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Teaching English in Korea? Learn about Korea with podcasts!

Posted on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 @ 08:53 AM

 Korean Podcasts!

When I was getting ready to come to teach English in Korea, I remember being super busy. I had to say goodbye to so many people, go shopping for what I would need in Korea, and plan all the other details that arise from being gone for over a year.  I wanted to set aside some time to learn about the Korean culture and language, but I was so busy rushing around that I couldn't sit around and read a book. If only I could have listened to something that would have taught me about Korea when I was busy completing errands.

I discovered later after I arrived in Korea that there was something to listen to: podcasts! I love listening to podcasts now whenever I am doing my shopping or at the gym. Also, not having a car in Korea, I found myself walking or taking public transportation everywhere I went. Listening to podcasts makes the trip go by faster and much more enjoyable. I highly recommend listening to them. The following is a list of my favorite podcasts about Korea:

Korean Culture:

1. The Korea Society 

Podcast about arts, special events, policy, and business in Korea.

2. Seoul Podcast 

Podcast that offers a guide to living in Korea.

3. 10 Magazine Korean Culture Podcast 

My personal favorite....a podcast that discusses Korean culture.

4. KBS World 

This website offers links to podcasts about Korean news and politics.

5. Korean History

Awesome podcast that highlights important events in Korean history.


1. Pop 88 

Podcast offering top K-Pop and J-Pop hits and mixes.



LANGUAGE:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1. Survival Phrases 

As a guest, you can access 3 free lessons. For access to all of the lessons, you have to sign up as a premium member. Great resource for learning key, basic Korean phrases.

2. Weekly Korean 

This is a weekly podcast that offers lessons in the Korean grammar and speaking. It's completely free and one of my favorites.


Last, as a teacher in Korea, I try to keep up with news and happenings back in the United States as best as I can. I also turn to podcasts to help me with this. These two podcasts keep me informed and they are absolutely hilarious:

1. The Bugle 

My all-time favorite podcast. Hilarious take on international news!

2. Wait, wait, Don't Tell Me 

Also, equally funny, but focuses mainly on American news.


So that's my list...let me know what other podcasts I should be listening to!




Teach in Korea!


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.















Tags: Korean culture, teaching in Korea, learning Korean, podcasts, Korean podcasts, Korean news

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