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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7100 on: September 05, 2017, 08:49:02 AM »
The verification question answers for this site are wrong.

Are you a robot?

It's hard enough being a human with this nonsense...

yeah the verification questions are ridiculous and make no sense. i had an issue with them too when i first registered.

"can you moo like a cow?"

what is the actual answer to that? yes, i can make a mooing sound with my mouth. so i guess the answer is yes? but i'm not actually a cow so the answer could be no?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7101 on: September 05, 2017, 09:01:57 AM »
The verification question answers for this site are wrong.

Are you a robot?

It's hard enough being a human with this nonsense...

yeah the verification questions are ridiculous and make no sense. i had an issue with them too when i first registered.

"can you moo like a cow?"

what is the actual answer to that? yes, i can make a mooing sound with my mouth. so i guess the answer is yes? but i'm not actually a cow so the answer could be no?

Exactly the questions are too open ended.

How many fingers do you have on a hand? 4? 5? on both hands? 4/5/8/10? Took me like 3 goes to pass that verification. The answer was 10. But what about thumbs? Meh. I'm free now anyway.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7102 on: September 05, 2017, 10:34:55 AM »
My favourite thing is being asked a "What do you call this?" question then the person deciding they don't like your word because it doesn't match the 1500s English word they found on naver so they wander off and use the atrocious naver word instead.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7103 on: September 05, 2017, 11:42:18 AM »
My favourite thing is being asked a "What do you call this?" question then the person deciding they don't like your word because it doesn't match the 1500s English word they found on naver so they wander off and use the atrocious naver word instead.

Oh my goodness, yes.

People will look something up on Naver dictionary or translate, come to you, ask you how to say something, see that it doesn't match, and then either argue with you or just ignore your advice. Also, even people who are near-fluent in English will never, ever use an English dictionary to see what something means. They'll always go throw it into Naver and get some inaccurate nonsense.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7104 on: September 05, 2017, 11:44:01 AM »
My favourite thing is being asked a "What do you call this?" question then the person deciding they don't like your word because it doesn't match the 1500s English word they found on naver so they wander off and use the atrocious naver word instead.

Or asking to "language exchange" but not accepting any critiques/even arguing with you.

"I feel hard" is not the right way to express that you're having a hard time, that you're tired, or that your task is difficult. But okay, keep on saying it if it means that much to you.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7105 on: September 05, 2017, 11:46:28 AM »
My favourite thing is being asked a "What do you call this?" question then the person deciding they don't like your word because it doesn't match the 1500s English word they found on naver so they wander off and use the atrocious naver word instead.

Oh my goodness, yes.

People will look something up on Naver dictionary or translate, come to you, ask you how to say something, see that it doesn't match, and then either argue with you or just ignore your advice. Also, even people who are near-fluent in English will never, ever use an English dictionary to see what something means. They'll always go throw it into Naver and get some inaccurate nonsense.

I wish I had some hilarious examples to cite, but it's surely happened to me. I can't imagine, for instance, asking a native speaker about a word and then being like WELL GOOGLE TRANSLATE TOLD ME THIS SO I'M NOT SO SURE.  :undecided:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7106 on: September 05, 2017, 11:47:31 AM »
My favourite thing is being asked a "What do you call this?" question then the person deciding they don't like your word because it doesn't match the 1500s English word they found on naver so they wander off and use the atrocious naver word instead.

Or asking to "language exchange" but not accepting any critiques/even arguing with you.

"I feel hard" is not the right way to express that you're having a hard time, that you're tired, or that your task is difficult. But okay, keep on saying it if it means that much to you.

Maybe that's not what he's trying to express... :-[

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7107 on: September 05, 2017, 11:49:49 AM »
My favourite thing is being asked a "What do you call this?" question then the person deciding they don't like your word because it doesn't match the 1500s English word they found on naver so they wander off and use the atrocious naver word instead.

Or asking to "language exchange" but not accepting any critiques/even arguing with you.

"I feel hard" is not the right way to express that you're having a hard time, that you're tired, or that your task is difficult. But okay, keep on saying it if it means that much to you.

Maybe that's not what he's trying to express...  :afro:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7108 on: September 05, 2017, 11:52:09 AM »
I'm tired of people pretending like they understand what I'm saying.

I try very hard to speak simply around Korean friends/coworkers but I know sometimes things get lost on them. I can tell easily when they don't understand my most recent sentence but they just continue to nod and make noises as if they understand. Then I go back and ask them if they understood a certain word or phase and they admit that they didn't. Just TELL me so I can explain it in the moment.

