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EVO 2019

Webheadsinaction.org - Sat, 2019-01-12 12:46

The Electronic Village Online 2019

 

For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

 

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL or IATEFL member nor to attend the TESOL

Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet.

 

We invite you to choose a session from this year's offerings listed below. Please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!

 

  1. The EVO 2019 Coordination Team
  2. EVO Communities
  3. REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 7 TO JANUARY 13, 2019
  4. Sessions 2019
    1. Basic_Linguistics_for_English_language_teachers
    2. CEFR Vs. Assessment:  How can new revisions help?
    3. Classroom-based Research for Professional Development
    4. Escape the Room
    5. Flipped Learning for Language Teaching
    6. Getting_Online as a teacherpreneur
    7. ICT4ELT2019
    8. Job oriented Training for ESP Teachers and sharing their findings globally and locally
    9. EVO Minecraft MOOC (EVOMC19)
    10. Moodle 4 Teachers (Teaching Online)
    11. Mother tongue use in the ESL classroom
    12. PBL all-round learning experience for ESL
    13. QR Codes in Action
    14. Teaching EFL to Young Learners
    15. Techno CLIL 2019
    16. Teaching Pronunciation Differently


 

 

 

The EVO 2019 Coordination Team

  

 

EVO Communities

 

 

The Electronic Village Online Hashtag is:  #evosessions   

Click on the title of a session below to view the complete session description. You will find instructions on how to join the session on that page.

 

REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 7 TO JANUARY 13, 2019

 

 

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Flickr’s ReBirth

Koreabridge - Fri, 2019-01-11 11:37
Flickr’s ReBirth

Flickr for me was my starting point as a photographer. It was way way back in 2006 when I first started uploading my photos and I really haven’t stopped. Flickr has served me as a backup and as a portfolio for many years. Flickr was always a place for photography and photos… good or bad.

I watched flickr go through some low times and slowly slide into obscurity. Sites like 500px and instagram came in and pushed Flickr further away to the point were few were using it and the groups were dead. Yet, flickr somehow stuck around. It got handed off to different people who promised to make it better or at least “what it was” and then nothing happened.

Now, we see that Smugmug has picked up the torch and is planning to do something with Flickr. What that is, I am not sure at this stage in the game. However, those with a free account are seeing the first of many changes. This being the recent limitation of the free accounts to 1000 photos.

While this may have made a number of people angry, the fact of the matter is that for Flickr to work, it has to be profitable. Before you you start talking about greed and whatnot, you have to be realistic. Flickr was dying a slow death. Smugmug wants to improve the platform but that takes money. Money is something that Flickr is losing on a daily basis. Hence why there is a shift towards paid accounts.

Why Flickr? Why Now?

Flickr is like a homebase for me. It is ad free (for pro subscribers) and doesn’t have that “like/unlike” thing that instagram has. It was for photography and full of photographers, at least it was 5 to 10 years ago. For me it just has a familiar feel and I appreciate that.

My most recent addition to the explore page.

I think that people are now getting disillusioned with sites like instagram and they are looking for a place that is more about the photos than the places or products in them. I feel that photographers are also looking for a place to chat about lenses and share their photos with said lens.

The groups in Flickr were great. There was a group for just about everything! From your favourite lens to city-based photo clubs. These were not just hashtags but actual groups where people went to discuss everything related to that topic and plan meetups.

This terrible image is my most viewed image on flickr. It has 23,954 views thanks to an inclusion on one of those strange places lists.

This is something that is missing from instagram and even 500px. There is not a sense of community. Facebook groups have come a long way and for most part have replaced the need for groups but if you look at how Flickr organizes the topics you can see there are differences. Again, Flickr is geared more towards photography than social networking in my opinion. Which possibly is a reason why people abandoned it for facebook and instagram if you think about it.

The other thing to point out is that Flickr has been around and many sites still accept imports, uploads, and embeds from Flickr. A huge plus is also the fact that you can export directly from Lightroom simply and easily. The export dialogue has a number of specific settings that you can customize like the watermark that you now see in my images on Flickr. Somehow Flickr retained some usefulness especially since you can’t export to Facebook from lightroom anymore.

Lessons from 500px

Smugmug needs to look at sites like 500px and see what worked and what went wrong. A number of years ago, 500px was THE photography site to be on. It had all of the trappings that photographers craved. It also seemed to be a huge improvement over the then dying Flickr, or so we thought.

There are many photographers who gained their following from 500px but many more complained about the system used to get to the top. From their acquisition by VCG to shutting down their online marketplace last July, it has left a lot of photographers wondering about the future of 500px.

In many regards, 500px has fallen from grace and it would be important if not critical for Smugmug to figure out why. For many years, 500px reigned supreme with portfolios, websites, and a market places that help photographers make money. Now, I can find little value in even maintaining my profile.

The Future of Flickr

What I would like to see is more life being brought back to the platform. As Nicolesy points out in her article, many of the groups are long since dead. I am not just talking inactive but dead as in the last discussion ended 5 years ago… So yeah, more energy and people are needed.

I would also like to see a more community-based approach to the renewal. If they started working with photographers around the world and figuring out what they wanted or what would work for them would be a start. While I like seeing input from celebrity photographers like Trey Ratcliff, I feel the success of the platform depends on the regular photographer’s input and enthusiasm. Fan appeal is one thing but when people feel apart of and appreciated by a site that they use could be a game changer.

My second most popular image. With over 20,000 views thanks to explore. What this means in reality? Not much.

The other thing that I hope they stay away from is trying to emulate instagram. It’s been done and done to death. I would love to see the Smugmug team sit down and restore what is currently broken and drive towards building Flickr into something beyond what it was and beyond another ad-filled social network full of boomerang vids of people drinking starbucks coffees.

With regards for the app, I think that they can ditch camera unless they do something REALLY special with it or partner with an app like camera+ to make it stand out. Otherwise just focus on streamlining the user experience.

Personally, I hope that this fresh perspective can breathe new life into Flickr. I never really had a problem with the platform or the app. Fact is, the only thing that I really didn’t care for was explore. That was simply because the algorithm seemed to favour either coffee, cats, or lego.

So if your photo managed to get picked up by explore it was not really a mark of excellence because the 5 photos next to yours were snapshots of a latte with a lego figure on the edge.

The bottomline here is that the future of Flickr rests on the proverbial knife-edge. The changes that Smugmug makes could change the industry or go the way Google+ did. If you remember, Google+ was all the rage in the photography circles and poof! people left it to die.

I am hopeful for a future for Flickr. If handled correctly with the right vision then we could see this being a new era for the site. If they screw it up, then just let it die this time as I don’t think anyone can help if smugmug can’t.

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TESOL's EVO 2019 - Free Global Online Workshops for Language Teachers

Koreabridge - Sun, 2019-01-06 21:00

The Electronic Village Online 2019

 

For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

 

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL or IATEFL member nor to attend the TESOL

Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet.

 

We invite you to choose a session from this year's offerings listed below. Please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!

 

  1. The EVO 2019 Coordination Team
  2. EVO Communities
  3. REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 7 TO JANUARY 13, 2019
  4. Sessions 2019
    1. Basic_Linguistics_for_English_language_teachers
    2. CEFR Vs. Assessment:  How can new revisions help?
    3. Classroom-based Research for Professional Development
    4. Escape the Room
    5. Flipped Learning for Language Teaching
    6. Getting_Online as a teacherpreneur
    7. ICT4ELT2019
    8. Job oriented Training for ESP Teachers and sharing their findings globally and locally
    9. EVO Minecraft MOOC (EVOMC19)
    10. Moodle 4 Teachers (Teaching Online)
    11. Mother tongue use in the ESL classroom
    12. PBL all-round learning experience for ESL
    13. QR Codes in Action
    14. Teaching EFL to Young Learners
    15. Techno CLIL 2019
    16. Teaching Pronunciation Differently

 

 

 

The EVO 2019 Coordination Team

  

 

EVO Communities

 

 

The Electronic Village Online Hashtag is:  #evosessions   

Click on the title of a session below to view the complete session description. You will find instructions on how to join the session on that page.

