Other Reflections

Mid-Summer Revelations on Small Town Life

I’ve known since April that I would be an English teacher’s assistant in the north of France for the next year on the TAPIF program. However it wasn’t until the past month that I was informed that I’d be working in a town called “St. Omer,” in Pas-de-Calais. Just 14,000 people, this town is not one that… Continue reading Mid-Summer Revelations on Small Town Life

Other Reflections

Troubleshooting, History, Language-Learning

I was never really good at troubleshooting. Probably because the way I learned math was less to think through the problem and figure out the solution as to learn the method to solve problems, practice that method a billion times, and then apply it on tests. This mentality may sound horrific to some of you, but it is useful when taking… Continue reading Troubleshooting, History, Language-Learning

Other Reflections

Selling Furniture Last Minute

I should have really started to sell my futon, microwave, desk lamp, swiffer, full-length mirror, etc earlier than one week before move-out. There would have been a larger market (underclassmen were still there), meaning greater demand, so I would have probably been able to sell for higher prices. Also I wouldn’t have to worry about competing… Continue reading Selling Furniture Last Minute

Life · Life in Korea

“So you WEREN’T interested in Korean Culture?”

The conversation usually starts with them asking me why I wanted to come to Korea or how I got started learning Korean. Unlike most people who study Korean, I wasn’t drawn in by Korean pop culture. I was interested in exploring a new country, and the best option happened to be Korea.   So far,… Continue reading “So you WEREN’T interested in Korean Culture?”

How I Learn Languages · Life in Korea

Stellar Teaching: The Art of Breaking Down a Language

In my previous post, I quoted a language-learner who said that fluency in “a language cannot be taught; it can only be learnt.” That said, there are many other aspects of language that CAN be taught, and this semester, I was fortunate to have one of the most amazing teachers ever: Koh-seonsengnim (lit. “Koh-teacher,” hereafter “Koh-ssn”),… Continue reading Stellar Teaching: The Art of Breaking Down a Language

Life · Life in Korea

How Korea made me American and Korean-American (?)

Surprising Development #1: Frances identifies more strongly as ‘MURICAN. I have spent extended periods of time in Japan and Taiwan without feeling this way. But when I stepped on a plane back to the U.S. after three months in Korea, I felt extremely relieved to see FELLOW AMERICANS. It made me feel a little bit better when one… Continue reading How Korea made me American and Korean-American (?)

How I Learn Languages · Life · Life in Korea

Yes, it’s OK to Be a Foreigner (Read: “Look Stupid”)

Although this is not the first foreign country I’ve been to, this is the first time that I felt… truly foreign. I do feel that I’m slowly starting to blend in, by which I do NOT mean that I’m dressing k-pop style, dumping BB cream on my face, and dying my hair in trendy colors. Some… Continue reading Yes, it’s OK to Be a Foreigner (Read: “Look Stupid”)