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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #840 on: September 08, 2016, 09:21:37 AM »
I gotta say the whole bread thing pisses me off too.

I once went to Busan with my Co teacher and we visited her husbands parents house and stayed there for the night. The next morning as we leave I got handed the biggest bag of assorted types of bread you have ever seen from her parents in law. I mean it was a nice gesture and everything but jesus I don't know what they expected me to do with it all and I had to carry it around all flipping day haha! I never even ate any of it, although bread is so god damn delicous I try to stay healthy.

I was just thinking do they actually think I just sit and eat bread all the time LOL? I might reuturn the favour and send them a 20kg bag of rice

I don't always like receiving bread (I appreciate the gesture, obviously) but coffee is always welcome as long as it's not that Maxim mixed crap. I don't typically get given bread though since I'm not foreign-looking, but (and I'm sure many of you here can relate to this) I'm so sick of receiving those stupid rice cakes. Everyone prepare for the incoming rice cakes for Chuseok!! Seriously, I never know what to do with them and they just end up hardening on my desk. It's not even good with coffee.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #841 on: September 08, 2016, 09:25:58 AM »
They consider cereal "bread", too. So I wonder if they think anything made with wheat flour is bread.

Would pasta fall in with that?

No, I think that gets its own special category.

Anyway, if Koreans give you a lot of something that everyone knows you cannot possibly eat all on your own, it's because they're expecting you to share it with friends/family.

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« Reply #842 on: September 08, 2016, 09:35:53 AM »
Ugh so tomorrow my school is having a parent-teacher conference thing and apparently they need my classroom as well so I'll have to awkwardly be in a different classroom. At least I got some notice, I guess. I'll just have to go classroom hunting after lunch today.

They consider cereal "bread", too. So I wonder if they think anything made with wheat flour is bread.

Would pasta fall in with that?

No, I think that gets its own special category.

Anyway, if Koreans give you a lot of something that everyone knows you cannot possibly eat all on your own, it's because they're expecting you to share it with friends/family.

No they don't...? At least in my experience I've never met a Korean who considered cereal to be bread.

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« Reply #843 on: September 08, 2016, 09:47:23 AM »
Ugh so tomorrow my school is having a parent-teacher conference thing and apparently they need my classroom as well so I'll have to awkwardly be in a different classroom. At least I got some notice, I guess. I'll just have to go classroom hunting after lunch today.

They consider cereal "bread", too. So I wonder if they think anything made with wheat flour is bread.

Would pasta fall in with that?

No, I think that gets its own special category.

Anyway, if Koreans give you a lot of something that everyone knows you cannot possibly eat all on your own, it's because they're expecting you to share it with friends/family.

No they don't...? At least in my experience I've never met a Korean who considered cereal to be bread.

They don't consider ceral to be bread. I think the mix-up there comes from the fact that they refer to cereal crops as cereal. So for example, rye is a cereal.

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« Reply #844 on: September 08, 2016, 09:49:44 AM »
Who knew my 1st grade co-teacher would be even more useless than the one she replaced? The one who, while nice about it, always had to leave class half an hour early to write some sort of "urgent email."

The new one waltzes in 10 minutes late on the regular and spends the rest of the time presumably catching up on her own work in the back. I wish she wouldn't show up at all because it puts me in an even fouler mood than I would be otherwise having to deal with obnoxious first graders.

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« Reply #845 on: September 08, 2016, 09:53:02 AM »
Koreans consider potatoes bread too :shocked: I was at some house with some people and one of them said "hey do you want some bread?" and he served my delicious potatoes. Interesting for me. Most don't know this. Also my co-teacher said they consider tomatoes and grapes to be bread. Kinda wacky. But it's their culture and I must respect it. :lipsrsealed:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #846 on: September 08, 2016, 09:53:24 AM »
Ugh so tomorrow my school is having a parent-teacher conference thing and apparently they need my classroom as well so I'll have to awkwardly be in a different classroom. At least I got some notice, I guess. I'll just have to go classroom hunting after lunch today.

They consider cereal "bread", too. So I wonder if they think anything made with wheat flour is bread.

Would pasta fall in with that?

No, I think that gets its own special category.

Anyway, if Koreans give you a lot of something that everyone knows you cannot possibly eat all on your own, it's because they're expecting you to share it with friends/family.

No they don't...? At least in my experience I've never met a Korean who considered cereal to be bread.

They don't consider ceral to be bread. I think the mix-up there comes from the fact that they refer to cereal crops as cereal. So for example, rye is a cereal.