 

REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 7 TO JANUARY 13, 2019

 

 

Sessions 2019

 

----> Due to the time involved, we very strongly recommend that you sign up for no more than two sessions.

 

 

Click on the title of the session to find out more and left how to join. 

 

Click on the title of the session (left) to find out 

more and lean how to join.

Session

Moderators

Basic_Linguistics_for_
English_language_teachers

 

These sessions are intended to encourage English language teachers to reflect upon their knowledge of linguistics and how it affects their classrooms. Over five weeks, moderators will present a bird’s eye view of aspects of linguistics (word formation, pronunciation, vocabulary, language and culture, etc.) while interacting with the participants and helping them generate practice through discussions and reflection in order to adapt resources to their teaching contexts.

 

 

Carmen Medina

Lana Hiasat

Roslyn Billy

 

CEFR Vs. Assessment: 
How can new revisions help?

CEFR has settled rules for determining students' language levels. Yet what is the relation between it and assessment? What are the new clarifications/descriptors added through the recently published CEFR revisions? Can these really promote teachers' assessment of their students' classwork and their lesson plans as well? Is there a place for technology also? Let's look it up!!

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Aya EL Wakil 

Maha Hassan 

Classroom-based Research
for Professional Development

 

This EVO Project provides a hands-on introduction to inquiry-based teacher development, especially (though not exclusively) for teachers working in difficult circumstances (large classes, low-resource classrooms, etc.). The project takes participants through different stages of teacher-research, engaging them in practical activities which will gradually build their confidence in this area.

 

Hashtag: #tresearch

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Dikilitas,Kenan

Saglam, Asli Lidice Gokturk  

Chapagain, Babita Sharma

Eraldemir Tuyan, Seden

Evans, Michelle

Ghazal, Sadeqa

Mazzei, Ruben

Serra, Mariana

Loreto Aliaga

Casalini, Lidia

Escape the Room

 

An escape room is an adventure game set within a confined space in which players solve puzzles to unlock the door. Originally a videogame, you can now find non-virtual versions in cities all over the world. Players are given a set time limit during which they unveil a story and attempt to get out of the room. In order to do so, the players have to solve a variety of puzzles, riddles and other challenges in order to find keys and combinations to open locks. Escape rooms have started to be introduced to education as they can be easily adapted to a variety of subjects and provide plenty of opportunities for learning. They can be exciting, intense and a lot of fun. Teamwork and communication is key, which means they are ideal for language learning and teaching too. During this EVO session we would like to explore different aspects of escape rooms and other puzzles, looking how you can use them for language learning and teaching. Participants are invited to join in to get tips and tricks on how to turn their classrooms into escape rooms.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS  

Graham Stanley

Heike Philp

Dr. Randall Sadler

 

 

Flipped Learning for Language Teaching

 

This five-week online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes. The goal of flipped learning is to reach every student every day in a meaningful way. In flipped learning, the group learning space is revitalized and turned into a fertile environment for students to engage actively and creatively with learning. Thus, participants in the session will gain further insight into the concepts and processes of flipped learning in order to transform their pedagogical practice and will also learn about tools to enhance direct instruction and individual learning. Of course, whenever possible, the workshop employs a flipped approach!

 

Sponsors: 

TESOL CALL-IS

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John Graney

Jeff Magoto

Katja Auffret

Martha Ramírez 

Carolina R. Buitrago

Juliana Díaz

Diana Salazar

Gabriela Garibotto

Birgit Jensen

Getting_Online as a teacherpreneur

 

If you want to be an independent online teacher and set up your own website or platform, this session is where you need to be. This session is about  technical knowledge for novice to intermediate level users. Starting with understanding the working of internet, programming requirements for getting online,  to challenges related to cyber security while being online. We shall also get an insight into the aspects of cyber bullying among students.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Harshita Kapoor

Nellie Deutsch

 
 ICT4ELT2019

 

Designed by a seasoned team of  long standing EVO moderators and participants, ICT4ELT (Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers) is a session for teachers who want to explore how computers and computer technology could be useful in their teaching but do not know where to start.

If you want to liven up your classroom with technology, come and join us!

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Ayat Tawel 

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Marijana Smolcec

Sneza Filipovic

Efrossini Zoniou

Sanja Bozinovic

Angiolini Tiziana

Svetlana Obenausova

 

Job oriented Training for ESP Teachers and sharing their findings globally and locally

 

 

The central mission of any University and college is to achieve excellence in the undergraduate and graduate education, they provide superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at various levels to students and professionals, they contribute to the advancement of society and nation through creative activity, scholarly development of new knowledge, research, and public service.

 

Universities and Colleges prefer to hiring their faculty with an additional value and that is ESP Knowledge It must be due to students' majors and related digital skills for delivering classes  But the higher education organizations have a great shortage of those specialists The only way is to educate and train potential ESP Teachers in online pieces of training

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Ozimova Halima

Tohir Sultanov

Mavjuda Shakhakimova 

Gulnoza Egamova

Yokut Sharipova

Odil Quvvatov

Kalanov Ulugbek

Tohtasinov  Dilshod

Sherzod Gulomov

Siroj 

Zumratkhon Shukurova

Guzal Zahidova 

Mansurkhonov Kamoliddin

Galina Suleymanova

EVO Minecraft MOOC (EVOMC19)

 

 

 

This session will invite interested teachers to join us in playing Minecraft, learning all we can about playing alone and together, and how Minecraft is being used effectively in language learning. We'll learn by doing and from one another. We'll continue where we left off last year, 

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Join us if you are  

  • A teacher with a gaming problem - A teacher who wants to learn how to gamify your students' learning environment but aren't quite sure how it works
  • A gamer with a teaching problem - Already a gamer with some ideas about how you would like to leverage your skill and your proclivities in your classroom? You've come to the right place.
  • A teacher of gamers with a learning problem - Do you think your students would like to play a game like Minecraft but aren't sure how to make it fit your curriculum? Fortunately, your curriculum is somewhere in Minecraft already. Join us and we'll help you figure out how and where? 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Maha Abdelmoneim

Rose Bard

Don Carroll

Jane Chien

David Dodgson

Kim Harrison 

Jeff Kuhn

Beth O'Connell

Mircea Patrascu

Heike Philp

Dakota Redstone

Aaron Schwartz

Filip Smolčec

Mariana Smolčec

Vance Stevens

Bobbi Stevens

 

#evomc19

 

 

Moodle 4 Teachers 
(Teaching Online)

 

 

Do you want to use technology in your face-to-faces or fully online classes, but don't want your students to go all over the place? Do you want to have an online course with links to websites, discussions, activities, Youtube videos, and grades in one place? Do you want to award your students digital badges and certificates, then this session is for you.  M4TEVO19 session will take place on the latest Moodle 3.5 website with Zoom and WizIQ for the live online classes. 

 

Participants will learn how to add content, develop activities, and engage learners. They will work collaboratively to design and develop their own Moodle course. Participants will learn to communicate online, create video tutorials using screencast-o-matic and learn by teaching.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS

Nellie Deutsch

 

 

#m4tevo19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother tongue use in the ESL classroom

This session promotes judicious use of the mother tongue in EFL classrooms as a way to strengthen the link between theory and practice. Participants reflect on their own teaching and implement optimal mother tongue strategies in an attempt to create a learning environment that values all languages and cultures and which builds upon existing language knowledge.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

 

Georgios Neokleous

Anna Krulatz  

 

 

  

PBL all-round learning experience for ESL

 

PBL (Project Based Learning) engages students in a learning process that promotes not only the knowledge of the language but also allows students to develop competencies that they will later need in life. It ensures that the students will be able to do something with the language rather than just to know about the language. This methodology provides a real, challenging and engaging environment for students that learn a second language. Students are encouraged to overcome a challenge that can only be achieved if they master the skills the teacher targets when developing the project. 

