So you've worked with recruiters, you've signed a contract, and you've found a job. Or you're still looking around, not sure where your going to work. Maybe you still need to get all of your documentation together. Or, also possible, you have been in Korea for a while now.
No matter what, when it comes to another country, there are two things that can make or break your experience: Your attitude, and how much you move within the culture.
I can't help you with your attitude (but there are plenty of books on the matter if you're interested), but I can help you move within the culture.
Well, sort of. Below the jump, I'm going to provide my resources for learning Korean.
Learning the language of the country your in can completely change your experience. You can converse with the locals, find places that you wouldn't have otherwise, and immerse yourself in the culture.
Do you have to learn Korean to work in Korea? No. Not at all. But it will definitely make your time there more enjoyable if you do.
Some key points to remember:
-No matter how many apps and books and sites you have, it's all going to depend on your consistency for learning a language. I had the problem where I paid for all of these apps and games to learn, but I never used them, so I never learned. Or I would use them for a couple of days and then promptly forget or get bored. Now that I'm working on the language every day, though, I'm finally picking it up.
-You're probably not going to be fluent for a long, long time. It's probably not going to be easy. You're probably not going to be perfect right away, and Koreans will give you a look that shows that they're glad you're trying, but then they'll answer you in Korean. It's fine! Keep working on it anyways.
And now for what really matters: the resources.
Other than those resources, make use of any Korean areas that you might live near. I really enjoy going to some of the Korean restaurants near my house to practice. It's a little embarrassing at first, but after a few drinks of soju, I feel confident enough to try. And honestly, they're just happy that I'm giving it a shot.
Even if my pronunciation leaves a little (or a lot) to be desired.
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