Posted in Japanese Learning Log, Korean Learning Log, Mandarin Chinese, School/Life, Weekly/Daily Goals

My Goals for 2022

Is it a bit late for this type of post? Perhaps. But I’ve spent the entirety of January pondering the beginning of this year and what I want this year to hold in store for me. While I’m still not even quite sure what I want to accomplish this year, I thought I’d go ahead and put some of my thoughts out there on this blog.

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Posted in Japanese Learning Log, Korean Learning Log, Mandarin Chinese, Weekly/Daily Goals

My Language Learning These Days + December Goals

Can you believe 2021 is almost over? It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into the last month of the year.

A few days ago I posted a video on my YouTube channel just giving an update on my November language learning progress and my goals for the last month of the year, and I thought I’d post it here as well for any readers curious about my language learning these days.

Happy holidays!

Posted in School/Life, teaching, Working in Korea

Life Update: My New Job

It’s crazy to think that it’s already been over 10 months since I’ve returned to America from Korea. Since leaving my job at my hagwon in Daegu, I’ve mostly just been enjoying life and working from home. I have two online teaching jobs where I work as an independent contractor: one where I teach beginning level Korean to (mostly) American middle and high schoolers, and one where I teach English to kids in China.

I had originally planned to be starting my PhD this fall, but I ended up getting rejected from all three schools I applied to. While I was obviously disappointed, it also made sense. Since I hadn’t originally planned on getting a PhD when I was working on my master’s degree, I didn’t do much additional research or involvement in the academic realm, so I can see why my application wasn’t at the top of their list.

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Posted in Korean Learning Log, TOPIK

69th TOPIK Cancelled :(

Yesterday was May 24th, which was supposed to be the day that I took the TOPIK II (Test of Proficiency in Korean II) for the second time. However, about a week and a half ago, they decided that due to the remaining presence of COVID-19 in South Korea and the fact that there was a recent small outbreak in the Itaewon club area, they would be canceling the test altogether.

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Posted in Life in Korea, School/Life, Travel

My Wild Ride: Korea’s Innovative Quarantined Transportation System

In my last post, I discussed what it’s like to travel via airplane in the middle of this crazy COVID-19 situation (read it here), and I’m finally back with my follow-up post regarding Korea’s impressively organized quarantine transportation system that they use to get people starting their quarantine from the airport to their homes.

Spoiler alert: This is a long post, but it starts with me cheerfully arriving in Korea and ends with me sobbing at my own doorstep, so stay tuned for the wild ride.

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Airplane Travel during COVID-19 — Domestic US vs International Flight Differences

Just over two weeks ago, I traveled from Montgomery, Alabama to South Korea, and it was quite the adventure. In the midst of this global pandemic, I was admittedly a bit wary of airplane travel, since airplanes aren’t exactly the best vessels for social distancing.

You may be wondering why on earth I’m doing international travel in the middle of a pandemic, but it’s not that complicated. I left South Korea when COVID-19 first started hitting Daegu way back on February 24, thinking I would be gone for just a matter of weeks while my hagwon was temporarily closed. Then, of course, the pandemic kept escalating, both in Korea and, as time passed, on a global scale, and my return date kept getting pushed further and further back.

Finally, after an unplanned two-month furlough from my teaching position, my boss and I decided it was safe for me to come back to Korea, and I booked my ticket for the following week.

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Attempt 2: I Successfully Registered for the TOPIK! (And Eventually I’ll Take It…)

I tried to register to take the TOPIK last December, and it was an epic failure. I went to a PC방 on the second evening that registration was open, only to find that all of the seats at all of the locations near me were totally booked for the TOPIK II.

Taking the TOPIK in America wasn’t competitive at all, and for some reason I had assumed that it would be just as easy to register in Korea. Clearly, the TOPIK is in much higher demand in Korea.

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