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."…

Story Time #2: The Time My Student Helped Me Get BTS Concert Tickets

This story beings a long time about when I first heard about SF Music Festival coming to Daejeon. It was one of those things that lingers in the back of your mind and occasionally you think, "I should really buy tickets for that," or "I should really double-check what date that is." And so, as…