Over the five weeks, participants will plan a project that can be carried into their classrooms

PBL – ESL – student`s motivation –
authentic learning experiences

 

Sponsors: 

Saint Paul's School. Profesorado de Inglés

Escuela Normal Superior Arturo Capdevilla   

Maria Laura Mas

Paula Penelas

Fernanda Pascuet 

 

QR Codes in Action

 

QR Codes are everywhere and they are all in “action” but have you thought about using them with your students?As teachers we need to start to think outside the box and start using them in our classes in new and creative ways. Therefore, we will be looking at different methods to create and use them in class in a fun way. This session hopefully will inspire everyone about these magical codes and add another string to your professional bow. So join us to combine ease, speed and creativity to enrich your lessons.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS

 

 

 

Sibel Taskin Simsek

Nezaket Köymen Özgirin

Nellie Deutsch

 

 

 

 

 

#QRCODESINACTION

Teaching EFL to Young Learners

 

Develop lessons and activities for young learners and teens This session is full of practical ideas on how to Teach English to Young Learners and Teens(TEFL2YL) from around the world using storytelling, drama, board games, action songs, and art with limited resource classroom activities. 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

 

Nellie Deutsch

Judy Wong

Charles Goodger 

Julie Pratten Kacmaz

Sheryl McCoy

Nives Torresi

 

#TEFL2YL

Techno CLIL 2019

 

 

CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning - is a "dual focus" methodology, fostering the development of language competences and the delivery of subject content at the same time. It refers to the learning of a curricular subject in a foreign language, with great advantages in terms of students' learning outcomes and cognitive processes. CLIL is spreading more and more, as an integrated part of school curricula in many countries. In order to implement this innovative approach, the role of teacher training is essential. This EVO session is aimed at spreading CLIL methodology, combining teaching strategies and technical tools and eliciting reflections and discussions among teachers from all over the world. It is important to share good practices from the different countries and learn from other colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous web meetings. Webinars with national and international CLIL experts will be a highlight of this session.

 

 A Moodle platform will be used for this session. 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS

 

Daniela Cuccurullo

Letizia Cinganotto 

 

Teaching Pronunciation Differently

 

All teachers have tried to teach pronunciation using 'listen and repeat', and most of us have found the results unsatisfactory.

But there is a different way, which works very well.

The 'Articulatory Approach' teaches students what to do with their mouths to sound right.

Join us to explore how to teach pronunciation this way. 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Roslyn Young

Piers Messum

Carrie Terry

Arizio Sweeting 

 

#tpd19

 

 

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The Rise of Korean Dramas

Koreabridge - Tue, 2018-12-25 09:56
The Rise of Korean Dramas

Often when the general public discusses Korean popular culture, and the Hallyu Wave that rose from it, they are usually talking about K-pop front, right, and center. But did you know that, long before K-pop was popular among listeners and fans outside of Korea, it was Korean dramas that were breaking bank abroad? Among these Korean dramas was, most notably, Winter Sonata. This drama was a massive hit among the generation before us.

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But that was only the beginning for K-drama’s rise. They did take a bit of a back seat in the early 2000s to let the music industry expand and explore internationally. But almost every year, there seemed to be at least one Korean drama catching the attention of international viewers. There was Full House, Coffee Prince, Boys Over Flowers, and The Secret Garden, just to name a few, that were drawing the love of not just Koreans, but from other Asian countries as well. My Love from the Star, a Korean drama that was released a few years later, caused a frenzy among its Chinese viewers, even setting new trends and habits with the Chinese public interested in Korean popular culture.

However, as important and integral as the Asian audience as a whole has been to k-drama’s rise, it’s often said that you haven’t actually made it until you’ve made it with the West. And while Korean dramas had definitely made it in Asia, they were far from breaking through in Europe and in USA. Why is that?

 

One obvious answer to the question is the language barrier. Though the Western audience speaks far more languages than just English, none of them is exactly fluent in Korean. Unfortunate, since it’s a great way to learn the language. That, coupled with the lack of broadcasting deals with the local broadcasters, ensured that these Korean dramas were not even going to be broadcasted on any of the Western channels. In other words, they were only available online. And being available online only also meant that often there were no subtitles that readily came with it. 

That started changing with DramaFever and Viki, plus a couple of other streaming services that followed. Not only did they offer streaming episodes from popular Korean dramas online, but they also came with subtitles. Each of these websites started off with fan made subtitles, with several Korean drama fans working together to ensure the highest quality and accuracy. Through sites such as these, the accessibility to Korean dramas became more widespread, and thus their viewership and popularity began growing more diverse. DramaFever unfortunately shut down recently, but Viki is still going strong, allowing its viewers dramas from other East Asian regions as well.

The services of the likes of DramaFever were largely what ensured that the Korean dramas could finally break through in Europe and USA. While they’re not yet as common spread as Hollywood produced contents, they are making waves, and they are gaining more and more viewers each passing day.

 

So, what exactly is so captivating about these Korean dramas for the hype of k-drama rise to take place? Though there are a variety of different types of dramas existing out there, from periodical dramas to medical and crime shows, the most popular genre among the Korean drama lovers is by far the love stories illustrated in at least one drama shown every night of the week. There are typically two different types of leads: the rich boy meets poor girl type, or the older woman meets younger guy type. And no matter how many times this simple basis is recycled, the audiences will gladly eat it up!

But while the basis may seem awfully similar every other time, there are still enough changes to each premise to make the Korean drama a whole new, fun watching experience. With all the ridiculous twists, turns, love triangles, and episode ending cliffhangers, it is not too far off to compare Korean dramas to telenovelas. However, it is not fair to the industry to say that every drama is formed around the same tropes, though it is correct in the case of many. After all, there are several that derive from the premise enough to bypass the comparison, such as My Love From Another Star. However, as the Korean drama loving audience also loves romance to an equal degree, it is extremely uncommon to see dramas without romance as the driving force, even if the settings may wildly change, from high school to historical eras.

That does not mean that all hope is lost for those who are not interested in romance. Over the years the Korean dramas have gotten more diverse, with new hospital and police dramas popping up all the time. They have even begun making Korean versions of popular American TV shows such as Criminal Minds!

Just a few years ago, there may have been a point in the recent years where the Korean dramas seemed to land in a rut, where innovation had gotten lost and instead the same formula was being used over and over again. But luckily for the fans of Korean dramas, it seems like the creators are getting their creativity back, having recently began coming up with great and more innovative Korean dramas again. One such example is The Goblin, which ran in early 2017.

Now that we’ve covered some of the history and current state of Korean dramas, we would love to hear from you. What is your favorite Korean drama? What is the upcoming drama you are most excited to see next? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto

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Art Benefit and Memorial For Antony Jackson - Dec. 23 @ HQ Gwangan

Koreabridge - Thu, 2018-12-20 09:25

From: https://www.facebook.com/events/582879665487860

As many of you know, this past October, Antony Jackson, a vital and giving member of the Busan Expat Community for 20 years, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and friendship as well as a loving wife, Yeo Ju, and son, Tae Bin. He had particularly close ties to the KSU and Gwangan areas as a frequent organizer, participant, and attendee of so many of the events that have been held over the years--his Halloween costumes were legendary, his trivia teams won more often than they lost, and he had a willing ear and sage (but blunt) advice for everyone he met. Our community is going to miss his presence tremendously. Antony's family and close friends have helped put together a special Art Benefit and Memorial for him to be held at HQ on Sunday, December 23rd.

Antony passed away at a relatively young age, and his plans of working to support his family and to put his son through university are gone. Tae Bin is an aspiring graphic artist who plans to develop his craft at Sheridan College, Canada. He will work and apply for scholarships, but we would like to help him and his mother out this holiday season through this fundraiser in memory of Antony.

Antony was an incredible artist with a large portfolio of work, and we will have a selection of prints of his sketch work available in return for a donation. A donation of 20,000 won will get you one print, and a donation of 50,000 or more will get you three prints. In addition, HQ will be donating 10% of our total sales for the day. All of these donations will be placed in a Canadian Savings Bond until Tae Bin can attend university. 

We will also have a curated group of speakers and musicians to talk about Antony's life and what he meant to them. This stage of the evening will start at 7:00, and will be organized as follows:

Kenneth May - Speaker
Robert Coates - Guitar
Bradley McMaster - Speaker
Jesse Cull - Speaker
Denis Parnell - Speaker
Gino Brann - Song
Anthony Velasquez - Story
Jeff Lebow - Speaker
Day Kate - Speaker
Mike Ventola - Song

If you did not know Antony, you are still welcome to come and celebrate and remember.

