web analytics

So as you may or may not know, I am an ESL teacher in Korea. I’ve been at it for almost 4 years now, so I have quite a bit of experience with things that go on in public schools and hagwons. This comic is the start of another branch of ideas I want to add to this site. I feel the need to make comics about not only Hyo and I, but things in my life and about living and teaching in Korea in general. It’s a bit of a release for me and I enjoy it.

This first episode talks about one of the biggest decisions one has to make regarding coming to teach in Korea for the first time. These are not all the differences, but 8 main ones I focused on. Other differences include difference in pay, and coteachers. There are pros and cons to both. Which one suits you/has suited you the best? I’ve been in both, and I prefer the public schools.

*Note…I know there are exceptions to everything. This was made based on the general consensus from those in the ESL community in Korea and my own experiences :p*





Learning Korean is Easy when You Have this Starter Pack

Learning the Korean language can seem like a big task at first, but the way you learn can make it a simple and fun experience.

Whether you want to understand basic words in K-pop or K-dramas, impress your Korean friends, or simply learn more about Korean culture, the Korean Language Starter Pack will help you quickly learn and remember the most commonly used Korean words and phrases today.

What’s Inside?

• Infographic Compilation – More than 160 Korean infographics that help you quickly learn common words and phrases.

• Review Flashcards – Easily learn and review 600 must-know Korean words with printable front and back flashcards.

• Cheat Sheets – 17 printable Korean word lists that ensure you always have access to the most commonly used Korean words.

• Weekly Vocabulary Guide – Kickstart your Korean vocabulary with 16 value-packed lessons that you can conveniently complete at your own pace.

*Bonus - Free updates for life!

Receive all future updates by e-mail when they are released, as well as a bonus printable poster from our store! Simply email us with your order number and the name of the poster you would like.

Immediately after purchase, a zip file will be available for instant download. Remember, this is a digital file that will conveniently be sent to you right away (not a physical book).

Happy Learning!

14 thoughts on “Life in Korea #1: Public Schools vs. Hagwons

  1. Kahi says:

    That was awesome! And hilarious!!
    Definitely helped me a lot. I’ve been debating to apply for public school or a hagwon.

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Glad it could help you out…and you got a laugh out of it! 🙂 It’s definitely one of the important decisions one has to make before deciding to teach here.

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Haha thanks and glad you could relate to it! I’ve been in public schools for 3 years and not much has changed.

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Yea, I really just tried to focus on the main things…I debated adding the comparison in pay though!

  2. Sydney says:

    LOL @ that… see you in 20 minutes! -_____-
    This comic is further affirmation that I need to get out of hagwon life fast!

  3. Tuna Ghost says:

    It was my experience that too many teachers didn’t realize that you don’t ASK to take a sick day, you TELL your school you’re not coming in because you’re throwing up a lot (regardless if that is the case or not).

    • Tim says:

      I’m going to try that next time! I like your style tuna.

  4. Patrick07 says:

    wow … if someday i aplied i think i may go for public school … lol

Comments are closed.