Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

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

The Art of the Korean Text Message (SMS)

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

I taught a couple of my students some English SMS (text message) abbreviations the other day - btw, idk, brb, ttyl, etc. - in return, they taught me a little bit about the art of the Korean text message. Many of these I knew already, but I did pick up a few new tricks.
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Tags: Korean language

From Gen N to the War Generation - Korea through the Ages!

Posted on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 @ 06:36 PM

Most Westerners are familiar with their own definitions of the generations -Generation X,Generation Y (sometimes called the 'Millennials'), the Baby Boomers, and so on. As you might expect, Koreans have their own ways of counting - and considering - the various generations.

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Tags: Korean culture, Korean language

Controlling a Classroom -- Korean for English Teachers!

Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 @ 02:26 PM

“Sit down!”, “Quiet down!”, “Do you understand?” - I found myself saying these same things over and over to my students. It took several times of my saying it for them to start getting the message. Finally, they sit down or quiet down, and I think I've gotten the message across. A second later, Billy is hitting Jill, while Kevin sits with a blank face, wondering what you wanted him to do.

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Tags: Korean language, Korean students

10 Korean Phrases that will Help you get by in Korea!

Posted on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 @ 05:35 PM

Korea has bent over backward to incorporate English in many places and situations. Although the language is far from universal, you’ll find plenty of English signs to make finding your way around town easier. Start with these ten phrases – and keep learning Korean!

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Tags: Korean culture, Korean language

Teaching English in Korea - a day in the life!

Posted on Tue, Nov 09, 2010 @ 03:04 PM

In the interest of giving a glimpse into my experience teaching in Korea, I’m happy to share a ‘day in the life’ of an English teacher. Note that there are many different schedules English teachers may work – let this serve as one example, not the be-all, end-all schedule. I should also add a disclaimer that I did not obtain my position through Aclipse.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, Korean language

"Where's my Train?!" -- Your Ticket to Reading Tickets in Korean

Posted on Fri, Nov 05, 2010 @ 02:52 PM

The good news about Korean bus and train tickets is that, once you've seen a few of them, they’re fairly intuitive and easy to figure out. Plus, they will help you learn basic Korean! The bad news: there are many different kinds of tickets, each just a little bit different. If you can figure out the vocabulary, however, the style of the ticket doesn’t matter.

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Tags: Korean language, Transportation in Korea

Reality Check - 5 Things to Know Before Coming to Korea

Posted on Tue, Nov 02, 2010 @ 11:55 AM

Quite a few of you wonderful readers hail from the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and dozens of other countries. While there are lots of things to learn ahead of time, there's plenty of things you can’t experience until you enter Korean soil. Here are a few hints.
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Tags: Korean culture, Korean language

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