Remembering Antony

GoFundMe to Support Antony's Family

 


Photos & Videos


Art


Writings


Remembrances

 

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What You Need To Know About Korean Men’s Fashion

Koreabridge - Tue, 2018-12-04 15:00
What You Need To Know About Korean Men’s Fashion

These days, Korean men are no longer known only as the ‘feminine’ singers and dancers of a boy group. Nor do they only exist as the emotionally twisted yet charming lead of a Korean drama, the one who will sweep the heroine off their feet. Instead, those who have visited South Korea, especially the capital of Seoul, are now gushing over the everyday guys seen on the streets. What might be about them that’s capturing the attention of people watchers everywhere? The simple answer is: the Korean men’s fashion.

That is, a typical Korean man dresses incredibly well! Though fashion is usually known as an interest for women, in Korea, it is definitely common for both genders to pay attention to their outfits. And not just when fashion week enters town! That makes for some great attire for people watchers to notice and even take inspiration from. It also makes shopping in Seoul more fun for men since there will be stylish options available for them as well. But what exactly does the Korean men’s fashion scene look like? What are the trendy style genres to go for in Seoul?

 

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Skinny Bottoms Are IN

Whether we’re talking about jeans or other types of pants, Jonas Brothers aren’t the only ones with a liking to thigh hugging bottoms. You may have seen a lot of Korean boy groups on TV dressed in pants so skinny you wonder how they breathe in them – but your everyday Korean man will not be shy to wear such pants either! And not just in black, either; it’s totally fine to add some color to the outfit!

 

Did Someone Say Ripped Jeans?

Yes, indeed, Korean men love jeans with rips here and there every bit as much as Korean women do. Just throw on a pair of ripped jeans with a basic t-shirt, form hugging long sleeved tee, or a sweater, and you’ve got yourself the perfect effortless and yet stylish outfit!

 

The Shirt Under a Knit Look Isn’t Just for Professors

When you think of wearing a knit or a basic sweater with a shirt underneath, a middle aged college professor might be the first thing to pop into your mind. But actually it’s a very popular look among Korean men in their 20s and 30s, especially for a date night. It’s casual enough not to look silly, but put together enough to charm the ladies.

 

Or Just Go with the Shirt

Another typical date look for a Korean man is to wear a shirt, any kind of a shirt, and pair it up with jeans or slacks. Again, a relatively low effort look to go for, but one that is incredibly easy to look good in. Men who care for their appearance might dress up in a variation of this just for a night out with their boys as well, especially if the destination is Gangnam.

 

Loafers and Boots

Though many Korean men love the comfort of a classic pair of sneakers, or the ease of canvas shoes, sometimes they’re not the most stylish choice for the outfit. Sometimes a man just needs that good pair of black loafers and boots to go with their look, especially the combination of boots with skinny jeans. And Korean men also do not shy away from their shoes being equipped with a bit of heel. Why not look a little taller while you’re at it?

 

The Coat Matters As Well

Leather jackets, denim jackets, and colorful blazers exist in every Korean man’s closet for the fall and spring seasons. As for winter? A knee-length woolen winter coat is where it’s at! Another prevalent winter trend among Korean men, albeit not as stylish one, is to wear the puffiest North Face jumper one could possibly get their hands on. Well, at least you’ll stay warm!

 

Better Yet – Just Suit it Up!

If you happen to have an office job in Korea, chances are you will have to wear a suit on a daily basis. It’s not usually the preferred outfit choice for a Korean man, but it’s really tough not to look good while wearing one. So if you are one of those in this situation, why not just embrace it? Sure, it’s not as comfortable as a hoodie and sweatpants, but everyone around you is guaranteed to swoon!

 

Casual Fashion

There’s casual, and then there’s casual fashion. In this case, we’re not talking about you throwing on the first items you could find on the clothes rack. We’re talking about an easy-to-wear, relaxed fit, as casual as it can get look that’s actually carefully calculated and put together. To achieve this look, you’ll wear loose pants, and anything from loose jeans to sweatpants goes. The top will also be loose, and can be of any style and color you choose. Though, be sure to have at least one item be of a subtle and earthy color.

 

Now that we’ve got the Korean men’s fashion styles covered, we can move onto the next burning question: Where to shop for the most authentic look?

 

87MM

This is a popular fashion brand directed towards men, founded by three big male model names in the Korean fashion industry. With this brand, you can hit the nail on the head with the casual fashion look.

 

HOMFEM

With this brand, you can find clothes that ooze comfort and trendy street style. The clothes are best described as modern and minimalistic. Combining them with other brands will bring about any trend categorized above.

 

PLAC

From Plac, you can also discover all sorts of styles and colors. But first and foremost, this is the place to go for your new pair of jeans.

 

STREET SHOPS

Though there may not be as many street shops out there covering the fashion needs of men as there are for women, it’s the best way to go for affordable fashion. Especially the shopping in Hongdae, Edae, and Myeongdong are great for finding smaller local brands. The clothes may not be as edgy as higher end fashion brands, but they’re definitely not lacking in style.

 

So are you ready to take the lessons of Korean men’s fashion to heart? Which Korean celebrity do you think is the most fashionable? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Gwangan Poker Run Pub Crawl/Fundraiser for Family of Antony Jackson

Koreabridge - Sat, 2018-12-01 01:41

From: https://www.facebook.com/events/2068775363421305/

Card sharks and gambling novices alike, 

On December 14th, the bars of Gwangan Beach are putting on a Poker Run Pub Crawl to help the family of Antony Jackson, a great friend of the Busan expat community who passed away in October. Never been to a Poker Run and have no idea how to play cards? Don't worry because NO POKER PLAYING SKILL IS REQUIRED!!! 

You will have from 6:00 until 1:00 AM to pop into each of the bars. At your first bar, buy a Poker Run Ticket for 5000 won**. At each bar, after you buy any drink or food item, you will be given one token. Give the Poker Run volunteer your token and you'll be able to draw one card from a standard 52 card deck. The resulting card will be drawn on your Poker Run ticket. Once you visit and get a card at each bar, you will have a full 5 card poker hand. Turn in your completed ticket at your final bar and you're good to go!

You can also have one re-draw at each bar for an extra 3000 won**. 

There will be big prizes for the Top Three Hands of the Night. Plus Plus when you turn in your completed ticket to the final bar you come to, you'll be eligible for a raffle--so even if you've got an awful hand, you've still got a chance to win big!

Best Hand of the Night: 40,000 in Bar Credit at Each Bar (200,000 TOTAL!!!)

Second Best Hand of the Night: 20,000 in Bar Credit at Each Bar

Third Best Hand of the Night: 10,000 in Bar Credit at Each Bar

Three Raffle Winners: A Free Shot at Each Bar (except at Galmegi, where they'll give you a free beer instead)


***100 PERCENT OF THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE TICKETS AND RE-DRAWS WILL BE GIVEN TO HELP THE FAMILY OF ANTONY JACKSON. 

Antony Jackson has been a member of the Busan expat community for 20 years. He gave his time freely to the community hosting trivia nights, contributing to Poetry Plus and other arts events, building and fixing computers for friends and strangers, and just generally being a supportive source of wisdom and guidance for so many old-timers and newcomers here.

Unfortunately, this stalwart of our community passed suddenly in October. More importantly, his family is without him. Antony passed away at a relatively young age, and his plans of working to support his family and to put his son Tae Bin through university are gone. Tae Bin is an aspiring graphic artist who plans to develop his craft at Sheridan College, Canada. He will work and apply for scholarships, but we would like to help him and his mother out this holiday season through this fundraiser in memory of Antony.***

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Teachers Teaching Teachers Playlist

EdTechTalk - Thu, 2018-11-15 04:13

While things have gotten a bit quiet on the the EdTechTalk site, Teachers Teaching Teachers continues to have great conversations Wednesday nights at 8pm EST (global times). Below is a playlist of recent episodes.  
Tune in at: http://edtechtalk.com/ttt
 

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Educational Technology and Education Conferences (Dec. 2018~June 2019)

EdTechTalk - Tue, 2018-11-13 14:58

Educational Technology and Education Conferences

for December 2018 to June 2019, Edition #40

Prepared by Clayton R. Wright, crwr77 at gmail.com, November 10, 2018

 

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My Thoughts on the US Midterm: Voting against Trump to Defend US Institutions and Keep the GOP from becoming the National Front

Koreabridge - Fri, 2018-11-09 22:45
My Thoughts on the US Midterm

This essay is a re-post of a post I wrote for the Lowy Institute before the election explaining my vote against Donald Trump’s Republican party. This post went viral on Twitter; thank you.

