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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4140 on: March 14, 2017, 08:07:32 AM »
Yesterday, I helped my CT pin up a nice large map, in our classroom. It was one of the Koreanized maps, with Korea in the center complete with  Dokdo and 'Sea of Korea' labelled in a bolder font than capital cities, but I digress.
There were a few other teachers in the class as we usually meet there, at 3, for coffee and conversation. We started playing a 'find the country' game. After giving her a few difficult and obscure ones, like Uzbekistan and Lithuania, and having her fail, I went easier:

Saudi Arabia
Sicily
Spain
Argentina
Greenland
Algeria
Iceland

... When she failed to find any of them, the other 2 teachers tried and couldn't find a single one.
I hid my shock by keeping the mood light and tried to help them save face by feigning ignorance to a few which they asked me to find (all Asian countries and ridiculously easy).
I'm no Geography whiz, but the level of Geography of fairly level-headed Koreans seems quite shocking. How can you go through life knowing so little about the outside world? 

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4141 on: March 14, 2017, 08:19:42 AM »
"Tell me honestly, did you ACTUALLY go to church in America?"
"Yes. But it was different. We didn't go all day. We went from 10-12."
"And did your parents live together before they were married?"
"Yes."
"Oh, well good Christians don't do that."

...I'm really, really trying to work through what his possible thinking process could have been to think it was okay to say that to me. I have theories. But I'm way too talkative and this will turn into a novel no one cares about if I try to articulate. So. Just trust that I am super pissed.

I agree that church is too long.  Koreans want to turn it into an all day affair, and measure one's spirituality and devotion that way.  Sometimes I go to only one service and then leave.  It's been commented on, but hey, I'm an adult.

Koreans can also be superblunt. 

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4142 on: March 14, 2017, 08:20:59 AM »
"Tell me honestly, did you ACTUALLY go to church in America?"
"Yes. But it was different. We didn't go all day. We went from 10-12."
"And did your parents live together before they were married?"
"Yes."
"Oh, well good Christians don't do that."

...I'm really, really trying to work through what his possible thinking process could have been to think it was okay to say that to me. I have theories. But I'm way too talkative and this will turn into a novel no one cares about if I try to articulate. So. Just trust that I am super pissed.

Sometimes, you just need to laugh it off.

Ex CT of mine, who was a really kind person and who I'd consider a friend said "You're such a good person, it's too bad you're a Muslim". She also spent the better part of the year trying to convert me... Honestly, I found it pretty hilarious; she reminded me of those cartoons of grown men in giant mouse costumes dangling a piece of cheese near the mouse hole.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4143 on: March 14, 2017, 08:42:20 AM »
For you, Dave Stepz.
No.

Why not, huh?
I don't know much about Jamie Oliver, but he lacks the... flair of Gordon.

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« Reply #4144 on: March 14, 2017, 08:54:02 AM »
For you, Dave Stepz.
No.

Why not, huh?
I don't know much about Jamie Oliver, but he lacks the... flair of Gordon.

I'll agree with you there. Oliver is much more hearty, simple home cooking. Ramsay is where it's at. I wouldn't put Mr. Baek and Ramsay in the same league EVER. Go to Bread Street Kitchen in Hong Kong! So good.
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« Reply #4145 on: March 14, 2017, 08:59:59 AM »
For you, Dave Stepz.
No.

Why not, huh?

Yes, why not?  You don't have to go far to see his smug like weasal-face and to hear that he's opened something new and has his little weaselly chops plastered on a new brand item for him, adding to his total domination of everything ever in Korea.  They are not chefs anymore.  They are just faces on boxes.  However Baek Jong Won's weaselly face and his dire programs where he stuffs his weaselly chops with food takes the biscuit.  He wasn't a restaurant chef before anyway.   :evil:

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« Reply #4146 on: March 14, 2017, 09:03:27 AM »
Yesterday, I helped my CT pin up a nice large map, in our classroom. It was one of the Koreanized maps, with Korea in the center complete with  Dokdo and 'Sea of Korea' labelled in a bolder font than capital cities, but I digress.
There were a few other teachers in the class as we usually meet there, at 3, for coffee and conversation. We started playing a 'find the country' game. After giving her a few difficult and obscure ones, like Uzbekistan and Lithuania, and having her fail, I went easier:

Saudi Arabia
Sicily
Spain
Argentina
Greenland
Algeria
Iceland

... When she failed to find any of them, the other 2 teachers tried and couldn't find a single one.
I hid my shock by keeping the mood light and tried to help them save face by feigning ignorance to a few which they asked me to find (all Asian countries and ridiculously easy).
I'm no Geography whiz, but the level of Geography of fairly level-headed Koreans seems quite shocking. How can you go through life knowing so little about the outside world?

