MESSAGE BOARDS TOOLS:  Search | Members | User Control Panel |   | Login 


All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Northway's Life in Korea
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:17 am 
User avatar
Offline
Legend of NYFS

Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:01 am
Posts: 23736
Location: Pittsburgh
dougdilg wrote:
northway wrote:
Koreans in general drink like no other people I have ever encountered. Our work dinners are essentially mandatory drinking parties where we start drinking at eight at a restaurant, move to a hof (kind of a bar where you order food and have a private booth) at around ten, move on to a nuribang (singing room - private karaeoke rooms, they don't do the public spectacle singing here) around two, then then go back to a hof around five. What constitutes "acceptable drinking" is an entirely different beast here. Married men with children routinely spend a couple nights a week out drinking and smoking with their friends without much of a social stigma at all. That doesn't fly in the States.



This passage reminded me of a bar we saw in Hongdae. One of the funniest names for a bar I've seen, plus it's a chain. There were 3 or 4 of these in that area alone.


Image


Ten. There are ten. Within a five minute walk of each other. Though I'm pretty sure it refers to the surname 호.

_________________
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training. - Thor


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Northway's Life in Korea
PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:48 am 
User avatar
Offline
Legend of NYFS

Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:01 am
Posts: 23736
Location: Pittsburgh
My friend actually found this inadvertently (I didn't realize it existed), but here are some photos of my school, my city and Seoul that my mom took when she visited:

http://picasaweb.google.com/103801616032723921266/Korea2010#5471988709189854962

Image

_________________
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training. - Thor


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Northway's Life in Korea
PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:22 am 
User avatar
Offline
NYFS Staff

Joined: Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:37 am
Posts: 23301
Location: charleston, sc
Honestly, you should not feel remotely like you are missing something by doing what you are doing. If anything, your peers who are jumping into entry level jobs or going to grad school straight out are missing something they will yearn for later on...

Plus, you are teaching, the most important profession...

Bravo for making an enriched life, NW!

_________________
"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Steven Biko


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Northway's Life in Korea
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:52 am 
User avatar
Offline
MVP

Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:26 pm
Posts: 2635
Location: Miami
Really cool thread. Sounds like an amazing exeperience. I think I could have benefitted from doing something like this right after college.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Northway's Life in Korea
PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:44 pm 
User avatar
Offline
Legend of NYFS

Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:01 am
Posts: 23736
Location: Pittsburgh
I should add that anyone with a four year degree can come over here and teach, so if anyone has any friends or family members with interest in doing so, I'm more than willing to help them out.

_________________
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training. - Thor


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Northway's Life in Korea
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:47 am 
User avatar
Offline
Legend of NYFS

Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:01 am
Posts: 23736
Location: Pittsburgh
Eight months on, I figured I give this a bump with some updates (I'm bored tonight, forgive me):

1) My Korean has improved to the point that I can actually carry on conversations now at about a three year old level. While this doesn't sound like much, most foreigners who come here fail to learn anything beyond basic survival (taxi directions, thank you, etc.). I recently went to my girlfriend's best friend's wedding and it was the first time I was actually able to follow enough of the conversation in a large group of Koreans that I felt comfortable. While I'm kind of feeling like my time in this country might be winding down, I'm much more reluctant to leave now that I can actually communicate with people who don't speak English. Over the last three months I've kind of had a language explosion, as I now have enough of a basis to hear new words and ask what they mean.

I should note that I've achieved my language ability strictly by speaking, as there aren't any classes in my area and I'm really not a self-motivated learner when it comes to language. It probably helps that my girlfriend is a teacher, but I can now testify firsthand that learning a language through immersion/speaking is the best way to learn.

2) My teaching has improved dramatically. Teaching the same age I did last year (4/5 years old American age, essentially the last year before kindergarten), I've been able to take all the lessons learned last year and apply it to my class this year. My students this year actually strike me as less naturally gifted than those I had last year, yet they are about three months ahead of where last year's students were (who have progressed onto their last year of kindergarten and are now capable of independent paragraph writing, which is pretty amazing, IMO).