One thing I wish I had emphasized more in retrospect is that Trump is turning the GOP into the National Front. I mention that in the essay, but the more I think about Trump’s impact on the Republicans, the more I think the National Front is the right model for where the GOP is going. The NF is a lot like Trump himself: semi-authoritarian, racist, gangsterish, flirting with anti-semitism. No wonder Bannon and Marine LePen get on so well.

I say all this as a deeply disaffected lifelong registered Republican. I voted a straight Democratic ticket this week just because of Trump’s threat to America’s institutions. I figure I will stay a registered Republican for the 2020 primary, to vote against Trump there. But if Trump wins re-election, I see no choice but to register as a Democrat. The GOP will be unrecognizable at that point – basically the American National Front by 2024. I imagine a lot of other center-right natsec types are probably thinking the same. This whole thing is so depressing, because the US actually needs a coherent center-right party as a part of checks-and-balances in a two-party system.

The full essay is after the jump…

 

One of the worst clichés of US politics is that the next election is the most important ever/in your lifetime/in recent history, and so on. When I worked in US politics in the 1990s, I heard this all time. Americans are bewitched by the notion that elections represent major turning points in national life. American news coverage flogs this notion relentlessly – likely to drive up viewership by inflating the stakes – and election gurus in the US like Karl Rove, Frank Luntz, and James Carville have built careers around this idea.

Midterm elections are generally spared this overwrought breathlessness. Without the presidency at stake, that impact is automatically lower. But most presidential elections in retrospect are not hugely consequential either. Something that happens regularly every four years cannot be special by definition. When I think of US elections since the Cold War, the only two that in retrospect leap out as the ‘most important in my lifetime’ are 2004 and 2016.

2004 was critical, because the American war in Iraq was on the ballot, as well as a president who had lost the popular vote in 2000. George W. Bush’s 2004 victory solidified both the legitimacy of his presidency after the deeply divisive Florida recount, and the continuance of America’s most misbegotten conflict since Vietnam.

But 2016 must be the most important post-Cold War American election. The US elected a deeply unserious reality TV star who has since trafficked authoritarianism and far-right social themes few thought Americans would respond to in the 21st century. Donald Trump has brought to the fore far more racism than most white American elites thought was out there in American life. Trump has also exposed an authoritarian temptation in the US population which almost no one thought possible in the world’s oldest democracy. Trump has governed as a fairly orthodox Republican, but he was elected with aggressively reactionary themes which startled everyone and revealed greater fragility in US democracy than anyone thought, especially after the rather banal, centrist Barack Obama presidency.

This is the closest the US has come to an authoritarian in the presidency in its history – no, Donald Trump is not an authoritarian or fascist, but he is closer to that position than any of his predecessors. When I speak before business audiences in East Asia, I am routinely asked if Trump is America’s Mussolini or wants to be a dictator. Trump’s language on Twitter, such as calling the media ‘the enemy of the people,’ is frequently semi-authoritarian. And the recent decision to end birthright citizenship, a constitutional right in the 14th Amendment, via executive order is an astonishing act of authoritarian overreach which will almost certainly land his administration in court.

Trump is also remaking the Republican party in his own image, which increasingly looks like the semi-fascist National Rally (formerly the National Front) in France. The US has never had a blood-and-soil nationalist party, but if one watches Trumpist media, most obvious Fox News, in the weeks running up to next week’s midterm election, the messaging is drenched in racialism, if not openly racist.

Hence, the 2018 midterm has emerged as the most important midterm election in a long time, certainly in my lifetime. This is the first time since 2016 for American voters to respond to Trumpism as a governing philosophy rather than just campaign sloganeering. If the Republican party’s majority survives in the Congress, Trump, Congressional Republicans, and GOP voters will take this as a validation of the Trumpist turn of 2016. Non-Trump Republicans like Jeff Flake and Paul Ryan will continue to quit. They will be replaced by Trumpish National Front-style politicians. Trump himself will double-down on the racial and ‘deep state’ themes that seem to be rewarding him so richly. And Trump voters will feel themselves liberated from ‘political correctness’ to be more openly racially provocative in public, as in Charlottesville last year.

At the moment, it is still possible to argue that Trump is an ‘accidental president.’ He lost the popular vote, apparently did not want to win, does not take the job seriously, and does not seem to have much of a policy agenda beyond his grievances – ‘owning the libs,’ attacking anything Obama did, feathering the nest of the Trump conglomerate. But victory this fall would end this option for dismissing Trump. If 2018 and 2020 do not deliver a sharp rebuke to the GOP – not just Trump, but the GOP in general – the Trumpist turn will continue. The GOP will become even more extreme than it is now, especially on race and constitutional norms of fair play.

As asymmetric polarization worsens, the country will become increasingly ungovernable. Trump’s constant race-baiting will worsen race-relations, and the GOP will drift toward a National Front-like white party dependent on an aging racist coalition. As these voters pass away, the minoritarian Trump coalition will prove itself unable to win races without constitutionally gimmickry. Under Mitch McConnell and Trump, the GOP has already experimented with questionable constitutional maneuvers, such as extremely strict voter identification laws, leaving a Supreme Court seat purposefully unfilled, militarizing the border, government shut-downs and debt default threats to blackmail Democrats, endless filibustering, and so on. All this will worsen, and the GOP in power will increasingly spark constitutional crises.

Entrenched minoritarian Republican rule, especially of a harsh, Trump-National Front variety, will also likely breed a backlash on the left. Indeed if Trump wins the 2020 presidential election without the popular vote, a constitutional rupture may loom. That would be the third time in just twenty years – 2000 and 2016 also – that the Electoral College has thrown the election to the GOP which otherwise would have lost. The American left may well feel that America’s governing institutions are structurally tilted against them and blocking their earned victory. That a Trumpized GOP will refuse to govern as a center-right party congnizant of the narrow margin of its victory will make this anger on the left even worse. How will it respond? On the streets if it does not believe it can win elections?

I say all this as a life-long registered Republican. I have voted in GOP primaries since I was 18. I have been a general election swing voter since the GOP began to radicalize under Bush II, but I never switched party registration, because I figured the GOP needed someone to vote for moderates in the primaries. While this was uncomfortable under Bush and then Sarah Palin, under Trump it is a disaster. I voted a straight Democratic ticket (via absentee) for the first time in my life in this election, including for one candidate I believe is inferior to his GOP opponent. But this is absolutely necessary, and I hope any American readers will do the same. Donald Trump is a threat to both American democracy and liberalism. He is turning the Republican party into the racist, semi-authoritarian National Front. He needs to be decisively defeated at the ballot box this week and in 2020. The best way to do that is to vote mechanically for Democrats under Trumpism is defeated.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University

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LTW: Military dodgers now O.K. if conscientious

Koreabridge - Mon, 2018-11-05 13:36
LTW: Military dodgers now O.K. if conscientious S.Korean Supreme Court ruled moral scruples and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse compulsory military service in a verdict on a Johovah's Witness defendant charged for refusing to join the military. S.Korean law required all able bodied men between 18 and 35 to serve two years in the military, or face maximum 3 years in prison. More than 19,000 conscientious objectors have been criminally punished since 1950, and majority of them were Johovah's Witness who cite Isaiah 1:4 that says, "Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore." Conservatives criticized the verdict, saying it will bring sense of loss to Korean men who fought in the military to defend the nation from Kim dynasty in the north.



Korean men join military only because it is their sacred duty, evidenced by 3,000 Korean Won ($5) a month pay, no typo, when I joined the army in 1982. My father served in the Air Force in the 50's. My brother was stationed near DMZ for 30 months. Though they don't have to because of their Canadian citizenship, my first son volunteered the army to be sent to South Sudan to fight off insurgents and so did my 2nd son to serve in the Air Force. The term "conscientious objectors" better change to different words my proud family suddenly turned into "unconscientious" SOBs with the Supreme Court decision on Nov 1.




