poll results

Poll results from September 2011: foreigner card and learning about Korea

The foreigner card: where do you stand? (readers in Korea – select one)

What’s a foreigner card? (43%, 38 Votes)
I use it occasionally (25%, 22 Votes)
I use it sometimes (11%, 10 Votes)
I can’t remember the last time I played the foreigner card (10%, 9 Votes)
I use it all the time (11%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

Wha…? Nearly half of you wonderful readers don’t know about the foreigner card? Read this post to catch up.

 


Poll results for August 2011: traveling and recruiters

August’s polls are closed!

Traveling around Korea: how do you do it? (readers in Korea – check all that apply)

The KTX, baby! (47%, 41 Votes)
Express bus (39%, 34 Votes)
I own my own car (28%, 24 Votes)
Saemaeul / Mugunghwa trains (14%, 12 Votes)
Scooter / motorcycle (7%, 6 Votes)
Rental car (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

What do you look for in an ESL recruiter? (For readers worldwide – select up to THREE)

Honesty / integrity (39%, 24 Votes)
Following up after the job (27%, 17 Votes)
Keeping in communication (15%, 9 Votes)
Making the process easy (6%, 4 Votes)
Honoring requests (3%, 2 Votes)
Speaking good English (3%, 2 Votes)
Offering you lots of jobs (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 62


Poll results for July 2011: ultimate goals and Korean elements?

This month’s poll questions!

What is your ultimate goal in Korea? (readers in Korea only, select ONE)

Become debt-free / save mucho money (32%, 71 Votes)
Travel the world (29%, 65 Votes)
Get married to a Korean (16%, 35 Votes)
World domination, baby! (9%, 19 Votes)
Start my own business (8%, 17 Votes)
Rock-star teacher (6%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 222

Pretty close at the top there.

What is the most recognizable element / icon of Korea? (readers outside of Korea – select ONE)

Kimchi (52%, 128 Votes)
K-pop (31%, 76 Votes)
Korean barbecue (6%, 15 Votes)
Something else (4%, 10 Votes)
Seoul Tower (4%, 9 Votes)
Haeundae Beach (2%, 5 Votes)
Hanbok (2%, 4 Votes)
Gyeongbokgung (0%, 1 Votes)


Poll results for June 2011: vacation plans and exciting aspects?

Poll results for June 2011:

Where are you going for summer vacation? (readers in Korea – select as many as apply)

I’m going to travel around Korea! (35%, 57 Votes)
Summer vacation? Um, none for me… :( (26%, 42 Votes)
I’m going back to my home country! (20%, 32 Votes)
I’m going somewhere in Asia! (15%, 24 Votes)
I’m going somewhere else in the world! (11%, 18 Votes)
I’m going to travel to Thailand! (9%, 14 Votes)
I’m going to travel to China! (6%, 9 Votes)
I’m going to travel to Japan! (4%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 163


Poll results for May 2011 (how much you make and your purpose in Korea)

Counting legal and, um, not-so-legal funds – how much do you make a month? (readers in Korea – choose ONE)

2.0 – 2.5 million won (39%, 92 Votes)

2.5 – 3.0 million won (19%, 44 Votes)

3.0 – 4.0 million won (13%, 30 Votes)

5.0 million won or more (12%, 27 Votes)

1.5 – 2.0 million won (7%, 17 Votes)

Less than 1.5 million won (6%, 15 Votes)

4.0 – 5.0 million won (4%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 234

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About what I would expect from a readership of teachers, professionals, and students. To the 27 of you making 5 million won a month or more – what’s your secret?

If you were to come to Korea, would it be as: (readers outside Korea – choose ONE)

An English teacher (35%, 57 Votes)

A tourist (26%, 43 Votes)

Something else (14%, 23 Votes)

A student (13%, 21 Votes)


Poll results for April 2011 (relationships with a local and which things are worth money)

Relationships with a local – where do you stand? (readers in Korea – select all that apply)

I’m interested in one (23%, 32 Votes)
I’m single (20%, 28 Votes)
I’m dating one (19%, 27 Votes)
I’m with a foreigner / non-Korean (18%, 25 Votes)
I’m married to one (17%, 24 Votes)
I’ll let you know once I find a local I like (11%, 16 Votes)
It didn’t work out, but I’d try again (8%, 12 Votes)
I’m engaged to one (5%, 7 Votes)
It didn’t work out, and I wouldn’t try again (5%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

A pleasantly diverse set of data.

Which of these (if any) would be worth money to you? (For readers around the world – select as many as apply)


Poll results for March 2011 – one wish for Korea and planning a trip?

March 2011 polls:

Your one wish for Korea (readers in Korea – select ONE):

Let me do something other than teach English (25%, 31 Votes)
Try critical thinking (20%, 25 Votes)
Stop demonizing foreigners (15%, 19 Votes)
Be more polite (14%, 17 Votes)
Stop staring at the waygooks (11%, 14 Votes)
Let me stay for life (10%, 13 Votes)
Learn English well (5%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 125

I guess this isn’t too surprising – considering the many skills and talents as most foreigners have, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to match those to jobs in Korea. The language barrier would probably be an issue in some workplaces, however.

 

Are you planning a trip to Korea? (readers not in Korea):


Poll results for February 2011

So the poll questions didn’t change this month – unfortunately, February’s hack attack and subsequent WordPress re-install wiped out the poll results up to that point. Therefore the number of votes shown below are much lower than normal.

(For readers outside of Korea) Which Korean foods have you tried and enjoyed?


Poll results for January 2011

Poll results for January 2011:

Resolutions for 2011? (up to 3 answers allowed – readers in Korea)

Save more money (60%, 36 Votes)
Travel around Korea more (50%, 30 Votes)
Make more Korean friends (38%, 23 Votes)
Get a better job (28%, 17 Votes)
Get an English teaching certification (22%, 13 Votes)
Get a Master’s degree (15%, 9 Votes)
Get out of Korea (10%, 6 Votes)
Learn to eat / like spicy food (8%, 5 Votes)

Total voters: 60

Interesting how few voters are looking to get out of Korea – not too surprising when you consider how good people here have it right now in relation to elsewhere in the world.
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What interests you most about Korea? (Up to 3 choices – for readers outside of Korea)


Poll results for December 2010 - biggest news story of the year?

Biggest / most important Korean news story of 2010? (for all readers - choose up to 3)

Cheonan sinking 72 (45%)

North Korea tensions 97 (61%)

Apple vs. Samsung 15 (9%)

The G20 summit comes to Seoul 32 (20%)

Korea makes World Cup round of 16 24 (15%)

Japan apologizes for colonial Korea 14 (8%)

Kim Jong-il, meet Kim Jong-eun 38 (24%)

F1 auto race in Jeollanam-do 5 (3%)

Korea's Winter Olympics success 17 (10%)

Korea's Asian Games success 2 (1%)

Expensive kimchi / veggies 32 (20%)

Not surprisingly, North Korea was on many people's minds; I have a feeling we'll be seeing and hearing a lot more about South Korea's northern neighbors in 2011.

157 votes, readers could vote for more than one.

Biggest expat news story of 2010? (for Korean readers - choose up to 3)


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