I feel like a lot of foreigners here don't realize that their Korean friends don't understand them fully. I've watched people go on and on in English as if the Korean person they're talking to is following them 100% and the Korean person looks totally lost, but doesn't want to say so. The foreigner doesn't seem to care or realize.

I guess it's not that big of a deal in passing, but when I'm explaining something to my CT it's usually for a reason. And it just kind of sucks when you're trying to be friends with someone and you realize a lot of what you say isn't even registering with them.

I have a good friend from another Asian country and when she doesn't understand me, she lets me know (at least some of the time) and we figure out the problem. No this isn't necessary for every interaction but like... in some situations it's really important that you understand each other.

If I really think about it, almost every problem in Korea can be attributed to the pathetic practice of saving face.


The obsession with saving face/image is one of the major reasons I want to leave. It's frustrating to deal with at work and in friendships but on a deeper level, the culture feels empty to me.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7109 on: September 05, 2017, 11:53:28 AM »
Yeah my female CT is constantly going on about how hard she is while we teach 3rd graders  :rolleyes:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7110 on: September 05, 2017, 12:02:25 PM »
Online translation tools can be great tools, if they're used together with other tools. That's where a lot of people seem to fall flat.

I'll use google translate for a Korean word if it's something I can't remember how to spell, or something I know I learned before but can't remember now, so I know just seeing the correct word will set off an "A-ha!" in my head.

For stuff I don't know, though, I won't use any translation tool that doesn't provide example sentences and several different options (with their own example sentences). That way I can at least be able to tell if the word I'm using is completely wrong, and I can follow up by asking a coworker if the word I chose is the best choice. It isn't always, but is more often than it'd be if I just busted out the google translate app and used whatever it gave me.

It reminds me of a time I texted a friend to ask what she was up to, and she replied in Spanish (my major): "I'm cleaning my props." She was a circus performer, so she meant her performing props, but google translate gave her a word that meant a prop as in something you use to prop something up. I pointed out that she used the wrong word, but she wasn't having it and argued with me about it. Awkward.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7111 on: September 05, 2017, 12:49:15 PM »
Yeah my female CT is constantly going on about how hard she is while we teach 3rd graders  :rolleyes:

Not sure what that's about...  :sad:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7112 on: September 05, 2017, 02:05:34 PM »
I've been trying to buy Olympic tickets for an hour now, and it just says, ""좌석 배정중입니다." I'm not sure if the seating actually is in progress or the site has just forgotten about me.  :cry:

Update: After two hours I have a ticket for figure skating and for the opening ceremony!
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« Reply #7113 on: September 05, 2017, 04:33:52 PM »
I've been trying to buy Olympic tickets for an hour now, and it just says, ""좌석 배정중입니다." I'm not sure if the seating actually is in progress or the site has just forgotten about me.  :cry:

Update: After two hours I have a ticket for figure skating and for the opening ceremony!

May I ask where did you buy the tickets from? I'm also interested in potentially attending both the opening ceremony and one of the figure skating events.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7114 on: September 05, 2017, 05:31:21 PM »
how come people say something is "below par" meaning that it is bad, yet to be "below par" in golf is good? once again, it's one rule for golfers and another for the rest of us

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« Reply #7115 on: September 05, 2017, 05:56:09 PM »
how come people say something is "below par" meaning that it is bad, yet to be "below par" in golf is good? once again, it's one rule for golfers and another for the rest of us

I realize you're just being goofy, but for anyone who's curious: "Par" just means something like "average" or "standard." In golf terminology, it'd mean the average number of shots it takes to finish a hole, in which case finishing below par is good. Outside of golf, though, something being below par would just mean it's "below average," which could very well be a bad thing.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7116 on: September 05, 2017, 05:58:34 PM »
how come people say something is "below par" meaning that it is bad, yet to be "below par" in golf is good? once again, it's one rule for golfers and another for the rest of us

...Par for the course... you might say... :sad:  :blank:

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« Reply #7117 on: September 05, 2017, 06:42:02 PM »
I have a ticket for figure skating and for the opening ceremony!

How much were those tickets?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7118 on: September 05, 2017, 07:51:28 PM »
how come people say something is "below par" meaning that it is bad, yet to be "below par" in golf is good? once again, it's one rule for golfers and another for the rest of us

'Cuz par originally meant the face value of something :D

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7119 on: September 05, 2017, 09:17:51 PM »
how come people say something is "below par" meaning that it is bad, yet to be "below par" in golf is good? once again, it's one rule for golfers and another for the rest of us

Don't they say "UNDER" par in golf, not below par?