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Offline krissyboo75

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1300 on: September 23, 2016, 12:55:34 PM »
I have such bad anxiety today! I just want to go home  :sad:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1301 on: September 23, 2016, 01:06:40 PM »
I can be very opinionated and I studied political science in uni (that isn't to say I know more than anyone, haha) so I do love a good debate, and I think debating on the internet is very important.

Many people claim this is a waste of time. Don't feed the trolls, it isn't the real world etc.

I disagree. I believe the internet is incredibly important to discussion and communication. It's the new town square. If I set up a debate in front of city hall, who would come? Maybe not many people, and it would be a large endeavor involving many people and many hours of work. It might not be worth the payoff, I'm just K. GrXXX, no one gives a shit.

But, online I'm CO2. In an instant, I can jump into the foray and voice opinions of mine to dozens, or hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions in the right forum or website. And to brush aside debates between the netizens of earth is foolish.

Because, the main point is this. You don't debate anyone, in real life, or here on the net, to change THEIR mind. Do you really think Christopher Hitchens was trying to convert Sharpton, or different pastors to a secular, atheistic worldview? Nonsense.

We debate our views for those in the wings, those onlookers, bystanders and political pundits who don't care to share their voice, but will look on and nod accordingly. For those who aren't the experts, for those who only brushed the surface of a subject or belief and who wish to delve further. You don't debate to change the opponent, you do it to influence the hordes of invisible onlookers that reside in the roots of this great tree we call the web. These are the ones whom your voice will reach and influence. Never forget that.

So, the next time you're debating a troll, or even someone earnest with whom you butt heads on a particular topic, remember that there are those voiceless netizens in the stands, waiting and thinking about what you write. They might just agree with you.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1302 on: September 23, 2016, 01:16:03 PM »
My Fridays are so easy.  2 morning classes, then I just take a nap all day.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1303 on: September 23, 2016, 01:18:36 PM »
This little conversation from the ranting thread got me thinking, but it's not a rant, so I'm replying here. :P


One of my co-teachers last year actually tried to correct my pronunciation one time in the middle of class. :rolleyes: I didn't even bother telling her how stupid that was; I think the look I gave her was enough to get the message across.

I was once told that it's incorrect to pronounce the 't' in 'badminton,' and that it should be pronounced 'badmin'on' with a glottal stop. I disagreed, and she said "You don't know because you didn't study this. You're just going by your instinct as a native speaker."

Wrap your head around that.

To be completely honest, I don't think anyone around me has ever pronounced it without the 't'... Your KT is stupid.

I've literally never heard it pronounced without the 't'. I mean, people don't always enunciate it well, but ain't nobody saying 'Gonna go play me some badminon.'

Anyways. These days my coteachers are rad. So, everything #based. My ring is a mansion.

I sometimes call it badmington by mistake. :P My elementary students picked up on that really quick this year (as I have a few students that love badminton) and had a good laugh at me. I had a laugh at myself as well, but quickly turned it around to make it into a life lesson about it being okay to make mistakes.
I have no idea why I do that though haha.


The other day during class, I was having the kids repeat after me and I said a word in a pronunciation that they weren't used to, apparently. No one said anything, but the kids were visibly confused and we all ended up laughing about it anyway.

My question for everyone is: how do you pronounce the word 'vase'? Does it make a difference if you say it in isolation versus in a sentence? What about 'vase' versus 'flower vase' for example? Same? Different?? :blank:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1304 on: September 23, 2016, 01:30:58 PM »
Had a meeting for speaking tests today. It was pretty routine stuff: They speak Korean most of the time and every few minutes they ask me a question.

Then one of the administrators came in for no apparent reason so I made a joke to myself, "Oh, is she gonna take pictures of us gathered around the table with our heads down, looking all hard-working?"

Sure enough, she takes out her phone and begins snapping away. I love little Pyongyang moments like that.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1305 on: September 23, 2016, 01:46:00 PM »
I love little Pyongyang moments like that.

Our first North Korean teacher on the board  :P
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1306 on: September 23, 2016, 02:51:23 PM »
I am not sure what to feel right now.

I think for the first time in my life, I feel both empty but strangely fulfilled. 

All the way back in March I got a new box of Korean staples for my stapler.  I looked at the box and it said '5000 pcs'.  Wow!  I thought.  That's a lot. I've never ever finished a box of staples, even back in England, I'd lose a box or never get close to finishing a box of staples. 

But today, I finished my last staple from that box.  The box is now empty.  Maybe reflecting my life.  What to do now?  As it is Friday, I either have a glass of wine later, or have a shuffle into a sock.  Should it be a celebration?  Or a wake?  5000?  So many.

That is a hell of a lot of staples to use. I use probably around 50 a year. What do you use them all on? I am just curious, hahaha.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1307 on: September 23, 2016, 02:53:22 PM »
I'm feeling super uninspired for my review game for next week. I've looked up all kinds of ideas and lots of them are good, but I'm having trouble coming up with enough review questions for any of the formats.

ugh

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1308 on: September 23, 2016, 03:25:59 PM »
My question for everyone is: how do you pronounce the word 'vase'? Does it make a difference if you say it in isolation versus in a sentence? What about 'vase' versus 'flower vase' for example? Same? Different?? :blank:
Depends on who I'm talking to. If it's an American, I say "v-aw-se" because I know it will piss them off. If I'm talking to a Commonwealther, I say "v-aye-se" because I know it will jolly well irk them.
Simple pleasure.  :smiley:

Note to self: learn the International Phonetic Alphabet.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1309 on: September 23, 2016, 03:43:06 PM »
Hi everyone,

I don't think it will appear in the Recent Lesson Plans section so I wanted to let you know I've uploaded a lot of non textbook lessons that I've used at my low level high school.

http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,100966.0.html

They might be suitable for middle school too.  The material is fairly simple.

