Korean in Real life: 네(요)

Korean in Real life: 네(요) The next topic in my "Korean in Real Life" series is the sentence ending 네 or 네요. You may know 네 as the most commonly heard word in the Korean language, or in any language for that matter. 네 in Korean means yes. But this is not what I'm going to talk about today.…

Korean in Real Life: 역시

역시 is a word that I've spent a lot of time trying to work out its exact meaning. Before I moved to Korea I remember asking some of my Korean friends what it means and they had a very difficult time giving a particular definition for it. And now that I live here, and I listen…

Korea Month 9: Feeling Good

  9 months in Korea. That's dangerously close to both double digits and also unbelievably close to a year that I've been here. The leaves have changed and in the past few days the weather has taken a turn for the "absolutely freezing" so I've been trying to navigate that as best I can. This…

Teaching Middle School with EPIK

With EPIK placements for the Spring 2018 intake coming up I know that many of your are in the horrible in-between waiting period. With nothing much to do other than think about packing and study Korean, I know that I spent a lot of time just desperately trying to envision what my life was going…

Korea Month 8: Highs and Lows

  This month was good one. It has been a month of seeing my sister, taking a break away from school, and then taking an even longer break at school. First there was Chuseok. We got about 10 days off and I went to Hong Kong to see my sister. It was incredible. Feel free to…

Being a Foreigner in Korea

The weight of being a "foreigner" in Korea comes and goes.  Some days it's heavier than others. Some days the term 외국인 feels like jab. Like when a co-worker who I'm close to calls me 원어민 쌤 instead of my name. Some days it can start to feel like all I am is my "foreign-ness."…