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Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In South Korea

예뻐요 at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies I continued taking Korean Language class even though I realized that it would take longer than I initially believed.  One caveat about immersing yourself in another culture is that a part of you wants to hold onto your own culture. In a country where beauty is considered thin with […]

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South Korea School System Pt. 2

New Dormitory at Hankuk University The office liaison told me to come to the office and meet him at three p.m. that afternoon and he would take me to the new dorm.  On my way to the office, I ran into him by a nearby coffee shop.  He asked if I had time to go […]

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South Korea School System

Final Exam At Hankuk University My semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Korean language program was coming to an end.  The teacher wrote on the blackboard the schedule for the finals.  This test would determine if I could transfer to level 2.  I couldn’t believe what she wrote on the board.  The test would […]

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South Korea’s Top Attractions

Petite France & Garden of Morning Calm One Day Tour I choose Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm because I had seen both places mentioned on variety shows.  I found Goh Travel Agency through internet research and discovered they had a tour during the Seollal (Korean New Year) holiday.  I choose this tour […]

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The Painters: HERO in Seoul

Hankuk University School Field Trip The class created a WeChat App group chats room in case any of us were ever absent we could text each other about the material covered in class and the homework assignment.  Mostly, the chatroom was used by our teacher to remind us about our homework assignments.  As part of the […]

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Free Korean Language Classes Online

Methods To Study Hangul Online Have you ever imagined what it’s like to go into a store and not be able to read any of the food packagings?   It has been suggested that before you travel to South Korea you learn basic Hangul.  While you can travel to Korea without knowing the language odds […]

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New Year’s in Seoul, South Korea

Happy New Year! Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo (새해 복 많이 받으세요)! For my New Year’s resolution, I wrote down a list of to-do items.  I was going to get out of the dorm and go places.  I was going to meet people.  I started signing up for several Facebook groups that centered around life in […]

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Christmas Alone Abroad

How I Survived My First Christmas in Seoul What was I going to do?  I was going to be alone for Christmas.  I had been alone before during the Christmas holiday.  My last year of obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree at California State University Northridge.  Which was poetic in a way because it was also the […]

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2nd Korean Language Class

Korean Lang. Class & Hairdresser After a week of torture, I was transferred to what I call the slow learner course for studying Hangul.  I later found out teachers are not allowed to use any English to teach even if they are fluent.  There were far more confusing and often difficult rules to comprehend in […]

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American YouTubers In South Korea You Need To Follow

Beauty, and Travel YouTubers When I seriously began to consider living abroad in South Korea I wanted to know what “A Day in Seoul” resembled.  There are thousands of YouTubers out there vlogging about their life.  Here are some of my favorites who urged me forward with their videos of snowcapped mountains while relaxing in a hot […]