31. K-TV

In this week’s Patch, we’re a man down, but don’t fret because Kev and Jack are there to guide you through the enigmatic world of Korean television. The guys talk about some of the different popular television genres in Korea. They also discuss some of the programs they have enjoyed throughout the years. Let’s channel …

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29. Konglish Makes It into the Oxford English Dictionary!

In this week’s episode, the guys discuss several Korean words that have recently made it into the Oxford English dictionary. They talk about the ways English is used in Korean and how some words have retained their meanings while others have not. It’s a metalinguistic good time at The Patch, so why don’t you join …

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28. Korean Shamanism

In this week’s episode, the guys do a deep dive on Korean shamanism. We discuss the different kinds of shamanism practiced on the peninsula. We even include shamanism on Jeju Island!

27. Friendship in Korea

In this week’s episode, the guys discuss friendship in Korea. They use Bernard Rowan’s article Cultivating Friendship (koreatimes.co.kr) as a reference point for the discussion. The guys share some laughs as Jack stutters and stammers his way through the intro.

26. Traveling in Korea: No Plans, No Problem!

In this week’s episode, we’re one man down, but we’re still bringin’ it! Ryan tells Jack about some of his experiences traveling domestically within Korea, focusing especially on the different types of accommodations that are available for fellow wanderers. The low costs at many of these places might surprise you.

25. Kakao Friends

In this week’s episode, Kevin gives Ryan and Jack some background information about the behemoth SNS platform Kakao Talk. The guys discuss its many applications and some of its spinoff businesses. They all have a good time discussing the company, and Ryan is right there to offer some useful tips too. He’s even got a Kakao …

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24. Brave New Cyworld

In this week’s episode, the guys talk about the once mega-popular Korean SNS platform Cyworld and its current attempt at a comeback. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a Mini-home-py, an Ilchon, or a Dotori are, you won’t want to miss this one. 

22. Korea’s Amazing Bicycle Paths

In this week’s episode, Ryan tells Jack all about the hundreds of kilometers of well-manicured bike paths that span the length of the country. If you are thinking about getting a bicycle here in Korea or just like two-wheel adventures, you’ll want to listen to this episode.

Bonus 01: Old Haunts

It’s time to twirl The Seoul Stache and give you a bonus episode! Today’s topic came straight from one of our listeners. We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to this listener for the support and encouragement. In this episode, Jack and Ryan discuss how certain hot spots in Korea have changed over the past …

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20. Hell Joseon?

This week, the guys discuss some of the harsh realities young people are facing these days. Recent college grads have to contend with an extremely tough job market, an impossible real estate market, and high education costs if they decide to have children. The guys pull at a lot of threads as they carefully, or …

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17. Geonbae!!!

In this week’s episode, we’re one man down. But Kev and Jack are there to hold down the fort. They discuss drinking in South Korea. Korea is pretty famous for its cheap, and fairly strong, liqueur called soju. Most who dare to imbibe this drink have spent a night or two praying to the porcelain …

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16. Renting an Apartment on Mt. Budongsan

In this week’s episode, the guys talk about renting an apartment in Korea and the exorbitant amounts of deposit money associated with doing so. The guys talk about large money deposits, money deposits with monthly payments, and how to go about finding a place. Hint* Real estate agents can be really helpful!

14. English-Teaching Robot Baristas

In this week’s episode, the guys talk about some of the existing and emerging technologies here in Korea. They mention popular Korean apps, 5G, e-scooters, and robot baristas. It’s a flurry of tech on the patch this week, so please join us!

13. Holidays in Korea

This week, the guys talk about their experiences celebrating Korean holidays. They also talk about trying to recreate some American holidays right here on the Korean peninsula, to varying degrees of success.

12. We’re Talkin’ Korean Food at the Patch!

In this week’s episode, the guys discuss their experiences with various kinds of Korean dishes. They also talk about what they ate when they first arrived in Korea and didn’t know anything about Korean cuisine. If you’re visiting Korea for the first time, you won’t want to miss this episode!

10. Content-based Instruction and Other Good Stuff

In this week’s episode, Ryan and Jack talk about content-based instruction (CBI) and a bottom-up approach vs. a top-own approach to language learning. They also discuss collaborative learning and offer up some of their favorite group activities. Before all that begins, the guys complain about the heat.

7. Korean New Wave

In this episode, the guys discuss the prospect of facing a fourth wave of coronavirus here on the Korean peninsula. They provide some current stats regarding COVID-19 in Korea, and they talk about some of the ways they’ve been coping with the virus over the past 18 months. Remember to wash your hands!

6. Talkin’ Trash

There are a lot of rules in Korea regarding trash collection and recycling. In this week’s episode, the guys try to cover everything you ever wanted to know about trash collection in South Korea, and probably some stuff you didn’t want to know. Let’s talk trash!

4. Covid in Korea

The guys discuss life in South Korea in the age of Covid 19. Although they might have deviated from the coronavirus topic at times with talk of colonoscopies, anesthesia, and baking, you definitely won’t want to miss this week’s episode!

2. Digging Deeper

In this week’s podcast, the guys dig a little deeper into the Korea Times article Korea Ranks Low on the Expats’ Favored Nations List. https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/05/113_309070.html

1. Origin Stories

The first episode: Our superhero origin stories! How did each of the three guys end up here in South Korea in the first place? Some came with a plan. Some without. But all ended up finding a love of Kimchi and more.