Birthday Present, Carl Sagan, and Greasy Sex – Not Necessarily in That Order

It’s been an eventful week, as one might imagine from the title. Things are all nice and active. Even though I’m not a student anymore, I officially still like the start of semester – yes, even as a teacher. Something nice and fresh about it. Kids wanting to learn, all your books uncreased, pencils unbroken, … More Birthday Present, Carl Sagan, and Greasy Sex – Not Necessarily in That Order

Korean Kids

It’s fairly common knowledge that I’m not a fan of kids, but I have to say Korean children can be adorable despite my aversion to human offspring. My lovely friend TN linked me this video today of a mother trying to teach her daughter an important life lesson, and I dare you to watch it … More Korean Kids

Word Wednesday #5: Eighteenth Century

There are some words in English that, pronounced just slightly off, sound like the more colourful side vocabulary has to offer. Fudge, sheet, beach… Well, Korean isn’t any different. But their version is – at least to foreign ears – quite comical. Word (non offensive): 십팔 세기 shippal saegi (sheep-pahl say-gee) Definition: The 18th century. Word (rather offensive): 씨발 새끼 sshibal … More Word Wednesday #5: Eighteenth Century

Tearing Your Eyes Out, or An Unappreciated Life Skill

Rarely mentioned on any ESL forums, blogs, or YouTube channels is the issue of computer navigation as an ESL teacher. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for some silly, foreigner reason I didn’t anticipate that in Korea all computers – and computer programs by extension – would be in Korean. I may facepalm … More Tearing Your Eyes Out, or An Unappreciated Life Skill

Word Wednesday #2: A Completely Irrelevant Word Outside Korean Context

Upon request, I was going to share the most basic of Korean words – hello – but then I came across this one and I absolutely couldn’t resist. It was taught to me by my co-teacher, JH, when we were scavenging our English office for drinks and came across a box of juice left from … More Word Wednesday #2: A Completely Irrelevant Word Outside Korean Context