In the first part of ‘Teaching English in South Korea’ my friend Gavin shared a little practical information about his teaching experience in South Korea. This second part discusses his take on Korea’s culture, traditions and lifestyle. They are his experiences and opinions and his alone.
In an attempt to integrate into any society it is essential to try to learn the native language and that’s exactly what Gavin did. He studied Korean for six months taking advantage of the free classes EPIK provided its teachers. Classes were held twice a week and were very useful; Gavin learnt how to read and write a little, count and how to say some practical phrases. The most difficult aspect was learning to read another language, a non-European language, with a new alphabet. Sadly, Gavin did not practice much outside the classroom having very few Korean friends.