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Korean mail order bride sites have done all the donkey work for you.On the site, stunningly beautiful Korean brides are featured and you get to flip through hundreds of profiles until you meet the one who makes you feel complete.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.However, others say the exchanges aren’t academically productive in the least.Kim and Lee say the meetings have done virtually nothing for their Korean.Some women’s profiles include a no-boyfriend clause, requesting female partners only or emphasizing their exclusively scholastic intentions.
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.“I’d say most people use it for dating, the Koreans and the foreigners definitely,” said Andrew Kim, a Korean-American English teacher in Seoul.“Most of the friends I know have all dated a girl from [a language exchange website]. I never met a guy who said I want to meet this girl just to learn Korean.” For those with a predilection for the local women, Kim says language exchanges are the perfect way to play the field and meet “open-minded” females.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?