You're going to have to educate me by what you mean (I mean this in the most non-sarcastic way possible). I just googled it but I'm still kind of confused. So for your example, wouldn't they only consider it to be bread if it was rye bread?? They don't call the crop a bread... And they don't consider cereal to be bread, so if the crop is considered cereal then it's not considerd bread unless it's been turned into bread in which case it's the end product that's called bread...lol I don't make any sense.

Edit: All this talk of bread is making me hungry. I really need to start waking up earlier and eating breakfast...
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« Reply #847 on: September 08, 2016, 09:56:28 AM »
Maybe it's an area thing, but they definitely consider breakfast cereal bread where I live.

CoT: What did you have for breakfast?
Me: Cereal.
CoT: Bread?
Me: No, cereal. This: *shows them a picture of a box of cereal*
CoT: Yes, bread. *turns to wife and says in Korean: "She had bread for breakfast."*

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« Reply #848 on: September 08, 2016, 09:57:27 AM »
So there is a Chuseok lunch that the teachers at my school are going to that I was never invited to. I didn't know about it until one of the admin secretaries accidentally came up to me to inform me off the time change, then awkwardly giggled and scurried off when she found out I didn't know about it.

Who knew my 1st grade co-teacher would be even more useless than the one she replaced? The one who, while nice about it, always had to leave class half an hour early to write some sort of "urgent email."

The new one waltzes in 10 minutes late on the regular and spends the rest of the time presumably catching up on her own work in the back. I wish she wouldn't show up at all because it puts me in an even fouler mood than I would be otherwise having to deal with obnoxious first graders.
Thats what all of my CoTs did last year. One came late, one left early, and one stayed the whole time, but they all did their own work the whole time.

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« Reply #849 on: September 08, 2016, 09:58:29 AM »
I just asked my Korean friend. This is the break down:

Anything grown from the earth is considered bread.

Except things that have a certain shape e.g a lettuce leaf

Chilies are bread , he said "spicy bread".

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« Reply #850 on: September 08, 2016, 10:11:56 AM »
haha this whole bread thing made me realize why my fiance's mom always brought out an entire table of baked goods for breakfast whenever i had to stay at her place.
i guess she thought i typically ate like that in the morning.

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« Reply #851 on: September 08, 2016, 10:18:58 AM »
So frustrated.  Spent a bit working on a powerpoint, tried to open it from my flashdrive again and got an error message in Korean.  I originally was just going to make it again rather than ask my coteacher to help since she's useless and I try to minimize interactions with her, but I decided to ask anyway.  She said, "I think error.  Best to turn off the computer and turn on again."  Yeah, I realize there's a ****** error, and turning my computer off isn't going to fix it.  So I did it anyway and yeah, here I am remaking my powerpoint.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #852 on: September 08, 2016, 10:26:47 AM »
So there is a Chuseok lunch that the teachers at my school are going to that I was never invited to. I didn't know about it until one of the admin secretaries accidentally came up to me to inform me off the time change, then awkwardly giggled and scurried off when she found out I didn't know about it.

Who knew my 1st grade co-teacher would be even more useless than the one she replaced? The one who, while nice about it, always had to leave class half an hour early to write some sort of "urgent email."

The new one waltzes in 10 minutes late on the regular and spends the rest of the time presumably catching up on her own work in the back. I wish she wouldn't show up at all because it puts me in an even fouler mood than I would be otherwise having to deal with obnoxious first graders.
Thats what all of my CoTs did last year. One came late, one left early, and one stayed the whole time, but they all did their own work the whole time.

Would you mind not going to this lunch?

I asked to be excluded from all future 회식 at my school because I feel super excluded from every conversation at the dinners. I can usually handle this at lunch and sometimes the other teachers and admins make an attempt to speak to me in English. However, at 회식 i feel super left out. I dont expect them to cater to me and I know that these events are super informal. The teachers feel relaxed and just unwind drink and have casual conversations in Korean. I hate just sitting there eating and not speaking to anyone other than my coteacher who hates being there and just stares at the clock the entire time.

I may appear rude but I think at some level the other teachers and administrators understand my reasons why.

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« Reply #853 on: September 08, 2016, 10:29:13 AM »
And some kid is being punished for something and his punishment is to stand behind my desk and look over my shoulder I guess.  Not sure why I'm also being punished.

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« Reply #854 on: September 08, 2016, 10:40:30 AM »
So there is a Chuseok lunch that the teachers at my school are going to that I was never invited to. I didn't know about it until one of the admin secretaries accidentally came up to me to inform me off the time change, then awkwardly giggled and scurried off when she found out I didn't know about it.

