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Culture: Useful Information about Korea

Culture: Useful Information about Korea


 

Culture

Korea proudly boasts 5,000 magnificent years of history and tradition. Experience the unique essence of Asian culture. Though Korea exhibits an eagerness to learn about Western culture, its people are still firmly rooted in Asian tradition. They are likely to hide their emotions. They often smile or laugh when they feel sorry or shy. Koreans take off their shoes inside the house so, please take off your shoes before get into the house. The country also has one of the most ethnically homogeneous populations in the world.

 

Number 1 Korean surname is Kim, and then Lee, and Park follow. Unlike western culture, woman never changes her last name after getting marriage. It means married couple have different last name. The children will follow father’s surname.

 

Family

Korean culture centers on the family, and Koreans write their surname before their given (first) name. It was very common to see several generations of one family living under the same roof but it has been change dramatically. Now, especially in the city area you will rarely find such a scene. Korea has unique writing system, Hangul and wearing, Hanbok.

 

You can learn more about Korean culture at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1071_Culture.jsp

 

It would be great if you don’t do the followings:

  • Don’t write a Korean person’s name in red ink, because that implies that the person has died (!).
  • Don’t put your business cards or someone else’s in your back pocket, because Koreans view this as disrespectful.
  • Don’t squeeze hard when shaking someone’s hand.

 

 

 


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Life in Korea – Transportation, Places to Go

Life in Korea – Transportation, Places to Go


 

Transportation

You can use buses, trains, taxies and airplane or ships to go everywhere in Korea very easy safely.
Inexpensive flights run daily from several different Korean airports. Korean Air and Asiana Airline flies out of a dozen different airports in Korea to destinations all over the world (We have international airport in Incheon, Busan and Jeju). All domestic flights generally cost between 1400,000 and 190,000 KRW round way (about 70,000 to 90,000 for one way).

Traveling using these transportations is considerably safe.

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KTX – Bullet Train

For more information visit : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1041_Transportation.jsp

 

Places to Go

We would like to encourage our teachers to explore your new country and experience the unique local culture. Korea has historic towns, palaces, and Buddhist Temples and drama/movie sites and these are very attractive. Just a few hours from anywhere in the country by bus or train.

Seoul is Korea’s capital, Busan is number 1 port city and had beautiful beaches, Haeundai and Taejongdai, Kyungju is Korea’s most famous historic city. The country’s largest island, Jeju Island, offers unforgettable views including the waterfalls at Hae-anjidae and the cliffs at Jusang Jeolli. The second largest island is Geoje, hosted 2 world class major ship yard, SHI(Samsung Heavy Industrial) and DSME(Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engering). You will enjoy skiing/snowboarding in Muju and Pyeongchang in the winter. East coast line is famous for its unique beauty and wild. West and South coast, including thousand of islands offer different feeling from East coast. You also find some nice spas, hot springs inside the Korea.

 

Cherry Blossom

 

Autumn in Korea

 

Stream with Autumn leaves

 

Snow in Korea

 

Please visit Korea tourism organization for more information : http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/intro.html

 

 

 


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Life in Korea – Internet, Smartphones, IT

Life in Korea – Internet, Smartphones, IT


 

Internet

South Korea is proud of its advanced technology and light speed internet connection. The internet providers offer the connection about 25,000~35,000KRW. The speed is usually at least 100Mbps and up to 200Mbps(both up and down).

Popular service providers include KT(Korea Telecom), SK Broadband, LG U+, and CJ Hello Net. If you’re agreeing to a one-year contract, you can usually get connected without a service charge. Some employers will assist you in setting the internet connection up.

You’ll also find lots of “PC Bangs(Internet cafe)”. Some are open 24 hours, with a snack bar service with beverages, noodles, and other snacks. PC Bangs generally only offer Internet service, and may not have business services such as faxes, scanners, or printers. Fees run about 1000-2000KRW/hour.

Internet Usage Statistics:
40,080,000 Internet users as of Sept 2008, 70.7% of the population, according to Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

<Internet Usage and Population Statistics (measure : million)>

Year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Users

36.19

36.58

37.01

37.18

38.12

40.80

% Pop

76.5

77.2

77.8

78.0

78.4

82.1

 

Mobile devices – Smartphones(or cellphones) and tablets

Korea has been cutting edge in the field of mobile devices. A smartphone has high resolution camera, MP3 player, blue tooth communication, touch screen and DMB(Digital multimedia Broadcasting) function. Some of the World class manufactures are Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. You can purchase a smartphone at a lower price with two year contract. Without contract, the price is standard. Now even the elementary students have their own smartphones in Korea.

