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Teaching English in Korea

March 21st, 2006 . by Matt

Here is a must read post from Jeff of Ruminations in Korea. A lawyer in Korea, he offers some good advice for people wanting to teach English in Korea, but also ruthlessly smacks down self centered whiners. One of the funniest parts was this conversation that Jeff overheard at the US embassy.

Him: This is X.

Her (sobbing and crying uncontrollably throughout the conversation): YOU HAVE TO HELP ME!!!!

Him: What’s the problem?

Her: My institute director!!! You have to help me! You have to make him stop treating me like this!!!

Him: What’s wrong? What’s he doing? Are you OK?

Her: I can’t believe he keeps making me do it!!! It’s not right!!! I can’t live like this!!! I just can’t do it every day!!!!

Him: I’m sorry. I don’t understand. You have to calm down and stop crying so I can understand what you are saying. Take a deep breath and tell me what the problem is.

Her: It’s terrible!!! You have to make it stop!!! The embassy has to help me!!!

Him (getting a little irritated): I don’t know what to do, if you don’t tell me what happened.

Her (gaining a little composure): My institute director! He is making me live in this appartment that is so far away from my school. It takes me 30 minutes one way to get to and from work! (sobbing again) You have to make him move me closer to the school!!!!

Him (nearly roaring with mixed anger and incredulity): WHAT?????

Her: You have to make him…..

Him (cutting her off): Look! Just a minute.

Him (shouting across the office): Miss A, how long does it take you to get to work?

Miss A: one hour.

Him: Mr. B, how long does it take you to get to the office?

Mr. B: 45 minutes.

Him: Miss C, how long does it take you to get to the office?

Miss C: about an hour.

Him: And it takes me about 45 minutes to get to work. You see. Can you understand that your institute director has ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE what you are whining about?? I bet he would give his right arm to be able to live only 30 minutes away from the school!

Her: But what can I do?

Him: Look! If you don’t get what I am talking about, then I can only suggest one thing. GO HOME! Just go home!

Go and read it for yourself and have Jeff tell you how it really is.


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