I hate singing. Well, not quite hate... At some point in my childhood, I became utterly convinced that I'm a terrible singer and have therefore dreaded any time when I am asked to sing. Karaoke at bars in the States? No way. I don't mind being ridiculous in front of friends, but I was very skeptical of the infamous Korean norebang. Little did I know it would become one of my favorite weekend activities as an English teacher in Korea.
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Jason Mraz was in Korea for about a week and he knows way more Korean than me. Watching him make small talk with the Korean audience between songs at last month's Rainbow Island Festival on Nami Island (Namiseom) was just the motivation I needed to kick my butt into gear and learn Korean while I'm here teaching English.
Noraebang (노래방) literally translates to song-room and is the Korean form of Karaoke. Despite it being of Japanese origins, nobody can doubt Korea’s affinity for this pastime. I was sitting in a noraebang in Seoul with a friend this past Sunday afternoon when I realized that these rooms had been a big part of life for me and my foreign friends while teaching English in Korea.