 

IP TV, Satelite TV, and Cable TV

You can use cable TV in a very cheap price(about 5,000KRW) or IPTV with internet service. The satellite TV is also possible in Korea. The providers includes CJ Hello Vision(Cable TV), KT(IPTV), LG U+(IPTV), SK Broadband(IPTV) and SKY Life(Satellite TV). There are basic, standard and premier pack depends on the number of channels and services. If you use bundle pack(internet+TV) the service charge may be discounted.

 

IT Technology

Korea is said global IT leader for its enthusiasm and advancement in IT technology.
Korea’s ITU(Digital Opportunity Index) is global ranking 1st for 3 successive years(2005~2007).
Korea’s NIA(National informtization Index) is global ranking 3rd in 2007.

 

 

 


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Life in Korea – Food, Housing

Life in Korea – Food, Housing


 

Come Korea and enjoy the joy of living. We have delicious food, cozy housing, super fast internet, state of art cell phones, enjoyable cable TV, and you can take any transportation to go somewhere to refresh.

 

Food

Koreans enjoy eating in groups, savoring the food and the company.
Famous Korean dishes are : Bulgogi, Gal-bi, Bibim-bop and Gamja-tang
Please see the explanations from Wikipedia.org.

Bulgogi

(pronounced [pulgogi] in Korean) is a Korean dish that usually consists of marinated barbecued beef, although chicken or pork may also be used. It is one of the most popular beef dishes in Korea. For more information :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgogi

Galbi or kalbi

It generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef(or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce).[1]. In Korean language, galbi literally means “rib” and can often indicate uncooked ribs. In addition, the dish’s full name is galbi gui, although “gui” (grilling) is commonly omitted to refer to it.

Since galbi is generally made with beef ribs, it may be called “sogalbi” (소갈비) or “soegalbi” (쇠갈비) in Korean, whose prefix, “so” or “soe” (beef) is often omitted as well. However, just like the literal meaning, galbi dish also can be made with pork ribs or chicken. In such cases, the dish is called “dwaeji galbi” (돼지갈비) or “dalk galbi” (닭갈비) to emphasize the main ingredient.

For more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galbi

Bibimbap

is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means “stirred/mixed rice” or “stirred/mixed meal.” (It is also sometimes spelled “bibimba,”
“bibimbab,”b-bop” or “bibimbop”).
Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) andgochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.
Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other. For more information :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibimbap

Gamjatang or pork bone soup

is a spicy Korean soup made with pork spine, vegetables, green onions, hot peppers and ground wild sesame seeds. It is a matter of contention whether the name of the soup comes from the word for potato (감자; gamja) or not, because the soup is frequently served without potatoes.

The vertebrae are usually separated with bits of meat clinging to them. The vertebrae is boiled in high temperatures to soften the meat. To remove the meat, one must use an instrument such as a chopstick. The meal is usually served with kimchi and a bowl of rice. This is often a late night snack but is also served for a lunch or dinner.

The soup base is a deep red colour from the red hot peppers. The soup is now common in Korean restaurants outside of Korea, including the United States and Canada.
For more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamjatang

Chopsticks and more

Koreans use chopsticks in metal or bamboo/wooden/plastic than fork.
Still, you can find western food anywhere in Korea in some form, but imported items are more expensive. Korea has franchise chain store like Outback steak house, McDonald’s, Mr. Pizza, VIPS steak, Pizza Hut and so on. It has a Costco, Tesco Home Plus and E-Mart(like Wall-mart) in many places around Korea.

 

Housing

You will be living in a typical studio apartment/bachelor suite that caters to the busy life of a single person. Apartments are not spacious, but they have enough room for one person to live comfortably (don’t expect a fancy loft, as Asia has a high population density and housing is tight). All of these apartments have modern, western-style bathroom facilities with a toilet, sink, and shower. However, bathtubs are rare in single-housing accommodation in Korea. Most instructors find housing in a “villa” or an “office-tell.” The residents such as One-rooms and Villas range in price from approximately $600 USD per month up to $1,500 USD per month, on average.

1) One-room(it’s just what Koreans call, it usually has more than one rooms)

Four- to five-story buildings offer accommodations called “one-room” in Korea. The first floors usually serve for parking lots. Residents reside from second floors. One-rooms are very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings have an owner whether he resides in the building or not and plays the role of superintendent.

