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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1720 on: October 20, 2016, 08:07:53 AM »
Experienced my first Korean stick-transmission taxi cab this morning. This is also the first Korean cab driver I've seen who actually knew how to navigate through traffic efficiently without trying to give me a stop-and-go play-by-play of The Fast and the Furious.

Coincidence?
I think about this when I drive usually.  I like driving an automatic here but it does seem quite a lazy way to drive and more like driving on Gran Turismo on the playstation, than real driving.  If people had to change up and down to stop the car from stalling when driving then maybe they would be more careful when they drive.  Or maybe Koreans would just stall the whole time.  There is also no skill in traffic light racing here  :-[

I find that if you let the impatient drivers crawl half way over the crosswalk on a red light they keep nudging it forward and forward waiting for it to turn green and then by the time it actually turns green they have their foot on the brake cos they can't see the green light cos they've crept forward too far to see the lights change and then you just gun it past them as soon as it turns green. I usually throw in a 'what a bellend' head shake as I drive by.

Sumfink like dis?



I be more like dis



One of the greatest movies of our generation. Might watch this today actually for some banter. Martin Freeman is an incredibly talented actor. Might even change my username to Tim Canterbury out of respect.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1721 on: October 20, 2016, 08:15:21 AM »
Yesterday was national earthquake training. Today they will do the same exact thing for fire...but like they should really make it a surprise to them. For that entire period the students are just waiting for it. Would be nice to see what they did if they weren't expecting it.
We didn't even know what it was at our school and no one did anything. So pointless.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1722 on: October 20, 2016, 08:59:09 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1723 on: October 20, 2016, 09:04:03 AM »
Classes are all planned for the week so I've been entertaining myself by reading about cryptids in Africa. It would be cool if they did exist, but if they do why don't we have proof yet? Though most (Western) people used to believe the gorilla was a myth until not that long ago, so even though these cryptids are usually pretty big it seems arrogant to assume we've discovered everything.

20 minutes until I'm outta here and then I'm going to try and clean out my washing machine. It's started giving my clothes a weird smell and I read about cleaning it with vinegar and baking soda so we'll see how that goes.

You can also buy washing machine cleaner at Emart (which is probably just baking soda but still)!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1724 on: October 20, 2016, 09:12:07 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1725 on: October 20, 2016, 09:41:00 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.
We had a similar chapter in out book, talking about yeotnori and ssireum and other korean stuff and when we got to the part of the chapter where the foreign kids act out stuff and talk, they could not stop laughing at the terrible pronunciation. Gam sa hap ni da! Bee bim bap! It was awful.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1726 on: October 20, 2016, 09:57:15 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.
We had a similar chapter in out book, talking about yeotnori and ssireum and other korean stuff and when we got to the part of the chapter where the foreign kids act out stuff and talk, they could not stop laughing at the terrible pronunciation. Gam sa hap ni da! Bee bim bap! It was awful.

Student: That's not how to say 한복.
Me: yeah and Overwatch doesn't sound like o-buh-wha-chee so just move on.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1727 on: October 20, 2016, 10:05:17 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.
We had a similar chapter in out book, talking about yeotnori and ssireum and other korean stuff and when we got to the part of the chapter where the foreign kids act out stuff and talk, they could not stop laughing at the terrible pronunciation. Gam sa hap ni da! Bee bim bap! It was awful.

Student: That's not how to say 한복.
Me: yeah and Overwatch doesn't sound like o-buh-wha-chee so just move on.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1728 on: October 20, 2016, 10:16:59 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.
We had a similar chapter in out book, talking about yeotnori and ssireum and other korean stuff and when we got to the part of the chapter where the foreign kids act out stuff and talk, they could not stop laughing at the terrible pronunciation. Gam sa hap ni da! Bee bim bap! It was awful.

Student: That's not how to say 한복.
Me: yeah and Overwatch doesn't sound like o-buh-wha-chee so just move on.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

On a serious note it does bug me when the students mock my Korean pronunication.  Yesterday I was helping a student by saying something in Korean and he just laughed and did an impression of me right to my face.  Ballsy but annoying!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1729 on: October 20, 2016, 10:23:52 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.
We had a similar chapter in out book, talking about yeotnori and ssireum and other korean stuff and when we got to the part of the chapter where the foreign kids act out stuff and talk, they could not stop laughing at the terrible pronunciation. Gam sa hap ni da! Bee bim bap! It was awful.

