I just saw Amazing Spiderman not in 2D, not in 3D, but in 4D!

Ever been to Disney Land or another theme park where you can go into a theater with a short film, but as you watch the film the entire room moves, maybe they spray water on you at an appropriate moment? Well, they have that here in Korea, except they add those effects to legitimate, full-length [Read More…]

If you want to be honest, try explaining your culture to foreigners

One of the first things you learn as an English teacher is that you know tons of things about your language that you don’t know you know. When we speak, we’re constantly using grammatical rules that we never consciously learned. This creates odd situations when teaching English: you can tell someone what the right way [Read More…]

Why is South Korea taking evolution out of textbooks?

I was initially puzzled when I read from PZ that South Korea is taking evolution out of its textbooks. Sure there are some pretty hardcore Christians here, but on the whole my impression of South Korea has been of a pretty secular country. [Read more…]

What languages should you learn?

Andrew Sullivan links to a piece advocating for French over Mandarin. Very interesting piece, and the author may be right about the virtues of French, but I wonder if he underestimates Mandarin. He argues that the problem with Mandarin is the writing system: [Read more…]

Pimsleur > Rosetta Stone

I spent the summer after I graduated college traveling Europe, with two weeks in Tunisia at the end. To prepare, I tried to teach myself French using the Pimsleur method (think “a series of tapes,” except that this was the 21st century so I got the CDs from the library and transfered the tracks onto my iPod.) [Read More…]