About me

서울드림 환영합니다!

Curious about the blogger behind seouldream? I’m an avid writer, reader, and translator always looking for my next adventure. In mid-2012, I began teaching myself Korean; I created this website several months later to chronicle my language studies. It turned into a project close to my heart, one where I share resources and tips in the hopes of helping others teach themselves a language.

It’s no shock that I turned into a language lover, as I’ve always loved words. In fact, I have known I was a writer since age five, when I penned a gripping murder mystery featuring fairy detectives. My range of writing styles and subjects has varied immensely since then, but I have never stopped loving the written word in its myriad forms, fonts, and languages.

I currently work as a freelance writer, translator, and editor (you can also find me on Upwork), and I tutor native Korean speakers in English. I also blog in Korean at lovetomorrow.tistory.com. In my free time, I love writing YA sci-fi and fantasy novels, researching Korean history and myths (설민석 is the man), and finding excuses to bury my nose in a book.

I welcome questions about language learning techniques and resources, so please comment below – or even just say hi!


Korean Journey Timeline

(idea credit to Seoul Crystal/TTMIK‘s Hyunwoo Sun)


  • November – began studying Japanese with Pimsleur audio files and LiveMocha (discont. site)


  • March – taught myself how to read hangeul
  • July – began studying Korean
  • November – began a WordPress blog about language study


  • January – transferred all posts to new domain, myseouldream.com
  • August – began taking Korean courses at university; ceased self-study of Japanese


  • August – spent four months as an exchange student at Yonsei University; took intensive Korean language course at KLI



  • January – became a translator for Humans of Seoul
  • June – attended Sungkyunkwan University’s two-month summer program via a research fellowship


  • January-March – completed Korean independent writing project (a nine-episode fan fiction of a Korean webtoon) for course credits
  • March – became co-recipient of the 2017 Sang-Yong Nam Award
  • April – graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan, where I double-majored in East Asian Studies and International Studies with concentrations in Korean Studies as well as Comparative Culture and Identity; received High Honors in East Asian Studies for my thesis entitled “Literature, Loss, and the Surrogate Griever: The Figure of the Factory Girl in South Korea’s Economic Miracle”
  • September – became English Edition Editor for Humans of Seoul
  • December – received over 100,000 total views on seouldream for 2017




Updated 10 October 2018.


10 thoughts on “About me

  1. 안녕하세요! I began learning Korean back in August of 2012, and it’s become my favorite language to study besides Chinese. I agree with you on many points in terms of being interested in writing and teaching ESL one day in the future. I hope that you become fluent in Korean and achieve your goals.


  2. It’s nice to meet you Jamie, I’m NyNy! Just wanted to stop by and say I like your posts.

    I hope when you have the time, you can check out some of mine and comment plus I’m still writing my travel entries when I went to Korea last year. I’d appreciate if you took a look. If you like posts on Asian pop culture and video games, there’s more on those too! 🙂


    • Hi NyNy! Nice to meet you too!!^^ Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site. I look forward to reading yours – I definitely love posts on Asian-related things 😀


  3. 안녕하세요,
    I stumbled on your blog and the first post I read was the “I am excited~ 흥분” I almost sent it to my teacher ㅋㅋㅋㅋ *phew. Anyways I love your blog 🙂 I have been learning korean for almost 2 years now. I blog over at http://giirlmeetsworld.blogspot.co.uk/ I am looking forward to reading more on your korean adventures!! 반가워요


    • 미라 씨 진짜 반가워요!!! Thanks for commenting – I’ll be sure to check out your blog! Hehe good thing you didn’t send that to your teacher….thanks again for leaving a message^^ 한국어를 재미있게 공부하자~~!!


  4. Hi there! I got lost in your blog as I was randomly googling Korean words due to my current addiction to Running Man. I started watching the show last August and I got really hooked, watching it made me catch on some of their phrases and it ignited my desire to learn their language. Glad that someone like you inspires people like me that teaching oneself a different language is absolutely possible. Take care! – Eunice 🙂


    • Hi Eunice! Thanks so much for dropping by 🙂 Running Man is absolutely fantastic – it’s funny, attention-grabbing, AND useful for language learning. So happy you’re interested in Korean! Best of luck with your studies^^ -Jamie


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