I Can Speak English

I'm a Korean American adoptee who returned "home" to discover who I am, foster the relationship with my birth family, travel, and teach impossibly cute elementary students. I blog about random bits.

Nara Prefecture and Kumano Fireworks, Japan

This is an account from Japan, August 2014. We arrived in Nara, Japan after a few days of gallivanting around Osaka and Kyoto. With stuffed backpacks, we squeezed through the exit … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

English Immersion Camp

Every year, twelve English Immersion camps (EIC) are held in a Youth Education Center in Hwasun, South Korea. Thirty same-sex 3rd grade middle school students (equivalent to 9th grade in … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Here Comes the 신부

As the years after college creep on, I’m seeing less photos involving red Solo cups and empty beer cans on a Wednesday evening. They have been replaced with staged engagement … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park is a magical place.

October 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Image Volleyball

Almost every elementary school in Korea has a staff volleyball team. They have practices, games, uniforms, and some even hire professional coaches. Schools schedule tournaments and let’s say things get … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Korea Travel Tip #1

This is the first post of a new series called Korea Travel Tips, providing not-so-obvious information for newcomers to Korea. Tip #1: Bring a good reusable water bottle. Unlike Southeast … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Some Things Bagels

I am from New Jersey. No, I never went to a tanning salon and no, I’m not friends with Snookie (actually, there was a character on there that went to … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment


This is an overdue post about our Bali vacation back in January. After spending about two weeks exploring Guangzhou, China and Java, Indonesia, it was time to rest our sore … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Growing Safety Drills in Korea

In Korea’s bali bali (hurry hurry!) culture, safety is often sacrificed for the sake of time and money. Constructing new buildings and remodeling is done at incredible speeds, yet I … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Being Korean in Korea, but Not Really Korean

Even though America is a “melting pot”, I still felt like I got different treatment than white people, especially when living in the south.  They are usually subtle, but occasionally … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 6 Comments


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