2) Villa

It almost has same structure and features with one-rooms in Korea. Mostly found in the residential areas of the city, villas are also very affordable due to their low maintenance costs. These buildings typically have an owner who resides in the building, top floor, and plays the role of superintendent.

3) Office-tells

Tall buildings that offer unit accommodations (alongside business or commercial space) are called “office-tells.” Office-tells are fairly new, which means they come with modern features. Most of the suites in office-tells have keyless entry and other conveniences, depending on the location. The costs may be higher than those of a villa because of building maintenance costs (approximately $50-150 USD per month). One of the advantages of living in an office-tell is the close proximity to shops and services, which are sometimes attached to the building itself.

4) Apartment building

15 to 25 story buildings offer accommodations called “apartment building” in Korea. Their price is vary by size and location but usually it’s very expensive. Koreans favor apartment building because its comfortableness.

Apartment Building Complex

You can choose free furnished studio type housing or getting monthly allowance for housing. If you are couple then you can take an advantage of staying together and get a monthly allowance. Furnishings will include a bed, gas stove range, refrigerator, washer, and air conditioner.

 

 

 


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Life in Korea – General info Teaching English in Korea

Life in Korea – General info Teaching English in Korea


Take a glimpse look at the Life in Korea.

 

1) Safety :

The crime rate in Korea is very low compared to the rest of the world. The Korean government prohibits people from owning guns, and it is very rare for a policeman to shoot a gun. You can freely go out everywhere anytime! This doesn’t mean you should avoid precautions.

 

2) Kind and helpful people :

Even though Koreans find it difficult sometimes to communicate with foreign people, they are still very friendly and warm hearted. The service is top class and outshines many other countries. Sometimes Koreans would go out of their way just to help you.

 

3) Beautiful surroundings :

As you probably already know, Korea is a really small country compared to other countries, but the scenery is sometimes spectacular with plenty of beautiful places to visit. There will always be a beach or mountain nearby. You can also enjoy the four seasons during the year. Korea’s weather is one extreme to the other. You can enjoy wonderful flowers in spring, swimming in the ocean during summer, yellow and red leaves in autumn and skiing or snowboarding in winter. There are of course many other outdoor activities you can enjoy!

Mountains with Autumn Leaves 

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

 

4) Unique teaching experiences :

Teaching in Asia might be a very unique and comforting experience. The students are active and creative. You train students to think creatively, encourage good behavior in and out of the classroom, and build a cooperative and pleasant environment for learning.

 

5) New experiences :

Korea invented hot floor system in houses. It keeps the whole house warm and cozy in winter. When S.A.R.S.(severe acute respiratory syndrome) broke out in Asia, Korea remained a safe zone. Doctors speculated it’s because of the antibacterial food Kimchi, Korea’s unique fermented vegetables which prevented them from getting sick. Korea’s food is very unique and tasty. They are a proud nation with over 5000 years of history which can be picked up in their rich tradition like clothes, food etc.

 

6) Unique blends :

Whether you’re an urbanite or a naturalist, you’ll appreciate South Korea’s unique blend of fast-paced cities and pristine country sides. Here you’ll find ancient palaces alongside angular skyscrapers, highlighting the country’s past and present.

 

7) And so on… :

there are tons of things to do and see so it up to you to come and experience it!

 

As you get ready to teach English in Korea as an English Teacher, you will probably feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. This is absolutely normal. We promise that teaching English in Korea as an ESL teacher will be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of your life. For more information about Korea, please check out the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea

 

 


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Background Information About Korea

Background Information About Korea


AS SEEN from a satellite miles above, Korea is a picturesque peninsula in northeast Asia. It lies just west of the islands of Japan and is bordered on the north by China and the Russia. More than 3,000 islands dot the sea along its southern and western coast, although 2,600 are not inhabited. Korea’s size? Almost as large as Great Britain.
In a closer view, Korea changes into one of the hillier landscapes of the world, leaving about 20 percent of the land suitable for farming, with rice being the staple crop. Plains stretch along the western, northeastern, and southern coasts. Monsoons sweep across this country, first one way, then another, blowing in the cold, dry winters and hot, wet summers.

Night at Gangnam, Seoul

A face-to-face look reveals that most Koreans have physical characteristics similar to other Asians-broad face, straight black hair, olive-brown skin, and dark eyes. Yet, they are distinct in their culture, language, dress, and cuisine and lay claim to over 4,000 years of human history. Their language, belonging to the Altaic language family, is spoken today by over 60 million people.

