6 Things I Didn’t Know about Korea Before I Moved Here

"What do you mean, the air is poison?" I said. "We're in Korea, not China." Veronica shook her head and set down her fork on our makeshift "Christmas Dinner" table, aka a glass table that resembled a tongue on the floor of Nadea's apartment. I got a sinking feeling in my gut, because Veronica always [...]

English Textbooks in Korea are Hilarious

I spend a lot of my lesson-planning time laughing at the English textbook that I'm required to teach from. On more than one occasion, I've had to explain to my students that the textbook is wrong, so please ignore every single picture and video that teaches you this very incorrect English. I'm not sharing this [...]

Being Half Asian in Korea

Half-Asians have a spider sense for other half-Asians. It's hard to describe what, exactly, makes someone "look" half-Asian. I've met halfies with pale skin and dark skin, straight black hair and curly light-brown hair and everything in between. Yet, somehow, we can always find each other in a crowd. That's why, when a skinny girl [...]

How Can You Make Friends in Your Second Language?

Very late PSA: I'm going to Seoul as an English teacher with EPIK next week... ...and sometimes I wonder how I'm going to make friends with my elementary Korean skills. After all, so much of our personalities is conveyed through our words. As a writer and English teacher, the very foundation of my career is [...]

I graduated hooray

A wild Kylie crawls outย from a cave, even paler than before (which is really a feat, since she was already a bed sheet, so just imagine that her skin is literally translucent), hair untamed (not that hard to imagine), clothes tattered and squinting in the blinding sun, holding something triumphantly above her head, baby-Simba-the-opening-scene-of-the-Lion-King style. [...]

How Youtubers Are Buying the Best Seller List

Zoe Sugg,ย an English internet celebrity known for her makeup tutorials and funfetti cupcake recipes, published her debut novel, Girl Online, in 2014. The YA romance discussing cyber-bullying and mental health sold 78,109 copies in its first week on shelves, more than any debut novel since 1998. Sugg's name appeared on both the New York Times [...]