Have a nice weekend everyone  8)
« Last Edit: September 23, 2016, 06:15:59 PM by AlexAlex85 »

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1310 on: September 24, 2016, 07:44:51 AM »
This little conversation from the ranting thread got me thinking, but it's not a rant, so I'm replying here. :P


One of my co-teachers last year actually tried to correct my pronunciation one time in the middle of class. :rolleyes: I didn't even bother telling her how stupid that was; I think the look I gave her was enough to get the message across.

I was once told that it's incorrect to pronounce the 't' in 'badminton,' and that it should be pronounced 'badmin'on' with a glottal stop. I disagreed, and she said "You don't know because you didn't study this. You're just going by your instinct as a native speaker."

Wrap your head around that.

To be completely honest, I don't think anyone around me has ever pronounced it without the 't'... Your KT is stupid.

I've literally never heard it pronounced without the 't'. I mean, people don't always enunciate it well, but ain't nobody saying 'Gonna go play me some badminon.'

Anyways. These days my coteachers are rad. So, everything #based. My ring is a mansion.

I sometimes call it badmington by mistake. :P My elementary students picked up on that really quick this year (as I have a few students that love badminton) and had a good laugh at me. I had a laugh at myself as well, but quickly turned it around to make it into a life lesson about it being okay to make mistakes.
I have no idea why I do that though haha.


The other day during class, I was having the kids repeat after me and I said a word in a pronunciation that they weren't used to, apparently. No one said anything, but the kids were visibly confused and we all ended up laughing about it anyway.

My question for everyone is: how do you pronounce the word 'vase'? Does it make a difference if you say it in isolation versus in a sentence? What about 'vase' versus 'flower vase' for example? Same? Different?? :blank:

I was once told that if it costs more thsn $100, you use the snootier pronunciation.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1311 on: September 24, 2016, 10:57:50 AM »
Am I alone in prounouncing badminton without the first N? I would always say bad-mitten growing up, and only learned to correct it here in korea. A search for 'badminton' in the dictionary reveals that 'badmin'on' is an acceptable if not widespread pronunciation of the word~

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1312 on: September 24, 2016, 01:36:29 PM »
Is anybody living rurally and having a hard time or need some inspiration? I made a video for you on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB2CliQn7N8&index=2&list=PLgqA9zfXpAPLAgFS7W1AR2cAzGUiSxkEa

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1313 on: September 24, 2016, 06:52:08 PM »
Am I alone in prounouncing badminton without the first N? I would always say bad-mitten growing up, and only learned to correct it here in korea. A search for 'badminton' in the dictionary reveals that 'badmin'on' is an acceptable if not widespread pronunciation of the word~

As a kid, it was always "bammington" to me....

Not saying I was right, just how I thought it was.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1314 on: September 24, 2016, 10:57:41 PM »
As a kid, it was always "bammington" to me....

Not saying I was right, just how I thought it was.

Sounds like Bamm Bamm's rich cousin from Bel Air.



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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1315 on: September 25, 2016, 12:34:27 AM »
Am I alone in prounouncing badminton without the first N? I would always say bad-mitten growing up, and only learned to correct it here in korea. A search for 'badminton' in the dictionary reveals that 'badmin'on' is an acceptable if not widespread pronunciation of the word~

It's hard to tell donovan, but I feel like I pronounced it the same way as you. However, the more I say the word, the more I realize after the 'bad' part, the rest of it is just a clusterfuck of pronunciation that could only belong to a native speaker.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1316 on: September 26, 2016, 07:38:21 AM »
It's all right; not all of us are born with silver spoons in our mouths.
Born with a silver spoon in the mouth, and never having bothered to remove it.
Now *that* might explain some of the more... ... 'exotic' pronunciations mentioned here...
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1317 on: September 26, 2016, 07:42:15 AM »
I'm definitely one of those who always said "Badmitten". But then I think I only played the game once in my life. Also I would have spelled it wrong as well.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1318 on: September 26, 2016, 08:02:44 AM »
I for one, want to know why we are teaching the kids to say "badminton" in the first place. Is it that popular of a sport in Korea? Do Koreans think all English speakers play it? It's not one of the major sports in the States (as in "Hey it's badminton season"/ "I've got to watch the badminton finals tonight.") It seems a little random.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1319 on: September 26, 2016, 08:09:29 AM »
I for one, want to know why we are teaching the kids to say "badminton" in the first place. Is it that popular of a sport in Korea? Do Koreans think all English speakers play it? It's not one of the major sports in the States (as in "Hey it's badminton season"/ "I've got to watch the badminton finals tonight.") It seems a little random.
It's far more widespread here in Korea than it is in North America.
All of my middle-school students play it regularly during their gym classes, and I'm guessing it's the same in other schools as well..
Also, I've been to several  sports events where teachers from different schools compete in various sports. Invariably, the 2 featured sports are volleyball and bad-mitten.
Likewise with ping-pong: it's far more popular in Asia than it is in North America.

What's random to one is bread-and-butter (rice-and-kimchi) to another. :undecided: