Guilty Pleasures:  ESL Conversation Lesson & My Guilty Pleasure in Korea

Guilty Pleasures: ESL Conversation Lesson & My Guilty Pleasure in Korea

As this ESL conversation lesson is on guilty pleasures around the world, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my own experience with guilty pleasures in Korea.  If you are interested in downloading this free ESL conversation lesson on guilty pleasures around the world, feel free to scroll past my foray into guilty pleasures within Korea.

I’ve been living in Korea for almost a decade now, and one of the most noticeable aspects of living in Korea are the abounding convenience stores at nearly every corner which are often open 24/7. They are filled with a wide range of eccentric, trendy, and sometimes delicious foods including gummies and candies, sandwiches, burgers, sausages, sodas, chips, and other snacks which disappear and appear from week to week. 

My guilty pleasure in Korea involves hitting up these convenience stores and blowing a bit of cash on a daily basis and trying out some of these random and eccentric snacks often doing a number on my teeth with all that sugar (which makes it a guilty pleasure).  A route I often go is gummies. Today, I wanna take a shot at trying out three recent oddball flavors I picked out and tried out on the video above: energy drink gummies, vitamin C drink gummies, and spicy tteok-boki (떡볶이) gummies.

Now then, if you are looking for a travel themed ESL conversation lesson on guilty pleasures around the world as well I've provided a free ESL conversation pdf below so that you can further discuss this topic with your ESL students. Just scroll down to the end of this blog and click the image if you'd like to download this free ESL conversation lesson pdf, and if you find it useful I've made a book format as well which includes 24 lessons.

Our lesson format includes: imagery, table topic, hypothetical table topic, guided conversation questions, two conversational activities, and a homework project.

 Some ESL conversation questions in the lesson include:

Which of the guilty pleasures or destinations on the previous page sounds the most appealing to you? Why so? What's your biggest guilty pleasure? Why so? What's the biggest act of overindulgence you've ever committed? Do you ever pig out? Why or why not? Have you ever shed your inhibitions? How'd it go? What's the best way to shed your inhibitions?  

Lesson topics



guilty pleasure: something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt

My guilty pleasure when I'm on a diet is chocolate - chocolate on chocolate on chocolate.

overindulgence - behavior in which you allow yourself to have too much of something enjoyable, especially food or drink

New Orleans, USA. New Orleans is your ultimate destination if you are looking for a little overindulgence in your diet. It is considered to be one of the top American cities food-wise (also try San Francisco and Chicago).

cut loose: to behave in an uncontrolled, wild way

Las Vegas, USA. Las Vegas is your ultimate destination if you are looking to really cut loose and gamble some money away.

pig out: to eat a lot or too much

Wynn, Las Vegas, USA. Head back to Las Vegas if you are looking to pig out and try every American food all at once. Several of the largest buffets in the world reside in Las Vegas.

(shed one's) inhibitions: to let go of the feelings of embarrassment or worry that prevent you from saying or doing what you want

Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand. Head to Thailand if you are looking to shed your inhibitions. Their Full Moons parties are some of the biggest and wildest parties in the world.


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