Korea Month 11: School Festival and Even More Snow

So close to one year! At this very moment in time I'm 26 days away from my trip back to the US, and even fewer from my last day at school for the year. This month, and to be fair basically the past 3 months, at school have been pretty much a joke. It's been…

Korean Middle School English Speaking Tests

One would think that after having the same conversation with 700 students, about the same topic from the same script, I would have pretty much heard every answer there is to hear. And while yes, there is not much by the way of variety, still out of the blue some of them surprise me. There…

Walk Humbly – Traveling With Something to Prove

I often have to remind myself that my life isn't a one man mission to rid the world of American stereotypes. There are many, I realize this. And many of them are deserved. "Wow you're skinner than I expected!" "You're a lot nicer than I thought Americans were!" "Do you need a fork?" "커피 주세요.…

Korean is Hard – 한국어 어려워

Korean is hard. I'm sure that doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, especially native English speakers. I've studied Spanish for a long time now and am plateauing comfortably at my high-intermediate level of being able to express everything at a very basic level but communicate almost nothing on a deeper level. Spanish is easy enough because…