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on 15 May 2011
I bought this book as part of my preparation plan for embarking on my new career as a TEFL teacher in South Korea, the book is simple, genuine and funny. I would recommend this to anyone thinking of going to teach in South Korea as it has some useful references on Korean food, places to visit and things to do. I read this book in one day, as I said the book is simple.
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on 21 May 2011
This is a very interesting,amusing and useful book.As your previous reviewer said it can be read in a day and is ideal for a flight or other long journey.Korea is still an unknown area to many and the cultural references,particularly North Korea,give an on the spot image
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on 19 February 2013
The author, while agreeably seemingly a 'nice guy', takes us through a regurgitation of his daily experiences as pulled from his daily diary. As such this comes across as a benign fact rich collection of the mundane. There is a complete lack of travel anecdote or thrill. The author recounts his 'sunburnt leg' - and indeed - this is the pinnacle of the experience as far as a the writers travel experience takes us. Facts are given and never expanded. It really is a lazy effort and conveys nothing more than the trifles of a nice guy abroad.
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on 22 September 2012
Having taught English in East Asia myself I can relate to many of John's experiences. I agree it reads a bit like a blog at times but it's definitely an interesting and entertaining read for anyone thinking of teaching abroad.
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on 16 April 2013
Lately I've been reading a few travelogues, and came to this book after reading 'for fukui's sake' about Japan. I found this one just as interesting, if you've read this one you should read that too! Great book
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on 13 March 2012
This book reads very much like a blog which I personally don't think is positive thing for a book. I feel the writer could have done more to immerse the reader in the events that are taking place. Many times after reading the anecdotes I thought to myself "I guess you had to be there" but now I think that actually if the writer had refined his work more it may have been better.

All in all a nice nice book to read, particularly if you are interested in becoming a TEFL teacher in Korea (or Asia in general).
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on 4 January 2012
If its extremeley detailed perceptions of TEFL in Korea then of course you will be dissappointed however I enjoyed its short length and funny anecdotal charm.
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