I'm still not sure if this is something I'd like to do long-term, though I've happily narrowed it down to one of two possible career tracks (urban planning being the other, random, I know). Regardless, I know that I've become and excellent teacher and it's something I'm naturally gifted at. Given the turnover in teachers here, of the ten foreign teachers and ten Korean teachers at my school, only three have been there longer than I have. It's nice to have the institutional street cred to have more or less automatic respect from my managers, my students, and my kids' parents.

3) Korea at large has gotten a bit grating at times, simply due to the sheer crowdedness of it and the fact that it's such a small country and is quite expensive to fly out of. I traveled to Hawaii to meet my parents in July and really enjoyed having some space to myself. I realize there are a fair number of city folk at NYFS, but nothing in the States compares to the sheer human mass that is Seoul. Even going to the national parks here, they tend to be packed to the gills with people. Generally it doesn't bother me, but hailing from the Berkshires, it has started to grate on me.

That said, there is a possibility of settling down here for the long haul. I've got a girl who I'm pretty happy with and something of a life here. I realize that exactly the spot I'm in won't work long-term, as there's no upward mobility in the private kindergarten industry in Korea, and if I stay I need to get my teaching certificate. All that said, the experience is proving more fruitful than it ever has.

As always, I'm more than happy to help anyone who has any interest in EFL teaching in Asia, as I'm fairly well-versed in the various countries in the region and enjoy advising people (and unnamed NYFSer is actually in the process of applying to positions at the moment).

Anyway, I hope this was somewhat interesting to anyone reading it.

_________________
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training. - Thor


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group


SUPPORT NYFS VIA OUR NETWORK OF SITES: FIND AN AA MEETING | FIND A JOB NEAR YOU | SUICIDE DEPRESSION ADDICTION HELP | BOOK REVIEWS EDITORIAL | LOCAL DOCTORS HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE | HOME REPAIR CONTRACTOR BUILDER AC HEAT | LOCAL LIVE MUSIC OPEN MIC JAM | FIND YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND WHERE TO VOTE | WOMEN VETERANS HELP SUPPORT AND RESOURCES | THE SOULCIALISTS LIVE LOCAL PIANO MUSIC TREASURE COAST | PET FRIENDLY PARKS HOTELS | SOLAR WIND RENEWABLE POWER | FILE TAX RETURN ATTORNEY | 4G SEO SMART PHONES TABLET WEB | BIRTHDAY PARTY RENTAL CHARACTERS | HOMES APARTMENTS FOR SALE OR RENT NEAR YOU | SPORT COURT GYM FITNESS CLUB TRACK FIELD | GOLF BEACH RESORT HOTELS RESTAURANTS BED BREAKFAST | HEALTH LIFE AUTO HOME INSURANCE QUOTE | METRO BUS TRAIN SUBWAY AIRPORT HELIPORT | VETERAN TIPS CRAFT DIY RECIPES | ATM BRANCH CONSOLIDATION STUDENT CREDIT LOAN RATES | LOCAL NEWS AND RSS FEEDS | CHRISTMAS BLACK FRIDAY BACK TO SCHOOL SALE | LATEST E NEWS ON MOVIES TV GAMES GIFTS BOOKS | LAST MINUTE ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY HOUSE WARMING GIFTS NEAR YOU | LOCAL ARTS CRAFTS SUPPLY STORE | LOCAL HEALTHY HEART DIABETIC RESTAURANTS AND STORES | CHURCH TEMPLE MOSQUE OR PLACE OF WORSHIP NEAR YOU | LOCAL LINKS TO RESTAURANTS AIRPORTS DRUG STORES | DRUG OXY OPIATE ALCOHOL PHYSICAL REHAB | SUICIDE HOTLINE DANIELLE COLBERT PHOTO MUG SHOT | © Untraditional Media

The%20Soulcialists