I decided to answer with, “What are you talking about? A couple of lessons before, I was talking to my teacher about how poor my Korean speaking skills were.
” Turns out my teacher was setting me up on a blind date.
If you’ve lived in Korea, what other dating tips can you lend to expats going on dates with Koreans?
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The couple culture in Korea is so strong that the question “Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
” is asked by strangers as casually as if they were asking about the weather. I can’t even tell you the number of times Korean people have asked me if I have a boyfriend, and when I’ve said no, have shot me a horrified, “But why? I don’t want to bother getting emotionally invested in someone because that takes a lot of time and energy. First I talked to my friend Lish, who is American, and she told me about some blind date horror stories from home. I’d say the most important thing I gained from the experience was the confidence to go on another blind date here. Everyone wants to set me up on blind dates because everyone wants me to have a boyfriend. Then the conversation can go a few ways: Option 1 Korean person: “But you’re so pretty.” Me: “Oh, I know.” Option 2 Korean person (grabs male Korean friend): “He’s single; you should talk to him.” Me: “Uh… ” Option 3 Korean person: “I know lots of nice boys. (quickly changes subject).” It’s not so much that I’m afraid of men, it’s more that I’ve been single for a really long time. What if I fell in love with him at first sight, and he thought I was terrible and then I died alone like I always feared? I talked to a couple of my friends about the whole situation and they all soothed my mind. The guy was really nice, although there was a pretty big language barrier. Not really, but it was a pleasant experience overall. I’ve had plenty of people offer to set me up on blind dates: my tutor, my coworkers, my Korean friends, my foreigner friends, and a random Korean woman I met on the subway in Seoul. ” I said, leaning almost all the way across the table to hear his answer. “Oh god, I can’t feel my hands.” “You have nothing to lose! That’s all it is.” As always, all of my worrying was for nothing. This was not the case and the next week, she made plans for my first blind date. They’re usually set up by a person’s friend, coworker, or even parents. Phew— Okay I can do this.” The day of the date came and I was instructed to meet this mystery Korean blind date man in front of the movie theater downtown. “I’m freaking out,” I said between short shallow breaths as I sought comfort from my friend, Lish.Just as I was about to start class, I got a text from my Korean tutor. I told her, “I should just get a Korean boyfriend, and then I can practice all the time.” Instantly, my teacher’s eyes lit up as she said, “Yes! I have now been happily living in China for 6 months. Reach to Teach is absolutely the best tool to have going into the teaching industry in Asia.I worked with Carrie Kellenberger when going to Taiwan and she managed to give me more than I asked and did frequent check-ups. They’re used to this warm up after 10 months of being my students.When I came in as their teacher, the weather was already starting to chill. I know I should have been more sympathetic, but it was just too cute.