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20/20 vision at any age? Yes, it is possible.

Koreabridge - Thu, 2018-11-01 10:00
20/20 vision at any age? Yes, it is possible.

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This is why the implantation of the intraocular lens is the most suitable solution for patients over 40 years old, who suffer from high level of myopia. In difference with ICL surgery, which can only correct a high degree of myopia and astigmatism up to -20 dioptres, multifocal lenses will help you to get rid of presbyopia (age related long-sightedness) forever as well.

BGN EyeHospital offers a customized choice of IOL for each patient depending on their needs (correction of myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism).

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Korean Work Culture

Koreabridge - Tue, 2018-10-30 00:00
Korean Work Culture

Just like every country has their own food and art culture, they also have distinct work environments. Korea is no different. In fact, it may just have one of the most peculiar work cultures in the world. If you wish to work in Korea in the future, or otherwise wish to understand and assimilate into the country, it’s quite important for you to be familiar with the different aspects of its work culture. To help you in the process, today we’ll give you a quick lesson on the Korean work culture.

 

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How To Get The Job?

The job application process in Korea works in a very similar fashion to other countries. A job gets advertised on a job portal, you send the recruiter your resume and self-introduction (otherwise known as a cover letter) in hopes of being considered for the position, a job interview follows, and so on. This method applies to most companies, especially for positions that are above entry level.

However, twice a year, there is a big season for job applying, specifically for those just about to graduate from university. Though, the applications aren’t limited to recent graduates only. It’s mainly arranged by the big conglomerates like Samsung, LG, and Hyundai, and it’s far more vigorous as a process than to find a job through a job portal. First you send in your resume and self-introduction like you would to any job, but before you can get an invitation for a formal job interview (of which there might be more than 1), you have to sit through an exam. And you’ll likely have to study for that exam quite a bit, too! Also, these big job application seasons are more for entering specific companies themselves rather than applying for one specific job position.

If you’re unsure about how to find a non-teaching job in Korea then check out our other article all about ways to find a job!

 

What Are The Working Hours Like?

On paper, the hours stated in the contract don’t sound all that bad, with 9am to 6pm being pretty standard. So at a quick glance there may not seem to be a difference to your home country’s working hours.

Unfortunately, there’s also a big unwritten rule that you’re expected to work overtime quite regularly. It’s also often frowned upon to leave the office before your boss has left. This means that Koreans typically work far longer hours than stated in their working contracts. And they may not even receive any type of compensation for it!

Now, just because the hours get stretched out like that, doesn’t always mean the workload is massive. Instead, you may not even have that much to do overall throughout the day. This may sound like an inefficient use of time, especially if you have Western sentiments of productive workdays. But for those who don’t like to rush through their work, it may be ideal. Alternatively, the overtime may also occur only when the employee got tasked with an urgent job to do towards the end of the day.

However, on the flip side, before you get absolutely freaked out over the working situation in Korea, some good news may be in store. Recently the government has been enforcing laws to shorten the work hours per week. In other good news? Not every company in Korea is like this to begin with! This particular type of work culture is a part of the more traditional companies like Samsung. But many of the companies you’d apply to via a job portal are entirely different and the overtime culture doesn’t exist. However, even then it may be hard for some Koreans not to follow it. But it’s unlikely anyone will be expecting that of YOU!

 

What Is The Workplace Environment Like?

Korean culture has clear hierarchical structures in it, and Korean work culture is no different. While there may be some confusion sometimes over what your actual job position is, it’s always clear where you stand in the food chain. And the higher the better.

This means that it may sometimes be tough to be the newbie – especially since you’ll continue to be the newbie until another new person is brought onto the team. Your opinions won’t carry as much weight in team meetings, it’s hard to say “no” to those with seniority over you, and sometimes your seniors may even be purposefully brusque just because you’re new.

But at the same time, Korean companies also value close knit teams and cohesive company environments. There will be the yearly Membership Training event, either for just the team or sometimes the whole company. At this event, the group will go on an overnight excursion to the countryside together. There might be other types of company parties as well.

In order to keep the team environment as close to family as possible, the company will also often have group dinners. In other words, on occasion the team will leave the office together to go have dinner, drinks, and possibly even a karaoke session. This particular part of Korean work culture is also highly dependent on the company and the team. Some teams may enforce this activity several times a week, while others do it less than once a month or even just once a year.

 

To sum up, Korean work culture is definitely not the easiest one in the world. However, it’s important to understand the general and traditional culture values it stems from. It’s also good to note that positive changes are happening! Especially among the younger and more modern companies, there are already many companies offering much better working environments for their employees.

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MetroPhone: Best Phone Deals in the Country

Koreabridge - Mon, 2018-10-29 11:35

 

Greetings from METROPHONE

We always have the best deals in the country.

 

WE always have free phone models where you can pay only for the minimal pack.

 

Iphone XR starting from 61.050/month (including all unlimited pack)

Iphone XS starting from 71.560/month (including all unlimited pack)

Iphone XS max starting from 75.660/month (including all unlimited pack)

GALAXY NOTE 9 starting from 63.490/month (including all unlimited pack)

GALAXY S9 starting from 59.320/month (including all unlimited pack)

GALAXY S9+ starting from 62.320/month (including all unlimited pack)

IPHONE 8 starting from 58.980/month (including all unlimited pack)

IPHONE 8+ starting from 62.960/month (including all unlimited pack)

LG G7 starting from 57.550/month (including all unlimited pack)

LG V30s starting from 57.550/month (including all unlimited pack)

AND any other available model in Korea.

We also have new and used phones to buy right away.

You can bring your old phone for a trade as well (stolen phones are not accepted)

For those, who just travel and do not have an alien registration card also can get a prepaid service (all unlimited for a month – 38.500 won)

You are planning to buy a TV… wait! … You can get one for FREE! Home internet + home TV installation = starting from 28.600 a month

WE provide 1000% safe registration without any unnecessary additional packs you can get at other stores.   

BE AWARE of several scams are made to foreigners during the registration at cellphone shops:

1.       During your registration one or more additional phones can be registered on your name. You would realize it after 6 months after the registration (up to 6 phones can be registered on one person)

2.       During your registration you can be explained about a minimal pack but originally you can be put to a much more expensive one.

3.        IF you register only a number, a free phone model would be registered on your name but not given to you.

4.       When you trade-in your old device the remaining payment can be promised to be covered but will not be. Instead you would be paying for two phones.

 

Before you get a new phone at any shop, always visit us for a free consultation (even if you are not ready to get a phone from us) We are always ready to provide help to anyone to avoid scam.

We speak ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, KOREAN and CHINESE

 

 

For more information : 010-2305-3042

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We are located at Busan Station EXIT 5, CHINA TOWN street, across from the Chinese School. MetroPhone

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Why Are There No Trash Cans in Korea?

Koreabridge - Fri, 2018-10-26 23:26
Why Are There No Trash Cans in Korea?

If you've recently visited Korea, what did you think about finding a trash can? Having lived in Korea previously, I know where to look, but any visitor to Korea could go days without being able to locate a single public trash can.

So I wanted to know why there weren't any public trash cans in Korea, and asked Koreans on the street.

For anyone visiting Korea, my recommended place for finding trash cans is inside major subway stations. You can sometimes find large trash cans just like in the US (throw everything in just one place), but they're not common still. Also subway bathrooms will often have small trash cans at the entrances where you can throw away trash. Convenience stores also have trash cans for paying customers so you can sit and enjoy their food, and throw away your trash before leaving. But these locations are only for small amounts of trash. For anything larger... good luck!

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LTW: Chicken franchise under fire over violence against employees

Koreabridge - Fri, 2018-10-26 10:56
LTW: Chicken franchise under fire over violence against employees  

Korea's No.1 chicken franchise Kyochon became a target of public anger after CCTV footage of a senior executive attempting to smash employees was released on Oct 25. In the footage recorded at a Kyochon restaurant in Daegu in Mar, 2015, the executive is seen poised to punch an employee in the face, raising his fist in a threatening gesture, but was stopped by other employee. He was also seen lifting his hands against other employees who were trying to calm him down as he irately threw over food ingredients.