Who knew my 1st grade co-teacher would be even more useless than the one she replaced? The one who, while nice about it, always had to leave class half an hour early to write some sort of "urgent email."

The new one waltzes in 10 minutes late on the regular and spends the rest of the time presumably catching up on her own work in the back. I wish she wouldn't show up at all because it puts me in an even fouler mood than I would be otherwise having to deal with obnoxious first graders.
Thats what all of my CoTs did last year. One came late, one left early, and one stayed the whole time, but they all did their own work the whole time.

Would you mind not going to this lunch?

I asked to be excluded from all future 회식 at my school because I feel super excluded from every conversation at the dinners. I can usually handle this at lunch and sometimes the other teachers and admins make an attempt to speak to me in English. However, at 회식 i feel super left out. I dont expect them to cater to me and I know that these events are super informal. The teachers feel relaxed and just unwind drink and have casual conversations in Korean. I hate just sitting there eating and not speaking to anyone other than my coteacher who hates being there and just stares at the clock the entire time.

I may appear rude but I think at some level the other teachers and administrators understand my reasons why.
I don't mind too much honestly, because last year when we had the end of the year dinner it was the same old awkward no one talks to me thing like what you said. However, I never did ask to be excluded, so the fact that they just automatically excluded me is what makes me... not sad and not mad, but something. Haha. I know its dumb, since I don't really even want to go and I have Chuseok plans, its just the intentional leaving out.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #855 on: September 08, 2016, 10:50:51 AM »
I asked to be excluded from all future 회식 at my school because I feel super excluded from every conversation at the dinners. I can usually handle this at lunch and sometimes the other teachers and admins make an attempt to speak to me in English. However, at 회식 i feel super left out. I dont expect them to cater to me and I know that these events are super informal. The teachers feel relaxed and just unwind drink and have casual conversations in Korean. I hate just sitting there eating and not speaking to anyone other than my coteacher who hates being there and just stares at the clock the entire time.

I may appear rude but I think at some level the other teachers and administrators understand my reasons why.

I completely get where you're coming from.

I often make an excuse not to go to those, more so for their benefit than mine. 

My colleagues are all lovely people but I know they'd be able to relax and unwind a lot more if a foreigner who speaks no Korean wasn't sitting in the middle of the group.
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« Reply #856 on: September 08, 2016, 10:52:57 AM »
So frustrated.  Spent a bit working on a powerpoint, tried to open it from my flashdrive again and got an error message in Korean.  I originally was just going to make it again rather than ask my coteacher to help since she's useless and I try to minimize interactions with her, but I decided to ask anyway.  She said, "I think error.  Best to turn off the computer and turn on again."  Yeah, I realize there's a ****** error, and turning my computer off isn't going to fix it.  So I did it anyway and yeah, here I am remaking my powerpoint.

Do you have google translate on your phone? It won't give you a 100% accurate translation but it should give you a general idea of what the error is if you take a picture of the screen. Or if there's an error number then google the error number.

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« Reply #857 on: September 08, 2016, 11:04:41 AM »
I have a little shit in one of my classes. He is one of those manipulating little twits. Causes all sorts of havoc and never stops talking and the minute I call him out on it, or his classmates do...he cries.

He did it again today. I asked him to keep quiet, he ignored me, carried on, his classmates called him out (because we were having a fun lesson). I talk to him again, no response. I tell him to move groups. Nothing. I stop the activity. His classmates tell him he needs to keep quiet and join in. He cries.

End of class the class leaves. And there he sits still crying (this is what he does.) Cries until another teacher comes looking for him). So I left him there. CT comes to find him, asks me again why he is crying. Normally I explain. Today I just said, "new semester, new rules, he shuts up or gets out." She says "oh but he is so sorry and sad, oh poor little boy."

I shrugged my shoulders and said "I don't care."

Because I REALLY REALLY DO NOT CARE ANYMORE. Little cry baby!!!

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« Reply #858 on: September 08, 2016, 11:43:45 AM »
I shrugged my shoulders and said "I don't care."

Because I REALLY REALLY DO NOT CARE ANYMORE. Little cry baby!!!

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« Reply #859 on: September 08, 2016, 11:53:51 AM »
I shrugged my shoulders and said "I don't care."

Because I REALLY REALLY DO NOT CARE ANYMORE. Little cry baby!!!

She ball that kid.

Yeah, I personally don't think tears should get you out of jack squat.