Student: That's not how to say 한복.
Me: yeah and Overwatch doesn't sound like o-buh-wha-chee so just move on.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

On a serious note it does bug me when the students mock my Korean pronunication.  Yesterday I was helping a student by saying something in Korean and he just laughed and did an impression of me right to my face.  Ballsy but annoying!

I have a first grade elementary girl who seems to think she's a teacher and every day on the bus she wants to teach me more words but she like drills me on pronunciation. Like super pushy with it. Which yeah it's actually helping but she gets like offended if I make a mistake for forget a word.

Her: *points at eye*
Me: I'm tired...
Her: KRISTY TEACHER! STUDY!! What's this!*points at eye in a way that demands an answer*
Me: *mumbles* 눈
Her: LOUD PLEASE!
Me: 눈!!!!!
Her: ...good job....

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1730 on: October 20, 2016, 10:33:15 AM »
From grade 6 textbook
"Wow, friend's grandmother, your Hanbok is beautiful"
Grandmother replies: "Do you know about Hanbok?" (Do you know about X Korean cultural item being the focus of the grammar for this lesson)

What student says. "Yes. I know about it."

What she should have said: "I just fu**ing said hanbok, didn't I, you senile old cow?"

My students hate that chapter cuz they think the English spelling is hideous. They keep saying it's trash spelling and it offends them so I told them how bad some Hangul translations are, we had a laugh, and went back to the annoying chapter.
We had a similar chapter in out book, talking about yeotnori and ssireum and other korean stuff and when we got to the part of the chapter where the foreign kids act out stuff and talk, they could not stop laughing at the terrible pronunciation. Gam sa hap ni da! Bee bim bap! It was awful.

Student: That's not how to say 한복.
Me: yeah and Overwatch doesn't sound like o-buh-wha-chee so just move on.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

On a serious note it does bug me when the students mock my Korean pronunication.  Yesterday I was helping a student by saying something in Korean and he just laughed and did an impression of me right to my face.  Ballsy but annoying!

I have a first grade elementary girl who seems to think she's a teacher and every day on the bus she wants to teach me more words but she like drills me on pronunciation. Like super pushy with it. Which yeah it's actually helping but she gets like offended if I make a mistake for forget a word.

Her: *points at eye*
Me: I'm tired...
Her: KRISTY TEACHER! STUDY!! What's this!*points at eye in a way that demands an answer*
Me: *mumbles* 눈
Her: LOUD PLEASE!
Me: 눈!!!!!
Her: ...good job....
Last night I was at the grocery store asking them to deliver my groceries and every time I said something in Korean, one woman made me repeat it 3 or so times, and a second woman just came out of no where and giggled with each phrase or number. But at least they didn't make mocking impersonations (that I know of, haha).

I also had a cute little first grader that would try to teach my random Korean words, like water bottle or something.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1731 on: October 20, 2016, 12:22:27 PM »
To be fair, though, some people's Korean pronunciation is awful.

There's nothing worse than people whose pronunciation is honest-to-goodness bad, who then turn around and say, "Bawwww! The clerk at the restaurant didn't understand what I said - everything is stupid and bad and I don't like it."

Take some personal accountability. Yeah, sometimes even with good pronunciation, people blank when they have a foreigner try to speak to them. It's annoying, but whatever. It's not that common. But most of the time it's because the speaker is absolutely butchering whatever they're trying to say, but isn't willing to check their privilege enough to realize that it might actually be that the way they're saying something is literally difficult to understand.