More criticism arose as the executive was a relative of Kyochon's founder & CEO who let go his relative right after the incident, but  reinstated him one year later.  As the public outrage escalates, the CEO fired his relative again a day after video release, not to face the same fate as Korean Air which had been through  6 months  of all sorts of gruelling prosecutor investigations when it was reported the chairman's daughter threw water to her staffs and suppliers in a meeting in March this year.



I was also angry at Kyochon, but read the news article closely to learn why the executive lost his temper. As shown in red below, he was upset because the "employees were not paying attention to food quality." I suspect the release of the video was for either Kyochon's deliberate ploy to promote its quality reputation or the executive's secret resume to Colonel Sanders for KFC's head of quality position.

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Korean VR Cafes (feat. Jinyoung)

Koreabridge - Fri, 2018-10-19 15:51
Korean VR Cafes (feat. Jinyoung)

VR cafes are a new trend in Korea from a year or so ago, and this summer I really saw a lot of places while traveling around. "Cafes" are everywhere in Korea, and there are various kinds from pet cafes where you can have a cup of coffee together with animals (cats, dogs, raccoons, etc.), book cafes where you can read while drinking something, and VR cafes where you can play virtual reality games - from normal virtual reality games to games that require special equipment and facilities. And because there are plenty of companies currently running VR cafes in Korea, you don't have to travel to one specific location or city to visit one.

Overall, it's quite expensive to visit a VR cafe. Think of it like visiting a theme park, minus the expensive food. But if you're able to, it was a unique experience I haven't found anywhere else.

This was not a sponsored video and we weren't given anything for visiting the VR cafe you'll see. I don't have anything against sponsored videos, but I've typically avoided them because I know they can influence a more positive review. What you see are our honest reactions of what we do.

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A Korean Deal Based on Flattering Trump as a Useful Idiot will Not Hold

Koreabridge - Fri, 2018-10-12 19:02
A Deal Based on Flattering Trump as a Useful Idiot will Not Hold



 

This is a local re-post of a piece I wrote for the Lowy Institute a few weeks ago.

Basically I wrote this in disgust at how Trump is falling all over himself about Kim Jong Un. I do not oppose a deal with North Korea, as my critics keep saying. Rather, I deeply distrust Trump’s motives. He isn’t doing this for peace in Korea or because he cares about the US position in Asia or the well-being of people out here. In fact, he’s not even doing it for the American national interest. He’s doing it because the leaders of North and South Korea are flattering him.

It’s appalling that Trump can’t see this. He hasn’t gotten anything serious out of North Korea, but apparently he loves Kim Jong Un, probably because Kim called him ‘Your Excellency’ in one of his letters. And Moon is playing Trump so badly – Nobel Peace Prize! – it’s embarrassing. Last year Trump was a jerk and called Moon an appeaser of NK. So this year, Moon is the tail wagging the dog. Moon has figured out that he can go around the hawkish US natsec bureaucracy, which distrusts him, and go straight to Trump. Flatter Trump enough, and he’ll agree to anything.

It’s gross, and it won’t hold anyway, because Trump is fickle and stroking his ego is not the same as building institutional support in the US for a deal.

The essay follows the jump:

 

 

In the last six months, US President Donald Trump has “fallen in love” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He has also been persuaded that Kim respects him, likely because he called him ‘your excellency’ in his “beautiful letters.” South Korean President Moon Jae-In has claimed Trump is the “only one who can fix the Korean peninsula.” He and his foreign minister, Kang Jung-Wha, also suggested that Trump win a Nobel Prize for bringing peace to Korea.

Good grief.

None of this is true. Of course it is not. Everyone knows this, including Trump’s own staff, as the many leaks and books about this White House attest. It is painfully obvious to any serious observer that Trump no idea what he is doing on North Korea (or most policy issues). Had any other US political figure said he was ‘in love’ with the dictator of North Korea, he would have been laughed out of politics or seen as a creepy apologist for the world’s worst tyrant.

That Trump was given a pass on this remark – as he is on so many of his unhinged comment – tells you all you need to know: no one takes him seriously, he does not understand the issues, and he does not care to try. Not only is Trump frequently irresponsible and idiotic, he does not care that he is, has no interest in improving this problem, nor cares that we all know that he is unhinged. It is almost as if Trump is performing the presidency as a joke or reality TV show rather actually doing the job: who says they ‘love’ North Korea? Trump had to know that was preposterously foolish, yet he said it anyway, because he just does not care.

None of this is particularly new of course. It was obvious three years ago that Trump knew almost nothing about policy. Regarding North Korea, Trump has swung from unhinged war threats to mawkishly self-congratulatory peace-making in just a few months, because he has not even tried to grasp the issues. He just wants the attention that comes from outlandish statements – ‘fire and fury’ – and actions – the Singapore summit. His speeches and commentary on North Korea almost never reference actual issues in the negotiations – missile counts, fissile materials stockpiles, and so on. Instead, he belabors his supposedly great personal relationship with Kim.

Tellingly, Trump has never given a programmatic speech on US goals in negotiating with North Korea, or what sort of mixed deal – troop withdrawals for nuclear weapons, missile defense for missiles, sanctions relief for human rights, and so – the US might consider. The closest Trump came was his insistence early this year on complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament (CVID) – but that was always a gimmick. No expert ever thought the North would simply unilaterally disarm because of US browbeating. Beyond all-or-nothing, silver bullet approaches like CVID or war, Trump has laid out no framework, no groundwork for a half-loaf, mixed-bag compromise, which is almost certainly what the actual negotiating outcome will be if there is one.

Trump’s gross ignorance, disdain for US allies, and love of flattery have, in turn, created a bizarre window of opportunity for the leaders of the two Koreas. Unlike Trump who cannot be bothered to read, Moon and Kim have almost certainly studied up on Trump’s character. Indeed, given Trump’s endless self-congratulation in his speeches and his obvious love of media attention, it is not hard to see that he is a deeply insecure arriviste desperate for affirmation. World leaders increasingly play on this vulnerability.

In 2017, Moon and Kim did not quite see how easy Trump would be to manipulate. Where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked up rather quickly on Trump’s gullibility – giving him a ‘make alliance great again’ baseball hat and a golden golf club – Moon and Kim both treated Trump as a normal US president. Kim and Trump fell into a war of words, while Moon seemed unable to figure out how to respond to a president determined to crassly read the US alliance as a protection racket.

By 2018, the two Korean leaders came around. Moon started jetting off to Washington more often to pay court to Trump, because Trump loves to insist the foreign leaders solicit him, not vice versa. Moon’s envoys pitched the Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un directly to the president, rather than going through US national security bureaucracy which almost certainly would have tried to stop it. Then Moon and his foreign minister started floating the preposterous idea that Trump should win a Nobel. Here in South Korea, it was an open secret that the Nobel was, and still is, a gimmick to flatter Trump. That Trump could not see that suggests just how immature he is. Kim Jong Un got in the act with fawning letters this summer. One can only imagine how Trump swooned when he read being called ‘your excellency.’ Call all this the ‘Compliment Trump’ Doctrine.

The dangers here are obvious:

Trump is extraordinarily fickle. Kim and Moon better be ready to debase themselves for awhile. Will their nationalist populations tolerate that? How long can this last?

Trump abjures contract when it suits him. As a businessman, Trump was notorious for not paying his bills and violating agreements. If an inter-Korean deal becomes a liability for Trump in the future, he will dump it immediately.

Everything hinges on Trump. Moon has not won over the US national security bureaucracy regarding North Korea, instead placing all his bets on Trump. But Trump is gone in six years at most, possibly two. And indeed, after this year’s midterm elections in just six weeks, Trump’s attention to Korea will likely fade entirely. The Democrats will do well in the Congress, likely taking one or both houses, after which will come a wave of investigations and possibly an impeachment effort, depending how just how bad the rot is. Korea drop off Trump’s radar, and the South Koreans will be stuck dealing with the State and Defense Departments again, which are far more sanguine about negotiating with North Korea.

