“Why don’t you understand me!” I cried on many an occasion.
Being with someone who doesn’t speak your native language might sound unimaginable. In fact, I recall saying “I could never fall in love with someone who doesn’t speak English.” Never say never. Here are some of my tips for mixed-cultural couples trying to teach their native language:
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People are always curious about how long I’ve been in Florence and how I learned Italian. When they learn that my husband is Italian, most people assume that I learned the language because of him. That’s definitely not the case. So what’s it like being married to someone who doesn’t speak English?
Read More What no one tells you about marrying someone who doesn’t speak English
The countdown is officially on for the next adventure, and boy can I tell you this is a big one. To catch you up on the latest, in the last couple months I taught a beginners Italian class and my Italian fidanzato came and visited for a couple of weeks in May! (Google it my […]
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“Let’s drink to the pursuit of the new American dream—getting the f***out of America,” Thomas B. Kohnstamm from his book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Woosh. Anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows how much I dream about getting out of N.Amer, but that statement is as harsh as a […]
Read More The New “American Dream” ?
Expatriation is a lot of things- it’s not all playtime with elephants and spicy street foods. Sometimes it’s getting slapped and scolded by a Korean grandma while naked, drunk, and afraid in the tub of a jjimjilbang (traditional bathhouse) at 4 in the morning. Sometimes, it’s roasting a disjointed turkey in toaster ovens for Thanksgiving. […]
Read More The Expat Experience (in 5 minutes or less)
Today marks the last day of my first semester teaching English in Korea. It’s hard to believe it will be my last day with some of the sweetest, orneriest, and fascinating little humans. My Deer class will forever have a place in my heart as the little stinkers that never gave up asking me how […]
Read More The report cards I would write
Sometimes it is so incredibly easy to forget to be patient. I don’t generally consider patience a particular talent of mine, and I’m quite certain that if you asked a selection of my students, they would confirm it heartily. At the end of a long day, I often feel like there wasn’t enough time to […]
Read More Patience for the Learner
What a year this is shaping up to be! Not too many months ago, I would never have expected to be enjoying my life as much as I do here. Busted ankle Christine would have laughed in your face if you told her she’d be strutting around Seoul like a champ these days. I’ve made […]
Read More How Far We’ve Come: From Surviving to Thriving in Seoul
See on Scoop.it – Cultural Immersion and the Expat Experience Life in South Korea has both it’s high and lows, positives and negatives. However there are a few things that often are mistakenly taken as true, as well as others which honestly on paper seem poss… Christine Crews‘s insight: In case you’re wondering, South Korea […]
Read More 10 Myths About Life and Living in South Korea
Ironic Confession: I’m writing about exercising in Korea while simultaneously eating a spoonful of nutella. Judge me if you will, just remember, middle schoolers. Since the recent and unfortunate onset of winter and its uncomfortable chill, my friends and I decided to try out a Korean gym. It is located directly across the parking lot […]
Read More Exercising in South Korea: Taking it to the Gym!