Love as a Foreign Language Vol. 1: Collected Edition

Joel hates Korea Why he agreed to teach there defies his comprehension He can t wait to return to normal life His year of teaching is almost over and then he ll finally be free But Joel s life is about to go from dark dreams to cotton candy kisses and it s all because of Hana The very sight of this girl sends him flying straight to cloud nine, but won t another year iJoel hates Korea Why he agreed to teach there defies his comprehension He can t wait to return to normal life His year of teaching is almost over and then he ll finally be free But Joel s life is about to go from dark dreams to cotton candy kisses and it s all because of Hana The very sight of this girl sends him flying straight to cloud nine, but won t another year in Korea send him crashing back down
Love as a Foreign Language Vol Collected Edition Joel hates Korea Why he agreed to teach there defies his comprehension He can t wait to return to normal life His year of teaching is almost over and then he ll finally be free But Joel s life is abou

  • Title: Love as a Foreign Language Vol. 1: Collected Edition
  • Author: J. Torres EricKim
  • ISBN: 9781932664416
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Love as a Foreign Language Vol. 1: Collected Edition”

    1. The real question is why I let myself get addicted to these goddamn romantic-comedy comics that are silly and very predictable. I guess I just like books where there isn't a proper bad guy.

    2. When I was younger, I wanted to go to Japan or Korea and teach English for a year or two. I would plan to be the typical touristy foreigner, to read comics in a language I didn't know, and to maybe even find a nice foreign girlfriend for my expatriated self. (Pinkerton's "Across the Sea" admittedly held unnatural sway over my heart.) It would be romantic and adventurous and the best life-building experience ever. Perhaps fortunately, J. Torres cured me of these delusions right quick. Love as a F [...]

    3. The descriptions of culture shock are funny and honest (as least from the protagonist's perspective; they are biased towards all things Canadian/North American, of course). The hallucination-y stuff and "getting awkward in front of my crush" stuff was cute but repeated so often it lost its novelty. Much of the book was very funny; the illustrations are perfect. I had fun reading this book, which I found at a library sale, and I would enjoy reading the sequel.

    4. When I first recieved Love as a Foregin Langauge from winning a contest I wasn't sure what to expect. As someone interested in Asian cultures, I've often had the dream of working abroad in an Asian country as a teacher (my degree being in teaching). The culture shock was something I was curious about as well as the year long committment. I've had friends do it and love it, but I'm sure it was not without problems.We are introduced to Joel, a 20-something year old man from canada who is teaching [...]

    5. The setup to this book is easy for me to relate to: a 20-something Westerner teaching English in South Korea feels alienated by the weird culture surrounding him. Then he meets a cute girl he can't stop thinking about. If you exclude that last sentence, I've totally been there, except in different places than Korea.The creative team does a really good job of showing Korea as alien to our hero, Joel. There's just enough Korean script and words to confuse you, and Joel's always looking a bit harri [...]

    6. It’s a fairly typical story--a young man teaching English in Korea is on the verge of a burnout; he’s homesick and hates everything about Korea, wants to quit and move back to Canada, etc, etc. But then meets the hot new secretary of the school and is conflicted re: quitting and moving. Though he can’t work up the nerve to talk to her about anything other than making photocopies for his classes. Woo. It’s no great shakes, but it’s not bad.

    7. A fun look at Korean life and customs. We meet Joel who is teaching English and feeling homesick. This series is a great look at how it feels to live in asia; how you love and hate it at times. Joel finds something new to love about living in Korea when he meets a new girl. The art is good and the story is entertaining and compelling.

    8. Where's the next volume of this? Quickly!!! It made me laugh, giggle, snort, and left me dying for more as the main character, a young Canadian teaching English in Korea is trying to go home, but falls for the school's new secretary. Should he stay or go? I donno I just know I want more and the library doesn't carry it. Off to asap!

    9. The art is simple but expressive. I love the facial expressions! This is a cute story about a Canadian teaching English in Korea. He's completely done with the place & wants to go home, then he sees HER. Of course getting the nerve to talk to her isn't so easy. It's a bit painful to watch this guy stumble about sometimes, but it did make me giggle & the supporting characters are great.

    10. Joel is an English language teacher out of his depth in Korea. On the verge of quitting he meets the school's new secretary and might have a reason to stay. A cute, funny comic about culture shock - the art and writing made me smile (I also liked how they translated the Korean parts in the back). I have the first 3 volumes in my collection and plan on searching out the rest

    11. Likes :- The art is simple, uncluttered yet expressive.- Readers can learn quite a few things about Korean culture from this book.Dislike :- Too many pages without dialogues for my taste, especially the cockroach sequences, making this a VERY quick read.

    12. This has real potential- so far I really like it. Combines humor and sweetness and Joel is not too annoying (yet).

    13. Sweet and fast to read. I liked it enough that should I stumble across the second volume, I'll definitely pick it up.

    14. This is a really interesting little story about a young man who moves to Korea to teach English for a year. But 9 months into his contract he is ready to quit until something interesting happens!

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