The US national security community can see Kim and, more importantly, Moon manipulating the president. This is my biggest fear. Trump is a preposterous, accidental president; playing him as a useful idiot may capture gains for Moon in the next year or so, but there will be scars left behind. The US North Korea community and South Korean left already have poor relations. The former distrusts the latter’s willingness to concede to North Korea, while the latter finds the former intrusive into Korean affairs which are not its business. The left cannot dump these US hawks though, because the US alliance is hugely popular here. And the US natsec community will remember how Moon played on Trump’s vanity to go around it. This will make it that much harder for the US alliance under liberal South Korean governments in the future. Moon’s spinning of Trump will leave a bad taste with many of South Korea’s allies who can see what he is doing and know it is manipulation of a fool. He should stop.

Robert E Kelly
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Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University

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Complimentary Tickets to SNAP: Available to Foreign Residents in Korea

Koreabridge - Thu, 2018-10-11 09:16

[ “SNAP” on Broadway ]

Busan OneAsia Festival & Non-verbal show “SNAP”

Special Invitation Event for Foreign Residents in Korea

150 Complimentary Tickets available. 

To request tickets, send an email to theshowsnap@naver.com
with your name, nationality and contact information. 
Email rquests must be received by October 17. 
Winners of tickets will be randomly selected and will be notificed October 18. 

-SNAP-
Date: 23th.Oct. ~ 26th.Oct. (19:30)

Venue: Busan Cinema Center (Haneulyeon Theater)

For more information on 'SNAP, Please click the link down here.

https://www.theshowsnap.com/

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Ordering Food In A Korean Restaurant

Koreabridge - Tue, 2018-10-09 00:00
Ordering Food In A Korean Restaurant

Hurray! You have finally made it to South Korea, and are totally excited to get your trip – or new life – going. On top of all the dozens and dozens of sights to see that you have on your list, the list of foods to try is an even longer one. Your stomach will growl with hunger and desire every time you think about all the delicious Korean food that will soon feed it.

But, wait! Now you find yourself getting a little nervous. It’s your first time in the country, you hardly speak the language, and it has just crossed your mind you’re not sure of the local restaurant etiquette, either. How exactly does one order food in a Korean restaurant? And more importantly: how exactly does one do the food ordering in Korean?! Keep reading and, right here, right now, you will learn exactly how!

 

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Invaluable phrases for ordering in a Korean at a restaurant.

메뉴 좀 주세요 (menyu jom juseyo) = Please give me the menu.

메뉴판 좀 주세요 (menyuphan jom juseyo) = Please give me the menu.

Usually the menu is visible on the wall of the restaurant, or it’s waiting for you at the table already. On other occasions, the staff will bring you the menu as they begin set the table. However, if for some reason the menu isn’t there, or you want to order more, you’ll have to ask for the menu. The first asks for the menu and the second asks for the menu board, which you’ll encounter much more often. The only difference is that 메뉴판 refers to the physical menu.

 

저기요 (jeogiyo) / 여기요 (yeogiyo) = Hey, over there!/Hey, over here!

When you are ready to order and there is no service button at the table, you may shout for the attention of the waiter with either of these words. Don’t worry, it’s very common and not impolite. Korean restaurants can be quite loud so you’ll need to say it loudly.

 

주문하시겠어요 (jumunhashigesseoyo) = I will order now.

You can add this after the above phrase to express what you want to do.

 

주문하시겠어요? (jumunhashigesseoyo?) = May I take your order?

Not a phrase you would say, but an important phrase to know when it’s said to you.

 

이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo) = This, please.

You can just point at the name or the picture of the menu item you wish to order and say this phrase. The 이거 part can also easily be replaced with the name of the dish.

 

삼겹살 일인분 주세요 (samgyeopsal irinbun juseyo) = Please give me one serving of samgyeopsal.

닭갈비 이인분 주세요 (dakgalbi iinbun juseyo) = Please give me two servings of dakgalbi.

When ordering certain foods, you may wish to order them by servings rather than as separate dishes. These foods are typically ones that are shared amongst two or more people in one big dish at the center of the table, such as Korean BBQ or dakgalbi. 인분 (inbun) is the word for serving, and in front of the word just add the number of servings you are ordering.

 

이게 뭐예요? (ige mwoyeyo?) = What is this?

여기 뭐가 들어가 있어요? (yeogi mwoga deureoga isseoyo?) = What is in this?

If there is an item on the menu that looks interesting to you but you aren’t sure of what it is, you can ask these questions. The latter is especially good for bars and cafes as well since the names of the drinks don’t always tell you about the contents.

 

오늘 추천 메뉴는 뭐예요? (oneul chucheon menyuneun mwoyeyo?) = What is today’s recommended menu?

어떤것을 추천하세요? (eoddeongeoseul chucheonhaseyo?) = What would you recommend?

여기 뭐가 맛있어요? (yeogi mwoga masisseoyo?) = What is delicious here?

A lot of Korean restaurants specialize in just one type of dish, but there are also many restaurants all around South Korea serving local and foreign dishes. With so many items on the menu, you’ll find your head spinning. At times like these, don’t hesitate to ask the waiters for what they think the best item on the menu is! They work at the place, after all, so they probably know what’s good there. Or at least what the most popular thing is. 

 

이거 좀 더 주세요! (igeo jom deo juseyo!) = Please give me some more of this!

Most restaurants offer a range of side dishes to indulge in with your main meal, and it is entirely possible and free for you to request a refill of the side plates.

 

물 좀 주세요 (mul jom juseyo) = Please bring me some water.

Much like the menu, you’re usually brought a bottle of water as you sit down at the restaurant. However, if you run out of the water, you’ll specifically have to request more. Alternatively, at some restaurants such as fried chicken restaurants, it is expected that the patrons order beer or soft drinks off the menu. So you may have to ask for the water separately. Don’t worry though – you’ll never get charged for water at restaurants, no matter how much you drink! ^^

 

Invaluable phrases to indicate dietary requirements.

전 채식주의자에요 (jeon chaeshikjuijaeyo) = I’m a vegetarian

채식메뉴 있으세요? (chaeshikmenyu isseuseyo?) = Do you have a vegetarian menu?

A majority of Koreans are meat eaters and vegetarians aren’t often readily catered to. So it’s important to check with the restaurant staff before sitting down whether there are items on the menu that you can eat.

 

저는 돼지고기를 못 먹어요 (jeon dwaejigogireul mot meokeoyo) = I can’t eat pork

돼지고기 없는 메뉴 있으세요? (dwaejigogi eobneun menyu isseuseyo?) = Do you have any dishes without pork?

Pork also happens to be the staple meat for the daily diet of Koreans, so you will definitely want to check with the waiters about pork-free dishes to eat. Don’t worry, there’s usually other things, at least beef and chicken anyway.

 

What about paying?

Typically, in Korea you do not ask for the bill separately. Instead, you go directly to the counter and pay after finishing your meal on your way out.

Additionally, it is customary in Korea, especially at pubs, for one person to pay the entire bill. So if you’re not the one paying for the food, you may wish to return the favor by paying for the dessert at a nearby cafe. Don’t worry though, “going Dutch” is very common these days so the staff can split the bill for you without issue. Many places can even split bills on multiple credit cards.

 

제가 낼게요. (jega naelgeyo.) = I’ll pay.

내가 낼게. (naega naelge.) = I’ll pay.

This is what you’ll say if you want to treat the other person or people in your group for the meal, or even the round of beers.

Sometimes, especially when out with your non-Korean friends or peers, you will still want to pay separately or “go Dutch.” In this case, here is what you can say to the cashier:

반반해 주세요. (banbanhae juseyo.) = Please halve the bill.

계산서를 따로따로 할게요. (gyesanseoreul ddaroddaro halgeyo.) = We’ll pay separately.

계산서 나누어 줄 수 있으세요? (gyesanseo nanueo jul su isseuseyo?) = Can you split the bill?

 

And now you are completely ready for your first adventure of ordering in Korean in a local restaurant! Now go out and enjoy all the amazing food Korea has to offer! Need ideas for places you could try out? Check out our list of essential restaurants to try in Korea.

 

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