Foreigner dating in south korea
Some women’s profiles include a no-boyfriend clause, requesting female partners only or emphasizing their exclusively scholastic intentions.
A few of the sites even have an outright “interested in dating” option, blurring the lines between a dating and language-exchange website.
Indeed, guys aren’t the only ones with a game plan, says Amy Kim, an avid Korean traveler who preferred to go by her English first name because “especially the Korean guys really hate the ladies that want to just meet white guys.” Amy got to know her boyfriend through a language exchange.
For her the rationale was simple: “‘So you’re living in Korea and I’m very interested in learning English, so why don’t we study together?
“There’s a time period, no matter what you’re doing, you have a short attention span for an hour or two and afterwards you develop an appetite and then you go out for dinner,” he said.
As a testament to how well-recognized the dual purpose of language exchanges is in Korea, The EV Boyz, an expat boyband here, made a popular music video about the topic: “I’ll be the subject to your predicate,” sings the song’s protagonist about the fictional Korean girlfriend named “A-E.” In the ditty we learn that A-E has to be home at 10 p.m., and the protagonist never meets her family because “Daddy doesn’t like wheyguks." ("Wheyguk" is Korean for foreigner.) That last lyric alludes to some Korean male’s resentment of romance between foreign men and Korean women.
He has engaged in five different language exchanges, and like Kim, they have all been with young, attractive Korean women, he said. I wasn’t too worried about learning Korean,” Lee said, adding that he doesn’t “even really know Hangul [the easy-to-learn Korean alphabet],” despite his year-long stay here.
The two Americans rank among more than 22,000 other foreigners who work in the English-teaching industry in South Korea.
“I just typically want to learn Korean from Korean girls because they’re prettier," Woods said.
"Not that I’m sexist, it’s just that I’m a guy.” He suggested the relationships that develop out of language exchanges usually do so in mostly an organic way.