Category Archives: Opinion

A ‘monster’ and me

It’s not that late, there’s still plenty of people around. I’ve done it loads of times before and never had any hassle. I need to walk off all the chips. Those were my thoughts before deciding to walk home alone … Continue reading

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Soju think the Irish are all drunks?

Just like many other Irish people living in Korea, I woke up yesterday morning to a barrage of social media notifications from folks back home. It turned out that an Irish woman named Katie Mulrennan applied for a teaching position … Continue reading

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You can’t go home again

I recently learned a new word, ‘hiraeth’. This is a Welsh word with no direct English translation. It describes a yearning to return home, when ‘home’ no longer exists and perhaps never did. It’s the worst type of yearning because, … Continue reading

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How I try not to lose my shit as a middle school teacher in Korea

It was late March of this year. I had been a teacher for just under a month and I had no idea what to do. I was becoming more red faced as the seconds wore on, sweating despite the classroom’s … Continue reading

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Ireland v.s. Korea: Student-teacher friendships

  No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. (James P. Comer) One of the biggest nuisances I remember from secondary school in Ireland was the rigmarole around speaking to teachers outside of class time. You’d have to knock … Continue reading

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What to expect when you’re expecting (to teach English in South Korea)

Since becoming an English teacher in this weird and wonderful place called Korea, I’ve received quite a few messages from people who are interested in doing the same. I supplied them with all the boring practical information about finding teaching … Continue reading

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