Ten Things I learned in Korea

9 Sep


From February to August of 2012 I thought English in Busan, Korea. 

It was a great time and this is a humorous account of what I learned while in Korea.  

10. Paris Baguette is not that good.

I know some of you will not like that I say this, but it is not that good. Time and time again, I have given Paris Baguette a chance to redeem itself, I too was very excited that there was a Paris B. close to my house. However, there is a reason why you do not see any French people in Korea, they are still pissed off about the “bakery” being named after them.

9. Korean culture is LEGEND (wait for it) DARY 


I know I have just scratched the surface and will never really understand it all. But from what I have learned, I have a newfound awe for Koreans and their way of life.

I hope to bring home the kindness and respect that I have learned from watching other Koreans interact.

It will take a while for me to stop using two hands for everything and bowing, but I honestly don’t mind.

8. Rock, Paper, Scissors can be a hilarious and dangerous game

Here is a video….


7. Value of Education

Connecting with culture- I would like to highlight this one specifically. I admire the amount of respect Koreans show towards each other and themselves, in their work, school and relationships. We learned at the beginning of training how much money went into education in Korea, BUT it did not hit me how that affects a society until I lived it. Imagine if America put that much value in…. education…. in teachers…. in students. If that happened imagine all the improvements that would happen… I bet you a certain someone would not have been elected twice for office.

6. How to be the best charade player EVER


This picture was taken the first time Kelly, Aimee and Cindy tried Makkoli. As you can see in their expressive faces they too …had to learn how to communicate in a country where you do not know the language. Through body language, gestures, and miming, somehow we all found a way to express ourselves.        

5. How to avoid awkward stares at a Jimjilbang

Since this only affects a few of you courageous females to enter a Jimjilbang…if you want to know the details, send me an email.

4. Koreans are not as open about Poop conversations as I previously was told.

When trying to start a conversation with my co teacher about how someone recently found out another form that poop can take…particularly the liquid type…That…Conversation… Got… Awkward. And that’s all I have to say about that.

3. How to think on your feet

When those lesson plans aren’t working… when the kids are confused or apathetic or when you forgot to make a lesson plan, quick thinking and decision-making skills definitely come in handy.

2. The Wire is amazing and EVERYONE should watch it.

The amount of leisure time I had was amazing and this allowed me to educate my self in many different ways I did not have time for otherwise.

Lastly, the number one thing I learned in Korea is…

1. The best way to face a challenge is through laughter.





2 Responses to “Ten Things I learned in Korea”

  1. aearthr September 10, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Interesting post! By the way, I am wondering what you mean by “However, there is a reason why you do not see any French people in Korea, they are still pissed off about the “bakery” being named after them.”?

    • mosmith49 September 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Have you been to Paris Baguette?

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