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Hey Susie! First of all, I love the work that you do. Keep it up! I'm interested in teaching English abroad. More specifically, in Korea. What do you recommend as the best way for me to my get my feet of the ground??

Dominic Mak
There are lots of ways you can find jobs here. First off, you need to have a Bachelor's degree from an English speaking country. Check out EPIK - it is a government run organization that assigns teachers to all parts of Korea. You can also go to www.daveseslcafe.com and check things out there but be wary! Not all places of employment are good. There are definitely shady ones. There's a forum there too so you can get more information.

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Hi Susie I'm interested in learning Korean. How long did it take you to learn and how did you learn the language? Also how hard do you think it would be for an English only speaker to learn Korean?

Korean is one of the hardest languages for an English speaker to learn, apparently.
Give this link a try: www.talktomeinkorean.com
I learned Korean since I was born so it's hard for me to tell you how I learned it. My parents taught me and I spoke it at home and English at school.

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I am a little confused... Are you from Korea and have lived your whole life there or were you born in USA with both of your parents from Korea? I hope you understand this question! 😰

I was born in Korea, moved to USA when I was very young with my family. Went to school (K-12 and Uni) in USA but spent summer breaks in Korea. Both of my parents are Korean by blood. Does that answer your question? :D

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Hi susie! Do you think Faker will go to China or any region next season? Haha can you ask him? I worry for his future because he gets less money for his talent and he hasnt finished school! :( He'll win Worlds this year anyway.

Faker made the decision to stay in Korea this year even with offers from China so I think he will stay in Korea in the coming year too. He's too much of a franchise player for SKT to let go!

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Do you think you would take the opportunity to cast LoL in english or maybe become a manager + translator in a pro gaming house?

I wouldn't cast LoL at all, there are too many people who are much better than me and I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it. I might be a manager for a team one day, but definitely not just a translator at a gaming house. The idea of living in a house with a bunch of smelly boys doesn't really tickle my fancy.

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Hi Susie! I'm visiting Korea right now, and I'm wondering what time it'd be optimal to start lining up for LCK's Thursday matches, since those start at 2pm instead of 5. I heard that people start lining up 3-4 hours prior to the match, and that the seats run out if you don't hurry. Thanks!

You actually need to book tickets in advance, we don't do tickets at the door. Make sure to send a message to the OGN global Facebook page!

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Hi Susie! Im working for a travel company and one of my client is coming to Korea. He's a big fan of Starcraft and wants to see some games. Can u give some informations? (Address, schedule, how to buy ticket...) or if u know some website... Thank u so much!!

For Starcraft you will want to either go to GOM studios or Nexon Arena. GOM is at Samseong Station, exit 1 (come out and walk straight until you see the sign) and Nexon is at Sinnonhyeon Station, exit 6 (come out, go straight, make a right at the glass Paris Baguette and it's one block in on the right). As for schedules - you'll have to see when you're around to see what's going on but for the most part, there is SC on almost every day. Mon/Tues/Thurs at Nexon - Weds/Fri at GOM :)

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Do you agree that Riot focuses too much on western narratives during their international events? It seems like every time the Koreans are just painted as "the final boss" that needs to be defeated and don't acknowledge the immense amount of hard work they put in.

I think this is necessary though - to create storyline and hype. And it just solidifies the fact that Korea indeed is the strongest region, and all the rest need to get to the final boss. However, at the same time - I also agree that this is good from Riot's end because Riot is a western company. Of course the narrative should be focused on them! When OGN makes their videos, it is Korea-centric; when Riot does theirs, it makes sense that it would be Western-centric.

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Hi Susie. My question is: How do you handle traveling? I am a CPA who once had a job offer in Japan INTL accounting laws. It included a paid apartment in Shibuya, Tokyo. I couldn't do it due to panic. Working in esports, do you know anyone who has panic issues? I regret not taking the job 1/2

Working in Esports - I don't think we're allowed to have panic issues - have you SEEN some of the terrible things people do and say in this community?! :P

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2/2: But I knew I'd have a tough time being a foreign country with only one friend. Obviously you shouldn't disclose who suffers from anxiety, but any times from you or others who get international job offers? I feel like I missed a really unique chance!

I feel like you missed a good chance too! It's all about having a positive mindset when going to a new country. I've never had anxiety - but then I enjoy adventure and challenges and through the power of networking, there's ALWAYS people to meet and be friends with! I've traveled quite a bit and understand how to adapt to cultures and so it's never taken a toll on me before but I could understand how it would be scary for someone's first time around!
Life is short though; I hope you get another chance to move to a different place and take on the challenge! PS. Shibuya is awesome.

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What's a good way to get started in eSports journalism? It's something I really want to be involved in but I don't know how I can start and be noticed.

Your work needs to speak for you. Depends on what kind of journalism you want to do - pick the method and go! Just DO things and if your work is good, you WILL get recognized! Produce content, write articles, whatever it is, just get it out there! Everyone who is known nowadays has worked their ways up to where they are and the road is hard for sure - but if this is something you really want to do, just produce content and get it out there.

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Hi Susie! Recently, Piccaboo left SKT T1 but there was no official statement from SKT T1, not even a "Thank you" or whatever. And we, fans, still dont really know why he left SKT (except the fact that his contract expired)... Do you know why SKT is acting like that? No statement, no kind word...

It was a combination of stuff. Both parties just decided to not extend the contract, Piccaboo had his wrist injury too and felt like he needed to keep practicing to become better but at the same time, that wasn't good for his health.. and SKT didn't want to release something that might make Piccaboo not a viable candidate for another team so I think they just quietly let him go. There are no hard feelings between the player and the team, it was just a collection of reasons why he left.

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Did you ever ask faker why he never plays champs like azir and yasuo when they first came out? These were champs who while people complain how weak and useless they were when first released, faker took to soloq and made highlights after highlights, Yet he doesn't play them in competitive til way ltr

Most of the Korean pros will not play new champions in professional play until they are given the ok by the coaching staff to do so. Most of them want to practice the champions as much as possible before showing it on the main stage too, to make sure that they can give the best performance as they can. Remember, competitive play is a team game; all 5 members need to be comfortable with the picks while in soloqueue, it's about individual skill practice.

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