To be fair, ask your average North American where anything is, and most of them won't know, either.

I can find my way home, so that's something. hahaha
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4147 on: March 14, 2017, 09:04:06 AM »
"Tell me honestly, did you ACTUALLY go to church in America?"
"Yes. But it was different. We didn't go all day. We went from 10-12."
"And did your parents live together before they were married?"
"Yes."
"Oh, well good Christians don't do that."

...I'm really, really trying to work through what his possible thinking process could have been to think it was okay to say that to me. I have theories. But I'm way too talkative and this will turn into a novel no one cares about if I try to articulate. So. Just trust that I am super pissed.
Just laugh it off and reply that the Joseph and Mary -- literally God's own parents -- lived together a good long time before getting married.   :wink:

Also, you may not have noticed, but people here enjoy reading long, drawn out novels about other people's woes. Or at least I do. Write away! It's cathartic. :smiley:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4148 on: March 14, 2017, 09:12:02 AM »
"Tell me honestly, did you ACTUALLY go to church in America?"
"Yes. But it was different. We didn't go all day. We went from 10-12."
"And did your parents live together before they were married?"
"Yes."
"Oh, well good Christians don't do that."

...I'm really, really trying to work through what his possible thinking process could have been to think it was okay to say that to me. I have theories. But I'm way too talkative and this will turn into a novel no one cares about if I try to articulate. So. Just trust that I am super pissed.
Just laugh it off and reply that the Joseph and Mary -- literally God's own parents -- lived together a good long time before getting married.   :wink:

Also, you may not have noticed, but people here enjoy reading long, drawn out novels about other people's woes. Or at least I do. Write away! It's cathartic. :smiley:

But they never had sex. Mary was ready for the second coming.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4149 on: March 14, 2017, 09:42:23 AM »
My travel school has decided to blare music of singing children over the loudspeaker system during break.... why.....  :cry: >:( :cry:

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« Reply #4150 on: March 14, 2017, 09:45:17 AM »
But they never had sex. Mary was ready for the second coming.
But what does sex have to do with living together? :huh: :angel:
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« Reply #4151 on: March 14, 2017, 09:48:01 AM »
What does sex have to do with living together? :huh: :angel:

You're so innocent.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4152 on: March 14, 2017, 09:51:07 AM »
What does sex have to do with living together? :huh: :angel:

You're so innocent.
Totes.
Oh, and while we're on this subject, I feel like this would be a great time for an out-of-context quote:
To be fair, ask your average North American where anything is, and most of them won't know, either.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4153 on: March 14, 2017, 10:00:02 AM »
"Tell me honestly, did you ACTUALLY go to church in America?"
"Yes. But it was different. We didn't go all day. We went from 10-12."
"And did your parents live together before they were married?"
"Yes."
"Oh, well good Christians don't do that."

...I'm really, really trying to work through what his possible thinking process could have been to think it was okay to say that to me. I have theories. But I'm way too talkative and this will turn into a novel no one cares about if I try to articulate. So. Just trust that I am super pissed.

Well, Mary and Joseph tried to get a hotel room together one Christmas Eve.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4154 on: March 14, 2017, 10:01:00 AM »
Yesterday, I helped my CT pin up a nice large map, in our classroom. It was one of the Koreanized maps, with Korea in the center complete with  Dokdo and 'Sea of Korea' labelled in a bolder font than capital cities, but I digress.
There were a few other teachers in the class as we usually meet there, at 3, for coffee and conversation. We started playing a 'find the country' game. After giving her a few difficult and obscure ones, like Uzbekistan and Lithuania, and having her fail, I went easier:

Saudi Arabia
Sicily
Spain
Argentina
Greenland
Algeria
Iceland

... When she failed to find any of them, the other 2 teachers tried and couldn't find a single one.
I hid my shock by keeping the mood light and tried to help them save face by feigning ignorance to a few which they asked me to find (all Asian countries and ridiculously easy).
I'm no Geography whiz, but the level of Geography of fairly level-headed Koreans seems quite shocking. How can you go through life knowing so little about the outside world?

