Today, a student came into the gyomushil with an English survey in hand from her English hagwon teacher. Usually when people bring things to me, they’re asking me to check them for errors (coteachers do it all the time). “Teacher, can you…? “Check it?” I asked. “Yes!” she said, relieved. I told her of course, and I sat down with a pen and began to fix...
I do what I can. hahahah
“Teacher, where you come from… Everyone has different hair colors?” “Yes! Some people have blonde, some have brown, some have red…” “*gasp* — Natural??” “Yeah, natural colors!” “Teacher… When I am around you… I feel some.. mysterious. I learn about other cultures with you.”
So I have a love/hate relationship with google translate. HATE, because it leads my students into writing things like “I like clothes, shoes, and accessories, bitch!” to their American pen pals. And because sometimes when they skype me, I have no idea what they’re talking about when they say “You is not it? Mouse game to avoid.” (AKA, 5 minutes ago, talking to a...
If children are the future, Lord help Korea.
Friday, passing a group of high school boys: Boys: “Hello!” -“Hi!” —“What’s your name?” -“Elizabeth.” —“Beautiful!” -“Thank you!” —“SEX ON THE BEACH!” -“………” hahahahahahaha.
Three hugs from Ye Ram today. She came into my room and slipped me a piece of gum. “Teacher. Uhhhh. 보통. English. What?” “Usually.” “Yes. Usually… Gum is 500 won. This gum…” she holds up her fingers to show me that it’s 1000 won. “1000 won??? Wow!!! Expensive!” “Yes!” She beams. And pauses. “Here-” she...
Looking up from your desk to see Ye Ram staring at you awkwardly, nose pressed against the glass, from the other side of your classroom’s door. When you smile and wave, she blows on the glass to make it foggy and draws a heart. Then smiles. And walks away. Monkeys, What on earth am I going to do without you next year??
Sunday morning, host mom calls me up while she’s running errands and asks if I want to go to a Korean wedding in a couple hours. Sounded promising, so I agreed. In typical Korean-aversion-to-advanced-notice-fashion, host mom shows up 40 minutes earlier than planned, asking if I’m ready to leave right now… Umm?!? I was in pajamas. So I threw on something in a panic and we were...
Dear first years,
You are soooooooooooooooo getting seating charts next week. >.< Kisses, Elizabeth
Some things in life are not fair: example one.
My hometown’s local public library (seriously question their choice of paint color, but maybe that’s just me): Gyeongju’s local public library: Wah wahhhh. Filled in for Lauren this Saturday at Gyeongju’s local library (a massive and impressive traditional style building) to read books to elementary school kids. They were cutie pies. Further confirmation that Korea...
It’s a joke in Korea that North Korea will never be able to attack...– -Library lady that I was talking to today. This made me laugh. A lot. Truer words have never been spoken.
So much to catch up on.
And so little time! It’s been a little non-stop over here, but I will post soon! (Sorry mom.) ;) Things to look forward to: couples rings, playing hooky with piano teacher, vibrating butt movie theater seats, 10 hours of taekwondo, and going on a date with a couple of students. ^^ Until then, if you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over to koreanstudentsspeak.tumblr.com to see...
The Jeju conference was a great time, mainly because I got to room with Lucy Swecker and Lisa Porter and see my apartment mates again… :) Lisa communing with her aquatic friends. Being near the ocean again was lovely as well. Mostly we were indoors listening to lectures and small group discussions, but on Sunday we had a tour of the island. We hiked a Sunrise Peak that afforded us some...
Only you would have my fourth period class interrupted 10 minutes in to announce that all students must proceed at once to the bathroom with little paper strips to have a urine test… Never a dull moment. :)
I just reblogged a series of photos from the awesome “ispeak” Korean project. To see them all (I reblogged 12, along with the link to the entire website), click on ‘archive’ on the right hand side of this page. :)
Korean Students Speak →
And now a series of my favorite ‘Korean Students Speak’ (s) will follow! jennargibson: Everyone, even if you only have a few minutes please check out this new project from a group of Fulbright English Teaching Assistants here in South Korea. These are all real students from all over the country, given a piece of paper on which to write whatever they are feeling about school and...