Tagged: expat life in korea

What Are the Real Benefits to Learning Korean in Korea?

What Are the Real Benefits to Learning Korean in Korea?

A member on Korea Business Central seems to be losing enthusiasm for studying Korean and posted a discussion question this week asking what he's really going to get out of the effort if he just wants to work in Korea. Seeing as how Koreans in business generally want to learn...

Foreign Talent Leaving Korea Due to “Three Serious Difficulties”

Koreans are commonly concerned about how non-Koreans view their country, and one index for measuring this is the number of foreigners living in Korea. According to an article in the Jungang Ilbo today (“Foreign Talent Leaving Korea Due to “Three Serious Difficulties”), the number of foreigners living in Korea is...

How Cheap Can Phone Service Get in Korea?

How Cheap Can Phone Service Get in Korea?

Here’s a conversation my wife had this morning with our phone service provider.  “Hi, I’m calling about our phone service. I’d like to know why you charge us $2.75/month for a basic charge? Other companies provide this free. It really feels like our total monthly bill of $12 is so...

Foreigners in the Land of the Morning Calm

Foreigners in the Land of the Morning Calm

I've lived in Korea off and on for more than fifteen years now and while it's hard to say that Korea feels completely "like home", it is certainly "home away from home" and a place I enjoy. I understand though that not every expat feels this way and that many...

Eating on the Run in Korea

Eating on the Run in Korea

The culture of people eating lunch together was discussed. An extension of this is that eating alone is avoided because it is taken as a sign that a person has been excluded from a group or groups. To Koreans, being excluded from a group means there must be something wrong...

Korean Queuing (Getting in Line) Practice

Korean Queuing (Getting in Line) Practice

When in Korea, you may find yourself having to get in line occasionally and there are a number of things you should know about Korean queuing practice in order to avoid problems. Korea is a small country with a high population density, so the interpersonal distance that Koreans must encounter...