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Following Sports While Teaching English in Korea!

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 @ 08:41 AM

Watch the Premier League!

Autumn is upon us and for all our sports fans, you know what that means. Yes, it is football (both American and soccer!) season and it is time to do some serious game watching. However, as an English teacher in South Korea, it can be difficult to watch and follow certain games. Mainly it has to do with the time difference, but I sometimes run into problems with access and availability of games. After over a year in Korea, here are a few things I have learned about watching games.

First off, if you are a European soccer fan, you are in luck. I am a huge Premier League fan and I follow most major European soccer leagues. I never have a problem watching games because soccer is probably the most televised sport in Korea. People here are avid soccer fans, especially the Premier League, and games will be played, replayed, and analysed throughout the week. Unforutanely, most of the commentary is in Korean but you can pay for channels within your basic cable package that do offer televised sports in English. 

As for the time issue, if you do want to catch a game live while teaching in Korea, you might have to stay up late or wake up in the middle of the night. But like I said before, soccer games are often replayed throughout the week during more convenient hours so you will more than likely have an opportunity to catch the game later. 

Other sports like American football and basketball can be a bit trickier. Unless you teach in Seoul, where there is a huge amount of American expats along with American sports bars, I would recommend going the internet route. If you do teach English in Seoul, it is not too difficult to find bars/restaurants that are airing big games. Also, remember that college sports, such as football and basketball, will always be harder to view than the NFL or NBA. (Unless you go the internet route.)

So with the Internet, I usually research some websites that will definitely be streaming my favorite teams. I have pretty good luck with these two: Stream2Watch and ESPN Go

 

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 Adam Montgomery is a 25-year old teacher at the Chungdahm Branch on Jeju.  He has been teaching in Korea for over a year.  When he is not teaching, he enjoys exploring the wonders of Jeju and Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, sports in Korea, expats, Nightlife in Korea

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