Archive | August, 2015

Souvenir Guide: 10 Traditional and Unique Gifts to Buy in Korea

30 Aug

Whether you’ve lived in Korea for five years or you’re visiting for five days, shopping for souvenirs in Daegu can be a challenge. Unlike Seoul, where entire streets like Insadong are lined with shops selling traditional handicrafts, Daegu’s souvenir shops are far less conspicuous.

If you’re heading home soon or looking for a little piece of Korea to send home in a care package, spare yourself from picking up an overpriced refrigerator magnet or key chain from the airport. Here are 10 traditional and unique gifts to remember your time in Korea. Continue reading

How to Order Food Using the Yogiyo App

27 Aug

Koreans have got food delivery down to a fine art. Order a bowl of kimchi jjigae, and it will arrive piping hot alongside a serving of rice and an array of side dishes. All of this deliciousness is served in real Continue reading

What Interjections Sound Like in English and Korean

21 Aug

I’ve always had an appreciation for colorful language: idioms, proverbs, slang, regional dialects. They’re proof that language is about more than communicating; it’s about sharing something — a history, a wink, common ground. Studying Korean has been a challenge, but learning these little nuggets make me feel a little less like an outsider.

My friend and language exchange partner, Hui-yeong, and I love to compare common proverbs in English in Korean. For example, the Korean version of “The grass is always greener on the other side” is Continue reading

Cultural attitudes about being late

16 Aug

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been chronically late. I’m usually no more than five or ten minutes late, but my life has been punctuated by more dramatic examples: Continue reading

Teaching English in South Korea: My Experience So Far

13 Aug

I’m often asked how I got into teaching English in South Korea. As a senior in college, my roommate was an international student from Incheon. Mil-al and I became close friends. My family welcomed her home for Thanksgiving, and she taught me about Korea. The first Korean words I learned were Continue reading