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July 12th 2013
Published: July 12th 2013
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My top Korea land websites:



http://www.waygook.org/

Answering questions, lesson plans, resources, helpful people, unhelpful whining trolling peeps, this forum has got it all. Actually it really does, and more. Easy to navigate, and infinitely helpful. This site has been instrumental to me when planning lessons, surviving desk warming, and when searching for information. I strongly recommend checking this out before moving here, or if you're already living here and have yet to discover it's wonders.

http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/

These guys will explain the seemingly un-explainable in a witty intuitive non-judgmental culturally savvy entertaining fashion. They're a married couple from Canada (which automatically means I adore them) who've been here for 5+ years. They have a YouTube channel which they run under the same name (eatyourkimchi), and should you drop their names (Martina and Simon) you're bound to have someone within eavesdropping distance who know's who you're talking about. An added bonus is these guys often answer questions, review music, films, food and various adventures that are on offer all over the peninsula.

http://www.koreabang.com/

This site not only translates current news stories into English, but it also translates the comments into English. I've found this to be an invaluable insight. To be fair, the majority of commentators are said to be a mass of angry unemployed young Korean men. However interestingly enough, this site also allows koreabang readers to comment, so you get the angry mass of Korean men commenting in addition to an angry mass of foreigners commenting. It's not always grand, but sometimes you've just got to take what you can get, embrace the undercurrent of resentment and judgement.

http://askakorean.blogspot.kr/

This guys third person rhetoric is great. I don't always agree with what he has to say, or the manner that he chooses to shoot people down whom disagree with him, but then a strong personality seems essential for this type of question and answer rhetoric.

http://www.youtube.com/user/sweetandtasty

This lass make multiple personality disorder almost seem attractive. Aside from that her vlogs are both entertaining and informative. She covers language, culture, snacks, as well as providing a question and answer type of set up.

http://kikinitinkorea.tumblr.com/

Korea life in a gif. The original superstar of this site has now left Korea land, but other users submit their own gifs (pending approval). A great source of entertainment. I recently showed this to a couple of friends who visited Korea. Though they didn't find them all relate-able the expressions on their face when they saw one e.g. "How I felt when I found out my students don't wash their hands after using the restroom..."



I posted a question on the facebook waygook group requesting members to post links to websites they've found helpful. I'm not familiar with all of them (though I shall attempt to remedy this), so I've just sorted them into hopefully helpful groups. As always, take everything with a pinch of salt.

Learning Korean

http://www.memrise.com/home/

http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Blogs+ (very loosely titled)

http://thegrandnarrative.com/

http://populargusts.blogspot.kr/

http://busanbyday.wordpress.com/

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Teaching resources/ideas

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

http://soundbible.com/powerpoint-sounds.php



http://esltech.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/games-and-simulations/

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Entertaining

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">http://jmjdgreer.blogspot.kr/2011/05/break-time.html (new favourite)

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Adventure

http://www.adventurekorea.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wheninkorea/?fref=ts (WiNK)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IFXKorea/ (Intrepid Foreign eXcursions)

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Food

http://afatgirlsfoodguide.com/

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Forum

http://www.eslhero.com/forum.php (I only learnt about this today but appears to be worth a look!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/officialwaygook/?fref=ts

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">Shopping

http://english.gmarket.co.kr/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/381809878594162/ (Reuse - freecycle)

<strong style="font-size: 1.4rem;">A little bit of everything

http://www.korea4expats.com/

http://www.communitykorea.com/





Turns out I could have saved myself some trouble! Apologies for overlaps (I'm just not that committed!). The amazing Martina and Simon have compiled their own list of Blogs to follow. Their lists seems to cover pretty much everything that was posted in response to my waygook post. Good stuff:

http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korean-blog-list/



Signing off on this note:

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