To be fair, ask your average North American where anything is, and most of them won't know, either.

One would hope a teacher who is tasked with educating our children would, though.
I can not imagine any of my teachers from Elementary through highschool not knowing  where those countries were on a map.
There are some real dumb dumbs in the classrooms here.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4155 on: March 14, 2017, 10:12:16 AM »
"Tell me honestly, did you ACTUALLY go to church in America?"
"Yes. But it was different. We didn't go all day. We went from 10-12."
"And did your parents live together before they were married?"
"Yes."
"Oh, well good Christians don't do that."

...I'm really, really trying to work through what his possible thinking process could have been to think it was okay to say that to me. I have theories. But I'm way too talkative and this will turn into a novel no one cares about if I try to articulate. So. Just trust that I am super pissed.

Well, Mary and Joseph tried to get a hotel room together one Christmas Eve.

:o

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4156 on: March 14, 2017, 10:20:30 AM »
I have to sympathise a little with your CTs not knowing where countries are on a map. 

Some people probably haven't properly looked at a map (and really taken it in) since they were at school so I don't think you can expect them to know the position of every single country.

I think those different nuggets of 'general knowledge' information we all have might not be as general to other people as they are to you.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4157 on: March 14, 2017, 10:31:35 AM »
My knowledge of geography has improved since coming to Korea, lol. It was okay before but NOW I can name, point out on a map, and correctly spell every single country in Europe and Africa. I also now know that there's a difference between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. xD

Some of the games I end up playing with the kids require me to know the answers prior.

I still haven't reached this level of mastery, though (warning: It's a vid).


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #4158 on: March 14, 2017, 10:42:41 AM »
Yesterday, I helped my CT pin up a nice large map, in our classroom. It was one of the Koreanized maps, with Korea in the center complete with  Dokdo and 'Sea of Korea' labelled in a bolder font than capital cities, but I digress.
There were a few other teachers in the class as we usually meet there, at 3, for coffee and conversation. We started playing a 'find the country' game. After giving her a few difficult and obscure ones, like Uzbekistan and Lithuania, and having her fail, I went easier:

Saudi Arabia
Sicily
Spain
Argentina
Greenland
Algeria
Iceland

... When she failed to find any of them, the other 2 teachers tried and couldn't find a single one.
I hid my shock by keeping the mood light and tried to help them save face by feigning ignorance to a few which they asked me to find (all Asian countries and ridiculously easy).
I'm no Geography whiz, but the level of Geography of fairly level-headed Koreans seems quite shocking. How can you go through life knowing so little about the outside world?

To be fair, ask your average North American where anything is, and most of them won't know, either.

One would hope a teacher who is tasked with educating our children would, though.
I can not imagine any of my teachers from Elementary through highschool not knowing  where those countries were on a map.
There are some real dumb dumbs in the classrooms here.

The opposite side of this are foreign school elementary students.

My son and his buddies had a globe out one Sunday afternoon.

A bunch of 7-10 year olds saying " I lived there, and there, and there... and had holidays there, there, and there..."

Eastern Europe gives me some trouble because the map has changed since I was required to memorize it.

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« Reply #4159 on: March 14, 2017, 10:42:50 AM »
When I think of my school days, I don't remember being taught much geography.  Our classes focused mostly on North America and Europe. 

I do remember having to learn the capital cities of some European countries for a test, which I did and promptly forgot.

My 5th grade teacher, who was great,  brought school subjects together.  In our reading book, there would  be a short author bio.  She had a huge world map on a bulletin board and would call a student to find the author's home country and tell us what continent it was on. Then she'd place a stick pin on that country.  By the end of that year, there were several pins in that map.