The fact that most people here won't take the time to try to understand said butchered Korean is the point that I take issue with. Go to a lot of places, and if a tourist who can't English well is trying to get something at a restaurant, most times people will listen and be patient and try to figure out what it is that customer is trying to say. Here people are often like, "WELP BETTER THROW MY HANDS UP - NO POSSIBLE WAY TO COMMUNICATE HERE!" That's super lame. But still. Some people's pronunciation is total butt.
I didn't want to say it in the post becuase I feel like it sounds like the humble brag thing, but I have been told by more than a few Koreans that my pronunciation is quite good. I will admit that for new words I struggle at first, but once I have used it a few times I'm pretty set. Plus anyways, it was just saying 배달 and my address which I have done quite a few times. I eventually pulled out my phone and plugged it into translate and she got it. In the end I got my groceries so it's all good. I don't mind that much when people do the blank "She's unintelligible" face because I'm sure that sometimes it isn't quite right, but laughing just doesn't seem very nice. Oh well~

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1732 on: October 20, 2016, 12:38:26 PM »
Yeah, much truth in the couple of posts above.

Some people's Korean is quite terrible, verging on unintelligible.

Enjoy "the fatgirl" blog, but her Korean (as well as her English) is hard to understand at times.

It's not an easy language to master.

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« Reply #1733 on: October 20, 2016, 12:45:59 PM »
I sometimes think I am far too introverted for my own good.

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« Reply #1735 on: October 20, 2016, 12:56:24 PM »
I wonder what everyone on here looks like in real life.

I wonder if strangers could correctly guess who the teacher is if I showed a picture of myself with my middle school students. When I go on field trips with the students I sometimes get mistaken for one.  :undecided:

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« Reply #1736 on: October 20, 2016, 01:13:08 PM »
I sometimes think I am far too introverted for my own good.

Maybe you're just rude~

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/am-i-introverted-or-just-rude.html

Thanks for the reading material.  I'm not rude.  Just introverted.

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« Reply #1737 on: October 20, 2016, 01:18:43 PM »
The science teacher has been passing around some sort of 3D goggle box with his phone inside, playing a video of a roller coaster ride. It's kind of awesome  :laugh:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #1738 on: October 20, 2016, 01:26:55 PM »
To be fair, though, some people's Korean pronunciation is awful.

There's nothing worse than people whose pronunciation is honest-to-goodness bad, who then turn around and say, "Bawwww! The clerk at the restaurant didn't understand what I said - everything is stupid and bad and I don't like it."

Take some personal accountability. Yeah, sometimes even with good pronunciation, people blank when they have a foreigner try to speak to them. It's annoying, but whatever. It's not that common. But most of the time it's because the speaker is absolutely butchering whatever they're trying to say, but isn't willing to check their privilege enough to realize that it might actually be that the way they're saying something is literally difficult to understand.

The fact that most people here won't take the time to try to understand said butchered Korean is the point that I take issue with. Go to a lot of places, and if a tourist who can't English well is trying to get something at a restaurant, most times people will listen and be patient and try to figure out what it is that customer is trying to say. Here people are often like, "WELP BETTER THROW MY HANDS UP - NO POSSIBLE WAY TO COMMUNICATE HERE!" That's super lame. But still. Some people's pronunciation is total butt.
I didn't want to say it in the post becuase I feel like it sounds like the humble brag thing, but I have been told by more than a few Koreans that my pronunciation is quite good. I will admit that for new words I struggle at first, but once I have used it a few times I'm pretty set. Plus anyways, it was just saying 배달 and my address which I have done quite a few times. I eventually pulled out my phone and plugged it into translate and she got it. In the end I got my groceries so it's all good. I don't mind that much when people do the blank "She's unintelligible" face because I'm sure that sometimes it isn't quite right, but laughing just doesn't seem very nice. Oh well~

Same. All of my Korean friends have said there's nothing strange about my pronunciation and it's quite good. Yet half the time I try to talk to Koreans they give me the blank stare or horrendously "mishear" what I said because they weren't actually listening, just trying to guess what I was going to say. I understand when what I say is grammatically weird, but when I ask 가능해요? and it's misheard as 사랑해요 when in context it makes no sense for me to be saying that....  :cry: :cry: :cry: :evil:

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« Reply #1739 on: October 20, 2016, 01:50:18 PM »
I sometimes think I am far too introverted for my own good.

Maybe you're just rude~

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/am-i-introverted-or-just-rude.html

Thanks for the reading material.  I'm not rude.  Just introverted.

Sure. Sorry if I came off as rude. I'm a bit of both.