Chateau Life-eze, Japan

I’d like to tell you about a really cooI place I stayed in during my recent trip to Japan. I was looking for a room on the Couchsurfing website and I came across an International Share house in Kanagawa just outside of Tokyo. The building itself is very unusual and I was glad I foundContinue reading “Chateau Life-eze, Japan”

My first visit to South Korea

First, let’s get past the over-familiar, guidebook cliches written about South Korea: It’s a land of contrasts (often the first sentence of many travel guides); its one of the most rapidly developing of Asian countries (actually it was, but the economy has been slowing down in the last few years; the country doesn’t have anyContinue reading “My first visit to South Korea”

Why I don’t like Korea fans

What’s your passion? Is it an interest that you enjoy sharing with others or is it an activity that you pursue alone? Maybe you enjoy meeting up with people who also share your passion. Or is it difficult to find someone who likes the same things as you? I am a huge fan of KoreaContinue reading “Why I don’t like Korea fans”

Journey to Conversational fluency: e-book review

The founder of the blog Dedicated Polyglot has published an ebook in which she explains how using non-traditional methods of language learning can be more effective than textbooks and formal lessons. Her book starts with the idea that learning a language is more about experiencing a country’s culture than simply learning grammar and sentence structure.Continue reading “Journey to Conversational fluency: e-book review”

Why I am learning Korean

Here’s how I began my journey into learning Korean. I’d always considered myself a poor language student. At school I learnt French from the age of 8 until 13. I barely got past the stage of being able to order an ice-cream. The languages on offer when I took my GCSEs were French, German andContinue reading “Why I am learning Korean”