 

Brief History

Because of Korea’s strategic location, nations more powerful, such as China and Japan, have long wielded a strong influence over its people. As a defense, the Korean people isolated themselves to become what has been called the hermit kingdom. In 1910 Japan imposed colonial rule over Korea that lasted until the end of World War II, at which time the peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel between the military forces of the United States in the south and the Soviet forces in the north. In 1948, by United Nations resolution, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was formed in the south. In the same year the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was formed in the north. Both governments claim to represent all of Korea.

On June 25, 1950, with the invasion of the south by the north, the three-year Korean War began. This resulted in a more permanently divided land separated by a demilitarized zone running east to west just 35 miles north of the city of Seoul.

Admiral Lee Statue at Gwanghwamun, Seoul

 

Language

Because of Korea’s strategic location, nations more powerful, such as China and Japan, have long wielded a strong influence over its people. As a defense, the Korean people isolated themselves to become what has been called the hermit kingdom. In 1910 Japan imposed colonial rule over Korea that lasted until the end of World War II, at which time the peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel between the military forces of the United States in the south and the Soviet forces in the north. In 1948, by United Nations resolution, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was formed in the south. In the same year the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was formed in the north. Both governments claim to represent all of Korea.

On June 25, 1950, with the invasion of the south by the north, the three-year Korean War began. This resulted in a more permanently divided land separated by a demilitarized zone running east to west just 35 miles north of the city of Seoul.

Consonants

  • Initial
g,k n d,t r,l m b,p s (indicates an initial vowel) j ch k t p h
kk tt pp ss jj
  • Final
g,k n d,t r,l m b,p s ng j ch k t p h
kk (A buildup before an explosion of sound from “ㄱ”) (nj) (lg) (bs) ss
(gs) (nh) (lm)
(lb)
 ㄽ
(ls)
 ㄾ
(lt)
(lp)
(lh)
  • Notes
  1. ㄱ, ㄷ, ㅂ are transcribed and pronounced as g, d, b respectively if they are followed by a vowel. If they are followed by a consonant or at the end of a word, then they are transcribed and pronounced as k, t, p.
  2. ㄹ is transcribed and pronounced as r if it is followed by a vowel. If it is followed by a consonant or appear at the end of a word, then it is transcribed and pronounced as l. When ㄹ in a row (as in 멀리서) it is transcribed as ll.
  3. Initial ㅇ is never pronounced and it is a convention to write the initial ㅇ when a syllable begins with a vowel, as to keep the square shape of the character.
  4. There is no hard and fast standard for transcription and pronunciation of double consonants ㄳ, ㄵ, ㄶ, ㄺ, ㄻ, ㄼ, ㄽ, ㄾ, ㄿ, ㅀ, ㅄ, and when they occur in a word or sentence, they are transcribed as they are pronounced in Korean (noted in bracket: for example, 신라[실라] or 않다[안타]).
  • Vowels
    There are 21 letters used to represent vowels, 10 of these are basic vowels, while the remainder 11 are diphthongs.
a ya eo yeo o yo u yu eu i
ae yae e ye oe wi ui
wa wo
wae we
Visit http://learnkorean.elanguageschool.net/ to more information for learning Korean.

 

 

Education

An old saying in Korea, “One should not step even on the shadow of one’s teacher” relays the degree of respect traditionally accorded to teachers. While there have been many changes to the Korean educational system since its adoption of modern teaching methods, much of the old tradition remains.

Koreans value education, their primary goal is entering nice high schools famous universities. Around 90% of high-school students continue onto university. However, once students receive their acceptance, they can relax and enjoy newfound freedoms. Korean universities let students choose their courses and attend lectures (or study at home) as they choose. Like Americans, most Koreans will tell you that university was the “best time of their life.”

Koreans value education, their primary goal is entering nice high schools famous universities.

The English education and those teach English in Korea is in high demand. Everyone, from kindergarteners to machinery workers, wants to learn English. Korea has two types of schools: private school (hagwan) and public school. The main difference between teaching in a private or public school is the schedule. Public schools start in February or March (with about 35 days for winter vacation and about 15 days spring break and 30 days for summer vacation), and private school classes run year round(except public holidays). Private schools usually hold classes in evening(sometimes in the early morning), so you would have your afternoons open for grading or personal time. Private school classes generally run 40 to 60 minutes, and public school classes run about 60 to 70 minutes. However, you can expect to work roughly the same number of hours whether you are working in a private or public school.

 

More?

For more information about Korea’s education, visit: http://www.asianinfo.org/asianinfo/korea/education.htm

 

 


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