language, living in Korea, learning Korean, free, tips, morning activities, communicating in Korea

What Korean You Should Learn Before Teaching in Korea.

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:39 AM

Before I came to Korea to teach English for Chungdahm, a common question from my friends and family was always, “Have you learned any Korean yet?”  

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Tags: Korean culture, Korean language, English in Korea

Ordering Korean Cuisine: It's EASY and very necessary!

Posted on Thu, Apr 07, 2011 @ 05:00 PM

Learning how to order food in Korea is, well, a matter of survival. You could probably stumble your way through ordering your grub, but there’s a good chance you might end up with something you didn’t think you ordered. There are some marked differences between eating out at restaurants in Korea versus the U.S. or Canada. So here are some of the basics when going out to chow down.

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Tags: Korean language, Korean cuisine

Do you need to speak Korean to teach English in Korea?

Posted on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 @ 04:01 PM

Upon learning that I was moving to Korea to teach English through Aclipse, one of the first questions people would ask me was, “So you speak Korean?”

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Tags: Korean language

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