South Korea

I came here from South Korea 3 months ago.

In South Korea, I was a teacher in the middle school for 15 years. I needed to recharge my batteries!

In childhood, it was my dream to come to the U.S. and learn American culture and language. Fortunately, my husband got a good opportunity to work as a researcher in the United States for a year.

So my dreams came true.

I wanted to enjoy many fun things with my family while living in the USA, but it was so difficult to understand American culture and language at first. What I studied in South Korea was quite different from American spoken language. Americans didn’t understand what I was saying! And I was frustrated too!

Also, my children were unable to adapt easily to the new school and the new friends. They felt lonely at school.

A funny and happy life — that was what I think about America.

But the real life was totally different.

Over time, I met a friendly neighbor.

She gave us a tulip as a Easter Gift. She encouraged me to become a good friend. Sometimes we had some tea and chat. I asked her a lot of questions about the American customs.

Also I met a really respectable English teacher at PRC. He taught me a lot of things about America and the English language. He became my good English teacher. He corrected my English writings and inspired me with constant praises.

Now, my family is happy to live here. I want to make good memories for the next year.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    I loved your story. I remember spending a summer in Quebec–thinking after learning French for 7 years that I would easily adapt–but their use of the language was nothing like what I’d learned in school. I couldn’t understand them; they couldn’t understand me. I remember the loneliness and frustration. So glad you found a friend…and that things changed around for you.


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