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  • The K-Pop Industry in Korea

    For the Western audience, K-Pop might still be a relatively new addition to their music lists, one that they are still in the midst of getting accustomed to. For many, perhaps they weren’t aware of the existence of the k-pop industry until Gangnam Style hit the radios a few years back. And even then, until the craze with BTS began, they most likely didn’t take k-pop or the k-pop industry seriously at all.


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  • How to Find Couple Positions Teaching English Abroad in Asia

    Are you looking for a couples position teaching English abroad in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan or somewhere else in the world? Or do you have a friend that you would like to teach abroad with?

    If your answer is yes then I can show you how to find these sorts of positions. I taught in Korea, China and Taiwan and I always saw schools that preferred couples.

    I even worked in some schools with couple teachers.

    So how do you find these positions?

    Step 1 - Choose your site

    Where do you want to teach? Find sites for teaching in that country. For example, let's say you want to teach in Korea. Here are some sites for teaching in Korea:

  • Learn Korean Ep. 103: Before and After (전에, 후에)

    Do you know how to use 전 and 후 to say "before" and "after?" This week's new episode will talk about how you can use them (as 전에 and 후에) to say "before" and "after," but not only with nouns (eg "before school") but even with verbs (eg "before I go to school").

    Remember that each "Learn Korean" episode comes with a free PDF which you can download below the video link right in this post.

    Thanks for watching~!

    Click here to download a free PDF of this lesson!

  • How To Say ‘Headache’ In Korean

    Sometimes it is unavoidable and you get sick while in another country. Whether it’s something small like a cold, or something more severe that requires a hospital visit, it’s important to know some basic ways to describe what’s wrong. So today we will learn how to say headache in Korean.

    As you may know through experience, oftentimes a headache is nothing more than a nuisance and an inconvenience. But occasionally it gets severe enough to affect your daily life. You may need to cancel your schedule to take a rest, you may need to drop by the pharmacy to ask for medication, or you may even need to see a doctor. Thus, learning how to describe the symptom in the local language is important! Here is how to say headache in Korean.


  • Oh, I actually am White-Washed.

    Have you ever met someone or found yourself saying something like this?

    There were many times when I was judged by someone right off the bat, and what would hurt was that this person assumed my characteristics/ behavior patterns were due to my being asians.  How dare he/she.  This led me to defend myself by saying I was actually white-washed and unlike the ‘asians’ this person had met before.  I wanted to be viewed as loud, crazy, and unpredictable, and not this quiet, non-opinionated, submissive woman.

    I thought it was clever, let people know how ‘white’ you are by demonstrating your hatred or discontent for other asians, especially my Korean culture.  But long two year trip to South Korea made me think about this term in another way.

  • BiBimBap (비빔밥)

    BibimBap (비빔밥)

    BiBimBap (비빔밥) is a healthy, filling Korean dish that many people love to eat. In Korean, it literally means “mixed rice” and that is exactly what you do. It is a scoop of rice served in a bowl with various vegetables and meat placed on top with a spicy sauce. When served, you thoroughly mix it and eat it with a spoon.

    There are many variations and each region in Korea has its own take on the dish. For instance, Jeonju (전주),  an old, traditional city in the middle of South Korea is famous for it’s Jeonju BiBimBap. Dol-seot BiBimBap (돌솟 비빔밥) is served in a piping-hot stone bowl with a broth to help mix the rice.

  • How I Make My Korean FAQ Videos | Billy Backstage

    I've gotten a lot of questions about my "Korean FAQ" series, such as "are you writing backward" and "what is that board," among others. So I wanted to make a new series to answer some of these questions. The first episode is about the Korean FAQ "lightboard" that I made and used. I'll also make more episodes about different parts of what goes into making one of my videos. Since these videos won't often be related much to Korean, I'll only upload them occasionally. Next time I'll probably talk about lighting, and throw in some lighting terminology in and some other useful Korean vocabulary (in case you decide to get a job in the film making business).

    If you have any questions I'd be happy to help answer them, either about how I make my videos or about the lightboard shown in the "Korean FAQ" episodes.

  • What You Need To Know About Korean Men’s Fashion

    These days, Korean men are no longer known only as the ‘feminine’ singers and dancers of a boy group. Nor do they only exist as the emotionally twisted yet charming lead of a Korean drama, the one who will sweep the heroine off their feet. Instead, those who have visited South Korea, especially the capital of Seoul, are now gushing over the everyday guys seen on the streets. What might be about them that’s capturing the attention of people watchers everywhere? The simple answer is: the Korean men’s fashion.

  • The 5 Minute Korean Challenge | You Don’t Need Motivation

    Are you studying Korean every day? Are you motivated?

    Or are you slacking off (we all do) and unmotivated? Try the 5 minute Korean challenge. #5mKoreanChallenge

    I feel personally that motivation is overrated. Many people discuss ways of staying and getting motivated (including myself), but motivation isn't the only fuel needed to reach a high level of Korean. In this video I talk about what I feel is more important to have - discipline.

  • How To Say ‘Surgery’ In Korean

    Although it is not usually something we wish for, sometimes accidents happen and we will be in need of a doctor. And on some unfortunate occasions, it just so happens that we are in a foreign country, in this case Korea, when we find ourselves in need of surgery. To prepare for such a situation, it is important to learn some basic medical terms in the local language, even though there will be translators available as well. Because of that, today we will learn how to say surgery in Korean.


    Can't read Korean yet? Click here to learn for free in about 90 minutes!


  • Using One Location

  • Korean FAQ – Is Stroke Order Actually Important?

    Here's a new episode for today about stroke order (today's previous video I'll re-upload later with some more information I should've added).

    Is stroke order important? Short answer: yes. Long answer: also yes.

    What do you think about stroke order? Do you know it? Do you use it?

  • The Shape of Plastic Surgery in Korea

    Whatever your opinion on plastic surgery may be, there is no denying that the industry for it is massive in South Korea. In fact, the (in)famous industry is absolutely blooming, and has been for years. It has even grown to the point where tourists come to the country just to get plastic surgery. But why is it that plastic surgery in Korea is so popular and not just with its own residents?


    Can't read Korean yet? Click here to learn for free in about 60 minutes!



  • Best TEFL course for Taiwan?

    What's the best TEFL course for Taiwan? First off a TEFL certificate is not usually a requirement to "legally" teach English in Taiwan.

    Not usually?

    That's right. The only time that you may actually need it to get a work visa is if you only have an associates degree.

    Or it's possible that a school may require/prefer it if you have no experience. 

    If you saw somewhere that you needed a course to legally teach English in Taiwan then that was probably a lie.

    I thought you should know that because I see those lies around the web.


    So what is the best TEFL course for Taiwan?

    It's the one that's going to prepare you to teach the students that you teach. 

    That's my short answer.

  • GIGANTIC Korean Noodle Soup | 칼국수 Kalguksu

    Kalguksu (칼국수) is a noodle dish over a thousand (or more) years old, made in Korea using flour from China. In the past, flour was expensive and not grown in Korea, so typically only the wealthy could enjoy this dish - and on special occasions. Nowadays it's readily available to anyone inside and even outside of Korea.

    The city of Daejeon is known for several things, one of those being Kalguksu noodles. My friend Summer insisted she knew a famous, old Kalguksu restaurant there and took me along with her.

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