Tag Archives: Korea

Photos From the Yeongam Race Weekend

Here are some photos from my weekend at the Yeongam Formula One Circuit. I should explain the classes before we get going too far. There is TT100 for weak diesel cars and 1.5 liter gasoline cars. Above that there’s the TT200 class for stronger diesels and naturally aspirated 4 bangers of larger displacement. I want […]

Context in Foreign Language

I had gotten to the point I was feeling pretty cocky with my Korean. Granted, I am perhaps a bit (okay, a lot) more prone to bouts of cartoonish egomania than most, but this particular run of overconfidence wasn’t entirely my fault. You see, on the morning in question the nice lady selling me coffee […]

We the Translation, Habitually Done.

As many of you know, East Asia is a wonderful source for colorful mistranslation. If you are unfamiliar with the specifics, engrish.com will surely avail you of all you need to know. However, lest you think the language barrier only works one way, lest you think all your base are belong to us, I submit […]

Adventures in Linguistics

Korean (한국어) differs from English in every way you can imagine.  It also differs in some ways you cannot imagine.  Because of this both Koreans and native speakers of English often end up with creative grammar, weirdness galore and unintentional humor when they stray from their mother tongues. The Korean-speaking-English weirdness manifests in what I […]

Fun Facts on Teaching English in South Korea

Hi everyone, Here are a few fun facts if you are interested in teaching English in South Korea: Most programs for foreigners teaching in Korea require nothing more than a four year degree. There are also comparable programs in Japan and China. Typical pay for a teacher in Korea is around 2,000,000 won per month […]

Return to the United States

A little more than a year ago I left behind my family, my friends and my job in Reno.  I did this because Chungdahm April Language Academy offered me work teaching English in Korea.  Here’s what happened. Return to the United States “그레하운드 장류정에 가야 해요.” I was standing at the airport in San Francisco […]

People and Fun and Funny People

I lived in Daegu for my year of teaching. I started out knowing exactly zero people and finished the year with more friends than I could make time to hang out with, which brings me to another observation on Korea. If you can’t make friends there you either stink to high hell, look like a […]

Ben Garrido Becomes Benjamin Teacher

Before I went to Korea I knew I had liked children.  I found them entertaining, interesting and I could remember my own childhood when I spent time with munchkins.  Then I became a teacher and discovered that I not only like children, I love the little monsters.  It took less than a week before I […]

Why I Came to South Korea

Hi everyone, Please click the following link to watch my speech in Korean, “Why I came to South Korea.” For those of you who can’t speak or understand the language, here is the translation: Korean People often ask me why I came to Korea. I never tell them the complete truth. I will say “I […]